Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Both Sarah and I decided on the Skinny Vegetable and shared a pickle and tuna salad on the side! It was a great meal filled with veggies which we both loved.
We then headed to Filene's Basement, and China Fair where I picked up a french press! I am so excited to have coffee tomorrow morning!! Rah and I then parted ways but plan to workout together on Wednesday at her gym!
Then, Dave and I ran out to Whole Foods to get our groceries for the week minus some veggies from The Basket! It's all about meal planning ...
As per usual, Luna and Dave had a round of ball down the hall after dinner- look at that love!
Friday, January 28, 2011
3/4 cup of Bob's gf oats
1/4 cup of good semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. of vanilla
2 tbsp. of skim/lowfat milk
2 tbsp. of peanut butter( I used crunchy, but next time I'll use creamy)
Sorry Luna- I know I'm going slow...
After the walk I came home and got ready for dinner! Then, Dave came home (YEAH!) and told me the surprise - Oleana!!!! I have always wanted to go!
It was the BEST meal I've had in Boston, and I've been here over seven years!! First off our waitress was super helpful about what I could and couldn't eat, and even spoke with Ana Sortun about piece of each dish JUST to make sure! Nothing is better than great customer service!!
Hummus with Basturma & Tomato( it is suppose to come with pita but instead they gave me winter vegetable crudite!)
Spinach Falafel with Tahini, Yogurt, Beets & Crinkled Cress(I could eat this EVERYDAY- mind blowing)
Local Scallops with a parsnip base and sesame seeds(night special)
I ordered one more meze: Vermont quail with baharat, barberries and pistachios! The chef made a special switch with the pistachio to make sure I could have a little on my dish! Thank you!
THEN, if you can believe- we got DESSERT- the chocolate creme brulee with date terrine, rose petal jam & cocoa sherbert! It was breathtaking beautiful ...the picture does NOT do it justice! It was delish!!!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
On the menu:
Roasted Eggplant Dip
White Bean and Cashew Dip
Blue corn chips & veggies
African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup
Mini Mocha Cheesecakes
Luna wasn't in the mood to help me - she just sat there next to her new buddies like a queen(Thanks Aubs for the pillows)!
In the middle of cooking and cleaning the house, I took a break to wrap- Eat, Memory- for our yearly book exchange!
Then, my Canvas on Demand order was dropped off...
My mug o' chili I snacked on while people were walking in ;)
Blue corn chips,veggies, and dips for snacking.... I forgot to take a picture of the soups!
Due to the snow we had only about half our of ladies show up.... but it was definitely enough for our book exchange ...
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
4 cups of Bobs gf oats
Since, Luna's destructive week, I've been wearing these trail shoes in the snow- ugh!
BUT today my new pair of Sorels came in the mail! Yeah! No more wet feet... pants... cold toes... Note: they look purple but there are actually green!!
After some major essay writing today and a walk with Luna b. I came home and got the bbq chicken ready for the arepas.
In our little corn pockets tonight:
freshly pulled bbq chicken
fresh squeezed lime juice
I could only eat two, but Dave took care of the last one for me ;)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Brrr... it was a cold one today. To warm us up tonight, I made butternut squash mac and cheese for dinner.
I also wanted to get ahead of my book group cooking for Wednesday so I made roasted eggplant dip while the butternut squash was cooking.
Roasted Eggplant Dip
-1 medium eggplant diced, skin on
- 2 red peppers, seeded and diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1/4 tsp. of black pepper
- 1-2 tbsp of garlic
- 1 tbsp of tahini
- 1/4 + cup of fresh parsley(I love parsley so I added about 1/2 cup)
Preheat the oven to 400F and place the eggplant, red peppers, garlic coated with olive oil, salt & pepper into a roasting pan. Roast for 35-45 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
Then add all the roasties, tahini and parsley to a food processor! Pulse until desired consistency! Enjoy warm or let cool slightly and enjoy!
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese(adapted from Martha Stewart)
The beginning: Tinkyada pasta shells & a peeled butternut squash...
- 1 small/medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes( 3 cups)
- 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups skim or 1% milk... actually it doesn't matter
- small shake of nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. coarse salt & black pepper
- 1 bag of tinkyada(gluten free) shells
- 1 1/2 cups of Cabot extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 tbsp. of parmesan or romano cheese, grated
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- Preheat oven to 375F. Combine squash, chicken broth, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the squash is tender, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat. Blend contents with ricotta cheese using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor. Stir in nutmeg, salt and black pepper.
- Cook the pasta while the sauce is simmering- follow directions on the box. Drain and transfer to a large bowl and add cheddar cheese, squash mixture, and 2 tbsp of parm cheese.
- Coat a medium/large baking pan with cooking spray or olive oil, and place the squash/shell mixture in the dish. Sprinkle with remaining parm cheese and more cheddar if you like! Bake covered with foil for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 30 minutes. Serve immediately!
Note: this dish is so creamy and delicious... it looks like 'from a box' mac & cheese- a real kid pleaser!!
While the mac and cheese was cooking I roasted some broccoli, zucchini, and brussel sprouts.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Last night Dave and I went to an event at the JFK Library & Museum . What a beautiful setting ... with some wonderful people!
Then, for dinner there were three different salads and soups along with roast beef and chicken. I decided on arugula salad with some sliced stalter chicken and a small cup of fish soup.
Dessert was everything mini: brownies, truffles and chocolate strawberries. I had two truffles and a strawberry with some decaf tea!
We had a wonderful time even in all this snow and cold!!
Today, we met some friends at Centre Street Cafe for lunch.
Friday, January 21, 2011
When we came home I had TWO yes TWO packages at my doorstep! A huge box from Bob' s Red Mill and Lilly from Rue La La.
Then, I made a new dip: cannellini beans with roasted cashews, red peppers, garlic and parsley! It was delicious- I'll post it soon!
On to another walk in the snow with Luna b. and some thesis work. Then, POOF it was 5:00 and Dave was on his way home. We made arepas stuffed with leftover chili, cilantro and Cabot and parsnip fries for dinner.
Other than feeling sick this morning, I would say this was a GREAT day with some delicious food!! :)