Posts Tagged ‘tomato’

One of the most beautiful salad dishes to me is a Greek Salad. I love making them! The colors blend together in a vibrant way and the flavors of lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, fresh mint, romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, Kalamata Olives, and feta cheese burst with healthy flavor.

My Beautiful Greek Salad

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Lately, I have been experimenting with a lot of vegetarian based dishes. I decided to try Napa Cabbage for the first time and I am hooked. The flavor is so much more milder than traditional cabbage. I gathered ideas from a few websites regarding Napa cabbage, and ultimately created my own recipe and dish off the ideas.

My recipe is as follows:

Orecciette Pasta Salad with Napa Cabbage, tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, and Herbs

1lb Orecciette Pasta

1 yellow onion chopped

2 cloves fresh garlic pressed or chopped finely

1 head Napa cabbage

1 8 ounce package of sliced mushrooms

2 fresh tomatoes

3 tablespoons fresh basil

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon of salt or to your taste

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Optional toppings: Crushed Red Pepper and Parmigiano cheese

The first order of business is to saute all of the vegetables with seasons and herbs in olive oil until slightly wilted for cabbage and slightly softened for other vegetables.

Place all the sautéed vegetables in a large mixing bowl.

While you are doing this cook pasta 10 minutes until al dente or follow package instructions.

Mix the pasta, vegetables, and herbs in the large mixing bowl together with a little more olive oil.

Serve and enjoy.

This recipe will easily serve 6 or more people depending on portion size.

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This is a quick, tasty, healthy sandwich that I love to make on my panini press. The summer is here, so light food is great when the temps top out over 90. All you need is some mayonnaise, whole wheat bread, mushrooms, tomato, fresh basil, and your choice of cheese and seasonings. I prefer Muenster or Mozzarella for my cheese and a little lemon pepper for season.

The summer is a great time to grow fresh basil which I do.

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This is how you should lay everything out on your bread before you place the two slices together.

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This is how it should look off the panini press with a side of veggie chips. A quick, easy, healthy, yummy panini sandwich.

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