Posts Tagged ‘Vegetarian’

Ok, foodies! Here is a wonderful meal. I recently checked out Wichcraft by Tom Colicchio from the library. It is the ultimate sandwich book in my opinion. Also, I checked out Rosalind Creasy’s Recipes From The Garden. The recipes to both of these dishes are available in these books. Happy cooking!

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Today, I created a masterpiece vegan salad. The flavors are balanced and you can just feel the freshness, power, and energy with each bite. Here is the recipe and photo. The little celery stick on top with peanut butter and raisins is called Ants On A Log. This was created by one of my children.

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Bulgar Wheat Vegetable Salad

1 cup of Bulgar wheat

1 onion finely chopped

5 pieces of celery off stalk finely sliced

5 carrots grated

1/2 pound of fresh snow peas

1 can of garbanzo beans

1/3 cup of fresh mint

1/3 cup of fresh Italian parsley

1/2 cup of roasted/salted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup orange juice

1/8 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Optional: Half moon orange slices for presentation

1. Boil two cups of water with the 1/2 teaspoon of salt. When it starts to boil, remove from heat and add 1 cup bulgur wheat. Allow bulgur wheat to absorb all water which takes about 15 minutes.

2. In a skillet heat the 1/8 cup of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, celery, and snow peas. Cook these for about four minutes.

3. Add all the vegetables, herbs, juice, seeds, and bulgur wheat to large mixing bowl.

4. Mix everything together thoroughly and enjoy.

This recipe will serve 6-8 people.

 

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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Tonight for dinner I have an Indian Sampler plate.

Indian food is so fragrant, spicy, rich, flavorful, and euphoric!

Starting from top left going in a clockwise motion, there is Mutter Paneer which is peas in a gravy of mild spices with Indian Cheese, Baigan Bharta which is smoked and mashed eggplant with onions, garlic, and spices, Palak Paneer which is spinach and Indian cheese, Kadhi Pakoda which is gram flour dumplings cooked Punjabi style in yogurt and Indian spices, Dal Makhani which is black lentils and kidney beans cooked in a buttery gravy of tomatoes, onions, ginger, and garlic, Mutter Methi Malai which is fenugreek and sweet peas cooked in a cashew sauce with mild Indian spices, Basmanti Rice, and Masala Naan bread.

If you have never eaten Indian food you are denying yourself a life’s pleasure.

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When eating salad, I am always amazed by the colors of vegetables available. You can truly create a rainbow of colors. This salad has spinach, romaine lettuce, mushrooms, red onion, tomato, red, yellow, and orange bell pepper. For the centerpiece, I have 16/20 size shrimp sauteed in garlic, olive oil, and lemon pepper. For the vegetarians out there, just drop the shrimp and come up with your own protein alternative.

You can use the dressing of your choosing. I prefer a combination of olive oil and lemon.

Remember to gather your ingredients.

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Chop your vegetables to the size and shape of your liking.

Saute your Shrimp about six minutes. Cook until a light pink.

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Arrange your vegetables. Place your shrimp in the center. Enjoy!

Rainbow Shrimp Salad

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This is where Mexico, the Southwestern United States, and Italy meet. I love pasta, Pico de Gallo, and cactus. So I thought,”What if I mix all three?” Well, I must say it is a hit with the family, and I hope if you try it, it is with you too. This dish is vegan, vegetarian, healthy, free of preservatives, and artificial colors.

The first thing to do is gather the necessary supplies and ingredients. Proper preparation makes cooking easy.

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For this recipe, I chopped the cilantro, tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeno that you see in the photo.  For the cactus, I am to lazy to cut spines and peel them, unless I am in outdoors survival mode. I purchase my cactus already prepared. Mix all the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl except the cactus with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and one tablespoon olive oil. Squeeze juice of one lime and one lemon into bowl. Mix again with fork. Boil the cactus for about seven minutes and drain off slime. Run the cactus under cool water to cool it down. Boil Farfalle pasta until al dente or slightly firm. This takes about ten minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and place in large bowl with vegetables, and one more tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well.

Your now ready to enjoy!

Cactus Salad Farfalle

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One of my favorite healthy low-calorie snacks is small pickling cucumbers marinated in lemon juice, a little sea salt, and black pepper. It is quick, simple, and will fit anyone’s vibe. Vegan, meat-eater, weight watcher, etc. The first thing to do is gather the tools and the supplies for ease of preparation.

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Peel the six pickling cucumbers, slice, and place in a bowl with lid. Squeeze juice from two lemons in the bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Shake them well. Add a little black pepper. Enjoy your quick healthy snack.

Lemon Pickle Chips

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Skillet, olive oil, 15 cloves garlic pressed,  one onion sliced, and little sea salt. Saute. Next add one pound of lean ground chuck 90/10. Continue to cook and when meat is medium rare, add one pound of white mushrooms, and cover skillet with lid until mushrooms are cooked.

During the saute process boil a pot of water in a large pot. Add a little olive oil and sea salt. Add one pound of Barrilla Plus Brand Rigotoni.  The yellow box. I prefer this brand because of the ingredients.  Omega 3’s, fiber, etc. It’s not the run of the mill flour based stuff.

Cook pasta. Drain. Add to mixing bowl. Pour in meat and sautéed veggies without draining. Top with Newman’s Own Tomato Basil Sauce.

Serve with Caesar Salad or your choice of side.

For The Vegetarians out there use a meat free hamburger crumble.

Lotsa Garlic Rigotoni!

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Many people leave work and the first thought to their mind is relaxation. For me it is time to cook. Why roving through the grocery store last night a vision came to me. That vision was to roast vegetables that I wanted in a pasta. I picked some of my favorites and thought about colors of the Earth. So I ended up with asparagus, spinach, yellow squash, red onion,  and yellow and red bell peppers. So today, I prep and chop them, which took no less than 15 minutes. I add some fresh garlic slices, olive oil, cracked black pepper, and a little sea salt. Roast them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes stirring once at ten minute mark.

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While the veggies are roasting I prepare a pot of water to cook the Rotini pasta until al dente. Which is about 10 minutes for a pound. I used a steamer basket on top of the pasta to steam the fresh spinach to just slightly wilted which is less than two minutes. Next, I place the spinach in a large mixing bowl along with the fresh cooked pasta. I top this with a jar of Classico Traditional Pesto Sauce. I thoroughly mix it. I then pour in the roasted vegetables and thoroughly mix again. Next, it heads to the plate. Enjoy!

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This is a vegetarian friendly dish, but may not be suitable to a vegan due to Parmesan cheese. This dish less than 30 minutes and is heart healthy.