Mint Meal 3: Greek Salad

Yummy, yummy Greek salad

Our third (but really second…) mint meal was a delicious Greek salad.  We also had potatoes and chicken (with oregano and salt and pepper) with the Greek salad.

My Greek salad dressing making skills needed some assistance, so I took to the internet for some tips.  I found the perfect and uber-delicious dressing mix on the Pioneer Woman Cooks blog.

The dressing included:

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil  Duh! Hadn’t crossed my mind before…
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar I usually use way too much vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar (more To Taste)  Didn’t think of this either
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced  A first on the garlic too…You’d think I’ve never made Greek salad before…
  • 6 whole Kalamata Olives (extra), Chopped Fine  Genius! Why hadn’t I thought of this?!
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Lemon, For Squeezing

I HIGHLY recommend the Pioneer Woman’s Greek salad.  It’s so, so good!!

PLEASE NOTE: I did not include lettuce in my Greek salad like the Pioneer Woman does, but I’m sure it’s delicious with or without the lettuce.

Mint Meal 2: Flank Steak with Thai Summer Salad

It’s the middle of winter, but there is no better time to grill a steak and enjoy a refreshing summer salad.  I found the recipe on the Whole Foods website and discovered a really great recipe database.

Flank steak and Thai summer salad

The steak marinade included:

  • Lime juice
  • Hoisin sauce (instead of fish sauce)
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Chopped shallot

The summer salad included:

  • Baby bok choy
  • Radishes
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

It was so, so good!  We paired the steak and salad with some potatoes and the whole meal was quite tasty as leftovers.  Expect this to be a regular on our menus once the weather warms up!

Week 4: Mint

Week 4: MINT

The next adventure ingredient is… MINT!  Thanks, Krissie for the suggestion!

I realized that I’m not really a fan of delicata squash (or butternut squash), so this week’s ingredient is VERY welcome!

We’ve got some great ideas for this week… Check back soon!


We had a snowstorm in Seattle this past week and it was pretty nice to stay inside and work from home the bulk of the week.

Brandon and I tried to help our plants out — they’re not used to snow — and we had a fun time grabbing huge chunks of snow and ice off of the plants and throwing them at one another.  Here I am posing with one.  The snow has almost completely melted now and the roads are certainly passable, so I will be working at work tomorrow.

Me and the snow

Delicata Squash Meal 2: Squash with Mushrooms and Quinoa

We made another squash dish — it was ugly, but it was good — and paired it with pork tenderloin.  Brandon created a unique and kind of spicy (I’m a spice wuss) rub for the pork tenderloin and I was in charge of the squash dish.

I took a recipe that looked good and then substituted ingredients that we had around the house:

  • Quinoa
  • White mushrooms
  • Dried thyme
  • Minced onion
  • Delicata squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes
  • Chicken broth

Pork tenderloin and quinoa with mushrooms and delicata squash

Delicata Squash Meal 1: Roasted Squash

For our first delicata squash meal, I cut and roasted the squash and added it on a super-sized salad.  All-in-all, pretty tasty!

Roasted squash

Preheat oven to 400F.  Wash and trim the ends, cut the squash in half and clean out the seeds.  Slice the squash in 1/2″ strips and coat with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes and VOILA! squash strips. 

Our super salads with squash

Week 3: Delicata Squash

Thank you to Molly for our ingredient of the week: Delicata squash! 

Week 3: Delicata Squash

From Wikipedia: This squash is a winter squash with distinctive longitudinal dark green stripes on a yellow or cream colored background and sweet, orange-yellow flesh. It is also known as the peanut squash, Bohemian squash, or sweet potato squash.  Although considered a winter squash, delicata squash belongs to the same species as all types of summer squash, including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.

Delicata squash is most commonly baked, but can also be microwaved, sautéed or steamed. It may be stuffed with meat or vegetable mixtures. The seeds of the squash are also eaten, usually after being toasted. This squash is not as rich in beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.

We found some great recipes to try out!  Check back soon…

Kale Meal 3: Gnocchi with Squash and Kale

This meal was really quite tasty but, unfortunately, it doesn’t photograph well.  I followed the Food Network recipe pretty closely, although I omitted about half of the butter and salt and added Jenny O’s Italian sausage-flavored ground turkey.  This particular ground turkey is one of my most favorites– If I could, I would have it everyday.  It’s also really good in a red sauce over pasta.

All in all, our adventure with kale this week was a complete success! I’m big on leafy greens and this ingredient has found a spot in our weekly rotation.  In fact, I already have a kale recipe planned for one of our non-food experiment meals next week!

Photo: Not so appetizing. Actual taste: Delicious!

Kale Meal 2: Pork Tenderloin, Kale and Orzo

For our second kale meal, we used Bobby Flay’s sauteed kale recipe— we didn’t include the  vinegar, but did add extra garlic.  (I love garlic.)  We also made a pork tenderloin recipe derived from one of our favorite restaurants, Osteria la Spiga.  The pork was cut into medallions, floured and pan-fried.  The orzo was boiled per the package instructions and finished with some butter and parsley.

The final product:

Voila! Tasty AND healthy!