Typical Dinner

by HEAB on November 30, 2008

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If you read this blog, you will quickly learn that my husband and I do most of our grocery shopping at Costco.  We eat so much produce, that we don’t mind buying in bulk.  We usually eat it before it goes bad, and since I hate watching food go to waste, I can get pretty creative with aging apples or spinach!  So, our dinners usually always include steamed broccoli (love it!) and a variety of other veggies.  My husband, Chris, is a huge fan of brussel sprouts and is so excited they are available at Costco at this time.  We usually eat different meals.  I am not a vegetarian, but I don’t like to eat as much red meat as Chris.  I’ve gotten pretty used to preparing two different dinners.  Do I feel like a short order cook?  Sometimes, but I love cooking and preparing healthy meals.  I am just grateful that Chris likes to eat well, and he is so thankful for whatever I place before him.  I like to make his tummy happy : )

I had a bag of cranberries, and I tried a recipe I’d clipped from a magazine with a few changes.  I am always changing things up as I like to make recipes my own.  These are maple roasted cranberries.  I added maple syrup and zest of one lime and then roasted them in the oven for about an hour.  After taking them out, I stirred in about a cup of frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, some more maple syrup and the juice from 1/2 a lime.  I then let it chill in the fridge.  They didn’t congeal as much as they do on the stove top.  I think I’ll stick with the stove top method in the future.


For dinner, I had steamed broccoli over a bed of wilted spinach.  I topped it with some beets.  The can of refried beans I purchased was calling my name.  So, I made myself a little pizza using a whole wheat tortilla, Trader Joe’s pizza sauce, TJ’s lite Mexican Cheese, refried beans, and some steamed broccoli.


Chris’s dinner consisted of roasted brussel sprouts with some beets.  I roast them in my cast iron skillet with cooking oil and salt.  He also lucked out with a side of sweet potato french fries.  TIP: Roast your sweet potato fries on top of a cooking rack placed on a cookie sheet.  This allows air to circulate under the fries making them more crisp. Chris also had a burger smothered in ketchup.


Right now, I am enjoying some of the cranberries mixed with Greek yogurt and a TBSP of Barney Butter almond butter (my current fav).  Not too bad.