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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More Veggie Tales

As promised, today's blog will contain two more favorite vegetable recipes as I think most of us need help in this area. Confession: I, too, find it hard to get all the servings of fruits and vegetables in every day. One thing that helps is to have an open mind and try new things, even if you think you won't like them or you've never had that vegetable.
Here's a recipe for one of my favorite vegetables that most people avoid - cabbage. This really gives it a different flavor twist and my kids like it best prepared this way. Bonus: cabbage is cheap!

Braised Cabbage
1 head of cabbage
1/4 cup butter

Pull off any brown or wilted outer leaves and cut cabbage into six wedges, removing the core as you go. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook wedges until brown on one side then carefully turn. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until brown on other side and tender when pierced with a fork. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This time of year, roasted vegetables seem to taste better and the meat can cook at the same time. Try different veggies in this recipe such as a sweet potato.

Roasted Vegetables with Cheese
2 medium russet or other potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. each basil and oregano
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 large bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup of your favorite grated cheese
Place potatoes and carrots in a greased 13 by 9 inch pan. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings. Toss to coat well. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and add remaining ingredients; stir well. Continue baking 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Update! The fair proved disappointing this year. Not only was it raining but the kettle corn people weren't there and there were no Little Orbits. I did have a bite of a deep fried Snickers and thought it was a violation of my favorite candy bar. I had to settle for a roasted ear of corn until I got home to eat.