So it starts! By popular demand (ok really just my mom) I am starting this food blog. I have loved to cook since I can remember and have always tried to eat healthy. Many people think that eating healthy is boring and overwhelming. This is why you are reading my blog, because I want you to find that it can be yummy, satisfying, and simple... okay sometimes it requires some planning and work, but all good things do. FYI, the food Critic I refer to is my great Husband who will try everything I make.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Balsamic Eggplant Salad

For this salad I roasted bite size pieces of eggplant, sliced mushrooms, and baby carrots. I tossed those vegetables with 4 cups of salad greens and homemade balsamic dressing. To finish it off I sprinkled it with hemp seeds.   It was so easy and fast. 

1. Cut 1 eggplant into bite sized pieces, slice up 8 mushrooms, and put 2 c baby carrots into a large bowl.  Toss with 2 tsp olive oil then spread onto a baking sheet.

2. Sprinkle all vegetables with Garlic Powder

3. Roast @ 400 for 20-30 min.  I waited until my eggplant started to brown a bit.

4. When finished let cool for 10 min

Balsamic Dressing
3/4 c Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
1 T agave or 2 T sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 pepper
3/4 c olive oil

Mix all ingredients EXCEPT olive oil in a blender. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the blender while it is still mixing.

Recipes with Pictures = Stress for me

OK here is the deal!  If you have read my blog you know that I am no food photographer.  I love to take pictures, but getting them onto the computer and blog stresses me out. I know for some it is not complicated to take a picture with their phone then send it to their computer, but my mind is not made for computers! If i didn't have to do that process I would be posting more recipes. So, I've decided that you may not get pictures with every new recipe. I know that most people like to see what they are making before they take on a new recipe because I am one of those people.   I will eventually get to where it isn't as intimidating and time consuming (Am I really saying that out loud?) in the mean time I will just post what I eat without pictures.  I'm hoping that if you have already tried these recipes you know I only put really yummy recipes on the blog.