I’m very excited for the return of fall salads. It’s the perfect way to recognize that the tops of the trees are starting to glow with their autumn yellows and reds, but still recognize that somehow it’s almost 90 degrees and any length of time spent outdoors other than the first brisk pre-dawn hours may still come with oppressive humidity.
I’ll be using up the last few weeks of ingredients to make meals of what new things I got this week
Clockwise from left: Bartlett Pears, Poblano Peppers, Green Acorn Squash, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Cabbage, Green Mizuna (spiky greens under the cabbage) another head of Red Leaf Lettuce, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Ginger, Red Okra, Red Raspberries, Red Onions
This was a comfort food week, through and through, never mind that it’s still hot enough outside that turning my oven on still makes the air conditioning run…
This is basically eggplant Parmesan without all of the work! The only slicing involves cutting the eggplant in half, then the insides are scooped out and cooked until tender with onions and sausage. I left off the breadcrumbs for the topping and didn’t miss them. By the way, the marinara sauce is made with tomatoes from our garden!
This tempeh stir fry with broccoli was tasty, but I probably should have doubled the sauce for two small-ish heads of broccoli. I just pan-fried tempeh instead of making the crispy tofu from the original recipe. I also added some of the spicy peppers from a few weeks ago. (After stir frying, they are really not that spicy.)
This spaghetti allá vodka with Swiss chard is so good and so easy. And did I mention you only use one pot, so cleanup is simple too?! It’s a great way to use both the chard leaves and stems and you can easily substitute spaghetti for a pasta shape of your choice.
In keeping with the one-pan theme, this was Greek chicken with roasted potatoes and green beans. Unlike the recipe, which suggests putting everything in at the same time, I like to give the potatoes a 15 minute head start, then add the chicken and cook for another 15 minutes, then add the green beans for the final 15 minutes or so.
This poached cod in cherry tomato curry was…bland? Maybe I’m used to my garden’s extra sweet cherry tomatoes, but I also got very little spice from the peppers, and not much coconut flavor from the coconut cream. I’ll have to try again, maybe with some hot curry powder next time.
I had thought I would be traveling this week, but instead I have more time to cook through this week’s veggies. Here’s what I have on the menu:
I’m also planning to make pimento cheese and pear scones. Together with a bunch more tomatoes from our garden, the roma tomatoes will become tomato sauce that I will can for later.
Clockwise from left: Red Radishes, Broccoli, Red Seedless Watermelon, Green Beans (in a bag), Red Pimento Peppers, Bartlett Pears, Rainbow Chard, Roma Tomatoes, Italian Eggplant, Kiwiberries, Thumbelina Carrots
Good planning this week let me reuse a lot of the components of different meals in new ways later in the week. I’m not usually this good at meal planning strategy so this is a small victory for me!
Every time we get a small winter squash like acorn squash or this week’s fancy Robins Koginut squash, I stuff it with sausage and grain following the basic techniques of this recipe. To make it for a crowd, I cut the squash into slices and arrange them on a plate or platter with the grain mixture in the center.
The peanut sauce in this Thai pork quinoa bowl wasn’t my favorite, but it was a really easy, fast dinner. Marinating the kale in the chili garlic sauce gave it quite a spicy kick!
I reused the edamame and bean sprouts in this sushi salad with tofu and kale chips. I always forget how easy kale chips are to make! I don’t bother with the flavorings, I just tear, toss with olive oil, bake them and then sprinkle them with kosher salt. Half of them don’t make it to dinner because I shovel them straight into my face!
Another go-to recipe I’m not sure I’ve ever posted here are these herbed turnips and greens with pork tenderloin. The baby turnips are sweet and mild and are delicious coated in the spice-cheese combination.
This is a week where I’ll be home later than normal several days, so I’ve planned meals where I can make some or all of the components ahead of time (roast veggies or grains), and then finish the meal the night I want to eat it. Or at least that’s the plan, after spending most of the weekend canning tomatoes from our garden, we’ll see how much more time I feel like spending in the kitchen!