Sunday, April 27, 2008

Spring Weeding | More home grown foods

I finally managed to get myself outside and into my tiny plot of dirt for some much needed weeding. The cilantro and green onions are looking good! Looks like i can stop buying cilantro from the store now ; )

Since i was out there and the weather has been awesome lately i thought it was time to plant the seeds for the rest of the 2008 veggie good-ness. Seeding finished for cantaloupe, broccoli, onions, squash, oregano, and the 2nd rounds of green onions and sweet basil.

The garage just wasn't pullin it's weight. So now it's hosting some basil, catnip, and the seedlings

Jason planted the lemon tree, in the ground, a few months ago... and it's TONS happier. I've had the dwarf tree for 5 years without ever getting a single lemon. Well this year i have hope. It's so pretty!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Marmalade Tofu and Lemon Pearl Couscous

OMG! So there was the very failed attempt at introducing couscous into my life last week with the Sundried Tomato and Basil Couscous with Aceto Balsamico where the couscous was so bland we barely finished it AND went out for a real meal later. So i think it's safe to say i was a bit hesitant setting out for these recipes (that came from the same website) this evening, but VERY pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The Tofu was sweet and tangy and the couscous was AWESOME, with the perfect hint of lemon. Mmmm...

I skipped the kale, pretty much just using what i had in the house to make this a somewhat quickmeal. I would recommend making sure the dish you are going to put the tofu in will hold ALL of the tofu flat. 14oz's turned out to be a bit more then i had in mind and i ended up having some cook on their sides for part of the time and then be rotated. I used an orange marmalade found at Berkeley Bowl, and the Almonds are a must have to balance the textures.

This was a great intro to a new item - couscous! I'm thinking a lime/cilantro couscous for burritos next week? : )

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fruit Salad for the WEEK

I've been reading "The New Becoming Vegetarian" book to try and figure out how i can balance out my diet better. I've coma across some awesome suggestions that i think will really work, that i can really sign up to follow. Whole grains here i come, sorry bleached flour. Also they mention to prepare a large green and/or fruit salad for the week to have something at hand to snack on. Brilliant! So this shopping trip i picked three fruits to start with:

Strawberries ($1.39)
Cantaloupe ($1.25)
Pineapple ($2.99)

Results... Mmmmm...

Also there is definitely enough for the week to take some to work or just pick at when i get home before dinner is made. All for $5.63! MUCH cheaper then buying at work or on the go.