Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quick Pics

Hi lovely readers! I'm testing out a new type of post--one where I simply post pictures of what I've been eating recently. I don't always cook such marvelous meals as what I post on here; in fact, that only happens a couple of times a week. And the really fancy ones are only when I have guests...or too much time on a Sunday. So I'm going to start posting pictures of the simple things I've been eating with a short blurb about how to make them.

NY Strip Steak
Dont worry, I didn't eat it raw! This is the before. I cooked it on the stove top on high to give the outside a nice crust (after putting salt and pepper on from grinders). I then finished it in the oven at 350F. I like mine rare, so it only takes about 10. After 10 minutes...

Ta da!
I served my steak with mashed potatoes (not going to lie, they're the kind that comes refrigerated in the grocery store) and roasted asparagus. It took the asparagus longer to cook than the steak!

Summer tomato salad
This week I was having a serious summer craving as the temperatures in New York reached 65F! (who says global warming isnt happening?) So I made one of our staples from down the shore, a tomato salad. All you do is slice a tomato, cut up a red onion, add some olive oil and balsamic and mix! You can also add mozzarella or avocado, but I wanted a light app for my meal.

Pesto salmon
Last week I made pesto (which I'll be doing a post on when I have time since it's my FAVORITE thing to make) and have since put it on everything. Seriously. One night I decided to slather some on top of a piece of salmon and bake it in the oven. It took only about 20 minutes to have a delicious dinner!

Thoughts on quick pics? Do we like? Do we think it's a waste?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Salsa

This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing my cousins, who have lived in North Carolina for FOREVER but are looking at houses 30-45 minutes away from my parents!

I was home for the weekend for my brother's birthday. We went to the always fabulous Philadelphia french bistro Parc. My mom then requested that I cook dinner for my parents and cousins, as a home cooked meal when you're staying in a hotel is always nice. Since I go out to eat every chance I get, I'm not positive how true that statement is, but her second one "just think, you can do something fancy and blog about it" really caught my attention. Way to know how to work me mom...

We went to a farmer's market near my parents, which has the best Amish meat stand. The pork tenderloin looked especially delicious, so we picked up a few of those and I decided to pair that with fruit salsa. It was absolutely delicious and, if I do say so myself, perfect for family as everything could be done ahead of time and it looked very classy!

Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Fruit Salsa


Pork tenderloins (we used 3 and had leftovers)
Fresh fruit, including strawberries, watermelon, canteloupe, pineapple and kiwiCilantro
Marinade--I used this one
Salt and pepper


1. Marinate your pork...obviously! Try to choose a marinade with some acid, specifically citrus, to it makes your meat nice and tender. I marinated our tenderloins for about an hour and a half.

2. Next, make your fruit salsa--it's very VERY simple. All you do is mince all of your fruit, chop a bit of cilantro, and mix it all together. Make sure to do this ahead of time, so the juice of the fruit has time to really collect. It's absolutely delicious, especially if you serve the pork with rice like I did.

3. Cook your pork! If it was summer, we absolutely would have grilled our tenderloins but, since it was periodically snowing throughout the day, I thought it would be harsh to do that to my dad (that's love right there). Instead, I cooked it in the oven. I set the temperature to 450F when it was heating up, and lowered to 375F to cook. It took about 30 minutes to cook--if you can't tell when your meat is cooked using the poke trick with your finger, use a meat thermometer. The meat should reach an internal temp around 140F. Or you can always cut the meat to see if it is cooked through. Since this pork will be sliced, no one will notice!

4. Make your sides! I did jasmati rice (seriously, its my fave!) and haricots verts.

5. When the pork is done, slice and serve on a platter with the fruit salsa in the middle, as seen above! It looks gorgeous and no one will know how easy it was! I got tons of compliments from my cousins and I'm sure you'll get high praise from your family and guest as well.

Final plate...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sole Rolls with Spinach and Lemon

Lately, I've been working on expanding my fish recipes list. For years, I would eat fish four days a week...and by fish, I mean salmon. I bought about eight different kinds of marinades (my favorites being whole foods brand and Lawry's), would buy a piece of salmon (4-6 oz., center-cut please), marinate it for 30 minutes, stick it the oven and eat. Generally with broccoli and asparagus. Asparagus done in the oven on the same pan as the salmon, broccoli steamed in the microwave.

Do you know how boring eating marinated salmon, broccoli and asparagus every day is? I used to consider it exciting when I added couscous or rice pilaf. Thrilling, right?

So I've decided to expand my horizons. And where else to turn beside my beloved Martha Stewart? Her website offers numerous seafood recipes (made her mussels mueniere recipe on Wednesday, but my camera is on the fritz so I have no pictures--this recipe was photographed using my iPhone, so apologies if they're not up to snuff) and I decided to alter this one that looked delish.

Sole Rolls with Spinach and Lemon


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 shallot, minced
3/4 pound spinach, stems removed
1 large lemon, washed
4 fillets (4 ounces each) sole (I used gray sole, which is one of my faves and way more affordable than Dover)
1/4 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400F. 

2. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced shallot, constantly stirring--it's just as easy to burn shallot as garlic, so keep an eye on it. When the shallot is cooked, add the spinach, salt and pepper. Toss the spinach constantly and cook until bright green and not completely wilted - it will cook more later. Transfer to a colander and squeeze the liquid out; chop and squeeze some more. As this is a roll, you don't want the spinach to be soaked or the fish will be gross.

3. Lay fish flat on your work surface; place one part of the spinach and roll, enclosing the spinach within the fish. Cover a pan with sides (a gratin dish, if you want to get fancy) with tin foil. Place the fish rolls on and top with lemon slices. Pour wine and a little bit of olive oil on top. Then place a second piece of foil on top, so that the fish steams. Bake until fish is opaque, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

I had my sole rolls with broccoli and mashed sweet potatoes. By the way, sweet potatoes are supposed to be healthier than regular white potatoes, but with the amount of butter I put on them, I don't think they are. Oh well, I'm trying...

Restaurant Review: Verdad - Bryn Mawr, PA

This past weekend I went home to visit my parents. The beautiful thing about visiting my parents is that I dont have to pay for food. Well, hold on...they read this blog. The BEST PART of visiting my parents is obviously seeing my parents cause they're fabulous people. A part that is wonderful but not needed because just seeing them is amazing (Hi mom and dad!) is that I dont have to pay for food. And since I take a train home on Friday afternoons and don't get in until after 8 or 9, we inevitably go out to dinner on Friday. The only bad thing about this set-up is that the two of them eat like rabbits, whereas I'm the grizzly who eats everything anyone puts in front of me. *sigh*

Verdad is a tequila bar and restaurant located in Bryn Mawr, PA, which is a suburb of Philadelphia and about 2 minutes from Villanova. It serves tapas style so it gives me the fabulous opportunity to try multiple entrees and almost makes my parents look like they eat like normal human beings, i.e. they each order their own plate rather than splitting. Yes, my parents normally split ONE entree. No I do not know how they survive on such little food. Or how my dad survives on these alone when my mom isnt home. But I digress.

Freddi being a good sport and letting me take pics of her food. HI MOM!

The first plate to hit our table was my mom's soup of the day, which was a deconstructed tortilla soup. It was...odd. Really odd. It was like a big ravioli in tomato-ish sauce, filed with chicken and cheese and topped with avocado. It was good. Just weird. I'm not sure I'd order it again but my mom chowed down, so I think it's safe to say they won someone at our table over.

Half-eaten calamari. My was delish and I was hungry. 

Next to arrive was my fried calamari. The calamari was served with red peppers, adobe sauce and garlic aioli. I made the bold statement after I took the first bite that this was the best fried calamari I ever had, and a week plus later I still agree with that. It was seriously amazing. I'm not sure what the better was, except deliciousness. The garlic aioli served on top of the calamari was insanely good and the adobe sauce was in the corners so as not to overtake an unsuspecting diner. All in all, it was AMAZING. I would come back here any time of day just to eat this calamari. And drink a margarita, obviously.

Since I ate the calamari so quickly, I could restrain myself to take a pic. You're welcome, fair readers.

Following my calamari, our entrees were delivered. First up was my grilled achiote red snapper. Achiote is apparently a tropical shrub (thanks wikipedia) that is made into a paste and is used for a marinade in Mexican kitchens. Who knew? The red snapper came with almond rice, tomatoes, olives and caper relish. Also a very good choice...which was demonstrated in my need to defend my plate with my fork to stop it from a certain fish-loving food-stealer who's name also starts with an F (you know who you are!) The almond rice was very interesting--liquidy but not undercooked and it actually did have the distinct flavor of almond milk. I'm a big fan of jasmati rice, and I could see myself replacing it with almond rice.

Last, but certainly not least in my dad's opinion, since this was the only thing he ate, were the pork carnitas. This is literally the reason my parents come to this restaurant. No joke. The pork carnitas are, as you see, served in 3s (which makes no sense if 2 people are sharing, but I again digress) with chipotle honey bbq sauce (so good), mahon (a type of cheese, thanks again wikipedia!) and jicama, as well as the avocado which is clearly seen. They're very good. I wouldn't order them every single time like my dad does, but I would definitely order them.

As always when we come to Verdad, our meal was delicious. The restaurant is very close to my parents house, so obviously I'll be back. And I have to say, Verdad is one of my favorite restaurants on the Main Line. I strongly suggest if you find yourself on the main line or at Villanova, or even King of Prussia, which is a bit of a trek, to find yourself Verdad restaurant and chow down. And drink some tequila while you're at it. Their servers are extremely knowledgeable on the topic.

To take the trek to Verdad outside of Philadelphia, check the restaurant out online at, book yourself a reservation on OpenTable and visit it at 818 W. Lancaster Ave in Bryn Mawr. Do it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Restaurant Review: Slightly Oliver

Last night was Valentine's Day. So OF COURSE I went to a romantic gastropub with one of my best friends to have lots of punch and eat some food. Isn't that what everyone does on Valentine's Day? No? I'm confused.

Anyway, it was Valentine's Day and my boy lives in a different city and Mills' is single so we decided that the best idea ever would be for the two of us to go out, eat some delicious food at a non-romantic locale and drink...a lot. I must say that I believe we succeeded.

Gael Greene, the Insatiable Critic, wrote a review of Slightly Oliver, a cocktail-themed gastropub that opened only 5 blocks from my apartment, that was glowing. Obviously it had its flaws, as it is new, but overall her review was extremely positive, and being the (slightly obsessed) fan that I am, I had to try it. 

Now any legitimate person who goes to a cocktail bar obviously has to order a cocktail first. The cocktail menu is split into classics (prohibition style drinks like their signature negroni or apricot-infused manhattan), "tasty cocktails", punches, and beer and wine. Being the drunkard that I am, I of course ordered a punch. After reviewing the menu I decided on the Bollywood Punch--Jamaican Rum, brandy, oranges, cardamom, rosemary and agave. It was very good, except when I got to the end and there was a nice chunk of cardamom waiting for me. Not quite a pleasant surprise. Oh...and the glasses were miniature. No joke.

This glass is only about 5 inches tall. Very small. Not worth the price, methinks. *sigh*

When we sat down Mills ordered a punch as well (good girl!) called the Goblin Punch. Her punch was a mix of gin, white lillet, celery water, green fermented grapes, kiwi, green apples, English cucumber, sage and peppercorn reduction. To be honest, it kind of tasted like a really watered down green smoothie. It just tasted a little...vegetabley. It was good, don't get me wrong, but...vegetabley.

mmm flatbread. Seriously who doesnt like flatbread. Although maybe restaurants should just call it what it Cause seriously, who doesnt like pizza?

In addition to having "loving to drink" in common, Mills and I also share a mutual "love to eat". So entrees would simply not satisfy us. Plus it was Valentine's Day, so obviously we had to be romantic and share an appetizer. Since Mills is a vegetarian (YES! I am actually friends with a vegetarian. And I like going out to eat with her.) we decided to get the vegetarian flatbread with oven-dried tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, feta and an herb vinaigrette. To be was delicious. We gobbled that shit up.

I'm not sure why this picture is sideways, but Blogspot clearly hates me today. It still looks good though, no?

 Because I clearly don't respect vegetarians (just kidding!), I ordered a plate full of meat. But seriously, I actually did--I ordered the short ribs, which Gael Greene waxed poetic about in her review. The short ribs were served with celery root puree, braised leeks and an apple gastrique. In all honestly, they were delicious. The bones were removed so I didn't have to eat around that, the leeks were tasty and the cipollini onion nuggets were a pleasant addition. I would definitely eat this again.

Pretty appetizing looking for a plate with no meat on it, eh?

Amelia, being the herbivore that she is, ordered the swiss chard and ricotta ravioli. To be honest, it probably clogged her arteries with the amount of butter and cream in one sauce, cause I'm pretty sure my one bite did. She said she was happy with it, but that the sauce was a bit greasy. Note to Slightly Oliver--just because it has butter in it, does not mean a sauce will be automatically delicious. Taste that shit before it goes out. That's a small issue that could have easily been corrected.

Even with the greasy sauce, our meal was pretty good for a place that focuses on cocktails. Our cocktails were pretty good, but not amazing. Overall...there's a possibility I'd return, but that's mainly because its only a few blocks away and most of the places around me are wine bars. If you don't live in the UWS, I definitely would not suggest you travel to try it.

But then again, if my review has convinced you that Slightly Oliver should be your next dining destination, you can find it at 511 Amsterdam Avenue, between 84 and 85, or online at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Restaurant Review: The Smith

Last weekend the boy came up to NYC for his birthday and we seriously had a fatass weekend. We ordered about $120 worth of sushi on Friday after he arrived then went to the Rusty Knot for his "surprise" party (which would have actually been a surprise if only his friends werent complete idiots...). On Saturday we started with a fabulous brunch at The Smith in the East Village, followed by a wonderful discovery of Trader Joe's wine shop (sorry wallet) and for dinner I dragged him back to Schiller's so I could re-try their food when I wasnt annoyed. I wrote Schiller's Part 2 earlier this week, so check it out.

Interior of The Smith (East Village), courtesy of

We arrived at The Smith to a crowd at the door. We'd just gotten out of a $20 cab from the UWS side and I was dreading walking in the I sent K in (seriously, what else are they for?). I was happy when two seconds later he poked his head out to say our table was ready. Yay restaurants that actually SAVE tables for people with reservations!

Obviously the first thing we did was order drinks. I ordered a bloody mary and he went with a mimosa...and then joked about how manly he is (but seriously, is there anything funnier than a 6' guy drinking out of a champagne flute? i think not). I'm not sure what got into my head that I wanted a bloody mary cause, well, to be honest I dont even like them. So that lasted all of 2 seconds before I stole his mimosa and he settled for a beer.

Drunk night + pretzels in morning = happy couple.

Since we managed to refrain from drunk eating the night before, we had not eaten for 15 hours...which is obviously WAY too long for me. So when we ordered our drinks I also ordered the baked pretzels with honey mustard. I have to say, one of the reasons I really like pretzels is because of the salt. I'm one of those people who will pull apart a pretzel so I can eat the salty parts and leave the plain ones. These pretzels...not salty. And yet, so delicious. The honey mustard was awesome--honey upfront with a little kick at the end.

Half eaten. Whoopsies. I was hungryyyy.

Little known fact about me--I always order steak frites at brunch. Always. I'm kind of a connoisseur (by the way, the BEST steak frites ANYWHERE on the eastern seaboard is at Parc in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. To die.). This steak frites was good...the chimichurri sauce it came with though, not so much. It was...odd. Seriously weird. It was delicious, but just did not go well with the steak. I would have loved to drizzle that ish over a good piece of halibut or sole though. That would have been delicious!

Sadly, I do not have a picture of what K ate. Mainly because his fat ass ate it before I had a chance! He would like for me to report, however, that the "country breakfast", which included scrambled eggs, cheddar grits, grilled ham steak, biscuit and gravy, was absolutely delicious. He also blames my friend A for talking so much about grits in our 3:30 a.m. cab the night before for basically making his breakfast decision for him.

All in all, I was very happy with the Smith. Would I go back? No, but that's mainly because it's hard to get to from the Upper West Side--there's no good subway and cabs are, as I reported, about $20. If I lived in the UES or downtown, I would definitely frequent The Smith for brunch, and if their brunch was any indication, for other meals as well.

If you'd like to visit one of The Smith locations in NYC, check out I personally have heard mixed reviews of the midtown version so recommend you visit The Smith-East Village at 55 Third Ave. And enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Salmon with Avocado and Tomato Relish

I have a renewed obsession with Martha Stewart. As you may remember from verrrry old posts, my family used to call me Mini-Martha cause I was obsessed with her craft ideas, decorating tips and recipes. And then...she went to jail. And i was like, wtf martha--how could you do this to me? My love was tarnished and it faded.

Well...until I started watching her on the Today show. It seemed like she was on every week. Was she trying to tell me something? Was she trying to reignite our flame?

Well...maybe. Or maybe the Today Show is just a great place for people who are their own brand to expand their reach. Either one. But anyway, my love for her was reignited and I began to stalk her fabulous website, While there, I found a delish looking recipe for Salmon with Sweet Corn, Tomato and Avocado Relish. Sadly it's February, and sweet corn is nowhere to be found. So...I improvised.

Salmon with Avocado and Tomato Relish


Salmon fillets; 4-6 oz. per person (I prefer skin off, but that's cause skin kinda creeps me out unless it's on snapper)
2 vine-ripened tomatoes
2 avocados
1/4 red onion


1. Marinate your salmon for about 30 minutes. I made my own marinade, but you can use a bottled one. If you do, I recommend Whole Foods brand tropical marinade or Lawry's Hawaiian. It's good, a bit fruity with hints of pineapple, but not overwhelming. I've used both on salmon as well as white fish and have never thought it over took the flavor of the fish. I was cooking at my parents, so I had to make my own--I used soy sauce and lemonade.

2. While the fish is marinating, turn your oven on to 350 and move your oven rack until it is about 1/3 down from the top.

3. Once the fish has marinated, put the pieces in one layer in a baking pan that has sides, so you can add the marinade to the pan. Put the fish in the oven--depending on how your oven is and how well-done you like your salmon, cook for between 10-20 minutes. My parents oven is electric, so it took longer than my gas one at home. I like mine slightly pink and my mom prefers cooked through, so I cooked it for about 20 minutes; at home I normally have it in the oven for about 12.

4. Depending on what side dishes you are serving, start work on those while the fish is cooking. I made jasmine rice, which is a delicious addition to fish, which takes about 30 minutes, so I started it slightly before I put the fish in the oven. The other side I had was broccoli, which I "steam" in the microwave (what?! You expect me to cook everything? The microwave is the greatest invention ever and I will take on anyone who says differently). That takes about 3 minutes so I didnt worry about that.

5. Put together the relish. Dice your onion and tomato, removing the liquidy inside (I'm sure there's a formal name for it, but I dont know it so "liquidy inside" will have to do). Then cute your avocado--it's easiest if you use a knife before removing the avocado from its shell to cut into the size pieces, then use a spoon to remove it all from the outside. Last, dice up your cilantro. Combine all in a bowl, halve your lemon and squeeze the juice on top.

6. When the fish is done, put it on a plate and spoon your relish over it. Then enjoy!!!

The final plate. YUM!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Restaurant Review: Schiller's Liquor Bar

So I gave in and tried Schiller's again. (as some of you may remember, the first time I went with A. and D., we had an 8:30 reservation and finally sat at...9:55. As you can guess, I was not a happy camper...)

Yes, I opentabled it. Again. This time they actually sat us at our reservation time. Not really shocking since it was 6:00 (K and I had a party to attend that we had to get dressed up for, so an early dinner followed by fanciness ensued).

I wanted to hate it. I really did. I was still QUITE annoyed about the last time I was there. But it's hard to be annoyed when I got an entire bottle of wine for $22. It was the cheap one this time, but it was delicious.

Our "cheap" bottle of wine was an Italian Montepulciano

This time I successfully took pictures of both of our meals. I guess when I'm not distracted by my annoyance of being sat an hour and a half after my reservation I actually remember that I have a restaurant review blog and that photos are kind of a necessity.

We started with oysters (of course...every time I eat ANYWHERE with K that offers oysters, he always orders them). In fact, the first time I ever tried oysters was with him about 6 months ago, which is kind of surprising cause I pretty much eat anything. So now he thinks they're "our thing" and he has good taste in oysters so I dont do anything to ruin this idea. Sorry about it.

Steamed mussels...YUM. Burnt fingers from the mussel pot...OW.

I, of course, ordered the delicious mussels again. And, again, they were banging. As were the fries. Seriously, I would take a $20 cab here and a $20 cab home JUST FOR THE MUSSELS. They are TO DIE. Get them. Right now.

Why are you still reading? I'm serious. Go.

Fish and chips, with the famous chips. K thought they were as good as I told him. Victory!

Since I had been raving about the fries all day, and K knows damn well that I am not the best at sharing (just kidding, I'm actually surprisingly good at sharing. Mainly cause I want to try the dishes of other people at my table. It's kind of selfish, but it comes across as very giving), he ordered the fish and chips. The fish was perfectly fine, not as good as something you could get in England or anything like that, but he got what he wanted--fries. And damn those fries were good.

Ok, ok, I revise my opinion and say go to Schiller's...but only if you order cheap wine and mussels. Trust me, it's for the best.

Italian Stuffed Artichokes

I have a confession...artichokes are tearing my family apart.

Ok well maybe that was a bit dramatic family is definitely at odds over whether artichokes are delicious freaks of nature or have a taste that resembles grass, except not as good. In the one corner is my Italian mother, who grew up on artichokes and considers the perfect start to a meal to be artichokes hearts and the  perfect end to a day eating stuffed artichokes. In the other corner, standing for Irish men around the world, is my father, who grew up eating questionable meat in shepherd's pie and who's favorite type of meat until he was a teenager was Spam. Not that I have anything against Spam. In fact, if you're ever in Nashville, there's a bar downtown that sells the best fried spam sandwich. But I digress.

My brother and I fall in the middle of this spat...but definitely side with my mother. My mom actually tricked my dad so badly--believe it or not, their bed has artichokes on the four posts. No joke. She told him they were upside down pineapples, but they're not. They're artichokes. (Sorry for ruining the secret Mum!)

Anyway, my mother makes THE BEST stuffed artichokes. My mom, brother and I can sit and each eat 3 in one sitting. My dad, on the other hand, can't even watch us eat them. Oh well...his loss.

Italian Stuffed Artichokes


4 large artichokes 
2 cups soft Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
Olive oil


1. Using a sharp knife, cut the bottom of each artichoke so it can sit upright. Then, using kitchen scissors, snip off the tips of outer leaves. 

2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, seasonings and olive oil; mix well. Gently spread the artichoke leaves apart and fill with the breadcrumb mixtures.

3. Stand artichokes in a Dutch oven; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until leaves near the center pull out easily.

Let me know YOUR opinion on artichokes!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Welcome to the new and improved Sea Salt n Pepa blog! I've deleted a number of recipes prior to this post so this one may seem like it comes out of nowhere...It does not, I assure you. 

For all my new readers, welcome! I hope you enjoy my recipes, my photos and most importantly, my stories! Food and sharing stories have always gone together, as you know, and that heritage is what encouraged me to begin my blog. I want to share my recipes with you but also share my life. I hope you enjoy getting to know me!

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As many of you know, as much as I like cooking...I'm also pretty lazy. Especially when I get home from work. The last thing I want to do is spend hours cooking. On the weekends, absolutely. My favorite thing to do on Sundays is cook a huge Sunday dinner. Monday night? Not so much. That's why so many of my recipes are quick and easy. This is especially true for meals with seafood, as it cooks extremely quickly. A Sunday roast takes hours, a Monday salmon...not so much.

I've been getting in to Meatless Monday. For one, I'm a huge animal person (one time, in college, I actually joined PETA. No joke. Then I realized I wouldnt be able to wear fur, so I quit that real quick. but still. Have you ever seen those videos? So.sad.) and for another, I want to help with global warming. As much as I love 80 degree temperatures in February, I much prefer not having polar bears go extinct in my lifetime. Yes, Al Gore got to me. Damnit!

So this recipe fits both qualifications for a Monday night dinner--its quick and its vegetarian. And by quick, I do mean...10 minutes. Yep. You're welcome.

Roasted Vegetable Couscous 


One box of plain couscous
One summer squash
One zucchini
One red pepper
Olive oil
Salt and pepper


1. Preheat your oven to 400F.

2. Chop your zucchini, squash and red pepper into bite size pieces. Drop these into a roasting pan or on a baking dish. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

3. In the last five minutes of the vegetables roasting, cook your couscous to the box's direction. The kind I use is very simple--boil water, add a bit of olive oil and salt, drop in the couscous, turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. !

4. When the vegetables are finished roasting and the couscous is done, simply mix these together in a bowl.

This is a perfect vegetarian meal or even just a side dish. You can save in the fridge for 3-4 days.