Dress Up Your Vegetables
I enjoy fashions and accessories, even if I can't afford much of either these days. And having worked in design for 10 years certainly helped shape how I view a plate. Your food doesn't have to look like this, but it sure is fun to try. Plating food and taking photos of it is my own little art project after the cooking is done, so it doesn't mean you need to do the same. I just want YOU to get in the kitchen. What I want you to take away is how I got to the photo. The process. To know that having a few simple items in the home can help you take a side from snoring and boring to beautiful and bright. That a tray of roasted veggies and leftovers can save your weeknight or lunches. It's building a habit. And making the time to grocery shop and cook 1 meal or tray of vegetables will never be disappointing.
With the holiday's around the corner, you deserve to eat well and having some staples in the house helps make eating well as possibility every night of the week.
My advice, again, keep it simple.
A few of my top staples to make meals on the fly and make 'em pop with flavor!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Dried Currants or Pomegranates if in season
- A piece of cheese, often times the only one you'll find in the bottom drawer of my fridge is a salty pecorino
- Jars of grains
- Jars of nuts
- Fresh greens
- Sweet potatoes
A simple slab of leftover roasted cabbage is made pretty with a drizzle of olive oil, vinegar, speckled with pomegranates and finished with pecorino. Once you can roast a veggie, dressing it up is fun. What's here ain't nothing but some leftover cabbage that I can pair with grains, fish, meat or tofu and having a few staples in the home allows me to add flavor pops throughout the week.
More to come on pantry stocking workshops and tips to get you through weeknight meals as well as the power a pretty plate has on your appetite.