Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Roast Veggie Bowl with Lemon Pesto Dressing

It’s that time of year when we are constantly surrounded by overly rich and heavy food. It’s great; I mean who doesn’t get excited for thick and creamy soups, gravy, cookies, and pies? But these are the day’s I find myself feeling the most weighed down. My body feels lethargic and slow, I’m easily bloated and grumpy. Really they only thing I have to blame is all of the rich carb loaded food that I’m likely to eat.

This year I am attempting to avoid that. Not only am I going to try really hard to follow my own advice, but I’m incorporating more light, veggie loaded healthy meals into our weekly diet. Meals like this, this or this.

I was scanning through my fridge to see what I had to make up lunch one day a few weekends ago when I remembered the early summer wonder bowl I had made what seemed like years ago (in fact it was only months). I thought it would be a good idea to make myself a winter version with roasted, and sautéed vegetables. I couldn’t have been happier with the result especially with this simple and bright dressing, because pesto.

I used the vegetables that I had on hand, leftovers from friends and family member’s gardens, but you can use whatever you have on hand, even leftovers warmed up from the night before. Just be sure to cut the hardier vegetables up small enough to roast evenly with the less hardy vegetables.

Roasted Winter Veggie Bowl (Serves 2-4)
2-3 purple potatoes, cleaned, and chopped into 3/4" cubes
1/2 a small butternut squash peeled and chopped into 3/4" cubes
1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 tbsp olive oil, separated
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
1 bunch of broccoli rabe, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the potatoes, squash and onion on a baking sheet. Drizzle with about half of the oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables in the oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the vegetables are all tender. Meanwhile drizzle the rest of the oil in a large pan and add in the garlic and broccoli rabe. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until it is tender, and vibrant green. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve warm.

Lemon Pesto Dressing (Serves 5-6)
1/2 cup prepared pesto 
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Serve immediately, or stored in an air tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Yellow Table Giveaway

I’m super excited today to announce this giveaway! I have been following Anna’s journey in writing this cook book since the beginning. I was honored to be one of her official recipe testers this summer. I even through my own Yellow Table Dinner Party! I was thrilled to see the final product when I received it a few weeks ago, it’s more beautiful than I would have imagined.


It is a beautiful book filled to the brim with gorgeous pictures, and over 110 fresh seasonal recipes. There are also suggestions for dinner party menus, wine pairing and instructions on how to use the book. This book would be a great gift for yourself or someone else this holiday season.

To enter simply follow me on bloglovin, like this post on bloglovin, twitter, instagram, and/or like Sweet Love & Ginger on facebook, then leave me a comment saying that you did each (that means you can leave a total of 5 entries or comments to win). A winner will be chosen at random next Monday.

Good Luck!

Friday, December 12, 2014

How I Spend my Me Time

Recently Jenn of Hello Brio wrote a post called How I Spend My Me Time. There after it was picked up my a few other bloggers (Chrystina and  Caitlyn), and I thought it was a pretty solid idea. I have had a lot of me time lately since you know it’s hunting season, also known as leave your significant other for a stinky cabin in the woods season. Anywho, we are here to talk about me not him so let’s get down to business.

All the questions below were provided by Jenn, and my answers are listed below.

What do you watch or read during me-time?
It changes based on what I have/have not finished on Netflix. Right now I’m watching the Tudors. I also have been known to watch bones, and random food/farming documentaries. I also have a deep love for magazines, I get quite a few each month so I spend some time flipping through those and my past collections for inspiration.

What do you wear during me-time?
Sweatpants, a t-shirt and slippers.

What are your me-time beauty products?
Ha! Me time is not about beautifying for me. If anything I like apricot scrub, and a good honey face mask. I love the way my skin feels after I put this face mask on. Instructions are below.

Avocado & Honey Face Mask
1/2 an avocado, mashed
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Spread the mixture over face and neck and let set for 15-20 minutes then rinse off. 

Current favorite nail polish?
Eek I don’t paint my toe nails myself. I usually just wait until some event happens and get them done then leave that nail polish on until it chips off itself or the next big event. I also use pedicures for personal rewards, like lasting through a 2 week cleanse or finally putting up a certain weight at the gym.

What do you eat/drink during me-time?
Tea! I think this is a given with me. Right now monks blend is my absolute favorite. I find eating during my me time kind of a pain so I usually make my own ramen or go to the standard blue box mac and cheese. Also sushi, there's a place i can get take out right down the road and it's awesome.

Current favorite candle?
Right now because it’s the Christmas season I have a vanilla chai candle and a pine candle that I have been alternating.

Do you ever have outdoor me-time?
Yes! Brody loves his weekend long walks. I always consider outdoor runs me time, and in the summer sometimes I go kayaking or read in the back yard. I also consider gardening more me time than a chore because it helps me relax.

Would you ever go see a movie alone?
Probably not. I’m not really a fan of seeing movies in the theater, I much rather prefer the cheaper rental on my own TV with whatever food I want in whatever clothes I want. Besides theaters are always cold, and not everyone appreciates it when I take my shoes off, but let’s face it I’m going to do it anyway.

Favorite online shop?
I don’t shop online much, but right now it’s Modcloth, because it’s where I got my wedding dress, and I’m pretty in love with that.

Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?
I usually spend my “me time” in the tub, or crafting. I’m a blend of introvert and extrovert so I need a lot of alone time in order to function like a normal human being. Even Chuck knows this, and has in the past pushed me into the bathroom with a glass of wine and a stack of magazines for a bath before I took his head off. 

I also want to add that the little guy abvove is usually hanging around during my me time, and by hanging around i really mean asleep on me in some way shape or form.

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