Thursday, March 14, 2013

chicken, green bean, and cucumber salad

It's been a heckuva long time since I did a food post. I enjoy doing them, but usually by the time I'm preparing a meal, I'm hungry and then I dive into my meal as though I've never seen food before.

It's a problem.

Anyway, this meal is so stupidly simple and sounds really dumb but is really easy, fresh, and delicious.

You poach a little chicken, boil some green beans real quick (but let them stay semi-crisp), chop up some cucumber (seeded, and I can only tolerate English cucumbers) and parsley. (And basil if you have it but who wants to buy a whole package of basil so you can use two tablespoons and then the rest rots in the fridge? Not I.) Mix with some lemon juice, olive oil, capers, a little salt and pepper. Top with the piece de resistance -- chopped toasted almonds. They really make the dish. Ridiculously easy and yummy.

Forgive the crappy phone photo.

Recipe here. I doubled it for dinner for my husband and me.

Something I made last night and didn't photograph because my mouth turned into a vacuum and I inhaled the whole thing post-haste: Spicy sweet potato fries with avocado dip. Crispy, tangy, spicy, utterly delicious. And good for you! They're baked in the oven with olive oil. Just delightful. I could eat them every day.


  1. Guuuuurl take that leftover basil and smash it with garlic, a ill bit of salt and olive oil and throw that shit in the freezer (freeze in an ice cube tray if you've got extra). When you thaw it, just add parm (and pine nuts if you've got em) and BAM pesto.

    1. I always intend to make pesto with it but I never do! And then it rots. Also: I don't love pesto. I know.

    2. Oh. Well. I. I mean. Really? Even when it's fresh? I don't ... I ....

    3. Maybe I should try again. In fairness I only ever gave it one attempt and it was awful.

  2. Yours is the only blog posting anything I might actually make and that fits into my diet. Life is hard. But not when you have basil around. I put it on low-carb wraps and pretend it has nutritional value.