Grilled Beets, Zucchini and Tri-Tip oh my

Jun 28, 2010 by


I have found my new favorite thing.  Grilled beets.  Yeah I hear you, it doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but these are seriously amazing.  I’m not a big beet fan.  I like them ok, but would never get really excited about eating them.  Our garden has grown some amazing beets thus far and we are now starting to harvest and eat them.  I thought I’d try something besides just steaming them, so I simply sliced them up, brushed with olive oil and threw them on the BBQ.  Add a little salt and pepper and voila, the most amazing tasty treat ever.

I also grilled up some Zucchini and some Tri-tip.  Here is the whole rundown.


Here is a the bounty from the garden


Wash and chop the tops and ends off of the beets.


Peel the beets.


It makes a fun red mess


Slice up the zucchini into 1/2 inch slices


Same thing with the beets


looking good


it doesn’t get much easier than this.  3 things you need.  Olive oil, salt and pepper.


Throw the steak on the grill.  I got a yummy tri-tip from Costco.  So good.


The beets cook for about 5-6 minutes per side.  I brushed the grill with some olive oil, lightly brushed the beets with olive oil and threw them on.


look how pretty!


I love those colors


Flip them over and add the Zucchini


The zucchini grills much faster.  Only a few minutes per side


When you take the meat off of the grill you must let it rest.  Don’t touch it, poke it, slice it, or anything.  Just let it rest for 10-15 minutes.


After you pull the zucchini and beets sprinkle them with salt and pepper.  They turned out so good.  I’m very excited to have a garden full of beets now!


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My Garden Overfloweth

Jun 25, 2010 by


My garden is growing like crazy.   I planted everything from seed in the beginning of March and I’m already harvesting a ton of vegetables. I’m new to gardening and you can see how I built my garden in these earlier posts:

I’m lazy, so I built a big garden

A Truly Simple Garden: The Beginning

A TrulySimple Garden – building the raised beds, dirt, water, and planting the seeds


I’m learning as I go.  One thing I’ve learned quickly is to not plant so much stuff.  I’m never going to be able to eat all that squash!


But I knew I was going to give away a lot of vegetables and thats part of the fun.


I’ve already eaten one large zucchini out of the garden and just picked another.


The beats will be ready to eat soon.


The tomatoes started off small, but have now taken off are are going to produce aproximately 597 tomatoes.


And I have baby watermelons!! Lots of them.  I can’t wait to be eating these this summer.


going to have lots of cantaloupe too.  That will be nice to walk out, pick a cantaloupe, and eat it for breakfast


Beans are starting come in and are very cute.


And yes I have 4 foot high cilantro.  Well not anymore.  I trimmed it back, but yeesh!   Look at that stuff.


You can see the zucchini and squash overflowing from the box there.  Going to have A LOT of those.  But I LOVE zucchini bread so thats all good.  Now I just have to get my mom to fly down and make it for me.


Here is some vegetables we pulled out to eat the other day.  yummy


And I caught my wife out working in the garden.  At first she didn’t like the idea of the garden and thought it would not work.  She now loves the garden and actually likes to work out in it.  She puts on her podcasts and goes to town.  She says its soothing, and she’s right.


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Orange rolls cooked in oranges over a fire

Jun 16, 2010 by

First, a big giant welcome to all the new users from Pinterest and Pillsbury.  I hope you enjoy TrulySimple and let me know what you think.

We Went camping with our friends to Pismo Beach state park over the weekend and had a great time.  We love Pismo Beach and especially love eating at Splash’s Cafe.  They have the best clam chowder in the world.

I love camping and I love eating while camping.  It just all tastes better for some reason.

For breakfast on the last day, we tried out something fun with the kids and created some great orange rolls that we cooked inside of oranges over the fire.  My wife got this recipe from a friend and we through we would try it out, and it turned out great.

You will need:

  • Oranges
  • Pillsbury Grands! Orange Flavor Rolls
  • A Camp fire


Madison was my little helper for this and she did a great job.


Cut the oranges in half.

DISCLAIMER #1: No children were harmed in the making of these orange rolls.  Yes kids can use knives safely when supervised by adults.


scoop out the insides

DISCLAIMER #2: All of the orange bits we scooped out were eaten and not wasted.


Grab the Pillsbury Grands! Orange Flavor Rolls and put one in each orange half.


Put the oranges onto a baking sheet or something you can throw on top a fire


Looking good


cover the oranges with tinfoil


throw the cooking tray on the fire


The rolls will rise as they bake


these smell amazing as they are cooking over the fire


Once the rolls have risen pull them off of the fire.  Watch that they don’t burn if you have a hot fire.


Add the icing to the rolls


sticky, yummy, and oh so good.


Now you eat them and enjoy the morning campfire.

These were a big hit with all the kids as well as the adults.  We were all clamoring to eat these as we sat around the morning campfire.

Try these next time you are camping


Thanks for all the comments on this post but WOW some of them are crazy!  Again, all parts of the oranges were eaten and no children cut off their limbs while helping make them.

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stop complaining.

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500,000 miles on my 1991 Ford Ranger

My 1991 Ford Ranger has served me well.

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