California knows how to party. Philadelphia knows how to play baseball.
Evidence: California Giant Berry Farm sent me a berry party-in-a-box containing 8 packages of juicy reds and all I had to do was create a recipe for the Giant Fans of Baseball Blogger Challenge.
So please take a moment and vote for my recipe on the contest page. For the challenge, the goal is to represent our hometown baseball team in a berry dish. I came up with 2 berry-loaded recipes for the challenge.
I know there are quite a few healthy eaters on the Philadelphia Phillies and Citizens Bank Ballpark is known for its veggie food offerings (although we did drop from #1 to #2 for that distinction) like Crabless Crab Cakes and Vegan Chicken Sandwiches...
I thought about making a veggie burger or vegan dog loaded with berry ketchup or grilled balsamic strawberries & onions. Which got me thinking about dishes like Pasta Salad. A pasta salad with a healthy, sporty side.
Game on. I put together a muddled strawberry dressing for my wheat pasta, served on top of salad greens, with basil (strawberry's one true love) and cubed tempeh. Bases loaded.
Berry & Basil Loaded Pasta Salad
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp celery seed
lots of pepper
2 - 3 strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
1 bunch of basil, chopped
4 oz tempeh, cubed (I buy mine ready-to-eat from Rhapsody Tempeh or Lightlife)
Boil your pasta, drain, and rinse with cold water. Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, mustard and spices. Pour into pint glass. Add 2 - 3 strawberries and muddle in pint glass. Drizzle over pasta and fold in chopped berries, basil, and tempeh (pre-cooked and chilled). Chill for 30 minutes.
You can't watch a ball game without a beverage, but I'll take a tequila and mezcal cocktail over a beer any day...
1 oz. Reposado Tequila
1 oz Joven Mezcal
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz 1:1 Strawberry Syrup
1 Basil Leaf, Slapped
Add all ingredients except the basil, stir vigorously, strain into cocktail glass.
Garnish with basil leaf.
Thanks to California Giant for the California berry love. Don't forget to vote and try my healthier salad and sips when the Phils are on. A liquor-soaked basil leaf will put the spirit back in any game.