Monday, February 28, 2011
I put chopped onion and garlic in a large pot with some oil along with some curry powder and Sriracha (like my reader suggested) and satueed until soft. I then added julienned sweet potato, sliced onion, gold bell pepper, stalks from the gold chard (chopped), white beans (not garbanzo, because I don't really like them), a can of coconut milk, just under two cups of chicken stock and chopped ginger. This was cooked until the sweet potatoes began to soften. At this point, I added the chopped chard leaves and cubed tofu. When the sweet potato was cooked completely, about 5 minutes more, I added chopped spinach, parsley (because I didn't have any cilantro), tumeric, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
I also cooked some jasmine rice while the curry was cooking.
This dish turned out absolutely amazing!! I am not normally a huge fan of curry, but I'm hooked on this. I almost can't wait until tomorrow so that I can have it again! (And you all know how I feel about leftovers.) I didn't add as much of the curry and the Sriracha as called for in her recipe, since Dylan was sharing dinner with me tonight I thought I should keep it on the less spicy side. Dylan also loved it! She ate two bowls and although she still found it a little spicy, she said that it was the best meal that we've ever had, next to the root beer pot roast of course.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I also picked up some pork, precut into strips, and simply cooked these in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. The pasta that I used was fresh linguine, which I cooked and put back in the pot with a little of the sauce and added chopped spinach just to wilt it a little.
I finished the dish with some cheese sprinkled over top and some fresh crusty bread. All in all I'd say tonight's dinner turned out pretty tasty.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Red Butter Lettuce
Gold Bell Peppers
Cara Cara Oranges (Blood)
Honey Gold Grapefruit
I'm extremely excited to have zucchini in my bin this week! It's one of my favorite vegetables. Also, I've got a really good idea in mind for these gorgeous strawberries this week, so stay tuned...
Thursday, February 24, 2011
While the greens were cooking I made some rice. Now, I forgot (again) that I don't have any white rice! After rummaging around in my pasta/rice drawer, I found a couple of bags of leftover rice (this is the rice from mixes, bags, etc. that never gets used but I, for whatever reason, decide to keep). So I put these into a pot with some water and boiled it until cooked. The rice turned out quite tasty actually.
I placed the greens on top of the rice, sprinkled some cheese on top and called it done! For being such a simple dish, it really turned out quite good. Dylan loved it so much that she decided I need to make it more often! I just might do that, however I'm really looking forward to my new bin tomorrow so that I can come up with some new dishes to make too!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
So tonight, I knew that I had no choice but to redeem myself and that is exactly what I believe that I have done. I placed my haddock fillets in a pan and sprinkled with my lavender salt and a little black pepper. I then sliced some lemons and placed this on top (covering the filet's with lemon slices). Then I layered fresh spinach on top of the lemon slices and poured a can of diced tomatoes with roasted garlic (and the juices) on top of the spinach. The entire pan went into the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes.
While the fish was cooking, I boiled some broccoli florets and sauteed some butter and garlic in a pan. To the pan I added chopped red peppers and parsley, salt and pepper. When the broccoli was done, I added this to the pan and cooked off any liquid.
To finish my meal, I warmed some butternut squash puree (that I found at Costco, yum!) and put a spoonful of this on the plate and placed the fish on top. Then I warmed up some mini croissants that Dylan insisted upon getting from the grocery store.
I'm very impressed with the way this turned out. Dylan loved it, she had two plates! The flavors were amazing, very light and fresh! The fish seemed to melt in your mouth and the red pepper added a sweetness to the broccoli that made you forget that you were even eating vegetables!
Haddock, by the way, is a fish that I was not familiar with up until today. It has a mild flavor and just might be the best white fish that I've tried yet!
And now that I've redeemed myself, I can go on to plan my next meal. Although, I do now owe Dylan some artichokes. She was quite disappointed to hear that they were destroyed.
Monday, February 21, 2011
For the brussel sprouts, I made them my favorite way. I quartered them and sauteed them in some butter with chopped onion. While that was cooking I mixed together some softened butter with lemon zest and crushed hazelnuts. When the brussel sprouts were nicely browned, I removed them from the heat, placed them in a bowl and mixed them up with the butter. I then drizzled lemon juice over top to finish it off. These have a nice texture to them, not at all like the mushy ones that we usually think of.
For the mashed potatoes, I simply boiled the potatoes and the garlic cloves until tender. After draining the potatoes, I mashed them with some butter, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper. I topped the potatoes off with some salsa and aged cheddar cheese. These turned out very creamy and delicious!
I'm extremely happy with the way my dinner turned out tonight and it took less than 30 minutes from start to finish!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
So, my mission today was to make this tasty sounding sauce, that actually has hazelnuts (because I didn't have any almonds) and crusty bread, along with some red bell pepper (I didn't have the jarred roasted peppers, so I used fresh), canned tomatoes, ground red pepper (since I apparently don't have any paprika) and some garlic. I also added a bit of onion, which I think helped the flavor quite nicely. This is then blended in a food processor (or blender in my case) and poured out onto a baking sheet and baked in the oven for 15 minutes. I've never heard of baking a sauce in the oven! The caramelized effect that this gives it really is quite nice though.
While the fresh pasta that I picked up from Whole Foods today was cooking, I placed the sauce in a small pot added some cooked romanesco and the baby shrimps and I warmed this over low until the baby shrimps were warmed through.
To top this pasta dish I shredded some gouda parrana (so tasty) and chopped some fresh parsley. I also served some fresh bread and mixed olives.
This was one of the tastiest pasta dishes that I've ever had (since I'm not a huge fan of pasta, this is saying a lot from me). Apparently everyone else thought it was pretty good too, because my boyfriend had two big bowls of it and Dylan had no problem at all scarfing hers down. I think that I will definitely be making this again!
As for the romanesco? I loved it! I think that I actually like it better than broccoli or cauliflower and I love both! In fact, everyone loved it and said that they thought it had a wonderful flavor to it.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Romanesco (which I've never even heard of before, but is apparently a cross between a cauliflower and broccoli, so I can't wait to try it out!)
Brussel Sprouts (I love these!)
Red Leaf Lettuce
It's going to be a fun week! I am looking forward to finding out how the romanesco tastes and coming up with a creative way to use the beets this week. Also, is there really anything better than fresh brussel sprouts? I find it sad that these get such a bad rap when we are young (often we are too traumatized that we never even try them again!), but let's face it the ones that we were usually forced to eat when we were little, really never tasted that good. Cooking them when they are fresh, seems to give them a whole new flavor that has no resemblance to how we remember them.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I have to say, these are definitely worth the wait. The lemon cupcake is light and fluffy with a delicious lemon flavor. The blood orange frosting was a wonderful idea too! It tinted the buttercream a beautiful light coral hue and gave it a light, not too sweet, orange flavor which worked great with the lemon.
I think that I may have to add these to my ever growing list of cupcake flavors! (Please visit http://www.cupcakesbyjess.com/ for my cupcake website.)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
For some reason, I started craving meatloaf today. Now, those of you that know me know that this is a strange thing for me to crave, since I don't eat a lot of meat, and I chose the one thing that has the most amount of meat in it! I've never made my own meatloaf before, at least not one where I came up with the recipe myself, so I thought that this might be more of a challenge than it was, given my previous experiences with actually cooking meat. However, I have redeemed myself in the meat cooking department and managed to make quite a delicious, moist loaf of meat.
I stopped at Whole Foods Market today and picked up some ground beef and ground pork, this was a mix suggested by the nice gentleman at the meat counter (he also suggested that I use ground veal, however they were out of this just as I got there, but it apparently takes it to a whole other level). When I got home I put the meat into a bowl, added fresh bread crumbs, two eggs, chopped onion, minced garlic, a little Worcestershire Sauce, a bit of flour, salt and pepper. I mixed this up really well, squished it into the loaf pan, topped it with a mixture of ketchup, chopped onion, salt and pepper and finished it off with some very yummy looking dry rub applewood smoked bacon (also from Whole Foods). This was then baked in the oven for about an hour.
While the meatloaf was cooking, I chopped up sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, red onion, celery root and carrot and placed these into a big bowl. I poured some olive oil over the vegetables, added some minced garlic and fresh ginger, chopped fresh rosemary, salt and pepper, mixed it to coat and dumped it on a foil lined baking dish. This baked for about 25 minutes. I finished this off with some sour cream (which I think is my favorite way to top root veggies).
Once the meatloaf was taken out of the oven and resting, I boiled some cauliflower and broccoli. I drained these, added some garlic salt and butter and covered them in some Seastack aged cheddar (the guy at the cheese counter recommended this).
Thanks to the guys at Whole Foods, I was able to take these comfort foods and add a whole new dimension of flavor to make them even tastier. I also managed to walk out of there with about 5 other cheeses, some smoked pork and a wonderful fig dip. All of which I can't wait to have later during my late night movie. I figure if I'm going to do the comfort food thing today, then I may as well go all the way and enjoy every minute of it that I can!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I sauteed up some red onion, garlic, ginger and chard stalks (which I still have reserved from last week) in a little butter. Once this was browned, I then added some chopped (into large chunks) sweet potato, carrot, celery root and the rest of the fennel from yesterday's dinner. I boiled this until the sweet potatoes were soft and then I added some arugula, collard greens and broccoli and cooked just until the greens wilted so that they kept their bright green color. I garnished my stew with some sour cream, diced red bell pepper, fennel fronds and smoked gouda. The flavors all worked extremely well together, so I'm quite pleased with the results! It also made a lot, so we will probably be eating this for dinner tomorrow again, since I may not have time to cook.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
After wandering through Whole Foods with Dylan and her friend this afternoon, I finally asked them what they thought I should make with the potato dish. They immediately decided chicken, but not just any chicken, chicken drummette's. So, I referred back to my favorite way to eat these (thanks to my wonderful stepdad, who first introduced me to them). I sprinkled them with garlic powder, black pepper and lavender salt (because I didn't have and couldn't find anywhere, the hickory smoked salt that should have been used) and baked them in the oven for about 25 minutes. Dylan's friend exclaimed "This is the best meal that I've ever had!", meaning that she loved the chicken and the bowl of mixed fruit that I had made for them.
I also threw in a salad, just some greens (arugula and red butter lettuce) topped with some blood orange and manchego cheese, and some cooked green beans. I meant to have the hollandaise sauce on top of them too (because this was so wonderful, that I've been thinking about it all day long), but apparently you aren't supposed to warm that up in the microwave. Although, it still tasted like it was supposed to, it definitely didn't look like it was supposed to. I figured it wouldn't make for a very appetizing photograph, but definitely a nice addition to this meal too.
Friday, February 11, 2011
So, tonight, I cooked up these beautiful green beans and smothered then in the best hollandaise sauce that I've ever made and covered them in manchego cheese. Can I just say, I did all but lick the plate (and you know how I feel about eggs!). So good! Even Dylan exclaimed, "Mom, this is SO good!" (So, here's a tip, if you can't get your kids to eat green beans, pour hollandaise over it and watch them disappear!)
Dylan made the salad, by herself, tonight. I'm quite proud of her. She washed the arugula and red butter lettuce leaves. She put the avocado in a bowl and covered it in lemon juice and then she segmented the grapefruit. I'm dubbing this Dylan's Salad, because it seems to be her favorite and she had a lot of fun making it. We then put some blue cheese dressing on top. A simple, flavorful salad. The red grapefruit by the way is what did it, I don't think that I've ever had such sweet grapefruit (not very tart at all!).
Celery Root (which I've never used before)
Meyer Lemons (I've never used these either, but can't wait to try them out!)
Red Butter Lettuce
Yukon Gold Potatoes (these are baby sized)
I can hardly wait to get started!! With so many different ingredients to work with, I know that this week will be filled with wonderfully tasty and healthy meals.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
For the stir fry to go with my bok choy, I chopped up the large bok choy leaves, cabbage, red bell pepper, onion and carrots. I sauteed this mixture in a little ginger, garlic and butter. About halfway through cooking, I added some soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, salt, pepper and a little red pepper flake (my new favorite secret ingredient, yum!). This turned out to be quite a tasty dish! Very flavorful, nothing overpowering. You can taste each of the ingredients individually and the soy sauce was just enough so that it didn't mask the other flavors. I'm very happy with this.
I also figured that you can't really have a stir fry without rice, however when I went to get some rice to make...I didn't have any! I did find some wild rice pilaf (Seeds of Change) which wasn't too bad. I think that this was a nice way to compliment the flavors of the other dishes, the white rice would have been a little too bland I think, since there wasn't a whole lot of sauce on the stir fry itself for the rice to soak up.
Tomorrow I get my new bin, which I am very excited about. I need to go make some room in my fridge now!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I've been craving scallops for a while now, but I couldn't figure out what to make with them. I've been thinking about it and today it just came to me! I simply seared the scallops with a little salt, pepper and red pepper flakes in a little olive oil and butter. Then I made some wonderfully tasty mashed sweet potatoes with a little salt, butter, pepper and cream cheese mixed in (these turned into the creamiest, tastiest mashed sweet potatoes that I've ever had!). To top off the sweet potatoes and scallops, I added a mixture of red bell pepper, onion, garlic and chopped rainbow chard stalks, cooked with a little butter until soft (this also turned out pretty amazing!).
After much debate on how best to cook my cabbage for tonight's meal, I decided on roasting it. I've never roasted cabbage before, so I wasn't entirely sure how it would turn out, but I gave it a shot anyways. Turned out I was right to take a chance with it. After topping it with olive oil and a mixture of sugar, salt and pepper and roasting it for 20 minutes in the oven, the result was a creamy, sweet, melt in your mouth mixture of goodness. And, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I decided to top it with some blue cheese dressing and crumbled bacon! Wow! I also served some asiago cheese bread from Panera Bread with it, but after the tasty cabbage, the bread was completely forgotten.
I do think that I have out done myself with tonight's meal. In fact, I think that it will be at least a couple of hours before Dylan is hungry again (she finished off her plate and part of mine).
Next up, I have to tackle this baby bok choy!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I then made a filling for some mini pita's using rainbow chard which I cooked just until wilted. To the chard I added some onion, sour cream, cream cheese, a little hot sauce, worcestershire sauce and chopped water chestnuts. I chose to stuff the pita's rather than dip them, because I thought it would be a no mess finger food. Dylan proved me right, every time I see her she is stuffing another one in her mouth!
The last thing I made was very simple. I sliced up some apples, topped them with honey goat cheese, arugula and bacon. These were a huge hit. A little spice from the bacon and arugula toned down with the crunch of the apples and the sweetness of the cheese. It was a great balance.
For the frosting, I decided to put a twist on the traditional cream cheese frosting by adding some orange juice and zest, since I needed to get my oranges used up too. The orange was a wonderful addition and the flavor really complimented the carrot nicely.
To top the cupcakes I decided to try and candy some carrot strips. Now, I was a bit nervous after my previous incident with the candied orange zest, so you can imagine I was paranoid that I would burn these too. I watched them very closely. They didn't burn! Instead they turned out really tasty and they look really pretty on top of my cupcakes.
Friday, February 4, 2011
The end result was tastier than first imagined and I'm glad that I didn't try to add anything else to it! Now, both Dylan and myself will have enough energy to get through the next few hours of derby practice.
Baby Bok Choy
Red Butter Lettuce
Red Bell Peppers
I'm looking forward to cooking with the baby bok choy and getting to use more of those beautiful red bell peppers! This week I will also have to figure out how to use up all of these carrots and broccoli that I have acquired (I still have some of these left over from last week's bin!).
First off, I'm going to make a quick salad so that I can hopefully redeem myself after all of the not so healthy junk foods that I've eaten over the last couple of days!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I thought, why not try a pizza? I made a simple white sauce using butter, flour, milk, garlic, smoked gouda, salt and white pepper. Then I topped some pita bread with the sauce, added chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli and beets and covered it in a mixture of shredded gouda parrana and manchego cheeses before baking.
It turned out to be the best veggie pizza that I've ever made (considering it's the only veggie pizza that I've ever made, the odds were 50/50). Although, I think that it would have been a good idea to parboil the root vegetables first. I ended up having to take the pizza's out of the oven before the veggies were completely cooked, but it still turned out great.
While the pizza's were baking, I chopped up a mixture of leafy greens (beet, chard and collard) and added this to some simmering chicken broth with garlic and red pepper flakes. I'm very happy with the way that the greens turned out, very simple, but full of flavor!
Now I have plenty of room in my fridge for tomorrow!!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I sauteed up some chopped onion and the colorful chard stalks, added the chard leaves and cooked until just wilted. I then warmed up some black beans and added a little cilantro for added flavor and warmed up some flour tortilla's (because I really don't care for the hard, crunchy corn tortilla's). To top the taco's, I chopped up several cheeses that I found at Whole Foods today (smoked gouda, chili chive onion gouda, muenster), two different types of salsa (tequila lime and smoked tomatillo) and some sour cream. I am a huge fan of variety, so the fact that I had so many toppings to choose from allowed me to mix it up a bit.
I'm extremely happy with the way that my taco's turned out and have officially been forgiven for last night's meal. I think from now on I will just stick to what I know best....veggies!!