It’s a winter wonderland here in central Ohio, so meatloaf sounded perfect after shoveling the driveway and a little sledding this afternoon. Meatloaf is never a very pretty dish, so I have no fancy pictures, but don’t let that keep you from trying this one.
This recipe was originally given to me by a friend and it’s become an old favorite that we’ve been making for years. I love this version of meatloaf because it has a great flavor and is a little healthier by incorporating better ingredients like turkey and oatmeal. It does have a somewhat long cooking time but I promise that it’s worth it and it’s super quick to put together.
Preheat the oven to 350.
First, make the tomato sauce by mixing the following in a small bowl:
6 oz. tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine (or water)
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
Add 1/2 cup of the sauce to the following in a big bowl:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 packet of Lipton herb flavored soup seasoning
Mix it all together with your hands and shape it into a loaf. Place it in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover the loaf with the rest of your sauce. Bake for 15 more minutes.
The 2009 Holiday Gift Guide …Guide
This year, instead of doing our own Holiday Gift Guide here at Green-Lemonade.com, we thought we would instead point you towards some of our own favorite guides available online.
- You can always count on an extensive Gift Guide from Treehugger.com
- Inhabitat also has a neatly categorized guide that is full of great gift ideas.
- The Daily Green has plenty of different green gift ideas, including the 21 for under $21 Guide and the Safe Sustainable Toys for Kids.
- Sustainable is Good Holiday Guide has a short but good list.
- Design*Sponge has some eco-friendly gifts in the 50 gifts under $25, 40 gifts under $50 and the 45 products is under $100 guides.
- Design for Mankind’s Guide has numerous unique (and usually handmade) gifts. The best part is that you have a chance to win many of them on the site.
- Dooce is also filling her site with good gift ideas, many of which come from Etsy.com, which is sells handmade and vintage pieces.
And since some trends never go out of style, I have listed out our previous guides from years past.
Moms, Sisters, Girlfriends – 2007 | 2008
Dads, Brothers and Other Dudes – 2007 | 2008
Babies and Toddlers – 2007 | 2008
Kids and Teenagers – 2007 | 2008
Significant Others – 2007 | 2008
Pampered Pets – 2007 | 2008
Homemade Gifts – 2007 | 2008
Charitable Gifts – 2007 | 2008
Smaller Gifts for Whomever – 2007 | 2008
Last Minute Gifts – 2007 | 2008
Lastly, if you aren’t a fan of guides (or want to save on shipping), there are plenty of stores that surely you could stock up on gifts for more than just one recipient, such as Celery Street, VivaTerra and Branch.
Delicata Squash Salad
Believe or not, we STILL have some delicata squash hanging around our counters. And while it was VERY tempting to make some more Inside-Out Ravioli, I decided to completely shift gears and try to make a salad instead. I found and followed a great recipe at Chow.com for a Roasted Delicata Squash Salad. I did make some changes though from the recipe posted online.
I used two shallots instead of one (since that plus the olive oil and vinegar make up the “dressing” and we seemed to need a little more than what the recipe called for). I also used Red Wine Vinegar instead of Sherry Vinegar. (Trader Joe’s didn’t have sherry vinegar and I didn’t feel like driving all over to find it.) The same was true with ricotta salata, so I used feta instead. (I didn’t add the Saba either.) And then instead of buying and using pumpkin seeds, I just roasted and used the delicata seeds instead. (They taste just as good!)
All in all, despite my variations, the salad was VERY tasty and I would have never thought of that combination without the Chow.com Recipe. This salad would be a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner addition as well. For those who want to add some greens to your feast, here are more last minute salad ideas for the Thursday meal. Happy Thanksgiving!
- Kale and Avocado Salad
- A Waldorf (Without) Salad
- Pear and Blue Cheese Salad
- “Beet This” Salad
- Traditional Spinach Salad
We’ve mentioned hummus a few times before, but I’ve been making a lot of it lately so here is my new recipe for an old favorite. It’s way better than the packaged stuff!
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of tahini
- couple shakes of ground cumin powder
- couple shakes of cayenne powder
- couple shakes of garlic powder (or 1-2 cloves)
- couple teaspoons of salt
Throw it all together in a food processor and add just a touch of water to get it all moving along nicely. Puree to your desired consistency. It’s lovely with fresh veggies or try it with some won ton chips.
There has been an abundance of Delicata squash at our house lately, and I was ready to try something new with this wonderful winter vegetable. I searched high and low for a recipe that was a unique main entree and hit the jackpot with this recipe for Inside-Out Squash Ravioli Pasta on the Big Girls, Small Kitchen web site. The result was a delicious and filling “comfort food” meal that we will be sure to make again. Next time, we will probably add a little less nutmeg, to better suit our personal tastes.
Inside-Out Squash Ravioli Pasta
1 18-0z winter squash
2 teaspoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons cream
5-6 ounces pasta
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
Freshly ground pepper
Bring about an inch of water to the boil in a large stockpot. Cut the squash into large wedges and remove the seeds. Arrange in a steamer basket. Steam for 8-12 minutes, until the squash is very tender. Remove the steamer basket and let the squash cool so you can handle it. Remove the flesh from the skin into a small bowl, then mash it well with a spoon.
Meanwhile, fill up the pot with water for pasta and start it boiling.
In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over very low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is golden, about 8 minutes. (Don’t raise the heat and try to rush this.) Add the cayenne, nutmeg, and salt.
Now, add the milk, cream, and mashed squash to the pan, stirring to smooth. Raise the heat slightly, bring to the simmer. Simmer over medium heat until reduced, about 7 minutes. When you reach this point, you can add your pasta to the boiling water, so it’ll be ready at the same time as the sauce.
When the sauce is reduced and the pasta done, reserve a 1/2 cup of pasta water, and drain the pasta. Add it to the simmering sauce, spooning in reserved water if necessary. Season with pepper and more salt to taste, then divide between two bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve. (Serves 2)
Friday Fave: Etsy
I have made more than a few Etsy purchases in the past, including this sunglasses case made from plastic bags, this calendar printed on recycled paper, and just today I treated myself to a pair of stunning vintage earrings. Needless to say, I plan on doing some Christmas shopping at Etsy as well.
Esty.com can also be a very eco-conscious shopping destination. You will find tons of recycled and “upcycled” pieces, such as this clock and these arm warmers. In addition to plenty of handmade items, there are also quite a few vintage finds, from the fun to the fabulous.
Wayward Seed Farm is doing it again. They’ve put together a one-time CSA full of all the farm fresh ingredients you will need for a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Here’s what is included this year:
- One 16-20 lb. Free Range Pasture Turkey or One Hubbard Squash
- Green Mountain Potatoes
- Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
- Tadorna Leeks
- Colored Carrot Mix
- French Breakfast, Black Spanish and/or Daikon Radishes
- Merlin and/or Golden Beets
- Gold Ball, Purple Top and/or Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
- Laurentian Rutabaga
- Red Russian Kale
- Braising Greens
- Salad Greens
- Conquistador Celery
- Rossa di Milano Onions
- Pate Brisee Pie Crust
- Baby Bear Pie Pumpkins
- Kabocha or Buttercup Squash
- Gold Rush Apples
- Gourds and Indian Corn
In addition, each share comes with recipe ideas and a unique 2009 Thanksgiving tote designed and hand-printed by a local artist. The price is $165 for a Turkey CSA and $130 for a Hubbard Squash. How easy is this? Reserve now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for more information, there’s no telling how long these will last!
I would like to introduce you to this fun little book called “Clean Body” by Michael DeJong. It’s chock-full of natural body cleaning techniques using homemade remedies out of olive oil, lemons, baking soda, salt, and vinegar. It’s a very quick and entertaining read but makes a great case for leaving your traditional store bought, chemical-laden, body products behind claiming that all you need for a truly clean body can be found in a handful of products right in your kitchen.
Here is excerpts from the book to give you a taste of some of the quick and easy recipes you will find:
- Mix together equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and salt to create a wonderful skin softener. Mix the two, so that the salt soaks up the olive oil, and then scrub your entire body, head to toe. Expect to be energized as well as exfoliated. Massage the mixture into your body and wash off thoroughly. You’d pay good money for this treatment if you were at a spa!
- Liberate yourself of dead skin cells with this awesome all-over exfoliator. Blend three quarters of a cup of sea salt or coarse kosher salt, three tablespoons of baking soda, and one-quarter cup of olive oil in a bowl. Jump into a warm-to-hot shower, douse yourself down, dip a washcloth into the mixture, and scrub everything you can reach with the all-over exfoliator. Rinse well. Find your newly revealed, stunningly soft skin sparkling fresh and re-energized.
Reprinted with permission from Clean Body, copyright 2009 by Michael DeJong, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Note: Occasionally Rhaya and I receive offers to review products for the Green-Lemonade blog. If we think it’s relevant, sometimes we accept the product and agree to write a review IF we end up liking it and think our readers would appreciate our opinion about the product. We don’t, however, receive any sort of kick-back beyond the initial free product for our review or a product to give away to our readers in conjunction with the post.
Cabbage and Carrot Soup
After the Kentuckyaki Lettuce Wraps, I had a LOT of leftover shredded cabbage, carrots and tofu. I wanted to use it to make something different, but since I have little faith in my own kitchen inventions, I turned to Google, and as usual, I wasn’t disappointed. Not only did I find a perfect recipe, but also found a great new site to browse, with great photography to boot. (I think I may have stumbled upon a future Friday Fave!)
I followed the recipe for Hot and Sour Cabbage Soup almost exactly, however instead of red chili flakes I used a hot pepper from our garden and I substituted Soy Sauce for the Tamari because it saved me a trip to the store.
If you are expecting the type of Hot and Sour soup you get at Chinese restaurants, it didn’t taste like that (to me) because of the tomato base, but the end result was a soup that was healthy and filling. I made a large batch, and like any soup, it got better each day as all the flavors had a chance to really blend.
Kentuckyaki Lettuce Wraps
Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows that I love my Farm Fresh Delivery. The business as a whole has only improved over the past few years and I love the fact that they now send out an e-newsletter each week with stories about their products, food information and you know it, recipes. The recipe below is directly from the enewsletter from Farm Fresh Delivery. Even though I forgot to purchase the peanut sauce, substituted tofu for the chicken, and didn’t use any radish, it was still a tasty dish and a much healthier and cost-effective alternative to ordering it as take-away from a nearby restaurant!
Asian Lettuce Wraps
1 tablespoon olive, peanut or sesame oil
1 pound ground turkey or chicken
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2/3 cup Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki *
Vegetables for filling: grated carrots, sliced radish, julienned cucumber, shredded cabbage
Romaine lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
Farm to Kitchen Foods Peanut Vinaigrette *
Heat oil in a large skillet and brown ground turkey. Add garlic and ginger and saute briefly. Add Kentuckyaki sauce and simmer for 10 minutes while preparing vegetables. Place filling and vegetables in center of a large platter, then surround with lettuce leaves. Serve with peanut vinaigrette for dipping. Serves 4.
* Available through Farm Fresh Delivery