Drum roll, please!
I have a spiralizer! And a nice one, too. I won this bad boy on eBay and didn't pay much for it, neither! I am VERY excited because A) I am obsessed with zucchini noodles and 2) zucchineez and squasheez are in season right now. This is a happy time for Diana where produce is concerned. Don't forget the eggplant.
It kind of looks like a torture device, no? Or at least some carnie contraption circa 1903. I played with it for a few minutes and was mildly disappointed that no organ music played when I turned the crank. Where's the dancing monkey?
Oh wait, that's me. So quick to forget last night's post about eating gorilla food!
Anyway, the spiralizer and juicer have been two recent acquisitions quite in line with my Radventures in upgrading the kitchen in both content and preparation of said content. Specialized gadgetry, though a luxury by most standards, will make it easier and more fun for me to deal with the mountains of produce I'm now processing with my own two hands.
One of those hands gives the new spiralizer the thumbs-up.
What's with the Band-Aid doing its impression of a boa constrictor? Well, my thumb may or may not have had a run-in with the mandolin slicer this evening. Looks like the spiralizer arrived just in time, eh? Anything to keep my hands out of the chopping/slicing/noodling process is a good thing right now. It is also a good thing that Elise is a nurse and confirmed to me via instant message that I indeed did not need to go to the hospital for my stupid boo-boo.
Even with my fancy juicer and spiralizer, what I still really need is a food processor (seriously minimal contact with blades). Actually, I won one of those on eBay last week too; it's just not here yet. ;) I'm outta control!
Leave it to my friend Jeremy to out-do me in the meantime. Excuse me, but who's the food blogger here? And since when are you a raw foodist?
Apparently, melon + cucumber = delicious, cold, raw summer soup. Jer, I'm so stealing this idea (and this photo...right now. Thanks!). This makes me wonder which other old college friends might have bad-ass recipe ideas for me! And whether secretly there are a few lurking here as we speak... If I could do sound effects, I would cue the Twilight Zone theme/noise/thing right about now.
In light of that fresh and creative soup idea, I'm about to feel pretty lame for posting a truly gratuitous series of photos. No one needs to see this many pictures of a sandwich-and-salad dinner (especially when this dinner is made of repeats from the past week!), but this plate endured quite the photo shoot. In the end, I couldn't decide between the many shots, so I'm giving them all their 15 minutes of fame.
When I made this sandwich last week, I believe I said I would dream of it until I could make it again. My prediction came true, and since I couldn't bear to let any goat jack cheese go to waste, I bought another wee eggplant and yellow squash for a repeat sandwich tonight.
Instead of pesto schmeared on the bread, however, I used hummus. Old faithful! Really old faithful, actually--I will be defrosting and using all this free hummus from Sabra for the rest of my life, I fear...
I was a little worried about eating the kale leftover, since salads do not tend to keep very well, in general. Luckily, kale is super-sturdy and held up through two days in the fridge. In fact, I'd say it tasted even better tonight!
The extra time in the fridge gave the salad more of a marinated flavor/texture and it was undoubtedly scarftastic for dinner tonight.
Eating such a fresh, healthy, deeleeshus and nutrient-dense meal never fails to make me wonder why I'd ever reach for a less-worthy option when meal time rolls around. And yet, it happens. Just a reminder that we're all human and that there will always be an option that we know is crap, but holds a certain appeal at one time or another. And that's ok. It's about progress, not perfection. In keeping with the theme of my Radventures, all I can do is remember (and stare at the photos of) meals like this that brought me to the intersection of happy and healthy!