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Old 07-14-2013, 05:59 PM
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Well, thank you Jennie! I'll try almond milk. Pass that binder over here! Oh, and I bought some peaches when we came home through Georgia. Mmmmmm!
I'll check out your links!
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:00 PM
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GA peaches... mmmmm!!
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:04 PM
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I know! It may be a shame to mix them in a smoothie though. I just like to eat them while standing over the kitchen sink.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:07 PM
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I've been munching on slices of fresh pineapple all day... so refreshing!! And probably tons of sugar... lol.

So, today we had ribeye steaks seared perfectly in cast iron dutch oven... my friend was over today and showed us how to make these steaks perfectly. They were tender inside, and just the right shade of pink. We also had stewed squash, lima beans, sauteed onions and green peppers in butter (my husband loves this), and baked sweet potatoes. Followed up by the fresh pineapple and some dark roast coffee in the French press.
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Joygirl... oh I know! Fresh peaches, nothing added... can't be beat.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:13 PM
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I have 4 kids and my one suggestion for getting your kids to eat the spaghetti squash is to get them involved. After the squash is steamed to tenderness ( I nuke mine in the microwave) and has cooled, get them involved in the act of scraping the "noodles" onto the plate With a fork . Any time I got my kids involved in the process somehow, they were a lot more open to new eating experiences ( all except for one, who probably would not be alive today if it weren't for Macaroni and cheese. However, she is now a kale eating fool Anyway, depending on your kids' ages, you could call the squash " squiggles" or something silly.

Green smoothies....I love them. SoberJen is right about the avocado. I just have to watch that because I'm a little allergic to avocados. I bought blueberries CHEAP at the market today. They were on sale so I bought a bunch and froze them for future smoothies and raw ice cream.
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Yeah getting them to help with the squash might make them more inclined to eat it... good idea. And silly names... my grandmother used to do that. We used to sing a lot in the kitchen, that always made things more fun too.

They told me I used to watch chefs on PBS when I was a kid, and then climb the chairs to reach up into the cabinets to get down the dishes and cook like the chefs
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:19 PM
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Ok, now how do you cook it in the microwave? I've always steamed mine on the stove. Your way sounds quicker, and it's getting late!

I may go and peruse my neighbors garden later tonight with a flashlight! hahaha! I know there are collards in there, but also some other things....smoothie worthy!
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Did you watch the Galloping Gourmet? That's so cute!
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:21 PM
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I cook mine in the oven too, JG. My husband is a fanatic about not using a microwave. I'm kinda freaked out by it myself.

Lol @ getting collards from the neighbors garden!!
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:24 PM
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Oh... just remembered something. Molly Katzen's cookbooks... kids might dig her cookbooks, and they are vegetarian, I'm pretty sure. But the reason I'm suggesting them is because Mollie is also an artist, and she draws by hand all the pictures inside the cookbook... they are really quaint and even elegant looking, I think... but I think kids might like them, she does all sorts of drawings of different vegetables and things. It's artsy fartsy, and I think she is in Cali, she has restaurants there.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:37 PM
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That's a name I've never heard. I will check her cookbooks out later.

I'd also like to snag my other neighbor's hydrangeas, they are so beautiful. Not to eat of course, unless.... no, that would make a blue smoothie! Just a few in a vase.
I am so lazy, I don't grow things well, so I shop my neighbor's yards. Sad?
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:49 PM
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Not afraid of microwaves...I use them daily....It's a lifesaver when there are a bunch of hungry kids wanting to eat.

I use to do my spaghetti squash in the oven, but now I just cut it open lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, put it face down in a plate or bowl with a little water and zap it until tender. You will have to check it periodically....the length of time you zap it depends on the size. But DON'T do this: One time, wanting to soften the squash up a little so that I could actually cut it open without amputating a finger ( because they are so damn hard sometimes ), I put the whole thing, uncut, in the microwave....well, I nuked it for too long because I heard a loud pop and when I opened the door, I discovered I had known the top of the squash off and the guts of the squash went every where..... Not my proudest cooking moment.

Collard greens.....love them too. I grow them, stuff them, and cook in the crockpot. Steal me some while you're at it, ok?
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:45 PM
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That dinner was divine! We shared half the squash, which cooked in 13 min in my microwave. H was so impressed and loved it! So I told him breakfast is a smoothie and he said great! I left out the "green" part of the description for now.
I'll get collards for everyone, and let you know what else I find!!!
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I made something today that tasted amazing.

Breaded some shrimp in almond flour, and cooked them on high heat in coconut oil. Simple, yet great. Took some practice getting the flour to stick, but the ones that turned out right were great.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:34 AM
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Ghostly, did you use an egg wash to make the flour stick?

Starting the day and week off with a green smoothie. I'm just throwing whatever I have in the fridge into my bullet.....so far I have kale, carrot, cucumber, kiwi and blueberries. I have a friend coming to stay this week who has "poo-pooed" my style of eating on numerous occasions ( yeah, she's clueless....she also still drinks a LOT). I'm throwing a luncheon for her on Thursday and am cooking nothing but Paleo dishes ( Ha Ha ...payback....what a grown up, right?) ..... I doubt I'll get her to drink a green smoothie, though....unless I make it with wine (ain't happening). Gonna be an interesting week, friends.
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Did you watch the Galloping Gourmet? That's so cute!
Don't remember it. I remember Julia Child, the Frugal Gourmet, and Jacques and a few others.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:23 AM
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I made smoothies! Now, mine wasnt green because the blueberries made it purple-brownish. I used: spinach, romaine, almond milk, peach, strawberry, blueberry. I did like it. My husband liked it. My 10 yr old son's friend liked it. My son had just a strawberry banana smoothie made with a little oj, since he's allergic to nuts. And we had the smoothies at lunchtime. It was filling enough to be my lunch. I'm glad I tried it. I remember something like this in the 1980's, but we called it a "blended salad". It didn't have fruit in it. Those were my vegan days as a teenager.
So, thanks for the green smoothie info!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:27 AM
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Oh! My H also had a BLT wrap, wrapped in the L (lettuce), and he really liked it! I think he was still hungry when he went back to work, so he had an apple and I gave him some raw pumpkin seeds to nibble. He wasn't ecstatic about that snack, so he may need teeny tiny baby steps!
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Hey, LDT, let us know what you cook for your friend!
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