Avocado Celery Root Salad W/ Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.

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Hi There!

I’m glad I made it through the night to deliver this blog post to you. It was a beautiful night, and then all of a sudden…BLACK. It started pouring, lightening, thundering, hailing, and then the winds picked up. The trees were falling; I had to put my superhero cape on, and run outside to save my car. I always park in the garage, but for some reason I didn’t. I just bought a brand new car, and with my luck, a tree WOULD fall on it. I could hear the big pine treats cracking and I knew I had to move it! As soon as I moved it up closer to the house, the tree fell. I couldn’t move it into the garage because the electricity was out. The electricity was out until 2 am. That meant no air, no light, no t.v., no internet, no charging the phone, so I just went to bed to put me out of the misery. (I know things could be worse)  I ended up sleeping on the floor because it was so hot, and it was the only cool place to lay. With 100 degree days, losing air was not ideal! As soon as I heard the power kick on, I hopped up and did the happy dance.

celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes! celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes!

Right before the madness went down, I whipped up a delicious dinner. Ever since making celeriac in my blue apron dish, I’ve been hooked. They could seriously pass as potatoes. I had been trying to find them at the grocery store, but had no luck. As I was walking through Harris Teeter last night, I found one! They were right next to the beets. I was going to grill up chicken for the top of my salad, but when I saw the celery root, I decided to cook it up instead.

There are half the carbs, half the calories, double the fiber, and half the sugar in a cup of celeriac vs. a cup of diced potatoes. Celery root contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin b-6, vitamin c, and iron. As an anemic, it’s great source of iron for me.

celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes!

Cooking up the celery root is simple. It’s an ugly looking thing, but after cleaning it off and chopping it up, it looks and tastes totally normal.

You will need: 1 celery root, 3 tablespoons chopped red onion, 4 tablespoons olive oil (or any type of frying oil you’d like), 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.

1. Rinse the celery root, cut off the stems and slice it in half. Microwave (or boil) for 2 minutes. It’s very tough to cut, so this simplifies it. You will smell a heaping whiff of celery, but no worries! I’m not a huge celery fan, unless it’s covered in restaurant style ranch or peanut butter. After cooking up the celery root, all the celery flavor disappears.

2. Cut off the ugly outsides of the root, toss in the trash, and cut dice up the white part of the root. They should look like little potato dices.

3. Heat a frying pan on high with the olive oil.

celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes!

4. Add onion, diced celery root, garlic powder, pinches of salt, and pepper into the pan.

5. Keep cooking until golden brown and crispy edges. (about 15-20 mins) After the celery root was crisp and cooked, I let it sit in the hot pan with the heat turned off for an additional 6 minutes.

celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes!

Taste the celeriac root and determine if it needs more salt, pepper, or garlic! Flavor it to your preference.

celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes! celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes!

While the celery root is sitting in the pan, prepare the salad! In my salad, I had avocado slices, roma tomatoes, red onion, whole wheat croutons, grilled green bell pepper, and sesame ginger vinaigrette mixed in. I use the Simply dressed brand.

celery (celeriac) root: are the new potatoes!

Toss the celery root on top and enjoy! The celery root could have passed as potatoes, and I can’t wait to try them in breakfast hash, or potato salad!

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My handmade oakwood coasters are up in the shop and the tribal arrow tanks are available again too! 

Comments

  • Kristin C

    Two questions:

    1.) Does the texture resemble that of a potato too, or is it more similar to a water chestnut? (if that makes sense).

    2.) Do you ever order plus-sizes in your clothes? I would love a tank, but I am a 2x.

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  • Samantha

    Could you do a post about you buying a new car? I am in the market and would love to here you story of car buying! I am finding it so stressful and time consuming.

    Reply to Samantha
    • mookie

      Samantha, have you checked out Kelly Blue Book? If you are able to go through USAA (you have to be a member through military affiliation ), look there too. Those 2 sites helped me save a lot and find a reputable dealer for the exact car I wanted. Go in knowing what you exactly do not want so they don’t try to scam you. If they sense you know your stuff, they won’t try to scam you. Good luck!

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  • Lucy

    Does your garage have a door to the house? You should be able to open your garage door manually when the power goes out

    Reply to Lucy
  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Oh my gosh, what a STORM. It wasn’t that bad here in southern ontario. What did you do meanwhile the storm was raging?

    Reply to Linda @ The Fitty
  • Cassie

    Such a yummy and beautiful salad!

    Reply to Cassie
  • Laura

    What car did you get?

    Reply to Laura
  • Ashton Jury

    I Love celery root! My favorite way to eat it is in a slaw, my grandmother who is Alsatian from Strasbourg I know you know that town 🙂 makes this amazing salad with it. I’m not sure everything that’s in it, but this recipe by Ina Garten is super tasty as well. Thought you may like it, it’s really great for a hot summer day and BBQ’S!
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/celery-root-remoulade-recipe.html

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  • Sarah queen city

    I know what I’m making tonight!

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