I haven’t written in FOREVER so I decided to ease back in slowly. We’ve had a lot of repeats lately, so not too many new things to write about! However, we have been having a whole ton of fresh veggies lately. It maybe because of the season, but I haven’t made a frozen veggie in forever. I’m kind of addicted. Here are some of my favorite ways to cook fresh veggies.
This baby of ours seems to love asparagus. I crave it all of the time. It makes my pee smell horrible, which is worrisome in the first few seconds when I forget why it smells that bad, but once I remember that it is only the asparagus it doesn’t bother me all that much! My Mom always boiled asparagus, and I don’t remember not liking it, but I much prefer sauteeing it. I just melt about a tablespoon of butter and a splash of olive oil in a skillet, toss in the asparagus (usually cut into thirds or so, but however you like it is fine), sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until tender. I like it slightly blackened, but that’s just me.
I like to steam broccoli and toss it with some butter and a little lemon juice, but my favorite way is to roast it. We had it this way tonight and it is oh-so-good. Just cut the broccoli into long stalks, stem and all. Place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil. Tonight, we were out of olive oil ( a tragedy, I know) and so we sprayed it with canola oil baking spray, and it worked great! We minced fresh garlic over it and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Bake it in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or so, until golden brown on the edges. Love it.
Fresh carrots are best and easiest when steamed. Just peel, slice, and toss them in the steaming basket over a pot of water and bring the water to a boil. Stir the carrots around every now and then until fork-tender, or to your desired consistency. This part kind of takes the nutrition out of it, but put the carrots in a bowl, add a pat of butter, a sprinkle of brown sugar and a dash of ground ginger. Stir and serve. Very, very tasty.
We haven’t tried this yet, but my sister’s recipe for grilling corn sounds pretty awesome. Just wrap each ear of corn in aluminum foil with a pat of butter and a little salt and pepper and cook until done – I have no idea how long that is. She said that it kind of caramelizes and the corn pretty much just falls off of the cob into your mouth. Sounds good to me!
Saute in some olive oil and butter, add salt and pepper and worcestershire sauce, and serve alongside a nice, grilled steak. Aaaaahhh.
Anybody else have any tasty ways to cook fresh veggies? Enlighten me!