Sunday, March 7, 2010

Today's Special: Double Bonus Baby

Monday: Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons and Parsley Brown Butter- This is one of my favorite recipes. So fast and easy. I'm sure you could cut down the prep time even more by just dicing the zuccini (the recipe says to cut it into ribbons with a veggie peeler), but I don't think it would turn out quite as pretty (if you care about such things). Also, if you've never used gnocchi before, don't be scared. It's just pasta made out of potatoes. In fact I think it's easier to use than regular pasta. It cooks much faster and it floats to the top of the water when it's done so there's no guess work or throwing it against the wall to see if it sticks!

Tuesday: Black Bean & Salmon Tostadas- New Recipe. This turned out so good! I did cheat and use a packet of guacamole instead of the chopped avocado. I also don't ever use low-fat sour cream because I think it tastes weird. I probably screwed up the calculated nutrition facts, but eh. Who cares.

Wednesday: Fish Couscous with Onion T'faya- New Recipe. This looked interesting to say the least. It definitely isn't going to win the "Wow That Looks Delicious" award. But, it tasted good. Not sure I'd make it again, but it was nice to try something different. There's a possibility this would have been a killer recipe, but I chose not to spend $15 on what would probably be about 2 tsp. worth of saffron, so I guess we'll never know. Somehow I think I made the right decision.

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Hamburger Gravy on Mashed Potatoes- I came home Friday night to find Seth making dinner! Lucky me! His specialty is Hamburger Gravy. He tried out a new recipe this time and it was really good. He halved the recipe I linked to, but accidentally put in the full amount of sage... although I think maybe it was an improvement. That stuff was great! Also, he doesn't use a recipe for his mashed potatoes. And his are always better than mine. Must be some kind of inborn skill those Idahoans have.  Unfortunately I completely forgot about taking a picture of his masterpiece. Maybe I'll have to make him make dinner again!
Double Bonus... Dessert AND Appetizer

Banana Cream Pie with Banana Graham Crust (just the crust from this recipe)- This is my very favorite pie in the whole world. The banana pie filling is awesome just on it's own, but pair it with this crust and I could seriously eat the whole pie myself. Also, just a tip... sprinkle about a tablespoon of lemon juice on the sliced bananas before putting them in the shell to keep them from turning that yucky brown color. It gives the pie a fresh but not obviously lemony taste. Oh, and try using this Whipped Cream for the topping. Yum!

Beet Hummus- New Recipe. I saw this in my recipe feed in Google Reader and had to make it right away. It looked so pretty! It was delicious fresh tasting dip and Seth and I both really liked it a lot. I used a 15 oz. can of beets instead of cooking my own. We ate the dip with Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits. Delicious!


heidi said...

That gnocchi dish looks SO amazing! Yum yum yum.

I'm glad to know about the lemon juice-on-bananas trick. I knew it worked for apples, but wasn't aware it was good for nanners, too!