Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Recent Kitchen Successes

I feel like I'm constantly in a rut with food. Make the same things. My fridge perpetually low on food. So, I try and read cookbooks and cooking magazines and force myself to experiment. In the last couple weeks, I've tried three new dishes. I'm one for tinkering with recipes and ideas and sometimes they are great and sometimes, I still think they need work.
Citrus-herbed Zucchini (idea from a Taste of Home mag)
julienne 2-3 zucchini
2tsp olive oil
2tsp lemon juice
pepper, salt, herb de provence
Saute the zucchini in olive oil and lemon juice until tender. Sprinkle liberally with pepper and herb de provence.

This was a real success. Jeremy loved it. The lemon juice gives a pleasant zing to the dish.
Meatball Pitas
Turkey meatballs (made with onion, cheese, salt, pepper, egg, oats)
sauteed peppers and onions (I spiced mine up)
flat pitas
fresh lettuce and plain yogurt
Put everything in a pita, drizzle the yogurt over top.

This was good, but I thought would have benefited from a little cheese and maybe something a little more saucy over it (maybe make Tzatsiki or something).
Lentils with split peas (basic recipe from friend Cathy, with my additions)
1c ea lentils and split peas
4c broth or water
clove garlic
chopped fresh parsley and basil
Simmer beans in broth/water with onion, garlic, parsley, basil, until cooked. May require more water to keep moist. Serve alone or over rice with a sprinkling of pepper and drizzle of olive oil.

We used a little cheese and plain yogurt. I also made a mushroom curry rice for this. I really liked the flavor of the beans. It got a little thicker than I intended, but can be remedied with more water.
Hope you all are having successes in the kitchen as well. I'd love to hear about them and get more ideas!


Heather L. said...

Sounds yummy!

Alaina said...

Yum! These look great!

Margaret said...

Tzatsiki is good with everything!

Kim said...

This one is fast and easy but summery and delicious:

spinaach pesto: in a food processor grind spinach, basil (or oregano... or both), lemon juice, olive oil, salt.

Pan cook thin turkey breasts in a little bit of olive oil and smear with pesto as you cook.

Delicious and super fast!

jeremy said...

Thank you for your great cooking...I much appreciate it...


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