Saturday, August 04, 2012

Friday and Saturday

Cooler Weather!!!! The temps dropped about 17* and it has been raining!!!! Which means things are humid - but it's not blistering hot and humid. LOL

I've spent quite a bit of time the past two days getting back to PWOC "stuff". I also have had 3 PWOC Skype meetings and one in person meeting in the last two days.  I still have some paperwork to do. I totally FORGOT I had taken a trip to Korea and needed to ask for some money back. LOL  Unfortunately, it's been 7 weeks and I'm not sure I can locate the boarding pass - so who knows? I'll look.

I've spent more time looking through websites and cookbooks for vegan meals.

I've cleaned some house.

I've tried to rethink school as the post office sent our books back. I want to find a SPINE book that will tell the history of Japan....but that is not easy to find and I don't know enough to piece it together.

I've watched kids play outside and I've played with them too.

Enjoying living a normal life.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Roasted Asparagus the Roman Way (Vegan)

This was good - though again I didn't have all the ingredients. I'll have to take a photo next time I make it. 

1 lb asparagus spears, washed and trimmed
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 C chopped kalamata olives (didn't have)

Herb and Garlic Marinade
1/3 C water
1/2 C vinegar (I used balsamic)
1/3 C olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425*. Whisk together marinade ingredients.  Put asparagus in a large dish, drizzle some of the marinade over the spears until they are well coated. Save the rest for other recipes or for salad dressing.

Roast asparagus (I used a cast iron skillet) for 5 minutes.

Scatter tomatoes and olives over the asparagus and bake for 5-10 min more or until the spears are the at the tenderness you desire.

Makes 4 servings.

Note if you aren't doing vegan Feta cheese would be a great addition to this and you could mix it all up as a salad.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Black Bean, Corn and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers (Vegan)

I tried this. Mixed reviews. Michael really thinks sauce should go over stuffed peppers....I really liked the pepper not being soggy....but then I decided I like the filling more than the pepper. I discovered this as I had way more filling than I needed so I filled a bowl with spinach, put in 1/4 C of filling, sprinkled with nuts, squeezed a lime over it and YUMMO....and tonight I put some sweet potatoes and this in a I went ahead and made up 5 more "burritos" with it and put them in the freezer for "quick meals" ....and figure I like it well enough to save the recipe - even if I only make it to throw on salads and tortillas. LOL  Yep - still learning this new lifestyle. ::snort:: 

3 Cups of black beans (2 15 oz cans)
1 Cup of cooked brown rice
2 scallions, sliced (I had onions?)
1/4 C chopped cilantro (couldn't find in the commissary???)
2 T oil
2 T fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic (I used more)
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 large bell peppers (evidently the large you can get here is smaller than elsewhere?)
2 C tomato juice (I didn't have and subbed tomato sauce - next time homemade spaghetti sauce for Michael's)

Preheat 350*

Combine beans, rice, corn, scallions, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I cut the peppers in half lengthwise...seared them on both sides, drained them and then placed them in a large glass baking dish and stuffed.

Supposed to carefully spoon juice over each stuffed pepper and pour the remainder into the dish. Cover with foil and bake for 45 min - 60 min.

Recipe suggests putting rice on a plate, topped by pepper and some of the juice from plate.

Makes 4 servings. (plus)

Do you usually put some sort of sauce over the top? It doesn't get too soggy? I think adding an avocado to the filling for the tortillas and salad would be good. LOL 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...