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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

(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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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

Good night!

1 Dori May 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I think I might attempt nut butter fries one day in the next month! Your dessert looks delicious.

2 Beth May 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I had corn on the cob for dinner tonight and was noticing how much it was stuck in my teeth after! It was delicious though. I loooove seitan. The texture is so good!

3 Jenny May 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I love your eats for the day! It’s true- seitan tastes just like chicken:)

4 theprocessofhealing May 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Roasting corn is seriously the BEST way to cook it!
I need to try nut butter carrot fries very SOON!! Oh yes.

5 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

great photos and good rule for Sundays!
the nut crusted fries look great to me!

6 Erin May 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Looks like a day of great eats–yum! Love a lazy Sunday. Those are SO necessary once in a while. πŸ˜€

7 pursuitofhealthfulness May 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I’ve always been nervous to cook with seitan, so I’m impressed by your courage to “let it speak to you!” Looks like it turned out really well… I might have to bite the bullet and listen to some seitan here in the near future. (:

8 j May 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

If you want even more of a peanutty kick, try dipping the fries in peanut sauce (the “ginger people” brand is pretty good).

9 Ashleigh May 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I love the color of your smoothie!! I also love corn on the cob season.. delicious!

10 Kiran May 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

Love the colors on your palette! After all, we feast with our eyes first πŸ™‚

11 britchickruns May 17, 2010 at 3:03 am

Ooh seitan – I am DYING to try that stuff!They don’t seem to sell it (or vital wheat guten) over here, which is way depressing πŸ™
I want those fries though! I think I’ll make some today πŸ˜€

12 Becky May 17, 2010 at 3:46 am

Woah! Your smoothie was so purple! Your nut butter fries look great- I’ll definitely have to try them. Does the coating get crispy in the oven?

13 Meghann May 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

It does get crispy! I would suggest placing the fries under the broiler for the last 10 minutes if you like really crispy fries, but I like mine kind of soggy. To each their own! πŸ™‚

14 Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 17, 2010 at 6:38 am

Seiten eh . . . I have yet to make that. But I stink at making tofu and tempeh so I’m not sure I’d be much better at seiten.

15 Matt May 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

I need to try those nut butter fries πŸ™‚

16 Mary May 17, 2010 at 7:37 am

everything looks so delicious!

17 Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

You make those nut butter fries look TOO good!

18 Sarah May 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

All of your eats for today look so delicious!

19 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

Love the ’90s waterbottle smoothie straw

20 runningwithsass May 17, 2010 at 8:37 am

I wish i could jsut throw things in a pan and cook, I am sure it would come out awful! I love lazy days!

21 Annie May 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

I totally agree with you about Saturday fun day and Sunday rest day. I had three big events on Saturday: lunch with friends, afternoon birthday party, then dinner and a movie with cousins. Lots of fun, but lots to do. Sunday, I watched tv, read and worked out. It was just what I needed to recharge my battery for the week.

Those nut-fries look incredible!

22 amanda May 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

that peanut butter coating looks soooo yummy!

i enjoyed at first sight. but i’ll agree, not my favorite. and it definitely had slow parts. but i just think nick sparks is so dreamy and romantic.

23 hundredtenpounds May 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

How did you get the shake such a cool color? It looks great!

24 Jess May 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I made the nut butter fries for lunch today. My verdict = yummm! Especially with barbeque sauce. Obsessed!

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