Baking squash and adding grains

In a quest to try new things for this month’s Monthly Challenge I grabbed an acorn squash at the grocery recently.

I wasn’t sure what to do with it. So I went online to find some recipes. I would have made a soup. But I didn’t have the other right ingredients or enough squash.

First I baked the acorn squash for about 30 minutes in the oven.

This site had many options to choose from with recipes. I went with a variation of No. 2.

I had a little couscous. It wasn’t quite enough for a filling filling so I added a little brown rice.

The couscous was a frozen variety from Trader Joe’s, which included some squash and seasonings. I added seasonings to the brown rice and mixed the two grains together.

It was delicious, healthy, filling and different. I liked it.

I used the other half one day for lunch and just had it as a side vegetable along with my zucchini “pasta” and brown rice.

In my research I found an article, which talks about 10 other healthy grains beyond brown rice, such as barley, couscous and quinoa, just to name a few.

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Brussels sprouts

So I cooked Brussels sprouts for the first time tonight.

I love that I can just look online for ways to cook things. I, of course, refused to follow any instructions which referred to the veggie as Brussel sprouts–as that in incorrect. It is plural!

Anyway, I am having my Brussels Sprouts and brown rice right now as I type this. I added a little olive oil with some Kickin’ Chicken seasoning and salt and ground pepper. Not bad.

I am not too picky when it comes to veggies. There are few I won’t eat or won’t try. I think this may be the first time I am having Brussels Sprouts.

Today for lunch my work team went out to celebrate the newest permanent member of our team. I looked at the menu ahead of time to get some ideas. But Skates always has specials–usually different kinds of fish, which is what I figured I would have. I had water to drink; a taste of a few appetizers; I ordered grilled rainbow trout with no oil, which came with fingerling potatoes in a little olive oil and a tomato/olive mix; for dessert I had a non-fat cappuccino and sorbet; … Continue reading

Why the Bloody Mary is so great …

A Bloody Mary tastes great, right?

For those of you who don’t like tomatoes or tomato juice, don’t answer. 🙂

OK, so a Bloody Mary tastes good, it is an adult alcoholic beverage and you also get a vegetable in. I mean, how can it get any better than that?

Bloody Mary from McNally’s bar in Rockridge

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