Happy Labor Day! How nice would life be if we had three-day weekends every week! Amazing. And I actually only have to work two days this week, and then I will be in DC for the second part of the work week (which is still for work, but still hopefully get to do a little touring.)
I spent a good four hours cleaning my house today. Phew, it sure needed it. We’re talking deep cleaning – scrubbing kitchen cabinets, beneath the oven knobs, etc. Serious biznass. I don’t know what it is, but I feel calmer and more relaxed when my house is clean. 🙂 And now, it is rather pristine.
Grilling is basically mandatory on Labor Day, so that is exactly what we did. This meal was all about balance, and these veggies represent the lighter half of our dinner fare.
While I was inside preparing the veggies to be roasted, Tom was outside grilling these T-bone and porterhouse steaks. The grill master seasoned them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Roasting veggies is my new favorite way to prepare them! Not only is it pretty much the easiest method for cooking veggies (toss ’em on a pan, and stick ’em in the oven), it’s also just about the tastiest. I love the little crisp, carmelized bits that are created during oven-roasting. I was hoping to create one sweet (carrots) and one salty (green beans) veggie dish for dinner. To prepare the carrots, I mixed half of a 1 lb. bag of baby carrots with the following:
- 2 tsp. EVOO
- 4 tsp. maple syrup (full disclosure – I don’t have pure maple syrup, so this was just good ol’ Aunt Jemima’s)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- several grinds of fresh black pepper
The green beans were prepared with the following ingredients (adapted from a recipe in Healthy Cooking magazine, June/July ’10):
- 1 lb trimmed green beans
- 1 sliced red bell pepper
- 1 T. rice vinegar
- 1 T. sesame oil
- 1 T. soy sauce (reduced-sodium)
- black pepper
All that I did was toss the veggies with each of their respective set of seasonings, threw them on a baking sheet lined with cooking spray-covered aluminum foil, and popped ’em in a 425 F oven for about 20-25 minutes. So simple! This picture was taken about 10 minutes into the cooking cycle, when I briefly removed them from the oven and gave them a stir.
And here is our balanced meal! A generous portion of steak with two veggie sides. Super delicious!
♪♫ Currently listening to: Jenny Was A Friend of Mine – The Killers.