Monday, August 30, 2010
Peas and Carrots!
I am not gonna lie, I got a little giddy this morning when we went on our morning walk today when I got chill bumps from the chill in the air. Come on fall! My workout felt so good this morning. I got up on time at 5:50am, got going with some boot camp, then muscle toning (where I focused on my inner thighs and shoulders - weird, but felt good), got the boys out the door, ate some apple cinnamon oats and then off we went for our walk around the park. Yep that about covers it. Not too bad...

I made a big Sunday dinner last night. Not that I don't cook every night, but last night was a treat...there was roasting, baking and sauteing involved. I know I have talked about it before, but we are really working on lowering our food budget and eating a little more earth friendly, so when meat is involved it is a "treat" for the boys. They are actually really good with this plan. Thank goodness!

In fact, we are making a lot of food compromises lately. You see, I am not a huge fan of rice. However, I like brown rice. So, the illustrator and I have been talking a lot about how we eat and how to incorporate more of our (our meaning everyone's) favorites and how to improve things so we all like what we are eating.

I also feel it's important for our meals to have the same basic components. I thought the brussels sprouts were going to be the best part of dinner last night, but really the whole thing made us ALL happy!

The menu last night was oven roasted chicken (boys), chickpea patties (me), sauteed brussels sprouts and "not" chick'n flavored rice with peas and carrots. YUM!

Have you tried the Not-Chick'n broth yet? Oh my gosh, it is the best I have ever tasted before! The illustrator will back me on this too! Every time we run out of it, he tells me it needs to be a new staple. The man is all about his staples. We LOVE it!

The other part that made the rice so good...frozen peas and carrots! Jay meet vegetables...vegetables meet Jay. This morning, he actually told me that it was the best chicken flavored rice he ever had. I realize he is 12, but I will take that. I was afraid the peas and carrots would get mushy, but I added them in the last 20 minutes to the top of the rice so they essentially steamed and they were perfect!

Oh and just for HEAB...the boys' brussel sprouts were sauteed with rendered bacon fat.  Mine were sauteed with delicious coconut butter!

I am off to enjoy the leftovers!

Does it feel like fall where you are?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:24 PM  
  • At August 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    I bet that broth would be amazing to cook quinoa in!

  • At August 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    I like how even though you all have different dietary needs, you still try to incorporate many of the same components. I think that is so important at family dinners and it is obvious that you do that as much as possible. I bet the brussel sprouts sauteed in coconut butter is awesome!! :)

  • At August 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I love fall...but I hate how it means winter is coming!!! :-(

    I need to get my mitts on some of that broth!

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:10 PM, Blogger lynn @ the actors diet said…

    i need some of those cubes! it's always too much of a pain to make/carry home veggie stock.

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:28 PM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    The peas and carrots rice just inspired dinner for tonight :)

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Oh YAY on the cooler temps and awesome morning. The heat and humidity is creeping back on here. We aren't in the 100's though so no major complaining. I use that brand of bouillon for my sietan - also use the "beef" flavor. Hope you have a great evening!

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    I am not a huge fan of rice either, but sometimes it is a nice change! The meal looked great...and brussel sprouts are one of our favs!!

    We are looking forward to fall weather, still a little hot here!

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Is it crazy that I've never had brussel sprouts? I want to try them, but since I've never had them, I imagine cooking them would be difficult being as how I'm not sure how they're supposed to taste...

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM, Anonymous Tina said…

    I love the slight chill in the air right now! It may still get to the 80s during the day, but feeling the 70s in the morning sure is nice.

    Looks like a great meal. I adore brussel sprouts. Cooking them in coconut butter sounds amazing.

  • At August 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I love the feeling of a good morning workout!!

    I'm soooo ready for fall!

  • At August 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    that broth looks and sounds great! i've never seen it on the shelves here - but i'll have to look for it next time i'm in the co-op! and i just love peas and carrots together :)
    i'm glad you had a ncie walk this morning! had you asked me last week if it was starting to feel like fall, i'd have said yes quite readily. but this week is back to the 90s and SUMMER!

  • At August 30, 2010 at 10:59 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    peas and carrots and rice?! yumm yum yum. i love peas and carrots. nooo it doesn't feel like fall here. it's still so freaking hot. it probably won't feel like fall until november, haha

  • At August 31, 2010 at 12:59 AM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I will have to be on the lookout for that broth! I WISH fall was in the air here!

  • At August 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM, Blogger Katie ♥ said…

    I love that you sauteed your brussel sprouts in coconut butter! Yum!!!!!

    I love sunday dinners! They were always a huge thing growing up in my house, it was pasta Sunday dinners, my mom would have a pasta feast!

    Hope your week is great so far! xoxo

  • At August 31, 2010 at 11:09 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I wish it was cooler here -- it was cooler last week and then all of sudden it was back to 80-90 degrees. Yuck! I am so ready for Fall and (dare I say) winter???

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