It’s been a busy week here in fANNEtastic food land — finals are approaching and there’s all sorts of group work, papers, presentations, etc. to finish up before the semester ends in two weeks. Matt and I are heading up to Pittsburgh this weekend for Easter so I’m trying to get ahead of the game so I can spend the weekend relaxing!
As a result, quick and easy meals have been the name of the game this week. One of the things I love about this blog is that I get so many great suggestions from all of you! Here are some of the most recent things that I’ve learned from your comments and tried out this week
#1: Slicing Brussels sprouts in half before roasting them (advice many of you gave on my “How to Make Brussels Sprouts Delicious” epiphany post)
Delicious? Check. Easy? Double check. Destroyed my garbage disposal when I tried to put the chopped off ends down it? Fail. Apparently it doesn’t like eating Brussels sprouts as much as I do…
Thank goodness my apartment’s maintenance office is super fast and awesome. Disposal is now good as new again!
#2: Eating the stems on Swiss Chard!
Last time I wrote about Swiss chard, we had thrown away the pretty colorful stems because we thought they were bitter like kale stems. Now, thanks to all of you, I know that the stems are just as delicious as the leaves — just toss them into the pan about 5 minutes early so they have extra time to tenderize!
I sautÃ©ed the chard with some olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, and chopped mushrooms. SO GOOD! And so pretty
#3: Radishes are delicious with hummus.
Last week, I wrote about how I had purchased radishes from the farmers market for the first time, and asked if ya’ll had any tips for what to do with them. Eating them on hummus sandwiches was one of the standout suggestions!
I’ve been rocking the radishes on a wrap or pita with hummus, feta, and all sorts of other veggies. So delicious! I love the crunch.
In fact, I think a similar sandwich will be part of my packed lunch today!
What useful food-related tips have you learned lately from friends, other bloggers, or blog readers? (And on that note — did you see my guest post on Tina’s blog yesterday with my favorite foodie tips to make life healthier and easier?)
I’m off to class — have a wonderful day!
A couple announcements:
- If you’re on Twitter, please make sure you are following me and join us for our monthly #attune healthy living chat today at noon EST!
- My friend Lauren works with the UNC Nutrition in Medicine department and wanted me to let you all know that they have just launched a Personalized Online Nutrition Guidance Program (PONG)! Anyone can sign up & it’s free. All you have to do is answer some food-related questions and the program will tell you, based on your selections and food modifications, how good of a ‘fit’ your meal plan is to your individualized nutritional needs (based on current RDA values and your age, BMI, etc.). Pretty cool! Give it a look at: http://www.nim.unc.edu/nutrition/guidance.html.