Friday, July 30, 2010

I have been a cooking machine lately.
something inside of me just changed & I want nothing less than a fresh, unique & healthy meal every night.

so far this week we have made jasmine's incredible italian veggie omelette, my uncle's family lasagna, chicken parmigiana, berry crisp, BLTs with tomatoes from our garden(!!!), and Rachael Ray's gourmet white mac & cheese.
(yes, we have a lot of leftovers right now).

our favorite sides are brussels sprouts, sweet corn on the cob, baby red potatoes, and salad with feta cheese & balsamic dressing. & by far my favorite lunch is caprese salad- fresh tomotoes from the garden topped with mozzeralla cheese, basil & balsamic vinegar.


sorry if this post is making you hungry. but for the first time in our 6 years of living together we are finally starting to find a healthy balance of food, work its way into our lives as well as some not-so-ordinary meals. hey, I guess it only took months of unemployment for me to find the time to make it happen.
but regardless it has, and I'm very happy about that.

so far for next week we have planned- greek pasta salad, lemon meringue pie, cheesy chimichangas, grilled salmon, and bruschetta. very exciting.

another thing that I'm really digging about our new system is that I am making trips to the store every week! so we always have fresh produce in the house & I always know what I am making for dinner that night. all of this seems so simple, but I swear if you only knew how we've survived thus far, for some reason this just never came easily to us. we used to grocery shop maybe once monthly, never knowing what we would have for dinner that very night. it gets frustrating & I think you end up eating stuff that you otherwise wouldn't.

so- I'd love to know what some of your favorite dinners are or recipe sources. hook me up! I just started following a couple food blogs that I think will throw a lot of good things my way and have re-read all of my cookbooks! but word of mouth is always where the best recipes are found, so lay them on me.

ps. i think taking photos of food might be my favorite thing to photograph (hmmm.... potential list idea here?)

xo Chelsea


Chelsea said...

I have had several e-mails asking me about how we prepare our brussels sprouts! Which is so funny because that is probably our favorite vegetable. Unfortunately, a lot of times I opt for the easy way out and use the SteamFresh frozen brussels sprouts. They are fricking awesome because you just throw the bag in the microwave for 5 mintues and viola! I like to then put some butter on top of them that instantly melts all around as well as some salt & pepper. Divine! But when we do fresh, I just steam them for 3-5 minutes to soften them up & use the same butter & salt & pepper. Sooo good. Hope this helps!

Natalie said...

if your food tastes anything as good as the pictures look, it must be amazing! :) Love your photography!

Check out my food blog for some recipe inspiration...maybe you'll find something you like!

Chelsea said...

Thank you so much Natalie! You are too sweet. And thanks for the blog link.. I already have a couple lined up for the week! yay!