We are happy to report that we have been busy in the kitchen and have continued purchasing seasonal basket ingredients from Red Hills. This has helped force us to cook with new ingredients, and techniques while trying to use each of the ingredients in different ways.
A recent friends Birthday grill out and beer tasting last month helped us eat through some of our ingredients. We made German potato salad made with roasted baby potatoes, and a salad with local greens and veggies from our Red Hills purchase. We even jazzed up each dish with some hibiscus leaves which had a pleasant citrus like bitterness, and edible flowers!
We have also been able to experiment with making some sauces and purees with our meals. This included a roasted butternut squash, and carrot sauce that complimented seared scallops nicely. On the side we pureed some turnips for garlic turnip mash served along with kale, mushrooms, and roasted brussel sprouts.
Sundays have become our best day to do some meal prep. We prepared a stir fry that was a little heavy with ginger (opps!) which also had garlic, beautiful watermelon radishes, onions, greens, and green onions. Another meal made was some Italian “pasta” served with meatballs which were made using breadcrumbs from our homemade bread. Zucchini noodles were used for pasta, topped with sauce, local mushrooms, onions and roasted peppers.
This wild style of cooking with sometimes random ingredients has helped keep our interest in eating healthy food lately. We want to challenge you with the following cooking assignment, and please let us know what you picked, and what you made. The next time your in the grocery store pick out one ingredient you have never cooked with. Do not be afraid if you cant think of something to make with it immediately just remember you have it and every time you cook that week think to yourself “Will this flavor work with what I am cooking?”. If you are unfamiliar with the taste, taste it and if the answer is yes then and only then try to find out how it will fit. Whether it’s a sauce, vessel, or just diced and put in. Creativity has helped us continue on our diet goals and not succumb to diet food boredom. Get out there and try some new stuff!
Chasing Diets, Chasing Life!