Sunday Dinner with Lady G’s Son 10-16-2016

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Steak tips with mushrooms, spinach, apricot glazed butternut squash and basmati rice

So last Sunday, I shared a shot of my Sunday dinner.

In that post I talked about how much I love to cook and eat.  I also shared that I learned to cook by watching Mama.

Well…

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one watching Mama; it seems that my dear son, Sir R, was taking a couple of notes of his own.

Ever since he was about 10 years old, Sir R, has been very interested in cooking. And, with that being the case, he would watch me, Mama and Daddy whenever we went into the kitchen to prepare a meal.

In addition, he watched episode after episode of “Good Eats” with Alton Brown.

Before I knew anything, this kid was preparing full course meals by age 11.

When I say full course, I mean FULL COURSE!

Did I tell you about the time he cooked the most delectable and succulent standing rib roast you could ever imagine when he was only about 15 years old?

YAAASSSSS!

No frozen pizzas and ramen noodles for this dude 🙂

My baby can throw down in the kitchen–as evidenced by the meal pictured above 😉

To be honest, I’m glad too.

I used to tell him, “You need to learn how to cook whatever you like to eat, I don’t want you marrying somebody just because she can cook your favorite dish!”

LOL!

Forgive me guys, I crack my own self up sometimes 🙂

Anyway, a couple of years after graduating high school and going off to college, Sir R decided to become a certified personal trainer.

He had already established and maintained a healthy lifestyle so I encouraged him to go ahead and make it official.

And so…

As a health nut  health enthusiast, and lover of good food, my baby boy digs creating nutritious versions of most any traditional dish.

To that end, he enjoys experimenting with unconventional ingredients in order to prepare balanced meals that are both cost effective and tasty.

Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to eat healthfully!

Anyway…

I really wish you guys were here to partake of this meal with us 😉

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them!  Meet me in comments 🙂

 

Enjoy the rest of your day and I pray that you have a blessed week !

Love Lady G and Sir R!

😘💋

 

 

 

 

‘Real’ Good Food: March 20, 2016

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Roasted Salmon with Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Medley

This post is part of the “Real Good Food” series

Everything’s in season at the grocery store!

Okay, I do realize that there is an intrinsic flaw in the above declaration; just as there is something inherently shady about those chik-n-nuggets that I mentioned in the first “Real Good Food” post.

Please hear me out.

Ideally, we should focus on eating foods that are in season; at least that’s what we used to do.  However, some of us live in areas with limited access to fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.  In cases like these, I would argue that it is preferable to purchase and prepare whatever produce is available to you (in season or not) as opposed to opting for processed and/or fast foods.

Now, with that said, more and more people are working together in order to bring seasonal food markets to those of us who live in areas where locally grown fruits and vegetables have historically been unavailable.  Frankly, I think that we need to see more like this.  How about you?

By the way, if you are interested, consider googling “food deserts” to gain a better understanding of how limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables can negatively impact health and wellness outcomes for our most vulnerable populations.

Anyway, I cannot stress the importance of eating as well as you can, as often as you can and The Roasted Salmon with Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Medley (pictured above) is my effort at doing just that! Whew!

***Warning-Southern Dialect Alert:  What I ain’t gone do is make this cooking thang too hard!

In other words, cooking ‘real’ food should not be difficult; as long as we engage in a bit of planning.  Part of that planning includes keeping good food on hand.

For this meal, I grabbed a couple of bourbon salmon filets, a red pepper, and a butternut squash from my local grocer. And with that, I created my own little combination and it was delicious 😉

Now for those of you who bristle at the idea of cooking butternut squash–fear not! A few years back, while attending a cooking demonstration at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, I learned how to simplify the process:

 

 

butternut straight up

 

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Cut both top and bottom ends off squash
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Use a veggie peeler to peel the skin

Thanks to my daughter for being the hand model!

I hope that you enjoyed your entree and now for dessert.  Consider this excerpt from The Peace Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi:

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

 

Enjoy your meal 🙂

-Gwin