Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A New Guest Blogger: Sarah C. and her Clean Food recipe with a twist

The Graduation Gift Cookbook

Our nephew Tom's girlfriend is contributing to the blog for the first time.  Welcome!  Here's what Sarah C. had to say: 

I recently made one of  the many delicious recipes from the Clean Food cookbook. Since graduation, I've looked through the cookbook multiple times so I was very excited about making my first meal for my house-mates yesterday.

I knew that my first meal had to come out of this cookbook -the only problem was narrowing it down to one recipe because they all looked so good! In the end, I decided to make the cucumber, mango, chickpea salad over couscous and added a few twists. It was a huge hit and everyone went back for seconds. Below is the recipe plus a few twists:

Ingredients
4 medium cucumbers, peeled and diced
4 mangoes, peeled and diced
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 cups black beans
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup dried apricots (optional)

Dressing
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small shallot, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, mango, chickpeas, black beans, craisins and cilantro. In a separate bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad, toss and serve over couscous.

Serves 8

Clean Food is now my house-mates' new favorite cookbook!

            ---- With a smile, Sarah C.


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