two skinny jenkins


090420 – fantastic salad
090420, 10:30 pm
Filed under: DINNER, LUNCH | Tags: , ,

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this was such a treat.  this salad was like candy!  i have read somewhere that eating avocado with other foods helps your nutrient absorption.  i wish i had allowed a good hour and fifteen to prepare all the ingredients (mainly the beets), because i was pressed and had to cut corners (turned up the oven).

  • 3 medium beets, peeled and cut into 6-8 wedges
  • 3 T minced onion
  • 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 C (or so) dried cranberries
  • 1/3 C feta cheese
  • romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 C walnuts
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1 T canola oil

BEETS:

  1. preheat oven to 425°
  2. to make dressing, mix together balsamic vinegar, evoo, and onion in medium sized bowl.  toss beets in dressing and let marinate while the oven heats up.
  3. bake beets for 25 min, then flip and bake another 20 min, or until soft through.

CANDIED WALNUTS:

  1. heat canola oil and brown sugar (and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper) in medium saucepan with walnuts.  keep stirring as the sugar caramelizes and begins to coat the nuts (about 5 minutes).
  2. when the sugar is fully caramelized, remove from heat and pour the nuts onto a piece of parchment or a plate to cool.  THEY LOOK NICE, BUT ARE VERY HOT AND WILL BURN YOU.  i found this out the hard way…


    090420 – mac n’ cheese
    090420, 10:17 pm
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    this is secret family recipe material.  it is  SOOO good!  it is one of joe’s recipes and this is the first time i have made it.  unlike boxed mac n’ cheese, it actually tastes good the next day!  I used some nice sharp Cabot cheese (we usually buy store brand but it was on super sale) and i think that added a lot to it.  Next time i might use a tad more Worcestershire sauce.

    • 2 C elbow macaroni
    • 2 C skim milk
    • 2 T corn starch
    • 6-8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 2 1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
    • S+P to taste
    1. cook macaroni in pot of boiling water 1 min less than indicated, then preheat oven to 350°
    2. in a small saucepan, whisk together milk and corn starch, turn to medium heat and continually whisk until it begins to bubble
    3. take milk off the heat, stir in cheese, Worcestershire, and s+p.
    4. mix together pasta and sauce in baking dish and cook for 12-15 min in preheated oven.



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