*Reader’s Recipe* Asparagus & Eggs Any Time of Day
After my post about Asparagus a few weeks ago, we received an email from Aly, in Florida who said she “grew up on asparagus and eggs as a breakfast, lunch or dinner option” and included the recipe below for a tasty asparagus and eggs dish. I loved the egg and asparagus combo and have made it several times already. It’s especially good with a little shredded local cheddar cheese over the top and a toasted slice of my favorite olive loaf bread from our farmer’s market.
Asparagus & Eggs
- Saute some cut up asparagus in a small amount of olive oil and a couple of cloves of garlic, sprinkle some dried oregano, salt and pepper over it as it cooks.
- While the asparagus cooks, whisk 4 or 5 eggs in a bowl, adding a little milk.
- Pour the eggs over the asparagus and let it cook for a few minutes until the eggs are done. (You can see from the picture above that I ended up scrambling mine as the eggs set.)
- Top with fresh tomatoes and enjoy with some crusty Italian bread
Thanks for the recipe Aly!
Do you have a favorite tip or recipe you would like to share? Go ahead and send it our way, we’ll give it a whirl in our “test kitchen” and if we like it, we just may post about it!
If you’re like many people trying to make green choices, you’ve stopped buying water bottles and are using your tap instead. But the big debate right now is: what’s the best way to transport that water?
The idea that standard water bottles (with a #1 recycling code) shouldn’t be re-used has been around for quite some time. The potential of bacteria getting inside (in combination with a small neck that doesn’t allow proper cleaning) has made most people recommend to not re-use these types of bottles. (Just ask Heloise.)
In comes Nalgene who has been around since 1949. Their water bottles used to be most popular with outdoor enthusiasts, but have been seen in the hands of more and more people who are trying to kick the water bottle habit. They even teamed up with Brita in the Filter For Good campaign to reduce water bottle waste. However, as concerns continued to grow about the Bisphenol A (BPA) that was being used in them, Nalgene has finally issued a statement that they will phase out production of consumer bottles containing BPA and will instead offer a BPA free substitute with many of the same properties. (One such company that already does this is Camelbak.)
Now what? There is no doubt in my mind that the great water bottle debate will continue to be in the news as more people demand better products. Stay tuned.
Arbor Day: April 25, 2008
People and organizations were all abuzz this week with Earth Day excitement. Events spanned the globe and called people young and old to take action in the movement to make a positive change in the environment around us.
As many people celebrate Earth Day, another holiday that often gets overshadowed is Arbor Day, which is on April 25. Arbor Day has been celebrated since the 1800s and the foundation is still encouraging it’s observance today.
Volunteer to plant a tree, or just save some trees by following a few of these tips:
- Do your banking online.
- Try to eliminate receiving junk mail and phone books.
- Opt out of receipts at the ATM and gas stations.
- Think before you print.
- Send an e-card.
- Send an e-card AND plant a tree.
And don’t forget, when you do need to use paper, be sure to recycle it once you are done!
North, South, East or West
I’ll admit it. I have a horrible sense of directions. But give me a map (even a bad one) and I can get you just about anywhere you need to go. It’s no big surprise that in addition to the map in my glove box, I totally rely on web sites like Google Maps and Mapquest.
Unfortunately, my memory for directions isn’t great either, so I inevitably need to take them with me. I used to hit the “Print” button and go on my merry way (thus wasting a sheet of paper). However, now thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to fire up the printer every time you need some directions. Both Google Maps and Mapquest have the capabilities to send directions directly to your cell phone. Violà! No need for paper.
If your mobile phone doesn’t have the capabilities for these options (or you prefer your directions written) use a scrap piece of paper instead of a fresh one from the printer, and don’t forget to recycle it when your done.
Happy Earth Day! Here at Green-Lemonade.com, we strive to make an environmental difference by changing the little things we do each day. One such thing is using the restroom. While we would love to go out and buy a dual flush or low flow toilet, they can be on the expensive side (not to mention our current toilets are still in good shape.)
The good news is, there is a budget-friendly DIY project that will take you less than five minutes, and can save you up to 10 gallons a day in a typical home. Find a water bottle (which might be a little hard if you have given up that habit) or half gallon jug, fill it up with water and place it in your tank. It’s that simple! For more detailed instructions, visit the The Daily Green’s “One Easy Thing” page, or watch the video.
Our Summer Schedule
The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, and the farmers markets will be here before we know it. We are so excited for what summer has to bring, and want to keep you informed for what’s in store for Green-Lemonade.com. As we turn the corner from spring into summer, you might notice that our posts become a little less frequent. We hope to take some time to un-glue ourselves from our computers and get out an enjoy all the wonderful benefits that warmer weather brings — and we hope that you do the same!
We will still be posting to the site when we have a great new recipe, product or green tip to share. And while our posting schedule may be more inconsistent, we hope that it is still as relevant (if not more so) than it always has been.
In August, to celebrate the site turning one, we will get back into our regular posting schedule, and begin gearing up for Going Local: Part Two, which will take place in September.
We want to thank all our readers for your continued support!
Rhaya & Liz
Earth Day Event in Albany, NY
If you are out and about this Saturday enjoying the beautiful weather predicted in the Albany, NY area, be sure to stop by Honest Weight Food Co-op Earth Day Celebration.
The event should be educational and fun for the whole family featuring live music, food-related films, food samples, a local foods lunch (I’ve been helping with the prep so I promise it will be good!), free tree and shrub seedlings and much more! It takes place at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave., on this Saturday, April 19, from 11-4.
Dip Into Something Different
It may look like guacamole, but if your taste buds are expecting avocado, they’re in for a surprise. When I first saw this recipe for Edamame Spread on The Daily Green, I thought that it sounded right up my alley. It’s base was one of my favorite legumes, and the ingredient list was short and simple.
I’ll admit it was a little difficult to get the desired consistency (I don’t have a food processor) and my husband gave me the “Are you serious?” look when he saw me tossing edamame in the blender, but with a little patience and a lot of pulsing, I got the consistency to be where it was supposed to be.
Follow the full recipe here, or use my version below, which is cut in half, and uses less oil. Next time, I will probably use even less (or an alternate?) oil, in hopes of making it a little healthier.
1/2 lb shelled soybeans
2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
2/3 cups canola oil
salt and pepper
rice crackers for serving
1. Cook soybeans on the the stovetop until tender and then drain water. (1/2 pound took less than five minutes.)
2. In a food processor (or blender!), mix all the ingredients. Serve with rice crackers and enjoy!
“Beet” this Salad
I have never had any desire to eat beets in my entire life, that is, up until I kept bumping into them at the farmer’s market and the co-op every week. But I have to admit that I even bought a few here and there; they ended up sitting in the drawer of my refrigerator until they were so old I decided they were no longer good! Shame on me.
But one day I came across a “Rawsome Beet Salad” in the “to go” section of the deli at the co-op, I decided to give it a whirl, and it was delicious! Slightly sweet with an earthy crunch, these beets were starting to win me over despite their ugly exterior. I then came across a few juicing recipes calling for beets and after reading a little more about their great nutritional profile, (protecting against heart disease and cancer), the rest is history.
One of my favorite beet recipes is a raw Beet & Carrot Salad. Ever heard of eating all colors of the rainbow? This salad (pictured above) incorporates raw beets into a hearty vegetable salad using a variety of chopped beautiful veggies and is a combination I came up with based on that first encounter with beets from the co-op and a recipe in a book by Natalia Rose.
Raw Beet & Carrot Salad
Mix the following ingredients in a big bowl and let sit to marinate for about 15 minutes before serving. Feel free to modify adding more or less of something to suite your own taste, I even like to add a few shavings of raw cheese over the top of mine.
1 beet, julienned on a mandoline, or shredded
1-2 carrots shredded
1/2 cup broccoli florets, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup pepper (any color), chopped
5-6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 Tbsp. flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
juice of half of a lemon
1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1-2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
dash of salt and pepper
Just a warning: beets have an intense red color that can stain your fingers and countertops, so clean up quickly after working with them.
Okay, we aren’t talking about those cute little “furry” chia pets today, but I do want to talk about chia seeds. Turns out, chia seeds are actually a teeny, tiny nutritional powerhouse! Because of it’s hydrating and energizing characteristics, this ancient wonder food is said to have been used by Aztec warriors during conquests and by Indians in the Southwest and Mexico as an energy food to keep them nourished during long trading treks.
So, what do you get by eating them (rather than watching them grow on a clay animal figure)? Chia seeds are packed with those wonderful omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein and so much fiber that they have a unique ability to absorb up to nine times their weight in water. In fact, mixing the seeds with a liquid actually causes a gelatinous reaction (in less than 15 minutes) which produces a thicker substance that can be mixed into things like sauces, soups, and smoothies to increase the volume of the food without increasing the calories.
Just one to two tablespoons per day is plenty, and since it is easily digested and has such a mild flavor, you can easily add the raw seeds to your diet by eating them plain; tossing into salads, yogurt, puddings or smoothies; or even adding them to baked goods. Just a warning though, DO NOT eat the seeds that come with a chia pet (they may have been grown with pesticides), instead buy them in bulk inexpensively at a local health food store like a co-op or order them online here or here.
By the way, Dr. Oz also gives chia seeds his stamp of approval on Oprah, check out the Pumpkin-Chia Seed Muffins that he presented on the show. You can find some more interesting recipes and information here.