Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vegetarian Dinner

The other night it was time to make dinner and so I walked into the pantry and quickly realized that I didn't have a whole lot on hand... Hmmm.... For most of my recipes, there were several items missing so I decided to just kinda do my own thing and hope it turned out ok. I went to the fridge and grabbed ingredients I knew I needed to use before they went bad and before I knew it I had a strange cooking menagerie on the counter. I've never been one to follow recipes exactly in the first place, I always change a measurement here and there and take out things I don't like or add things I do like. So, I figured I'd just take that up a notch and make my own "recipe".

I always have pasta on hand so I started the ball rolling by boiling some water for the pasta and then chopping up some veggies.

At first I wasn't quite sure what I was doing, but it came together.

I chopped up the tomatoes and then placed them on one side of a cookie sheet. I drizzled them with olive oil and then put a little salt, pepper and basil on them. On the other side I put some broccoli that I had steamed and then drizzled that with olive oil too. On top I added pepper and basil and then I squeezed lemon juice over all the broccoli and added the lemon slices on top. I put this cookie sheet in the oven for about 12 minutes.

I had this pan heating and then put in some spinach. I cooked the spinach for a few minutes and then took it off the heat.

When the veggies came out of the oven I put some parmesan on top of the broccoli.

For the pasta, I put some pesto on top and then added the spinach and tomatoes. I thought everything came out pretty well for just playing in the kitchen!


Susan said...
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Susan said...

I love your impromptu dinner, it looks great. I'm laughing at the ammount of force you're using to cut that cake though. I don't ever remember eating the top layer of our cake. Traditionally, you're supposed to have it on your one year anniversary, but I wouldn't eat a one year old cake which is probably why I don't remember eating ours.