Jamie says: I came up with the recipe for the curried white beans and kale because I needed a quick and easy side dish to accompany dinner. I wasn’t expecting it to be the highlight of the meal- but it was! My recipe is so simple. I heated extra virgin olive oil in a pan; cooked the kale in it; stirred in some great northern beans to heat them; and mixed in some curry. And there you have it- a quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious side dish.
Orange You Glad you Like Chocolate? June 27, 2009
Kathryn says: I just started reading SuperFoods HealthStyle (http://www.amazon.com/SuperFoods-HealthStyle-Proven-Strategies-Lifelong/dp/0060755474), a good summer health read that promotes vigor, disease prevention and life extension. It was recommended on another food blog, http://www.katheats.com/. So far the book has discussed the benefits of exercise and it has identified some SuperFoods – foods with lots of health benefits. The first two SuperFoods it discussed were oranges and dark chocolate, so I woke up craving both of them. I took an orange out of the refrigerator, peeled it and split it open like a starburst. Pretty! Then, I sprinkled cinnamon on top. I love cinnamon. It’s great on nearly anything, and I’ve heard it has many health benefits. Next, I microwaved two squares of Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate (http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:BSk8dMLtJigJ:www.dovechocolate.com/products_all_p1.html+dove+dark+chocolate+promises&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us) for about a minute, stopping to stir it after 30 seconds. I drizzled the melted chocolate on the oranges and ate it right away. The cold oranges and warm chocolate made for an amazing burst of juicy flavor.
Jamie says: I was really craving pancakes this morning, and I wanted to try a few flavor/ingredient combinations. So, while I drank my glass of milk, I went “shopping” in the pantry. I used the whole wheat pancake mix from Kodiak (http://www.kodiakcakes.com/kodiakcakes.htm). The Del Monte peaches that I used were canned in 100% fruit juice. I made a variety of pancakes: poppy seed banana, coffee peanut, canned peach cinnamon, and banana peach poppy. My thoughts? I liked the strong flavor of the banana mixed with the crunch of the poppy seed. The nutty flavor of peanuts was awesome, but the flavor of the burned instant coffee was not what I was hoping for. The peaches and cinnamon were a nice pair- sweet and spice. The banana peach poppy was a nice combination, too. My pancake craving has now been satisfied.
Jamie says: What I really liked about this lunch was the color! The bright orange, vibrant green, warm brown, and dark black were beautiful on the white plate. It’s also perfect for two (I shared my other half with Kathryn). To make the dish, I cut a butternut squash in half (and seeded it with a spoon) and put the cut side down on a pan with a little water on the bottom and cooked it in the oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Meanwhile, I began reading my Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook (http://www.nancyclarkrd.com/books/sportsnutrition.asp), which I am really enjoying. I then minced about 4 cloves of garlic and cooked the pieces in a pan with extra virgin olive oil until they were brown and crispy. I set the garlic aside and used the same pan to cook some kale in the leftover olive oil. I then put everything together- I topped the squash with the kale, put some black beans on the side, and sprinkled the crispy garlic on top. It was very filling. The garlic was my favorite part!
Jamie says: I have been especially enjoying cooking lately. Cooking is very rewarding- it allows me to be creative and to share my “masterpiece” with others. The contrasting colors, mouthwatering aromas, and delicious tastes all culminate together to create a fine work of art. Last night we created the Black Bean and Baked Veggie Wrap. I had fun coming up with this new meal. The dinner had no meat, but the wrap had so much flavor and was so filling that we didn’t even miss it. Kathryn helped me cut the veggies and bake them (in olive oil at 350 degrees until soft). We baked the sweet potatoes first (one of my favorite dishes), and later cooked the asparagus, onion, and eggplant in a separate dish. I put the veggies in a TOUFAYAN Wrap (www.TOUFAYAN.com) with black beans, canned mushrooms, shredded cheese, and sour cream. I like the wrap, which is high in fiber and has added calcium, too. This meal was delicious and will definitely be repeated soon!
Dad called it “an A+ meal” June 24, 2009
Jamie says: Dinner was a team effort- J and K in the kitchen and Dad on the grill. Dad suggested pork burgers, K came up with the perfect recipe for them, and I thought grilled corn and veggie kabobs would make the perfect side dishes. To make the pork burgers, K mixed minced Vadalia onions, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, dill, oregano, and parsley into the ground pork, which was then cooked on the grill by Dad. To prepare the corn, I used PAM cooking spray to lightly coat the corn with oil. I then cut eggplant, plum tomatoes, and green pepper and put the veggies on kabobs; I then drizzled a little olive oil on the veggie kabobs and sprayed them with PAM. The burgers were served on whole wheat bread and topped with the condiments of our choosing- ketchup, deli mustard, yellow mustard, shredded lettuce, chopped scallions, relish, munster cheese, and/or mozzerella cheese. When Mom came home from work, we enjoyed this nice summer meal together. Dad thought the dinner was perfect for the night and called it “an A+ meal.”