I can’t even believe this but I used to hate beets. Ok. Maybe not hate. But I seriously disliked them. What I’ve learned though over the years is that my beef wasn’t with beets. It was with beet preparation!
Turns out I just don’t really like pickled beets or canned beets.
But roasted beets? That’s another story! Roasting them makes them kind of sweet and they have a great texture. This is one of those salads that’s completely simple but will really impress people.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “Guess The Food” post so I thought I’d throw one into the mix this week. For those of you who don’t know how this works, it’s pretty straightforward. I give the nutritional facts and ingredients of a popular food item and you all try to guess what it is!
The idea of course is that everybody learns a bit more about the food we eat everyday. So let’s get started!
The Facts. There are some interesting things here if you dive into the nutritional facts of this food. A good percentage of the calories are from fat but it’s not actually that caloric. There’s no Trans Fat which is a good thing.
The best part about learning to cook is when you nail a dish. It’s not like you just pass and make something edible. It’s when you kill it! People are fighting over the leftovers. That’s what every cook wants.
And I have to say that I killed this dish. Everything just worked. It’s one of my favorite kinds of dishes (good hot and cold). It has some nice summer veggies, some chunky marinated chicken, and delicious Asian flavors.
The photo doesn’t really do it justice unfortunately.
Maybe the best noodle salad I've ever made.
This isn’t an overly complicated salad. It has just a few ingredients so be sure to hunt out the best and freshest that you can. Especially this time of year, make sure you find some really nice fresh snap peas to use. It makes a huge difference.
As I was editing all of the recipes for 55 Knives, there were a bunch that caught my eye, but this was one that is so simple and yet so delicious that I just had to share it with everyone even if you didn’t buy the book.
Normally, when I make oatmeal I add in lots of butter, brown sugar, and other healthy stuff. It’s delicious but also kind of weighty if you know what I mean. Of course, it’s possible to make oatmeal in an extremely healthy way also, I just tend toward the other end of the spectrum when I do it.
I love this version of oatmeal because it tastes much more decadent than it actually is. It’s healthy. It’s really flavorful and, as with any oatmeal, you can pile on toppings and customize it to your liking!
Such a great breakfast!
I learned this recipe from, hands down, the expert on everything oatmeal-related, Kath from Kath Eats. She’s been writing her site for years and it’s really an awesome resource if you need some great ideas for meals. I especially go to it first when I’m looking for a delicious oatmeal situation. I mean… just check out her Tribute to Oatmeal!
I’ve been a weee bit hi-strung lately. But I’ve crossed some big things off my to-do list so I’m gonna focus on recharging the batteries this weekend. Luckily, it’s a long weekend so I have even more time to recharge!
I don’t have a lot of specific plans but I’m definitely grilling at least once. It’s Memorial Day after all. I also plan to go on at least one long jog, if not two. Plus there will obviously be lots of time with Betsy and Tipsy. I owe them both some good quality time!
But also, the long weekend means I’ll have plenty of time to get some cooking done!
I kept this poll kind of mysterious. Should be fun.
A few links!
Battle Burger!We have a rocking battle happening at Foodie Fights this weekend. Battle burger is going to be perfect for the weekend. I have no idea what the six competitors are going to do, but I’d encourage you to check it out, bookmark it and check it out again on Tuesday when the delicious burgers are posted! (@ Foodie Fights)
Beyond the Burger – To keep on the burger theme, Mr. Bittman had an awesome article yesterday on the burger. He gives some great advice that I definitely agree with… the most important of which is to steer away from cheap grocery store ground meat. It’s really not worth the packaging it comes in. (@ The Minimalist)
Five Memorial Weekend Meals – A great quick roundup of some very inventive recipes that would be perfect for this weekend if you’re at a loss as to what to make and what to try something a bit adventurous. (@ No Recipes)
Making Gorgonzola – A very cool photo walk-through of a dairy making Gorgonzola. Looks awesome and also happens to be one of my favorite cheeses! (@ Recipe Girl)
Ok. So you guys might make fun of me for this post. It was one of those moments (and I know everyone has probably had one of these) where I realized that I was doing way more work than I needed to be doing for the result I wanted.
I had in my mind what I thought was an awesome idea for a quesadilla (which won last week’s poll by a hair). My idea was to turn the traditional French dish of Ratatouille into a quesadilla. I thought this was a grand idea and I moved full-steam ahead.
The end result was actually delicious!
You can't see it, but there are pretty layers in there.
The problem was that it required a bit more work than what most people are probably willing to do to produce a simple quesadilla. You’ll see what I mean…
Warning: If you’re French, you might want to stop reading because it’s possible I demolished this dish.
NOTE: This book is no longer available. If you want to find out more about my upcoming book, check it out here!
Many of you probably know that I’ve been working on this project for about eight months now and I’m happy to report that 55 Knives is officially live!
Just a few highlights. Inside you’ll find:
- Delicious and special recipes from 55 food bloggers.
- Stories on food, eating, cooking, and life.
- A 174 page formatted PDF with over 1000 links. It’s searchable and has clickable indexes for easy navigating!
- Simple and easy ways to interact with all 55 authors.
- A 30 day no-questions-asked refund policy. If you don’t like the book for any reason, just let me know.
- Money saving offers from Grill Charms ($5 value), Secret Stash Sea Salts ($5 value) and OpenSky (10% off select products). Unfortunately, these are only valid in the US except the Secret Stash Sea Salts offer which is also valid in Canada.