Springtime means dandelion salad at my house. Dandelions are one of the best spring tonics. They are loaded with potassium and calcium, and are great for detoxifying the liver and kidneys. I had already planned to make a salad with them when this arrived at my house-
I normally only use brown rice, but I had a craving for jasmine rice and couldn't find any whole grain, so I used white. Shame on me, I know better and it won't happen again. It's funny how the taste buds change, and I can no longer stand the taste or texture of highly refined, processed foods like white rice or regular pasta. I find them just disgusting. I've been eating whole grains for so many years, it's hard to believe I ever liked the white stuff. Luckily, even my teens prefer things like quinoa and whole grain pastas to the "regular" stuff. Since the flavors of the seasonings I cooked the rice in were so yummy, I am posting this. But next time I will be using brown rice.
I've been working in the yard a bit and was happy to see the violets beginning to bloom. They are early, but they'll soon be making their yearly appearance on my table in my Mango, Dandelion and Violet Salad which I posted last year.
I am going to get this posted while my computer likes me. It has been very finicky lately, and nothing I do seems to make it work any better. I've deleted old files and unused programs, run and re-run antivirus softwear, defragmented, etc., etc., etc., but it still runs incredibly slow and freezes up quite often. It's an older computer, so I do not want to invest any money in it, and a new one just isn't in the budget at this point. It was finally working fairly well this morning, and I was nearly ready to post, then the power went out and I lost my work. So, if my posting continues to remain sporadic, as well as my reading and commenting, you'll know why.
Two bags of potatoes were sitting on my counter. One was organic and the other conventional, which I almost never buy. The organic ones get eaten pretty quickly here, but this last bag sat for nearly two weeks, so it contained a few potatoes that were beginning to sprout. The conventional ones have been sitting on my counter for two months, not a sprout anywhere. That says it all. If they are so highly treated with chemicals that they can't grow, it's not a good idea to eat them.
I hope you have all been enjoying the Easter season! I've been under the weather, my son came home with a bad head cold right before Easter break began and generously shared it with me. Needless to say there has not been much cooking going on here. I haven't had much appetite and have just been throwing simple salads together out of whatever I have on hand for the most part. But this carrot pineapple salad is one worth sharing with you. The combination of textures with the crispy carrots, juicy pineapple and chewy dates is lovely. It is a very healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth without any added sweeteners.
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