Roasting My Monday Away

As some of you may know, I’m going on vacation very soon, so I need to clear out the fridge. I have a habit of eating the same foods over and over, yet buying new veggies whenever I make a grocery run. Since I go every two weeks, I usually eat all of convenient stuff first and then realize I have fresh veggies rotting away in my refrigerator. Well not this time!

As soon as I got home from the store, I sat down with my receipt and started researching recipes. I found this Zucchini and Spinach Gratin on Simply Recipes and knew I had to make it ASAP. Not only did it look amazing, but required very little ingredients, which is always a bonus for me.

I decided to split this recipe in half so I wouldn't have too much food.

After I finished the zucchini dish, I still had close to 3/4 of the zucchini left. (This is another one of the giants from my neighbor back home.) I cut the remaining half into chunks and roasted them with Parmesan cheese and garlic. Of course I had to have something to go with this dish as well, so I went with some roasted broccoli.

For those of you with kids who despise all things green, roasting virtually any veggie with a little cheese is a sure-fired way to get them to eat up.

Finally, the roasting ended with some delicious almonds. This is probably Alex’s favorite snack I make and it takes less than eight minutes! We’ve tried the pre-roasted almonds from just about any nut company you can imagine and we always find that freshly roasted, plain almonds take the cake.

The smell this snack gives your home is unbelievable.

Joking, obviously.

After the roasting was finished, I sat down to enjoy the last hour of the reality show Bachelor Pad. Sometimes I just need a little trashy television to pick up my Monday. Of course my beautiful cat Karen didn’t find as much pleasure in the show as I did.

I'm so done with Vienna.

Well, sorry this entry is such a bust, but I promise I’ll have something better tomorrow. Here is a hint: Salad. You’re hooked, right?

Healthy Choice of the Day: At the Olive Garden, I opted for salmon instead of ravioli.

Unhealthy Choice of the Day: I skipped my workout to come home and cook.