Category Archives: RECIPES

A Recipe and a Recommendation

I was feeling a little down………. so I made soup.  It seems to be a sure way to improve the mood.  I recommend it.

Using a 2 quart pot, I splashed in a half cup or so of vegetable broth.  Added in (rough-cut):  small onion, a stalk of celery (with some celery leaves), one large carrot, 2 medium potatoes, a stalk of bok choy, and one fresh tomato (from our garden–happy day).  I let each vegetable simmer while I cut up the remaining vegetables and added them in one at a time in the order given.

I sprinkled in some dried:  basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes and cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.  About a half teaspoon of each if I had to make a guess but probably more like an eighth of a teaspoon of the cayenne for my taste).  Then I pressed a large clove of fresh garlic and stirred it into the mix.

I gradually added in more vegetable broth for a total of about a quart.  Then I threw in a 15 ounce can of organic Cannellini beans — liquid and all.

This is really just to give an idea of how to come up with a quick and easy and delicious vegetable soup.  You can add in (or leave out) anything you like (or don’t like).

Ingredient list:

Onion

Carrot

Celery

Tomato

Potato

Bok Choy

Cannellini beans

Garlic clove

Basil, Oregeno, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Parsley Flakes, Salt, Black Pepper

 

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Potato Salad — make it easy

 


Ingredients:  stalk of celery, four or five  hard-boiled eggs, 1/4 cup or so of diced onion, eight to ten small golden cooked potatoes, About 1/2 cup Vegenaise blended with about a quarter cup of tofu and a splash or two of some dill pickle juice, dill, salt, pepper and paprika. Mix together. Basic, simple, tastes good.

Could substitute course chopped tofu for the eggs to make it vegan — and add a dash two of turmeric for color.

And for the green beans:  Add about a teaspoon of Braggs Aminos to a skillet of water, bring to a boil and then add fresh green beans.  Cook to taste (about ten minutes or maybe fifteen).  Add salt and pepper after cooking.

 

ASPARAGUS RED PEPPER STIR FRY

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This is a picture of how this recipe looked when we made it.  I highly recommend FORKS OVER KNIVES COOKBOOK for simple and healthy and tasty recipes.  I didn’t think something with so few ingredients could possibly taste good.  I was wrong

 SERVES 3 TO 4

Ingredient

    • 1 POUND FRESH ASPARAGUS, TRIMMED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH PIECES
    • 1 RED BELL PEPPER, CUT INTO 1/4-INCH THICK SLIVERS
    • 8 OUNCES CREMINI MUSHROOMS, THINLY SLICED
    • 2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
    • 1 TABLESPOON BRAGG LIQUID AMINOS

Instructions

    1. HEAT A LARGE SKILLET OVER HIGH HEAT AND ADD THE ASPARAGUS, BELL PEPPER, AND MUSHROOMS. STIR-FRY FOR 4 TO 5 MINUTES, ADDING WATER 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS AT A TIME TO KEEP THE VEGETABLES FROM STICKING. ADD THE GARLIC AND COOK ANOTHER MINUTE. ADD THE LIQUID AMINOS AND TOSS WELL. SERVE IMMEDIATELY.

 Notes

MY NOTE:  YOU CAN USE ANY KIND OF MUSHROOMS – WE USED WHITE BUTTON 
MUSHROOMS THE FIRST TIME. 

FROM FORKS OVER KNIVES:
"STIR FRYING IS AN ASIAN TECHNIQUE FOR COOKING MEAT AND VEGETABLES QUICKLY 
SO THAT THEY RETAIN THEIR TEXTURE AND FLAVOR.  IN THIS RECIPE YOU CAN BE 
CREATIVE AND SUBSTITUTE OTHER VEGETABLES, SUCH AS SNOW PEAS AND FRESH, 
THINLY SLICED CARROTS, FOR THE ASPARAGUS."
 

So Good…

This is all there is to it:

Brussels sprouts and butternut squash tossed with about a tablespoon of olive oil, bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour.  Add some dried cranberries and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes or so.

So good!

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Simple is Good

So simple.  So visually appealing.  So delicious. 

Cut stuff up, season it, roast it or even microwave it.

I usually use salt, pepper, basil, garlic, parsley, sometimes dill;  Alden Mill House makes some great seasoning combinations.  Use what you like, experiment; it will taste good!

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Just a Reminder

IMG_4723One more easy idea for a really good meal.  Made up of left-over mushrooms, left-over marinara sauce and left-over vegetable broth; added in a can of beans (I used pinto), cut up some carrots, celery, sweet red pepper, onion and frozen peas; pressed a clove or two of garlic in and then there was soup.  It’s a good way to use up whatever left-overs you might have hanging around in the refrigerator where they do not like to linger. 

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Make It Easy on Yourself

It does take more effort to eat real food and prepare it at home.  All the chopping and cleaning and peeling and crunching and planning and shopping can be good therapy but sometimes enough is enough and maybe a person needs a break, already.

When you reach that point, it doesn’t always mean you have to rush out to a restaurant.  Which is good, because while I try to eat nutrient-dense food because I feel so much better, it also leads to me weighing less than I did so…….what was my point?

OH, right, restaurants.  I love eating out but that’s when I tend to gain weight because there is fat, sugar and I don’t even know what else in so much of what you get in a restaurant – – no matter how carefully you order.  So I like to have some really simple meals sometimes as a way to eat well without all the effort and without eating out or eating ersatz, prepackaged stuff.

And that’s why I’m suggesting this idea for a quick meal.  We bought a jar of organic marinara sauce from Aldi’s (by Simply Nature — for $1.89!); it is low in sugar and low-ish in salt and delicious.  We threw in a little fresh basil and a cut-up zucchini, cooked up some pasta (gluten-free for me; whole wheat for him) and there you have it – a light and easy entree.  We had some leaf lettuce from the garden so that served as a quick salad.

 

 

Mushrooms sauteed in water…

Okay, so it’s crooked and sideways, but I decided to post it anyway.  It’s a first try; I could get better at this someday.  It could happen!

 

Pizza with Mashed Potato Crust

Interesting idea for pizza crust! 

1 cup mashed potato flakes

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon dried basil or any seasoning of your choice

Pinch of salt

Mix well and let it cool

Spread out on a baking sheet with your hands or with a spatula.  The original recipe I used said to use a silicone baking sheet — I just used a coconut spray oil.  Use a fork to prick it all over so it doesn’t puff up.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Add toppings that you like and bake again for about 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees.

I used left over spaghetti sauce along with the toppings in the photo and it was good 🙂

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

 

Zuppa di Lasagna

Getting ready to make lasagna soup.