Author: the natural ginger

Summer Asparagus Penne with Artichoke & Cashew Pesto

I have a habit lately. I get a great picture of food and post it to Instagram and say “blog post to follow!” A blog post never follows. Like, ever. Not today though. This one is too good not to share so I’m posting it while my belly is full, my mind is fresh, and my glass of rose is still cold. The recipe makes two serving and each contains the following nutritional content. I share because I care. And because I entered it in MyFitnessPal in an effort to not undo deadly workouts with dinner. Calories 390  |  Fat 13g  |  Carbs 51g  |  Protein 15g Ingredients: Pesto 7 grams Cashews (about 2 tablespoons) 1 Clove Garlic 2 tsp Olive Oil 1 oz Marinated Artichoke Hearts (about 3-5 sections) 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Cup Basil, loosely packed 1 tsp Salt, to taste 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, to taste 4 oz Pasta – I used Ancient Grains Gluten Free 1 Bunch Asparagus, use tender ends and soft stems only 3 oz Crumbled Feta In …

Gluten Free Soft Baked Pretzels

It’s Pride in Seattle and it turns out I live at the epicenter. In addition to the inspiring atmosphere of celebrating love (and people watching of epic proportions), there’s a street fair with all of the expected food typically reserved for closing time and cash only establishments. By the time I got home all I could think about was food on sticks and… Pretzels. I had not yet tried making my own, but my bagels were a success a few years ago and knowing that my flour blend has improved I figured it was worth a shot. I based this off a regular flour recipe by The Kitchn and made modifications as I’ve learned for gluten free baking, including doubling the yeast, and using milk instead of water for the liquid. Ingredients: 1 Cup Warm Milk 4 Teaspoons Active Dry Yeast 1 Tablespoon Sugar 2-2.5 Cups Gluten Free Flour Blend, such as my blend here or something similar 1 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1/4 Cup Baking Soda 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar …

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Where’s Whole30 week 3? Yeah, there’s not. Life got too hectic to control every bite I ate and I didn’t feel I was going to get the full benefit doing it half way (more on that later). For now, I’m still keeping it fairly light hoping my pants will respect my efforts. I bought cauliflower to make a creamy ‘bisque’ like this one, but in my pinterest rabbit hole got caught up in the idea of making cauliflower fried rice. I’ll preface this with saying that I’ve tried cauliflower “mashed potatoes” and “pizza” and god knows what and I didn’t like any of it. But the texture of this seemed promising, and it was a good chance to use my new little Ninja chopper that’s been lurking since Christmas with no love.  I pulverized half a head in the chopper. I was surprised and impressed by the rice like texture. Promising. Repeat with some mushrooms, garlic, and a shallot. So turns out? A wok would be a helpful piece of kitchen equipment to have. Add …

Homemade Mayonnaise

One of the fun/terrible things about Whole30 is reading labels and discovering just how much unnecessary crap is lingering in what seems to be “safe” food. Mayo is one item I was told ‘should’ meet Whole30/Paleo criteria – afterall, isn’t it just egg yolk, oil, salt, and lemon juice? No. No, it is not. At least, not if you buy it off the shelf. Those that are shelf stable come with a whole host of other ingredients, many of which I cannot pronounce. Among these? Sugar. Or even more fun? High fructose corn syrup. Why? I don’t get it. It’s stupid. If you like sugar, go eat that weird Miracle Whip nonsense. Stay out of my tangy mayo. Since I already had to abandon sour cream and greek yogurt until March, it didn’t take much to motivate me to hit the google machine and decide I could do this on my own. The results? Unbelievable. Why have I been buying this? I can say with certainty I never will again.* *I’ll probably buy it again because I’m …

Whole30 Week 1

It’s day 8 and I think I’m over the emotional hump of all of these changes. I still want a glass of wine at night or a bowl of rice, but I’m feeling beyond the absolute lamentation that they’re “off limits”. Perhaps one of the best parts of this experiment is that it really forces a thoughtfulness about what I’m eating and putting into my food and as a result, I’ve broken out of some of the lunch or dinner ruts I had been in.  Or, conversely found myself happily entrenched in some others (like breakfast – if you follow my Instagram you’ll know the egg and avocado habit is real). Rather than day by day, I’ll give you a meal by meal of what I’ve been eating this week: Breakfast: Poach eggs with avocado (seriously. every. single. day.) Lunch and Dinner: Salmon (sous vide with ghee) with pan fried kale Roasted Carrots and Onions Pulled Chicken in coconut milk with tomatillo, chiles, cilantro, and lime Steaks with roasted red potatoes Roasted Chicken Thighs with …

A Whole30 February

If you might have noticed, and as I drew attention to earlier this month, 2015 was not a great blogging year for me, or if I’m being honest, particularly good in general as it pertained to food, fitness, creativity or any of the other snippets of Ginger I generally share around here.  The calendar was jam-packed with events and my health wasn’t the greatest. I was hit by a car in April that I’m still fighting to bounce back from, dealt with a broken toe (a surprisingly disruptive injury!) in August, and a kidney infection in October. Fun. TMI? Complaining? Maybe a little, but what’s a blog if not a little personal? Ups and downs are real. The point is pulling your shit together once you realize that it’s happening. As ShareABitOfLove told me recently:  The last year saw a dramatic decrease in my dedication to exercise and a moderate increase in my wine consumption (let’s be honest, the wine devotion always ran deep). I believe in balance but right now the scale is about ready to stop using numbers and just give …

Sous Vide Scallops

I’m a sucker for a gadget, but I haven’t been this excited for a kitchen appliance since my Vitamix arrived. I first learned what sous vide cooking was from Top Chef and have been obsessed with the idea of the technique ever since. My parents gifted me with the Gourmet Digital Sous Vide Pod Immersion Circulator Precision Cooker and I obviously couldn’t wait to start playing around with it.  I’ve spent most my time on http://www.seriouseats.com to get ideas on temps and technique. I started with scallops. Quick. Simple (allegedly). I coated it with some salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic after giving them a quick rinse, and followed the directions for getting them airtight in a plastic bag. With a sous vide set to 51 C I was ready to cook. By cook I mean set my alarm for 30 minutes and walk away. Once they were cooked, I heated some butter to brown and dried the scallops from the bit of liquid that cooked out so they would take a quick sear. About 30 seconds …