Friday, July 31, 2009

A New Root

by Meghann on July 31, 2009

Here’s a glimpse into my Friday night so far…

  • PJs before 5:00
  • Do it yourself pedicure & manicure
  • Quality Abbie & me time
  • One Tree Hill Marathon

Exciting stuff right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is the first Friday night I’ve had to myself in much too long. It is nice to play catch up and to just breathe for once. Plus, I think Abbie is digging the one on one attention. She is definitely enjoying the non-stop game of fetch that has been going on all night. Does this girl ever quit? I need her energy.

Among many things I love to do when know one else is looking ( *wink ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) is experiment with new vegetable discoveries at the grocery store. I found this little baby at Publix on Monday and have been dying to give it a whirl.

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After a quick google search, I discovered a Malanga is a root vegetable that often acts as a thickener to make creamy stews. It has a fairly good source of riboflavin and thiamine, as well as provides a modest source of iron and vitamin C. Unfortunately the Malanga is also fairly high in calories coming in at 135 calories per 1/2 cup serving.

I treated the malanga as I would any other root vegetable. I peeled it, cubed it then roasted it in the oven at 450 for 15 minutes.

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The results were actually pretty good.

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It had the texture of a potato, but the taste was a little off. Not in a bad way at all, just different. I liked it with a little ketchup for dipping.

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Of course my whole meal wasn’t just malanga. I actually had a pretty balanced plate.

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WIld Alaskan Salmon was on sale this past week at Publix, so I happily picked up a small fillet.

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I marinated the fillet in this really yummy Apricot Mustard Sauce I found in Publix during the same trip.

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The marinade was wonderfully thick and tasty. Plus the ingredient list wasn’t too shabby either.

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After I baked the fillet for 450 at 15 minutes I sprinkled some shredded parmesan cheese and ground flax seed on top while the salmon was still hot.

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The cheese and flax gave the salmon a nice crust. I really enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I steamed fresh green beans to finish balancing my plate out.

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They still had a nice crunch to them, just the way I like them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I finished the eating portion of my meeting with the best dessert ever. I mixed crumbled Honey Graham Bears, Mini Chocolate Chips, & Strawberries with some Part-Skin Ricotta Cheese.

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Holy Yum! It was the perfect end of the week treat.

This afternoon I had 2 of my Blueberry Chia Muffins before I left work.

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I’m kind of sad I only have one of my mini muffins left. Don’t worry I haven’t at them all myself. I did share. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, yeah I totally just shed a tear while while watching an episode of One Tree Hill. This show has a lot of emotions!

I am currently catching up on the 4 or 5 seasons of the show that I’ve missed since I stopped following the show sophomore year of college. NetfFlix is the best! I have to admit I am starting to understand why I stopped watching the show, but atleast its keeping me entertained on my Friday night alone.

I hope you’re Friday night is more exciting then mine. If you are heading out please have a shot in my honor and if you’re staying in please have a scoop of ice cream in my honor. Either way I hope its a great night!

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