This week has been so hectic. Work has been super stressful, and I had chores, appointments, and plans every day after work this week. Despite the busyness, most of my evenings were actually very enjoyable, like my Monday night dinner date with Stephanie, a Wednesday night dinner date with Marie, Lauren, & Sarah, going to the Nashville Symphony with Nathan on Thursday, and having Caroline over to watch Disney's 101 Dalmatians on Friday. Nonetheless, I kept myself too busy this week to post on our tasty creations! But don't worry, we're still cooking & still eating plenty. :-)
Here is one of my favorite new dishes: warm butternut squash & chikpea salad, from Smitten Kitchen.
I usually opt for soup with butternut squash, but a friend of mine made this salad for us one night, and I fell in love. The flavor combinations are fabulous, and it's a dish that requires ingredients I either already always have, or can use in multiple other dishes. Oh, I just love it! And it's pretty:
This recipe is super easy. Just peel & dice 1 or 2 butternut squash, toss them in olive oil, salt, & pepper, and roast them in the oven until soft. Meanwhile, combine a can of chickpeas, some diced red onion, & chopped fresh cilantro. The dressing is a combination of lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, garlic, & water. Mix the dressing, then toss everything all together & eat while warm. It is so incredibly delicious, and is certainly one of my new favorite dishes. Yum!
We also tried a new soup recipe from Vegetarian Times. It was interesting (good interesting). The ingredient list includes cabbage, pine nuts, arborio rice, white beans, and spices. It was a nice, mellow, nutty soup. I enjoyed it, but it's probably not something I'll make all the time. Definitely worth the adventure, though!
Truthfully, we've been eating like champs. I just have been really bad about taking pictures & blogging about food, or anything else for that matter. Sometimes I just want to live and not have to worry about documenting it. And in those moments, that's exactly what I do! And I feel pretty good about that. But when I have time & can remember to, I enjoy sharing my adventures & reflecting on my days.
And for dinner tonight: Dijon braised brussels sprouts & creamy carrot soup!!! :-)