Monday, August 22, 2011

96 Degree Recipes

A peach. It was a record-breaking 96 in Portland on Multnomah Day. Not that hot compared to the rest of the nation but still uncomfortable.

If you haven't heard about the chili incident, read the last post. But here are some great recipes for the summer heat. Produce is now super cheap and if you want to start talking about eating healthy, here are some recipes.

First, Ciera and I are ethical eaters and we found that Morningstar makes an awesome ground beef substitute. It is fairly robust in texture and with a bit of taco seasoning it is almost indistinguishable.

Nectarine (or peach) salsa:
1 nectarine
1 yellow onion
4-5 cloves of garlic
1-2 tomatoes
a couple radishes
1-4 chilis (depending on desired heat)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
salt
1 lime

First slice the chilis down the middle and remove all the seeds and white stuff (unless you want it really hot). Be careful because the oil is very potent and hard to remove. It is probably worth it to wear liquid gloves. Then heat a pan on high with some oil in it. Toss the sliced halves in the pan and cook each side until they have a roasted texture. Remove the chilis. Chop up the onion and garlic and toss that in the pan, just to open up the flavors a bit, squeeze a lime half out on the onions and cook the peel in with them. In the meantime chop up all the remaining ingredients, including the chilis and toss them in a bowl. Squeeze any remaining lime juice into the bowl; add the vinegar. Pull the onions and garlic from the pan and add to the bowl. Remove the lime peel and throw it away. Mix together in a bowl and chill. It's like mango salsa only better because you made it and the nectarines didn't travel thousands of miles or get harvested by slave labor (probably) to get here.

Tasty vegetarian tacos (or ethical if you want to go through the hassle of finding ethical meat).

1 bag of Morningstar 'ground beef'
1 bag of taco seasoning
water.

Homemade nectarine salsa

humanely killed corn tortillas (or whatever you want to wrap them in)
lettuce
cheese

Put the 'beef' in a pan with some oil, add the taco seasoning and water to keep the not-really-meat product from burning. Remove from heat when well mixed and water has evaporated. Put the tortillas in a pan on low heat and add all the ingredients into the tortilla as it heats. I tend to go cheese, 'meat', salsa, and lettuce. Then fold the tortilla over and press it down with a spatula. Wait until the tortilla cooks a little and flip.

Aside from the horrible burning sensation that may accompany capsaicin exposure, these should be really freakin' tasty. So get excited and tell me what you eat in record breaking heat.