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Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa

Published March 31, 2014 by jenmatteson

It probably seems like we’ve been eating entirely vegetarian lately, but it just so happens, I’ve just had a lot of Meatless Monday’s in a row!  I’ve kept myself busy trying out some veggie sandwiches for my girlfriend’s baby shower, which I still have one more to share, and have just happened across some other unignorably delicious meatless recipes.

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa

This quinoa salad does have butter, and while I think it would certainly taste good with oil in place of butter, I’m not sure you’d be able to achieve the depth and slight sweetness of brown butter with oil.  The sage and brown butter are absolutely amazing.  While this salad can be served chilled or room temperature, I think serving it warm brings out the best flavors!  I liked this so much, you could serve this as a lunch or a side to any meal.  We had dinner with Nate’s parents; Momma Marsha made mussels, so I brought this as a side.  It went perfectly!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 shallot, finely diced
4 cups water
Kosher salt
2 tbsp. butter
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2  butternut squash, diced
2 tbsp. sage, chopped

Directions:

1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the quinoa, shallot, water, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the quinoa has fully absorbed the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 400º. Toss the squash with one tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 25 to 35 minutes, or until slightly browned and tender, turning halfway through.

3. Meanwhile, place butter in medium sauté pan and melt over moderately high heat, swirling the pan continuously until the butter begins to foam and just begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the sage, swirling for another 30 seconds.

4. In a serving bowl, toss the quinoa with the butternut squash, and sage brown butter, and serve.

Meatless Monday: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Published March 24, 2014 by jenmatteson

It’s fairly well-known that I am an extremely organized person, but I just wanted to share a quick peek at what my kitchen looks like when I have several projects going on at once.

My kitchen while working

To me, it all makes sense.  But if someone walked in and saw this, I’m sure they’d think I lost my mind.

Seemingly kitchen in disaray

If you can believe it, this is actually fairly organized and clean for me making more than two things at once.  I think I was making muffins, two types of bread, cookies and soup.

We’ve been on an insane soup and salad kick lately, and this was our most recent.  Seeing as though it is still winter, feeling like deep in the winter, though spring is supposedly on the way, soup is the most comforting meals.  An entire bowl or a cup paired with a salad or sandwich is pretty much what we’ve been eating for the last few weeks.  Sad, I know, but it’s soooooo good (plus quick and easy)!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

The cauliflower has a slightly sweet taste from roasting, but the curry brings it all together and rounds out the flavor.  The original recipe calls for whole milk, but it was so creamy on its own, I didn’t even add any.  This is a unsuspectingly hearty soup at a very low price!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, halved, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch florets
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt
fresh cracked black pepper
1 small onion, finely diced
3 tbsp. butter
1 bay leaf
4 cups water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss cauliflower with cumin seeds, curry powder and  3 tablespoons of the oil.  Season generously with salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until cauliflower is just tender.

2. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over moderate heat and sauté onions until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes.  Add roasted cauliflower, butter bay leaf and water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer until liquid is reduced and the cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes.  Remove and discard bay leaf.

3. Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth.  Using a blender would work here as well if you don’t have an immersion blender.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Meatless Monday: Balsamic Roasted Veggie Wrap

Published February 24, 2014 by jenmatteson

I am getting really tired of this winter.  All these veggie sandwiches makes me excited to start planting my garden and having fresh produce at my fingertips daily!  But alas, it’s still awful cold out 😦  To try to get into the spring state of mind, I wanted to try another veggie option for my friend’s baby shower, and this time, it’s a roasted wrap!  This takes a bit longer than the hummus supreme sandwich, as you have to first salt the eggplant and let the excess water drain, then wait for the vegetables to roast 😦  But don’t worry, the wait is worth it.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Wrap

The veggies are soft and sweet and the arugula adds a little crunch and extra freshness.  I would make a large batch of the roasted veggies so you can have this wrap every day for lunch, ready to go.  Cold or warm, it’s delicious.  You could use lavish, pita or tortilla wrap, like I did.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Wrap

Roasted Vegetable Wrap

Source: Inspired by Vegan Soul Power
Servings: Makes about 4 wraps

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant (or 2 small), peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
kosher salt
2 zucchini, cut into 1/2″ dice
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pint button mushrooms, rough chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I used blood orange balsamic, but use what you like/have)
fresh cracked pepper
16-20 basil leaves
1 cup arugula
4 tortilla wraps

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place diced eggplant in colander and sprinkle generously with salt.  Toss to coat evenly.  Set over bowl or sink and let sit for 10-15 minutes.  Excess water will begin to drain from eggplant.

2. To a large bowl, add eggplant, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.  Drizzle with olive oil and half the vinegar.  Add salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.  Transfer vegetables to prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes.  Halfway through, flip vegetables.  With 5 minutes remaining, drizzle additional vinegar over vegetables.  Remove from oven and cool slightly.

3. Divide basil and arugula among tortilla wraps, and top with roasted vegetables.  Wrap as desired and enjoy!

Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Published January 9, 2014 by jenmatteson

Final day of ‘mashed potato’ week, and these were my personal favorite.  I love the smell of roasted garlic, not to mention the taste.  When you’re roasting a head of garlic in the oven, your nose will know exactly when its done; you’ll get a strong aroma of garlic, but not raw pungent garlic; sweet, savory, roasted garlic.  Trust me, it’s good.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I didn’t use the Ninja on these potatoes, but a good ol’ fashion potato masher.  I love getting a mix of mash and potato chunks in each bite, add in the roasted garlic with a dash of hot sauce, and I’m in heaven.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. mashed roasted garlic
2 tsp hot sauce
salt and white pepper
1 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil.  Simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain potatoes and return to the pot.  Cook over low heat, gently tossing until the potatoes are dry.

2. Add the butter, cream and roasted garlic to the potatoes and mash over low heat until creamy and heated through.  Add the hot sauce and season to taste with salt and white pepper.  Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with parsley.

Roasted Beet Salad

Published December 31, 2013 by jenmatteson

I really enjoy trying out new salad recipes, especially those that aren’t just plain ol’ lettuce (not that I’m knocking it – we eat more romaine lettuce in this house than most).  For the party I was doing a few weeks ago, I had originally planned on this roasted beet salad I found on the St. Francis Winery website.

Roasted Beet Salad

Of course, everything I made for that party, I tried out in advance to make sure it was perfection.  This salad has roasted beats, blanched beet greens, Serrano ham (prosciutto works just fine if you can’t find Serrano ham) and manchego cheese.  The dressing is bright, but simple, with red wine vinegar and capers.  The verdict was split in my house – I liked it a lot, and Nate really didn’t care for it.  However, he doesn’t like beets, so there isn’t much else to the salad besides that.  The beet greens really add a fresh beet flavor, so for someone who isn’t a fan, I can see how it wouldn’t be a hit.  I decided to go with a different salad for the party, which was a smash hit in my house and at the party.  More on that to come…

Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad

Source: Adapted from St. Francis Winery/Chef David Bush
Servings: 6

Ingredients:

6 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 medium beets with greens
1 cup water
2 tbsp. capers, drained and chopped
3 oz thinly sliced Serrano ham (prosciutto can be substituted)
3 oz manchego cheese, shaved

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut tops off greens and reserve for later.  Arrange beets in a single layer in a shallow baking dish and pour 1 cup of water in the dish and cover with foil.  Bake until tender when pierced with a knife, about 1 hour.  Peel the beets while warm.  Cut beets in half, then slice thinly.

2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and garlic.  Add 1/4 cup of dressing and capers to sliced beets and mix until well coated.  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

3. Cut stems of beets and wash greens thoroughly.  Transfer to a medium saucepan filled with water over medium heat.  Cook until greens are bright green, about 3-4 minutes.  Drain greens and squeeze out excess water, cool, and chop coarsely.  Toss greens with enough dressing to coat.  Season with and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Lay ham in a single layer on serving platter.  Place greens on top of ham and top with beets.  Garnish with shaved manchego cheese and any remaining dressing.

Rustic Roasted Chicken

Published December 3, 2013 by jenmatteson

It’s a great time of year to roast up a chicken, and the best part is all the leftovers you have.  Ohhh the possibilities with leftover roasted chicken.  Later this week, I’ll share a recipe to make your very own chicken stock and share an amazing chicken tortilla soup recipe.

Rustic Roasted Chicken

But first, we have to get back to the bird itself.  I happened to see this recipe on the Today Show one morning before I left the house for the gym.  I thought this would be easy to make, and the only thing I’m missing is the chicken.  I rarely buy parsley, but had it on hand for another recipe, and usually it just goes bad because I forget about it and I’d prefer to use cilantro in most cases.  I also had the fresh thyme on hand, so I figured it was a sign that I should make this chicken that night.  And I did.

I even tried to make it early enough so that there was still sunlight left for me to get a good picture.  I guess I miscalculated how early the sun sets this time of year.  Anyone else think its depressing?  Good picture or not, the chicken was so easy to make and super delicious.  The rub got nice and crisp and the meat was juicy and packed with flavor.  I really don’t know why I don’t make whole chickens more often; they are so inexpensive, especially when on sale – at my local store, 79 cents per pound!  Even better, your house smells amazing while this is in the oven!

Rustic Roasted Chicken

Rustic Roasted Chicken

Source: Adapted from Today Food/Reed Alexander
Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

For the rub:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp fresh thyme
2 tbsp flat leave parsley
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

For the chicken:
1 whole chicken, about 4lbs
1 lemon, halved
3 cloves garlic
15 sprigs flat-leave parsley
15 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup low sodium chicken broth

Directions:

1. In a food processor, combine olive oil, mustard, 2 tbsp thyme, 2 tbsp parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.  Process until well combined.

2. Rinse chicken, inside and out and pat dry.  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Place lemon halves, garlic cloves, parsley and thyme inside body cavity.  Place chicken in roasting pan.  Pour rub on top of chicken, spreading to coat top half evenly.  Pour chicken broth around the chicken in the pan.

3. Roast chicken for 80-100 minutes, until internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees and the chicken juices run clear when pierced by a fork.  Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Roasted Parsnips with Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

Published June 11, 2013 by jenmatteson

I like parsnips, but I don’t recall ever eating them plain (they always seem to be in something) and I know for sure I’ve never cooked with them.  I saw this recipe on Food and Wine and thought I’d expand my horizons and my veggie arsenal. In case you’re wondering, parsnips are those huge white carrot looking vegetables with the waxy exterior.

Roasted Parsnips with Mustard Vinaigrette

My bestie was in town from Duluth, so we had planned to get together on Saturday night.  Nate offered to smoke us a chicken, so I was simply in charge of everything else.  It was quite nice!  We ended up having a little party as my friend’s mom, PJ, and our neighbor and her son came for dinner.  It was honestly a weird grouping of people, but we had the best time chatting and eating and ended up staying up until almost 3:00 AM!  That’s surely a sign of a good time!  Kristin brought the most delicious LIGHT raspberry lemonade cake.  It was fluffy, sweet and tart, and the best part is that there was only 130 calories in one serving.  Don’t mind the fact that I ate two pieces…

Roasted Parsnips with Mustard Vinaigrette

Seeing as though the group had grown from 3 to 6, I was little concerned about the parsnips as they aren’t necessarily a “main steam” vegetable, and entertaining a larger group of people gives you a higher chance of picky eaters. Thankfully for me, everyone was willing to give them a try, and actually seemed to like them.  PJ said she liked them more than sweet potato fries, and she said sweet potato fries were her favorite.  What a great compliment!  I served a mustard vinaigrette as a dipping sauce, and that really gave the parsnips a tangy bright flavor, but it wasn’t even necessary.  The vinaigrette was tastey though, and adapted quite a bit from the original recipe based on what ingredients I had on hand.  I still have some leftover and it’ll make a great salad dressing as well.  Overall, these were a delicious and fun way to get out of our everyday vegetable rut!

Roasted Parsnips with Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Parsnips with Mustard Vinaigrette

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

2 lbs parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick
2/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp parsley, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup olive oil and parsnips.  Toss to coat evenly and season with salt and pepper.  Spread the parsnips on a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast for 30 minutes, until caramelized.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together vinegars, Dijon, and sugar.  Drizzle in remaining 1/3 cup olive oil until vinaigrette reached desired consistency (you  might not need it all).  Stir in chopped parsley. Serve alongside roasted parsnips.

Recipe Swap: Crab Cakes and Roasted Vegetables with Tangy Butter Sauce

Published May 10, 2013 by jenmatteson

The latest installment of recipe swap was themed seafood, which I was over-the-moon excited about.  Again, this swap was hosted by Sarah, at A Taste of Home Cooking.  I submitted Scallops with WC-Recipe-Swap-badge-1Tarragon Butter Sauce, and  couldn’t wait to receive my assigned recipe.  Honestly, I was slightly disappointed to find that I was assigned crab cakes. But not because I don’t like crab cakes, rather because I already have two crab cake recipes in my blog (Bethany Frankel’s Crab Cakes and Crab Cakes with Chiptole Mayo), and I really enjoyed both of them.  But, that’s the spirit of the recipe swap; you never know what you’re going to get (you know, like a box of chocolates), and really, how could I be disappointed to make crab cakes – I love them!

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

Another great benefit of the recipe swaps is to connect with other bloggers, and many times, blogs you might not have otherwise visited.  I’ve definitely visited The Redhead Baker blog before, and may have even bookmarked a handful of Coleen’s recipes, but I believe this would be the first time I’d be making one.  And what a great recipe to make! The recipe originally comes from Cooking Light, and it certainly is a lightened up version of crab cakes, which I love.  Less filler, more crab, exactly the way they should be.

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

I had gotten everything I needed for this recipe last week at the grocery store, and I generally am very good at knowing exactly what, and how much I have of everything in my kitchen.  I was absolutely convinced that I had Old Bay seasoning, but come Sunday when I was putting these together, I didn’t.  I Googled a recipe to make my own Old Bay (what would we do without Google?), and had most spices on hand, so just used what I had.

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Tangy Butter Sauce

Coleen’s recipe included a tangy butter sauce to go with the crab cakes, which I thought sounded interesting.  If you read either of my other crab cake recipe posts, you’d know that I am generally a creamy-sauce-with-my-crab-cakes kinda girl.  But, I’m always happy to try something new!  I’m not sure if this is the sauce pictured in Coleen’s picture, as her’s does look like a creamy mayo based sauce.  Either that, or mine turned out completely different.  But good different!

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

The tangy butter sauce was a great compliment to the crab cakes and the vegetables.  While I was reducing the sauce, the vinegar smell was strong, so I was concerned it would be too acidic, but once I added the butter, it was much more subtle.  The crab cakes were perfect!  Meaty without a lot of filler, firm enough to stay together, but still fork-flakey like you’d want.  Breading the outside in panko added a perfect amount of crunch.  The vegetables were an added bonus.  It was perfect that they roasted for the same amount of time it takes for the crab cake mixture to refrigerate and come together.  Coleen’s recipe didn’t include green beans, but the original did, and I thought the plate needed some color, so I added those to the mix.  However, I didn’t think they would need to roast for 30 minutes, so I added them into the vegetable mix after 15 minutes.  Turns out, that’s exactly what the Cooking Light recipe instructed.  Great instincts!  Overall, it was a great little meal and I was happy to have tried a new crab cake recipe!

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

Crab Cakes and Roasted Vegetables with Tangy Butter Sauce

Source: Adapted from The Redhead Baker
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

For the crab cakes:
1/4 of a red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
3 tbsp light mayonnaise or olive oil mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 lb lump crab meat, picked over for shells
1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
olive oil

For the vegetables:
3 carrots, chopped
4 shallots, quartered
5 red potatoes, quartered
8 oz fresh green beans
olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

For the butter sauce:
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken stock
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tsp finely chopped shallots
2 tbsp butter

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl.combine red onion, cilantro, mayonnaise, Dijon, Old Bay, Worcestershire and egg whites.  Gently fold in crab meat until combined.  Stir in 3/4 cup panko.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with foil.  Combine carrots, shallots, and red potatoes in a bowl and coat lightly with olive oil.  Dump onto prepared baking sheet and spread out into a single layer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and mix green beans in with the rest of the vegetables.  Return to oven and roast for another 15 minutes.

3. Put remaining panko breadcrumbs in a shallow dish.  Remove crab mixture from refrigerator and divide into eight equal portions, forming each into a tight patty.  Dredge each patty in the panko, evenly coating both sides.  In a large frying pan, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom and heat to medium.  Once oil is ready, gently place four patties in the pan and cook until browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.  Carefully flip patties and cook until browned, another 5 minutes or so.  Transfer to a paper towel and repeat for remaining four patties.

4. In a saucepan, stir together chicken broth, vinegar and shallots.  Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5-8 minutes, until reduced by half.  Remove from heat and swirl in butter.  Spoon sauce over crab cakes and vegetables and serve.

Take a look at what the other ladies cooked up for the seafood swap!

Roasted Pear Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola, and Toasted Walnuts

Published December 7, 2012 by jenmatteson

I’m generally not a fruit-in-my-salad kind of person (unless it’s a fruit salad) but I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and try something new.  Plus, this was for my aunt’s cookie exchange, and I wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary and kind of fancy. At least I thought it was fancy.  Plus, it was a Christmas cookie exchange, and pears are all the rage this time of year.  Couldn’t have been better!

Pears prior to roasting

I had the idea for the salad before I even started searching for recipes, so I ended up kind of just winging it.  I used this recipe as a starting point (and for the dressing) from Guy Fieri, but omitted the pomegranates, added walnuts, and roasted my pears with a little bit of honey.  The salad was wonderful!  At first I thought it might be on the vinegar-y side, but Nate tested his with the gorgonzola and said that really balances it out.  I’m also not a huge fan of nuts in my salad, but the walnuts gave the salad a much needed crunch.  This would be fantastic to start your holiday meal!

Roasted Pear Salad with Champagne Vinegairette

Roasted Pear Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola, and Toasted Walnuts

Source: Adapted from Guy Fieri
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 pear, halved and cored
1 tbsp honey
8 cups salad greens (I used a mix of arugula and baby spinach)
champagne vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola
1/2 cup toasted walnuts

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Drizzle pear halves with honey and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake until softened slightly, but still firm, about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Once cooled thinly slice pears.

2. Drizzle salad with vinaigrette as desired.  Plate greens and divide the sliced pears and top the salads.  Sprinkle with gorgonzola and toasted walnuts.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Source: Adapted from Guy Fieri
Servings: Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except olive oil.  Mix well, then slowly whisk in olive oil.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

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