Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Baked Polenta with sausage and artichoke hearts

I am loving the Bachelorette this season. I was excited for Emily to be on it, but I had no idea that she would be so real! I hope she finds love this time. 
Now off to watch So You Think You Can Dance auditions! Lovin' the summer shows!

I thought this dish looked yummy and beautiful! If you like polenta, you will love this dish!

Baked Polenta with Sausage and Artichoke Hearts
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion
2.5 links Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts
salt and pepper
1 tube prepared polenta
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 400.
 Thinly slice onion, mince garlic.
 Heat oil in a pan, add onions and cook until tender, then add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. (I forgot and added the garlic to the pan with the onions, oops!)
 Add sausage to pan and crumble while cooking.
 Once sausage is cooked, remove pan from heat.
 Chop artichoke hearts, slice polenta into 1/4 inch rounds.
 Stir in artichokes and salt and pepper.

 Spray a baking pan with PAM. Layer in the pan 2 polenta rounds and a spoonful of sausage mix.

 Pour chicken broth into pan.
 Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Orange Salad

We just had our weekly Sunday breakfast (peek-a-boo eggs), and about to get ready for church. I have a day full of cleaning and grocery shopping shopping when I get home, so I am glad to enjoy my Sunday morning. I hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend. Here is a salad you could bring to your potluck BBQ or you could make my staple BBQ side dish, Cantaloupe and Tomato salad, people go crazy for it!

Scallion Orange Salad
1 1/2 orange
1/2 shallot
lettuce - I used butter lettuce
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese
Stir together juice of 1/2 orange, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Slice shallots thin, cut oranges into segments.
Mix oranges and shallots into dressing and allow it to sit and marry for about 10 minutes.
Toss lettuce with cilantro.
Toss lettuce, feta and dressing together.

Serve immediately.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

The rest of our trip!
My seester and I in Times Square
 At Rockafeller
 Fun pic! 
 Our first subway ride of the trip.
 My hubby being silly again
 and again! At least bubba and Iv look cute!
 On the bus tour.

 I loved this photo of the city.
 A fence that has tiles painted by elementary students, honoring 911
 In line to see Book of Mormon.
 This show was all it was hyped up to be! It is a little offensive in some parts, but it is by the writers of South Park, so we expected it going in. The songs were so catchy, we were singing them the rest of the trip. It is coming to LA this summer, so LA peeps, buy your tickets!!
 The set was really pretty.
 On the Highline, one of my favorite parts of the trip. 

The 911 memorial. This was a long wall of images.
 It was very moving.
 I didn't expect the fountains to be as big as they were. They are HUGE! It is a beautiful memorial, I can see why family of the victims were happy with it. It was almost eery being there, imagining that that was the spot it all happened. Jeffrey became a little obsessed with watching news articles and looking up information on 911 after we came home. I think being there made it more real for him. 
 Our boat tour took us right up to the Statue of Liberty. No lines to wait in and a great view of her!
 We also saw Rock of Ages. It was completely different from BofM, but was a blast! The music was great. They had a "80s rock concert" vibe, serving jello shots, wine coolers, and tube shots. The main actress was perfect and looked so much like Julianne Hugh. I am excited to see the movie now.
J fell in love with the theater while we were there. He said if we lived there he would be at a show every month. I love that m husband is so cultural. 
 I didn't get to spend enough time in Central Park, because we (the girls) took a detour to Zara where we waited in a dressing room line for 45 mins! We walked through quickly on our way home and I imagined myself laying out reading a book on one of the lawns for a whole day. I really wish we had a fun park nearby, this place is magical!
One of my favs with my seester! She is sooo beautiful.
 With our momma! Love you!
 My sweetheart and I in Central Park
 Bubba and Andy, besties!

Here is an easy recipe for you. A yummy and healthy snack! J loves to snack so I am always looking for new ideas to keep him full.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
2 cans garbanzo beans
3 Tbsp olive oil
kosher salt
1/2 tsp of each: coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400.
Drain and rinse beans.
Place beans on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Allow them to dry for 15 minutes.
Remove paper towels from baking sheet. Drizzle beans with olive oil. Bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and toss with seasonings and salt and pepper.
Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.