Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Roasted Veggies

3 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (I bought already cut squash at my grocery store, about 3 boxes)
4 parsnips, peeled and chopped about the size of the baby carrots
A medium package of baby carrots
6 turnips, peeled and cubed
A few sprigs of sage
A few sprigs of rosemary
about a cup of extra virgin olive oil
nutmeg (optional)
salt and pepper

Chop up sage and rosemary and put in Cuisinart with a cup of EVOO, S&P (about a pinch or 2) and pulse until well combined. Put into a mason jar to set aside for the entire night.
The next day....
Preheat oven to 450°
(You can also prep the butternut squash, parsnips and turnips the day before as the herb oil) Chop into cubes of the veggies and with a little bit of the rosemary/sage (herb) oil with salt and pepper in a mixing bowl to coat the veggies- all together or separate- evenly. You can sprinkle a little bit of nutmeg with the butternut squash. Lay evenly on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (I used 4 baking sheets- it's a lot of veggies).
Roast for 30-35 minutes.
In the same mixing bowl, use the remaining herb oil (add more EVOO if necessary) and add in the roasted veggies. Stir well and put in serving dish. Serve.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sausage & Quinoa Dish

Quinoa- use its package cooking instructions. I used chicken broth

Saute Sausage to fully cooked, before taking it out on a plate. Save about 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin oil and rendered fat from the sausage while discarding (or saving) the rest. Saute sliced onion until it starts to caramelized and add chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Add cannellini beans until lightly browned and add washed/chopped kale. Seasoning salt, pepper, and a little bit of nutmeg. Once the kale wilted, add about a cup of chicken broth and let it reduce to vaporization, bring back the sausage and add the cooked quinoa, mixing well before serving. Perfect for lunch and dinner.