Cucumber Juice Recipe and My Views on Alcohol

Spring is here!  Okay maybe not really, but we’ve been getting some unseasonably nice weather in Washington, while so many of my friends in other states are getting the crazy weather we usually have.  So I thought I’d share a drink that’s sure to make anyone in any location feel like spring is on the way.  Fresh cucumber juice is so simple to make, and it’s a beautiful fancy drink that’s perfect for parties.  Plus it’s alcohol free!

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Chicken Pasta Recipe with Lemon Parmesan Sauce (on a Food Stamp Budget)

Today’s Hunger Challenge recipe is a simple chicken pasta recipe with juicy bites of pan fried chicken, peas that burst in your mouth with sweetness, and a rich creamy parmesan sauce that’s so much healthier than it tastes.  Oh and good news: I no longer feel sick and can actually eat it!  There were definitely some things that I did differently for this recipe because of being on a food stamp budget.

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Berries and Cream (the simplest summer dessert)

I’m still on vacation, and recovering from both vacation and our pa’ina on Saturday.  Our apartment is so messy with suitcases, boxes of condiments and seasonings, laundry and bags of dishes all over the place to be unpacked and put away.  Eric and I started the cleaning today, but our apartment is about 87 degrees (with an air conditioner) which is still 10 degrees cooler than outside so we can’t complain too much.  Poor Eric was pouring sweat trying to wash dishes with hot water.  So finally we decided we’d made a good dent and would go to his parents’ house (which is about 75 degrees) to do some laundry and pick berries.  His mom has raspberry and blueberry bushes at the side of the house.

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zucchini noodles

Spicy Tangy Asian Zucchini Noodles

zucchini noodles

This is one of those Asian dishes that is so simple, fast and easy to make that you can’t believe what a punch it packs.  Each bite starts with the crisp crunch of summer, followed by the clean tang of rice vinegar, and finishing with a spicy kick like a taekwando match in your mouth.  As your mouth soaks in the burn, you quickly take another bite to cool it off and experience it all over again.  Yeah, it’s that awesome, with only a few ingredients.  It only takes about two minutes to make and is perfect as a side salad, or a slaw on top of Korean BBQ, and I love bringing it to parties because people freak out about it being zucchini “noodles”.  If you don’t want it as spicy, use less red pepper flakes or skip them all together.

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