Thursday, November 17, 2016

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Corn-Chive Vinaigrette

2 lbs fingerling potatoes, quartered
6 Tbs olive oil, divided
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
2 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs maple syrup
1 shallot, minced
2 Tbs sliced chives
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1) Preheat oven to 425F.
2) Bring potatoes and enough salted water to cover by 1 inch to a boil in large saucepan. Boil 12 minutes, then drain and cool.
3) Toss potatoes with 3 Tbs olive oil and season with salt, if desired. Arrange on 9x13 inch baking sheet. Roast 25-28 minutes, or until golden. 
4) Meanwhile, mash 1/2 cup corn kernels in medium bowl to release some milk. Whisk in remaining 3 Tbs olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup and shallots. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in remaining corn kernels and chives.
5) Arrange potatoes on platter. Spoon corn vinaigrette around and over potatoes. Top with parsley leaves. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Review:  This was definitely a side dish and not an entree. But it was super delicious. It was both spicy (from the shallots) and sweet. I loved the competing tastes and they combine for a super fancy flavor. I'd love to bring this to a potluck or family meal. 
Adapted from:–garlic-chive-vinaigrette

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shepherd's Pie

2 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup vegan butter
2 Tbs olive oil
1 leek, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 bag frozen mixed mushrooms
1 bag (lb) frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbs Herbes de Provence
2 cups cooked lentils
2 tsp smoked paprika

1) To make potato topping: Bring potatoes and enough water to cover by 2 inches to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain, and return to saucepan. Add vegan butter and mash until smooth. Set aside.
2) To make filling: Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic, and season with salt if desired. Saute 3 to 5 minutes, or until leeks are softened.
3) Stir in mushrooms, and increase heat to medium-high. Saute 10 to 13 minutes, or until much of liquid released by the mushrooms has cooked off. Add mixed vegetables and saute 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through. Add wine and stir to combine. Simmer mixture over medium-high heat2 to 3 minutes, or until wine has evaporated. Add cayenne pepper and Herbes de Provence.
4) Serve filling topped with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle smoked paprika on top of the potatoes to finish the dish.

Review:  I deviated from the recipe in that I wasn't about to take the additional step of topping the filling with potatoes and baking it. Pfffftt. I'm sure it would be pretty and browned on top, but I WAS HUNGRY!! This was absolutely divine. The leeks, mushroom, lentils and red wine made for a very earthy flavor. Yet, the carrots and corn from the mixed vegetables added a bit of sweet that perfectly balanced the dish. I loved this so much!!
Adapted from:
November/December 2016 issue of Vegetarian Times

Monday, November 14, 2016

Avocado & Quinoa Salad with Tomato Confit

2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 cup quinoa
2 large avocados, diced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 cup pitted, marinated olives
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 drops hot sauce 

1) To make salad: Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2) Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 tsp olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Roast 25 minutes, or until tomatoes have rendered their water and look slightly wilted. Transfer to paper towel lined plate and refrigerate until ready to use.
3) Cook quinoa according to package directions. Spread on large plate, stir in remaining 1 tsp olive oil, and cool.
4) To make dressing: Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, honey, cumin and hot sauce in a bowl. 
5) Combine tomatoes, quinoa and avocados in a large bowl. Top with cilantro and olives.

Review:  I didn't make this as fancy as it recommended, because I really don't care about presentation. I made this last night and allowed it to refrigerate for a tasty cold salad lunch. The flavors melded together so well and was phenomenal. It was slightly sweet, with an exotic Mediterranean flavor. Which was surprising with the avocado and cilantro. This was simply divine and will make a great potluck dish. 
Adapted from:
September/October 2016 issue of Vegetarian Times

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Squash, Mushroom, Kale & Dill Soup

1 lb frozen mixed mushrooms
32oz vegetable broth
2 lb butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 cup sprouted rice blend
4 cups loosely packed baby kale leaves
1 cup chopped fresh dill

1) Preheat the oven to 400F. Spread the butternut squash evenly on an oiled baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until tender.
2) Meanwhile, add the mushrooms and vegetable broth. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Add rice, cover and lower to low-medium heat. Simmer for 25 minutes.
3) Add roasted butternut squash to cooked rice mixture. Mix in baby kale and dill, until kale has wilted.
4) Serve warm.

Review:  I usually use Trader Joe's broth, but had to go with a different brand this time. It was oddly light on the vegetable flavor and weirdly sweet. I need to stick with what I trust!! This was otherwise a hearty meal. The kale wasn't too strong and the dill balanced the earthy flavors. I really liked this!
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Curried Quinoa Salad with Asparagus & Cauliflower

1 cup quinoa
3 Tbs lemon juice
5 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs curry powder
2 tsp whole coriander seeds, coarsely cracked in mortar with pestle
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 head cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1) Preheat oven to 425F. On a greased baking sheet. evenly spread out the asparagus and cauliflower. Bake for 20 minutes.
2) Place quinoa in small saucepan, with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat, simmering for 15 minutes, or until water is fully absorbed.
3) Whisk together lemon juice, oil, vinegar, curry powder and coriander in a small bowl.
4) In a large bowl, mix together roasted vegetables, quinoa, dressing and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Review: The original recipe called for this to be a cold dish. I wasn't in the mood for cold curry, however. I roasted the vegetables and tossed this all together while still warm. I definitely think roasting was the way to go. However, I wasn't wowed by the flavor of the dish. I haven't been a big fan of regular curry (love Thai curry, though!), so maybe it's just me.
Adapted from:
June 2016 issue of Vegetarian Times

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Golden Frittata with Red Bell Pepper, Chickpeas & Baby Spinach

5 large eggs
1 Tbs turmeric
1 tsp onion powder
2 Tbs avocado oil
1 large red bell pepper, diced
15oz can chickpeas
2 cups baby spinach

1) Preheat oven to 400F.
2) Whisk together eggs, turmeric and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3) Heat oil in large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and cook 4 minutes, or until pepper is slightly softened. Stir in spinach, stirring for about 2 minutes, until spinach is wilted.
4) Add chickpeas, distributing evenly throughout the pan. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables, ensuring the eggs are evenly distributed.
5) Transfer to oven, baking for 12 minutes, or until top and center of eggs are just set. Cool 2 minutes before serving.

Review: It's been a long time since I've been able to cook a meal for both my husband and I (which ultimately leads to me trying fewer new recipes). He's on a low-carb diet, which often means lots of meat and cheese. But, I proposed that this frittata wasn't too far from his diet and he acquiesced. I absolutely adored this dish. It was hearty, savory and had a strong turmeric flavor. Mike, however, felt like he could only taste chickpeas. He still ate it all, though! The original recipe called for 9 eggs, but I got away with 5. I think 9 would be just too much, but might mean more for a family.
Adapted from:
June 2016 issue of Vegetarian Times

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pasta with Swiss Chard & Tomatoes

12 oz pasta
2 pt cherry tomatoes, halved
4 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs onion powder
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch Swiss chard, trimmed and chopped
15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper to taste

1) Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse and set aside.
2) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic in olive oil over medium heat until fragrant.
3) Add Swiss chard and tomatoes. Stir occasionally until Swiss chard is wilted and tender, and the tomatoes have all 'popped.'
4) Add tomato paste, onion powder and chickpeas. Stir until thoroughly warm.
5) Combine mixture with pasta and serve warm.

Review: The original directions called for making this all in one pot. However, since I'm using gluten-free pasta, I wasn't sure the recipe would work the same. I think doing it the way I did ultimately would be better. I made a great sauce with the tomatoes and chard that was incredibly savory and tasty. I adored this and it really didn't take that long to make!
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