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.