Some of my favorite recipes are the ones I don’t have to get anything special for. In my resolution to cook at least once recipe from the several dozen cookbooks scattered around my apartment and goal to cook something healthy at least once a week, I stumbled upon my Cooking Light: Cooking Through the Seasons. (but of course, I would own their seasonal cookbook). Leeks are one of my favorite vegetables, so as long as they’re in season, I generally have a few on hand. I had a pork loin in the freezer and everything else was basic pantry items. What I also loved was that technically this is a one pot meal. With the leeks, you don’t really need another side, though I chose to go with some balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts anyway.
It’s Monday, January 7 and that means the official kick off of New Years Resolution diets all over the world. Or at least for me. Why start now, and not January 1? Well, usually New Year’s day is still full of unhealthy eating. Plus you have to get back to work…anxiety…yada, yada, yada. Plus New Year’s Day was a Tuesday. EVERYBODY knows you start a diet on Monday. Why? I have absolutely no idea. It’s just the way things are, from the beginning of time. If nothing else, it gives you a few more days to pig out on those leftovers, right?
As I think I mentioned in my menu post, I’m a huge fan of cooking big meals that require little effort. Braises, things in the crockpot, roasts–they’re all amazing because they’re set it and forget it items! Wow, I sound like an infomercial… But seriously, why would you ever want to do something like pan fry fish fillets for 8 while your guests are in the other room. You should be with them, socializing, enjoy a glass of wine and having fun–not hovering over the stove.
What do you do with extra tomatoes and basil? Make Bruschetta of course! Then it only becomes a matter of how you’re going to finish off all that Bruschetta…