Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month

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Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.

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Eating My Age

Eating My Age

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It’s hard to believe that I detested hot cereal at the beginning of freshman year.  Oatmeal cookies were a favorite, baked oatmeal was delectable, and granola was ALWAYS in my yogurt.  However, stove-top breakfast oatmeal was bland, mushy, and unappealing.  When I discovered all the creative possibilities for a bowl of oatmeal, my whole mindset was altered.  Now, I eat oatmeal as often as possible.

Cucumbers were another enemy of mine.  For some reason, I just hated them until this past summer.  One of my dad’s coworkers gave us part of her cucumber crop, and I began experimenting.

The same story can be told of hot tea, turkey, lettuce, tomato soup, green beans, and many other foods.  It is amazing how our tastes change.

So amazing, in fact, that I find it bizarre when full-grown adults eat like children, when they refuse to eat anything green, when they order chicken nuggets at every single restaurant.  Don’t get me wrong–there are still vegetables I do not like (celery? Eeew).  I also have childlike guilty pleasures.  But I don’t refuse to eat spinach, broccoli, and peas solely because I dislike collards.  If you never retry a food you once disliked, you will never realize that there comes a time when our palettes expand we begin to eat our age.

Cucumber Plum Microwave Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • water
  • 1 plum, chopped
  • 2-3 cucumber slices

Directions:

  • soak oatmeal in 3/4 cups water for at least 10 minutes
  • drain oatmeal
  • add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 plum, chopped
  • microwave on high 3 minutes
  • stir in the remaining plum and cucumber slices
  • eat and enjoy

How has your taste changed over the years?

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

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“If you like to talk to tomatoes,

If a squash can make you smile,

If you like to waltz with potatoes,

Up and down the produce aisle…”

Then you’re gonna’ love this smoothie!

As a kid, VeggieTales was one of my favorite video series.  Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, Jr. Asparagus, and Laura Carrot always made me smile.

Now, I am more of a veggie-eater than a veggie-watcher, but I still throw random VeggieTales quotes into every day conversation.

And are you prepared to deal with that? I don’t think so!

Before I proceed with the rest of this post, I would like us to take a moment of silence to mourn the end of berry season.

 

Moment over.

Don’t fret;  I have some good news!  The delicious smoothie posted above was made with FROZEN berries.  You can make this tasty veggie and fruit smoothie any time of the year.

But before I share the recipe with you, I have one more piece of advice…

Beware of grapes with wooden mallets.

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Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 2/3 cup to 1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

  • If using oatmeal, I recommend soaking the oatmeal in milk overnight
  • Combine oatmeal (if using), milk, cucumber, and blueberries in a blender until smooth
  • Transfer to a glass and drink

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