This week’s recipe is an incredibly easy vegetable side-dish that we are excited to share. We purchased a large bag of carrots a few weeks back, and have since been trying to make good use of them (see this other recipe). The Easter Bunny has come and gone, and we still had carrots leftover!
This recipe of oven roasted carrots with dill is a prime example that you don’t need to do anything fancy or complicated to feed yourself and your family. In next to no time, you can get this vegetable side prepped and completed. Enjoy these roasted carrots with dried dill, or your favorite herbs and spices!
A few weeks ago, on a particularly cold and snowy day in Pennsylvania, I was on a work trip with a colleague visiting a college campus. We paused in the cafeteria for lunch and I came across vegetable Florentine soup. Normally, I would build a meal from the salad bar so I can control the ingredients. That said, I was chilled from walking around campus in the snow; so, even though I couldn’t verify the ingredients, I chose the soup. I ate around the noodles but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the soup.
This variation is noodle-free, but I think it came out as hearty and delicious. Not only is it paleo; it’s also vegan! We hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Ratatouille is a French vegetable dish, and an incredibly popular Disney movie. This is not a traditional Ratatouille, and in that vein we took similar creativity in making a pesto. That said, it was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again.
We have had fun experimenting with pesto in the past (you may recall Tomato Pesto Salad, Chicken Pesto Pasta, and Easy Pesto Egg Bake) and last weekend I was craving vegetables at every turn. I have always wanted us to make a Ratatouille but we have had a lot of tomato-based meals lately; so when Brent suggested we use pesto instead of a tomato sauce, I agreed.
We hope you’ll find this variation on a provincial French classic as fun and tasty as we did!
We may or may not have mentioned before that we enjoy cooking for others as much as we enjoy it for ourselves. We’ve made a habit of cooking food for new parents we know, either by taking over their kitchen for a meal or dropping off batches of food.
One of our neighbors recently had a baby, and they’re similarly focused on eating real food. We did what we do best and took them a batch of this soup after they came home from the hospital. The next day, while out walking our dog, their oldest son ran up to the fence and said, “I really liked your soup!” With eight nieces and nephews, I know how hard it can be to get kids to eat. So, unsolicited praise must mean we did something right!
Just this weekend we made another batch for ourselves, and froze more than half of it. As we look forward to our own baby’s birth in June, we are slowly planning ahead for the inevitable weeks of exhaustion that will follow bringing the baby home. Batch cooking now will save us time and money in the future. We hope you’ll like this soup as much as we and our neighbors do.
There’s something magical about fruit trees. In our experience, which admittedly is very little, they don’t require much work and reap many benefits. Our fig tree produced a great harvest, more than either of us expected between early August and mid-October. In case you missed our other recipes, we had a lot of fun creating Chicken and Fig Tagine, Cider-Braised Boneless Short Ribs with Figs, Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad, and Fig Coconut Yogurt.
Today, even though we’re away on vacation, we bring you another fig recipe: homemade fig jam. It is great on rice crackers; you might also enjoy it with a soft cheese like brie (if you can tolerate high-quality dairy) or Kite Hill almond-based Cream Cheese Style Spread. Brent’s mom used it with almond butter on sprouted bread (a new twist on PB&J!) and plans to use it instead of store-bought fruit spread in her Linzer cookies for Christmas. Whether you have your own fig tree or find them at the store, we hope you’ll enjoy making and eating this fig jam or any of our other fig recipes. Let us know what you decide to do—we would love to hear from you!