What’s up with North Americans being soooooo darn scared to try new foods outside of our comfort zone?? Don’t you find it funny that so many of us are simply terrified to try something new, like its somehow going to make us drop dead if we (gasp) take a bite?
So parsley probably isn’t the most foreign flavour you thought I was going to talk about (but it is a good baby step towards more intense ones) , yet I think it is so worth mentioning because if you were anything like me growing up, you probably didn’t eat very much of it, except to push the garnish around on your plate at a restaurant, and you certainly would never think of making a salad completely out of the stuff. But did you know that in Middle Eastern cuisine, parsley is a staple green that is used on a daily basis, sort of like the way we use lettuce in North America. Parsley not only adds an intense and distinguishing flavour to their food, but it also has some amazing health benefits to boot, that I think you need to start reaping, immediately.
Kale is one of my all time-favorite veggies. Okay, maybe not ‘all-time’, as I really only discovered its existence about 5 years or so…but during that time, it has since taken top position in my veggie repertoire. What I love most about it, is its simplicity and versatility- I adore eating it raw, sauteed, juiced, blended (with other goodies), or baked- plus it is one of the easiest and hardiest veggies to grow in your home garden (I swear this stuff would grow through a snow storm). Above, you can see two varieties of kale that my husband grew in our garden this summer. My personal fav, is called dinosaur kale (it’s the kale with the long and narrow leaves).
Okay, so you are probably wondering why I am posting on an alcoholic beverage, seeing as this is supposed to be a Health & Beauty blog, and we all know that alcohol is not healthy, nor does it make you beautiful (although you might think you look like a supermodel if you drink enough of it). But I figured, heck, seeing as we are coming up on a long weekend, and long weekends often involve drinking fun- then we mine as well choose the lesser of two evils and attempt to drink a somewhat (I know it’s a bit of a stretch) healthier beverage than your average super sugary cocktail.
My university roommates and I made this frozen watermelon margarita (to the right of the screen) during our annual reunion last month and I have to say- it’s amazing. It’s refreshing, light, and the colour is so summery and gorgeous that I just had to blog about it. We took the original recipe from the PC website, but I have tweaked it below, in order to make it less sugary, and therefore making it (ever so) slightly healthier :)
This is a super quick, easy, and nutritious cauliflower-mash recipe that I created as a substitution for standard mashed potatoes. Although I do adore mashed potatoes, I often find them overly heavy and rich due of the copious amounts of butter and cream which are used in most recipes. This is perfect for those times when all you want is creamy, smooth, comfort food- but without all the heaviness. What’s great about this type of recipe is that it is open to interpretation, so you can add or adjust the flavours depending on your tastes. Please note that I do use a couple sweet potatoes (higher in nutrients than your standard spud) in this recipe, simply as a way to bind the ingredients and make it taste smooth, not chunky. The bulk of the recipe is still organic cauliflower. Make it as a side for dinner and then bring the left-overs for lunch the next day- as this recipe will yield quite a bit.