Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lentils With Carrots

(recipe from Cooking Light magazine)

3 cups water
3 cups finely diced carrot
1 cup dried small black, green, or brown lentils
1/4 cups minced fresh onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp. butter (I did not use)

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer for 25 minutes. Drain.  Stir in butter.  Discard bay leaf.

(I did not drain, instead left it a little soupy and served over the celeriac puree (recipe follows).  The bay leaf amps up the flavor.)

Celeriac Puree

(recipe from Cooking Light magazine)

3 cups chopped leek
1 lb. peeled baking potato, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1 lb. celeriac (celery root), peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
2 Tbsp. butter (I used olive oil)
1/4 tsp. salt

Place the leek, potato, and celeriac in a stockpot; cover with water.  Bring to a boil; cook 30 minutes or until very tender.  Drain.

Place the leek mixture in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.  Stir in butter and salt.

(So much better than straight mashed potato!  The leek and celeriac give a light, grassy flavor.  I suggest using a food processor - a little too much volume even for my Vitamix to handle in the blender.)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Belgian Endive and Apple Salad

(recipe from Cooking Light magazine)

2 Tbsp. minced shallots
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper (this seemed like a lot to me, so I used only 1/8 tsp.)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. walnut oil or olive oil
4 cups julienne-cut Golden Delicious apple (about 2 large)
3 heads Belgian endive, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise (about 4 cups)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Combine first 5 ingredients; add oils, stirring well with a whisk.  Add apple, tossing well; cover and chill.

Combine apple mixture, endive, and parsley in a large bowl; toss well to coat.  Serve immediately.

[Note:  You can make the dressing early in the day and toss the apples with it to keep them from browning.  Wait as long as you can to cut the endive because it discolors where touched with a knife.]

(A simple but delightful salad!  I mixed the dressing and apples and kept them in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week.  Then, when I wanted a salad, I sliced some endive, chopped some parsley, and mixed them with some of the apples and dressing for an individual portion.  Really yummy.  I also added some cubed avocado.  Tangy and tart.)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Salmon Moqueca

(recipe from

Fish and marinade:
1 1/2 lb. wild salmon fillets
28 oz. can of peeled whole tomatoes, undrained
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 garlic cloves, cut in half
1 Serrano chile pepper, stemmed and cut in half (use the seeds, too, if you want your stew to be spicy)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup water (or fish stock)
3/4 cup organic whole coconut milk
1/2 cup minced green onion - for garnish
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped - for garnish

Place fish in a shallow non-reactive (non-metal) bowl.  Combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, chile pepper, lime juice, oil and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal blade (or a blender).  Process until smooth and pour over the fish.  Allow to marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add diced sweet potato and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, adding a little water if needed so it doesn't burn, until softened.  Add zucchini, green and red pepper and continue to cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes, again adding water to the pan, if needed.  Add water and stir in coconut milk.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2 to 3 minutes.

Add fish and marinade and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Just before serving, stir in green onion and cilantro.  Serve alone or over rice.

(Based on a traditional Brazilian fish stew.  I enjoyed eating this over rice noodles.  Interesting combination of flavors, with the salmon, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and coconut milk.  Makes a lot, and keeps well in the fridge.)