Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Crisp Arugula Salad

(recipe from Christina Cooks)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

2 cups baby arugula
10-12 strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup raisins (I used currants)

Combine dressing ingredients in the bottom of your salad bowl.  Add greens, fruit, nuts, raisins and toss to coat ingredients with dressing.

*You may use berries, pear or apple slices, tangerines, unsweetened dried cranberries, hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds.  You can change the salad completely by adding cherry tomatoes and cucumbers or olives and leaving out the fruit.

(Basic, simple, delicious.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cashew Sour Cream

(recipe from Whole Foods Market)

1 cup raw cashews
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. fine sea salt

Place cashews in a small bowl and cover by about 1/2-inch with boiling water.  Let soak for 30 minutes.

Drain cashews, reserving the liquid.  Place cashews in a blender with the vinegar, lemon juice, salt and 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid.  Blend until very smooth, adding more soaking liquid as required to puree the mixture.  Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

(This was fairly good as a sour cream alternative - just making note of it.)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Stir-Fried Corn and Tempeh

(recipe from christinacooks.com)

Olive oil
5-6 thin slices fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
2 cloves fresh garlic, thinly sliced
1 small leek, halved lengthwise, rinsed free of dirt, sliced thinly diagonally
soy sauce (to taste)
8-oz. package tempeh, cut into small cubes
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup watercress, rinsed well, hand broken into bite-size pieces

Place a generous amount of oil in a skillet or wok along with ginger, garlic and leek, over medium heat.  When the leek begins to sizzle, add a splash of soy sauce and sauté for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in tempeh cubes, season lightly with soy sauce and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, allowing the tempeh to brown on the edges.  Stir in corn, season to taste with soy sauce and stir fry until the corn is just heated through.  Remove from heat and stir in watercress.  Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

White Bean and Tomato Salad

(recipe from Real Simple magazine)

Two 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (I used navy beans)
1 small tomato, diced
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. minced fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme)
1/2 tsp. salt
olive oil

Combine all ingredients and drizzle with the olive oil.

(It does not get much more simple than this!  Easy summer salad recipe, good for parties.  Nice served with salad greens.)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Feta and Fresh Herb Quick Bread

(recipe from chocolateandzucchini.com)

a pat of unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3 large organic eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. plain unsweetened yogurt
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
7 oz. sheep's milk feta cheese (or substitute goat cheese)
1 bunch fresh herb leaves (flat-leaf parsley, basil, chervil, chives, mint - preferably a mix!), about 1 cup loosely packed, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350F.

Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan and sprinkle half the sesame seeds onto the bottom and sides, shaking the pan to coat.

Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, yogurt, salt, and pepper.  Stir in the cheese and herbs.

Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture.  Don't overmix the batter, it's okay if a few lumps remain.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, level the surface with a spatula, and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds.

Put into the oven to bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the loaf is golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few minutes and run a knife around the pan to loosen.  Unmold and transfer to a rack to cool.

Cut into slices or cubes just before serving, slightly warm or at room temperature.  The bread can be made a day ahead.  Wrap tightly and keep in the fridge. 

(Comes together easily.  A nice way to use up any leftover herbs in the fridge.  Tangy and refreshing - especially with mint!)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Quinoa Tabbouleh

(recipe from the book Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D.)

2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup currants
1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup scallions, diagonally cut thinly
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 20 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend.

(Easy and delicious!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Millet Tofu Stew

(recipe from Christina Cooks)

1 cup millet, rinsed well
1/2 cup tofu, cut into tiny cubes
1 cup winter squash, cubed
5 cups water
1 tsp. miso

Millet tends to hold on to dust, so be sure to rinse it well, until the water running off is relatively clear.  Layer squash and then tofu in a heavy pot, top with millet, gently add water, cover and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to low and cook for about 30 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and millet takes on a lovely creamy texture.  Dissolve miso in a small amount of warm water and gently stir into millet.  Simmer 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir briskly.  Squash will break apart slightly and incorporate throughout the dish.  Serve hot, garnished with minced parsley, scallion, or toasted nori strips.

(Amazingly delicious flavor for a macrobiotic dish!  I used a whole block of tofu and quite a bit of butternut squash, extra millet - you don't need to be too exact on measurements, just add water to cover everything.  Creamy and yummy.  Be sure to salt and pepper to taste.)