I am hosting book club at my place tomorrow night, so I am getting a start on all of the recipes that I want to serve. We are going to have a Mediterranean theme. The oven roasted garlic and shallots go into a Cannelini Bean Spread that was highlighted in a recent newsletter from my favorite plant based doctor, Dr. McDougall. It has fresh rosemary, roasted shallot & garlic, and should be deee-lish! I will also be serving homemade Hummus, Tzatziki Sauce, and Whole Wheat Pita Bread from Protective Diet. I will have some brown rice and fresh spinach out for making a hearty pita sandwich for those who want to make a meal out of it (that would be me for sure). Throw in a bit of wine and some discussion of Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. and we have ourselves a great night for the ladies.
I am also making some homemade Onion & Chive Cream Cheeze from Protective Diet and Carrot Cake Bars from fatfreevegan.com to have on hand for breakfasts during the week. I find a great time saving tip is to choose fairly simple recipes that you start to make over and over again, so you know you and your family like the taste and you can start having those ingredients on hand. Then, when you have a block of time, possibly on a weekend, you do some batch cooking to fill up the fridge and eventually the freezer as well so you always have your healthy foods on hand. Foods that will help you reach your optimal weight and reverse a whole host of diseases that stem from the unhealthy Standard American Diet (SAD).
One last note on that Pampered Chef Garlic Baker - that thing is amazing!!! I had a small amount of broth on the bottom with the garlic and shallots, then baked at 400 degrees for over an hour. It came out of the oven with the whole bottom of the pan really blackened with caked on roast garlic & shallot goo. I thought I may have ruined the pan on the first try with not enough liquid. But, no....it has such a good glaze that it cleaned up in about 2 minutes with a nylon dish scrubby and a little elbow grease. Just like new. Great addition to my kitchen.