When I was visiting relatives the day after Christmas, my uncle peered at me, asking, "Are you tan? Did you just come back from a trip?" I laughed because anyone who knows me knows I rarely leave the house except to go to work and come back. "No," I replied. "I think I just eat too many carrots." (My mother knows me - she asked if there was something wrong with my liver.) It's only a bit noticeable to me, maybe because I see my face every day but I definitely notice the orangey tint in my feet.
While it's perfectly normal and healthy, it is a little disconcerting and I've been trying to cut back on carrots but they're just so easy to eat. I was going to write up another recipe for last night's delicious dinner, thinking how nice it was to have two recipes in a row for you (if you were inclined to make them). Then I noticed that the last recipe was heavy on the carrots and this dish is orange too from the squash! There's no getting around it in the wintertime. Actually, it's hard to get around in general because apparently plenty of green vegetables will keep you orange too. I'll be orange until spring when I fade back to my creepy pallor.
Anyway, you guys don't need a recipe and I don't need a reminder about how much orange stuff I eat but this was a tasty (high in beta carotene and vitamin A) dish:
Raw chard shredded into a bowl, brown rice on top. In a skillet I heated onion and the last of some roasted kabocha squash. Since the squash was a bit dry, I poured in about 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and let it cook out a bit. Tossed in the rest of the roughly chopped chard leaves, a handful of cherry tomatoes, covered the pan, and let it cook for about 3 more minutes, just until the chard wilted a bit. Et voila.
I ate leftovers for lunch today. Tryouts for Oompa Loompas tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, you know what I'll be doing. What about you? Do you have any plans for New Years? Resolutions? Fun drinks?? Gimme somethin!