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Ecology Cooking: Healthy, Refreshing Dessert

November 10, 2010 by  
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Green Grapes for Dessert?  Yes!

I don’t know where this idea came from.  I’ve successfully served it for over 25 years.  Oops, dating myself 🙂

It’s so simple that you’ll probably just stop reading and dismiss the idea.  TRUST ME.  Try it and prepare to be amazing as you share it with friends.

The basic recipe from long ago:

  • Green Grapes, sliced in half (I like lengthwise)
  • Sour Cream
  • Cinnamon

Yep, that’s it.   Mix the sour cream and cinnamon and combine with sliced grapes.  Prepare at least one hour ahead and serve only slightly chilled.

You don’t need much of the sour cream mixture – just enough to lightly coat the grapes.  The cinnamon is to taste.  Did you know that cinnamon is HEALTHY?

This is a great picnic side dish or a wonderful intermezzo or even (and maybe especially) a wonderfully light and healthy dessert.

Variations:  I’ve tried light sour cream and I’ve tried 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 non-fat yogurt.    I’ve even tried just non-fat yogurt, but think there’s something in the flavor of sour cream that works well with the grapes.

Bon Appetite!

Ecology Cooking: Avocados

November 8, 2010 by  
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Bob’s definition of a good salad:   At least one whole avocado.  You can use less oil in salads when you use avocados.  Their rich, oily flavor is nutritious and balances your high quality vinegar or lemon dressing.

To use:

  • Slice Avocado in half and separate halves by twisting halves apart.
  • Plop your chef’s knife into the large seed with enough force to “catch” it.   Bang it onto the cutting board and twist gently.  One hand is holding the knife and your other hand is no where near the avocado 🙂
  • Seed should remove easily with a twist of your knife; if not, bang again.
  • (option to this method, turn avocado over and rap sharply on cutting board, then scoop seed out with spoon – the banging loosens the seed)
  • With regular dinner knife (not your sharp chef’s knife- no hand cutting), make slice shapes in avocado half.
  • Then make cross section cuts so you have little squares.
  • Scoop out with a spoon.  Scoop directly into salad dressing or lemon mix (below) so avocado does not brown.

This is an easy way to fully use all the yummy insides of an avocado.

Pop seed with knife

Carefully remove seed from knife

Scrape out yummy bits with spoon


My favorite avocado side dish recipe:

  • Squeeze or ream (reamer pictured) the juice of one or two lemons or limes.
  • Chop 1/2 to 1 onion (experiment with kind to find what you like)
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper  (optional)
  • Let onion sit in lemon for a while – longer if onion is more strongly flavored, less time if sweet oni0n.
  • Shortly before serving, use above method to  add avocado.  Stir gently to completely coat avocado with lemon/onion mixture.
  • Serve in a bowl as a side dish
  • Great over rice, as a side dish or over greens

This looks really simple and easy – it is.  It’s incredibly delish!  Enjoy 🙂

Washing Vegetables

November 1, 2010 by  
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Click to see a recent article in the New York Times about cleaning vegetables.

We use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap. We buy it by the gallon and it lasts a very long time. Dilute and keep a container by the kitchen sink. It’s great for washing vegetables. Put just a little bit in a big bowl of water to rinse your veggies.

Keep a small container in your hiking pack to wash off if you get exposed to poison oak. I don’t pet dogs when on the trail because I don’t want to get poison oak on my hands.

Because it rinses so easily and cleanly, it’s a great soap for the outdoors. I’ve even found that a strongly diluted solution is sometimes effective as an insect repellent.

I keep a plastic container in the shower, again – dilute. It’s refreshing. In the winter, I use the Dr. Bronners Lavendar Soap as it feels more soothing and moisturizing.

Ecology Cooking: Favorite Tool

October 24, 2010 by  
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Use good ingredients to make good tasting, healthy meals.
Scrape every last yummy bite with a good quality silicone spatula. Did you ever notice the cooking shows that leave so much food in the bowl or pot? It really does not take any extra time to extract those yummy bites if you’re using the proper tool.
I like these spatulas because they have holes for hanging, the rounded one is especially good for scraping bowls and the set is priced right. Combine with other items on Amazon to get free shipping. These make great gifts!

What is Ecology Cooking?

July 17, 2010 by  
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Ecology Cooking is

joyfully creating dishes that are healthy, tasty

and conserve energy, resources and/or time.

Healthy Trail Tips: What to eat?

July 16, 2010 by  
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Tips for healthy eating on the trail – what’s your favorite tip?

  1. Choose easily digestible foods in small portions.  Stop for snacks vs. large meals while hiking.
  2. Try to plan lunch so you’re not hiking uphill directly after eating.  Why?  Blood Shunt.  Blood goes to the abdomen for digestion – away from your legs.
  3. Dried fruit makes a great snack.
  4. Carry extra water.
  5. Anticipate long climbs and eat a little something before starting one.
  6. Carry fresh fruit, cut up, in a hard container that does not leak.
  7. Apples are great energy and provide hydration.  Pre-cut your apple to make it easy to eat a piece before going uphill.  Make 4 shallow cuts and wrap apple with plastic wrap.
  8. Your Favorite Tip?


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