The spiralizer craze hit just before I went to away to Ireland for med school 6 years ago. I didn’t want to accumulate too much stuff overseas and I was so busy working when I was home in the summers that I didn’t think I’d use it enough. I held off buying one and made due with a julienne peeler to make my “courgetti,” but my spiralizer-envy was sparked again when the Hemsley sisters repopularized spiralizing with “The Art of Eating Well” in 2014. My mom gave me one for my birthday a few weeks ago (she knows me) and when I finally turned that handle earlier this week, I was hooked!
Can you tell that I like smoothies for breakfast? This one has my requisite cup of spinach in it, and is made deliciously creamy with the addition of a tablespoon of coconut oil. If you’re having it alone for breakfast, I’d recommend adding a scoop of protein powder – natural, vanilla, even chocolate would probably taste great with these flavours.
Potato salad is such a must for summer. I feel like it often gets a bad rap, because a lot of them are swimming in so much mayonnaise that they don’t even taste like anything. This salad only has 2 Tbsp mayo, and the dressing incorporates Dijon mustard so it has real flavour.
I flew home from Dublin yesterday, and took this granola in glass containers to eat on the plane. I bought some milk in the airport to take with me. Best plane food ever. It travels so well and kept me satisfied until I got home.
I am eating these as I write this post. They are the perfect balance of being (a) so-good-I-can’t-imaging-getting-sick-of-them, (b) easy-enough-to-make-in-20-minutes-and-you-probably-have-all-the-spices-already and (c) just-too-much-work-to-make-often-enough-to-get-sick-of. Are you sold? Then go buy some ground turkey.
A few summers ago, I was introduced to the watermelon-mint-feta flavour combination. I love it! Its so fresh and summery. I had my last exam of medical school today, and I feel like a little kid on the last day of school! I needed something to kick start my summer break (which ends at the beginning of July).
You know what is really good? Harissa. It has such a unique taste and a great hit of spice. I made this recipe up while craving a sort of “North African” flavor profile – lemon, parsley, raisins to cut the spice of the harissa. You’re going to like it.
Yesterday I discovered coconut cream. I actually bought it months ago at a health food store (I shouldn’t be left alone in a health food store, there are so many things I want to try! I feel like they on purpose put everything good right at my eye level. It’s bad.). Anyway, naturally I was immensely pleased with my purchase and proceeded to put it in my cupboard and not think about it again until yesterday when I caught a glimpse of the back of my cupboard for the first time since I moved here.
Remember how I said I love all foods Mexican? I wasn’t kidding. I actually can’t get enough. Side note: am I the only one who will fixate on one specific dish and want to eat it every single day for three months and then needs a serious break from it? My current fixation is this salad.