Is it really weird that ending the year with my twentieth Marvelous in my Monday is really pleasing to me? It has something to do with it being an even number.
Anyway, this weekend was filled with some marvelous food, so of course I am linking up with The Healthy Diva!
I mentioned last week that we were having close family friends over Saturday night for a Christmas celebration. My parents were kind enough to hand the cooking reigns to at my request because I really wanted to try out my new cookbook!
First of all, I have to add in here that butternut squash should seriously come with a disclaimer: “I may cause you to lose your hand when you peel me.” Why are those buggers so stinking hard to peel!?
I decided to make Paltrow’s quinoa with butternut squash, green onions + parsley and chicken francese along with some roasted asparagus and carrots and a salad.
She is my idol. I personally think her dishes turned out wonderfully, and my parents agreed. The quinoa salad was fresh and comforting (yes, food can be fresh and comforting!), and the chicken crisped up perfectly. The only change I made was that I didn’t used gluten-free chicken on the flour but whole wheat instead.
I almost forgot about the appetizers! I made a hummus and veggie tray as well as this recipe for Toasted Almond Parmesan Dip and crackers. Yeah, that dip was amazing – savory, cheesy, with just a hint of sweetness from the almonds.
It was a great evening that ended in cookies! We were so tired that we forgot to get our annual picture.
Last night, we went over my mother’s friend’s house, who she grew up with and who I’ve known forever. She made a lovely dinner for all of us. On my plate I had a kale, strawberry and coconut salad, salmon, green beans, and roasted veggies.
Later I had a piece of cherry pie to cap off the night.
Have a great Monday!
Question of the Day:
Did you make anything new this weekend?