Chili

February 23, 2011

I think most will agree that last week’s sunshine and warmer weather was a tease. Yesterday I had to make Chili to warm up. I had a slice of Trader Joe’s sprouted whole grain bread on the side. This is my favorite wheat bread so far. I’ve become a little obsessed with Trader Joe’s lately.

I am doing some serious day dreaming about spring and summer. Going to the beach, wine on the rooftop, farmer’s market, outdoor concerts, bike rides on lakeshore, fresh pineapple…I could go on and on! Hopefully spring really does come early.

 

 

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Olive Mountain

January 24, 2011

Lately Trent and I havent had a lot of time together. He’s in busy season at his job working long hours during the week and I work all weekend at the museum so we don’t see each other that much. We’ve designated saturday night as ‘date night’. Even if we just watch a movie at home we make that time just for us. Last saturday we drove to Evanston (a city we love about 15 minutes from us) for dinner. We ate at this amazing little place called Olive Mountain that serves delicious Middle Eastern fare. It was small, warm, and comforting. We really enjoyed it. The tables were squeezed together and it was loud with the voices of people laughing and talking, connecting over food. And it was so inexpensive! We got homemade hummus, stuffed grape leaves, 3 huge pitas stuffed full and it was only $20. We were so happy and full when we left that we didn’t mind the walk back to our car in the freezing cold.

Stuffed Grape Leaves and Hummos

Me posing with my pita stuffed full with Falafel and Jerusalem Salad.

This was the first time I had ever had Falafel and it was SOOOO good! I  cant wait to recreate it at home.

 

Fried Rice

January 13, 2011

Recently I’ve added Fried Rice into our supper rotation. It is absolutely delicious. I don’t know why I didn’t try this years ago. It’s so easy and flavorful with a fantastic texture. Start with cold rice (leftovers from the night before). Saute a cup of mixed frozen veg (thawed in the fridge) and garlic in a Tbl of Veg or Canola oil for a few minutes. Add the rice and a generous drizzle of soy sauce and a splash of rice wine vinegar. I also add a teeny tiny bit of spicy chili sauce (totally optional). Start with a little bit of soy sauce and add more to taste. I pair it with natural baked veg spring rolls. I also steam broccoli and throw it on top because we LOVE broccoli! This is just SO good and easy.

Stay safe and warm in this winter weather.

 

Listening to: Slate’s Political Gabfest Podcast

Breakfast.

December 3, 2010

I’ve always tried to mix it up. I try to avoid getting into ruts of eating the same foods everyday, keep myself from getting bored. When it comes to supper, I’m successful. But during the day I usually end up eating the same things.  As long as I’m enjoying it, I’ll give myself a pass. About a month ago I threw together a healthy granola to eat with my morning yogurt. I truly mean ‘threw’ together. I just put whatever granola like products I had in a bowel and baked it. I love this combination! Its oil-free, fiber filled, goodness with minimal sweetness. I’ve been eathing it almost everyday since it’s creation! I made a mental note of how I did it and recreated the recipe this morning. I thought I would share here. A note to granola lovers: This is not very sweet. If you like it sweet add more honey or brown sugar. Because there is no oil it never gets really crunchy. But I think the crisp, soft texture is quite nice over yogurt.

The goods: 3 Cups Oats, 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds, 1/4 Cup chopped Almonds, 1/4 Cup honey or agave, 4 oz. Unsweetened All Natural Applesauce, 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract, 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt plus any other nuts or spices you wish to throw in. This recipe is certainly open to interpretation. I like to buy raw, unsalted seeds and nuts. They are just as good with the added bonus of being healthier. I also suggest adding ground flax seeds after it comes out of the oven. Flax seeds are little health miracles offering a heavy dose of Omega-3 Fatty acids and good fiber!

Mix together and spread evenly on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 mins. at 350. Carefully mix it up, re-spread and bake for another 5 mins. Let it cool completely. Store tightly in fridge. My last batch stayed good for 3 weeks.

Plain Whole Soy is a perfect match in my eyes but I’m sure it would be great with any yogurt and some fruit to top it off. I use 1/2 cup yogurt & a heaping 1/2 cup granola.

Enjoy!