simple strawberry pie

Almost all summer long, the taster has been requesting a strawberry pie. So I did what any good girlfriend would do and made a strawberry pie. Of sorts.

It wasn’t your typical strawberry pie. It required only a few ingredients, no baking and incorporates my favorite part of pie. Homemade whipped cream! I’ve always loved freshly whipped cream, I remember my mom freezing the bowl and beaters and then getting out that little carton that with the help of some sugar and a few drops of vanilla, turns into something magical.

I don’t have a glass bowl (hint, hint taster) and I doubt freezing plastic has the same effect but the result was just as creamy as I remember.

Simple Strawberry Pie

Beat whipping cream and stevia together until stiff.

Gently fold in strawberries.

Spread mixture in the crust, garnishing with a few strawberry slices and refrigerate.

If you are like me, you will eat it right out of the pan before the taster even gets home. ;)

review: amazing grass

(Hi! I have a more recent Amazing Grass review – read here!)

I’ve been a fan of Amazing Grass for quite some time now. You can read about the benefits of greens here but I honestly can’t think of a better way to start my day than a shot of greens. If I was hardcore I would mix it with water, but I’m not, so a little oj and water does the trick.

Amazing Grass recently sent me some of their products to review and graciously sent some amazing greens for our smoothie bar at Camp Endeavor. I was a little nervous that the kids would want nothing to do with anything that would turn their smoothies green, but surprisingly almost all of the girls tried it in their smoothie! It was definitely a proud moment for me. The boys weren’t as into it, but I’ll take a 65% approval rating as a success!

My favorite product is by far the Green Superfoods and always has been. I will say that I really rely on the packets of Green SuperFood while I’m traveling as well. As much as I might try to fit in as many vegetables while I’m on the road as I do at home, it never seems to be the same and those little packets make me feel like I’m making up for the lost vitamins, antioxidants, etc. a bit.

I love the idea of the Amazing Meal with a protein and greens mix, but unfortunately protein powder doesn’t always sit well with my stomach and I’ve always thought hemp protein powder was a bit grainy, even though I LOVE the nutritional stats of it. I’ll stick to my shot of greens ;)  Here is a recipe, if you are a fan of the Amazing Meal or interested in trying!

PB & Chocolate Green Smoothie - 1 serving

  • 1 packet Chocolate Amazing Meal
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter

Blend until smooth and drink while cold!

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toasted pine nut & green bean salad

I was in charge of bringing a salad to a friend’s house the other night and had a few ingredients that I knew I wanted to include. Organic, local green and yellow wax beans were in abundance at Whole Foods and pine nuts, nuts of gold, as I believe the woman checking me out referred to them as, were both part of my master plan. Why have I never noticed that pine nuts are so expensive until now?

Never one to let price get in the way, and yes, that is problematic as I feel like the woman who has an obsession with Manolo Blahniks, except that my stilettos come in the form of truffle oil, fruits from the jungle and pine nuts. I forged ahead nonetheless, toasting those pine nuts to perfection.

The salad was the ideal accompaniment to grilled steaks and tuna, grilled veggies, good friends and wine. Oh and the amazing home made peach & blueberry pie!

Toasted Pine Nut & Green Bean Salad – 6-8 servings

  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 pound yellow wax beans
  • 3 small heads frisee
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 oz gorgonzola crumbles
  • roasted garlic dressing

Wash beans and cut off ends. Cut into about 2 inch pieces. Add to boiling, salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool with cold water. Set aside.

Wash and clean frisee, drying completely in a salad spinner. Set aside.

Heat small pan and add pine nuts. Stirring often, toast pine nuts until golden brown and fragrant.

Assemble salad: layer frisee in large bowl. Top with green beans, cheese crumbles, pine nuts and dressing. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Roasted Garlic Dressing

  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper

Whisk all ingredients together, breaking up garlic cloves.

kitchen gadget: salad spinner

For someone who makes salad almost every day, I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase this $20 kitchen gadget. I can tell you that after spinning one batch of lettuce and herbs, I’m hooked. I don’t even know how I survived without it! Drying lettuce on a towel no more!

It produced nice crisp greens that even after being refrigerated for days, still stayed crunchy and ready for lunch-time salads.

This, along with my new wok, are still sitting on the kitchen table, homeless and willing to settle for a less-than-ideal home…I’m hoping to find one for them soon or something else has got to go.

Do you have a cheap, but can’t-live-without kitchen gadget?