A glorious Friday afternoon is upon us. 50 degrees in January, a day filled with shining sun, and an early dismissal from work. A splendid transition into the weekend, with reason to celebrate. I returned to our kitchen this week for much needed sustenance after a holiday season filled with cookies and cocktails. I ate enough sugar to last me through 2012 and you may recall that reducing my sugar intake is one of my goals for this year along with taking better care of my teeth and drinking more water. I think they all go hand in hand!
I feel that I had great success in the foodie department this week. Not only was my only sweets a mug of hot chocolate and a bite of pumpkin roll, I cooked some delicious meals as well. The boys can attest!
1. I'll always note which meals the boys cooked.
2. All meals are made from scratch unless otherwise noted and use organic ingredients as much as possible.
3. I will not post recipes from printed cookbooks, but I'll include the books they're from and the links to online recipes.
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese -- Jimmy
Soup that I froze this summer!
Personal Pita Pizzas -- Alex
Mushroom and Cabbage Pie and Brussel Sprouts
sliced in thirds, sauteed in olive oil with green onion, pinch of sea salt
Black Bean Burgers and Brussel Sprouts
My burgers consist of two cans of beans or soaked equivalent (I supplement pinto or kidney if I only have one can of black), whatever veggies I have on hand (garlic, onion, celery, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini or squash, green onions), one egg or vegan equivalent, whatever spices I have on hand (black pepper, crushed red pepper, oregano and thyme), and bread crumbs until it gets to a moldable consistency. Then I mold into balls, cover with bread crumbs and fry in a skillet with olive oil, pressing them with a spatula like a regular burger. They're done once they're browned and crispy on all sides.
Pasta with Basil Pesto and Parmesan and Corn
Pesto I made and froze this summer!
I got to test my spicy homemade ketchup I canned this spring on the lentil loaf. Yum!
Hearty Broccoli Soup and Tossed Salad
Wondering which cookbooks I use? I've discussed my favorites here.