Herb Roasted Rutabaga

Roasted Rutabaga2Tagged

When I was very little girl, there was this show that used to come on the tv station Nickelodeon called ‘Allegra’s Window’. It was a very Muppet/Sesame-Street-esque show about a little girl puppet named Allegra that had these mild 3 year old problems (if those can even really exist) that she, her brother and best friend would spend the entire episode trying to solve and overcome. It was a pretty cute show and I still smile even when I think about it now. I don’t know why shows with puppet and human interactions like Allegra’s Window and the Muppets don’t seem to come on that much anymore on kid’s stations. Maybe they figure little kids of today in the age of the iPad and Wii don’t have the attention span of kids from the 90’s like me did- which i find to be kinda unfortunate. Moment of silence for Childhood Nostalgia.

Roasted Rutabaga3Tagged

Now onto the main point: what the heck does Allegra’s Window have to do with today’s recipe? Well believe it or not, the truth is that Allegra’s Window was the very first mention that I had of the vegetable rutabaga. Honest, it was. One of the puppets in Allegra’s town was a zany, goofy kind of chef  puppet called Mr. Cook. It’s been nearly 20 years, so naturally I don’t remember a whole lot from the show, but the one thing that I do still recall is that the only ingredient that Mr. Cook ever wanted to cook with was rutabagas. He was legit always trying to shove a dish of rutabagas into Allegra and her friends faces, to which they would always squeal and yell in disgusted protest. Because apparently for little kids rutabagas are…not very tasty. I know it sounds crazy you guys, but the truth is that for twenty years, Allegra’s Window has successfully put me off ever wanting to have anything to do with rutabaga- which is crazy because anyone who knows me knows that I’m a vegetable-addict. There’s little to nothing I won’t try…except rutabagas (and peas. Don’t ever ask me to have anything to do with peas. It’s just not gonna happen.)

Whenever I saw rutabagas anywhere, I always remembered Mr. Cook and his nasty looking dishes of rutabaga and turned my nose up at it. So I guess that’s really saying something about the power of television over our minds.

….Yeah, I know. I’m weird. Moving on.

Roasted Rutabaga1Tagged

About a month ago, I was having dinner at my grandparent’s house and my grandma offered me this orangey-looking mashed dish that she’d made as a side. When I asked her what it was, she said that it was mashed rutabaga.

Duh- duh- duhhn!

I knew that I’d avoided rutabagas my entire life. I knew that Allegra’s Window had taught me that they were ‘nasty’…but I also knew that it was an impossibility that anything that came out of my grandma’s kitchen could ever, ever EVER be nasty. I tried the mashed rutabagas.

I’ve been believing a lie for the past twenty + years, guys.

Rutabagas are absolutely DELICIOUS.

That night began a semi-obsession with rutabagas that is still ongoing as I speak. This recipe is a result of that, and I can’t recommend it enough. Roasting is the perfect method of bringing out all the natural sweetness of the rutabaga, while the herbs are the platform on which it can stand. Try this, guys…because Everyone need rutabagas in their life.

*********************************************************************

Herb Roasted Rutabaga

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION

Ingredients

  • 2 large rutabagas, peeled and cubed into equal pieces.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning (Like Mrs. Dash)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425°

2. Place cubed rutabaga into 2 9 x 13 glass baking dishes. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until evenly coated.

3. Combine remaining ingredients together into a small bowl. Sprinkle over rutabaga cubes and toss again until even coated.

4. Roast in oven until golden and tender, about 45-50 minutes, stirring half-way through. Serve.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Apple Cherry Squares

Apple Cherry SquaresTagged1

The view outside my window right now is not a very welcome sight.

It’s snowing. Again. A lot.

I know. I live in Michigan. It’s only the beginning of February. Winter here typically runs to the middle or even end of March. A sizable chunk of the of the United States is getting sucked into a polar vortex of snow storms and bitter cold temperatures. My case isn’t particularly special. I should be used to it by now. I get it.

But I don’t care. I’m not only ready for winter to go away, I’m ready for it go away then die a quick, painless death that leaves no traces or evidence behind. Maybe that’s being a little over dramatic, but it’s true.

Apple Cherry SquaresTagged3

Complaining and getting bummed about the weather doesn’t do anybody any good, so I’ll just shift gears to a more pleasant subject. In case you guys didn’t know, Buzzfeed is one of the most effective tools of distraction/procrastination on the internet. It’s even right up there with Pinterest I think (which is really saying something). There’s just the right combination of serious topics blended with just the right amount of pure silliness that’s enough to keep you occupied at all the times when you’re feeling bored or in need of something to pass the time.

Apple Cherry SquaresTagged2

Case in point in this particular instance would be a fun kind of personality quiz that I took today: “Which ’90’s Nickelodeon show Are You?” I don’t know how many 90’s kids are out there reading Cooking Is My Sport, but if you are a 90’s kid (or even had kids that grew up during the 90’s watching Nickelodeon shows), then this quiz would probably be just as fun for you to take as it was for me. I know everyone has their own version of nostalgia for their childhood, but I really do think that Nickelodeon was its very best during the 1990’s, as well as the first 2-3 years of the 2000’s. I won’t get into a rant about it; instead I’ll just share my results, post the link to the quiz and encourage all you guys to take it, then post your results in the comments section below so I can see what you got- sound good? Awesome.

Apple Cherry SquaresTagged5

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the food. Well, these are a little different than what I expected when I first decided to try out the this recipe, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t turn out nicely. They certainly did. I’m  HUGE fan of Kashi cereal, and I’ve been wanting to cook with it for a long time so I went to search on the website for some inspiration. For some reason the name of the recipe suggested to me that these would be similar to granola bars, but they’re not at all. The texture is VERY tender and soft, like a coffee cake that literally melts in your mouth. But, they’re actually not like coffee cake at all because so far as baked goods go, these squares are pretty healthy. So, if that’s your thing, then feel free to go ham on these suckers. Another thing: they practically scream for you to have an accompaniment of coffee, hot apple cider, or cocoa to go with them. So make sure there’s some close by.

Don’t forget to take the quiz, and share your results with me (because I’m nosy like that). Until next time guys- stay warm!

Which 90’s Nickelodeon Show Are You?

(My Results)

Which ’90s Nickelodeon Show Are You?

You got: Hey Arnold!

Way to go, football head! You’re city-savvy but still figuring it all out – it’s a big world out there past the stoop! You’ve encountered some crazy characters in your day, but you’ll always have your pals, and you’re as good a friend as they come. Just try to keep away from the sewer and you’ll be all set.

***********************************

Apple Cherry Squares

Recipe Adapted from Kashi.com

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION

Ingredients

  • 2 cups, finely crushed Kashi Go Lean Crisp Cinnamon Crumble cereal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup liquid sugar in the raw
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups apples, finely diced

 Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium bowl, mix first seven ingredients. Mix well, then set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, liquid sugar in the raw, egg substitute, honey, oil, and vanilla. Then add diced apples and mix well.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix well. Spread evenly in oiled and floured 8″ x 11″ bake pan and bake 40 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

***************************************************

Enhanced by Zemanta