The Best Things We Ate This Month

Herb-Roasted Potatoes with Egg

We’re kicking off a new feature this month that rounds up some of our favorite foods—recipes we’ve made, restaurant meals, impromptu dinners that turned out so good we have to share them, etc. Here are the best things we ate this April:

The best thing I ate this month was a grilled portobello sandwich from City Kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to the mushrooms, it included beets, asparagus and a creamy goat cheese spread. And yes, I am already trying to figure out how to recreate it at home! – Ashley

Asparagus Grilled CheeseI made this Asparagus Grilled Cheese for national grilled cheese month and it was SO good. I sliced the asparagus thinly and sautéed it with garlic and olive oil which made it easy to eat and eliminated any stringy asparagus stalks in the sandwich. Sourdough bread and a healthy serving of shredded Swiss cheese made this a killer veggie-packed grilled cheese! – Emily

I’ve been hearing foodie types talk about how transcendent radishes with butter and sea salt are. So when I found myself with an extra bag of radishes and a block of fancy unsalted Irish butter in the fridge—then remembered that someone gifted me a bottle of Fleur de Sel sea salt a while back—I figured I’d give it a go. I don’t know about “transcendent,” but let’s just say that I ate radishes for dinner twice last week. All you need is a smidge of unsalted butter and a sprinkle of salt added to whole or sliced radishes, and you’ve got yourself the perfect spring/summer snack. – Dana

Tempeh Reuben BowlThe best thing I ate this month is hands down these Tempeh Reuben Bowls! Filled with gut-friendly fermented foods like tempeh and sauerkraut, shredded beets, and pickles, these are absolutely packed with flavour. The marinated tempeh does take some time but is well worth the wait. And once the tempeh is done it’s just a matter of throwing everything in a bowl, so they become great quick and easy make-ahead meals. So good! – Katie

Hippie Bowl from Bowl + SpoonThe Hippie Bowl from the cookbook Bowl and Spoon is definitely on my short list of Best Things I Have Eaten Ever. Basically, tofu is soaked in a spicy sweet marinade and then roasted until crispy and is served with millet, sesame greens, and spiced sunflower seeds (though I used pepitas instead), with a citrus-tahini sauce drizzle. It’s a lot of components, but they come together quickly and make enough for a few meals, so it is worth the effort! – Joanne

We’re moving in a few weeks, so we’re in that desperately-trying-to-use-pantry-items mode. I had a packet of herbes de provence from a subscription box and I never really know what to do with herbes de provence, so I decided to try adding it to roasted sweet potatoes. I peeled and cubed a 1-pound sweet potato, tossed it with a tablespoon of grapeseed oil and a tablespoon of herbes de provence (which was an accident—I meant to use less, but it turned out to be a good accident!). After roasting for about 40 minutes at 400º, they were tender, fragrant and so tasty that they completely overshadowed the rest of our dinner. Who knew?! – Kiersten

Herb-Roasted Potatoes with EggThe best thing I ate this month was this simple garlic parmesan roasted potato salad with fried eggs. It could not be easier to prepare and I had no intentions of this being completely mind blowing but as it turns out, sometimes the most basic recipes are the best. – Andrea

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    April 28, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I couldn’t get your recipe for The Hippie Bowl. Can you email it to me? Thanks.

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      It’s from the Bowl + Spoon cookbook, which is linked in the blurb. If you don’t want to buy it, I’d recommend checking to see if your library has a copy!

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    April 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    What a fabulous collection of recipes. I agree, sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. That asparagus grilled cheese made my mouth water instantly! Deliciously in season too! I’m on it – thank you Emily! Wishing you an easy (as possible) and low stress move, Kiersten.

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you! Moving while 8 1/2 months pregnant will definitely be an adventure. 😉

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    April 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I love this new feature. I always want to discuss in detail the delicious foods I’ve eaten, but people tend to not be as interested as I want them to be. 🙂 So this post is right up my alley. I was also extra excited to see the first example is in Chapel Hill – that’s where I live! I’ve never been to City Kitchen but have now added it to my “to try” restaurant list. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah, I always feel like one of THOSE people when I post about something I ate on Facebook, but there are so many things I like and want to share with the world! 🙂 I wish I had gotten the chance to go to City Kitchen when I lived in North Carolina. Whenever we went to Chapel Hill, we inevitably ate at Sandwhich!

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    dishing up the dirt
    April 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I’m swooning of the radishes and butter. I can’t believe I’ve never tried it. Happening tonight! Also, loved reading everyones “best thing I ate” This is a great new addition to OMV!

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I’m not a huge radish fan (I want to love them though!), so I might have to try this whole radish and butter thing too–especially once our CSA box starts coming next month. 🙂

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    May 2, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I LOVE this new feature!! I can’t wait to make all of the recipes that are linked to here…especially knowing how mind-blowing they will be!

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