Trying out recipes to pass on to you.

the longest wait: from oven to plate

Posted: September 23rd, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

long lines. traffic. waiting to talk to a real person on the line. we do a lot of waiting. for me, the longest wait is for dinner to get ready while my husband (who arrives home an hour before me) patiently keeps busy waiting to eat.

while i chop, dice and stir time flies by. but once something hits the stove or oven—it’s like waiting for paint to dry. tonight it was for meatloaf which called for a 90 minute cook time. ah!

i rarely make the same version twice. this recipe from the october bon appetite magazine had two things going for it. 1) ground turkey. i LOVE to cook with it. 2) ingredients i’d never think to use in a meatloaf–namely mushrooms and chicken stock. it was DIVINE! even without the traditional ketchup glaze on top i love so. go HERE to get the recipe for this turkey meatloaf with mushrooms and herbs. so good i keep getting a forkful each time i walk past the stove and my husband cleaned his plate. he didn’t come from a “make a happy plate!” house, so this rarely happens. :)

the magazine suggested serving it with mashed potatoes and glazed root vegetables. i had carrots so used their recipe of simmering water, a bit of butter, a pinch of salt and honey with the carrots for a sweet, tender side dish. and a great way to use up the mini carrots that came on a recent party veggie tray :)

and of course THE MYSTERY SQUASH. i cut it open tonight and

JUST like the inside of a spaghetti squash. i cut open my ACTUAL spaghetti squash to verify. still not sure why it got that hard green skin instead of the traditional pale yellow.

too scared to try the green guy, i cooked up the spaghetti squash. have you tried one? read this article and TRY not to run out to buy one and give it a try.

i took half the squash and put it in a microwaveable dish. put it in cut side up and fill about 1/3 with water. cover with plastic wrap and microwave about 12 minutes. the skin should have give to it (use a pot holder to poke it) and the skin should pierce easily. let it cool a bit a drag a fork through the skin. it makes perfect “noodles”

and look, with NO topping it looks like buttery pasta. basically a blank canvas to season and spice any way you would noodles for a low cal, no fat side.

i used the ’simple cheesy spaghetti squash’ recipe with parmesean cheese, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. INSANE YUM. a bit less than healthy, but we gobbled it up. it was a great side with the sweet carrots and savory turkey meatloaf.

what quick, easy meal was a success at your house this week? any worth the wait, long cook meals?


hunger makes it go down easier

Posted: June 16th, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

oy! tonight was the second in a series of ‘clean’ dinners this week. i’m actually eating clean the majority of the day. by clean i mean avoiding preservatives, fake sugars, and “stuff in my stuff.” i can see each ingredient i eat when i plan better and it’s pretty rewarding. i feel better.

but i’m not the only one eating at my house….the poor hubs gets to join my little food journeys. this week i’m trying “Five Family Dinners for $10 a day” from the July/Aug Clean Eating Magazine. as you will learn, i’m not so much the improviser. i like a good recipe and a good chance to screw it up or make it happen. tonight…was fine. not my fault. the recipe was, er, clean, and tasted it.

dinner was turkey meatloaf with turnip-cauliflower mash. full disclosure: i’ve never eaten a turnip. i’ve also never mashed cauliflower. and anything “mashed” here in the south should involve lots of butter and cream…clean we are not by tradition.

the results? yeah, looks pretty healthy. ha!

the meatloaf was lean ground turkey, diced onion, oatmeal, grated carrots, egg whites, dried italian seasoning and cayenne. i’m not even posting the amount because i won’t remake this. very moist (surprising!) but no flavor save the onion and random nibble of italian spice. i would have added some worcestershire, salt and pepper and maybe at least one whole egg. turkey simply can not replace beef. but it is healthier.

the mashed turnip-cauliflower: double oy. not the worst ever and i’d like to try to refine it. packed with vitamins and fiber, these are a worthy side dish. steam 1 head chopped cauliflower and 2 medium diced turnips until soft. (alternatively boil turnips while cauliflower is steaming). mash together with 2 tsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. this recipe called for minced fresh basil but i found it odd when i was trying to imagine buttery mashed potatoes. it just wasn’t coming together. i added a splash of low fat milk and a pad of butter then blended with a hand mixture. the texture improved but still not ideal–chunks of cauliflower remained. added a pad of butter. a splash of cream. a tablespoon of greek yogurt. MIX. smoother still but no mashed potato impersonator. so now i have an almost unhealthy side…tasting better…a true foodie might have put the goop in a blender or through a food mill. but this gal was hungry!

lucky so was hubs! he ate it all up!

secret of the day…starve your dinner guests. they’ll eat whatever you slop in front of them.