Last weekend was really lovely — my mom was in town! I dragged her all over Brooklyn by foot and by ferry and as per usual we spent most of our time eating. Saturday night, my cousin joined us for dinner at a delicious restaurant in Brooklyn Heights called Colonie. I love restaurants that are conducive to sharing and Colonie’s menu is tailored for just that. We ordered far too many dishes, but we devoured them all. One of the standout plates on our table was a roasted carrot salad with sunflower sprouts. This was my first introduction to these slightly sweet, watery little greens and I loved them. I adore a dish with simple ingredients that balance together perfectly and that’s what happened when I put a little bit of each ingredient on my fork. When I came across sunflower sprouts at the market this week, I decided to try to recreate this dish. Read more:
Another unfamiliar item arrived in my CSA box last week. When I opened our box of exciting new discoveries, I was greeted with a green that looked something like cilantro meets arugula. I took a bite of a leaf and was met with a flavor similar to arugula but much milder. Our accompanying list of items told me that I was chewing on something called mizuna. Read more:
After a glutenous Passover Seder a few weeks ago, my body needed to reboot with something light and refreshing, but of course I had plans to attend another giant feast the following day at my friend’s Easter Brunch. So I took it upon myself to bring along a dish that was a bit on the healthier side– carrot, ginger and scallion salad. I had never made this before but it’s a snack that I often pick up from the Whole Foods salad bar (for entirely too much money). Rather than looking up a recipe, I grabbed the main ingredients and improvised on a dressing. Read more:
I had a ton of scallions leftover from my breakfast the other morning so I spent much of my day today browsing my favorite food porn sites for ideas on what to do with them. By the end of the day, I was craving a veggie-full meal and thought I would just roast them with some other root vegetables and call it a night. That’s when I had the idea to put a little creative presentation spin on one of my favorite dishes, roasted root vegetables with Greek yogurt. Read more:
Happy birthday to my friend Katie in Montreal who sent me her recipe for this delicious veggie chili that I made last night! I’ve really been craving chili recently but I had never made it before. I’ve come across many recipes but they all generally sound too heavy. Then, as I was talking to Katie a few days ago about Sprout & Pea, she told me she makes a pretty mean chili these days.
Pictured above is the contents of my dinner last night– my dinner that only cost me $3.49. What I made with these tasty veggies and Greek yogurt is a recipe I have posted previously, but I decided to post it again as a shining example that for less than $4, you can make a filling, healthy meal. Did I mention these vegetables were also organic? I love this dish so much (especially in winter), not only because of how delicious and simple it is, but because it screams eat your vegetables and buy from local farmers!