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June 17, 2014

Ideas for Topping Cucumbers

Cucumbers can Replace Crackers. I've been using sliced cucumbers and zucchini to replace crackers for dips and cheese. It's a great way to cut calories, use all the cucumbers I'm growing and it is such a great way to get your veggies in for the day. Try it for a party platter.

Top with:

  • A commercial hummus, any flavor or make your own! Hummus
  • Try peanut butter mixed with a little honey
  • Tuna or Chicken salad
  • A slice of your favorite cheese
  • Cream cheese mixed with herbs or dried fruit, to make it even more exciting mix in a little goat cheese
  • Tomato jam
  • No Guilt Creamy Spinach


    Posted by terri at 02:48 AM | Comments (0)

    Pea Salad with Herbs and Lemon Zest

    Snow peas work really well in this recipe, select fresh and tender peas for best results. But when peas are not in season, use frozen peas.

    Serves 4

    Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas (if tender use the whole pod, if not shell and use only the peas).
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces Parmesan Reggiano cheese, thinly shaved
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens, optional

    Instructions:

    In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil and zest, season with salt and pepper.

    In a medium bowl, combine peas with fresh herbs and onions. Toss with oil mixture. Allow to set at least 15 minutes, (can refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to develop).

    If using with salad greens, place the greens on 4 plates. Top with peas and cheese. Otherwise just enjoy as a separate salad.

    Posted by terri at 02:31 AM | Comments (0)

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