Sometimes I have a stroke of genius and come up with an idea for something new to cook/bake all on my own. Sometimes I get inspiration from reading food blogs or eating other people’s food. Sometimes I just make exactly what other people make. Lately it’s been one of those times.
Monday night for Meatless Monday we had smitten kitchen’s chana masala. I added 2 diced & boiled sweet potatoes and served it over long grain brown rice with some Fage 0% on top. It was quick and easily put together with things I already had in the pantry. And it tasted really good.
Alongside that dish I made MamaPea’s Kale Sunshine Salad to rescue the dinosaur kale that was about to die in the crisper. We all need to eat more kale, and this salad is a great way to start.
Last night for dinner I made Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken. I rubbed it with sea salt and truffle salt and pepper and lots of butter, stuffed it with a lemon and head of garlic, and roasted it over more cubed sweet potatoes (we definitely get our vitamin A in this house). This was my second time ever making a roast chicken, and it really was perfect. Sooo moist and flavorful, from just the 5 simple ingredients. We don’t even like “chicken on the bone” very much, but judging by the minimal leftovers, I think we like it this way.
Note: I was so frustrated trying to get the bag of “stuff” out of the cavity – the paper bag kept breaking and I thought I would never get it out. I finally got everything out in about 5 “trips”, then I realized the cavity has a much larger entrance on the other side… duh.
When I asked Brett what kind of cookies he might want me to make, he said, “fluffy ones.” I knew exactly what I would be making – Jessica’s Fluffy Snickerdoodles.
After all of the recipe-following I’ve been doing, my brain was dying for the chance of some creative thinking. Luckily there was something I’d been wanting to try to make for awhile… and I think it was pretty successful! We enjoyed it for breakfast this morning. What do you think it is?