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When we got back from the farmers' market this morning, I made collard wraps featuring cauliflower-goat-cheese spread (Shog won't touch hummus), green beans, tomato-zucchini-radish salsa (with lots of fresh herbs), and chia seeds for lunch. Shog declared them "inoffensive" and proceeded to eat an entire wrap, so that's a win! For dinner, I'm making meatball and collard green soup, but I don't know what the starch will be. It can't be beans; Shog despises most beans in nearly all their forms. Perhaps I'll add quinoa . . . .


The meatballs (which I baked in a mini muffin pan to good effect) didn't make it into soup; they were too damn good. Perhaps tomorrow I'll make soup. :P

And now I think I'll finish cleaning up and then snuggle up to the fuzzies to watch a movie/read/browse the 'net. Shog's running a game tonight, so I won't see him until much later.

Oh! Shog discovered that we've a snake living under the porch (by almost stepping on it as it was sunning itself). It's a Common Ribbonsnake, and its presence explains a lot of pet-related behavior. If we've a female, we can expect upwards of 20 snakelings around midsummer. Yippee! (Actually, I am mostly pleased; we do not have a vermin problem; with that many baby snakes, we'll never have one.)

In other nature-related news, the jumping spiders went to war with newly-hatched praying mantises the other day. Shog got a picture of one of the jumpers winning the battle. I will spare you the victory pic.

Goodnight, all!

ETA 6/26: Recipes and nutritional information follow.

Collard Wraps with Cauliflower-Goat-Cheese Spread and Tomato-Zucchini-Radish Salad
Serves 8

1 prepared collard green
1 serving Cauliflower-Goat-Cheese Spread (1/4 cup)
1 serving Tomato-Zucchini-Radish Salad (1/2 cup)
40 g/1.3 oz (7-8, 4.5-inch) fresh green beans, ends snipped
1 tsp chia seeds

Nutritional information per wrap: 132 calories, 6.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 226 mg sodium, 484 mg potassium, 12 g carbohydrate, 5,8 g fiber, 3.7 g sugars, 8.1 g protein; 25% A, 76% C, 19% calcium, and 9% iron.

Note: Shog suggests "completing" the wrap with two slices of crisp bacon and a slice or two of mild provolone cheese. *snorts* That would put the wrap's calories around 400 and make it suitable for bacontarians, so I suppose I'm in. :P

Servers 8

8 large, unblemished collard leaves, soaked in vinegar and water for 15 minutes and then large stem removed (instructions).

Nutritional information per collard: 2 calories, 1 mg sodium, 0.3 g carbohydrate, 0.1 g protein; 4% A, 3% C, and 1% calcium.

Cauliflower-Goat-Cheese Spread
Serves 8

4 c. steamed-until-soft (approx. 10 minutes) cauliflower florets, allowed to cool
4 oz plain goat cheese, crumbled
1 1-inch toe ginger, grated (scant Tbsp)
juice and zest of 1 lemon (approx. 2 Tbsp juice, 1 heaping tsp zest)
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Prepare ingredients as directed. Mix ingredients in food processor. Remove to container. Allow to chill for 10-15 minutes.

Nutritional information per serving: 81 calories, 5.2 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 139 mg sodium, 175 mg potassium, 3.7 g carbohydrate, 1.4 g fiber, 1.6 g sugars, 5.4 g protein; 5% A, 14% calcium, 42% C, and 3% iron.

Tomato-Zucchini-Radish Salad
Serves 8

1 medium-ish zucchini (2 cups), diced
1 large heirloom tomato (1 1/2 c tomato), diced
1/2 cup radishes, sliced
2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped fine
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 Tbsp Thai basil (or basil), chopped fine
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Prepare ingredients as directed. Combine ingredients in bowl. Cover and set aside for 1 hour.

Nutritional information per serving: 15 calories, 0.2 g fat, 83 mg sodium, 205 mg potassium, 3.1 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1.5 g sugars, 0.9 g protein; 10% A, 20% C, 3% calcium, and 4% iron.

Raw Green Beans
Serves 8

320 g/10.4 oz (56-64, 4.5-inch) fresh green beans, washed and ends snipped

Nutritional information per 40 g/1.3 oz (7-8, 4.5-inch) serving: 12 calories, 0.1 g fat, 2 mg sodium, 84 mg potassium, 2.9 g carbohydrate, 1.4 g fiber, 0.6 g sugars, 0.7 g protein; 6% A, 11% C, 1% calcium, and 2% iron.

Chia Seeds
Serves 8

8 tsp chia seed, divided

Nutritional information per 1 tsp chia: 1 tsp chia seeds: 22 calories, 1 g fat, 20 mg potassium, 2 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, and 1 g protein.



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Jun. 26th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
I have never heard the expression, a "toe" of ginger - it made me lol. Yay for snakelets!! We have one somewhere in the front yard, too; though we haven't seen it we found a shed a few weeks ago. And the other day I was going into the potting shed and right there on the stone path in front of me was a grass snake, with the top third of its body up off the ground and frozen at the sight of The Terrifying Human lol

Snakes are so neat.
Jun. 27th, 2016 11:47 am (UTC)
Ooo! I've never seen a snake rise up like that in person (which is probably for the best)! Here's to vermin-free yards!

Grandma always said "toe" instead of "knob," and it's stuck with me. :P (I've always wondered if it wasn't because she knew the euphemistic form of knob and wanted to avoid being rude.)
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