Chipolte Sour Cream Dip

Chipolte Sour Cream Dip

This is really the quickest and simplest dip to whip up, but it tastes great and goes with so many things. It can also be used as a salad dressing, or a condiment, like mayonnaise. I usually just cut up carrot and celery sticks and romaine lettuce leaves to dip into it. Chipolte’s are a roasted, smoked chili pepper with a rich earthy flavor. The sour cream is a perfect complement with it’s tart, refreshing flavor that helps cool the heat of the chili. Read more »

Picking a Wild Salad

Dandelion Flower

Learn how to pick a raw wild salad of Eastern Blue Violet, Miner’s Lettuce, Wild Mustard, Sheep Sorrel, Ox-Eye Daisy, and Dandelion, garnished with Wild Mustard Flowers. Wild edibles, also known as edible weeds, are the most nutritious vegetables and greens available. By their very nature they have not been tampered with by man, not hybridized nor genetically modified. Since they are rarely offered in stores or markets you have to harvest them fresh so like all fruit and vegetables they will have more nutrients and vital life force than store-bought fruit and vegetables. Read more »

The Salad in Your Front Yard: Edible Plants You Didn’t Even Know About

Wild Borage Flower

The Frugal Food Gatherer is Well-Fed. The price of groceries continues to rise and the Recession seems to be unending. Ways to reduce your spending can come from anywhere; unplugging household utilities like televisions and computers for instance, saves energy and reduces your electric bills. Keeping the refrigerator freezer full, while seeming like non-Recessionary good times will actually makes the refrigerator run less often. The cold bulk takes less energy to maintain than an empty freezer does at the same setting. Ironic, huh? Read more »

Rainbow Cole Slaw

Rainbow Cole Slaw

I love cabbage, and this really hit the spot. So much so that I ate nearly the entire bowl myself. Using heirloom red cabbage and yellow carrots and fresh herbs from our garden the colors were intense. This photo doesn’t really do it justice. The taste was just divine, and the raw energy packed into this quick-to-prepare meal was just what I needed. If you don’t like the taste of apple cider vinegar tonics, this is a good way to get the health benefits of ACV without really noticing it. You can also add whatever fresh herbs you like, I used cilantro, parsley and wild mint. Read more »

Marinated Chickpea Salad

Marinated Chickpea Salad

One of the most popular legumes in the world, chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) were one of the first crops to be cultivated. They are one of the tastiest and most versatile of the pulses. Chickpeas are also high in fiber and contain the phytonutrient isoflavone, which may help to prevent cancer. Chickpeas belong to the family of legumes, also known as pulses. A study of 10,000 men and women in the USA found that those who ate pulses at least four times a week had a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease. This tasty marinated chickpea salad can be put together quickly, stored overnight in the fridge and eaten for lunch the next day. Read more »