Vegetables....I am always trying to eat more of them, and to find different and tasty ways to get the vitamins and nutrients that I need on a daily basis. Side dishes are a great way to spruce up any meal, and to also get some of the key nutients that your body needs. I tend to fall into trends where I eat a lot of the same foods on a weekly basis, so I try to find either different ways to cook them, or different items to pair them with to keep them exciting.
Mushroom and Spinach Saute is an easy and fast way to get a good portion of vegetables on the plate, but combining them with wine and garic makes them super delicious.
1 bunch spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1 pint mushrooms, chopped
1 -2 tsp garlic
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup white wine
Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms and saute for about 2 mins, then add spinch. Stir in white wine and garlic. Saute until most of the wine has evaporated and the spinach is wilted. Serve beside your favorite main course.
This was by far the best side dish (and not to mention, the easiest) one that I have probably ever made! This was a combined idea between my hubby and myself, that went along with the comfort food meal that I made for him on Friday. He went grocery shopping with me, and decided that he wanted to try some summer squash and zucchini. He wasn't sure how he wanted it cooked, but he knew that he wanted these flavors. I told him tons of different ways I could cook it, and let him decide which one he wanted. I let him know that they could be roasted, fried, sautéed with garlic, etc. He chose them sautéed with garlic...any mention of garlic added and we are pretty much both sold on the cooking technique.
So, I started off by peeling both the squash and zucchini. I then sliced them pretty thin, and through them in a pan with some garlic and a little olive oil. I just let them hang out and get golden brown before flipping them. The cooking process probably took about 10 mins total. The result was beautifully done and golden veggies with a hint of garlic flavor. I then finished this off with some salt and pepper (of course).
The only thing we could both say between mouthfuls of veggies, was mmMMMmmmm. :) Who knew that vegetables could taste so good?
We are starting a new tradition in my house, where my husband and I are going to do Lazy Sundays. Lazy Sundays will entail lots of pajama wearing, laying around, and the two most important aspects: Just the two of us, and amazing food!
Since our weekends have become jam-packed with people to see and things to do, we decided that we need a day to ourselves to enjoy our marriage, especially before we have children. So we will be locking ourselves away from the world and I will be cooking up tons of good food to keep my husband happy.
Yesterday was our first ever Lazy Sunday. For breakfast, I made some delicious pumpkin bread (since the weather has been cooler, I was in the mood for some Autumnal flavors), we had sandwiches for lunch, and then some Kabobs using wonderful in- season produce! The kabobs definitely take a little prep work, but it is completely worth it because the flavors are just amazing! I typically do all the prep in the morning and then all I have to do come dinner time is assemble the pieces. You can make these so many different ways and with different veggies (or fruit) and different meats and marinades, that you will never get tired of them.
Kabob sticks (metal or bamboo)
Some type of meat, cubed (I used chicken)
Your favorite veggies (I used red onion, grape tomatoes, and yellow bell pepper)
Your favorite marinade (I used Roasted Garlic Marinade)
Salt and Pepper
If you are going to be using bamboo Kabob sticks, make sure to soak them in water all day so that they do not burn on the grill.
Cube up the meat, and place in a zip lock baggie. Add marinade, salt and pepper. Seal the bag and massage the marinade gently into the meat. Place baggie in the refrigerator to allow the meat to soak up all the amazing flavors of the marinade. Cube up all of your veggies, (you can leave the grape or cherry tomatoes whole since they are small enough already) make sure all veggies are approximately the same size so everything cooks evenly.
When you are ready for your kabobs, simply arrange veggies and meat on the kabob sticks.
You can cook these on an indoor or outdoor grill. We used a George Foreman grill last night and it worked wonderfully. Place the finished kabob on the grill, and rotate after a few minutes, turning until the meat is cooked and the veggies are nice charred.