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Curried Pea & Almond Salad April 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Curried Pea & Almond Salad

1 pkg. frozen peas
6 oz. almonds
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 lb. pasta, cooked
1/3 c. vegan mayonnaise
2 tsp. curry powder

Cook pasta per package directions. Drain.  Stir in celery, peas, almonds (and any other cooked veggies that appeal ~ I added asparagus and carrots).  The heat of the pasta will “cook” the peas.

Combine mayo and curry powder. Pour over salad and toss well.  (You may want more dressing.)  Good hot, warm, or cold.

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

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Mexican (Rice & Beans) Lasagna April 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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ARROZ Y FRIJOLES (RICE AND BEANS) LASAGNA

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 can (16 oz.) black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (10 oz.) Ro*Tel tomatoes, undrained
1/2 c. uncooked rice
3/4 c. water
1 tsp. instant veggie bouillon granules
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
3/4 c. diced bell pepper
2 c. (8 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
12 corn or flour tortillas (6 to 7 inch)

Cook onions, peppers, and garlic in oil in 10 inch skillet 2 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes, rice, water, bouillon granules, cumin and oregano; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Layer tortillas and bean mixture in 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees 20 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 5 minutes.

Serve with desired toppings. Makes 6-8 servings.

TOPPINGS:

Avocado slices (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Pace Picante Sauce (optional)

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Black Beans & Rice ~> That’s Nice! March 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Want to bust through a few dozen food myths to get to the nub of nutrition?

This article is a great place to start:

In fact, the basic theme of optimal eating — a diet made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods — has been clear to nutrition experts for generations. What does change all the time is the fads, fashions, marketing gimmicks, and hucksterism.

How do you avoid the pitfalls of all that?

Focus on foods, not nutrients. A diet may be higher or lower in total fat, or total carbohydrate, or total protein, and still be optimal. But a diet cannot be optimal if it is not made up mostly of some balanced combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water.

If you get the foods right, the nutrients sort themselves out. But if you focus on nutrients rather than foods, you quickly learn that there is more than one way to eat badly, and we Americans seem all too eager to try them all.

To read more:  The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

Aah . . . that’s better!

Give Us This Day Our . . . Daily Bread January 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Arriving in Miami proper, we decided to check out The Original Daily Bread Marketplace ~ a Middle Eastern restaurant established in 1975.

Getting to the restaurant (via the terminus of the Tamiami Trail) involved driving 130 B~U~S~Y city blocks ~ a time consuming proposition in the pre-rush hour rush.

The slow going traffic meant that we spied any number of restaurants that would have filled the bill and our bellies, including the Versailles Bakery.

We kept driving.

We’re glad we stuck to the plan.

The Daily Bread is half market and half restaurant with a bakery in the middle.

We ordered a Falafel platter with 3 sides ~ hummus, house salad, and rice pilaf ~ plus pita bread, a side of Spanakopita, and a bowl of Tahini for dipping.

We enjoyed it all, especially the falafel.

After finishing the platter, we took a quick tour of the market and then headed (with purpose!) to the bakery to end our meal on a sweet note.  Torn between the Traditional Baklava and the Greek Baklava, we opted to get both so we could do a side-by-side taste test ~> we liked the traditional the best.

From the Daily Bread, we drove south through Coral Gables and Coconut Grove to Mattheson Hammock Park on Old Cutler Road . . . where we got our first glimpse of the Miami skyline under some serious cloud cover.

The next morning, we woke to SUNNY skies.  Stay tuned.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Good News for C~H~E~E~S~E Lovers! December 7, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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This post is dedicated to the Cheese Lover in YOU!

Eating cheese every day may be good for your heart . . . lowering the risk of heart disease.

And while you’re at it ~> enjoy some wine and chocolate!

Here’s what Dr. Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who was not involved in the new analysis, had to say about the study:

“We’re always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis,” he says. “It’s promising to find that something that actually tastes good—and pairs well with a nice glass of red wine—may offer some protection, as well.”

To read more:  Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good for You

Aah . . . that’s better!

Soup Is Magic! October 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Magick & Mystery, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Last night I walked into the kitchen at 6 pm hoping to find something suitable for dinner and found nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.

So I got out the soup pot and started chopping and dropping. I heated the olive oil and added a chopped onion. I got out the salad fixings and chopped up some carrots and celery to toss into the pot. I grabbed a head of cabbage from the crisper and some sliced red & yellow peppers from the freezer.

While they sautéed, I gathered the remaining ingredients ~ 4 cups of water, 1/2 a jar of spaghetti sauce (rinsed clean with the water), a tablespoon of “better than bouillon,” some leftover rice and pasta.

After tasting the mélange, I decided to kick it up a notch with some curry powder.  Voilà!

“Soup’s on!”

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

 

No Bake Oatmeal “Yummies” July 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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In a mixing bowl, combine:

1/2 c. rolled oats
1/3 c. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
1 Tbsp. warm water

Stir in chopped walnuts or pecans, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips.

Once well combined, roll into 1″ balls.

Chill for an hour, then store in a covered container in the fridge.

Aah . . . that’s YUMMY!

Related:  Peanut Butter Protein Balls with Coconut, Pecans, and Honey (Nosh with Chef Julie) * The Best Snack

 

95 Ways To Eat More Veggies May 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Veggies are our friends.

Overflowing with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and good-for-us fiber, veggies pack a powerful nutritional punch . . . when we remember to pack them in our lunch.

Need some inspiration?

Need to show those veggies who’s boss?

Here are 95 ways to get more veggies in your days:

*95 Ways To Eat More Veggies ~ Cooking Light

Aah . . . that’s better!

And, just in time for Cinco de Mayo: 20 Vegetarian Tex-Mex Recipes!

Gluten Free Brownies December 27, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Want a gooey good-for-you brownie . . . without the flour, eggs, etc.?

Try Julie’s recipe for Lentil Brownies.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Valerie Bertinelli’s LOL Martini October 27, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Valerie Bertinelli has a cooking show.

On a recent show, she blanched broccoli florets and matchstick carrots, dropped them into an ice bath to keep the colors vibrant, and tossed the veggies with a quick Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (mustard, honey, vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil) and chopped walnuts.

The dish looked awesome!  I must give it a try.

She also made a LOL Martini with limoncello, lemon vodka, orange juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice ~ I would enjoy that too!

Aah . . . that’s better!