Anyway, back to our meeting. Of course we wanted to cook something while we were hanging out together. I had planned on going to the Farmer's Market to pick up our weekly fruits and veggies, so we thought we would pick up a few extra items to prepare at home.
Here are some fun shots of our shopping trip. I am in love with the beautiful colors of the oh so fresh vegetables!!!
Of course we took our prizes home in our Eat Right, American Dietetic Association bag.....Go ADA!
Our veggie sides started off with baked corn. I mixed Mrs. Dash with a little Garlic Gold, a la Kath, and brushed it all over the corn. I wrapped them with aluminum foil and baked them on a baking sheet @ 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Our second side was another Kath inspiration. We made Okra Fries! Again, I used a little Garlic Gold, salt and pepper, tossed the okra to coat, and baked the on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then broiled for about 10-15 minutes. I think the broiling really helped give them a perfect texture. It also helped dry them out so they weren't quite as slimy.
Here is what we had for lunch...
Soy BBQ sandwiches (which were surprisingly delicious, but may have caused us both a little GI distress), roasted corn, okra fries, and a little mac and cheese by Ms. Laura Milton.
Everything was wonderful!!!! Except dessert :( We had found some beautiful plantains and thought they would make a neat dessert.
I cut them in half, coated them with a little Smart Balance and Splenda Brown Sugar and grilled them. The plantains never achieved the gorgeous caramelized brown and somewhat goopy texture we were hoping for. Instead, they tasted more like yellow baked potatoes. The only "sweetness" they had was really attributed to tiny amount of brown sugar.
Since dessert was a bust, I pulled out a back up. I forgot to take a picture, but we ate a few Wacky M's cookies that I found at Central Market on Friday. They were Ginger Orange, only 77 calories for three, and ohhhh so delicious. They don't sell them all over the country yet. He is a semi-local (Dallas) baker who has just started selling his product. You should check out his site. The different flavor combos are awesome!
Well, it is off to work for me, but come back this week for a few more great recipes and a few get to know us posts. Happy Monday!