Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Coo Coo for Cookie Butter

I reheated some of the big batch of oatmeal I made the other night in a sauce pan along with half a chopped up banana.

Topped with a spoon full of plain greek yogurt and cookie butter (from Trader Joes), that's right cookie butter, meaning a spread made from ground cookies. Need I say more?

Have a good day!

So Sleepy

Lucky me last night came home to a restocked kitchen! (Lucky for him I made the list the night before :) I requested lots of yogurt and fruits and vegetables and that's what I got! The man-friend also found wild cod on special at WF so cod for dinner it was! 

It came pre seasoned with a parmesan crust that was very flavorful!  On the side I made a warm quinoa salad with roasted broccoli, carrots and onions mixed in.

For some reason I was pooped by the time we had dinner at 8:30 and was in bed before 9?!!! Maybe I'm getting a cold or something? I was practically nodding off at the table!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Meatless Monday/Everyday

Tonight we were supposed to grocery shop after work, unfortunately we were extremely unmotivated and took a little nap instead :) Does anyone else love after work naps? Nothing crazy but just a 20 minute power nap to unwind from the day.  I am a huge fan of short naps, they are just so refreshing!

Luckily I was able to scrape up together the last of our fresh ingredients, half a block of tofu, a small cucumber and a huge bunch of asparagus.

I roasted the asparagus and tofu separately but on the same pan.  All drizzled in olive oil and s&p, the tofu also has thyme, sage and a little tomato basil seasoning.  All roasted for about 15 minutes on 375*. I pulled out the asparagus and put the tofu back in on broil for a few minutes. I threw together a cuke salad with kalamata olives, feta, pesto infused grape seed oil and red wine vinegar.  I drizzled the tofu in a balsamic reduction I've been wanting to use and dinner is ready!

I'm sure your all well aware of my love for oatmeal and lately I've been wanting to make the switch from oatmeal packets to stovetop but find the the instant so much more convenient. For me the key to eating breakfast lunch and dinner from home everyday is convenience (I always prepare the next days lunch the night before on day I work) if it's too much of a pain I won't make it. Tonight I made three servings of stovetop oatmeal to pack up for the week and of course I forgot about it until I smelled it burning.  The part that wasn't burnt on to the bottom was salvageable but reminded me why I use the instant variety... I won't give up though!

Special People

I had a busy weekend filled with friends and family. On Saturday morning some ladies and I headed to a baby shower for our dear friend Kim. It was a wonderful shower and not to mention serious learning experience (who knew babies required so many gadgets???)

Check out all of that pink! 
Can't wait to meet you Mia Grace!! 

After the shower we had a girls night out, followed by a delicious breakfast the next morning at Artemisia Cafe.

I had the california omelet (filled with mushrooms, avocados, salsa, and sour cream) with some taters and really good multigrain bread. I've been wanting to try this breakfast spot and am so glad I did! It was so good! Be back next weekend maybe???

This is a veggie hash enjoyed by Jessie
Later that afternoon Cam and I headed to my parents for a belated family birthday dinner. 

Mom tried out some new recipes for me including these black bean egg rolls. They were very good.

For dinner we had salad and butternut squash mac n' cheese (which I enjoyed again for lunch today :)

Followed by this sunflower-esq peep cake which was amazzzze. It was my favorite flavor chocolate with mocha buttercream filling. I've had this almost every year since I was in middle school (when I thought eating mocha made me more grown up :) Thanks to all those special people I spent the weekend with!! Xoxo

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Room in the Front

Tonight we celebrated my 10,000th hit a little more (I love celebrations of any kind). Mainely Veggies is really a team effort and I am very lucky to have such supporting person by my side helping, encouraging and stuffing himself full of veggies day after day. Thanks Cam :) When my blog first hit 100 views I was ecstatic! I said, "Imagine 1,000 views... or 10,000 VIEWS!?" What better reward for keeping kitchen creative than letting someone else do the cooking!? So, tonight we went to The Front Room, described as "New American comfort foot," we agreed.

We shared a bottle of Red Zin from Sonoma (we have opted for California wines ever since visiting Napa last spring, don't worry we had it corked and brought some home :)

Rosemary (my favorite spice ever) focaccia and olive oil, on with our Italian food kick.

Smoked salmon served on top of homemade brown bread topped with capers.  It was so good! We decided to step outside our appetizer box tonight, we almost alway get our favs, i.e. mussels, oysters or calamari. This was different and very very good :)

For my entree I got the Blue Cod special which was supposed to come with fennel risotto (which sounded amazing but was made with chicken stock) so I substituted for mashed potatoes.  The fish was cooked perfectly, I loved it! The green beans were cooked but still had some crunch (the best).

Blurry, he was blinded by hunger and could not focus the lens :)

Cam had the lamb Shepard's pie which he said reminded him of the hearty meals of his childhood (I'm going to make a veg version soon) He L-O-V-E-D this meal. Maybe he is a little meat deprived?!

We write memories on corks and save in a jar :) Cool right?? Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ten Thousand Miles

...ok so not actually 10,000 miles, but 10,000 HITS! Tonight, we're celebrating Mainely Veggies' 10,000th page view! Thank you for reading! I hope you continue to :)

Celebratory Fro- Yo actually consumed after dinner. I got Nutella and plain swirl with m&m's and rasps. So good!

I've been planing this grilled eggplant and polenta concoction all week.  We whipped out the grill tonight! A sure sign that spring is on it's way!

Piled high and topped with Ooma Tesoros marinara sauce that we sampled at Whole Foods Portland last week.  It was really great. I'm not a fan of thick marinara sauce and this was thin, simple, and tomatoey. Just the way I like it! We both loved it and will definitely buy it again.  It went really well on the eggplant and polenta too! It was a cross between eggplant parm and lasagna.

Grilled bread on the side as well as a simple spinach salad tossed with BV and EVOO.

Serious concentration. 
A little vino too.  My Man-friend loved the meal and requested more Italian nights, I may have to oblige :) Now time for the best night of TV!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bulked Up Soup

For lunch I heated up the Curry Coconut soup I made the other day in a sauce pan.  Add 2 heaping handfuls of spinach and coverd.  The spinach wilted wonderfully and bulked up my lunch a bit.

On top some plain Greek yogurt, sliced almonds and a little coconut.

Delish! Have a good day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oat Soup

Maple oats this morning that were soooo soupy.  Half an apple, some raisins, cin and a spoonful of Wallaby plain greek on top.  Stirred in made the oat extra creamy :)

Have a good day!

Monday, February 20, 2012

An Interest in Pinterest

Burrr was it cold out today! I left the house in open toed shoes thinking the sunny sky was a sign on a warm day. Boy, was I wrong!! I've been hearing a lot about Pinterest so I started one today but haven't quite figured it out yet. Do any of you use Pinterest? Do you like it?

I've had my hummus tacos a few times for lunches, but I've never made them for dinner so my man-friend had yet to try them! They were as a good as always.  A simple green salad on the side with salsa and scallions 

Time to drink some tea and do my chores (we're still not in order after our trip, it usually takes me a week or so to even finish unpacking my suitcase.) Enjoy your evening!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gettin' Coconutty

A late breakfast made for a late/light lunch.  Craving some veggies I enjoyed this ensalada topped with a couple calamata olives and feta.  Drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. Simple and delightful.

This made for an even later dinner! I didn't even start cooking until nearly 8:00! I picked up a can of coconut milk (that I've never cooked with before) when we grocery shopped on friday.  I've been dreaming up this soup ever since. I think I'm still hooked on the coco's from vacation and need more in my life!

I'm quite impressed with myself actually and it was so easy!!!!

1 carton of veggie stock
1 can coconut milk
1 onion
A handful of spinach
bag of frozen cubed sweet potatoes
other random frozen veggies
half a block of tofu, cubed
1 inch grated ginger
2 cloves garlic
garam masala
curry powder
S& P
2 squeezes of Sriracha

I sauteed the veggies to soften and then added the liquids and spices and simmered for a bit. Whole wheat naan grilled up on the side

This soup had some kick! It was really good though and the coconut milk cut the spice.  Have a good evening!

Sunny Sunday

It's so beautiful out! Just love sunny Sundays especially when football season is over :)

Cool glasses eh? A housewarming gift from Cierra!
I whipped up a quick broccoli, scallion and smoked cheddar frittata. Whole wheat english muffins and fruit salad too!

Mmmm. Yumm! The frittata was super easy. 6 Eggs, splash of milk, salt & pepper into a deep skillet.  Top with cheese and cook until edges are golden. Then I put the pan into the oven on low broil until the top was goldenly good :) Off for a walk in this sunshine! Enjoy the day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blogging on Island Time Part III

On our last night on the island we went to dinner at XO Bistro.  Everything on the menus looked really good! We ended up sharing a big house salad (Man did I need greenery by this point in the trip!!) and two mini pizzas.

Some champagne and a brew to celebrate a great trip :)

Mood lighting set the mood but made for shadowy pictures. 

one pizza have roasted reds and portobello and the other was bruschetta-esq with a balsamic glaze. Both were delightful!

a dessert too... described as part cheesecake part brownie. So good, peanut butter and chocolatey goodness.

After dinner we went out for one last coconutty drink...

So Euro looking right?
While we waited for out flight home we walked around Charlotte Amalie, picked up some keepsakes and searched for a veg filled lunch.

Boy did we find it at Pita Express, the ambience was amazing on this little street (Palm Passage) with outdoor seating and a great healthy lunch menu.

I got the avocado pita that was to die! It also contained sprouts, carrots, lettuce, tomato and swiss. On the side a little potato salad and a balsamic cole slaw! Loved it all!

Man-friend had this beastly sandwich filled with Roast Beast :) He opted for the pasta salad which I snagged a bite of.

So long we'll miss you paradise!! Back to the chilly northeast!

When we landed in rainy (yet surprisingly not frigid) Boston we headed to Whole Foods to have a quick dinner. Yumm! Airport food is so pricey for the quality. I'll take a WF salad bar over a $9 plastic wrapped egg salad sandwich any day :)