Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Festive Oats

Its a very sunny morning after a VERY blustery night! The wind was whipping so hard I thought the roof might come off! (Of course, it did not.)

I love clementine season! In the mug is perhaps my very favorite tea ever.  I'm a big coffee drinker but in the winter I enjoy nice hot tea.  This is coconut thai Celestial Seasonings and it is amazzzzzzing! A little vanilla soy milk and a sprinkle of sugar and its delish


Vanilla Greek Stonyfield Organic, with oat, a spoon full of pumpkin, half a banana and some almonds.


Time for a little sunny stroll, have a good day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cure For Man-Cold: Minestrone

The man-friend has a serious case of the "man-cold," so what better cure than some homemade minestrone! My first actually.


Ingredients:
1 carton vegetable broth
1 large can diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 large leaves fresh sage
A bunch of random veggies (kale, carrots, onions, snow peas, peas, and a can of kidney beans)
Shells (I would have preferred wheat shells but Whole Foods only had white ones, shocking right???)

Saute the onions, garlic, carrots until softened.  Add the diced sage and broth.  Mix in all the veggies, beans and diced tomatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer until ready.




Some grilled rye left over from Thanksgiving on the side. (Check out the grill marks!)

Yumm! This should cure that man cold :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Veggie Burgers Continued

Sick of veggie burger posts yet? I'm not!


Black bean Morning Star burger. My first! Loved it! I had veg and the others had turkey burgers. 


Check out my cool new pine cone center piece!

Green salad on the side.  Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Half-time Kettle Corn

Homemade Kettle corn! I discovered a super easy recipe online.  In a big sauce pan with a lid mix 1/2 cup pop corn, 1/4 cup canola oil, and 1/4 cup sugar.  Heat pan on med/high heat.  Cover and shake frequently.  When  popping slows uncover slowly and salt to taste.




Serve warm. Delish!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Slim pickin's

We decided not to grocery shop this week because of Thanksgiving and the Man-friend would be away for a few days.  Even though we had very few fresh ingredients in the house I always have lots in the freezer! Quick Naan pizza to the rescue!


Frozen Naan, frozen broccoli, the last of the feta, some onion and the last of the shredded cheese.  A little garlic and olive oil as the sauce. 


Ten minutes in the toaster oven and lunch is ready!

Giving Thanks

Who doesn't love Thanksgiving??? 


Some apps.  A spicy red pepper spread.


I made stuffed mushrooms from KERF (Kath Eats Real Food) I made the Lemon, almond, honey and sage variety.  They were tangy and delish!



 Brussels and shallots


Nanny's famous spinach dip with rye bread. Yummm


Yes, there was turkey.  I just didn't have any! Mashed potatoes were a mixed with sweet potatoes (more nutritious that way)


Turnip bake


Roasted to perfection :)


I make this stuffing every year. Apples, cranberries, celery and onions.  Vegetarian deliciousness :) This one of the three different stuffing varieties on the table!



My plate! I have to say, I could eat just canned cranberry sauce for dinner.  We had homemade cranberry sauce to but it's just not the same...

What's thanksgiving without pies??? We had way too many. Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving blog-world! Just ate lots of goodies! More to come soon!


I hope everyone has lots of tasty veggies...and maybe some Turkey too :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Simple Spinach Salad

This is a small lunch sized salad and nothing like the enormous dinner sized creations!

Spinach, feta, slivered almonds

 I've said before that I'm picky about dressings and usually make my own. But, I do really love this strawberry balsamic! It's so sweet and light.
Have a good day!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Egg-urday

Egg sandwiches are a Saturday morning stable in this house. Avocado and Sriracha obvi on top of course :)




Wonder how my eggs turn out so perfectly round?? This nifty egg shapers from William Sonoma.
Have a good day!

Eatin' Good in our Neighborhood

Last night we ordered pizza for dinner from Bonobo, one of my favorite pizza places.  It's right in the West End, very close by.


We each got a house salad which I LOVE! It's made with romaine, spinach, endive and pickled cukes mmmm yummmm.



For the pizza we got 1/2 taleggio (smoked tomatoes, smoked tomato sauce, taleggio cheese, leeks and arugula), and 1/2 Goat (sun dried tomatoes, spinach, roasted red peppers, rosemary, goat cheese and roasted garlic butter).  I love the smokiness of the taleggio, I haven't had bacon in probably 8 years but I imagine it tasting something like this :)



Mellow evening in for me watching Gossip Girl and fantasizing about more pizza!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Soup for You, and Me

I've had a acorn squash hangin' in my fruit bowl for a few weeks and I've got to eat it before it goes bad! Never, ever, ever, ever let fresh produce go bad! I was in the mood for soup so I decided to make it into a bisque.  Acorn squash and apple bisque is on the menu!

Ingredients:
Acorn squash
1 apple
1 clove of garlic
1 carton veggie stock
Cinnamon
Brown Sugar
Olive oil
S&P


Slice length-wise, scoop out the seeds and goopy stuff


Bake upside down in 1 inch of water, covered with tin foil at 375*F.  In a sauce pan add about a tablespoon of Olive oil and saute the garlic. Add the vegetable stock.  After about 45 minutes (or until a fork easily punctures the squash's skin) spoon out the squash and add it to the sauce pan.  Stir in brown sugar (probably 3 tablespoons), a couple dashes of Cinnamon and salt and pepper. Peel and dice an apple and add that too.  I let this simmer for a while and stir occasionally.  I pureed mine in the blender to make it smoother, but that's optional.


Yummy! I also made some sweet and salty croutons out of cranberry bread that was in my freezer.


Check out my cool new soup bowls/giant mugs I got today! OK, I'll be honest, they are the real reason I wanted to make soup tonight :)

Salsa Ensalada

I'm working my way through a ginormous container of spinach if you've noticed its presence in the last few posts.  I go through phases with greens, arugula, spinach, lettuce heads, mixed greens. I've never met a green I didn't like.


Spinach, cukes, avocado, shredded cheese, salsa, light sour cream and sriracha.   


The perfect lunch sized salad ready in minutes :)