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operation: eat your veggies

The veggies are slowly dwindling from my fridge.  If you missed it, I got hit with a mother-load from Door to Door Organics.  I went shopping the same day and stocked up, then found the plentiful box of delicious GREEN on my doorstep. 

Not a problem in this house, but I can’t let any of it go to waste.

So currently, I am running operation: eat your veggies!!!

If you don’t like veggies, I wouldn’t advise coming for a visit! [Jessica, I am talking to you!!]

Now let’s get started.

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Lunch Part I:

  • 1/2 head lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • 1/2 cucumber

Paired with: Creamy Smoked Salad Dressing [one of my favs!]

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Lunch Part II:

Just as delicious in stir-fry form!

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I have a lot of them.

Specifically, pickling cucumbers.  You know, for pickling!!

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The nice thing about pickling cucumbers is that they last a few weeks longer than if you just eat them from the fridge.


And pickles are freaking delicious.

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You can pickle so many other things besides cucumbers.  Practically any vegetable.  And you don’t have to have pickling cucumbers either.  I do prefer them, but use a long English cucumber otherwise.

Here’s what I had on hand to pickle:

  • pickles, duh
  • banana peppers [amazing on veggie sandwiches, stuffed in a grilled cheese, on salads or pizza!]
  • hot pepper

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If you want a basic recipe for pickles, check out my Salt + Pepper Garlic Pickles.

You can also find, Pickled Banana Peppers, in that post as well.  Want to get more creative?  I have FIVE pickling recipes in this post, from last summer!

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And better than links to all my old posts, I have a new recipe for you as well!  The kind + generous Kelsey, invited us over for dinner again.  Man do I love her.  Somehow, she always knows when I’m having an extremely busy day and have no time to cook.

What better way to thank her, than bring her some of my fridge contents!

In pickle form of course.

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Kelsey’s Zesty Pickle Mix

  • 28-32oz jar + lid
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 2 large banana peppers
  • 2 large pickling cucumbers
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • 1T fine grain, kosher sea salt
  • 1T peppercorns
  • 1/4t red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • water
  1. De-seed peppers + slice into 1/8” rounds.
  2. Slice cucumbers into 1/8” rounds.
  3. Add peppers + cucumbers to jar, pour in vinegar and fill to just below the top of the jar with water.
  4. Add salt, peppercorns, pepper flakes and garlic.
  5. Screw lid on + gently turn a few times.
  6. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4-6hrs before eating.  They will last about 2 weeks in the fridge.

*I used a med-hot pepper for the hot pepper.  1 seeded jalapeno will work, or whatever you like.

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Another way to show thanks to Kelsey?

Empty out the fridge a little more, by providing the salad greens!!  Goodbye 2 mini green leaf lettuce heads.  You were so delicious!

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Kelsey spent hours preparing an amazing lasagna feast.  She was super kind + used brown rice lasagna noodles for my no-gluten-eating self.  They were delicious!!  No need to pre-cook.  You couldn’t tell a difference between regular lasagna noodles at all.

I brought over my daylight bulbs + light clamps, so Kelsey could get some shots for her blog.  She was excited!

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And I was excited to dig in to this cheesy deliciousness.  I think she’ll have the recipe up sometime soon!??

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And that my friends, is how you go through a LOT of veggies in just ONE day.


Reader Comments (38)

I feel HONORED to have pickles named after me. Now I will go shove them to the back of the fridge so "Mr. I love all things pickled" keeps his paws off! Glad you liked dinner!!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkL---CEE

I hardly ever eat pickles, but these look fantastic! I want to try :)

It's funny because as I was reading this post, I thought of the Polish grocery store that I went to and they not only had Polish Dill Pickles, they also had pickled beets, pickled cabbage, and pickled mushrooms. I was just staring at all the jars of pickly pickleness and it was just... "Wow." ;) Oh, and of course they had banana peppers too!

That lasagna looks so good!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristina cadden

I have a question about pickling, if you don't mind! Do your pickled cucumbers come out crunchy, or do you have to add something complicated to the process to get them to do that? (I don't know what that would be, exactly, but your recipe seems so easy and I remember a friend of mine making pickles years ago and her process was very involved.) Thanks!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Yay for GF lasagna, that's something I have not had yet since needing to go gluten free. I didn't really know they made noodles, or I guess I've never looked. Pickling has always intimidated me for some reason... but really it's practically the simplest form of food preparation there is.

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I need a daylight to take photos under, is that what you recommend? I saw one at Costco on the weekend and was tempted to buy one but didn't, now I am having second thoughts!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

What a treat that lasagna! Too many veggies is never a bad thing :)

Beautiful, Ashley! the colors are just popping. I love the cucumbers against the black...and yes, makes me wanna eat more veggies. NOW!

MAN! Can Kelsey come stay with me for a while?!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

a day full of veggies is a day full of joy!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma (Namaste Everyday)

Oooooo Jessica... BUSTED.

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I'd love this challenge!! Veggies are the best :)

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Bites and Bliss

You put a good dent in that produce. I can't wait for that recipe!

This post is making me love veggies even more :P Man that lasagna looks incredible! Kelsey seems to be the most AMAZING hostess, and having brought a big jar of pickled veggies, you seem to be the most amazing guest :)

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Before the winter, I definitely need to invest in some daylight bulbs and clamps!

I love operation eat your veggies - it happens around here a lot!

I've always wanted to try pickling cucumbers. They always look so fresh and delicious.

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Oh my gosh...that lasagna looks killer! :)

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

I'm so glad you posted about your pickling! I just got a big bag of cucumbers from a neighbor that I was trying to eat up - don't know why I didn't consider pickling sooner!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

yum, you've totally inspired me to pickle some of the cucumbers and banana peppers i got from my dad's garden last weekend! :)

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterashley @ cooking for john

Woohoo!! Enjoy!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I's so easy!! Hope you like them!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hehehe, we both try. ;)

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You want to make sure you get "daylight" light bulbs and not just "bright white" or "white" bulbs. It makes a big difference. Here is a link to a post where I show the type I have - They are a bit pricey per bulb....maybe $7?

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes they are crunchy!! There are 2 pickling is more of a canning style, where you can store your pickles in the cupboard, then open them, eat + put them in the fridge for a few weeks. With that process you typically brine [I think that is the term] the pickles and they have to sit for at least a few weeks before you can eat them. This is a quick process, that literally only takes about 4-6 hours before you can start crunching away. They are stored in the fridge the entire time and will last about 2-3 weeks. Hope that helps!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whoaaa Ashley~~ I love this new header!! Great picture. :D I get so stoked when I see cool photos like that--it could be a photo of anything really! ;)

And doesn't it feel so good when you eat all these veggies?! I find it refreshing hehe. Take care Ash!

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

I made this dressing for dinner last night- it was AMAZING. I added a little more water to loosen up the consistency, but this is my new go-to dressing recipe. I love smoked paprika!

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I have to try that dressing. It looks so pretty again the bright green kale!

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa

Awesome!! Thanks for letting me know! :)

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Ellie!!

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I LOVE pickles, but I'm so intimidated when it comes to making my own. My grandma makes them every year and tells me it's so easy. Maybe some day...

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Yummmm! I love veggies (obviously) so using them up isn't usually an issue. I've never pickled anything, but I love making giant salads or stir fries! Or I just dip raw veggies in hummus!

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ IHeartVegetables

Mmm I love love love fresh pickles. Especially cucumbers pickled NYC style :)

that lasagna looks amazing!

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

No one ever needs to tell me to eat veggies, but I do love this operation!

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGena

Just threw together a batch of Kelsey's Zesty Pickle mix with cuc's and pep's from our local CSA... looking forward to trying it tomorrow! :)

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKellie W.

Woohoo!! Hope you liked them!!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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