When life hands you Accidentally Frozen Arugula

I was in a rush when I got in from the grocery store the other night.  I mistook the bag of arugula for spinach and threw it in the freezer (I freeze fresh spinach and kale for my smoothies so they don’t spoil).  By the time I realized the mistake, it was too late.  The arugula was fully frozen.

I threw it into the fridge and didn’t think about it again until this evening.  By now it was completely thawed and a wilted, watery, mushy mess.  So what did I do? I craved a salad for dinner and thought: Hey why not make a salad dressing out of that arugula!

And that’s what I did.  A-MAH-ZING!!!  Enjoy.

Wilted Arugula Salad Dressing

Ingredients

Arugula – accidentally frozen and thawed

Fresh Garlic – 1 clove

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Toasted Sesame Oil

Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Anchovy Paste

Mustard – Dijon or Stone Ground

Red Pepper Flakes

Cayenne Pepper

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice – from 1/2 lemon

Jushzz it all in a mini food processor or by hand with a whisk.  If using a whisk, make sure to finely chop the arugula and garlic before placing in bowl.

P.S. – Before hitting the publish button, I realized that this would make an awesome pasta sauce too! Stir this into warm pasta and YUM!!

I’m not a vegetarian, but I eat like one…

This is the answer I give to most who ask me the question…

On January 18th, I started eating to live instead of eating to lose weight and I can honestly say that it was the best decision I have made.

The details may shock some and most of my friends have given me their defensive rebuttals but I understand why.  Everything we know about food in this country has been “spoon fed” to us by a corrupt government and the mis-informed media.
Why do I love the way I eat?  Here’s why:

  • It’s inexpensive
  • I feel fulfilled most of the time
  • I forgive myself if I slip (aka eat meat or processed food)
  • I have a lot more energy
  • I bond with my kid (the vegetarian) through food
  • I look great!

The last bullet wasn’t meant to brag.  Realistically, I’ve lost a few pounds, but the combination of having more energy, more freedom, and more “glow”, gives me a certain level of confidence no scale ever could.

I’ll keep you posted in future posts; revealing more and more, but first let me make the following food reading recommendations:

Eat to Live (thank you Jackie!)
Food Politics
Vegetarian Perspectives: Is Something Really Missing?