ARF/5-A-Day #16

by Cate on April 19, 2006

Another ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday is upon us, and with Spring and Summer fruit and vegetable bounty now coming into season, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

I was playing with a couple of ideas for our dinner tonight, but The Husband ended up beating me to the punch and making dinner on his own. Surprise! Since it included his House Special Roast Pork and Black Beans and Rice, I needed to get creative quickly to make sure to cover my ARF/5-A-Day bases. What to do?

After a quick scan of the refrigerator, I came up with a bunch of red, juicy, ripe tomatoes — perfect. Coupled with three avocados I had on the counter, I had a quick and simple plating, sliced tomatoes with avocados, dressed only with coarse salt and cracked black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Divine. And to top it off, Frozen Mudslides… The Husbands worked for a few hours on the swingset tonight, and it’s actually starting to look like something. Should be just one more night or two at the most before Nicholas and The Girlfriend can start enjoying it. They’re bursting with anticipation!

OK, on to tantalize your tastebuds with the round-up:

First up, Sweet Napa joins us for the first time with her take on one of our favorite pizzas:

Stacey from Just Braise tackles beets this week with her Beet and Bean Salad:

Happy Burp from Germany sends in her Strawberry Jam – yum!

Arthi from To the Tooth has antioxidants on the brain, even being mindful of them while on vacation! Her entry this week includes the very colorful peppers:

Biscuits and Blues contributes one of my favorite things, Broccoli Salad, with her Bodacious take on it:

Sailu’s Food serves up Aloo Tamatar Subzi – Curried Potatoes in Tomato Sauce , chock full of hearty vegetable goodness.

The Spice is Right is taking advantage of the ripe tomato bounty with her Tomato Rice:

The Fat-Free Vegan combines two of my favorite vegetables with her Spinach and Artichoke Pie:

Kalyn, our resident Pepper Queen, shares her gorgeously colorful Marinated Pepper Salad with Garbanzos and Olives:

Another newcomer this week, Saffron Trail from India shares her Vegetable Paratha with Carrot-Garlic Spread:

Check out Cooking Within My Grasp’s site to see what she does with Tomatillos:

We have our dessert category covered this week by Farmgirl Fare with her own recipe for Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti:

Until tomorrow …

Hot Health Hint: According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, although all fruits and veggies have them, the best foods for antioxidants are cauliflower, peas and oranges. I know what kind of recipe I’ll be searching for next week!

A year ago todayA Little Bit of Havana.

P.S. I neglected a few pups in the Weekend Dog Blogging round-up, so be sure to go check out the cuties I missed.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

plum April 19, 2006 at 4:32 am

Mmmn, I agree about the spinach and artichokes. Pie here I come!


Susan in Italy April 19, 2006 at 6:47 pm

Oh those artichokes are gorgeous. They are just pitiful where I live… And then the tomatillos! Jesus, you’re killing me. Haven’t had tomatillo salsa for ages. They don’t even exist here.


Kalyn April 20, 2006 at 12:27 am

Oh I do love being the pepper queen.


Cate April 20, 2006 at 2:29 am

Plum, I’m right behind you!

Susan — ahhh, but I’m sure you have plenty of things over there that would make US green with envy! ;)

Kalyn – LOL, glad you approve!


Anonymous April 20, 2006 at 3:37 pm

move over Emeril, here comes my brother!

BTW tried the Havana Cuban Sandwishes… YUM!

The Sister In-Law


Cate April 22, 2006 at 12:50 am

The Sister-In-Law: And like Emeril, The Husband has his one favorite spice … Adobo on EVERYTHING! Glad you liked the sandwiches – they’re a favorite here too. ;)


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