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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I shared this recipe last year and I have never recycled a post before. But I’ve had so many people asking me how I “made those awesome tomatoes”, that I thought I’d share it with you again with a BONUS feature.

At the bottom of this post, you now have the ability to print off a recipe card, rather than trying to write down all the details on some scrap of paper.

Score!


So, hello there. Don’t you look delicious? Let’s get started on this easy and very pleasing process of roasting cherry tomatoes, shall we?

 


Here’s all that you’ll need to make Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

Prep time: 5 minutes, Cooking Time: 1-1 1/2 hrs, Skill Level: Easy
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp dried Garlic
Cherry Tomatoes-enough to fill a pan
Cooking Spray
9 x 13 pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 


Spray the 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and pile in the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle basil and garlic on top, adding more than the 1/2 tsp of each, if necessary.

 


After about 30-45 minutes, when the tomatoes are becoming soft, carefully turn the tomatoes over once.

 


Place back in the oven for another 30-45 minutes, or until most tomatoes have turned brown on at least one side.

 

Garnish crackers with your delicious oven roasted tomatoes and “Laughing Cow” spreadable cheeses. Or use as a pizza or salad topping, on a sandwich or by themselves. They are delicious no matter what you do with them.

From my garden to your brain. I hope you enjoy!

 

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Garden Fresh
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Serves: 4
 

Garnish crackers with your delicious oven roasted tomatoes and “Laughing Cow” spreadable cheeses. Or use as a pizza or salad topping, on a sandwich or by themselves. They are delicious no matter what you do with them.
Ingredients
  • ½ tsp Basil
  • ½ tsp dried Garlic
  • Cherry Tomatoes-enough to fill a pan
  • Cooking Spray
  • 9 x 13 pan

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray the 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and pile in the cherry tomatoes.
  3. Sprinkle basil and garlic on top, adding more than the ½ tsp of each, if necessary.
  4. After about 30-45 minutes, when the tomatoes are becoming soft, carefully turn the tomatoes over once.
  5. Place back in the oven for another 30-45 minutes, or until most tomatoes have turned brown on at least one side.

 

 

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Delicious & Easy-Roasted Squash

The bees are pollinating and doing their thing in my garden. In turn, those creative little buzzy guys are making some UGO (unidentified ground objects) for me to play around with.
Roasted Squash-Whole
Take this mix of zucchini/butternut squash. To understand the enormity of this squash, that is a beefsteak tomato next to it (about the size of a baseball).

 

Roasted Squash-Halved
This hybrid offered yellowish skin with a beautiful zucchini coating.

 

Roasted Squash-Halves
I had to taste it-in the raw-and the flesh was sweeter than your average zucchini. I decided then and there, it must be cooked! Or roasted. And eaten. And enjoyed. And boy was it enjoyed.

 

Roasted Squash-Ingredients
Here’s all that you need to roast your very own zucchini-hybrid or not (printable recipe on the bottom):

1-2 Sizable Zucchinis
4-8 Cloves Garlic
1 Medium Onion
1/4 C Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Preheat the oven to 400.

 

Roasted Squash-Cut
Start by slicing the zucchinis into rounds, then cut the rounds in quarters.

 

Roasted Squash-Onions

Slice the onion into large rings and then in half.

 

Roasted Squash-Garlic
Disrobe the garlic and smash each clove (a little bit) with a spoon or the palm of your hand.

 

Roasted Squash-In pan, Onions
Line one or two 9 x 13 pan(s) with aluminum foil and add the zucchini, onions and garlic. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the vegetables.

 

Roasted Squash-Finished 1
Roast at 400 for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through the roasting time.

 

Roasted Squash-Finished Far
Enjoy as a side, or as a full meal-as Biceps did.

Below is the printable recipe for those of you that like that sort of thing.

 

Delicious & Easy-Roasted Squash
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetable
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Serves: 4-6 sides
 

Ingredients
  • 1-2 Sizable Zucchinis
  • 4-8 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • ¼ C Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Preheat the oven to 400.

Instructions
  1. Start by slicing the zucchinis into rounds, then cut the rounds in quarters.
  2. Slice the onion into large rings and then in half.
  3. Disrobe the garlic and smash each clove (a little bit) with a spoon or the palm of your hand.
  4. Line one or two 9 x 13 pan(s) with aluminum foil and add the zucchini, onions and garlic. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the vegetables.
  5. Roast at 400 for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through the roasting time.
  6. Enjoy

 

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My 30 Day Nutritional Challenge-Paleo Eating

You may know this about me (or not), but I love to get sweaty, lift heavy things and generally feel like I could kick someone’s butt if I had to. It’s the little girl inside of me, ready for the day I need to defend myself.

 


But, working out isn’t enough for me, or for anyone. Diet is 90% of what makes your body look the way that it does.

 


Don’t like your body? Look in the fridge. Whatcha got in there? Some ice cream, frozen pizzas, nitrate-laden meat, sugary condiments and dressings?

What’s in your cabinets? Crackers, pastas, sugary cereals and processed/packaged foods?

That’s going straight to the hips, ladies (and men).

 


Biceps and I already love to eat healthy-for the most part. (Let’s just say-cheese is awesome). However, we enjoy our veggies, lean protein, and fruit without reservation. That’s one of the main reasons that I love to have my own garden-I call it my “veggie wonderland”.

 


So, when it came to participating in a Paleo nutritional challenge my Crossfit group was doing, I was excited…but hesitant.

I don’t do diets. I don’t do hungry.

So, what did “Paleo” mean, exactly? Was this just another fad like Atkins or HCG? Would it mean feeling hungry all of the time, having no energy, and generally hating life?

I did a bunch of research, read the good and the bad and the ugly.

 


So-what is “Paleo”, exactly? Succinctly, it stems from a belief that we should eat like our ancestors did-cutting out all of the junk, the processed food, dairy, grain products and legumes.

This meal is considered Paleo and took me about 10 minutes to make. Paleo means eating a lot of:

  • lean protein throughout the day (chicken, turkey, eggs, beef, fish, etc),
  • coupled with a few good fats (avocado, coconut, nuts, olive oil, etc),
  • and a ton of non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, etc).

But you can’t eat:

  • dairy (eggs are not dairy, even though that’s where they are in a grocery store),
  • sugar or sweeteners of any kind,
  • rice, grains or beans.

 


I started this challenge last Monday and I’ll be eating a Paleo diet for the next month. I’ll periodically give you updates on how I’m doing and I’ll tell you the truth as to how I’m feeling–and if my workouts are suffering.

Here’s a quick look at this last week for me as I voyaged into the Paleo world.

 


Day 1. “Yeah! This is fun and easy!”

 


Day 3. “I WANT POTATO CHIPS!”

 

Today.

“I feel like a happy brussel sprout.” Which is hard to do.

I disagree with some of the philosophy of Paleo-no beans or rice, no honey, and no dairy. But, I can do anything for 30 days. Right? RIGHT?!

And, I will tell you that I am sleeping better-like through the night. And, I’ve already noticed a change in my body as I’ve deprived it from bad fats and sugars.

But, it hasn’t cured my weirdness at all. I think that’s here to stay.

 

 

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Gettin’ Sauced on Live Television-No Sugar, No Fuss Applesauce

Guess what I’ll be doing this morning? I will be showing how to make No Sugar, No Fuss Applesauce LIVE on Fox23′s “Great Day, Green Country“.


Get ready once again for my awkward-sweaty-television voice Rebekah.

 


Here’s the live video. I never look at the camera. And, I call it Apple-saucy. What?!

 


With a few ingredients and a crockpot, you can make chunky and yummy applesauce without any fuss. This easy to make side dish is a great alternative to calorie-laden, sugar infused sweetie desserts. My No Sugar, No Fuss Applesauce  is great added to oatmeal, topped with ice cream or whipped cream, or just on its own.

To see the how easy it is to make and to have a printable recipe card for your binder-check out the whole post for my No Sugar, No Fuss Applesauce .
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Here are the links to my other appearances on Fox23′s Great Day Green Country:

 Skinny Orange Julius
Homemade Cleaning Products
Homemade Beauty Products 
Homemade Laundry Items

Here are links to my Homemade Household Cleansers and Beauty Products:

Homemade Hygiene Products
Non-Toxic Beauty Products
Non-Toxic Cooking Spray
Anti-Bacterial Spray
Easy Laundry Soap
DIY Brass Cleaner
Organic Vegetable/Produce Cleaner
Homemade Household Cleaners

And here are a few Homemade Food Items to easily replace store-bought items:
Simple, Tasty Granola
Easy Crockpot Yogurt
Simple, Homemade Butter
Cooking and Freezing Beans, avoiding BPA
Homemade Hummus
Garden Fresh Salsa

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending time with such a weirdo. Make sure you become a Facebook Fan or a Linky Follower to keep up to date with what this weirdo comes up with next. Have a great day!

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