The Heart of Romaine

 

Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps

(Originally Published Memorial Day Weekend May 27 2014)

So this month when Organic Girl sent me their wonderful Hearts of Romaine to play with, I honestly didn’t even take the kids into consideration.  I knew I didn’t want to hide the sweet crunchy tender hearts, I wanted them to be front and center….but they are of course, GREEN in color….so the monkey’s were out of the tasting equation.

These lovely greens come in their brand new “Protect Pack” with a easy to “re-seal” top and a wide bottom.  Perfect!!  I decided I wanted to use them in other ways then just a salad (but I did make several yummy salads as well).  So here are just a few of the ways I enjoyed them…. 

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SuperGreen Hotpockets

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I have to say I am thrilled that I have hooked up with the great people at Organic Girl.  Getting boxes of healthy greens sent to me monthly to cook with is great!  Having their support and trust to create recipes on Zia’s Kitchen for them is so exciting!  It’s funny, I was a huge fan and buying their greens long before they reached out to me through my blog.  In fact I was a fan even before I met them on the set of All Mixed Up well over a year ago. ~Interesting note, when they reached out to me via my blog they had no idea I was the same person who worked on the set of All Mixed Up doing the PR and taking all of the publicity shots for them ~ What do you call that? Kismet? Serendipity? Fate?

Whatever you call it my family and I have been eating healthy delicious baby greens of all different varieties and enjoying every minute!… 

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Sweet Treats

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Valentine’s Day. Oh how it irks me. Yes, I am single, and generally always have been on this particular commercial holiday, but this year, while still single, I have my own funny little valentine.  He’s a bit short, won’t be taking me to dinner or buying me flowers and has a pretty early bedtime, but it’s all good because when he smiles or giggles my stone cold heart just melts and I become an advocate for love!

So what better way to show him my love but to make Rice Krispy Treats and let him help? Chocolate Rice Krispy treats no less.  Actually Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispy Treats! Hey….go big or go home.  They are a fun treat, that is Gluten Free and one of those “recipes” thats pretty difficult to mess up. Plus it makes the little monkey’s happy AND satisfies Zia’s chocolate craving to boot so it’s an all around win-win…. 

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Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

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I love fall. Up North where I was born, the air gets cool and crisp, the leaves change color the smell of burning firewood starts to permeate the air.  In Southern California where I lived for so long, the days are sunny, the temperatures range from the mid 60’s to the low 80’s.  You can start wearing layers, the sunsets seem to have an even more golden hue, the pacific drops in temperature and Trader Joe’s shelves are lined with pumpkin flavored products of every kind.

Here in South Florida……well……the license plates start changing color as the snowbirds start migrating down here on 95.  I would like to say it starts getting cooler, the humidity drops and it becomes more pleasurable outside, but that, technically, would be a lie.  (That’s what it’s like in the winter.)… 

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Organic Girl Baby Kale Giveaway and Recipes – Snacks

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I have to admit, 10 years or so ago I had probably never even tasted Kale.  Now, it’s one of the most talked about leafy greens out there.  I find myself eating some practically every day lately.

The fact that the lovely people over at Organic Girl sent me a bunch of their newest product, 100% Baby Kale to experiment with, probably has something to do with it!  While trying to come up with new inventive recipes, incorporating Baby Kale in things I hadn’t before, I also found that I used it in a bunch of ways the past few weeks.  I put it in my homemade Mac & Cheese, scrambled eggs, juiced it you name it. While I was working with it I would just snack on it raw, it really is sweet and tasty all on it’s own!… 

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Zucchini Chips

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Zucchini.

As a kid I HATED it.  I don’t know if I ever even tried it, but you couldn’t get me to go near that or any other kind of squash, which was weird because I was generally not a picky eater.  Now one of my favorite foods.

Some days Littledude LOVES it.  Others, well lets say that one of these days I need to take a photo of what the floor looks like post-dinner when he is in a “no food mood”.

This is a quick and easy little recipe that my family really loves when I make, and when I say simple, I mean simple. I have a very specific way I do it, but you can get creative with spices and flavorings…. 

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Immaculate Gluten Free Cookie Dough

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Another Gluten Free Cookie Review.

At this point I should be getting embarrassed.  I should also be 10 pounds heavier.  Here I am reviewing yet ANOTHER gluten free cookie.  The things I do in the name of research for my readers, it’s a tough job.

I have see this brand of cookie dough at Publix, Fresh Market AND Whole Foods so I figured it was time. Even meant to be. The universe wanted me to bake and review these cookies.  (I have the ability to justify almost anything)

Immaculate Cookie Dough has, from what I can determine, two flavors that they make gluten and dairy free, Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chunk.   Gluten AND Dairy free, … 

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Overnight Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

I have been making Overnight Tomatoes for years now.  So long I don’t need to look at a recipe. Of course the recipe is so simple I memorized it after the first time, and you will as well.

It’s important to note that I did NOT make this recipe up.  I have made little changes at times, but the original recipe (named Moonblush tomatoes) is from the cookbook “Nigella Express” by Nigella Lawson. I dig Nigella.  Maybe it’s that even though she is beautiful, she seems so normal.  Maybe it’s the accent….whatever it is I asked for and I received that cookbook many years ago as a christmas gift and I am SO happy I got it back after the “great cookbook disappearance fiasco of 2012-2013″ .  There are a handful of recipes in the book I make time and again, along with many I have not tried.

Yet…. 

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Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies Review

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend full of fun and most importantly good eats!

I figured it was time for another gluten free goods review and what do I pick again?  That’s right, cookies.  I swear.  With the amount of cooking, baking, pizza making and gluten free cookie tasting I have been doing, I am continually shocked that the number on the scale is moving down instead of up. Believe me when I tell you I was NOT blessed with a fast metabolism and feel as though my life has been spent watching my calories so I am a little amazed I am not the size of Shamu…..yet.  However as one of my cousin’s just confirmed, calories consumed in the form of leftovers from a toddler’s uneaten dinner don’t count.   “It’s like splitting dessert” she informed me. Well ok then!  So speaking of dessert…… 

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Organic Girl Five Happiness Tasty Salad Mix Giveaway and Recipes

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“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” 
― Julia Child

About a week ago the wonderful people over at Organic Girl Good Clean Greens sent me a package.  2 packages of their newest salad blend Five Happiness Tasty Salad, which is a blend of baby Bok Choy leaves and other yummy baby greens.  They asked if I would be willing to review it and come up with some fun recipes for my blog.  Ummmm YES MAM!  Super exciting, my first official product test!  The package also included some other great goodies!
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