Consider me a girl on a mission. I’m setting out to eat more vegetables. Nick pretty much refuses to eat anything healthier than potatoes, and ever since we first moved in together it’s been way too easy for me to slip into a state of non-vegetable-consumption. I loved veggies as a kid and young adult and I want to inspire that same love of healthy stuff in my future kiddos. So off to flavor the amniotic fluid I go.
I set up a board on Pinterest exclusively for do-able looking veggie dishes, and my strategy is to pick two each week to cook just for me. This week I did mashed cauliflower and grilled zucchini rolls. To cut down the shopping list, I subbed the cream in the cauliflower recipe for milk and the Dubliner cheese for goat cheese (which I needed anyway for the zucchini rolls). If you’re shaking your head at me right now about the goat cheese, please rest assured that soft cheeses are fine for pregnant women as long as they’re pasteurized, which anything sold in a store is required to be (plus I double checked the label).
The cauliflower was delicious but very, very rich. I guess it was the goat cheese. And ridiculously filling. I used one smallish head of cauliflower and had to spread it out over two sittings. I hope it was enough calories because it was the only thing I ate Sunday afternoon and evening. I don’t think I could have taken another bite of food if my life depended on it. I do have to say I was impressed, though, that after cooking the cauliflower in the microwave and running it through the food processor the consistency was surprisingly close to mashed potatoes. I dare say that maybe I could have fooled Nick into eating it if he hadn’t been already hip to my jive.
I tried the zucchini rolls last night, and they were scrumptious. I just used one smallish zucchini, cooked it up on a stovetop grill pan, and smeared each slice with a thin layer of goat cheese before rolling it up. The recipe called for olives, but they’re not really my thing so I nixed ‘em. I also was sure to keep the amount of goat cheese under control because I was worried things would go the way of the cauliflower (as in very very rich). The rolls were very delicious, very easy, and paired with a bowl of tomato soup made quite a delightful dinner.
I’m already contemplating possibilities for next week…perhaps broccoli and tomatoes? Speaking of tomatoes, I’m planning to grow them again this year and I can’t wait to get started! The weather has been unseasonably warm this week and I am just itching to get outside and start digging. I’ve been talking for almost two years about building a square foot garden, maybe this will be the year that I actually do it?
I hope you each have a delightful and fun-filled weekend. I’m planning to hit up an estate sale with my friend Cassie tomorrow, maybe take the dog for a nice long walk to enjoy the nice weather, and hopefully knock out a few projects around the house. Maybe I’ll get really crazy and catch a Kardashians marathon.