Archive for the ‘veggies’ Category

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orange carrots with tahini drizzle

November 26, 2013

I’m combining all the great ideas i’ve seen for carrots lately into one recipe. Haven’t tried this yet, so if you try it, let me know how it goes! I’ll make it this week.

Steam, boil, or roast carrots until nearly done.

In a heavy-bottomed pan or pot, melt butter, coconut oil, or walnut oil over medium. Wait until the pan is hot. Add carrots.

Squeeze the juice from one orange on top. Add a tiny bit of lemon juice. Stir often, turning heat to medium-low. Cook a few minutes before adding a drizzle of maple syrup or honey (or a tablespoon or two.) Add a pinch of salt and pepper (bet this’d be good with a little cayenne.) Cook 4-5 mins, stirring often.

Seperately, mix up the tahini sauce. Add equal parts tahini and maple syrup with a little water.

Serve, with tahini sauce drizzled over carrots.

If this sounds too sweet for you, skip the maple syrup in the tahini sauce and make a sugar-free traditional Lebanese tahini sauce!

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recipe adapted by me

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bemiah (easy lebanese okra)

November 24, 2013

2 lbs of Okra
1 and ½ medium sized onions
4 large mushrooms, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 large can of diced tomatoes (preferably firewood)
4 cloves of freshly peeled garlic, minced
2 bell peppers
A dash of Cayenne Pepper
A dash of salt
½ to 1 cup of Coconut Oil (or other oils) for frying

Cut/discard the stems of Okra, rinse well, then let dry. Chop all the other vegetables and mince the garlic.
In a deep pot, fry the Okra in ½ cup of oil until they turn brownish, then place them on paper towels or in strainer to strain away the oil.
In the same pot, add 4-6 teaspoons of fresh oil and saute the onions and mushrooms until they turn golden/lightly caramelized. Add the bell pepper and saute for 3-4 more minutes.
Add the okra to the cooking pot, stir well, then add the diced tomatoes and chopped tomatoes, the garlic, Cayenne peppers and salt, mix well and let stew on low heat for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Serve hot or cold with a side of rice.

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from mama’s lebanese kitchen

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feta and spinach potatoes

October 23, 2013

boil potatoes until they are just barely cooked.
meanwhile, fry ground sausage. set aside, and in greasy pan fry onions (if veg, just cook onions in olive oil and add mushrooms and garlic.)
slice potatoes thin.
butter a casserole dish and add one thin layer of potatoes.
salt.
make a thin feta, fried onion, and sausage layer.
grate a little melty mild cheese, like mozarella, monterey jack, or any other. (i used a habanero cheese.)
continue layering.
grate melty cheese on top and bake at 325 for fifteen minutes.
serve while very hot. once served, each person should add shredded baby spinach to their bowl right away and stir to wilt it.

top with plain yogurt, tahini dressing, tahini-yogurt sauce, sour cream, or your favorite creamy thing.

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glazed maple and mustard brussels sprouts

September 15, 2013

OVEN RECIPE:

Add the following to a small jar:

1 T combination of walnut and olive oils (or whatever oil you like!)
1 T Dijon mustard
1 t – 1 T pure maple syrup
1 T lemon or lime juice
pepper, salt, nutmeg

Shake well.

Preheat oven to 400 (375 if your oven runs hot)

Wash brussels sprouts, cut in half, and remove any damaged outer leaves. Add brussels sprouts and glaze to a large mason jar, an old yogurt container or other larger lidded container. Shake well.

Lay on a baking sheet. Roast them, keeping a close watch since the sugar in the maple syrup likes to burn.

CROCKPOT RECIPE:

1 T butter (vegans can use olive oil)
1 stalk Brussels sprouts (about 2-3 cups) blemished or tough outer leaves removed, halved
1 1/2 T Dijon mustard
1 t – 1 T pure maple syrup
1 T lemon juice
2 T pecans, chopped
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
A few twists of fresh grated nutmeg just before serving (optional)

Add all ingredients except the optional nutmeg to the crockpot. Cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until al dente. Adjust salt and pepper and add nutmeg. Serve warm.

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adapted from vegetarian slow cooker

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This immediately became my favorite brussels sprout recipe of all-time. This honey-mustard glaze would be fantastic on any veggies or meat. Highly recommended!

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lazy leftover fried rice with broccoli

September 8, 2013

Tempted to call for take-out because you don’t have any food in the house? Here’s some Americanized Chinese food for a lazy day!

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Steam broccoli.

In a (separate) frying pan, heat canola oil. fry raw unseasoned meat or meat substitute or mushrooms in it (optional, of course) and set aside.

In same frying pan (no need to rinse it,) fry onions on medium-high, stirring frequently. When translucent, add fresh minced ginger or garlic. When aromatic, add leftover rice. Cook a few minutes.

Re-add the meat or mushrooms, and, if you like, a handful of frozen peas. Remember to stir frequently.

In a bowl, whisk together a fair amount of either tamari, soy sauce, or hoisin if you like it super-sweet. Add peanut or sesame oil, sesame seeds, a little rice wine vinegar, little Sriracha (to taste,) cooking sherry, two drops of fish sauce, and a little miso.

When the broccoli is done steaming, cut it into pieces and throw it into the pan. Crack a few eggs over it and stir immediately. Cook a few minutes.

Pour the liquid evenly over the food while stirring. Cook a few minutes. Eat.

This tastes exactly like Americanized Chinese take-out fried rice. It’s easy to customize – eggplant fried rice, steak fried rice, fish fried rice, whatever you have in the house! A great dinner for those times there’s nothing in the house and you’re tempted to spend money on takeout. This costs almost nothing to make and has big flavor. You can’t go wrong with it – snap peas, carrots, leftover baked potatoes – you can stick any food into fried rice.

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FRIED RICE QUESTIONS

“How come my fried rice doesn’t taste like take-out?”
You won’t like my answer. Restaurants use WAY more oil and sugar than most home cooks would ever dream of.

“Why is it mushy or sticking together?”
Don’t use fresh rice! If you cooked the rice the same day you tried to fry it, that’s your problem. It needs to lose moisture. Make rice, stick it in your fridge, and fry it tomorrow or the next day.
If your rice is leftover, you’re not using enough heat! Kick it up to medium-high, or higher if you have someone to stir it constantly for you while you dump in ingredients. Don’t add anything to the pan until it’s super hot!

“What if I’m totally broke?”
Just go for soy sauce with ginger. Rice wine vinegar is cheap and a great investment, but if limes are cheaper in your area, go for those instead.

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thin crust spinach and feta pizza

August 31, 2013

Dough

1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons instant yeast*
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
3 1/2 cups King Arthur Italian-Style Flour
3/4 cup to 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water*
2 tablespoons olive oil
*Use the greater amount of yeast if you plan on baking the pizza right away; the lesser amount if you’ll refrigerate the dough first.
**Use the lesser amount of water in summer or humid conditions; the greater amount in winter or under drier conditions.

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1) In a medium-sized mixing bowl (or in a bread machine set on the dough/manual cycle), combine all of the ingredients to make a very soft dough. Knead for 5 to 7 minutes (or allow the dough to go through the bread machine’s dough cycle); the dough will gradually become smooth and cohesive, though it’ll remain quite sticky.

2) To bake pizza immediately, divide the dough in half, and let each half rest, covered, for about 15 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 450°F. To bake pizza later, transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 1 hour, then refrigerate it for up to 3 days.

3) While the dough is resting or rising (or just before you’re ready to bake pizza), start preheating the oven to 450°F, and prepare your toppings.

4) For spinach and feta pizza, thaw the frozen spinach, and squeeze it in your hands (or a paper towel, or a dish towel) until it’s very dry.

5) Heat the olive oil, and sauté the spinach, salt, and garlic for a couple of minutes, just until hot and well combined.

6) Divide the dough in half. You’ll be working with one piece of dough at a time. To make two pizzas now, set one half aside, lightly covered, while you work with the first piece. To make one pizza now, one later, return half the dough to the refrigerator, covered; use it within a day or two.

7) Lightly grease two sheets of parchment paper, waxed paper, or (last choice) plastic wrap. Lightly grease one or two large rectangular pans (half sheet pans work well), and drizzle with olive oil.

8) Sandwich the dough between the two pieces of paper, greased sides touching the dough. Roll the dough super-thin; the low protein in Italian-style flour will allow you to do this pretty easily. If the dough fights back, walk away for 10 minutes, then return and roll some more.

9) Peel the paper off one side of the crust. Place the crust, paper side up, on the prepared pan. Peel off the remaining paper.

10) Top the crust with half the spinach and half the feta. Spray lightly with olive oil spray, if you have it; this will help the feta brown a bit.

11) Bake the pizza on a lower rack of the oven for 5 minutes, to brown the bottom crust. Then move it to a middle or upper-middle rack, and continue to bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the top of the crust is golden and the feta is beginning to brown.

12) Remove the pizza from the oven, and transfer it to a rack immediately, so the crust stays crisp. Serve hot.

13) Repeat with the remaining half of the dough. Or return to the refrigerator, along with the remaining topping ingredients, and bake later.

Yield: 2 large thin-crust pizzas, about 8 to 10 servings total.

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adapted from here

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This old-school recipe turned out great. I topped the dough with just a little melty cheese (mozarella or monterey jack would be great, but all I had was cheddar and that was fine) and a lot of crumbled feta. I sauteed fresh greens (not just spinach, but a blend with arugala – use whatever you have) with olive oil and a pinch of nutmeg and salt, and squeezed it before putting it on the pizza so it wouldn’t make the crust soggy. Then I added bits of kalamata olives and pickled Greek peppers, and a little oregano from the garden.

The crust came out perfectly crispy. Remember to roll it thin! It’s a great looking pizza. The recipe is really specific, but it works. I recommend this highly if you have dry powdered milk in your pantry!

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eggless spicy sweet potato black bean burgers

August 14, 2013

1/2 cup quinoa, cooked in 1c water
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large sweet potato, cooked
1 small onion or half a large onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 jalapeno, seeded
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons spicy cajun seasoning
1/4 oat flour (oat bran will work)
salt and pepper, to taste

In bowl of food processor, add onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Pulse til minced. Add beans, cooked sweet potato, cumin, cajun seasoning, and pulse until almost smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor when necessary. Add cilantro. Transfer mixture to bowl and combine with cooked quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste – and possibly more cajun seasoning if you’d like. Mix in oat bran/oat flour, but only enough so that you are able to shape patties. (You shouldn’t need more than 1/3 cup).
Divide into 6 patties (about 1/2 cup each) and place on baking sheet; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help patties bind together.

Pan-fry in your favorite oil or fat (peanut or sesame goes great with these flavors!)

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modified from ambitious kitchen

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i can never seem to keep veggie burgers from falling apart in a hot skillet. this sounds like the perfect food to be topped with goddess dressing or a syrian yogurt or tahini sauce. the recipe calls for an avocado crema, made simply with lime juice, avocado, cilantro (coriander) leaves, and thick yogurt. sounds great, too!

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update 8/19

mixed it all up and it tasted good, and unbelievably, after refrigerating the patties overnight, they really stayed together! when done, though, the center oozed a bit – not too badly, but not burger-like. is the extra time spent turning them into burgers worth it if it becomes bean dip halfway through? the texture was also made a bit strange and gummy by the oat flour. a complete protein, though, and it looks nice on the bun! recommended, healthy, and interesting, but not perfect.

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gujarati khattai alu (sweet and sour potatoes)

July 18, 2013

another recipe i used to make all the time when i first learned to cook!

1 lb floury potatoes
1 T tamarind pulp
1/4 c water
2 t brown sugar
1 1/2 T ghee
1/2 t black mustard seed
1/2 t turmeric
1/2 t cayenne or ground chili
1 t ground coriander
1 t ground cumin
1 t salt
2 fresh green chilis
2 T dessicated (dried) coconut

peel and dice potatoes. dissolve sugar in tamarind pulp liquid after soaking leftover tamarind in water to extract pulp.

fry mustard seeds in oil or ghee. add spices and fry for 1 min on low. add potatoes, toss with salt and water for a minute. cover and cook on low for 15 minutes. add tamarind, chili, and coconut and stir. cook 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

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source: a sheet of paper

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cauliflower crust calzone (gluten-free)

July 8, 2013

makes three medium size calzones (feeds 3)

Crust

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (should yield about 3 cups once processed)
½ cup / 1.7 oz / 50 gr mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 free range egg, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Filling

6 tablespoons thick tomato sauce
½ cup / 1.7 oz / 50 gr mozzarella cheese
pinch of salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F (220°C) and place a rack in the middle. Grease baking sheet.
Steam and rice cauliflower.
Place the cauliflower rice in a tea towel and twist it to squeeze out as much moisture as you can (I squeezed out more than 1 cup of liquid). This is very important. The cauliflower rice needs to be dry. Otherwise you’ll end up with a mushy dough, not a crusty one.
Transfer the cauliflower rice to a mixing bowl and add egg, mozzarella, oregano, sea salt and pepper. Mix well.
Using your hands, press the mixture onto the baking sheet and shape into three discs (diameter should be about 5 inches).
Place in the oven and bake for 10 (no more no less, 10 minutes).
Remove from the oven and, working quickly, top the half of each disc with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Using a large spatula carefully lift the half of the disc without filling and fold it over the other part.
Use your fingers to push the edges of each calzone together and seal in the filling.
Bake in the oven for an additional 12 minutes.
Serve hot!

Nutrition facts

One cauliflower crust calzone yields 161 calories, 8.3 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs and 11 grams of protein.

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recipe and nutritional facts from the iron you

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I made three big pizzas with the “dough,” and wasn’t impressed with the chewy crust that tended to stick to the cookie sheets. Weird consistency, time-consuming cleanup, and overall a lot of work for not a lot of results. I tasted a cauliflower crust pizza last year that impressed me, so I’m not sure what I did wrong. Any ideas?

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green bean salad with olive and sun-dried tomato

June 30, 2013

600g fresh green beans, ends removed
10 large green olives, pitted and sliced
10 large kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
50g sundried tomatoes, chopped
75g sliced almonds, toasted
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced

steam green beans 3-5 mins. plunge into cold water.

chop, combine with other ingredients, refrigerate.

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from here

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