Ya. Right. Like that's going to happen.
So I have really been trying to make more meat-free dinners since watching Forks Over Knives last weekend. We've done pretty good so far. Last night I made a delicious baked barley risotto with butternut squash that was easy and filling and free of meat! Here's the recipe:
Baked Barley Risotto w/ Butternut Squash (serves 4 - recipe from Real Simple):
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 small butternut squash (about 1 1/2 lbs), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup pearl barley (I found mine at Whole Foods in the bulk section)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (I didn't have any so I used marsala cooking wine)
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 oz)
- 1 tbs unsalted butter
- Kosher salt and pepper
It was really delicious. Rich and creamy, just like a risotto should be. And full of healthy grains and vegetables. I will definitely make this dish again.
To go in the completely opposite direction of made-from-scratch, homemade meals, we had Jell-O Instant Pudding for dessert. I bet it's been years since you've had or even thought about that powdery packaged goodness, right? Well I was in CVS the other day and squealed with excitement when I saw it's trademark package and all for the bargain price of $1.57. And nothing seems to have changed in the 20 years since I've had it! Still takes 2 cups of milk. Still have to whisk for 2 minutes. Still has to set in the fridge for at least 5 minutes (that step always killed me as a kid). Still totally delicious. And I'm sure there isn't one natural ingredient in the entire thing (besides the milk) but hey, it's a low-calorie dessert.
Until I added the chopped-up Heath Bar on top. Whoooooops.
ooooh, I'm bookmarking this recipe. Thank you. I keep meaning to watch Forks over knives but I'm just not ready...I know that I will have to make some big changes or small ones really but I need to do it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Miss your blog Briana...I've been so bad at blogs lately. But yours...I miss a lot. Hope to catch up soon! Post some pics of that cute belly...or have you??ReplyDelete
ooooh, yummy! that looks delicious!ReplyDelete
ohhhh great recipe!! thanks for posting:) glad i found your lovely blog - follow each other?ReplyDelete
That barley risotto looks delicious! I bought some barley about ago for a beef and barley stew and it's just been hanging out in my cupboard all by it's lonesome ever since - what a great way to use finish it off!ReplyDelete
Your pudding made me laugh - because I just bough tapioca pudding cups for the first time in years and years at the store last weekend. As for the Heath bar on top... I like your style! :)
I used to get a box of vanilla pudding and open it and eat it, yes, just the powder in small doses. I'd fold the paper inside back over and leave it in a drawer in my room. I'd probably go through a box in a week or so. Thus started my sugar addiction!ReplyDelete