(apologize for the negligent photo, i was hungry and impatient for a good photo with my weirdly acting camera that probably needs a tune-up. The flowers are oh so pretty though!)
I miss summer. And boxes of vegetables so graciously picked up by my friend G. And salsa, and fresh tomatoes, and eating dinner on the front porch after a nice run in shorts.
So last night, I cheated on winter and her vegetables. I bought a cucumber, avacadoes, and an orange pepper, and used frozen spinach and canned tomatoes. And it was lovely. Not as robust as peak in-season veggies, but tasty. Please forgive me for relenting to my desires and betraying fresh, local, winter produce. I just couldn't take another root vegetable or frozen peppers.
I watched Guy's Big Bite on television at my parents Sunday. Temptation at its finest. I loved the idea of a spinach tostada despite his topping, which seemed to negate the lowered carb "tortilla". So I devised a topping of my own, atop Guy's Spinach tostadas.
2 avacadoes, diced
1 can roasted tomatoes, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 orange pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
2 green onions, diced
juice of 1 lime
4-5 cubes frozen cilantro (about 1 tsp each)
Mix together, and it gets better if it sits overnight. Spoon over spinach tostadas. ( I did not add, but perhaps 1 tsp of cumin would be great).