Monday, May 16, 2016

Tricolore Salad with Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

This is another delicious recipe from Plenty. It's a really great, light side dish. The mix of textures is really nice - the soft eggplant and mozzarella and the crispy peppers. It seems like a lot of capers, but they get mixed in and it's just right. The cilantro adds a nice, fresh flavor on top. Can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch!

4 small eggplants, sliced into 1/2" circles
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 yellow pepper, in about a 1/2" dice
15 grape tomatoes, quartered
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 1/2 tbsp capers, plus 1 tbsp of the brine
5oz fresh mozzarella
1 cup roughly chopped cilantro

Friday, May 13, 2016

Grilled Feta

I wanted to make grilled halloumi but couldn't find any, so I bought some feta and found that you can grill it as long as it's in a little tinfoil packet. This is a great appetizer or accompaniment to a light dinner of Greek salad and chicken souvlaki. You can really add in whatever you want for seasoning. I kept it pretty simple with grape tomatoes, herbs de provence, lemon, and garlic, but you could add cooked tomatoes, capers, chilies, olives... The cheese gets hot and melty and it's super tasty, and couldn't be easier.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Vegetable Garden Week 9 - May 7

We've got radishes! They're just itty bitty radishes, but I needed to cull them a bit so it was great to have a little something to nibble on. The first harvest is always fun. This is why radishes are great - you get them so early compared to everything else! The French Breakfast radishes (the long and skinny ones) were much milder than the regular round red radishes which had a lot of spiciness. I made a batch of radish butter which is a really great hors d'oeuvres on some crackers. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Garden Plan

Even though this weather is horrendous, I'm excited to go out and garden this weekend. This is the plan for the two big garden beds (the two little beds are already planted with snap peas, lettuce, radishes, strawberries, and zucchini). I'm hoping we'll have a few minutes where the rain lets up so I can run out and plant tomatoes, eggplants, and hot peppers. I bought a few at the farmers market on Wednesday and am planning to get a few more today. I'm searching for Black Cherry Tomatoes - I think they're my favorite. So sweet and tart and delicious. This will also be our last weekend out in Long Island pre-baby so I need to get as much done as possible!
Not much more room in there!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Chia Seed Meatballs and Meatball Gratin

These were delicious! With the gestational diabetes, I can't have carbs so I gave chia seed meatballs a try (using chia seeds instead of breadcrumbs). It worked really well. They were super flavorful and you don't really notice the chia seeds, but they bind the meatballs together, and are apparently super good for you. The fennel seeds give them a bit of a sausage flavor and the sundried tomatoes give them some umami and richness. I topped them with marinara sauce, fontina, and pecorino and threw it under the broiler - so tasty! For Jamie, I made a meatball sub. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Vegetable Garden Week 7 - April 24

The garden is looking good! I was worried that after the cold snap after planting these seeds that they might suffer, but so far they're looking very healthy! The snap peas are already almost six inches high, the radishes are growing like crazy and there are little red bulbs just under the dirt, and the lettuce looks very thick and healthy so far. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Vegetable Garden Week 4 - April 3

The seeds are sprouting! Even though last weekend was cold and windy and awful, the warm weather in the past few weeks has been good for the garden. We have little sprouts for the snappeas, lettuce, and radishes. 
When we're out next weekend I'll probably have to do a little culling to make sure there aren't too many too close together. Yay spring!