|Best. Food. Ever.|
First things first...I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day! I'm going to be honest, I had a rough Monday, it slapped me across the face a few times. I also let myself get a bit mopey on my way home from work....knowing that Brent wouldn't be home until 9:15pm-9:30pm from Fire Academy (big sad face). I kept it together though....we usually don't have a big hurrrah for Valentine's Day anyway, but we always do some sort of delicious dinner, wine...then movie/snuggle time. That's what I was missing, my man. After I let myself mope for a few minutes I decided to get off the Negative Nancy bus and realize I have a lot to be happy about. I sat there on the couch plotting...coming up with ways to make dinner great. Then it hit me, BUSTERS!!! Brent and I have a crazy obsession with BBQ food, and Busters is our favorite place. It's heaven in my mouth, that place makes me so happy, sigh.
Brent topped it off by walking through the door with a giant bouquet of flowers for me. The picture isn't that good, my apologies....I had a struggle getting a good angle since I'm not that tall, the flowers were tall...etc. We then snuggled up with a delicious dinner and a new episode of Hawaii Five-O. Success!
Now it's time to back track. On Super Bowl Sunday I went over to my sister's house. She made an amazing white bean chili. It was SO YUMMY. It was semi spicy, had some warmth, lots of flavor...I added a nice little helping of cheese, sour cream, and cilantro to top it off. We also had quite a few amazing appetizers and an apple/pear crisp for dessert! I ate like a Queen, and felt like a stuffed piglet...life was good that day! Scout was there also, (my moms dog) and he was extremely uninterested in the football game as you can tell. He had his eyes snugly shut, only to peek open if he heard you going for the snack counter. He only shows up for the food.
A few days after my Super Bowl eating extravaganza I decided to attempt making Gnocchi for the first time. I was successful, but it didn't meet my expectations. Next time I will make a white Parmesan basil sauce, that should take it up a few notches. It's good that I added in some caprese salad! That is always a best seller. If I had no no regard for my health there's a good chance I would make caprese every other day. I love mozzarella that much. I also diced up zucchini and carrots, let them saute in some evoo, now those were scrumptious! Overall dinner was delicioso...but I was bummed that I didn't make a white sauce...next time... next time.
A few days later I wanted to veggie it up. I'm not talking only veggies for dinner, I can't handle that, not with BBQ being one of my all time favorite foods. My goal was to cut out some starches/grains and replace them with veggies since we had previously eaten at the Spaghetti Factory the night before and consumed a ton of carbs....amazing, melt in your mouth carbs. As you can tell, I don't like food at all. I LOVE it.
Back to my mainly veggie plan....it went over great! I baked an acorn squash and made sure to add some brown sugar on it (sub for carbs/grains). I cut up zucchini and tossed some green beans and shallots in the pan with evoo and sauted a yummy combo. Then I made soy sauce chicken! Ta dah!