Steamed Green Beans with a Garlic Champagne Vinaigrette and Broiled Goat Cheese

Steamed Green Beans with a Garlic Champagne Vinaigrette and Broiled Goat Cheese

This dish looks like a side dish, I know.  But I ate it for lunch.  It won’t hurt my feelings, though, if you use it as a side dish, I promise. In fact, if you do, be sure to let me know what you decided to serve it with.

I mentioned in an earlier post about how challenging it can be for me to figure out what to take to work for lunch.  I can’t have sandwiches because I can’t eat wheat and I just haven’t found any gluten-free bread worth the substitution.  It just seems to be missing something.  Probably gluten.  I also don’t have access to a microwave or toaster oven or anything else I can use to heat up my food.  So I need lunch items that I can eat either cold or room temperature.  This little green bean salad fits the bill perfectly.  There’s no doubt that with the broiled goat cheese it’d be delicious warm.  And I confess to sneaking a bite just after it was finished.  There’s definitely no doubt.

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Rainbow Quinoa with Leeks, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Quinoa is one of those foods that makes last-minute, thrown-together, dinners feel like culinary haute couture.  It’s ready in less than 3o minutes and, like rice and pasta, has lots of options.

Last night was a night that called for something quick and easy.  Work was exhausting and traffic was excruciating (2 hours on the 405…too bad I’m not drinking anymore).  Looking around I gathered a leek that had definitely seen better days, some sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil and a cup of rainbow quinoa.  Since the sun-dried tomatoes also came with great herbs I was even more ahead of the game.

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DePuy Lentils with Sauteed Kumquats and Purple Onion

I have been doing a LOT of cooking lately.  Most of it is inspired experimentation in an effort to satisfy both my new dietary “rules” and my cravings.  I’m on such a learning curve that I’ve been hesitant to post the results of my labor lest they seem as far out and hastily put together to you as they sometimes seem to me.  And yet I realize that this process is exactly what I need to sharing.

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