Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday night - Feb. 9, 2011

I'm very disappointed with this week's grocery sales. Have you found any good sales lately? I have a Rami Levy, Yesh, Mega, Kimat Chinam and Supersol near me...

Luckily, I still have plenty of produce in the fridge. Time to get creative! I'm not sure my family likes it when I get creative, since that means they have to try new things. But that's the point, so they try new things! How do you get your family to try out new foods?

On the way to the table tonight:

Split pea soup
Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes (let's see if I can get the kids to eat the cauliflower!)
Polenta topped with roasted veggies and black beans (and some cheese for picky eaters)
Lettuce, Purple Cabbage, Honey Cinnamon'd Oranges, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad

Some notes:
Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes - I'll puree cooked cauliflower with roasted garlic and other seasonings as the mood hits me, and serve it like mashed potatoes. Rumor has it it's pretty good like this. We'll see how it goes...

Polenta is pretty easy to make. I make it kind of runny so I can pour it into a well greased quiche pan. Then, I top it with all sorts of things - right now I have lots of tomatoes and red peppers, so that will be most of the topping, along with black beans. Then bake it for about 20 - 25 minutes... I have a feeling I may have to melt some cheese on top for my picky eaters!

Once again, I'm serving the salad "salad bar-style". Everybody wins!


  1. I served split pea soup tonight, too. :) How do you make yours?

    I put 1 c of peas in a pot with 6 c water and 1 T veg. chicken broth. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 35 minutes. Sautee 2 medium onions and add those to the pot with a few sliced carrots. After another 20 minutes or as long as it takes to cook the carrots, add a t of paprika and blend with an immersion blender. Season w salt and pepper.

    It was great, but I think I'll double it next time and put some in the freezer.

  2. I saute diced onion, garlic, celery, and sliced carrots in olive oil till the onion is translucent. reduce the flame, cover the pot for 10 min. Add split peas (1/2 - 1 bag, depends which pot I'm using), water or veg. stock from my freezer. Tonight I added 1 T. onion powder and 1 t. garlic powder and a generous amount of ground black pepper. (i did not use any salt. trying to get out of the salt habit). bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 1 hr.

    it's always a hit, and I usually make enough for 2-3 meals at a time. tonight i used my small pot though, so there are only a couple of servings left. i'm sure it will get eaten for lunch tomorrow!
    (we don't use any soup mixes, etc because MSG gives us migraines)


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