ARF/5-A-Day #14

by Cate on April 5, 2006

Hey all! Another Tuesday, which means ARF/5-A-Day is upon us, and I have quite the round-up in store for you. Before I get to it, first my own contributions.

Our main course tonight was a tried-and-true, John Zaccaro’s Penne with Vodka Sauce. This is one of my favorite penne with vodka sauce recipes. It’s very easy to make, and the sauce is nice and thick, without being overly heavy. It comes from Karen Duffy’s A Slob in the Kitchen. Good cookbook, good food, good sense of humor.

Going backwards, to start our meal, I made a new recipe, Salad Ole. Very quick to make, and chock full of veggie goodness. I really liked the dressing on this one, and will probably make it again. Not a WOW, but a good, solid salad.

Lastly, Nicholas put in a request for another batch of Strawberry Bread and, of course, I’m all too happy to make it. It’s fairly healthy, and bursting with strawberries. The batch I made on Sunday for my office and The Neighbors’ office was obliterated … poor Nicholas was waiting for leftovers. ;) Not with these guys, so now he’s got his very own and he’s a happy camper. Doesn’t this before shot look delicious? Reminds me a bit of granola.

OK, enough about me, on with our round-up. Until tomorrow…

A year ago todayjust another day.

Myriad Musings joins us for the first time with a double-header featuring her Roasted Chickpeas with Green Mango and Yellow Lentils and Szechwan Vegetables with Coconut Milk. Yum, sounds great!

Meeta from Germany’s What’s for Lunch, Honey shares her Tart Ratatouille with Warm Goat’s Cheese:

Kalyn’s Kitchen from Utah gives us a new take on cauliflower with her Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic:

Food, In the Main from the UK cooks up “giant Mediterranean bell peppers stuffed with spiced couscous, and served with oven-roasted Anya potatoes, fresh boiled green beans tossed with a little butter and salt, and lots of freshly ground black pepper.” There’s a delicious mouthful!

The Chocolate Lady in New York shares her way with Escarole, something I’ve had, but never cooked before…

Sarah from Cucina Bella in Connecticut dishes about one of my favorite vegetables, Sauteed Broccolini:

Another delicious dish comes by way of SpiceHut in California with her Spicy Mint Aloo with Half-Off Coleslaw Wrap:

Stacey from Just Braise in New York tries something new, this week contributing a main course with her Roasted Leg of Lamb w/ Mango-Mint Sauce, Moroccan Style Millet & Rum Pineapple w/ Baby Almonds. Lotsa long titles this week! :)

As a fellow devotee to Pom pomegranate juice, I can’t wait to try this smoothie from 5 Recipes a Week.

Blog Appetite from California gives us a a wonderful Paella with Meatballs and Vegetables with Avocado Sauce recipe, and the rich history behind the dish.

Another green vegetable joins the round-up this week, this time from Up a Creek without a PatL with her Brilliant Green Chinese Broccoli – yum!

Kitchenmate from Pennsylvania presents our next two-for-one deal with her Hot and Sweet – Vegetable Fried Rice & Gobi Manchurian. Vegetables aplenty here, folks!

Phew – great round-up! Thanks to all who joined in …

Salad Ole
2 cups tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
1/3 cup picante sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
handful of chopped fresh cilantro

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, zucchini, corn, green onions, and avocado.
Whisk together the picante sauce, oil, lemon juice, garlic salt, cilantro and cumin. Toss gently with the vegetables. Chill 3-4 hours, and toss before serving.

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stacey April 5, 2006 at 12:38 pm

I love vodka sauce and your salad looks so crisp and fresh… I’m itching for corn season… Everyone’s dishes look delicious!


abe/happy April 5, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Penne with vodka sauce and the strawberry bread will definitely try those recipes :-) yum yum yum !!


Kalyn April 6, 2006 at 3:07 am

Nice job as always.


Cate April 7, 2006 at 2:11 am

Stacey – you’ve got to try this vodka sauce recipe. Definitely on the top of our list.

Abe – you can’t go wrong, I promise you. :)

Kalyn – thanks!


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