Category Archives: Grains

Shrimp and broccoli over polenta. 1/30/23

John set up the polenta for me to stir as he got the shrimp ready to be cooked. We buy frozen 21-25 shrimp with tail-on so he removes the tail for ease of eating. As the polenta thickened and I … Continue reading

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Chilean sea bass, farro mix, broccoli. 1/2/23

I am starting off the new year with one of the best “diet” dinners in our repertoire, Chilean sea bass with delicious sides. John roasted the sea bass in a 400F oven for 13 minutes. It was flavored with olive … Continue reading

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Polenta with meatballs and tomato sauce, vegetables. 12/30/22

In an effort to make room in the refrigerator we decided to have a leftover dinner rather than the fish we had intended. We will eat the fish tomorrow for lunch. This is an amalgam of the polenta we had … Continue reading

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Sheet pan eggplant, sprouts, and tomato over farro. 12/29/22

Getting all the vegetables done at the same time was the most difficult part of this dish. I started the eggplant first and put the sprouts and the tomato in the oven after 15 minutes. Then I cooked it for … Continue reading

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Creamy polenta with shrimp and broccoli. 12/1/22

Tonight John took the lead on dinner making both the creamy polenta and the shrimp. I was relegated to broccoli duty. John makes his creamy polenta with a ratio of 1:5.5 or in this case 1/2 cup polenta to 5 … Continue reading

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Farro bowl with sheet pan eggplant and Brussels sprouts. 11/19/22

This dish started out as a quinoa bowl with tahini sauce that I saw on the NYTimes cooking site. John is not a fan of quinoa so I changed the grain to farro. I did not want all the calories … Continue reading

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Creamy polenta with black beans, avocado, and radish. 10/12/22

When John makes polenta he starts with 1/2 cup polenta and just under 3 cups of salted water, two bay leaves, and two cloves of garlic. He cooks it, stirring, for 15 minutes. After discarding the bay leaves he stirs … Continue reading

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Autumn soup, hummus, and tabbouleh 9/30/22

Tonight we dressed up our leftover Autumn soup with a strip of bacon each. I made a double batch last week which makes about 10-12 servings. The recipe below is the full fat version. I use about 1/4 of the … Continue reading

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Hummus and tabbouleh with pita 9/8/22

Thursday night’s dinner was another extreme hot weather enterprise. This no-cook dinner featured hummus bought from the local grocery store, whole grain pita, radishes, feta, pepperoncini, and tabbouleh which I made myself. My recipe is one that I adapted from … Continue reading

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Chicken with rice mix and broccoli 6/6/22

At our house we call this either Classic Chicken or Chicken Monday. When the kids were little I tended to make the same sort of dish on certain days of the week. Monday was always chicken. In fact it became … Continue reading

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