Monday, July 30, 2012

Not Quite Take-Out

I was having a serious asian noodle craving last night. Instead of ordering Chinese takeout (which I really wanted to do) I headed to the grocery store to pick up the goods to make shrimp lo mien at home.  I had most of the veggies at home from farm share but needed to get shrimp and my beloved baby corn :) For my first attempt it turned out pretty good!
I never measure anything so here are estimations of my "recipe":
1 package Chinese chow mien noodles (found in asian section of grocery store)
1 can baby corn
2 zucchini chopped
2 mediam size carrots chopped
String beans
Big hand full of baby bok choy
3 cloves of garlic
3/4 lb shrimp
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five spice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
drizzle of dark sesame oil at the end for flavor
Cook the noodles and follow time strictly (they cook fast!) Add vegetable oil and garlic (in hindsight I should have used grated ginger but I forgot) to a skillet or wok then add vegetables starting with those that take the longest to cook. I cooked my shrimp in a separate skillet with yogurt butter, 1 clove of garlic and s&p. When the shrimp and noodles were cooked I added them to the wok. Stir in a little sesame oil and eat!
Enjoyed with a Shipyard Summer Ale on the side :)
I ate the whole thing with chop stick! Pretty proud of myself! May not be quite as good as greasy take out (mmmm greasy takeout) but much better for you! Notice the veggie to noodle ratio?? I'll be making this again! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Homestyle Portland Pie

Good evening veggie lovers! We spotted Portland Pie (maybe the best pizza in Portland) beer dough at Hannaford recently and decided to try it at home (on my new pizza stone/ obsession). 
The beer dough is even made with whole wheat flour!
Delightful heirloom tomatoes to top the pizza with! Along with fresh basil from my plant and tiny red onions from farm share. 
Baked to perfect!
Pizza enjoyed with a ginormous green salad and sparkling water with a splash of lemonade!
The pizza turned out a little soupy at first (maybe I used too much sauce?) but once it cooled for a few minutes it firmed right up. It was so good! Saved a piece for lunch tomorrow :)
Have a wonderful night! I'm off read and relax! (I'll admit to being on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon :) Goodnight!

(Veggie) Dog Days of Summer

If you haven't tried a veggie dog yet, you must! Who doesn't love hot dogs after all? These are MUCH better for you in terms of fat, calories, and cholesterol. As a helpful hint though- you really need to grill or pan fry these with cooking spray. Boiling them or cooking them microwave is not nearly as delicious as if you get them crispy (they are weird and floppy if you do). I prefer smart dogs found in the produce section next to the tofu.
A veggie filled lunch! Cukes and beans from farm share and heirloom tomatoes were picked up at Whole Foods today. Yum :)
Awesome veggie packed lunch!! Go get some veggie dogs and throw them on the grill!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Creamy Oats

There's a new kind of oat in town! For me anyway! Creamy oat bran! I am a huge fan of grits (from short time spent further down the east coast) but they don't offer much for nutrients. This creamy oat bran is a great substitute and is high in fiber and protein!  
1/3 cup organic oat bran, 1 cup of boiling water stirred in slowly. A teaspoon of brown sugar for a bit of sweetness. Organic maine blueberries swimming in there along with sliced almonds and a tiny bit' cookie butter.
New oaty addiction! Yum! The only down side is I didn't find them as filling as my regular rolled oats that keep me full until lunch. You should give them a try though!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Grillin' Goodness

Hey there veggie heads! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent the weekend in Bangor doing fun family things! Back to the work today though! We still had a fridge full of farm share goods and more coming tomorrow so we had to eat-em up! I got the urge for grilled veggies and sent the Man-friend to the store to pick up some salmon. 
Two zucchini, string beans, and baby red onions went into tin foil with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt & pepper, and steak seasoning (don't worry there's no meat in it!). The salmon also got a brush of olive oil, steak seasoning, paprika and a sprinkle of raw sugar too (for a little sweetness!)
Grilled to crunchy perfection! The seasoning made the salmon look burnt but it was super moist inside! Delicious dinner!
Time to chill and maybe get to be early. I just signed up to run a 10k on August 4th (so not ready). I've got to get up early to see how far I can run! Have a great night! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Beet the Heat

It's becoming clear that I have a thing for puns.... Its been so hot out and we've been super busy over here!! For dinner veggie burgers and a salad because it's quick!!
Morning Star Farms Turk'y Burger with farm fresh lettuce on whole what bread. We have had so many greens from our farm share its necessary to have them almost every day! What a great habit! 
We got beets and our farm share last week and I sort of forgot about them in the fridge. When I discovered them they were getting a bit soft so I took them out to  cook right away. To my delight the peeling process was SO much easier than if they had been a firm as they were when we got them. I decided to make beat chips to add to the salad! Sliced thinly and baked at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes in a bit of olive oil. Lots of s&p sprinkled too. Finish with goat cheese and strawberry balsamic dressing and this salad rocked! 
I highly recommend getting a farm share! It costs quite a bit up front but you enjoy fresh veggies all summer long and throughout the fall harvest. It also keeps things interesting because you are forced to cook with ingredients you aren't used to. We all get stuck in grocery ruts. I've used canned beets before and like them a lot but I'm happy to say my first FRESH beet usage was a success! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Let's Read at Reid

Who doesn't love a good pun? A wonderful beach day was spent as Reid State Park with my sisters last week. Reading and sunning ourselves. You know catching up on current events like the Tom-Kat split as reported by People Magazine and the like.
Trashy magazines enjoyed in my abnormally large beach chair... 
Sisters also catching up on "news".
A few hours after we arrived this stampede of middle school aged kids arrived. Marching on as far as the eye can see. I swear this had to be all the 12-14 year olds in the mid-coast area. Their chaperones are brave, brave individuals! 
Nothing like a day spent in your bathing suit to put you in the salad mindset. Now, this is a SALAD. In order for a salad to suffice for dinner in this house, it's got to be ginormous. This was packed full of our farm share goodies as well as two hard boiled eggs each and a sprinkle o' jack cheese for protein. 
Annie's Honey Mustard was the perfect dressing!

Ripe Red Oats

Check out these bright red awesome berries! 1/3 cup of organic rolled oats. 1/3 cup water  and 1/3 cup light vanilla soy milk. Simmered until the oats are cooked but a little watery (the way I like it) :) Topped with almond butter and COOKIE Butter, you heard right, butter made of cookies...does it get better? No.
The cookie butter is from Trader Joes. It's not nutritious at all really, but man is it good! What can I say, I love a little sweetness.  
Can never get enough oats! These may be my most favorite toppings!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mmm Sage Butter

Why does food made by someone else taste so darn good? I returned home from work to find my Man-friend hard at work preparing dinner (this never happens, I have spoiled him!)  He roasted some summer squash from our farm share in olive oil, garlic and s&p. Also, on the menu vegan mushroom ravioli topped with not-so-vegan sage butter. 
Sage butter is awesome and really easy. Heat butter, butter substitute or olive oil in a pan and add whole or chopped sage leaved to infuse the butter.
He even picked flowers at the farm!! I'm usually pretty nosey when he cooks and poke my head in the kitchen just to see what's going on in there and if I need to intervene. Not tonight though! I took a 15 minute cat nap and waited for dinner...delicious!
I could get used to this :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Whole Wheaty Pizza

I recently bought a pizza stone and have been dying to try it out.  We often buy Rosario's pre made crusts and just throw them in the oven with whatever toppings we fancy. But I had to try out my new stone so this week I went with their frozen whole wheat dough instead purchased at Whole Foods. (Rosario's is a Maine company that makes great pizza dough, shells, sauces and other goodness. Locations to purchase are available on their website Now time to try out my stone! And pizza cutter too!
Roll is out...
...nice and thin and top with pesto
...some mozzarella cheese...fresh veggies...more cheese (feta)
throw it in the oven and voila! 
The dough was great and so wheaty... is that a word? Anyway, it was awesome and we loved it. Even have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!