keeping lettuce clean & fresh!

keeping lettuce clean & fresh!

I have learned a few tricks about food ¬†from TV {yikes!! hehe} One of them is that slightly wilted lettuce can be revived with an ice-cold bath! {who WOULDN’T be revived that way? :)} Something I have learned from simply researching natural health and cleaning techniques is that raw apple-cider-vinegar {ACV} totally and completely ROCKS at killing germs and bacteria. **[regular white vinegar does a great job too… but for ingesting, I love having the extra beneifits of a raw ACV, though I consume my fair share of white vinegar too :)]** So, for lettuce prep, I have combined the two and consistently am able to have lettuce last a week+ before starting to get … well, yuck. And I prefer to buy a variety of fresh, darker-colored lettuces for extra nutrients, but this works with ice-burg, too. chopped, wilted lettuce chopped lettuce in the ACV bath I get a large bowl and fill half way with icy-cold water… sometimes actually adding ice. Then I splash about a TBSP of ACV. {I know Bragg’s is shown, but I only use Bragg’s for drinking…. I use Heinz [cheaper] for things like this, but I was out. But, any vinegar will do a similar job :)} Chop lettuce and let is set in the water bath for a few minutes, swishing it around…. try to make sure there is room for it to move a bit…. you could do this in your sink too. Then SPIN! {I love my salad spinner. They are relatively inexpensive and save me on throwing lettuce away! :)} And layer with paper towels or napkins in...

my “faux-tato” salad {S or FP}

We have tried several version of fake potato foods made with cauliflower… No one really likes them. So when I read about using radishes, I thought–well, I’ll give it a shot! I was NOT disappointed. We basically love potato salad as a family…. and with family coming over to watch the college football game today {AL vs Texas A&M}, I wanted something mostly normal to eat next to some grilled steak! This was YUM!! –please forgive the blurry photo. My phone camera is pathetic, and I was too lazy to get out the real camera. HA My Faux-tato Salad [S or FP]: ingredients: 1 lb red radishes, ends sliced off, and cut into half-rounds 2 stalks of celery, diced 1 dill pickle, diced 2 small orange bell peppers, diced 2 Tbsp mayo [take down to 1 Tbsp or omit altogether for an FP side] 1 Tbsp yellow mustard 1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt 2 tsp ACV {apple cider vinegar} dash of dill, salt/pepper to taste instructions: 1. boil radishes in salted water until completely tender, pink from the skin will be mostly faded; drain 2. mix mayo, mustard, vinegar and yogurt with the dill and S/P {this is the dressing} 3. mix all the veggies into the dressing 4. chill & serve! As with real potato salad, this is better the next day… but is not too bad after just an hour of chilling. And as always… make this recipe fit YOUR family!! Use whatever you normally put in your potato salad and just sub out the potato with some boiled radishes¬†and see how you like...