Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recipes from the Corner: Fast & Easy

So I know I've been MIA for a couple weeks. Do I have a good excuse? Uhmm....I've actually been making food again? Actually, that's not a very good excuse. And you're about to see why.
Some of you guys have been saying you'd like to see more quick & simple recipes. Well, I'm about to post a small slew of them. These are pretty quick (which is why they're a bad excuse for me not doing work), very simple, and pretty tasty. Here's some of what I've been whipping up the past couple weeks:

Steamed sweet potatoes

1. Take a sweet potato.
2. Put a couple inches of water and a steam basket in a pot, cover it and let it come to a boil. 
3. In the meantime, peel the potato (unless it's organic, in which case you don't have to)
      --This is because all of the chemical pesticides and other junk that go into growing our produce get concentrated in the skin
4. Cut the potato into cubes of about 1/2" each side
5. Steam them (covered, of course) for about 7 minutes, or until done.
6. Add salt, pepper, or whatever else you want. If you like them kind of sweet & savory, add things like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc. I always eat mine with sour cream. Mmmmm. Try it!

Total time: About 12 minutes.

Roasted asparagus with lemon

1. Preheat the oven to 350°
2. Take some asparagus spears and wash them.
3. Break each one near the bottom. Just bend it until it snaps. Throw away the bottom part -- this is pretty tough and not very fun to chew. It'll break naturally where it becomes tender. 
   --If you're making a bunch of asparagus and don't feel like breaking them all, just break one and use that as a guide to cut the rest
4. Pour some olive oil on an oven pan and roll the asparagus around in it until it's coated
5. Sprinkle them with salt & pepper and whatever else you want
6. Roast them for about 10-15 minutes. I like to do 15 because they come out more tender & flavorful. They should be starting to turn a little brown. 
7. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over them.

Total time: About 20 minutes

Roasted asparagus, steamed sweet potatoes, some homemade borscht courtesy of my parents (!!) and the vastly superior sour cream, Daisy. Sooo good. And it only took about 25 minutes to make it all. Also, it's almost entirely made up of vegetables, which makes me proud, since I usually have a hard time getting those in my diet.


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  2. Thanks for posting this! I always look at asparagus at the grocery store but I only had a vague idea of how to cook them. (I'm really not much of a cook at all.) Eating this would make me so proud, I really don't remember the last time I ate a vegetable that wasn't a mushroom (I mean the legit kind.)

  3. I removed that post due to a typo, if you're curious. I didn't know that blogger would make that decision public.