Tuesday, January 8, 2013

small steps

Today is Try A New Vegetable Day at Chez Drool.

So, this morning, I got on Pinterest (uh oh! are you noticing the trend, too?) and saw some clever mom who was putting together something like 34 crockpot-ready meals and freezing them. 
What the What?
Yeah, that's what I said, too.

I read and read and then I decided that her meals were basically for a small family and that I would be 78 years old by the time I finished dicing just the zucchini for that many meals. 

So I started smaller.  I found a couple of cheap, easy, yet healthy meals and made a grocery store list.  I planned on getting ingredients for one meal and meat for three other meals. 

I have a friend, whose name may not be uttered on my blog,
because she gets sort of clumsy when folks mention her online,
and she and a friend of ours would get together on Sundays
and make a gazillion things to serve their families for the week.
I never could get that motivated.  But this morning I thought I'd give it a try.


Oh wait, sorry, I was going to talk about today's new veggie.  Well, I have never bought or cooked this veggie.  It is a root vegetable, apparently a cross between a potato and a cabbage.
It's a rutabaga.
Russian in origin.
Has all the B vitamins and most other vitamin and mineral that your body needs.
Isn't is so cute?
well, in an ugly kind of way.
It was an impulse buy when I was picking out onions.  From now until the time at which they are no longer in season I will be buying them, because, my stars, there are tons of good looking images for recipes using rutabagas.  Just do a Google search for images of them.  Oh, heck, here's what I'm talkin' about. 
Anyhoo, so I watched some youtube video of a lady named Anita who said that she preferred to cut them into chunks and steam them.  That's what I did this first time.... yummo.
So, yeah, super productive kitchen time, because at the same time that I peeled, diced, and steamed those adorable little 'rooter-baygrrs', I also browned ground beef for spaghetti sauce, for shepherd's pie, and made white chicken chili, which my friend Michele (it's my fault if you fall down the stairs since I mentioned your name) taught me how to make a couple of years ago.  Of course, I promptly forgot I knew how to after the first time I made it.  But today, Pinterest reminded me that it was tasty.  
Day 2 without Facebook:  better.  still missing catching up on my friends, but my new addiction ain't too shab.  at least i am more productive with the Pinterest crack.  still haven't signed up for an account. 

1 comment:

Perryn said...

another great way to cook these is to chop it up with an equal amount of carrots, throw both into the same pan and boil in lightly salted water until tender (10-15 mins or so). drain well and then mash together with a good sized knob of butter and fresh ground black pepper. serve as a side dish (or eat straight from the pan with a great big spoon!!!!!). super yummy!!