Saturday, February 28, 2009

Progress report

It wouldn't be the end of the month without some type of progress report on my goals. I cooked, and more often than I did in January or any other month for that matter. Here's a brief list of my February accomplishments.

The winners:

  • Quiches (yes, multiple ones): I managed to make six this month, and they have served me well for breakfast, lunch and dinners. And, I currently have several pieces frozen just in case I go into withdrawal. I honestly don't know why I haven't made more at home before, they're way too easy. My favorite one? Arugula, corn and bacon...with a little blue cheese. The last one I cooked? Spinach, mushrooms and a bit of corn. Every bit as yummy as you can imagine.
  • Pot roast: I even got out the slow cooker for this one, and included potatoes and carrots in the mix. I probably overcooked the veggies, but the meat was amazing. I don't say this lightly, but I could have eaten bowls of that meat for days on end...literally bowls of it. Major thumbs up, and I'm cooking it again tomorrow, and I don't want to get my hopes up too high but I'm breaking out the bowl!!!
  • Turkey meatballs: One of my new favorite goodies. The first batch was the most faboo...and with a little marinara sauce, I was in heaven. I thankfully froze half of them (in convenient 4-count bags), which provided me with a slice of heaven on more than one day. The last batch I made included chopped up carrots which added to their wholesomeness.
  • Potato risotto with sauteed Swiss chard and spinach. Didn't know you could do a risotto with potatoes? Think again. Didn't realize Swiss chard and spinach compliment each other quite nicely, lesson learned!
  • Kale chips: A little time consuming, but tasty. I may have to give them another try soon (especially since my fridge is teeming with kale at this very moment).
  • Mashed cauliflower: Yeah, odd concept but actually pretty good. I didn't have the consistency correct (it was a little too chunky), but I did manage to eat all of my cauliflower this month. And, in the process learned it was also a cruciferious veggie to boot...and I always thought you had to be green. Go figure!

Honorable mentions:

  • Slow roasted pork ribs with Chinese five-spice mix. Good concept, not too thrilled with the pork.
  • Pork roast: Edible, decent flavor but made me decide I don't like pork as much as I thought.
  • Braised short ribs: Great potential, but after only one bite I left them sitting on the stove overnight instead of in the fridge. I would consider trying them again, but for the number you buy you don't get much meat...I'll keep looking for more though.
  • Turkey meatloaf: Turkey in any loaf form is not desirable. Smaller meatballs are however.

Rest in Peace:

  • Turnips, kohlrabi and extra lettuce that I forgot about. Sorry guys, it just wasn't in the cards.

On the horizon (especially since I'm on a roll):

  • Portuguese kale soup
  • Pot roast!!!!!!!
  • Baked won tons
  • Homemade granola bars (Official note: Clif Bars is out of my Peanut Toffee Buzz until late April...now I'm forced to make my own creation)
  • Edamame hummus
  • Kale pesto (with a yummy recipe for a pizza....)

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