This weekend I was able to get in the kitchen and do one of my favorite things, yes I ate, but more importantly I COOKED!
I got quite the array of veggies this week in my harvest box from Skarsgard Farms. Fruit season is over, so there were a lot more green things this week than usual. Things like leeks, chard, and eggplant. These are veggies that I am not well versed in. I familiarized myself with such foods today.
I also needed to cook some good meals for myself to take to work. I didn’t last week and ended up eating out for lunch everyday. Not only does that get expensive, but I know that it doesn’t do anything for keeping me on track nutrition wise.
The first recipe I tried today was from Eating Well, Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew. I have never cooked a leek, but I’ve always heard great thing about Leek soup and this soup, more like stew, is delicious! It also has a little bit of hot Italian turkey sausage in it. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. It was a nice comfort food that is only 251 calories a serving!
Veggie #2 Eggplant
I never really ate eggplant until I met Tim. It wasn’t something I ate as a kid, and I was always a little intimidated by it. I still am a little bit. Tim grills it up with a delicious tomato, red onion relish, it is Yum-O! I thought about doing a baked eggplant parm, but I opted to make a dip.
There was a recipe in my harvest box, for a green chile eggplant dip, but I threw it away…I searched the web and ended up making this Baba Ghanouj. I wasn’t even sure that I would like baba ghanouj, don’t recall ever eating it, but I had tahini, and I like hummus…so I tried it, and liked it! Not sure how to compare it to other recipes, since well my attempt at it was the first I’ve ever made/eaten.
It will make a good snack with some pita chips, or even pretzel crisps. I could even add a big salad to my lunch bag and call it lunch!
One more recipe, which doesn’t involve any mystery veggies, but does involve quinoa. Quinoa is still questionable in my book, not ever really sure what to do with it.
I had pinterested a page which had lots of recipes for quinoa. It led me to a recipe for burgers made out of quinoa, it intrigued me, so I tried it out on Saturday night. So glad I did!
In true New Mexican style, I topped mine with green chile and cheese!
These weren’t the juicy burgers you pile high with toppings on a bun, but they were good. I was worried about the texture, but that wasn’t an issue. I really like them, and now I have enough for some lunches and maybe dinners this week!
Is there a new recipe that you’ve tried lately and liked? If so, please share!!