The past few years, I've been the queen of the one-dish meal. Sometimes for the money, sometimes for the convenience, sometimes for the lack of combining skills. Yet this project has gotten me so excited that I can't help but make a few recipes each meal. Especially seasonal dishes! During Summer it is so easy to make salads, but Winter comfort food is a totally different ball game. At least once you venture away from pasta and potatoes.
The big event was Ginger Roasted Winter Vegetables. The sweet and gingery vegetables (parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes) were delicious! This would make a great Holiday dish... though I'll probably omit the butternut squash next run. It was high risk cutting that into cubes! I'm curious about using parsnips more often after this dish.
Lentils and Rice With Caramelized Onions was the next step this meal. Once again, the flavors were too weak for my tastes. Although the combination of cloves, cumin, and allspice was perfect with the caramelized onions. I was disappointed the dish turned out so mushy, but the recipe calls it a "golden mash", so I realized it wasn't an accident.
The final step was Garlicky Kale with Tahini Dressing. YUM. I'm totally in love with kale now, so this recipe is an instant favorite. Ridiculously easy, the crunchy greens were perfectly balanced with the lemon infused tahini. Plus, there is a ton of dressing leftover for some great salads this week.
Overall, this Winter feast was a hit!