So glad the weekend is finally here, I’ve been in a funk the last two days with a cold and craziness at work. And I’m still trying to get rid of the last bits of this cold and be ready to run a 10k race tomorrow morning – ugh! Poor Miko has been looking a little frustrated with my lack of drive the play fetch.
And I nearly had a meltdown this morning when our coffee maker got a ground stuck in the pour spout and backed up coffee and grounds all over the kitchen instead of having a fresh pot of coffee ready for me, nothing like starting the weekend sterilizing the kitchen bright and early without coffee! I was really temped to get all Office Space on it!
But the mess is under control and I finally have fresh coffee, all is well in the world. I also still have tons of late season tomatoes coming from our garden, many of them still green that I need to pick soon before they turn into green ice cubes. I’ve been using paper bag banana trick to ripen them off the vine and it’s been working nicely.
But I’m also ending up with a lot of ripe tomatoes at once that I’ve been having to get creative with. Earlier this week, I threw together a simple tomato salad that made great leftovers for dinner and lunch which is perfect when I’m feeling a little under the weather and stressed.
Simple Spicy Tomato Salad
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 3-4 large tomatoes, diced
- 1 carrot, grated or chopped
- 1 apple, diced
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed and serve. Top with nutritional yeast and black pepper (optional). Makes 4 servings.
I added the apple for a little fall sweetness to compliment the cayenne spice which worked well. I adore simple raw vegan recipes like this because they celebrate wonderfully fresh ingredients in their natural, colorful form. And require no cleaning of the food processor or numerous measuring cups.
Today I have a busy agenda of picking up my race packet, laundry, shopping, and possibly going to a jewelry party a co-worker is hosting, though I’ve still on the fence about that one since I don’t want to feel obligated to spend money on jewelry that might be ugly.