Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Recipe Samping for Dinner

I had a bright and early start to my morning with the Hot Yoga class at 7:30, so you'd think I'd be out and about doing things all day...well not so much. I caught up on some blogs, picked up a tad, did two loads of laundry and then finally showered and got that time I was hungry for lunch!!I made a mini pita stacked sandwich. This was a mini pita opened up and topped with:
  • hummus
  • feta
  • grilled chicken
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • yellow and red pepper
  • sprouts
  • mixed greens
  • more hummus
  • then close!
It may be small, but it's FULL and very much a TWO hand sandwich. For "dessert" I had half of a container of 0% Plain Chobani, sliced strawberries, and some of my free sample of Bare Naked Granola!I liked this granola a lot! Very simple ingredients:

Whole grain oats, Honey, canola oil, almonds, Raisins (raisins, glycerin), Sweetened dried cranberries (cranberries, sugar, glycerin, sunflower oil), coconut, walnuts, pecans, maple syrup, oat bran, Ground flax seed, Toasted sesame seedsFinally Brian arrived and we set out on some errands. First we decided to try one of the route options from our wedding church to reception to see how confusing it may be and how long it took!

Then we hit up my FAVORITE grocery store that I have mentioned here before, Russo's!, it was more crowded than I have ever seen it. Lines went all the way to the back of the store!! The cashiers are pretty fast, but it made it very difficult to get around the store.

We braved the crowds because I had a few recipes I really wanted to make for dinner! The first came from my newest Food and Wine Magazine...
(it's actually the soup pictured on the cover)

I mean, how could you NOT make this!!!

This was very simple, first I cut in half 1 butternut squash, placed cut side down in a buttered baking dish, and baked at 375 for a little over 1 hour. This was then blended with 1/2 c. creme fresh, 1 cup water, and dash of cinnamon!
Mine came out thicker, more like a puree than a soup, but equally delicious. The best part of this soup, however, is the topping!1/2 cup of toasted pecans, chopped, and 1 banana, sliced...all mixed with 1 Tablespoon of real maple syrup!!!

This soup was the my new Athropologie bowls I got for Christmas!The soup itself isn't very sweet, but has a really great roast butternut squash flavor! I think this recipe could easily be made a tad lighter by adding less creme fresh and a little milk instead. I think I may add a bit more cinnamon and perhaps some other spices as well next time. The prep is SO simple though...and the combination with the topping is incredible.

For the main course I wanted fish and I recalled seeing a recipe recently on for a red snapped, simply baked in a foil pouch: Red Snapper with Thyme, Tomatoes, and Olives.

We went to whole foods to look for the fish. I was maybe going to get a different fish...maybe Halibut or trout, but they had neither. They did have WHOLE red snappers though! We bought 1 and had the fish guy remove the scales, head and tail. Since Brian is the fisher in this soon-to-be family, I let him tackle the filleting...ewww fish skin!! Yeah I can't say I am a fan of fishing!Not too bad if I do say so myself!No worse than I would of done :)

I prepared the fish per recipe, and let it sit in the fridge while I finished the soup and prepped everything for the side dish!

For a side I knew I wanted Kale

Then I perused some cookbooks and stumbled upon this recipe in my NEW Giada cookbook.Note the new cook book is in the new cook book holder :) You can also find this recipe online here!

Onions, green beans and mushrooms sauteing...I chopped the mushrooms up real small because I love the flavor but hate the texture!Added the kale!The final step was the add lemon juice (which made it so awesome), and Parmesan. Then I took the fish out of the oven, let it sit a few minutes and opened the packet!
Yummm!!! Plus you gotta love easy foil clean up when cooking fish. I think next time I'd add some capers to this mixture.

My first plate
I went back for a tiny bit more fish, and some more greens.

For me, the fish was great but the green beans and Kale were SO AWESOME!!! The veggies were just SO flavorful, and that last splash of lemon juice at the end really made it into an amazing side dish.

Even though there were many aspects to this meal, each portion was so simple that it didn't even seem like that much work...which I liked, obviously.

You know what goes great after a delicious dinner...

An amazing homemade dessert...yeah not so much. Sometimes I wish warm chocolate chip cookies would just appear. The roomie and I just sat there talking about delicious desserts that would taste incredible if we had them...

waffle sundaes, crepes with nutella, brownie know the usual.

We settled withFast mock-cheesecake/danish wannabes. Graham cracker, reduced fat Neufchatel cheese, and raspberry fruit spread!

I foresee myself falling asleep real soon because of my early morning. Tomorrow the roomie and I are meeting one of our other friends who is getting married and her maid of honor (roomie and I are bridesmaids), and we are trying on bridesmaid dresses! Then seeing Bride Wars!! There's nothing better than combining wedding related activities in the same day as wedding movies!!! I live for days like that haha.

Good Night My People!


  1. You create such gorgeous, healthy, and tasty-looking meals! I'm jealous :) Great eats and I love Bear Naked granola...hope you enjoyed it as much as I do. My favorite is their Peanut Butter variety. I definitely recommend it!

    Love the "mock" cheesecake. Sometimes I make that my crushing graham crackers and mixing it in fage 2%. Delicious! Love your version.

    Have a good night Bridget!

  2. What a beautiful meal! The soup sounds incredible! We got that same sample and enjoyed it! Get some sleepies!Good luck with the dresses

  3. I love kale!

    I've done the mock cheesecake combo before - super yummy!

  4. that soup looks super creamy & delish ~ i absolutely LOVE the topping, reminds me of oats!

  5. Yoga, Food & Wine magazine, BEYOND delectable eats - perfection.

    Have fun today with all the wedding and movie excitement!! :-)

  6. ooh, i haven't read that magazine yet, but that soup looks lovely!! and your whole dinner looks incredible :) what fun!

  7. Fancy dinner - I LOVE IT!

    That lunch sandwich looks fantastic! Looks like you got a lot done, and had a great Saturday!

  8. GREAT dinner!! That's impressive and I love your new bowls :)

    The quick dessert sounds fabulous too!

  9. You are quite the cook! Everything looks sooo delicious! That soup is wonderful! Have a great night!

  10. love your monster sandwich! and that bear naked granola, i love that stuff so much. i think the peak protein comes in the baby packs too. yum!

    that yummy squash soup looks heavenly, and with the banana, nuts, etc..... i'm certainly wishing i was you right now!

  11. look at you cookin up a storm! That soup looks amazing, with an oatmeal like topping haha! Hope you had a good weekend!

  12. I've had such a fish craving lately, those eats look great!!

  13. The soup looks amazing! Beautiful color.

  14. This looks like such a special meal! I love the soup especially. You're right... how can you NOT make this :)

  15. that soup look like a dessert! yum! i love food and wine magazine!!

    another easy "mock" dessert- vanilla wafer with nutella and raspberry jam. not sure what this is mocking, but your "cheesecake" reminded me of it :)