Here is an easy, quick, and yummy salad–the easiest, quickest, and yummiest salad ever created. Ever. EVER. EVER!

Glistening glazed beetroot with balsamic vinegar on a bed of peppery arugula…I mean COME ON!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 bunches of spicy arugula
  • parboiled beetroot slices (which is just a fancy way of saying boiled but still with a slight bite to it.)
  • 4 tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar (aged balsamic has a thicker consistency than regular balsamic and is a bit sweeter and less tart than regular balsamic)
  • salt to taste

In a skillet over a medium-high heat throw your beetroot, salt, and balsamic and allow to softly bubble until it becomes thick, gooey, and just coats the beetroot.

While that is bubbling away, crudely chop your arugula and place in a plate. Pour beetroot and balsamic glaze over salad and you, my good friend, are in business. Go devour that puppy!

You can play up this salad if you’d like by making it a bit more decadent. You could crumble in some blue cheese, goat cheese, or walnuts if you’d like—I was just trying to keep it clean and simple.

Go straight-up bananas and please give this salad a go and let me see the outcome! x

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Say “hello” to my new little Asian-tuna-salad friend!

A few days ago I tried a combo of Youtube Victoria’s Secret workouts that literally made me feel like I was going to die–so NOT worth the Abs of Steel. After that, as is always customary in straightupbananas world, I could not help but daydream about what I was going to put in my gob after I finished cooling down and re-hydrating myself. As my legs were literally wobbling like jelly underneath me, I decided to ensue upon the quest of cooking something quick, filling, and easy and thus the Asian Tuna Salad was born. So here’s my easy, quick, and healthy salad recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Chopped dill
  • chopped coriander
  • chili flakes
  • dark soy sauce
  • lemon
  • can of  tuna in water/brine
  • segmented orange/orange zest
  • spring onions
  • lettuce (or any other crunchy greens you have on hand)
  • sesame oil/ olive oil
  • squidge of honey

Method:

This salad should hardly be called cooking at all. First let’s make the dressing, shall we? For the dressing, mix the 4 tablespoons of sesame oil (olive oil works just fine if you’ve got none on hand), honey, soy sauce, chili flakes, orange zest, and lemon in a bowl and taste–you want the dressing to be salty, sweet, and a bit spicy. Good. Now let’s get that bowl out of the way.

Now that you’ve got the dressing for the salad done, drain the tuna well. Rip up the lettuce into the serving plate, top with chopped dill and coriander, orange segments, and chopped spring onions. Reserving  a few tsp’s of the dressing, pour the rest on the lettuce and toss. Then, top the entire salad with the canned-tuna meat and pour the remaining dressing on top. The reason I didn’t just add the tuna and toss the whole thing was for pure aesthetic purposes–I wanted the tuna to hold its shape a bit and not turn into a pureed-tuna salad, if you can’t be bothered, then by all means…eat your ugly salad.

You are now good to go. The entire salad took me less than 5 minutes to put together and it tasted oh so good. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a quick AND easy salad recipe, was I?

Go straight-up bananas and try this recipe. Please let me know how it went, I would love to hear from you!

Our meal today for Meatless Monday is a vegan and super-food version of a Palestinian favorite: bamyah! You’ve got a super saucy bowl of thick okra stew with loads of thyme, parsley, and ginger and a fluffy pile of organic quinoa topped with some balsamic vinegar! Oh yes!

I’ll upload the recipe on my blog later on tonight at Www.straight-upbananas.com

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Homemade Creamy Guacamole

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Some of you guys have sent me messages asking why I haven’t posted a recipe in a while–I am going to be totally honest, this passed month has been THE craziest month EVER…and I do mean ever. My mother and mother-in-law came to visit and I traveled to Nepal for a week (that is a whole different post), so in all honesty, I haven’t had a moment to even think straight. Sorry?

Anyhoo, I know guacamole may be a very basic recipe whether you use it as a dip with tortilla chips or tacos, or as a creamy dressing for any green salad–but I can promise you my easy version of the Mexican classic will knock your guests’ socks off!

For this recipe you will need:

  • A ripe avocado
  • Green spring onions
  • The juice of a lemon
  • A diced tomato
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup of fresh yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

I know it seems like a few more ingredients than your average guac, but I promise those extra ingredients will make ALL the difference! I like to add yogurt to give the dip more body; yogurt makes the dip creamier and almost the texture of an avocado mousse if that makes any sense? While adding the drizzle of olive oil gives a silky and glossy finish. What’s not to love, right?

First, dice the avocado inside the skin and scoop out with a spoon into a bowl. Using the back of a fork, squish and smash the avocado flesh until creamy.

Last, add the rest of the ingredients and drizzle a small amount of olive oil and salt & pepper to taste. Voila! You’ve got yourself a kick-ass dip that’ll have everyone coming back for seconds…guaranteed

Go straight-up bananas and try out the recipe. Let me know how it goes!

This is what a typical lazy Saturday afternoon looks like in the Abul Hasan’s household! On the right you’ve got smoked eggplant, blue cheese, caramelized onions and parmesan cheese pizza and the left figs, gorgonzola, and a balsamic reduction. Absolutely friggin delicious!

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Today’s breakfast was a Mexican festival of colors! Scrambled eggs with bell peppers, jalapeños, spinach, and cumin on toasted wholegrain tortillas! So damn good if I say so myself!

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Used some left over avocado dipping sauce from last night’s dinner to make some super easy quesadillas minus the queso. With silky smooth avocado and yogurt sauce, char grilled peppers, jalapeños, and beans you won’t even miss the cheese!

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