Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday Fun Day/ Sunday Rest Day

by Meghann on May 16, 2010

I love Sundays. Especially Sundays when Derek is in town and we have no other plans, but to be lazy and just catch up on life. I plan on instating a new rule: from now on Saturdays are fun days and Sundays are rest days. Sounds good to me. :)

Derek had been eyeing the nut butter crusted fries I’ve been featuring on the blog lately, so I offered to make him a batch for lunch. I was really after any excuse to make these bad boys again. :)

(original recipe found at Angela’s blog)

We started with freshly peeled parsnips and carrots

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The coating is simple – combine a generous portion of peanut butter with evoo and salt.

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Mix well.

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Coat the parsnips and carrots with the peanut butter goo.

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Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for 10 more minutes. Flipping is important – otherwise they burn.

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The finished product.

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Yum!

You know I am obsessed with these, so it shouldn’t be a shock that these knocked my socks off, but I bet you’re more interested in what Derek thought. Truth is Derek loved them too. He cleaned his plate and licked his fingers before asking for more. :) He actually wished there was more of a peanut butter coating, perhaps some pb mixed in the bbq sauce? Hmm… maybe next time.

With the fries I made a slightly grilled cheese (I was impatient and only let it ‘grill’ for 30 seconds) that had swiss cheese, tomato, and spinach.

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Mini gerkin

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The perfect Sunday lunch.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool. The weather was just too nice not to! I swam, lounged in the shade, and even managed to finish my book (First Sight by Nicholas Spark).

The book was so-so. As I’ve mentioned before it was a VERY slow read. I’ll admit the ending had me in tears – what do you expect with Nicholas Spark? – but if I had stopped reading halfway through I’m not sure I would not have cared about missing the ending. This was not some of Nicholas Spark’s best work. Oh well.

After the pool I made some smoothies for Derek and I to cool off with.

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  • Plain Yogurt
  • Almond Milk
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Flaxseed
  • Cacao Nibs

I have a thing with needing to drink smoothies with a straw, but I am out of regular straws. So, I improvised.

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Classy.

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I wanted to try something new for dinner tonight.

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I’ve has seitan on multiple occasions in the past, but have never attempted making it myself!

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Hmmm…. what do you do with seitan?

I literally threw it in the plan and let it speak to me.

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The seitan asked for some onions and garlic to keep it company in the pan.

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Then this can of tomato sauce was asking to join the party from the pantry.

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Along with some frozen oregano.

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Everything simmered in the pan for 10 minutes, which was just enough time to let all the flavors meld into something wonderful.

I served the tomato seitan on some leftover harvest grains with a little feta.

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Seitan really does taste just like chicken. You could have served this combination over pasta and no one would have been the wiser. The seitan was slightly chewy, but in a good way. It was flavorful and a great addition to the tomato sauce.

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I had a corn on the cob that needed to be roasted tonight or thrown away. I roasted the corn with the husk still on for 15 minutes at 400 and then shaved off a serving on kernels on my plate. I can’t stand eating corn actually on the cob, it sticks in my teeth that way!

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A serving of vanilla ice cream with thin mints and granola for dessert.

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That was a lot of food to cover for one day! It was all good food too. :)

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I better finish resting before my full week of work begins tomorrow.

Good night!

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