2.28.2011

Tofu Tonight

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Did you miss the weekend posts?
 - I made granola using Blue Agave Nectar
 - Evan and I volunteered at a community farm/garden
 - We enjoyed Indian food & drinks in downtown Palo Alto
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Hi, friends! I hope Monday has been treating you well. I loved reading all your comments about the Oscars and award shows. It seems that a lot of you find them a wee bit boring - but most of you enjoy the fashion. To be honest, my favorite part last night was when they interviewed Wolfgang Puck about the dinner that he was catering after the awards ceremony. Drool.

I have to share a wonderful tofu marinade with you - it's the one that we had last week alongside that elegant side dish known as mac & cheese!


I used Caitlin's Perfect Baked Tofu as inspiration - only making a few minor changes.




Oh, golly. This was absolutely delicious! By far the best tofu I've ever had - if you don't count crispy, fried tofu in panang curries from hole-in-the-wall Thai cafes. 


Up close & personal!


We enjoyed it so much that we're having it again tonight. It hasn't even been a week since we last had it!

Sweet & Spicy Tofu
Inspired by: Caitlin's Perfect Baked Tofu

Ingredients:
1/2 block of extra firm tofu
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon Blue Agave Nectar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:
Press tofu - either with a tofu press or between two cutting boards & using a weighted object on top (the latter will take about 3o minutes). 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut tofu into bite size pieces. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and whisk together. Add your cubed tofu to the bowl and GENTLY coat all the pieces. 


Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange tofu on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes - tossing halfway through.


Yield: 2 servings

2.27.2011

Old + New

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Hey, friends! Have you been enjoying your weekend? After volunteering at the community farm yesterday, Evan and I had big plans for dinner with an old friend and drinks with new ones!


Dave lives in Washington D.C. and went to school with us at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was in Palo Alto for the weekend, and we were able to connect for dinner at Darbar Indian Cuisine. A friend of his, Alex, was in town interviewing for graduate school and was also able to join us!


Hello, Dave & Alex!

It was SO wonderful catching up with Dave and getting to know Alex. I was hesitant about busting out my camera in the restaurant (life of a food blogger), but they were both super supportive and were excited about being showcased on the blog!

While the service at Darbar was slow, the food was exceptional. I went with Bhindi Masala - okra simmered with onions & tomatoes. 

Horrible restaurant lighting!

After dinner Evan and I headed to The Old Pro to meet up with our new friends, Andrea & Pete. Andrea volunteers with the non-profit I work with, and she and Pete just got engaged in January. The four of us hit it off, and we're excited to spend more time with them. Yay for new couple friends!


Kamikazes, Yellow Drops and Stellas were enjoyed - and maybe a shot or two for the boys! Andrea was sneaky and ordered s'mores for the table:


You can't tell, but that little bowl was on fire!


S'mores at a bar? I was totally game! We also noticed a little wall decor that reminded us of Nebraska:




Go Huskers! :)

This morning, Evan and I splurged on blueberry scones for breakfast. We topped them with a little of our olallieberry jam.




Tasty!

Now we're taking it easy - Evan's working on classes, and I'm watching the Oscars pre-show. Seriously, as granola as I am, I truly love seeing all the fancy dresses. 


Be honest: do you like watching award shows?

I'm such a sucker for them all!

2.26.2011

Full Circle

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This morning Evan and I did a little volunteer gardening at Full Circle Farm, a nonprofit dedicated to the renewal of a sustainable, local food supply for Silicon Valley. 
Full Circle Farm is a community-based educational farm located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its mission is to dramatically increase access to local, nutritious, life-changing food! - FCF brochure
We spread compost soil around leeks, added mulch to raised crop rows, turned soil and planted peas! It was so refreshing.

 
Full Circle Farm consists of 11 acres of produce - apples, pears, kale, lettuce, carrots, peas, broccoli - anything that is in season in California is grown. 


They offer a CSA program, deliver fresh produce to Santa Clara Unified School District and operate an on-site farm stand.

They even have chickens!



It was such a surreal feeling to volunteer at a farm in the middle of Silicon Valley. Crazy California!

Here we have dinosaur kale on the left and collard greens on the right:


Some very wise words!



Evan and I had such a great time. At one point, Evan whispered, "This makes my soul happy." I could not agree more!


Full Circle Farm allows for open volunteering every Saturday morning. I can honestly say I that I'll be going back - it's such a wonderful place.

2.25.2011

First Timer

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Did you happen to check out Julie's blog, Savvy Eats, today?! Yours truly just might be featured!

Also, THANK YOU for all your nominations, as well as well wishes for the Peanut Butter Exhibition. I know bloggers say (or I suppose, write) this all the time, but I truly appreciate all your support. You have honestly made my heart so happy this week. 


So I suppose it's about time I share another recipe for tasty granola with you! I used a new (to me) ingredient for the first time: Organic Blue Agave Sweetener from Trader Joe's. Personally, I feel like the taste is very similar to honey - just not as sweet. Very delicious nonetheless! 




Blue Agave Granola
Following Chocolate & Zucchini's Basic Granola Formula


Ingredients:
6 tablespoons blue agave sweetener
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds


Directions:
Mix all liquid ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in cinnamon, salt, oats & nuts. Using a fork, stir vigorously until evenly coated. Pour onto 11x18 baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly. Place in oven and set it to 300 degrees (no need to preheat!). Stir every 10 minutes - cook for a total of 22-25 - until golden brown.

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Look what finally came in the mail:


My sister gave me a subscription of Cooking Light for Christmas - and it just arrived yesterday. I was getting anxious! Tonight, I shall curl up on the couch and enjoy  it cover to cover.

Tell me this: Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

This is the only one I receive - and Evan has a subscription to The New Yorker. He likes current events & intellectual articles; I prefer recipes and pictures of food. We complement each other quite nicely! :)

2.24.2011

Things Are Heating Up

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Psst - don't forget to check this out if you think I'm green! :)

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Do you see it?! The weekend is so close! Hope you have been enjoying your Thursday.


I am so excited to share a new recipe with y'all - one that I'm entering in The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition #10! Here is some background info:

"The theme for this round is Things are Heating Up. Mother Nature has dumped an extraordinary amount of snow on us this winter and it’s time for some warmth. And nothing provides warmth better than getting cozy with a jar of peanut butter. So we want to know the most imaginative recipe you can devise in which the peanut butter is warm at some point. And extra kudos to those who make their recipe spicy too!"- The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition


While I knew immediately that I wanted to create a spicy dish, I tossed around a few ideas. Spicy granola?! That would be fitting, right? Instead I decided for a little Asian fusion, and I present to you Peanutty Quinoa Pilaf - yum!

Peanutty Quinoa Pilaf
Source: The Granola Chronicles


Ingredients:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/8 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 garlic glove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 - 14.5 oz. can chickpeas, drained & rinsed

1 cup water
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups frozen Asian vegetable blend


Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. To make the marinade, combine the first seven ingredients (peanut butter through red pepper flakes) in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Carefully, stir in the chickpeas until well-coated. On a baking sheet lined with foil, evenly spread the chickpeas. Bake for 20 minutes - tossing halfway through.


Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients (water through vegetables) to a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes - or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.


To serve, add a spoonful of the quinoa mixture to a bowl and top with peanutty chickpeas. Enjoy! 


Yield: 3 servings
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Green Blog?

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If you follow even just one healthy living blogger, I'm sure you've seen a call for nominations for the Women's Health blog contest.
 
Fact: I know I don't have the biggest readership to even compete with most of those blogs under the genre of health, nutrition, fitness, etc. - I get that.

But guess what! There is a GREEN genre! Hello, I profess my love for Community Supported Agriculture just about every day on this little blog and showcase local & organic produce in delicious recipes. And don't you remember that I grow my own herbs?

I also have some super sweet green product giveaways and reviews lined up. 

If you feel so compelled, I would truly appreciate your vote for the Women's Health: Blogs We Love 2011 - Green Genre! It's super easy to nominate a blog - just enter your email and the blog web address: http://www.thegranolachronicles.com - please and thanks! :)




2.23.2011

The Boxed Version

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I am here to share a very important fact with you.

Having boxed macaroni & cheese as a side dish with your dinner is OK. 

Too often bloggers shun boxed versions. There. I said it!

I really don't mean to sound negative, but let's be real for .2 seconds, shall we? Most of us are working or studying all day long. Preparing an entire meal from scratch, while a novel idea, just might not happen every night. If we had the time to do so, I would be making this every.single.day.

I try to eat natural and real foods most of time. I really do! 


But here I am being real with you. Last night Evan and I enjoyed Organic Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese (from Trader Joe's) with last night's dinner. Notice the baked tofu and roasted broccoli? Healthy, healthy!

Source

Ingredients: Organic Pasta Shells (Organic Durum Wheat Semolina, Organic Wheat), Organic White Cheddar Cheese (Organic Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Organic Whey, Salt, Disodium Phosphate.

Do you want to see the ingredient list for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese - Premium White Cheddar?

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Ingredients: ENRICHED MACARONI PRODUCT (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE [IRON], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID); CHEESE SAUCE MIX (WHEY, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, GRANULAR CHEESE [MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], CHEDDAR CHEESE [MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], SALT, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, CREAM, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, CELLULOSE GEL, CELLULOSE GUM, BETA CAROTENE [COLOR]) CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK.

My point is this: for every unhealthy prepackaged product, there's almost always a "healthier" option. Always compare the ingredients and nutritional facts. Of course, I promote whole and natural foods first and foremost, but I think it's important to share other options with you.

The mac & cheese from TJ's has less calories, less saturated fat, less sodium and MORE fiber. Pretty darn cool, right?!


In conclusion (so formal!), I want you to know that I do not feel guilty about having boxed mac & cheese last night, even though I'm a food blogger. In fact, I want you to know that I LOVED it! 

Be honest: are you a fan of macaroni & cheese?!

Some Blog Updates

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I wanted to share a few blog updates with y'all this morning. I promise this will be quick!

About
I have updated my "About" page and hope this allows you to get to know me a little bit better and gain a better understanding of The Granola Chronicles.

CSA
I added this page last week to give readers a chance to learn about Community Supported Agriculture. I will archive all my CSA posts and CSA-inspired recipes on this page.

Explore California
Here you will find all blog posts that document California tourism (cities, restaurants, and the like).


Link Love
The blog roll is now up! Please check it out, and let me know if your blog is missing. I tried to keep track of everyone's, but I'm not perfect. If you would like to be added, just comment on this post with your blog address.

Contact Me!
Seriously - I love hearing from you! 

Email Subscription
On the right sidebar of this page, you will now see an Email Subscription box. I had a request from my high school English teacher (hello, Mrs. Miller!) to get updates when I publish a new post. For those that want an email update, just enter your email in that box. You will only receive emails when The Granola Chronicles is updated. If I don't have new content, you won't get an email!

Subscribe in a Reader
The box below Email Subscriptions allows you to subscribe to the blog through a Reader (i.e. Google Reader). Click the link and follow the on-screen directions.

And...that's it! I'll be back later today with a post that just might involve macaroni & cheese! Enjoy your Wednesday, friends.

2.22.2011

CSA + ABC

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And so we welcome another CSA post into our lives because it's Tuesday! I hope you're all as excited to see the produce as I am to gobble it up this week!

Let's do this.


Do you see the beautiful beets?!

Here's a list of everything we received today:
Apples
Oranges
Grapefruit (!)
Broccoli
Onions
Potatoes
Carrots
Chard
Lettuce
Baby Spinach
Beets (!)
Yams


Perfection.

Can we pause for a quick moment and reflect on the beauty of those carrots? I mean really!


As always, if you're interested in learning more about Community Supported Agriculture - click here or email me at granolachronicles@gmail.com. 


So I noticed a little blog chain going around, and I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. The reason is two-fold. Number one: I get comments each day from new readers, so I think this will be a great way for you to get to know me better. And number two: I like talking about myself. Kidding, of course! :)

A: Age
23

B: Bed Size
Queen, but Evan takes his half out of the middle.

C: Chore You Hate
Cleaning our porcelain sink. 

D: Dogs
I want a Rhodeshian Ridgeback so badly!

E: Essential Start to Your Day
Coffee. Evan makes it every morning in our French Press.

F: Favorite Color
Green (and teal!)

G: Gold or Silver
Silver

H: Height
5'5"

I: Instruments You Play
I played the clarinet for 8 years!

J: Job Title
Development Assistant

K: Kids
Some day - I don't dare put a time frame on it in case my family is reading! :)

L: Live
San Francisco Bay Area - the best place ever

M: Mom's Name
Pam

N: Nicknames
I used to be called Shortney growing up because I was so small! Hated it.

O: Overnight Hospital Stays
Hmm, I got my tonsils out when I was around age 2. 

P: Pet Peeve
When people walk too close & step on my heels.

Q: Quote from a Movie
Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead? (Best movie ever!)

R: Righty or Lefty
Righty!

S: Siblings
One older sister, Ashley

T: Time You Wake Up
Usually 7 am, but I want to starting getting up earlier. No promises.

U: Underwear
Um, yes?!

V: Vegetables You Dislike
To be honest, I like them all! I believe you can make any vegetable taste delicious.

W: What Makes You Run Late
That would be "who." Who makes me run late? Evan. I'm always on time!

X: X-Rays You've Had
Just the ones at the dentist

Y: Yummy Food You Make
This, these and that

Z: Zoo Animal Favorite
Penguins!!


Feel free to do this ABC post on your blog - please let me know if you do! As for now, how about you tell me your answer to letter....

E! Essential start to your day.

2.21.2011

Delightful Dough

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Howdy, friends. How's your Monday treating you? I did THREE loads of laundry this morning. Impressive, right?! I also updated my Recipes page. I had no idea that all the recipes were linking back to my old blog. I also deleted some, while adding new ones. Check it out! :)

I have the most delightful recipe to share with you. All of the credit must be given to Brandi over at Bran Appetit. By the way, if you're not familiar with her blog, you need to mosey on over there right now! She shares great recipes and seems so genuine. She's definitely one of my favorite bloggers.


Anyway, I recently made her Cookie Balls and fell in love instantly. The texture reminds me of cookie dough, and it honestly just melts in  your mouth. These are decadent little treats, and Evan and I could not get enough of them!




Cookie Balls
Source: Bran Appetit


Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup almond butter - I used creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips- I used semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Cream together butter and sugars. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla. Beat in baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour to sugar mixture and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Chill dough for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take dough by the tablespoon and roll into a ball. Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake 12 minutes. Let them sit on the pan for a minute before moving to a cooling rack.

The Wonder of Wheat Berries

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Top 'o the morning to ya, friends! How is your day going?! Are you enjoying a day off from work? I sure am!

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Playing catch-up from the weekend?
 - I have a new favorite recipe
 - Pizza & beer made an appearance
 - Evan and I splurged on cinnamon rolls
 - And we visited the cutest coastal town!
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I just started doing laundry, and I'm currently sipping my coffee and completely enjoying my breakfast. Guess the star of the show in this morning's breakfast!

Before boiling.
After boiling!

Those little buggers would be wheat berries - another one of those good finds that I got last week along with chia seeds! I boiled them last night and stuck them in the fridge, so I could enjoy throughout the week.


While the wheat berries were the star, here are the rest of the players in this morning's breakfast:



Chia seeds, granola that I made last week, and 0% Pomegranate Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe's. I know - it's not Chobani! We did our grocery shopping at Trader Joe's yesterday morning, and I haven't been to another store yet to get Chobani. TJ's Greek Yogurt isn't bad; I just prefer Chobani.


I combined everything in a bowl. One container of yogurt, 1/3 cup cooked wheat berries, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and a sprinkle of granola. 





All mixed together!
This combination is definitely one of my favorites. If you're into texture, you'd love this!


Yogurt: creamy
Wheat Berries: chewy
Granola & Chia Seeds: crunchy

Have you ever tried wheat berries? 

I'm looking for ways to use them!

2.20.2011

[Explore California] Pescadero

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Hello!

As promised earlier today, here is a recap of our coastal town visit yesterday. We decided to hit the road and visit Pescadero, California. It's a small town with a lot of charm, so Evan and I were both looking forward to it!

We had heard that artichokes are quite popular in Pescadero, so the moment we got into town, we visited Duarte's


Duarte's Tavern is famous for their Cream of Artichoke soup. Evan and I each got a bowl of soup, and oh goodness - absolutely delicious! They gave us a basket of warm bread, and we enjoyed dipping it into the soup. While most cream-based soups taste "heavy" to me, this was surprisingly light, yet filling!

We walked along their main street - which was only about 3 blocks long! They had a lot of cute shops with fun local products.

Cute, right?!

We heard a rumor the grocery store in town sold artichoke bread - a giant loaf of bread filled with artichoke hearts. We really didn't need convincing!




I'm not even ashamed to say that Evan and I almost finished the loaf in one sitting. I'm actually quite proud! :)

The same grocery store also makes a lot of pasta sauces, jams, salsas and vinaigrettes. We bought some Olallieberry Jam, which we had never heard of before! It tastes like a cross between raspberries and blueberries - really good!


While it was cloudy and a little drizzly, we still spent a few minutes enjoying the ocean. 


I really enjoyed Pescadero - so quaint with a lot of charm! These little day trips allow Evan and I to familiarize ourselves with our new home - I just love northern California!

Breakfast Splurge

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Hey, friends! Hope you're enjoying your Sunday.

I just wanted to write a quick post about our morning. I'll be back later today with a recap of our coastal town visit!

This morning, Evan and I did our grocery shopping - just like every other Sunday. Seriously, grocery shopping at 8:00am on a Sunday is THE best time to do it. No crowds, no lines. We're in and out!

We decided to have a decadent breakfast this morning. We eat healthy breakfasts throughout the week (i.e. oatmeal, Greek yogurt), so we like to splurge one day during the weekend. Today we picked cinnamon rolls from TJ's.


 Mmm! They were perfect, especially when paired with coffee!
 
Coffee with Soy Creamer

 Well, we're off to church now. Peace be with you! :)

2.19.2011

Pizza Friday

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So I have been enjoying the most relaxing Saturday morning! Hope yours is going well - although I guess a lot of you are already into the afternoon. I always forget that I'm so far behind the rest of the US!

Evan and I were able to sleep in this morning - 'twas glorious! I'm sipping on my morning coffee and will soon be getting ready to head out to a coastal town. Woo!

Let's rewind real quickly to last night. If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know that Indian food was on our agenda for last night. Unfortunately, those plans fell through. We were, however, able to celebrate Pizza Friday - I'm sure Heather would be proud! :)


We ordered delivery from Pizza My Heart - our favorite! In fact, when I called and gave them my number, they asked, "Courtney?" And proceeded to rattle off my address. Evan said it's a good thing that they know us!

We built our own pizza with four toppings: tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives and fresh serrano chiles. Spicy & delicious! We also had a coupon for free bread sticks. We had never had their bread sticks before, but apparently....


...they are just the size of a whole pizza!


And because I speak the truth, beer must be enjoyed while chomping on pizza. Simpler Times from Trader Joe's. It's cheap and tasty!

Alright! I must go shower and get ready for our road trip! I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday.

Tell me this: what are your favorite pizza toppings?

I enjoyed all my favorites on last night's pizza - although I also really enjoy artichoke hearts!

2.18.2011

[My New Favorite Recipe] Beet Risotto

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Hola, mi amigos! The weekend is here! :)

I have the most amazing recipe to share with you, but first, some blog maintenance. I've been working on my blog roll/link love page. I'm hoping to have that up next week, so if you want to be included make sure to send me an email: granolachronicles[at]gmail.com - thanks!

Ok, are you ready for this recipe? Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets & Walnuts. I'm not even kidding! When I found out that beets were included in this week's CSA produce box, I had mixed feelings. Evan loves beets, and while I like them, I just haven't obsessed over them before. What I needed to find was a recipe that would completely win me over. 


Before adding the toasted walnuts - I was just too excited!

I had never made risotto but have wanted to try, so I knew this was the recipe when I stumbled across it. While the directions are rather long, it came together surprisingly easy. Don't be intimidated! 

I cannot even put into words how amazing this risotto tasted. Evan and I took our first bites and just stared at each other. After the initial shock faded, I exclaimed, "This is, by far, the best thing I have ever tasted."  No joke.

It's official, my friends. I love beets.

Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets & Walnuts
Source: Sunset Magazine


Ingredients:
1 pound baby or large red beets (about 3 lbs. if buying with greens)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup walnut halves
2 cups Zinfandel or other fruity red wine - I used Cabernet Sauvignon
1 qt. reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups Arborio rice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg - I used ground nutmeg
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, divided
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°. Trim any beet greens (save for another use) and wash beets. Put beets in a baking pan and drizzle with 1 tbsp. oil. Cover with foil and bake until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool until cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into 1/2-in. wedges.

Meanwhile, spread walnuts on a baking sheet and toast on another rack of oven until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then chop coarsely and set aside.

Bring wine and broth to a simmer. Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 tbsp. olive oil in a wide, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent, about 7 minutes.

Stir in rice and cook until just beginning to stick to bottom of pan, 2 to 4 minutes. Add 1 cup wine mixture and cook, stirring, until liquid is almost absorbed. Add another 1/2 cup wine mixture and cook the same way. Continue adding wine mixture 1/2 cup at a time, cooking and stirring until each addition has been absorbed before adding the next, until all of it has been used and rice is almost tender to the bite, about 20 minutes. (Use hot water if you run out of wine.)

Remove pan from heat and add butter, nutmeg, 1/2 cup cheese, and the beets. Stir quickly, cover, and let sit 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir in salt and pepper to taste and transfer to a large, shallow serving bowl or platter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the toasted walnuts. 

Yield: 6-8 servings
Note: I cut this recipe in half.

2.17.2011

Wait, that's already been done...

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Hello!

Well, it looks like I just can't sneak anything past y'all. Chia seeds were one of the "good finds" yesterday!

The title of this post was going to go something like this: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia. But let's be honest, that's already been done. If you keep up on any healthy living blogs, you are most likely familiar with the fact that chia seeds are, indeed, the seeds that are behind those popular 90s gifts: Chia Pets. Did you ever own one?!


I found this bag of chia seeds from Spectrum Organics while at the grocery store yesterday. I have been really wanting to try chia seeds for quite some time now but have always put them on the back burner because of their price. They're not overly expensive, but I have such a hard time spending money on super hyped-up products. I paid $8.99 for this 12-ounce pouch and thought it was a decent price.

I need to learn how to focus my dang camera!
As you can see, chia seeds are extremely tiny. But don't fret, they pack great nutritional value. A serving size is one tablespoon, and each serving has 4g of fiber, as well as 150% of the daily recommended value of Omega-3. 


Normally, I take a fish oil pill every morning. But I'm going to be honest here (please don't judge me), I sometimes experience those nasty fish burps...even with the "burp free" kind. I can't believe I just shared that, but I think it's important for you to know!


After trying chia seeds yesterday and today, I would definitely rather have them over fish oil pills. They are very crunchy, so they provide great texture. A gel also forms around them when they're exposed to liquid - it's pretty cool!

 

Today I sprinkled them on my toast with almond butter. You can add them to smoothies, baked goods, oatmeal - whatever! A suggestion on the pouch encourages them to be sprinkled into a water bottle to help keep the body hydrated during exercise. Interesting!

So I want to know: Have you tried chia seeds? If so, what's your favorite way to use them?

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