We dined out in Nashville at The Wild Cow, a vegetarian restaurant that came well recommended. Crazy name aside, this restaurant has a pretty good menu and a decent steady flow of patrons. We had quite a hard time choosing items from the two page menu. There's also a great kid's menu that I kind of wanted to order off of myself.
It's Nora's first Christmas. I wanted a tree, but we knew we couldn't have a large one with all of our breakable ornaments as she is mobile and curious. We chose a table top tree, and she's yet to notice it. I'd be pretty happy if it stayed like that for about a week.
Ever sat down in your house completely overwhelmed by the disaster? What about looking in your fridge and groaning because it's full to the brim, but you don't have a clue what to make out of all of that? Yep, that's about how my day started. The plus side? I managed to bring a batch of sweet rolls to a friend down the street who had a baby while I was still working and didn't have the time to share in the joy. They had to freeze over the holiday weekend.
A big thank you to my father-in-law for forwarding me this great story from the NY Times that appeals to me as a medical professional, as a mother, and of course as a budget-friendly vegetarian blogger.
Although it's past the peak season for pumpkins and squash--as is evident by the increased prices for the fresh produce--people often associate pumpkin with the Thanksgiving holiday. I know I do. We won't be having pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving dinner (contrary to tradition) but I've collected a few ideas for adding pumpkin to our meals throughout the week.
As you know from my Thanksgiving Day menu post, we will start the day with a 5k walk at the Turkey Trot. Our goal for the day was to not spend the day in the kitchen. Moreover, I didn't want to make my mom who can't attend the walk feel like she has to do all the work herself. So, let's just go over the menu items, how easy they are to prepare, and whist day-of requirements there are.
What does this picture have to do with Thanksgiving? Well, this light dinner we ate a few weeks back reminds me that that's about what I normally eat. I don't have to have an overflowing plate Thanksgiving Day just because it's a holiday. I hope I remember that next week. . .
OK, the moment many of us (including myself) have been waiting for: Our Menu Plan for Turkey-Day 2010.
Thanksgiving will be hosted at our house this year. Err, maybe not since it's the smallest. But it will be hosted near my home none-the-less. I may be a tad late. . .OK, really late. . .getting the menu together, but it's time I do a little research about Thanksgiving dishes for vegetarians. I'll be sharing what I've found. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions, please pass them on!
OK, as expected, this wrap just didn't go too well. I guess there wasn't anything sticky enough to keep it all inside and it fell completely apart. Frown.So much for cleanliness. But the smile was right back on my face again when my husband said it would have been great just as a salad. The next time, it was a salad. And he was right!
This may seem a little late to post such things, but in Florida it's been warm enough to still yield in some really nice "late, late summer" crops.
Recipe for Cucumber Tomato Salad
2 Large Wraps, warmed
1 1/3 Tablespoons chives, tightly packed
1 teaspoon herb salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
2 Campari tomatoes, quartered
2 thin slices of onion, separated
In a measuring device, like a tumbler, mix chives, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice. In a bowl, combine the veggies and pour the dressing over top. Stir carefully and serve in or on the wraps.
The black bean burger recipe from Parents Magazine was so fabulous, I figured the recommended switch to chickpeas or garbanzo beans would also be a success. After all, we love the falafel recipe from a previous issue of the magazine.
Recipe for Dilled Yogurt Dressing
2 (heaping) Tablespoons plain yogurt
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/8 teaspoon herb salt
Whisk together ingredients. Pour over and have extra on the side of wraps and salads. I have been using an herb salt we acquired on one of our trips. I'm sure regular table salt would work just fine.
Here's the week's menu based only on what is already in the cabinets or what I froze before leaving town.
Since we didn't land until late Monday evening, dinner had to be simple. Also, Paul's folks will be visiting on Friday. And dinner will be up to their meeting schedule. I'll also be taking care of a friend's baby, which means that I have to plan and make our lunches and dinners the night before so I can simply reheat and serve them. This will be a great test to see how I like two children instead of just one. I hear they are a lot of extra work!
I'm not in a position where I worry about an excess of basil. If I'm lucky, I collect all spare leaves and dehydrate them. That came in very handy last year when my plants froze. I had just enough dried basil to keep me content until about a week before the fresh crop popped up.
Start the gravy first. Then, start cooking the squash (if microwaving). In a large skillet, Saute onions and garlic in olive oil. When onions are translucent, add edamame. Cook through. Add cooked spaghetti squash to vegetables. Pour gravy over the vegetables and allow flavors to marinate (3-5 minutes.) Serve vegetables topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Recipe for Soy Sauce Gravy
Recipe from my mother. Have no idea where she got it, but she's made it all my life.
1/8 C soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
1 1/4 C water
In a mall saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook on low-medium, stirring frequently, until clear.
Is this not the most beautiful grain you've ever seen? It was almost too pretty to eat. I'd never heard of red quinoa before, which meant it was a splurge purchase at Trader Joe's where our budget always seems to go out the window.
The box said you could cook the quinoa in the microwave. Uh, yeah, that didn't work. My next option was to try the rice cooker. That worked really well and really quickly because it had already partially cooked in the microwave.
There would be three reasons why we might fail to take a picture of a meal: 1. We're too hungry to wait. 2. It just doesn't look good. 3. We forgot. Ironically, I think this may be the first time that we fell into all three categories.
Last night's menu was cornbread from Cooking Green. The dilled red potatoes should have used a recipe from Cooking Green, but I ran out of time to be home long enough to run the slow cooker. And an old standby I know everyone loves, vegetarian baked beans.
Lots of little things here. First a recap of the last two weeks, I impressed myself with eating out just two times--once upon returning from the airport and once Thursday night to celebrate. And what were we celebrating? The fact that I am now a stay-at-home mom. I have officially "quit my day job." And after a whole 1:43 hours of being mostly unemployed (Remember, I'm still teaching an online class.), I can say I'm loving my extra time with Nora.
In my research with patients, in following other bloggers, and in my search for a cheaper grocery bill, I learned something fascinating. Many times people bypass fresh produce because it goes bad before you can eat it, or worse, it is bad when you buy it. Enter these new finds that have been consistently good.
Notice I didn't say "Last Visit"? Perhaps it was my last visit for our overnight trip, but I hope I will never have a "last visit" to Moosewood Restaurant. Did I mention this place is in Ithaca New York? Do you know how far away our little house in Orlando is from upstate New York? I can dream, can't I?