Friday, August 14, 2009

Farm Meals...Day Three

There was a specific smell coming out of my refrigerator this morning that was making everyone in the house cringe. I soon realized it was the broccoli we had gotten from our farm share a few days ago. When ever I have broccoli, I always wait to use it and always end up with a smelly fridge. Mental note...use your broccoli the day you bring it into the house!!

The broccoli was still good...it just wanted to remind me it was still uneaten in there! So for lunch I made this...

Broccoli Gratin with brown rice and spelt breadcrumbs

One of the best things I do and highly recommend is prepping everything you need for your meal before you start to cook it. It may take a few minutes longer, but man does it make a difference! Having all your ingredients ready before you start cooking can save you from burning it, messing up, and lots of stress as you try to manage it all at once. And if it looks organized and pretty, it will be more fun to cook!

See??

As you can see, there are a ton of veggies in this dish. I used eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red pepper and spinach. And you can mix and match! Just because you don't have an ingredient called for in a recipe doesn't mean you can't make it at the last minute! Just find something else to substitute it with. Use the recipe as a guide. You don't always have to have it all perfect and followed to a tee. So here's the finished product...

Grilled vegetables with cheese tortellini...

This recipe is fabulous for summer! If you have a lot of veggies to use up this is a sure winner! Click the link above, make it, and tell me what you think!

4 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I almost bought tortellini at the store today, and now I wish I had!

Great-Granny Grandma said...

These recipes do look yummy!

I just noticed you have a new picture on your blog too (maybe not so new, but new to me) and it looks like you've lost a ton of weight.

Hip Mom's Guide said...

Uugghh! I hate broccoli. I do, however, like lots of those other veggies you mentioned. My kids just might be seeing a variation on this one...

TAMI said...

Okay, Luanne ~
The tone of your blog is full of new energy and life! I didn't have time to read too far back --- though I expect there'd be some explaination -- but one doesn't have to know the reason in order to notice the results. Celebrating with you!