Tuesday, September 22, 2009
a meatless main dish
As a mostly non-meat-eater married to a meat-lover, sometimes it's hard to find dishes that make us both happy. Last night we had one that always does the trick: garlicky pasta with roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes with goat cheese medallions, a tried and true recipe based on this one from Cooking Light. Well, this dinner definitely qualifies as a meal, not just a side dish.
I've been in the mood for fall-ish food lately, which included pot roast--or my idea of it--last week. While I was pregnant, I decided to eat chicken once in a while for extra protein. We've continued to occasionally treat ourselves to the free-range chicken at Whole Foods ($$, but worth it to me), and so that's what I used for the 'pot roast'. The chicken plus celery, carrots, onion, and sweet potatoes all went into the crock pot. Concerned it might get dry and could use some flavor, I added about 1/2 can of vegetarian french onion soup. It was pretty good, and everything was so tender like I'd hoped, but the extra liquid really wasn't necessary. Next time, I'll just do the chicken and veggies. Is there a certain way to season pot roast? I'll have to do some more research.
I guess feeding Cora keeps me pretty hungry! I'd love to hear any fall cooking ideas you might have!