14 April 2010

revamp your fridge: 5 suggestions from steph

due to the recent move, i now share a fridge with the best person possible. always encouraging me to try new items, like tomatillos & capriole tomme & to-die-for grits, paul seldom denies me deliciousness. in an effort to keep our fridge filled with healthful fuel, we've been exploring some new "go-to's" that i wanted to share.

item #1: epic roots maché: these delicious, nutty florets of lamb's lettuce are NOT your typical greens. they are mild & luxurious. you will want to eat the whole box in one sitting. not joking {i know you think i'm joking}. find them at your local Whole Foods, but if you clean out my local produce aisle, i will be finding you...
item #2: harissa is the new tomato paste. except its a mild paste made from peppers and by golly:  it's delicious, easy to use, and super flavorful! mixed with some olive oil for a salad dressing, spread on your favorite bread and paired with lean turkey breast & olives, you are IN for a treat. find it at your local international grocery store.

item #3: frozen mango chunks. this time of year, i live by these little guys. i eat them as my "dessert" and throw them in smoothies after a good bike ride. they are packed with flavor & easy to eat on the go. they are standard in my freezer. quite honestly, i thaw them and make salsa, toppings for fish, or other savory recipes, too. 

item #4: plain yogurt is another staple. i know, a lot of people think it tastes sour. i say, you're probably right! but thats what i LOVE about it. if you're able to purchase organic, whole milk yogurt, you can use it for soooo many things. it obviously is a great (read: healthy) replacement for sour cream, and mayo, but it's undeniably delicious for baking, breakfast, condiments, and cooking. really, can your dannon fit do that? i didn't think so. (if you need to sweeten it up, add maple syrup or honey---and thawed mango chunks ;) haha) oh & p.s. paul makes his own yogurt this time of year. right, paul? (he promised he would start making it again this spring!)

and finally:
item #5: BEETS! tom robbins said: "the beet is the most intense of vegetables."  i would have to agree. if you've never tried beets, or you have tried beets and you think you don't like them, do me one favor. go to the farmers market this weekend and pick up a bunch. then, go home, roast them, peel off the skin, slice delicately like you're a french woman, and sprinkle with a dash of S&P.  tell me that isn't delicious, nutritious and outright amazing. earthy & hearty & more nutritionally dense than most food you encounter, the beet is, indeed, the most intense of vegetables. intense in a good way. you'll see. 

now...go ye, go ye into the world of deliciousness!
stock your fridge and enjoy!!


Melita said...

you've listed at least 3 of my favorite things, the other two (mache and harissa) i am definitely going to try!

mangoes are one of my all time favorite fruits - yum! i, too, make my own yogurt (although i haven't done it in a while, must get back on this!). and i love beets! one of my favorite way to eat beets is just raw in a salad, it adds such a wonderful earthy flavor - SO good!

this post couldn't have come at a better time because grocery shopping is on my list of things to do this evening. :) hugs!!

Analiese Marie said...

GREAT suggestions! Yum!

erin said...

i cannot hear about beets without thinking of dwight on the office, lol. good suggestions though! said...

those greens look yummy!

Chelsa Bea said...

What a lovely post. I adore mangoes and beets, but not together of, of course. I think I'm going to have to go get some this afternoon and make a beet salad for dinner and possibly a mangoe smoothie for desert. Delicious.

Also, I left you a little something on my blog, so please stop by and check it out.

Elizabeth said...

Steph! I have been having an evening love affair with frozen mango. It is my one dessert, as I'm tying to kick these last few baby pounds! Sooo good in smoothies, i use plain or vanilla yogurt, a little oj, and a dash of vanilla extract. Sometimes I throw in some banana! Love you!