All posts filed under: salads

Pasta Salad (GF/DF)

Pasta salad. Not to be confused with its creamy cousin, macaroni salad, is made approximately one million ways, give or take. This has always been a summer favorite of mine but admittedly, had fallen to the back of my memories since my familiar version was based deeply in gluten filled pasta and plenty of cheese – both now nixed from our kitchen, other than the cheddar bunny crackers Frankie eats to troll his digestively challenged parents. There’s no requirement to follow any of these directions explicitly – if you want a Parmesan filled dressing, be my guest! Prefer real cheese? Opting for regular gluten pasta? Cool! Vegan? You already know what to do and the adjustments are minimal. (Quick secret – there’s no rule that you actually have to follow the recipe when it comes to cookie, and I would know, I’m like the biggest rule follower you’ll meet. This caveat does not apply to baking. Measure that shit carefully.) But if you’re lost on how to make this salad taste good and stay safe …

Collard Green Wraps

This actually started off with the working title “WHY ISN’T EVERYBODY DOING THIS?!?” upon discussing their newly discovered utility and merits with my BFF and fellow lover of all things foodie.  Until two weeks ago, I never considered collard greens so much a “vegetable” as I did a good canvas for covering in butter and bacon (not that there’s anything wrong with that). When a newly popped up restaurant near work somehow lured me away from the daily debate of Boloco, Chipotle or oatmeal at my desk, I was pleased to hear about this new use for the leafy green.  For just $2 you could upgrade to a green wrap! Sure, I’m already buying lunch, what’s another $2? (Besides my afternoon coffee.)  To the joy of my taste buds and disappointment of my wallet, it was fantastic.  It had enough strength to stand up to a healthy portion of rice, veggies and tofu, all while offering the satisfaction of eating what felt like a burrito. I know it sounds silly, but I hadn’t had a …