Posts Tagged ‘food’

Dinner Tonight

I made Italian Potatoes & Kale, only with a garnet sweet potato I still had around.  I topped some rice pasta with the Simple Red Sauce.

Yummy yum yum!

There you have it: a colorful, flavorful, veggie-heavy meal.

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CSA Box #6

It’s that time of week again!

It’s been difficult for me to keep up with posting recipes since I blew up my third (yes, THIRD) work computer.  I’ll do my best to catch up!

Flax Meal Muffins

When I first made these for M, he poked at them and said, “I can eat these?  Are you sure?”  Of course I was sure!  I had tried a gluten-free diet for six weeks, just to see if it had any positive effect on me (it didn’t).  I did a lot of research to make sure I was 100% gf, and tried out some gf baking recipes.  He ate one and simply asked, “How??”  He didn’t understand how a gluten- and dairy-free muffin could be so fluffy and delicious!

Here’s how…

Ingredients:

  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup flax meal (remember to keep your flax meal refrigerated!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

What I did:

  • Beat the eggs and add the other wet ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients, combine well.
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350F.
  • Bake in well-greased muffin tins for 15-20 minutes (tops should not look squishy).

Variations:

  • 1 cup berries or fruit (if you add these, omit the 2 T water).  Suggestions: blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, apple, fuyu persimmon.  The best way to add apple or persimmon is to peel, core, cut into about eight pieces, and roughly chop in a food processor.  If using these, add a dash of cardamom to your recipe!
  • 3/4 cup nuts.
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel.

My CSA box has apples on a semi-regular basis.  During the spring and summer, we often are treated to baskets of berries.  I can’t wait!

1/2 cup of sugar means there are just two teaspoons of sugar per muffin!

Read a little about the benefits of flax, including lowering cholesterol, fighting inflammation, and easing constipation.

CSA Box #5

What’s behind door #5?

I am really excited about the apples!  I can’t decide if I want to bake them into desserts or just gobble them all up now.

No Rest for the Creative

I was given an opportunity to have my jewelry sold in a retail store on the opposite coast.  So, needless to say, I spent the last two weeks throwing myself into that project!  36 pairs of earrings, 12 necklaces, and a mess of a back later and I can finally turn my focus to my usual every day life.  There is currently more laundry piled on my bed than there is put away in my closet, and my dishes haven’t been washed in ages.  They are probably capable of telling me by now… but I’m scared to ask.

I have been doing some light cooking here and there.  Nothing spectacular.  I do want to say that fractal cauliflower is very tasty, and best when steamed for 20 minutes.  Also, fresh romaine lettuce is nothing like what you buy in the store.  Neither are carrots.  Or radishes.  Just combining those three with some home made Italian style dressing was cause for a little celebration.

Speaking of which…

Italian Dressing

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano powder (or dried herb leaf)

What I did:

  • Well, that’s difficult to say.  This is very much a DIY dressing.  It’s mostly olive & canola oil, with a dash of everything else to taste.  Play with it.   It’s yummy.

My salad also included some of my home made croutons and a sprinkle of feta cheese.

Sweet Potato Stew

Honestly, I am not that crazy about this stew.  It isn’t bad, really, just not very interesting.  I don’t think I’ll finish the leftovers.  It is nice and warming, so maybe it would be better on a really cold day.  The cinnamon and nutmeg also gives it a nice wintery flavoring.

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 14oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups chicken broth

What I did:

  • Dump it all in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours.

The original recipe called for 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, and only 2 sweet potatoes and 2 potatoes.  That might have improved it a bit.  Or not.  Difficult to say.  The original recipe also called for TWO cans of tomatoes, which would have ruined it completely for me.  Total canned tomato overkill.

CSA Box #3

I take two reusable canvas bags to pick up my CSA share.  One is for the heavy stuff, one is for the leafy greens.  The heavy stuff this week tried to tear my arm off!

What I got:

And just in case the perspective on this makes the squash look small: