a bunch of roasted veggies

ingredients (serves 2-4):
1 zucchini, chopped
1/4-1/2 of white onion, sliced
handful of small carrots
boiled potatoes (however many you want)
handful or two of mushrooms, quartered
olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
parmesan cheese
i also used the 21 seasoning salute from trader joe's. but the original recipe called for lemon pepper. whatever you wish.

toss zucchini, onion, carrots, potatoes and mushrooms with olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese (or maybe just add a layer of cheese to top of dish without tossing). toss with seasoning if desired. bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 25-30 minutes.
i test my roasted vegetables with a fork. if i can stab them easily, they are usually done.

i adapted recipe from this blog.


my own tomato soup (with red pepper and garlic)

ingredients (for 2):
a little butter
1 big clove of garlic (minced)
2-3 tomatoes (the plump kind...) - diced
1/2 red pepper -diced
1/4 cup- 1/2 cup milk (optional)
salt to taste

i made this up...

add a sliver of butter to stock pot/soup pot on medium-high heat. add garlic. wait until garlic is fragrant and add tomatoes and pepper. stir and let cook for 5-7 minutes until everything is cooked and a lot of liquid has formed. stir in milk if desired.
transfer soup to blender and puree ingredients. put soup back into the soup pot on the stove for a few more minutes to heat up again.
add salt to taste.

always pairs well with grilled cheese sandwiches...


quinoa green salad

ingredients (for 2):
about 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (see box instructions)
lettuce for two
sliced almonds (or any nut)
dried berries
parmesan cheese (or any other cheese--- or not)
salad dressing (i prefer a raspberry vinaigrette or balsamic vinaigrette)

cook quinoa and let sit (to cool down a little). toss together: quinoa, lettuce, nuts, berries and cheese. add dressing and enjoy.

i think it's super gooood.


seared salmon with blueberry compote and goat cheese

salmon filet
oil (olive or grapeseed)
tiny wild blueberries (if not wild, add a little sugar to compote)
a little butter for compote
goat cheese

i made this up, so bear with me.

for compote: put blueberries in saucepan with butter on medium heat. heat up until juice forms and blueberries are desired temperature. then let them sit (without heat) so the liquid gets thicker.
for salmon: put oil in frying pan on medium to medium high heat. let oil warm and add salmon. sear salmon on each side for about 2-3 minutes.
serve with blueberry compote and goat cheese.

hope you like it.