Thursday, December 10, 2009

One Whole Week!

Sorry guys, I kept thinking I'd have a post for you, but alas, nothing. Today I realized it'd been a whole week!

I haven't been in the mood to cook much and what I have been in the mood to cook I've already blogged about! Repeat posts aren't very interesting, now are they?

In the past week we've had some take-out meals (don't judge!), plus these favorites:

Maybe it's the shorter days or the negative temperatures, but I just haven't felt up to cooking much. I twittered about it and Laura (I won her giveaway by the way!) suggested getting a new cookbook or ingredient. I've looked through my cooking magazines and went grocery shopping, which was a start!

In a few weeks my parents will be visiting for Christmas and I can guarantee there'll be an overload of foodie goodies to share with you. I've already started filling my freezer with a few awesome meat deals and know that my parents are packing a cooler of food to bring, too!

In the meantime, here's a quasi-recipe! Remember I told you that I don't really like white potatoes? Well, *whispers* I like the white potatoes in the can. Growing up my mom would put them around the meatloaf and sprinkle on some garlic powder. They'd bake alongside and the outsides would get a little crunchy, while the insides stayed soft and tender. But not gross, dried-out tender like a baked potato - a good tender - a moist tender.

1 29 oz. can of New Potatoes
olive oil
garlic and/or onion powder
black pepper

Drizzle the olive oil over the new potatoes and coat with a light sprinkling of garlic or onion powder and black pepper. Any larger ones can be cut in halves or thirds for uniform size.

Place in the oven alongside a baking dinner, or for about 20 minutes in a 400° oven. Potatoes should be warmed through and some look a little tanned on the outside.

I also reviewed (not officially or anything, I just had a coupon!) Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips. Remember I tried to make my own, back in January? Well, turns out buying them is much easier!

The ingredient list was pretty cool - taro, yuca, sweet potato, ruby root vegetable (veggies "kissed" with beet juice), batata, and parsnip. I absolutely loved that they gave a description of what each chip looked like. It's like that handy little map inside the lid of chocolates to let you know what you're eating!

Verdict!? I really, really liked them. In fact, there's only about 1/3 of the bag left after 3 days! My least favorite of all of them were the parsnips. Their texture was very smooth, which seemed to cling to a lot of salt. My favorite were the taro chips, which were really "meaty" and had a hearty flavor I liked. Each of the flavors were a lot bolder than a regular potato chip and you really felt like you were eating a bunch of different vegetable chips, rather than a crunchy vehicle for salt.

However - each time I ate these chips, the reason I stopped was because my lips were having that "too much salt" pruning up feeling. Out of a 10, I'd give them an 8, but if they offered a lightly salted version I'd give them a 9! Not too bad, although a little pricey. I'd recommend them if you want a healthier alternative for a munchie snack, or if you happen to find a coupon!


Laura said...

oh I love Terra chips but the sweet potato ones were not so good :( and too salty

Nowheymama said...

We love Terra chips. Except for the price. :/

Christo Gonzales said...

I would love to taste some of that sausage!

sophia said...

Homemade sausage?! What?!!
And those are damn cute potatoes...Are those with the skins on?

Missed you Christina! Now get back to business and be a good food blogger! ;-p

Elnast said...

Love you blog:)

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

My parents used to always get those veggie chips and I would eat them forgetting what they tasted like and then only ate them because I wanted chips! That was back before I loved veggies though. Now I would gobble those down so fast. Funny how our tastes change over time.

You can definitely be my sis next year :) You can remind me not to go overboard too...except for the sushi. I could eat sushi all day long.

Anonymous said...

I love canned potatoes! Not only are they cheap, but I love that they are fully cooked - perfect way to add to a frittata!

And I can't have those chips in my house - they are like crack! :D

The Diva on a Diet said...

I've been kind of in the same boat lately ... due to the business of the season, we are eat a lot of leftovers or quickie meals about which I've already blogged. One of the downfalls of being a food blogger I suppose ... its hard to cook something new and worthy every single night! LOL

jeanie said...

OMG homemade sausages! i {heart} home made sausages! (: