Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

This past month has totally flown by! School’s been keeping me so busy; I still haven’t had any time to get in my own kitchen and make anything. And on top of all my school stuff, both my computer and cell phone decided to die on me, so I’ve had lots of fun and expensive things to deal with lately.

I have, however, found time to make lunch and dinner, of course. I know I usually (lately) only post dessert stuff, but something’s better than nothing right?

My husband and I are members of a local CSA (community supported agriculture) so I never know what veggies I’ll have to cook with until we go pick up our share every Sunday. Eating seasonally can be challenging, but once you figure out some basics and get creative with what’s available in your fridge it can be a lot of fun. And sometimes very pretty!

Some last-minute randomness a few weeks ago turned into this gorgeous combination of kale-cilantro pesto, roasted red beets, patty pan squash and turnips. Just look at how beautiful it is! I absolutely love the colors mother nature gives us.

Any random combination of veggies could go together to make this dish, so I won’t get all specific about the veggies. Just select what you want and cut them in half, lightly oil the cut sides, place them cut-side down in a baking dish and roast them at 375 until you can pierce them easily with a fork. Keep in mind that different veggies cook at different rates so not everything will be done at the same time.

Once they’ve cooled enough to touch, peel them if necessary, slice into 1/4 inch wedges or so. Place them in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and some minced cilantro. Try adding a little bit of olive oil and a splash of sweet white wine.

For the pasta I used gluten-free macaroni, but any type of pasta will do. Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the noodles until al dente; drain and keep warm.

Kale-Cilantro Pesto

  • 4 C kale
  • 1/2 – 3/4 C cilantro
  • 1/4 C roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 3 T water (or more olive oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 t black pepper

Typically pesto is made from uncooked ingredients, but I decided to blanch the kale for a minute before making the sauce. Blanching tends to help tone down some of the bitterness in leafy greens. If you decide to blanch, bring a pot of water to boil, toss in the kale and let it cook for about a minute. Plunge the kale into an ice bath once that minute it over to stop the cooking and then drain it.

Toss the cashews into a coffee grinder, preferably one not used to grind coffee or you’re gonna get some off flavors. Grind up the cashews.

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is evenly combined. Toss the pasta with the pesto and then add the veggies and tuck in!

Well, there you have it. I have about five more weeks of school left, so hopefully this blogging dry spell will end soon. Until then, happy eating!

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Sorry about that.  In trying to balance my schedule between Middle Earth, Italy and lost passwords I have totally neglected you.  But it gets worse.  Or better.  Or maybe just different….

The other day Samantha from Novels Eats invited me to take part in a thing called Lunch.  It’s a website for reviews of this, that and whatever floats your boat.  And there are different “communities,” like Vegan Living, Green Living, Bakers and Pastry Lovers, etc. that you can join.  You can rate and comment on others’ reviews, and people can follow you and you can follow them (in a non-stalker sort of way).  I think it’s pretty dandy, so I’ve been posting reviews on it instead of here (they’ve been all product reviews).  You should come on over and take a gander at it and join in if you feel so obliged to share you knowledge of what works and just  how well.

Oh, it’s not relegated to food by the way, as the name might lead you to assume.

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A slight breeze is whistling in through the kitchen window. Birds are chattering away outside, likely discussing the pleasant weather we currently find ourselves in. It’s late in the day for lunch, about one in the afternoon. Instead of hustling my food into my cluttered office and clicking away at the world while I eat I decide to enjoy the serene surroundings I unexpectedly find myself in. I pour a petite glass of chardonnay, move the other folding wooden chair closer to my feet so that my legs can lounge, and sit down at my bistro sized dining table, that in all honestly belongs on a patio instead of in a kitchen, with my lunch and a book. I must say it’s been the best lunch I’ve had in a very long time. I nonchalantly peck at my food between pages of perfectly blended words, and alternately sip the crisp chardonnay along with some water. It reminds of something I should do more often. I typically fail to allow myself such pleasures. Such a pity – I think I shall work on this.

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