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Plank Grilled Zucchini Boats with Cous Cous

From MiddleSister:

My husband actually picked this recipe to support my healthy eating.  Poor thing, the next morning, I found an empty leftover take out pizza box.  But, I loved it.  The original recipe came from Cooking Light’s Way to Cook Grilling cookbook.  I changed it up quite a bit.  I grilled and then stuffed the zucchini.  It suggested stuffing and then grilling.  I added bacon and flavored olive oil.  Personally, I think you would get much better flavor out of the shallots and spinach if they were sauteed and then you added the broth.

While it really was quite filling and satisfying as a main dish, I think next time, I would serve one as a side dish to a chicken breast with Chimichurri or a lemon-basil chicken breast.  You could also chop up the zucchini and mix it in with the cous cous, but then use a larger skillet. I would still salt and grill it because the flavor of the zucchini alone was amazing.

Zucchini Boats

I just can’t decide what to take to Yahoo Shine Supper club this month.  So, I’ll take this one over with my beets.

Gonna Be Fresh from the Garden Roasted Beets

I had these beets I bought at the produce market and could not decide what to do with them.  I’m sure I had something I mind when I picked them up.  Have you ever done that?  I do it all the time.  So I trimmed them and roasted them.  They were so good and fresh tasting.  The Yahoo Shine supper club came along with the right idea at the right time.  I am glad to take these there.

As a child we always had pickled beets that were sweet and I guess that is what I always thought they tasted like.  I don’t remember them any other way.  But roasting fresh vegetables brings out a sweet natural taste I just love.  Krista planted beets in her garden last year.  I think I’m going to give them a try this year.

Here we go – already expanding what was going to be a very small, selective summer garden.  I went out to cut some thyme the other day and discovered the yard man thought it was weed and pulled it out when he was doing the initial heavy cleaning from the winter. I knew I should have been out there with him.  But the wind was blowing and I had shown him what I wanted cleaned up.  And this thyme had survived the winter very well.  I’ll never find another German thyme plant in El Paso again!  So I must add that to my ever-growing list of plants to watch for.

My kids give me gift cards to the local garden centers for my birthday and Christmas. They are my favorite gift.  I can look forward to shopping and savor the benefits all Spring and Summer long.  I save them until it is time to go shopping in the spring.  I am about to launch into garden mode around here.  I’ve seen things begin to green up and the weeds are doing very well on the borders of the beds.  In about October I always decide I won’t do anything but my flower pots around the patio.  But…….that hasn’t happened just yet.

But back to these beets. It’s called Recipes and RAMBLINS for a reason folks. :)

Roasted Beets

Pea and Carrot Potstickers

From BigSister and MiddleSister

What a timely ingredient pair for this month’s Ingredient Improv Challenge organized by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  We two sisters are spending spring break together with MiddleSister’s two little girls.  We are like peas and carrots!  As we hear screaming from the bathroom, while we merrily work in the kitchen, we are reminded this wasn’t always the case.  These two peas and carrots used to be more like oil and water.  A phase we happily grew out of in our later years. We pretend that we are very different as grown ups, but we know that isn’t true.  While we each maintain the personality traits that drove each other CRAZY as youngsters, we have learned to accept them.  The good stuff is a lot more alike than we’ll ever admit.  We did pretty good for two different girls that shared a room for most of our growing years though.  One of us was neat and organized the other one of us was a pack rat.  We aren’t telling who.  Even though we fought against each other, it was the foolish other child that messed with one of us.  We could scream and yell at each other all we wanted, but Lord help you if you did!

So, when faced with a challenge from the world, we did what we always do when push comes to shove.  We put our heads together and came up with this recipe.  We think our Mom will be proud.

Pea and Carrot Potstickers

Take a look at some other Pea and Carrot ideas from great cooks around the blogosphere.



Cauliflower Cakes with Avocado Ranch Cream

Time to eat our vegetables again. I created this dish for the Alphabet Challenge. This challenge is organized and coordinated by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic. What a great idea! This is where on or around the 15th of each month I will publish vegetable recipes and share them at the link party with other bloggers. If you are interested in joining us you can find out more here.

I picked the letter C for cauliflower. Cauliflower is very popular right now. I have learned many, many new ways to make it. I got this one and changed it just a little from the Healthy Foodie. I can’t be as healthy as she can so I added this avocado cream to it (its kind of healthy).

Cauliflower Cakes with Avocado Cream

I got nutritional information about cauliflower here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2390/2 Cauliflower per cup has 25 calories, 30mg of sodium, 5g of carbohydrates and 2g of protein.

Check out the link party below (must be registered to enter) and don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter C or D?


Green Food! I Mean Green…Really Green.

Green Food?  Really?  I’ve heard of Green Eggs and Ham.   When I “Googled” green food I got a whole list of organic, naturally grown food.  That was not quite what I had in mind.  Not that there’s anything wrong with those, of course.  I was thinking St. Patrick’s Day not natural food.

I made a list of naturally green food:  peppers, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, kale, green beans, leeks, green onions, spinach, lettuce, peas, zucchini, Granny Smith apples, kiwi, honeydew, green grapes.  Then of course there are all sorts of herbs.  Cilantro, parsley, chives, tarragon, mint… the list can go on.

So what was I worried about?  There are plenty of green food items I use all the time.

I wanted to make something green for Saturday Dishes.  (I’ll get to St. Patrick’s Day green a little later with cookies, cakes and whatever else.)  I did come up with a roasted Napa Cabbage, Broccoli, and Leek dish and to go with it a Green Cilantro Rice.

I know you either like or hate cilantro.  I happen to like it….a lot!  Huevos Rancheros and Chicken Tacos aren’t complete without it.  If you like it this rice is very easy and tasty.

What other green foods can you think of?  Link it to Saturday Dishes sometime this weekend.  We will open the show early tomorrow morning so come back and link up your green.  Sweetened or unsweetened is fine!

Broccoli, Leek and Napa Cabbage

Green Rice

Asparagus and Portabello Mushrooms in Garlic Mustard Sauce

I have decided to participate in the Eating the Alphabet Challenge.  This challenge is organized and coordinated by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic.  What a great idea!  This is where on the 15th of each month I will publish vegetable recipes and share them at the link party with other bloggers.  If you are interested in joining us you can find out more here.

This first challenge was the letters A and B.  I assigned my oldest daughter the A because I like several “B” vegetables.  She finally turned in her homework.  She made an interesting mushroom and asparagus side to go along with what sounded like some really good steaks (balance in everything).

Asparagus and Mushrooms

The nutritional data comes from:  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2363/2

RAW ASPARAGUS has 27 calories per 134g; 0 grams of fat; 3 mg of sodium and 5 grams of carbohydrates.

RAW PORTABELLO MUSHROOMS have 23 calories per 1 cup serving; 0 gram fat; 5 mg sodium; 4 grams carbohydrates.

 

Check out the link party below (must be registered to enter) and don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter A or B?

Saturday Dishes-Seafood

Saturday Dishes

I am happy to be co-hosting this blog hop with Savannah from Hammock Tracks and Paula from Call Me PMC.   Each week we have a theme.  This week it is Fish and Shrimp.

This week is pushing me outside my comfort zone.  I am not a lover of fish.  You probably have noticed a deficit of those recipes on this site.  My son did some good tacos.  He really likes them.  If someone else cooks it, I might be tempted to try it.  I do my token salmon fillet or croquettes on occasion.  I would eat chicken 10 times before fish.  So here goes.  I was surprised at how good this was.

Salmon with Mustard Sauce

 

If you are a foodie blogger share your favorite seafood dish with us this week.  If you are a food creator and looking to make something fresh from the sea find your favorite recipes, and create your grocery list before you head out to the store.

To view all of the upcoming “Saturday Dishes” themes, click here.

Be sure to visit Hammock Tracks and Call Me PMC as we will each feature different posts from the previous week party.

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My featured blog for this week is: Real Housemoms and their awesome looking Snickers Chocolate Cake.   I love Snickers and cake and I love the Real Housemoms too.  They always have something delicious to eat at their site.

Snickers Chocolate Cake #snickers #dessert

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Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts-Eating the Alphabet Challenge

We now return to our eating healthy schedule since Valentine’s Day is over.  I have decided to participate in the Eating the Alphabet Challenge.  This challenge is organized and coordinated by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic.  What a great idea!  This is where on the 15th of each month I will publish vegetable recipes and share them at the link party with other bloggers.  If you are interested in joining us you can find out more here.

This first challenge was the letters A and B.  I assigned my oldest daughter the A because I like several “B” vegetables.  She is late with her homework!  I am sure we will see something soon.  I thought I had a bag of beets and broccoli in the freezer.  It turned to be Brussels sprouts and butternut squash.  That worked for my part of the job.  I decided to do a little nutritional investigation on my assignment.  This could prove to be very beneficial.  I only checked 1 source for my information:  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2363/2

Butternut squash has 41 calories per 1/2 cup of cubes; 0 grams of fat; 8 mg of sodium and 22 grams of carbohydrates.  (squash, winter, butternut, cooked, baked, without salt)

Brussels sprouts have 28 calories per 1/2 cup serving; 1 gram fat; 16 mg sodium; 6 grams carbohydrates; rich in vitamin C and A, iron and calcium. (Brussels sprouts, cooked, baked without salt)

Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts

Check out the link party below (must be registered to enter) and don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter A or B?

Balsamic Glazed Chicken

I get inspiration to make something when I hear and think about it all day.  A friend at work made Chicken Piccata for her son’s birthday.  That sounded so good to me.  I just had to have something with that acidic taste.  I didn’t have any lemons.  So I looked around the pantry and spied the Balsamic vinegar.  Why not?

Now I’m back on my “life style eating” plan (not a diet) so you can’t see the 4 ounces of chicken breast under the vegetables.  It’s there.  I should have used Canola oil rather than olive oil and no butter.  The chicken had no fat on it, so a little flavor was necessary.

I get carried away during the holidays and eat things that aren’t good for me.  Winter is not necessarily a good time to restart, but I have to do it sometime.  I have gradually given up Taco Cabana’s chicken flautas.  I just can’t go cold turkey!  Now it’s time to get serious and focused.  I think I have all the issues I need to worry about out of the way (I hope). I can concentrate on not eating everything I take a picture of for you to try.

Resolution/Solution:  Eat more salads, vegetables and chicken.  Try fish once in a while.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Quinoa Beet Salad

This is definitely a new favorite thing of mine.  Quinoa does have a lot of carbs but also TONS of vitamins and minerals for you.  So, where I would easily use rice or potatoes this fills in nicely.  It is also smoother and absorbs the flavors of what is being fixed more readily.  You will note that earlier I made chili with it.  It tasted like chili.  Now I am using an asian-orange-beet combination.  A lovely and healthy combination.  Enjoy this.

We are about done being healthy.  Pretty soon we will focus on SUPER BOWL food and Valentines Day.  Maybe some of this healthy stuff will make it in there though!