Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I mowed down the last pea sprouts

I mowed off the last of the pea sprouts for my salad today, surprise, surprise! They went great with chopped up ham and cheese doused in a little balsamic vinegar. Simple, tasty and I'm full.
I still have some stuff left from my last Door to Door box and expecting a new one. The new one will have more veggies than fruit this time.
I've noticed, since doing the somersizing that I'm not eating as much fruit as I used to. On level 1, which I'm trying really hard to adhere to, you can only have fruit on an empty stomach. This means first thing in the morning or 3 hours after a meal, then you have to wait the alloted time for the next meal afterwards. So, if I want fruit for a snack it only happens in the afternoon - at work - if I've had an early lunch - and I remember to pack some. This is not often. So my fruit sits. Also, Bananas are funky so I was really just waiting for the green to disappear and I will be freezing them for desperate banana custard attacks before bed time.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Magic Tuna! Heavenly Mayo!

Not too long ago I was reading a post on gluten free faces and Betty mentioned that all canned tuna had soy in it. So I did a little looking when I was at the store and sure enough - all the tuna had vegetable broth in it, that included soy. A couple weeks ago I mentioned it to my mom and she brought out a can of tuna from her cupboard that was just tuna &water ! My Mom is AMAZING, people! And I think more than a little psychic.
So, I looked for it at my store - not finding it for a couple weeks.  Now, I have acquired my very own and I'm going to share it with you (virtually of course!).
Before I popped open this can, can I emphasize POPPED? It has a pop-top so I'm super excited to have another food I can store at work without having to also tote along a can opener!
back to the story...before I saw the lovely solid chunk of tuna in the can, I had prepared a bowl with Best Foods mayo, seasoned salt and some chopped scallions.  Here's where I mention the heavenly mayo.
Can you read the ingredients? No tongue twisters here, that's why I pay more for it than some of the generic brands. You know, plus the GLUTEN-FREE label that makes me do the happy dance?
So I got my good stuff all mixed up and ate it with a green salad.
The End.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Serrano Marinated Shrimp

After a hot, sweaty week I'm in no mood to generate any heat in the house so I'm all about the leftovers! One thing about being single is that you always have leftovers. I have discovered the secret - freeze them all! I mean every.single.meal. I freeze the parts that I think will survive reheating and it is serving me well today!
I had plenty of that Serrano dressing leftover so I decided to marinate the rest of the shrimp in it since it's very citrusy.  
All I had to do was defrost the shrimp in a bowl of cold water - dump out the water and dump in the rest of the dressing!

It's much milder than I tend to like on shrimp, but very summery tasting.  The mint and lime hints toward mojitos and you know my summer mantra is "Mojitos not Mosquitoes". Anyhoo, I waited as long as I could and then I ate them. :0)

Lunch was leftovers as well.  Remember back to when I made the spinach-ricotta filled egg crepes?
They are just as good re-heated, maybe better because the creamy Parmesan sauce gets crispy! mmmmmm

Saturday, June 26, 2010

SPROUT! as in Pea

I'm happy to report that I finally ate the pea sprouts in a salad. If you're like me and never had them, I'd describe them as tasting slightly stronger than alfalfa sprouts and slightly milder than bean sprouts. They also had an in between texture of the two.  If you've never had any sprouts before...these might be a good kind to try because they were leafier, so more salady I guess.

So, you're probably looking at the picture and thinking "Wow, that's a beeeutiful salad!", right? Here's how I did it:
First, I washed some red leaf lettuce and tore it up. Then I chopped up a cucumber and tomato and washed my pea sprouts and threw some on the lettuce.
Then I used my salad spinner to defrost the pre-cooked jumbo shrimp while I used the Bullet to make the Serrano chili dressing from Suzanne Somers' cookbook.
So, I thought the dressing was ok, some might just looooove it. The shrimp went well with the citrusy and of course, salad was perfect for a 100+ degree day! Especially since I got to do most of it with my hands under running cold water.
Now, I'm going to try and not melt for the rest of the day!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pepperoni salad!

This salad was so satisfying! I think the secret is that I put the pepperoni on a paper towel in the micro for a minute so they got kind of crispy/chewy. Added some mozzarella, balsamic vinegar and a really ripe tomato - heavenly!
It was a really nice/quick dinner after a long day in a small room with loud people!
I'm really looking forward to a weekend full of fun now!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

What did I eat today?

I get so tired of packing lunches! Today was ham and cheese rolled up with mustard again and tomato and celery sticks with a scoop of cream cheese. For the next couple weeks there will be more packed lunches because of meetings that might not let me out at lunch. So far, not so creative. Mostly ham and cheese roll ups with veggies.

I have to say, the boxes of produce have certainly helped! I just pick something and eat it - which is so good for me.  Also, the tomatoes from my D2D box are so good! They are way better than the pinkish ones you get at the store. I mean they got R-E-D and juicy and sweet. I pretty much sprinkled salt on them and threw them in for lunch. 

I'm also still finishing off D2D box #2 so for dinner I roasted some broccoli to eat after I scarfed some cooked pepperoni and mozzarella cheese
and washed the rest up for later
There is still more celery and cream cheese for tomorrow!
but dessert is always my favorite. Part of a packet of Equal, a little cocoa powder, a dash of coffee crystals and about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream in the Bullet for about 20 seconds.  Yum!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mediterranean Tofu and my Door to Door box

Yesterday I got my 3rd Door to Door box! 

4 peaches
2 tomatoes
2 mangoes
Giant bunch of celery
Leaf lettuce
Huge Cucumber
4 bananas
I've already managed to devour a peach, some berries and celery with cream cheese. I just love getting my box of stuff on Tuesdays! I especially love getting a few new things to experiment with and variety that I probably wouldn't get for myself at the store.
My question about this one is: can you eat the mango skin or do you peel it off?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Did you miss my Birthday?

Hi again!
So, this weekend was my birthday and Father's Day so I was noticeably absent from the blog - sorry!
A friend of mine met me for coffee and a 3 hour chat :) she's the best!  Gave me a gorgeous photo frame with pictures of me and her son (such a cutie!) and a gigantic wine glass full of mini snickers.  

My parents came over for dinner, which I of course forgot to take pics of. It was Mediterranean salad and grilled tofu. I had to consciously stick a piece away for lunch the next day and the salad was totally gone in about 60 seconds or less.
More gifts...a BREAD MAKER!!! Cuisinart brand (see above)  :) and it has a Gluten Free setting - so marvelous! I'll be trying it out in a couple days...with the cinnamon raisin bread mix that was another present.

So, today I'm waiting patiently for 5:00 so that I can go home and collect my newest Door to Door delivery. I just love it! And, I did the math and for the same food - organic or not, I'd pay the same. So I'm all over this delivery system and all the food has been over the top good! Never yucky.

I still haven't figured out what to do with my pea sprouts from last week - perhaps I will have them in a salad with the lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber I get this week and a serrano chili dressing.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Back to Basics - steak and creative leftovers

I'm back to my basics of steak and salad today. I love trying the new Somersize recipes but I also like simplicity.  So, I actually popped home at lunch and threw this angus filet on George while I spun the lettuce and tossed on some leftover raw zucchini, mushrooms, a roma tomato and some sharp cheddar cheese.  Balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to dress it.  So simple, so satisfying!

Then I was feeling like creative leftovers for supper and threw some leftover spinach bread in the micro to thaw, topped it with sauteed pepperoni, garlic sauteed in olive oil, a roma tomato and some full fat mozzerella cheese and a smidge of parm. Nuked to melt.  So, best hint here: sautee the pepperoni and drain it a bit - it kept the "pizza" from getting too greasy.  Yummy yum yum!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Today I made the zucchini noodles and creamy mushroom sauce.  I love the zucchini noodles!  They were easy and quick and tasty.  

I'm afraid I overcooked the mushroom sauce though and what started out as kind of runny cream sauce turned into greasy mushroom sauce.  I salvaged some of it though.
I highly doubt I'll try the mushroom sauce recipe again. It was hard to make, one pan but I over cook everything!

Lunch meeting at work and lucky me, I volunteered/was assigned to order lunch - from Panera.  This was much harder than before because all they have is chicken salads!  So, I ordered a greek salad plus a fruit cup for a snack, but I'd really have liked some protein and the olives fall under funky foods. Maybe that's what drove me into the arms of creamy, greasy mushroom sauce.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spinach Bread

For dinner last night I made the spinach bread and used it for the Green Eggs and Ham recipe. As you can see, I love mustard!  So the spinach bread turned out really good - definitely a recipe for the future!

Since I had the oven going I also decided to try the cauliflower "tater-tots". Don't let anyone tell you this is a fair substitution for potatoes!  They taste like cauliflower and Parmesan. Not disgusting, not my favorite...not a recipe for the future due to the lack of loving and the labor intensive nature of it.  I mean, it required a food processor, strainer, a piping bag and an oven...
More overnight oats for breakfast and ham and cheese roll ups with leftover Cauli-tots and brussels.
I'm diggin the ham rollups!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A bitty D2D box

I got my "Bitty" Door to Door Organics box today!  I was so excited I put it away before I could get the camera out.  Here's what I got:

Here's what I got:
1 big bunch of broccoli we love fresh food!

1 Cucumber we love fresh food!
1 bunch of celery (subbed for carrots)
4 bananas we love fresh food!
1 carton of blueberries (yay!) we love fresh food!
3 nectarines we love fresh food!
2 pluots we love fresh food!
5 roma tomatoes (not quite ripe) we love fresh food!
bunch of pea sprouts (how do I cook these?!?!)

This is much more reasonable for me to eat in a week or so and the combo fruit/veggie is a little less overwhelming too.

So, off the top of my head...I'm thinking roasted broccoli and broccoli cheese soup, celery stuffed with cream cheese, banana custard, fresh salads and lotsa fresh fruit for breakfasts all week.

But seriously, what do you make with pea sprouts?

Monday, June 14, 2010

S4- Shrimp Scampi

This was my breakfast.  I didn't put together my overnight oats last night so I decided to go savory for breakfast. I am unhappy to report that plain Greek yogurt tastes just like sour cream. Or am I happy to report that? Because it has active cultures in it, so it might be a great substitution for sour cream...and when shopping for sour cream I found all but Daisy brand has mixes of dairy and fillers. So, I had to get full fat Daisy sour cream, which is what I needed.  Now, I'm thinking that if I have carbos meals and want a creamy topping this Greek yogurt will be the way to go.  Plus, yay! good bacteria.
I ran home today at lunch and threw together this shrimp scampi really fast, using pre-cooked shrimp and Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy! It was so deliriously good mmmm %)
Since it's so hot out now I shook up some decaf iced tea mix in a jar to make sure I get enough fluid.  Added some lemon juice and 2 (yes 2) packets of Equal.
For a little snack I also brought back with me some cheese and pickles. Mmm.
I'm contemplating what to make for dinner. I'm thinking Suzanne's "green eggs and ham sandwiches", since the "spinach bread" is all that has to be cooked. 
In other news, I ordered another box from Door to Door to be delivered.  I asked for the bitty box this time with a mix of fruit and veggies.  I'm so excited!!
They let me list the things I don't want (funky foods of course) and things I'd prefer to have (like fresh herbs). I feel like a happy kid who knows she's getting something off her birthday list but it's a surprise to find out what!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Somer day 3 - more steak

I had one more steak for George to grill up in the fridge and thought it would go good with some brussels sprouts for dinner and it did!  I'm actually surprised at how easy this is to do.  I guess I tend to eat the Somers way for the most part except I like to pad my diet with plenty of sugar and caffeine - which are no-nos on this diet!
I do admit - I miss sweets a bit...and when everyone is hitting up Starby's and the only thing I can have is a decaf, fat free latte and only if I don't plan on eating any protein for 3 hours afterwards...painful! But probably good for me!
And in case you're wondering there were overnight oats for breakfast and leftover steak with veggies for lunch - like yesterday. Finally got the fridge cleaned out though!  And I don't feel like having steak for a while now.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Second day of Somer

Well, I have picked a list of recipes from the Fast and Easy book to try & got all the groceries. It totaled $85.71 for at least month's worth of meals (for me).
Today's menu included none of them!
The day started with and apple and 20 mins later overnight oats made with plain fat free yogurt and a packet of Equal. Interesting thing about Somersizing - she has developed her own "natural" sweetener. 

I'm iffy on it, here's the list of ingredients: inulin, erythritol, fructose, citrus peel extract. Doesn't sound really natural to me.  Now, I didn't research these ingredients any further because I try to only eat stuff that I know what it really is. Is it gluten free? Is there anything else in it that will cause a bad thing to happen to my body?  That said, I know that Equal doesn't bother me in small quantities so that is my fake sugar of choice, for now.

 There was steak and broccoli for lunch.

Then for dinner, I was wiped out from shopping so I threw some frozen veggies in a bowl with some ranch dressing.
That wasn't quite satisfying enough so I snatched some pre-cooked shrimp out of one of the bags, nuked em a bit and tossed them with what was left of the veggies & sauce.

Now, it's time for bed!

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Autumn Salad/ worst date story

Here is the picture of my Autumn Salad ala Betty Crocker's Vegetarian Cookbook. It's not perfect like hers but it was yummy!
And the story of my worst date:
Once upon a time Princess Cocoa lived in Oklahoma and met a guy she really liked. Unfortunately, she was young and stupid and wouldn't date him for irrational reasons. This guy was so great though, he wanted to set her up with his room mate because he thought they were both such wonderful people (or it may have been a plan to expose her to the biggest loser on the planet in order to woo her, but that's another story).
So, the date was set for Friday night with let's call him...oh hell, his name was Matt.  So, Matt didn't have a job and was sponging off everyone around him, including his mother buying him cigarettes. So, being broke, he suggested that Princess Cocoa come over to the house for dinner.  He would grill some chicken and she could bring a side dish.  Princess Cocoa decided to give him every chance, because she cared so much for the other guy, let's call him Neal, and decided to do her dish right instead of bringing some deli glop.
Friday came and after work she decided to meet her friend Tammie for a drink, since her date wasn't until 7:00 PM. Lo and behold, Neal was also at the same bar where they were meeting! So, they all sat together and had a couple drinks, some food and a wonderful time!
None of them had noticed that Matt had been calling Neal and Cocoa regularly since 7:00 pm and it was now 8:30 pm.  Tammie was drunk.
So, Cocoa called Matt and apologized for being late. Matt said the chicken was already done, so she grabbed Tammie and went back to her apartment lickety split. She told Tammie to sleep it off on her couch while she made her wonderful salad.
About an hour later, Tammie came to and was able to drive herself home and Cocoa headed to Matt & Neal's house for her "date".
When she arrived, Matt presented her with a baking dish full of raw chicken marinating in Italian dressing, with a proud smile on his face. Lateness had been forgiven - Neal took the blame.
Princess Cocoa, despite her severe aversion to raw chicken, dutifully looked down at the pan, gagged and ran to the bathroom where she promptly threw up and the toilet threw up right back at her. She had vomit all over her jeans and shoes, it had spewed back at her and the floor too.  She tried to clean herself up enough to go home and when she came out of the bathroom Matt was no where to be found. But a drunk and concerned Neal was standing by to see what he could do. She told him to please apologize to Matt for her, that she had to go home. "No! Please go sit with him. He's out back and really likes you. I'll clean up the bathroom. Give me your shoes and I'll take care of it!", he was so sweet and sincere. She went back in the bathroom where he put her in the tub and washed off the bottom of her jeans and sent her out to visit with Matt.
Cocoa just wanted to go home, but then decided to stay on the off chance Neal would come and visit with them.  Matt had nothing to talk about.  He was apologetic about the chicken, but really thought it was because she had been drinking. She tried to explain how raw chicken always made her gag but with the dressing, it just looked like a pan full of snot and puke, but he didn't believe her.
The story really ends after a "second chance date" where Cocoa realizes this guy is a creep, boring and sponges off Neal in the most heartless way. She drops him off at the house, vowing never to date a man that she has to drive around again, and just conveniently "forgets to call him". 
Princess Cocoa did one day realize that she loved Neal, but that too is another story for another day my friends.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Somersizing - I'm fast and easy

Now, don't roll your eyes but my next dietary endeavor is to follow the Suzanne Somers plan for a while.  How long, you ask? I'm not sure yet. Maybe 2 weeks, maybe the rest of my life. We'll see how it goes!
I had to try those crepes and it piqued my interest and my taste buds enough to go ahead and give Somersizing a shot. I checked out a couple more of her books at the library for more recipes and information and I guess she convinced me that it is a healthy way to eat and might solve some of the health issues I've been having...chronically.
Step 1 is to stand in front of a mirror naked and if all your fat is around the middle it's a sign that your insulin levels are elevated.  The theory is that insulin stores your food as fat when you don't use all the calories you intake so if you separate the food so that your insulin isn't spiked in the presence of fat and protein, you will store less fat. When you eat carbs, insulin is produced but your body will use the carbs for instant engery and no harm, no foul. When you eat protein no insulin is produced, therefore to fat storage.
So, me naked - yes all the roly poly in the middle. 
I really want to rationalize all this away with facts about how my celiac ruined my metabolism...blah blah blah. The fact is, I eat pretty decent but I could do better. And if my metab is all messed up, maybe this can change it!
So, I'm on an adventure - a food combining adventure.
Today wasn't too bad.  I cheated right off because I'm weak and want to finish the food in the fridge rather than toss it out. And maybe have a last hurrah.  So I had an Oikos Greek Yogurt with honey on the bottom. These are little cups of heaven, even though they are fat free - the sugar is off limits so slap me on the wrist!
But, I came right back with Brown Rice pasta and home made tomato sauce ala Magic Bullet for lunch.

In the sauce: 2 roma tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 onion (maybe a little more), a shake of basil and oregano and S&P. Zipped it in the MB and zapped it for 2 mins. It was a great lunch! Every instinct told me to toss some Parmesan on top,  but I resisted! I'm well on my way now.

3 hours later, for my snack I had 2 mini dill pickles and a piece of cheese.
Dinner - leftover crepes...I'm going to have to be more creative!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

GF Crepes aka ode to Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers is a brilliant cook.  There, I said it.  When I lived in Oklahoma, my mom and I managed to gain some weight eating fried catfish and BBQ galore (shocking, I know!), so we turned to the diet book section at Hasting's and who else would we choose to consult first except Suzanne? When I was a little girl I pretended to be her, I named my doll baby after her and begged to watch Three's Company reruns on late night.
Mom bought one of her books for us to share
I often ask to borrow it, but she's having none of it.
So, years ago - I mean like 7, I bought another one of her books

I won't let my mom borrow it either. Ha!
Back to the story....so mom and I went on the "Eat Great" diet and were immediately sabotaged by my dear daddy.  As we went through the store picking up fat free dairy to eat with our carbs and full fat cheeses to go with our eggplant and chicken, he was picking up creme horns and Chunky Chips Ahoy.  Did I mention this was a summer while I was in college? So, I was still living with them and I couldn't realistically throw a fit?
We tried so hard to ignore the goodies. I ate my whole wheat pita (little did I know back then about cd!) with cuc & toms and fat free cream cheese while staring at dad shoveling cookies and ice cream down his gullet.  Mom and I would be drowning in our eggs with cheese and spinach while dad scooped Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast.
Mom broke first. I threw fits, guilted her and finally I broke too...after about 4 days.
I guess when it came down to it, it's a good thing I caved in. I was getting sick from the whole wheat and barley, which now I know was the celiac.  At the time I just thought it was the food combining method.
Umm...where was I going with this? Oh yeah, crepes.  So I had another enjoyable evening thumbing through cookbooks looking for new recipes. The "Eat, Cheat" book had a lovely recipe for crepes w/ filling and here we are. Making egg crepes with spinach ricotta filling and creamy Parmesean sauce.

I ate 1 and was so full.  They are decadent and surprisingly in expensive and quick to make.  I think when I have time I might make a bunch of crepes and freeze them to have on hand for other fillings too.  For now, I put the rest of these in individual containers and froze them for later - no way I could eat them all, not even for leftovers all week.

The End.
P.S. I tried to "borrow" that book from my Mom again and she caught me  :(
I get it -she's concerned that I already have a strict diet and doesn't want me to go crazy. Guess I will have to buy it myself then...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Great GF finds!

I had a super healthy lunch today! Wo fat cottage cheese (does anyone else remember that cute little boy on that commercial? no? just me then...), a roma tomato and about half a cucumber. So perfect for a hot summer day :)

I'm also super excited about some fun gf finds from King Soopers, Safeway also carries these Boulder Canyon Chips. They're so good, very greasy but really flavorful. Great for summer picnics and come in many many flavors!
These were so good barfy cat jumped up and waited patiently until I was distracted enough and grabbed my thumb and licked it! She lika da spicy! P.S. She'll be 18 years old this summer, what a gem!
I also got these for my next BBQ...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Leftover Ricotta Puffs aka yum from the deep freeze

Remember the spinach ricotta puffs? (if you don't click here: http://cocoasglutenfreeplace.blogspot.com/2010/05/ricotta-spinach-puffs.html)

Well, I had leftovers and froze them, as usual. Yesterday, I got a craving for them and popped a couple in the micro with some marinara on top. when they came out, I decided they needed a little something extra and topped 'em with shredded Parm.  Oh boy! They were so good  :)

You'll notice, I paired them with a New Planet gf beer.  I'm not really a beer drinker, but this has a nice light taste to it with a hint of orange peel.

Then today I was thinking they would taste really good with a bowl of pasta so I made this:
We have a winner!!  With the quinoa pasta shells it was just like being at an upscale Italian restaurant without panic attacks over cross-contamination.  Heaven, I tell you!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Single girl pasta

Today I decided to share one of my secret single living tips: pasta.

So, I start by boiling just one serving of gluten free pasta in a pan of water
In the mean time, I pour some marinara in a bowl and nuke it until it's hot
Finally, I stir in the pasta once it's done and sometimes sprinkle a little Parmesan on top if I'm feeling fancy!
That's how you do if you want no leftovers  :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Last of the D2D box (for now)

So, I washed up the last of the greens and packed a couple containers to be lunch salads.

I forgot to post the pic of the avocado, so here it is! So Yummy!! I was really impressed because it didn't have any brown/rotten spots on it, like the ones I get in the store and it was perfectly ripe.
I also had a carrot with legs, or ears - whichever makes you happier! It was sweet and I just peeled it and chomped away!
It took me about 2 weeks to eat all these, not to mention feeding a lot to other people, and I have to admit I froze some of the spinach and roasted vegetables that were leftover for later even!

George cooked me a steak to go with the last of the chard and that's all she wrote!
If I decide to get the D2D again, I will order the "bitty" box or try to get someone to split it with me.
For now, I'm going to hit the grocery store because I have some specific recipes I want to try. Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cheesecake ala Magic Bullet

So, I had this package of Neufchatel cheese in the fridge and I knew I needed to use it up so I went in search of recipes in my handy cook books (this is my new favorite hobby). Much to my surprise, I found a recipe for cheesecake in my Magic Bullet recipe book! Being the brave/lazy soul I am I decided to try it. Here's what it said:

Put in the tall cup and use the cross blade to mix:
One 8 oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

So easy, right? It also instructed to pour the mix into a store bought graham cracker crust - but I nixed that!

So, I whipped it up in the MB and poured it into custard dishes and put them in a pan of water to bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

It tasted wonderful! I would say it was kind of half way between NY style and Philly in the tub. It tasted good and made about half of what a regular recipe would.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day!

This whole weekend was so great!  I accomplished a ton of stuff including: spring cleaning the house, cleaning out my garage, detailing my truck, cleaning and setting up a storage area and starting a garden.
Then, my parents came over and we had a gorgeous and delicious dinner, if I do say so myself!

We had mixed green salad (red leaf lettuce and spinach) with cold roasted veggies on top, grilled zucchini, grilled Ribeye steaks and baked beans.  For dessert....cheesecake with cherries!

All vegetables courtesy of D2D...I told you there were more than I could eat by myself!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Roasted Veggies for Memorial Day

More adventures in D2D box of veggies.  There are so many!  I finally decided to freeze some and hope they turn out ok later.
So, I started by roasting some Sunday night.  I found a recipe in the WW cook book for roasted root vegetables, which seemed fitting since I had 2 pounds of fingerling potatoes, 6 huge carrots, 3 beets and garlic ( I used 2 large cloves, sliced) just begging to be roasted.
So, I cleaned and chopped them up.  The beets were so lovely and swirly!
Here's before they went in the oven:
And here's after they were done:
They were so good!  A had a bit or two of the beet before it went in and it was sweet and delish! When they came out they were sweeter and such comfort food!
I drizzled the veggies with EVOO, sprinkled with thyme, S&P - that's it!  Roasted at 400 for 25 minutes.