I made the BEST dinner the other night from Power Foods – a cook book that I have had for over a year, but never used. Anthony has been keeping up with his vegetarian diet, so the salmon was just for me. The risotto is made with barley instead of rice, and it was really delicious.
The salmon is roasted on orange and lemon slices for 17 minutes at 400 degrees and topped with a puree of fresh peas and watercress. The risotto has leeks, asparagus and peas, and is prepared just like regular risotto. Delicious
Here is the recipe for the Spring Barley Risotto.
We are in serious detox mode in our house after a few weeks of eating lots of sweets, pizza, and other bad foods. Because of that, I have been trying to pick up some new kinds of vegetables every week at the store. Last week, I gave baby bok choy a try.My go-to method for cooking new vegetables is sauteing them in olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.
Since greens like these usually shrink down during cooking, I used 6 small bunches for the 2 of us. I cooked them over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, drizzled them with about 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and served them tossed with rice noodles.It was delicious, light and made me feel a lot better about all of the sugar cookies I’ve been eating lately.
I love roasted asparagus. Seriously, it is in my top ten favorite foods, definitely near the top. I love the way it changes the flavor and texture of the asparagus, and now I won’t eat it any other way.
I need to add some new vegetable recipes to our rotation, and I have read about how fantastic roasted broccoli is, so I decided to give it a try with tomatoes, balsamic, garlic and some cheese on top. It worked out really well and we ate it over some pasta, but it would work perfectly as a side dish to some yummy chicken or fish.
Here’s what you need:
– 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
– 1 large bunch broccoli, crowns only
– 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed
– olive oil
– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– parmesan or romano cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tomatoes and garlic in a small glass baking dish and coat with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes.
2. While tomatoes are roasting, place the broccoli on a large baking sheet line with foil. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. After the tomatoes have been in the oven for 20 minutes, increase the temperature to 425 degrees and place the broccoli in the oven for 1- to 12 minutes.
3. Once the broccoli is in the oven, remove the tomatoes, add the balsamic vinegar, and stir. Place back in the oven for the remainder of the time that the broccoli roasts.
4. Remove both the tomatoes and broccoli from the oven, and combine. Top with grated cheese and serve over pasta or alone.
The best part of the whole thing was the crispy bit on the broccoli, which look a little burnt, but taste delicious.
Phew. Last week was crazy. I spent a lot of long days getting ready for a craft show and baking for 2 parties, and didn’t have time to cook real food, clean the house, or sit down for a minute.
Things are getting back to normal this week, and I was craving something homemade and healthy for dinner. I love potatoes and I adore leeks, so the answer was obvious.
Potato & Leek Soup
Time – 30 minutes
– 4-5 medium white potatoes, cut into small cubes. (I leave the skin on but you can remove it if you prefer)
– 4 leeks (just the light green and white parts), cleaned and sliced into rings.
– 9 cups vegetable stock.
– 2 tablespoons butter
1. Melt the butter in a large pot. Add leeks and saute for about 5 minutes.
2. Add potatoes and stock, bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft.
3. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup right in the pot until it is nice an smooth.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, the soup is just as tasty unblended. Serve with multigrain toast, salt and pepper.
I LOVE potatoes. I could seriously eat them for every meal. I bought some Rainbow Potatoes from Whole Foods tonight and roasted them with shallots and fresh herbs. This is my favorite way to cook potatoes and it goes with just about anything.
- 1 lb small potatoes, cut into 1/2″ pieces (I used a mixture of red new potatoes, small white potatoes and small purple fingerling potatoes, but any small ones work)
- 1 medium shallot, minced (you can also use garlic)
- A handful of fresh herbs such as parsley, tarragon or rosemary, finely chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Mix potatoes, shallots and herbs in a medium baking dish. Add just enough olive oil to coat the potatoes and toss with salt and pepper. Bake for about 45 minutes, turning once so both sides get crispy.
I served them with a pan-seared steak topped with goat cheese and roasted asparagus. Yum!