Swiss Chard Lasagna

Ok I added Kale too…lol!

We got Swiss Chard in our Door to Door Organics box last week, so I made the BEST lasagna I have ever made! I havent had Swiss Chard for a long time, but it tasted just like I remembered, although now I like that taste!

Similar to a regular lasagna I made a ground turkey tomato sauce, Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles, and 2% Ricotta and mozzarella Cheese.

For the Veggie layer I sautéed Onions and mushrooms in a little olive oil, then added a whole bunch of chopped Swiss Chard and kale. saute until the kale and chard are dark and limp.

Put it together like a regular lasagna:

-Noodles

-Ricotta

-Veggies

-Meat Sauce

REPEAT.

To with a little mozzarella.

Follow the baking instructions on your lasagna noodle box.

We ate this for days! So yummy and healthy. Loved it.  Now I’m just trying to figure out what to do with all the Beets I have in my fridge. Any Ideas are welcome.

Using The Beets!

Beet and Potato Roesti

I got Beets in my Door to Door Organics box last week. We have never cooked Beets, nor had I eaten many Beets as a kid. Both Mr. Gaunt and I weren’t sure if we even liked Beets all that much. I searched around Food Gawker for a Beet Recipe, and this one stood out “The Only Way I Can Get My Husband To Eat Beets” Well if it works for her husband, it should work for my boyfriend!

The recipe was pretty easy to follow and pretty quick too. Even the “flipping” of the Beets wasnt to scary (and I usually HATE flipping things). The only thing that I would mention was that her recipe say to use 4-6 Beets that make 1/2 a cup of shredded Beet, but I used 4 (maybe kinda big?) Beets and it made about 2.5 cups. I didn’t want to waste the rest of the shredded Beets so I threw them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. I’ve never frozen any starch product like that, so who knows if it will keep.

Pink Beet Hands!

I used low-fat butter and Fat Free Sour Cream to reduce the calories.I also used Whole Wheat Flour, because that’s all we even have anymore. My feeling is if I can’t make it with Whole Wheat Flour, why bother.  I still thought they had a definite Beet taste (which isn’t bad, just unique) but Mr. Gaunt freaking LOVED these, he ate almost the whole thing! He thought they tasted like a big potato pancake. I was thrilled to see him gobbling up Beets, and I’ll definitely make this again. It says its more of a “side dish” but we just had two slices with a big salad and we were full.

This recipe could also easily be made vegan, just use vegan Butter and vegan Sour Cream!

The recipe is as followed (taken from Dinosaur Dishes: Delicious easy, healthy meals on a shoestring budget):

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Beet and Potato Roesti

serves 4-6 as a side

Ingredients

4-6 medium beets, About a 1/2C when grated
2 small potatoes, scrubbed
salt and pepper
4 scallions, chopped
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Trim and scrub the beets then peel them. Grate them into a medium bowl. Start preheating a large (12″) skillet over medium heat. Working fast, so they don’t discolour, grate the potatoes into the same bowl as well. Add the salt, pepper, and scallions and combine well. Then add the flour a few tablespoons at a time until well combined.

Melt the butter into the skillet until it foams. Put the mixture into the middle of the pan and flatten out with a spatula. It should be a centimeter or thinner. Cook for 8-10 minutes until nice and crispy.

You will need to flip it over. To do this place a large plate over top and flip the frying pan over then slide the roesti back into the pan. Cook until the other side is crispy about another 8 -10 minutes.

Serve hot or at room temperature with green onions on top.  We also like to dollop some sour cream or plain yogurt on each slice.

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Shredding Beets. Be careful because it's so red you can't tell if you cut yourself.

In the pan.

Like a Beet Pizza!

Curry Meatballs and Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

Tonight’s menu is an array of yummy flavors. All things I have made before, with a twist! I’m trying really hard not to run out and buy ingredients when I find a recipe I like, instead I’m finding recipes that work with what I have. On the table tonight is: Garlic Sweet Potato Fries, Curry Turkey Meatballs, Avocado Dip and Salad. Ok the salad is boring but the rest is fun.

The Meatballs are based off of this recipe, only I got a little carried away and didn’t realize they wanted me to pan fry them, and I do NOT pan fry meatballs. Too much of a pain in the ass getting them evenly cooked, or round for that matter. So I put my oven at 375 and baked them for about 25 minutes (until lightly browned). I used just regular Curry (not sure what Madras is) and I only did about half the cumin they asked for because cumin often overpowers other flavors. I also put the olive oil in the mix because I didn’t read that it was more for the pan frying, there were super moist though so I might do that again…lol! Oh and the Turkey is Jennie Oh Lean Turkey. These are AMAZING! They are a mix between american and indian deliciousness. So good if you like curry, drool I will make these many more times.

The Sweet potatoes are from my Door to Door Organics box. I got a ton of them so I’m trying to use them up in interesting ways. Tonight I made oven fries, sliced up the Sweet potatoes and tossed them in a bowl with Olive Oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper and Parmesan. Then lay them flat on a foil lined pan and bake at 425 for 20 ish minutes.

The sauce is a low-fat Avocado Dip (obviously the Avocado is what makes it not Fat Free) the recipe is from here, and is made to dip Sweet potatoes in it. The Sweet Potato recipe that goes with it looks pretty good too. Oh and I made it with Fat Free Cream Cheese and Mayo.

Mr. Gaunt looked adorable doing this while I cooked. Can I just say that despite my AWFUL sleep last night I am THRILLED with Daylight Savings! I mean it is 7:20 and it is still light out! I love it! I even got to take pictures of my dinner by daylight instead of with my light box (oh, did you not know I drag my dinner into the spare room and stick it in a light box? Well I do.) One more sign that Summer is on its way! Now if the pool would just open…76 days!

Oh and on the off-chance that you are still reading this, I am thinking of quitting Weight Watchers. I will be doing a lengthy post on this in the next day or so, but I need advice on this decision, so think about it.

Look What Was Left On My Doors Step…

Ok I don’t really have a door step, more just a hallway. Needless to say when I got home from work this was waiting for me.. I was actually nervous on my way home thinking about if I would be pleased with my purchase. In case you didn’t know I have a huge hatred for excess packaging. I think it stems from my mom refusing to buy us Squeeze-it Fruit drinks because they were garbage individually packaged in a plastic bottled wrapped in a cardboard surround and then shrink-wrapped together. I can hear her saying it now “It’s just a ridiculous amount of packaging!” ha! I’m not even that environmentally conscious, this is more about space. I dont want to fill up half may garbage can 5 seconds after I put in a new bag. It’s obnoxious and insulting. I dont want your damn packages! I have even gone to using re-usable grocery bags because I was sick of the giant bag of bags under my sink.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah my worry that my Door to Door Organics box would be filled with excess packaging. Have you purchased apples at Costco recently? They are wrapped in a ridiculous amount of hard plastic…WTF?! Anyway I was VERY pleased when I opened my box and found only one of those cardboard fruit trays, and that’s it! Also DTDO has a great recycling program, this is taken directly from their website:

“Every box, bag, ice pack, piece of paper, and most other non-edibles that we send you will be picked up from your house at your next scheduled delivery. Firstly, we will reuse any items that have certain qualities, like our cardboard boxes. There are also items like the large plastic bags that cannot be reused for health reasons, and we actually us Eco-Cycle to pick these up and have them turned into durable decking.”

How rad is that! I love this company more and more! Ok onto the goods I got this week. As a reminder I spent $22 this week on this box (remember its Organic which is slightly more expensive). Now I have yet to do an actual price comparison (which I do think I will do) but the convenience and variety and quality of this product really seem worth it.

In case you were wondering (I was) the veggies were all crisp and fresh looking (the carrots still had dirt on them…love that!) and the ripeness of the fruit (I was also wondering this) is about two days away. Although it would have been nice to bite into a kiwi, I’m glad that they wont rot tomorrow. Also it gives me a day or two to decide what to do with them. Overall I’m very pleased with this all so far.

Door to Door Organics!

So I’m not sure if I have mentioned it on here, but I really wanted to do a CSA box this summer (in case you don’t want to click that link, a CSA box is when you pay around $400 in early spring to a local farm and you get a delivery every week of their produce) but I had a lot of questions and concerns about the quantity and variety of my food. We were going to split on with Ms. G, and we still may but until then I found something pretty darn sweet.

Its called Door to Door Organics and they are based out of Colorado, Kansas City, Michigan, and some smaller states on the east coast. Basically what you do is purchase a WEEKLY or BI-WEEKLY produce box and you get a mix of organic local produce (whatever’s in season) and some imported stuff (whatever’s not in season). The best part is you only pay AFTER you get your box of goods, and they send you an email the week before spelling out exactly what you will get in your box. They also have an option to substitute out items, add more items (like Artichokes were $1.85 this week extra) and make a list of I LOVE and I DONT LOVE so they customize it for you.

I’m getting the Bitty-Box ($22.66), and my first box will be delivered to my house on Wednesday, and it will include the following:

1 lb Zucchini
1 lb Yams
1 ea. Sweet Baby Broccoli
1 ea. Red Leaf Lettuce
1 ea. Carrots with Tops
2 ea. Kiwi
2 ea. Fuji Apples
3 ea. Blood Oranges
2 ea. Bartlett Pears
1 ea. Avocado

I love that you get just one or two of each item. This will definitely reduce waste in our house. We can also at any time increase the size of our order. It’s all very user friendly, where the CSA box wasn’t so much.

We are trying to cut our grocery bill back to $65 a week, I buy a fair amount of organic food as well as some other pricey items (fresh fruit, nuts) but our bill was a little through the roof. So I’ve decided to give you all a SUNDAY SHOPPING update to break down what I bought and what I spent. Im also really going to try to shop bargains while staying healthy.  Also meal planning is really going to be a must. This is going to be a challenge!

Oh and this is a great list on why you should go organic for produce

I leave you with a sweet picture of my little Liam….love him!