Summer Eats

I have completely neglected my blog. I’ve been dealing with some stress and anxiety issues, as well as health issues that I plan to share in upcoming post. I will say that I’m doing pretty well and despite some heated therapy sessions, Mr. Gaunt and I are happy and trying to make the most of our summer.

The weather took a slight turn this past weekend and I had to skip lap swimming for a few days…boo. I’m back on it now though, and the weather is looking 80+ with no cold in sight. Mr. Gaunt and I have been hitting up the farmers markets, and last weekend Ms. G and I went into Denver to the cutest little Local Produce Hut called In Season Local Market. This place is super cute and tiny! They carry local veggies, meat and dairy, as well as honey, soap and other goods. I bought a bunch of veggies and some cheese as well as some AMAZING yogurt called Noosa Yoghurt made in Boulder Co. It’s probably the best yogurt I have ever had! If you’re in the Denver area you should check out In Season, their open weekdays till 2-8pm which is great for people who don’t have time to get to the farmers market.

We also tried the Cherry Creek Farmers market which is one of the best markets I’ve been to in Colorado. We got lots of good local food there too as well as a new shirt for Mr. Gaunt! Although it is crazy busy, still worth it. There are so many cute dogs everywhere too…and babies!

Local Veggies

Local Pheasant and Chicken Sausages!

Local focaccia Bread

And besides that grocery stores have been all kinds of cheap so there has been an over abundance of produce in our house, I’m almost overwhelmed. I wont be shopping for the next two weeks as we leave for Washington on the 2nd for 9 days. Until then I hope to be better about blogging, in fact the following posts are coming up: New Swimsuit, Smoking/Stress, and Kale!

Last I leave you with the cutest dress I found tonight at Target for $5.99! I think it will be adorable with a little black cardigan to wear to my big family dinner at the Grandparents house! Yay for cheap clothes! and two funny pics of us at Michaels.

Veggies on the Barbie!

***BIG SIGH***

I’m exhausted! My 3 day weekend has been packed full of socializing, food, and swimming, and Im tired! I hardly did anything productive this weekend, which means this evening will include lots of laundry, dishes and food prep for the week. Until that starts though I have LOTS to blog about! There will probably be 3 posts today for your reading pleasure.

We spent most of the weekend with our friends Jenny and Justin and their 16 month old Liam (our adopted nephew) BBQing and just lounging. Saturday they had a bunch of people over to BBQ, and I brought stuff to make Veggie Kabobs! I love going to Jenny’s because she eats very similarly to us, and always has a chicken or turkey product to BBQ. This time she made the most AMAZING (wish I had a pic) lean chicken and spinach burgers! So good! They were packed full of yummy spinach and spices befor going on the grill. I totally meant to get the recipe, I’ll have her FB it to me.

On to the Kabobs, I went to Sunflower Market which is our local discount organic health food store and bought:

1 Yellow Squash

2 zucchini

1 white onion

1 red onion

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 box of mushrooms

ALL FOR $10! Damn vegetables or so cheap its ridiculous! Why anyone says eating healthy is expensive is beyond me (well unless you do major organic)

this made probably 20 skewers.

TIPS:

– Soak wooden skewer sticks in water so they don’t burn up on the grill

-Cut large-ish Hunks of the veggies, they skewer better

-Buy small whole mushrooms or cut large ones only in half not slices. They tend to break off the skewer

-Spray both sides of the Veggie Kabob with PAM before laying on the grill.

Other than that’s its super easy and quick! Just cook them until the edges get a little black and they are done! And super healthy! For leftovers you can de-skewer than and throw them in some whole wheat pasta for a light pasta veggie salad. We ate them 3 days in a row!

Eggplant, Swimming, Grilling, Babies!

Every now and then my fridge gets overrun with veggies. This isn’t  a bad thing, but I HATE when I let stuff go bad (in all honesty it does happen from time to time) so when things are looking too full I often get a little crazy and start throwing mass amounts of veggies into whatever I’m making.

Last week I got an Eggplant in my Door to Door Organics box, I had previously let one go bad so I was determined to use it up! Mr. Gaunt did a landscaping job last week for extra cash, so I was trying to be a good girlfriend and have dinner ready for him. Here lies the problem: Mr. Gaunt + Eggplant =BAD! He hates Eggplant. HATES IT! I thought I could secretly convince him it was yummy by making: Eggplant Parmesan, Eggplant lasagna, and now Eggplant Spaghetti. No such luck.

In the end I picked out all the Eggplant for him, and he was a happy camper, and I got leftover Eggplant all week! Yay!

Along with Eggplant I needed to use 3 tomatoes and 1 zucchini that night. The spaghetti was super easy though, I sautéed the cubed Eggplant in olive oil, then added the zucchini, then the tomatoes. When they were all nice and cooked I threw in 1/2 a jar of Spaghetti Sauce. Poured over whole Wheat past…yum! What’s not to like?  Oh and because I realized Mr. Gaunt would hate it, I added some Mango Chicken Sausage slices (we got them at Costco, and I’m just not sure I really like them) in the end.

Summer is pretty much here now! We are going to a GRAND OPENING POOL PARTY at Jenny and Justin’s this weekend! I’m so freaking excited to start swimming everyday now!  Also on my list of summer LIKES: BBQing! Mr. Gaunt and I own a very nice (never been opened) Charmglow BBQ (similar to this one) that Mr. Gaunt got two years ago on clearance. Problem is we don’t have a deck, porch or yard that we can set it up in, so it sits in Ms. G’s garage in the box. Sad day. I have been CRAVING grilled veggies and corn. Drooling over the pictures on FoodGawker.com. I think I’m gonna bring some Veggie Kabobs to the party on Sunday, and then take some to Ms. G’s house to use on her grill!

And I leave you with some adorable pics of when Liam met Hula this weekend. They were best buds, too stinkin cute!

Nice Petting

Sharing an inside kitty joke

Wearing his "B IS FOR BOB" shirt we got him for (his hippy mom) 1st Birthday!

Transylvania Veggie Dip


I got this at the Farmers Market yesterday. The woman was from Transylvania (how bad ass is that?) and she said it was a famous recipe there. Its 100% natural veggies + Tomato Juice + a little salt. Totally vegan! I tried to google a recipe for this and found NOTHING! Typing in “Vegetable Dip” only brings up ranch style dips. This IS  vegetables. Mr. Gaunt and I dipped our new favorite Pita Chip from Whole Foods: 365 Whole Grain with Flax Seed and Onion Pita Chips in it. Oh they are so good! And pretty good for yah!

The ingredients listed in the Veggie dip are:

-Bell Pepper

-Onion

-Carrot

-Eggplant

-Beans

-Tomato Juice

-Oil

-Salt

-Pepper

-Bayleaves

You can get it at the Highlands Ranch Farmers Market or the Southwest Plaza Market Its around $6 for a small mason jar, which is why I would like to try to make it on my own. We already ate the whole jar…lol! If anyone has any recipes for this please let me know!

Spring Rolls NOT FRIED!

Whenever Mr. Gaunt and I go to Pho, we always get the Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce. they are really fresh and yummy. Not that a deep-fried spring roll isnt yummy every now and then, these ones are just so guilt free.

I have been wanting to try to make them for a long time, but could never find the right wrappers. I could always find the kind you fry, but not the fresh ones. Last week I was at Whole Foods looking at the Asian Noodles, and there they were! I guess I assumed they would be in the refrigerator section like the frying kind. They aren’t, they are dried on the shelf in the asian aisle.

A few days later Mr. Gaunt and I walked (yup we walked 3+ miles 3 times this week!) to Whole Foods and got some veggies to make these rolls. I didnt really have a specific recipe, but a number of them said to use the following:

-Cucumber

-Cilantro

-Carrots

-Sprouts (that we got in our Door to Door Organics box)

-Cabage

-Shrimp (optional if you are doing Vegan or Vegetarian version)

Off on our walk

Wearing my new "Habitualize Kale" shirt! So bad ass!

Things are blooming and all the streets smell like cherry blossoms.

My new produce bags that I purchased on Etsy. Awesome!

I definitely wouldn’t say these are easy or fast. Theres a lot of prep work, and a lot of mess because you cut everything into tiny match sticks. You have to thaw shrimp and you dip the rice paper wrap in water to make it soft. I think these are well worth paying for. Still kind of fun to make.

All the veggies prepped and ready to go.

Rice paper ready to soak and get soft.

Ready to Wrap

The wrapping was the hardest part. I imagine its like learning to swaddle a baby, the first time you do it its all messy and not tight. I struggled to not tear or tangle the rice paper. In the end a few were ok looking, but most of them were saggy and wrinkled. Oh well. Also we didn’t do peanut sauce, so we just dipped it in Hoisin Sauce that we already had on hand.