• Alyssa Piperis

9/6/15-9/12/15: Labor Day, Lettuce Boats & Cashew Cream

My roommate and I had a very laidback Labor Day. We made a Trader Joe's run to get wine, cheese, and crackers (and my roommate introduced me to pepper jelly, which has officially changed my life forever). I normally stick to Ak-Mak crackers and mozzarella cheese when I go grocery shopping, but on special occasions it's nice to go for some less healthy choices. In this case, these were Trader Joe's Raisin Rosemary Crisps, one of their brie cheese options, and Hot & Sweet Pepper Jelly (I kid you not, it's almost impossible for me to type that without getting excited). We finished the box of crisps, the triangle of cheese, and got down to the very bottom of the pepper jelly in about ten minutes. No shame.

During the week I made turkey lettuce boats. I used ground turkey breast, corn, scallions, cilantro, and I added a crushed cashews/peanuts/garlic mix that I had made. There are plenty of sauces you could make for this (just ask the people of Pinterest!). The tastiest ones generally contain hoisin sauce and/or soy sauce, which I've used before, but this time I was trying to keep it on the healthier side. So, I simply mixed some of Trader Joe's General Tsao Stir Fry Sauce into rice vinegar and added chopped ginger.

Light and yummy, and you won't feel guilty going for seconds (or thirds!).

I just made cashew cream for the first time and had leftovers, so I made this dessert when my sweet tooth was buggin' out after dinner one night. It's just cashew cream, TJ's organic creamy peanut butter, strawberries, and chia seeds.

Cashew Cream:

- Soak 1 cup of cashews in water for 2 or more hours.

- Throw that in a blender with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of filtered water, depending on your desired thickness

Keep in mind that you'll have to add your own sweetener(s) for a more pleasant taste, as the cashews and water combo is nice and light but not super tasty. I'd suggest adding 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or some sugar, maybe a pinch of sea salt.

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