It's rare that I serve just a salad for dinner. But one day a few weeks back, we had a big salad for our Sunday lunch. It had been so long that I actually announced that I loved it. Mind you, I make lots of side salads. But just a giant salad with every topping you can think of is a nice change.
When I originally put this recipe on the menu, I thought I was crazy. This is a really busy week for our household, and I was unsure that I would have the time to make them. However, my parents ended up being at my house at 2 o'clock this afternoon (with none of us having had lunch), and I needed to get something prepared. I had nothing else in my head that worked for the four of us; so, I cracked open my September 2010 Parents Magazine and got started. I did the burger part while my mom dealt with the veggies.
Recipe for Black Bean Burgers
1 can black beans, drained
1 medium onion, quartered
1/2-3/4 cup oats (rolled, like "Old-Fashioned")
1 T chili powder
Salt, if necessary
Dash of Pepper, if desired
Combine all ingredients (starting with just 1/2 cup oats) in a food processor and pulse until chunky, but not pureed. (I did mine in batches as I have a mini one. If too wet, add more oats. If too dry, add water, broth, or my favorite--tomato juice!. Let rest about 20 minutes according to recipe. Think I only waited about 10. Mold into patties on a griddle set at 350. You can also do this on the stove. Grease the pan if necessary.
Last night before the Full Plate Diet lecture, we went to Dandelion CommuniTea Cafe. After we talked it up so much, Garrett had our favorite, The Giddyup. Graycen had the enourmous hommus, cucunber, tomato sandwich. It's definitely big enough to feed an adult, too.
While Nora and I were outside enjoying the spring weather a couple days ago, I looked around sadly at our herb garden. I took a picture and decided I would share my desires and plans to improve our little urban garden. Mind you, this is not all of our garden, and I'm sorry to say, isn't the worst either. (The rocket is more depressing.) Fortunately, the rosemary on the front porch is considerably happier, which makes me not feel as bad.
Both Paul's folks and the December 2009 Delta magazine recommended this little gelato shop for its quality and unique flavors.
It was very cold, and slightly sprinkling. I'm not sure what we were thinking. But, it was kind of close; so, we went ahead and hiked to the location. We were saddened to learn that the window of the stand faced outside. There was no way of going inside to eat our ice cream in the heat. We were going to have to walk and eat to stay warm.
We had a short layover in Atlanta on our way to Mississippi on Thanksgiving Day. We walked the terminal briefly, and elected to stop at Atlanta Bread for a snack. There was a very long line and lots of employees were working hard to make the experience speedy. They were very kind considering they were stuck at work on a holiday. We were amused by their uniforms. Each shirt had a word on the back that was a play on words; for example: Teashirt. It was very cute.
This open-faced sandwich recipe comes from Marsha via a favorite bagel joint of hers in the Newport Coast area of California. I don't remember the name of the store, but it's not a chain, which makes it difficult to order it out. Just get the supplies and eat in.
1/2 Sesame Bagel, Toasted
1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese
1/5 Avocado, Sliced
Lemon Pepper in Grinder, To Taste
Salt, To Taste
Cover the bagel with the cream cheese. (Marsha is very generous with the cream cheese.) Top with the avocado slices, sliced your preferred thickness. (Marsha's son, Austin, likes his slices super thin.)
Sprinkle with Salt and fresh ground lemon pepper to taste.
Our dear friend, Garrett Nudd, will be devastated to know that I actually purchased guacamole instead of making it at home. Now, hear me out. I had a coupon for Buy One, Get One Free. Plus, they were on sale for, like, $2.64. The avocados around the stores looked horrible and were ridiculously priced. What's a girl to do? I decided this would be a great test. What happens when avocados are out of season, but you're dying for guacamole? There are millions of people out there wanting to know what to do! I must save them! (How's that for drama, Garrett?)
Our good friend, Garrett Nudd of garrettnudd.com has an opportunity to be promoted from guest photographer to guest blogger. Garrett also has his own blog (garrettnudd.net), which is so exciting, it needs no guest writers.
This restaurant is consistently good. It has a menu rotation for every season and has a nice selection of teas. It was a tad warm this fall day; so only Gerald selected a warm tea. But everything was good. Paul and I absolutely loved our sandwiches. IF I could only make them like that at home! Surely it can't be that hard!
Don't let anyone ever tell you sandwiches are only for lunch and are not elegant. Sprouts and avocados can be quite elegant because they are "adult tastes". Sprouts are stringy and often odd to kids. Kids may eat guacamole, but without all the additional flavors, avocados can taste rough. When at peak season, with red tomatoes and fancy bread, such a meal can be very good. And let's face it, counselors on weight loss and proper digestion would recommend lighter compared to heavier dinners because people often get home late and generally have larger entree meals for lunch.
Paul took me to lunch on Friday to a wonderful restaurant we haven't been to in ages. The set-up is modern and cafe-ish (sometimes with live music or readings) and. . .vegetarian! Vegan items are clearly marked. In Florida, it rarely gets cold enough to enjoy a good cup of HOT tea. Logically, Infusion serves cold meals to offset the heat of the drink. There are many more tea options on the menu than there are food options. The choice of the day was a camomile (non-caffeinated) tea brewed in front of your very eyes for as long as use wish. Three hour-glass timers help you decide the strength of your tea.