What we ate Thursdays, with Kyla


Simply Foodtastic - back by popular demand! (not really, haha).  I thought I would try regular guest food blogs on Deena's site to share with you some of the recipes/foods we have tried during the week.  I think that Deena actually put my old blog posts under the Food heading so if you are ever looking for a new recipe,  take a look at some I have tried in the past. 

I do miss blogging about food a bit and as a dietitian and fellow food lover, I like to share my trials and tribulations with food with all of you out there.  This week I am trying quite a few new recipes so I thought I would share them with you.  So far, all of them have been a great success (say that with an accent, please).

Monday Dinner

What's on the menu: Roasted brussels sprout & apple salad, ham steak & brown rice

This was a delicious meal.  The salad was absolutely tasty.  I didn't use the dressing in the recipe since I didn't have most of the ingredients but found another easy dressing online.  It went very well with the salad.

Roast Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad (from SELF magazine - SELF Special - Healthy Eating made easy - Spring 2014)

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil, divided
1 lb brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
1 apple, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 yellow onion, cut into 1-inch thick chunks
4 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup tahini
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tsp white miso
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Alterations: I used walnuts instead of hazelnuts (I didn't toast them), no blue cheese and I used this dressing below (halved):

Lemon Vinaigrette

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Juice of  1 lemon
2 tbsp sugar

Heat oven to 400.  Grease a baking sheet with 1 tsp oil.  In a bowl, combine brussels sprouts, apple, onion and remaining 1 tbsp oil; toss to coat.  Roast on baking sheet, turning once, until sprouts are brown and tender, 25 to 30 minutes.  In a bowl, whisk together tahini, vinegar, syrup, miso, red pepper and 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp water until smooth; set aside.  Heat in a large skillet over medium heat.  Toast hazelnuts 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Divide spinach, sprout mixture, hazelnuts, blue cheese and tahini dressing amount 4 plates.  Season with salt and black pepper.

Tuesday Lunch

For lunch on Tuesday, I made us some tomato soup.  I made this recipe a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it.  Especially when you make grilled cheese croutons to go in it.  The recipe was in the February Chatelaine magazine and can be found here.  I also included the recipe below. 

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

1 large onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
2 small celery stalks, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
796-mL can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 slices white bread
2 square slices cheddar cheese

2 tbsp butter

Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large saucepan over medium. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft, 4 to 5 min. Add carrots, celery, pepper, tomato paste, lime juice, sugar, salt and cayenne. Season with fresh pepper. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 min. Add broth and diced tomatoes and juices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until vegetables are tender, 20 min.
Puree in 2 batches in a blender until smooth. Return to saucepan set over low to keep warm.
Spread 2 tbsp butter on both sides of each bread slice. Heat a large frying pan over medium and lay 2 slices in pan. Top each with 1 slice of cheese, then remaining bread. Cook, flipping halfway, until cheese is melted and bread is golden, 4 min. Remove from pan and let cool slightly. Cut into 1/2-in. cubes.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with grilled cheese croutons.

Tuesday Dinner

Spinach Lasagna with Lentils

With some advice from my friend, Autumn, I made up a quick spinach and lentil lasagna. I adapted it from this recipe:

Spinach Lasagna

2 tbsp olive oil
6 large onions (2 white, 2 red, 2 yellow), halved and thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups low fat chicken or vegetable stock, divided
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
9 whole-wheat lasagna nodes
2 packages (9 oz) frozen spinach
1 tbsp salted butter
1 tbsp flour
1 egg
2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1 cup grate Parmesan, divided

  1. Directions:
    Heat oven to 375°. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic; toss to coat. Add 1 cup stock; cover and reduce heat; simmer until onions are soft, 20 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Add scallions, oregano, salt and pepper to onion mixture; increase heat to medium and cook, stirring, until liquid evaporates, 20 minutes. Cook noodles as directed on package; drain and blot dry. Cook spinach as directed on package; drain, squeeze dry, and season with salt and pepper. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour; stir until roux is brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup stock to reserved liquid; whisk into roux until thick, 5 minutes. In a bowl, beat egg; stir in ricotta and zest. Coat a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray; spread half of stock-roux mixture on bottom. Line pan with 3 noodles; layer on half of onion and ricotta mixtures, half of spinach and ⅓ cup Parmesan. Repeat layer with 3 noodles, remaining onion and ricotta mixtures and spinach, and ⅓ cup Parmesan. Top with remaining 3 noodles, half of stock-roux mixture and ⅓ cup grated Parmesan. Cover with foil; bake until light brown, 50 minutes. Reduce heat to 325°; remove foil and bake 15 minutes more. Let lasagna sit 15 minutes; serve.

I originally planned to make the above recipe but when Autumn suggested adding lentils, I pretty much made a totally different recipe.  I sautéed 1 onion and a couple of garlic cloves, added the lentils (canned - drained & rinsed), pasta sauce and some spices.  I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta, since that is what I had on-hand.  I mixed the cottage cheese, egg, parmesan and pepper together.  I layered the noodles, sauce, cottage cheese mixture and spinach and topped it all off with mozzarella. Quite tasty!  The girls devoured the lasagna, so that was a good sign. 

Wednesday Dinner

I was so excited to try this pizza for supper.  I have been eyeing it up for sometime and tonight was the night to give it a go.  The pizza turned out delicious.  It was a nice change to what I normally make.  My daughter was stealing all of the kale while I made the pizza so I guess I will be adding more kale to our menu.  

Sweet Potato & Kale Pizza

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (21 oz) prepared whole-wheat pizza dough
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts

  1. Alterations:
    I used feta cheese instead of the goat cheese and made my own pizza crust.  I also added some mushrooms to the pizza. 

    Heat oven to 425°. Boil a large pot of water. Cook potato in water until fork-tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and let cool 5 minutes. In a food processor, pulse potato, 1 tbsp oil, red pepper and a pinch of salt until sauce is smooth. Roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick. Spread potato sauce evenly over dough. Toss kale in remaining 1/2 tbsp oil; top pizza with goat cheese, kale and Parmesan. Bake until crust is golden, 10 to 15 minutes, sprinkling on walnuts in final 2 minutes.


I hope you give some of the recipes a try!

- Kyla

1 comment

  1. I did enjoy your year of blogging and several of the recipes you shared have made it in to our regular rotation. Keep them coming!


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