Sunday, June 14, 2009

On eating outside

We have been taking full advantage of the tables Alex and I fixed two weeks ago since we have moved. We have eaten outside nearly every night. A friend of mine fixed this amazing veggie mix on the grill and I can't get enough of it. It was so simple that I have to share it here:

Heather's BBQ veggies

2 sm zucchini
1 med red onion
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 carton mushrooms
4 Tbs butter
a dash of season salt
(she used Johnny's, I use Lawry's, both turned out great!)

Chop all in large chunks and place on a foil covered baking sheet of broiling pan (which Don left at the other house thinking it went with the stove... lets hope our new stove has one with it.) Place in the grill while you are cooking your main course (which for us was BBQ chicken breasts) and toss often. In 20 minutes or so they will all be tender and delicious.

One of the largest things I have noticed about moving is that we eat out FAR too often. In my attempts to curb that, we have bought lots of fresh foods lately. From local places or not, those fresh foods really help with the grocery bill when you don't have your own appliances in your new house yet.

Transitions into a new kitchen are hard for me. I spend most of my day in there in one way or another... so getting a whole new layout, not to mention a couple appliances that work less than well and I really have to get creative not to just jump in the car and hit the closest Taco Bell. So at first, I get really really simple. I like recipes where I don't have to 'find' everything. Brown rice with butter is a great example. I make a really large pot every couple days right now. Bowls of fresh fruit... cut and serve... what could be easier? Baked potatoes and yams in the grill or microwave (8 mins... perfect potato!). Tossed veggies along with some rice cooked in chicken stock with ginger on the grill burner with BBQ chicken. Even roast chicken in the crock pot with baked potatoes from the grill and fresh fruit salad. These have been our main staples lately... along with cold cereal and instant oatmeal for breakfast.

It makes life so much easier when we have these things on hand. My menu has gone out the window this week.... and that is totally ok with me. Sometimes, you just have to look in the fridge and wing it. ;)

1 comment

Unknown said...

I have a similar process for bbq-ing veggies. I wrap up the seasoned veggies in foil, and leave on the grill for about 20 minutes. (med heat, no flipping neccessary)So simple.
I hope you're all enjoying your new home. :)

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