Friday, November 4, 2011

Endive Salad with Roasted Beets, Pears and a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Salad for two
2 Belgium Endives
1 Bosc or Bartlett Pear
1-3 beets depending on size
3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Raw honey
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Balsamic Vinegar
1 Red Wine Vinegar
Crumbled blue cheese, gorgonzola or goat cheese
Salt & Pepper
Mixed salad blend of arugula, baby spinach, red butter lettuce
Preheat oven to 375
Wash and cut beets into quarters. Place on foil and drizzle with olive oil and salt to taste
Wash and cut pear into quarters. Wrap in foil while lying flat.
Roast for 30 minutes - Remove and let cool completely
While roasting produce, mix dressing by lightly whisking together olive oil, vinegars, honey, Dijon and salt & pepper. Set aside.
Wash and separate endive leaves. Place on plate with mixed greens in the center. Sprinkle with cheese, place cut up chunks of beets and pears on salad and drizzle with dressing.

I like to roast more beets and pears than necessary as I will eat them for other meals during the week. You can also store and save the dressing for quite some time, it never lasts more than a week in my household, but that's because it's just so yummy!

How to cook like a domestic goddess

I am really making a conscientious effort at becoming a better housewife/stay at home mom. I really think it is important to have my husband come home to a clean house, a fresh cooked meal and at least halfway decent conversation. Although most of our conversations revolve around dilation at this point in my pregnancy.
Thursday’s dinner…
Ribeye – coarse salt, black peppercorn, red peppercorn and minced garlic
Mashed Potatoes – Boil 4 potatoes with 3 cloves of garlic, reserve about ¼ cup starch water, mash and add 2 tbs butter and about 2 tbs non fat milk and gradually add water till you reach desired consistency. Finish with truffle oil if you have any.
Green Beans – steamed for 8 minutes then light tossed with salt & pepper, toasted almonds

Operation Housewife Goals
-         5 home cooked meals per week
-         5 packed lunches
-         Better budgeting
-         Clean (er) home
-         Be a porn star in the bedroom – ok this one will be on hold for a while