I didn’t think I would like this assignment at first, but I really enjoyed it. First to answer the couple of questions. Yes – I have bought more fresh vegetables during these past few weeks than I normally do. And most definitely there are drawbacks to buying fresh produce in bulk – unless you’re going to feed an entire extended family of 20 people. The problem is that most things even though you have good intentions, spoil more quickly.
The two items that I purchased were spaghetti squash and parsnips.
The first thing I did was bake the squash.
The first meal was a breakfast. I made bacon and had spaghetti squash pancakes. The pancakes were simply squash, eggs, flour and a little butter. It actually tasted like a plain omelet – nothing inside. Here is the final.
Next I continued with the spaghetti Squash and made a Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash bake. I started with homemade pesto using the recipe from week one. Here are the rest of the ingredients.
You started with the squash on the bottom of a pan. I used a 9 x 13 pan but I think it would be better to use a 9 x 9 or a casserole dish to add height to it. On top of the squash you put a layer of half of the pasta sauce and a layer of half the ricotta cheese and egg mixture.
I browned the chicken first in a pan before adding to the pesto.
Then put half as the next layer in the pan.
The layers are then repeated and topped off with cheese.
Bake for 40 minutes and here is the final product.
But any good dinner needs a dessert so I made Spiced Parsnip muffins.
Mix all ingredients in a pan and put into muffin pan.
While baking – mix up a simple cream cheese frosting.
When muffins have cooled after baking – frost and serve.
By far – this meal was a huge success! The casserole was very good (I was hoping it would have had more of the consistency of lasagna but it is little more sloppy) but still very flavorful. And the muffins were a big hit in the neighborhood. The entire neighborhood knows that I have “homework” and are always willing to be my samplers.
I wish tonight was anywhere near as successful. Lesson learned: DO NOT TRY TO WRITE YOUR BLOG WHILE COOKING SOMETHING ON THE GRILL!
I was planning on having hamburgers along with Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary.
Mix the sliced parsnips with a little olive oil and rosemary leaves.
Bake and serve. As I mentioned, I was hoping to have burgers and fries, instead I had a sandwich. My husband was actually thrilled because he now opted for leftovers of the pesto chicken.
These were better than I thought they would be but I prefer the regular version.
All in all – only one meal failure but not in any of the recipes I made. Looking forward to next weeks assignment.