What I Ate This Week | A Week of One-Dish Dinners

By Kiersten | Last Updated: May 31, 2014

Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Orange Sage Dressing

One-dish meals are the best meals. Who has time to eat a protein and two sides separately? No one! That’s for chumps! Throw it all in a bowl. You’re a busy person.

Here’s what I ate this week:

Vegetarian Tikka MasalaVegetarian Tikka Masala from Eating Well // I’ve never had Tikka Masala, vegetarian or otherwise, so I can’t really say how this compares to the original (reviews on the Eating Well website complain about it not tasting like restaurant Tikka Masala), but we really enjoyed it. It was relatively quick, easy, and with brown rice on the side, it made a filling dinner.

Buddha Bowl with Garlic Turmeric Cashew CreamBuddha Bowl with Garlic Turmeric Cashew Cream from Tasty Yummies // Oh my goodness. Who knew a big bowl of veggies and grains could be so delicious? I love big, filling plant-based meals like this.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa, Pomegranate Seeds, and Maple PecansRoasted Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa, Pomegranate Seeds, and Maple Pecans // This was inspired by a shaved Brussels sprout salad recipe on Kiran Tarun. Since I love my sprouts roasted, I tossed them in cider vinegar and oil and roasted them in the oven. Oh, Brussels sprouts, I could eat you all winter long. And I will!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Orange Sage DressingRoasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Orange Sage Dressing from Potluck // Julia from The Roasted Root shared this recipe on Potluck last week and I couldn’t wait to make it because I discovered a new trick with kale leaves. YOU CAN WILT THEM IN THE OVEN! Yes! You can! I’m sure this isn’t a new thing, but I tried it on a whim and I loved it because not only did the leaves wilt within a few minutes, the edges get crispy like kale chips too. Just spray a baking sheet with oil (I use my handy-dandy Misto), put the kale leaves in an even layer on top, spray the tops of the kale leaves, and pop them in the oven at 400º. After 3 minutes, give them a stir, and check on them periodically until they’re wilted and just beginning to crisp. Those oven-wilted kale leaves were perfect in this beautiful winter salad.

Green Apple SmoothieGreen Apple Smoothie // This is Chris’s favorite smoothie. It’s basically this Apple Pie Smoothie with the addition of a handful or two of baby spinach. Starting the day with a smoothie makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

Honey-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Crispy SageHoney-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Crispy Sage from Food For My Family // It never occurred to me to use honey with cauliflower, but this was absolutely delicious. It also made me wish I still had sage growing outside so I could throw this together on a regular basis.

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All of this food looks so f-ing great! That Budha bowl is blowing my mind, and I love your trick about wilting kale! I still haven’t tried a green apple smoothie but have been meaning to forever and always, so I’m on that this weekend. Deeeeelicious! And thanks for making my salad! And eating it! Waaaaahoo!!!

I’ve been craving brussels sprouts but they’re $5 a pound at the farmer’s market (whaaaaaat), so I’ve been staying away….but I think I’m going to cave after seeing this post! Everything looks delicious.

I always love looking at your food and the first bowl looks like my favorite! I’ve never had that Indian dish before, but was interested in trying it in the slow cooker with chicken. We shall see…

You’re welcome–your Chef’s Friend soap is still going strong! I use it whenever I mince garlic or chop onions. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family too. I hope 2014 is a great year for your business!

Your weekly meals definitely top my weekly meals! They all look reallyyyyy yummy (I LOVE Tikka Masala) but my favourite would have to be Honey-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Crispy Sage. Looks DELICIOUS! Every since I made a cauliflower pizza crust I’m on the good side of cauliflower :).

Wilting kale in the oven like that is genius! I am filing that little nugget away for after the first of the year. For now, I will continue to munch on the chocolate that I started in on at 5 a.m. :\ Julia’s site is such an awesome discovery.

Green apple smoothie … honey-roasted cauliflower … the Brussels with quinoa … you had me at “one bowl.” You know, because “one bowl” sounds kind of like “hello?” … never mind. I blame the chocolate.

This year, I am trying to eat well before the holidays so when I gain the inevitable Christmas weight, I’ll just be back to the weight I started at at the beginning of the month. (Well, it makes sense in my head!) Although I did indulge in some cookies and chocolate yesterday…

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