Root Veggies and Wild Rice

roots for roastin'

So I got my wisdom tooth out this morning! I only had one, which is on the rare side. Did you know you can get FIVE? Oh my gosh…I woke up from a long nap this morning and started to cry because it hurt so badly…I don’t think I’d be able to handle more than one! Anyway, Brian took fabulous care of me and I basically just slept all day…so all in all, I survived.

If you’ve ever had any kind of surgery or been put under anesthesia, you know there are some rules. You can’t drink any alcohol the night before, which is a HUGE bummer when you’re nervous and just want a simple glass of wine! You also can’t eat or drink anything for a varying amount of time the night before – I couldn’t eat from midnight on.

Because I always think about food and don’t like being hungry, I knew I needed a nice filling dinner. Heidi Swanson at 101 Cookbooks had just posted this recipe for Autumn Potato Salad, so using that as an inspiration, I came home from class and got roasting!

Fun fact: I had never tried a parsnip before last night. They’re good! Reminded me of a combination of a yucca and a plaintain…weird I know!

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Steamed Leeks with Mustard–Shallot Vinaigrette

mustard leeks

This afternoon, I knew I wanted to cook something.  I had two hours in between getting home from work and driving to meet Brian, in which I had to make myself look presentable after seven hours with three hyper children, cook something, and write this post.

It’s times like these where “Advanced Search” features come in handy.  I clicked over to my go-to recipe site, Food and Wine.  I thought about what I actually had in my fridge: “lemonade, leeks, cheese…umm…” Leeks it was.  Leeks+Fast+Healthy+Vegetarian brought up a few results, and this was the one I instantly decided I wanted to make.  It’s essentially leek salad with homemade dressing, and I think it would be best as a side (unless you’re weird like me and would enjoy eating an entire plate of leeks). My parents tried it, and came up with “Interesting,” and, four seconds later, “That’s good!”  So there you have it.  Deeelish and easy!

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