Daily Archives: July 4, 2009

Lynn – Happy B’day Dear America, Happy B’day to You!

salads - vegetarian

Happy Independence Day!

We started off the day with a hike and a light breakfast -

1/2 a mango, 1/2 a banana, a heaping TB of plain fat free yogurt, and a drizzle of agave.  We’re going to a BBQ soon and I want to have an appetite!

I got started on the salad I’m bringing.  First, I washed all the veggies -

We just saw “Whatever Works” yesterday, and Larry David’s character kept singing “Happy Birthday” whenever he washed his hands.  So, I sang it to America while cleaning my produce.

I deseeded a large cucumber, four plum tomatoes, and two green bell peppers, chopping them into bite size pieces -

Then, I had an idea of what to do with all the leftover cucumber/tomato seeds!  I’m sure I’m not the first person to ever think of this, but I’ve never seen it done before…I made a dressing out of the veggie seeds, some olive oil, dried dill, german mustard, the juice and zest of one large lemon, salt and pepper: 

Mixed in my mini Cuisinart.  It made a VERY thin dressing.  But it tasted good so I poured it over the veggies and added some chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley:

And some crumbled fat-free feta:

It’s sitting in the fridge now, waiting to be taken to the BBQ.  In the meantime, I started blogging, and Abe started drinking.  I don’t drink alcohol but I had a sip since it sounded so good.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Beer -

Gotta change outa these stinky hiking clothes!  Happy 4th of July!