Since returning to work full-time, I’ve learned one thing for sure: Anything I can do on the weekend to help myself out during the week makes me my own best friend when workdays kick my butt. So, Sunday has become the day to cook!
Today, I made this yumminess with some of the last garden tomatoes, to be delivered to my father-in-law…
…and these belated birthday cupcakes for my very understanding husband…
(although I do admit to using this, enhanced with some applesauce and dried cranberries:)
Also in the lineup: the filling for our favorite Quesadilla Casserole, so the huz can just layer it with tortillas in a casserole dish tomorrow night and bake. What a team we make!
But my favorite creation of the day was a new Mommy and Me Recipe!
So many fall veggies, so little time…what to do? For some reason, fall makes me crave a crisp, crumb topping on everything, and apple crisps are so last week. So, why not a veggie crisp?
My handy dandy food processor made quick work of 1 butternut squash, 1 large sweet potato, 3 parsnips, 5 carrots and 1/2 large sweet onion. (Nice, even slices make for nice, even baking!)
I set aside some of each veggie to be baked for little man, and added just a little water. (Hold the onions and broth, please! At least for now…)
I poured one can of low-sodium veggie broth into the dish until it was about 1/2″ below the level of the vegetables.
The “cross your fingers and hope it’s good” topping consisted of: 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs, 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats, a Tbsp of amaranth (just because ), a light handful of chopped, fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme, and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Both dishes were baked at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, covered (or until the broth bubbled up through the crumbs and veggies were soft.)
I just love filling the house with the scents of fall, and this recipe did just that. It was easy, yet satisfying and comforting, and made use of lots of different veggies. It also made lots of beautiful puree, although the orange was INTENSE, so I added a bit of applesauce to take it down a notch. (Just sounded good to me, and baby boy seemed to agree!)
Which brings me to my Bonus Tip of the Day: When baby flings a big spoonful of pure orangetasticness onto your white carpet, try a little bit of Lulu’s in the Fluff!
Good as new! Let the workweek begin!
How do you balance home and work life? Do you do anything on your days off to help yourself out on busier days?
Does the onset of fall make you crave anything specific?