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The Cucumber Series: Eight

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Superhero Cucumber pairs really well with many fruits & vegetables, plus it considered a superfood which promotes over 16 different health benefits. Originally the inspiration for this series was a woman with over 24 food allergies, but it evolved.

Many of us have become totally reliant on packaged foods, because we are always on the go. Now we have some sense of entitlement that all food should be grab and go. Unfortunately, with the rise in food allergies/ special dietary needs, we have to go back to primitive times and really learn about food. Food manufactures will not even blink in the direction of changing their food products. In fact they refused to do any interviews with me, because I said "Food Allergies."

Want to eat "real" for your body and feel good again? We have to get back into our kitchens, shop whole, cook raw and start from scratch then. Often this means pre-planning meals. (What a pain in the arse.) When we incorporate foods like Superhero Cucumber with other cool foods in our daily meals, not only do we feel nourished, refreshed, and energized but we see the lines in our face disappear, the acne go away, diabetes in control, bones hurt less, waist line in check, belly pain stops.. and so on.

Day 8: "Zucumber"

This recipe is inspired by my godsister, Jamie Greenwood, owner of Jamie Living.

At Kelly & Young winery in Sonoma, CA, a few years ago, Jamie brought 15 women together and taught them how to cook with seasonal, local, sustainable food. It even including going to pick vegetables in the garden just before she taught how and what to make. Fifteen women worked together to create a feast of delicious foods from scratch. Kathleen, the owner of the winery did the pairings and tastings under a beautiful canopy of grape vines. It was a fabulous experience. If you ever get the chance to go to one of Jamie's events, or a tasting at the Kelly & Young winery, itself, you are lucky! I know I was.

To make "Zucumber":

  • 1 long, large zucchini
  • 1 long, large cucumber
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 ear of sweet corn (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 sprigs of fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups of shredded cabbage (optional)

.First, use a peeler to get long strips of zucchini and cucumber (they will look like wide flat noodles). Then halve 10 cherry tomatoes. Finely chop 1 garlic glove into very small pieces. Cut the corn off the ear. Combine into a large bowl. Add Spices. Finely chop basil. Add olive oil and vinegar. Toss salad together. Shred cabbage. Atop the shredded cabbage add the mixture of "zucumber," or serve by itself with steak, fish, chicken.

I've also added red pepper flakes to this mix and a drizzle of honey and served it on top of pita crackers.

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