My kitchen smells like I just cooked dinner; steamed vegetables took over and it is nothing of the usual sweet breakfast aroma.
We’re heading to a concert tonight, so no cooking will be happening later. I failed to plan that into the menu for the week – obviously there are some kinks to work out with this! Rather than wasting a few vegetables that definitely needed their time to come today, I put on my apron (not really) and got to cooking first thing this morning.
On their final breath: raw kale & cauliflower.
Strategy for revival: steam ‘em up!
I tore the kale leaves into smaller chunks, and cut up the 1/2 cauliflower head into small bunches. They were steamed individually – cauliflower for ~10 minutes, kale for ~8 (I didn’t watch the clock too closely; check them regularly so you don’t overcook).
This is what I call a “gourmet” lunch – you’re entitled to your own opinion of the word, but if I’m cooking before 9 a.m., it’s a unique occasion.
Steamed Vegetable Pasta & Parmesan Salad
~1 cup steamed kale
~3/4 cup steamed cauliflower
~1/4 cup sliced red peppers
1 serving Tempeh, cut into bite-sized cubes
~3/4 cup pasta, cooked
Grated parmesan*, s/p to taste
Drizzle of dressing – your choice (I used Annie’s Tuscan Italian)
*I grab this from the Whole Foods deli, it’s freshly grated with a few remaining parmesan chunks – much more flavorful than the carton.
I’ll be happily munching on this, vs spending the $6 at the deli near the office!
What’s the latest lunch creation you’ve come up with?