I’ve finally kicked my cold. In celebration, I’m cooking up a storm. Yesterday was the now-famous Chicken and Herbalicious Yum Sauce, and tonight is slow-cooked tomato sauce. Can’t wait.
But I want to share a few yummy recipes that came up over the last few weeks. These are perfect recipes for the end-of-winter/start-of-spring because they are both grounding and zingy at the same time.
The first two were favorites during the beach house weekend. The third was concocted in one of those, let’s-see-what-I-can-dig-outta-the-fridge moments.
First, C and Bommy’s delish Brussel Sprouts and Yams
1 1/2 lbs. brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
(We left out the oinker, but if you like…2-3 slices thick cut bacon, chopped coarsely)
1 yam, cubed
1-2 T olive oil
chili pepper flakes to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix up all the ingredients and put in 13×9″ pan. Roast for about 15 minutes, stir once, then cook for another 15 minutes until crispy and caramelized.
Next is a super simple Butternut Squash Soup
One medium-sized bnut squash
One yellow onion
Six cups of veggie stock
Pinch of nutmeg
Pepper flakes, if you like, and I do!
Saute chopped onion in olive oil until soft. Add squash (peeled, seeded, and chopped) and stock. Cover and simmer for fifteen or so minutes. Puree all in blender. Return to pan, add nutmeg and pepper flakes.
Roasted Polenta with Roasted Bell Pepper and Parmesan Cheese *This is an extra treat if, like me, you’re wending your way toward veganisnm and like to indulge in the occasional sprinkle of cheese.
The goods (as found in fridge):
One of those tube things of cooked polenta from Trader Joe’s
Two bell peppers
The method (as made up by me on the fly):
Cut open tube of polenta and smash contents (into the bottom of a super cute Emile Henry baking dish) with the back of a fork
Broil two bell peppers until charred on all sides. Put them in sealed paper bag for twenty minutes. Peel, seed, and cut into strips.
Place pepper strips on top of polenta, grate parmesan over all of it. Drizzle olive oil over it. Poke your finger in several places to allow stuff to mix.
Bake at 400 for about a half hour.
Let me know how these recipes work for you and if you have any changes.