Five Meals to Take Camping this Summer.

Five Meals to Take Camping this Summer.

If you follow me on Instagram (ps I love you all!), you may remember me disappearing on a four-day camping trip near Moab, Utah. It was glorious for oh so many reasons, including: lack of internet (yes, it’s good for me to unplug sometimes, even if I don’t want to), good company, cozy campfires every night, slot canyons, sunshine and mountain trails. Oh, and did I mention amazing food?! I want to share with you how easy and simple it can be to pack delicious meals for your next outdoor adventure. Bring a small cooler, and pack the bottom with some dry ice – Why dry ice? It’s relatively inexpensive and it sumblimes (That’s a science word for “evaporates” – so you won’t end up with a swimming pool in your cooler (Not that I speak from experience or anything….). Plus, dry ice is awesome. Just be sure to keep plenty of padding between the ice and your veggies – otherwise they will freeze…. Five Easy Meals to take Camping this Summer 1. Oatmeal (And don’t forget the instant coffee, please). You can buy premade packets of quick-cooking oats in a variety of flavors, or you can buy plain oats, and add in your own favorite toppings. Oatmeal for breakfast = boil water, pour and stir. Voila! Breakfast. We topped our oats with trailmix and dried blueberries. Now that’s called winning at breakfast. 2. Sushi – Why not eat gourmet food on shower-less day #4 in the dessert? Prepare your favorite sushi rolls at home, but don’t slice them. Wrap each roll in seran wrap and then eat them...
Sunomono – Japanese Cucumber Salad

Sunomono – Japanese Cucumber Salad

Some weeks I get stuck in a salad rut. I rely on the same tired ‘ole veggies on the bottom shelf until they’re almost as tired of me as I am of them. And then… I remember rice vinegar. This is a traditional Japanese quick-pickled cucumber salad. You can get as crazy as you want with the recipe. Craving some heat? Add in some ginger juice or diced chilis. Looking for more color? Add rainbow carrots, red bell peppers, radish slices, maybe even try some cabbage. Whatever veggies you use, be sure to slice as thinly as possible. Ingredients 1 cucumber (Persian or Japanese cucumbers are better, but an English cucumber will work as well) 1/4 tsp sea salt 3 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp mirin (or sugar) 1/4 tsp shoyu (soy sauce) 1 tsp black (or white) sesame seeds, toasted Rainbow carrots (or other veggies of choice), optional Directions 1. Thinly slice cucumbers and carrots (if using). Add salt, stir to combine and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Then, squeeze all the liquid from the veggies, and set aside. 2. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, mirin and shoyu together. Stir to combine. If using sugar, mix until all the sugar has dissolved. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Be sure to adjust seasonings as there is quite the variety of shoyu and vinegar available. 3. Add vinegar mixture to cucumbers and carrots and mix well. Stir in sesame seeds. Eat immediately, or store, covered in the fridge for your next salad adventure. If you have leftover dressing, store it in a jar in the...
Radish Canapés with Horseradish Creme

Radish Canapés with Horseradish Creme

Looking for something fancy and seemingly decadent to serve? I whipped up these elegant canapés for an Academy Awards Party on Sunday. The cucumber and radish slices are wonderfully crunchy and refreshing and the creme is brightly flavored and tastes decadent. None of your guests will even notice they’re eating their veggies. Ha! The veggie ninja strikes again. Ingredients Canape Base 1 bunch radishes, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 cucumber, thinly sliced Sprinkling of sea salt Sprinkling of ground black peppercorns Creme 1/3 c raw cashews, soaked overnight, soaking liquid reserved 2-3 tsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed 1 tsp white miso, or nutritional yeast 2-3 tsp horseradish mustard 1 dash sea salt Garnish Chives, minced. Or several wee dill sprigs (check out my photo on Instagram to see these cuties!) Or several wee parsley sprigs Directions 1. Place all ingredients for Horseradish Creme in a blender or Vitamix. Blend until smooth. You may have to add a bit more of the cashew soaking liquid to get a smooth texture. Adjust seasonings to taste. You can always add fresh horseradish if you love it really spicy. Add more miso for a cheesier flavor, add more lemon juice to brighten it up, or add more mustard if you just love mustard. Like me, I love mustard. 2. Thinly slice the radishes into rounds. Slice the cucumber into rounds also – slightly thicker than the radishes. Place the cucumber slices on a plate and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. I ground these Tasmanian Black Peppercorns from Savory Spice Shop onto my cucumber slices. These peppercorns add a lovely...