We got pickling cucumbers again this week. (Would like salad cucumber, please!) I decided to try some refrigerator pickles to serve with hamburgers, and to eat as a snack. I used Serious Eats method for quick pickling, and it worked really well! I experimented by using Splenda instead of sugar; this did not seem to make a difference.
Until we got blueberries in our box this week, we had not received fruit for a while. Usually, we just eat the fruits we get, but I wanted to actually make something with the blueberries. I didn’t want anything too sweet, so I decided to try making a cold quinoa salad. I ended up using some of the cucumbers, too.
We got 5 little pickling cucumber in our box this week. They weren’t enough to turn into pickles. (That is too much work, plus I had no time.) I started looking for a recipe for some kind of quick pickle, and came upon this recipe from The Shiksa in the Kitchen for Crunchy Pickled Salad. I had never heard of the cucumbers she used, but decided my pickling cucumbers would work fine. I also used about half of the Napa cabbage from our box. I decided to try a different dressing, and found one on allrecipes.com for a Lemon Dill Salad Dressing. As I was dressing the salad, I realized that I had gotten pretty far away from pickles, but the salad was good, anyway. (Since I didn’t make any adjustments to the originals, I am not going to post my actual recipes. Feel free to follow the links to the original authors!)
Today is my Mom’s birthday. She taught me a lot about cooking when I was younger, and still makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies! Since she lives in Wisconsin and we live in Albuquerque, I don’t get to spend as much time with her as I wish I could.
No recipe today, just a picture of a yummy chicken salad I made recently. We got spring mix lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes in our box this week. I used this recipe from allrecipes.com to marinate the chicken, in only 15 minutes.
Our son is still home from his Navy school, and I am still trying to get him to eat better. Hope this translates into better eating when he goes back! I was grilling a steak tonight, and wanted a simple, quick side dish to throw together after work. This salad definitely fit the bill! My husband described it as a good combination of sweet and sour. It is very low calorie, too.