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Turn a new leaf (and EAT it)

They Knew… April 17, 2013

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So I was going through some photos, making myself feel old

When I stumbled across the first pets I ever had.

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I tried to feed them Trix cereal because I felt sorry for them.

(Does anyone else remember Trix before they were fruit shapes?!?)

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Anywho.

It occurred to me that Thumper and Snowball were the prophecy of my future rabbit food lifestyle.

Talk about a revelation :p

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This salad is not exactly a revelation.

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But I’d like to think it’s just as tasty.

At work last week we had our minds on arugula.  We like arugula…  So I started thinking of something light, yet rich.  Something with personality.  The peppery bite of arugula; buttery-smooth avocado; and the nerdy-looking, often ridiculed, asparagus.  But asparagus gets to be cool here.  Because it’s shining in it’s raw form: crisp, a little bitter, but sweet, and dressed in simple spices and lemon.  And this bunch was purple.  Yeah, purple!

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Arugula, Avocado & Asparagus Salad

Ingredients:

2 big handfuls of arugula

1 1/2 cups (more or less if you’d like) of chopped raw asparagus*

1 medium avocado

1 lemon

salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste

Optional: Nuts or seeds, dried fruit, sprouts, etc.

*If you’re really against eating asparagus raw, you can lightly steam it.  Pansy.

1) Dump that arugula in a medium bowl!  Good job!

2) Now toss in the asparagus!  Yeah!

3) Okay, for serious now…  Slice the avocado in half, remove the seed, and criss-cross the flesh with your knife.  Then just scoop the cubes out with a spoon into the salad.

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4) Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika onto the mixture.  I like to be generous with the paprika for its sweet and savory touch.  Zest the lemon onto the salad and toss the mixture to distribute the spices.  Add the juice of the lemon, and toss again.

The salad is good to go at this point.  But as indicated above, you can add other tidbits.

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Such as walnuts and dried figs…  Ooh

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For serious.  This salad.  Rabbit approved.

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Sucky news, a potential silver lining, and pesto June 27, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — rabbit @ 8:05 pm
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Okay.  So, I’ve been negligent to this blog for the past week because I was focusing on an awesome job opportunity as a “Healthy Eating and Green Mission Specialist” at Whole Foods (perfect position for me).  I had, and made connections, I researched and studied, and I did really friggin’ good during the interview.  But there’s always someone “better” than you.

Well… no hard feelings, except on myself.  Whoever got it, kudos.

BUT.  Because I was proactive, because I called today to check on the status of the position, I also found out that they liked me just enough to take a different kind of interest in me.  I don’t know the details yet, but I may end up doing cooking demonstrations for Whole Foods.  At least that’s something.  Later for that, though.  (Whenever it is that I find out…)

While I was doing all that mental pacing over the weekend, I made something different.  Well, a different sort of common something.  You’ve probably had pesto at some restaurant at some point.  It’s basically a flavorful blend of herbs and olive oil.  In the most traditional sense, it’s a pasty condiment made with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan (or some other sharp Italian cheese), and olive oil.  It’s used in pasta, pizza, as a dip for bread, etc.  It’s too good to not use in other applications.  It’s also, like many things, versatile.

And, seeing as how I like to do things differently, I made a different kind of pesto.

I had some arugula, and some dried figs.   So I got some walnuts, also.

And then I put them in the blender

     I also added a few dashes of salt, pepper, dried basil, and nutmeg.  And a bit of balsamic vinegar and water to fix the consistency.  You can add olive oil, but I wasn’t really feeling it that day.

And then you have Arugula and Fig Pesto.

Use it as a dip for veggies, bread and crackers; spread it on sammiches; throw it into pasta; eat it with a spoon… whatever.  Good for showing off to to your friends and taking pride in when you’re depressed because no one will hire your stupid arse!!  Aaah!!