ARF/5-A-Day #11

by Cate on March 15, 2006

Ahhh, dinner tonight. Good stuff. Simple and satisfying. For my ARF/5-A-Day contributions, I made two dishes, one a tried-and-true and one new one. The tried-and-true was the always excellent, absurdly easy Melty Portobello Sandwiches – divine! Then, I also made Spicy Baked Chickpeas, a recipe I found from Spoon and Stem, They were tasty and very simple to make; only problem is I’m the only one that’s going to be eating them in this house.

Spicy Baked Chickpeas
From Spoon & Stem
non-stick cooking spray
1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place chickpeas evenly on the baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Pour into a large bowl and add salt, cayenne, garlic powder and oregano, Gently combine to coat evenly.

One quick shot of my Kitchen Monkey, and then we’re off for the round-up:

A meatloaf with a roux? Yup, Pat from Up a Creek without a PatL in New England is doing it, and you can too. Just check out her recipe for Mondo Gumbo Meatloaf, with veggies hidden inside.

Kristin from The Pearl Onion in New York joins us for the first time, sharing her Pancetta, Bean and Spinach Soup – looks divine!

Another ARF/5-A-Day newcomer, Emily from Biscuits and Blues joins in with her Buffalo Chicken Wraps.

The Chocolate Lady from New York brings us another gorgeous vegetable, the wonderful Arugula, and shares her recipe for Spaghetti with Arugula and Tomato Sauce.

Taste Corner in North Carolina serves up a completely new thing, Drumstick Sambhar with Karela Crispies:

Another newcomer, Bake My Day from The Netherlands delivers her take on Tuna.

This must be “Newcomer Week,” because I’m lucky enough to get another new visitor to ARF/5-A-Day. To the Tooth from Maryland cooks up butternut squash in my most favorite way.

Paula from The Cookbook Junkie in Pennsylvania with her veggie-laden Bayou-Style Pot Pie.

Chef Michele made some delicious-sounding Ravioli Casserole that I know Nicholas will love.

Sarah’s Steak Fajita Pockets with Avocado Salsa will make great use out of the two avocados sitting on my kitchen counter.

Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen in Utah has a dish after The Husband and Nicholas’ hearts – anything with Feta and Kalamata, and they are so there. Check out her Many Peppers Greek Salad.

Food for Thought in Illinois serves up breakfast for dinner.

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice in California with delicious-looking Chicken and Peppers.

Our resident Veggie Evangelist from Missouri gives us a two-fer this week with her Kitchen Stir-Fry and Oven-Baked Brown Rice.
Another take on rice, with pomegranates from Cooking within my Grasp.

Food, In the Main from the UK bakes up a tasty Banana-Orange Bread with Nuts.

Alysha from The Savory Notebook manages an event double-header with her Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Balsamic Sauce.

Stacey from Just Braise in New York abandons desserts this week and turns out a smashing looking breakfast with her Berry Oatmeal.

Next newcomer for tonight is Ana from Kitchen Space in North Carolina brings us a lovely Salmon with Tomatoes and Asparagus (one of my favorite vegetables!).

Lastly, Cooking Medley’s Kiwi Jam looks gorgeous; let’s welcome another ARF/5-A-Day newcomer!

Whew! That is finally the round-up. You guys totally rocked ARF/5-A-Day today, and I think this is the most diverse round-up we’ve had since I started this. Awesome, awesome job!

Hot Health Hint for Today: Did you know that Broccoli helps fight Ovarian Cancer? No? I didn’t either. It contains isothiocyanates, a plant chemical known for fighting carcinogens. Just add one cup of raw or steamed broccoli to your diet every day to get the cancer-fighting powers started. Considering Ovarian Cancer is difficult to diagnose and treat, this is very good news.

OK folks, all for tonight. Until tomorrow…

A year ago todayIndian food review and a stop for homemade ravioli.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kalyn March 15, 2006 at 4:27 am

Great job as usual. Lots of good recipes to try.


Sarah March 15, 2006 at 4:29 am

Yum Cate! Those portobella sandwiches sound great…Now I know what I am going to use the ones in my fridge for!


Cate March 15, 2006 at 4:56 am

Thanks, Kalyn! Always a fun round-up.

Sarah – I promise you’ll love them. So, so good.


BDSN March 15, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Hi Cate..

Thanks for updating my photo in here..and I love the health hint you give every week…SO many newcomers in here..GOOD FOR U!!!


sher March 15, 2006 at 4:36 pm

Oh my goodness!! It all looks so fabulous! Now I’ve starving, and my day is just starting.


Cate March 16, 2006 at 1:59 am

BDSN – glad you joined in. :)

Sher – I’m with you — several saliva-inducing photos here. ;)


PatL March 16, 2006 at 10:30 pm

Woo hoo! I feel like I’ve arrived. First entry. You made my day. :o) Thanks!

Funny you should mention broccoli. I made Chinese stir-fried broccoli the other day and took pics so I could blog it. So, that will be my entry for next week. And no, I don’t expect first place again. Once in a lifetime is good enough for me. ;o)


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