Category: Vegetables


Crispy Garlic Eggplant and Cashews

Ingredients:

2 large whole eggplants (peeled and cubed)

1 cup cashews

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, put a 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add garlic.  Heat for a minute and then add cubed eggplant. Stir well. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  2. *The eggplant will absorb the olive oil quickly. Stir frequently. Add another tbsp. of olive oil if you feel the eggplant is dry.
  3. After about 8 minutes, add cashews. Mix them with the eggplant. When the eggplant is soft and crispy remove and serve. *Some people like a little lemon squeezed over it.

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Ingredients:

1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine green beans and 1/2 cup water in a medium pot. Cover, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium, and let beans cook for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain well.
  2. Place beans in a medium serving bowl, and mix in bread crumbs, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and basil.
  3. Toss mixture until the beans are coated. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and serve.

Roasted Parmesan Pesto Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

2 to 2 1/2 lbs large red tomatoes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pesto:
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tbs minced garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 cup  grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 4oo degrees.
1. Core the tomatoes and then slice them across ( in 1/2 inch-thick slices)

2. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano, 1 tsp. sea salt, and black pepper.

3. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, spread each slice with pesto, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

4. Return the tomatoes to the oven and continue baking for 7 to 10 minutes, until the Parmesan is melted and begins to brown. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving.

How To Make Pesto:
Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor . Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil, sea salt, and pepper. With food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use immediately.  You can store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top. Makes 4 cups.

 

Grilled Corn On The Cob

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Ingredients:
4 ears of fresh corn (cut into pieces)
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp. garlic (minced)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
In a small pot, melt butter. Add garlic, sea salt and black pepper.
On a grill, add ears of corn. Baste corn well.
Turn corn frequently and keep basting throughout.
Cook for a total of 5-7 minutes.
*You want the kernels tender.

Broccoli Stuffed Potato Skins

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Ingredients:

1 lb. of broccoli (boiled until tender and drained well) Then chop broccoli.

4 large baking potatoes (Russet Potatoes) wash potatoes and put an X on top with a knife

1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)

1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 tbs. olive oil

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Bake potatoes for an hour or until soft. Let cool and cut in half. Scoop out the inside.

2. In a large bowl, add potatoes and all ingredients. Mix well.

3. Restuff potatoes and drizzle a drop of olive oil on top of each one.

4. Put stuffed potato skins on baking pan and return to oven for 10-12 minutes. Cheese should be melted and bubbly. (see photo)

Serve hot.

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Grilled Veggie Wrap

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Ingredients:

1 large eggplant (peeled and sliced thin)

2 zucchinis (peeled and sliced thin)

1 large beefsteak tomato (sliced thin)

1 small red onion (sliced thin)

1 cup of shredded lettuce

4 wraps (your choice)

olive oil

sea salt

black pepper

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. Cook eggplant, zucchini and red onions until tender. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and pepper when cooking.

2. When done, open up a wrap. Layer eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomato, and lettuce. Wrap tightly and cut in half. (see photo)

*You can put wrap in a preheated oven of 350 degrees to make hotter.

Vegetable Focaccia

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Ingreients:
1 large green zucchini
1 large yellow zucchini
1 large eggplant (peeled)
2 large red peppers
1 large red onion
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
garlic powder (optional)
focaccia bread or another crusty kind of bread
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Slice all vegetables into thin slices. Put vegetables in a bowl. Pour in olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Put all vegetables in a baking pan and bake in oven for approximately 15 minutes. Since vegetables are sliced thin, they should cook quickly. If not, cook a little longer until vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from oven and put vegetables in a bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and garlic. Stir gently, not tearing vegetable slices.
4. Place slices of focaccia bread on a baking pan. Drizzle a drop of olive oil on each slice. Sprinkle a pinch of garlic powder (optional) on each slice. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on each slice.
5. Drain vinegar from vegetables. Put slices of each vegetable on each piece of bread. Top with the red onions.
6. Return to oven for 10-12 minutes until bread becomes a little crunchy.

Ingredients:
2 cups brown rice
2 cups of water
2 cups vegetable stock
1 head of broccoli (cut into pieces)
2 orange bell peppers (seeds removed and sliced) *can be red or yellow peppers
2 cups spinach (washed and drained)
1 red onion (sliced)
2 cups fresh mozzarella (shredded)
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. In a pot, put brown rice, water and vegetable stock. Add a pinch of salt. Put cover on pot and cook on a low heat. Cook for about 30 minutes. Remove lid to check that all liquid has absorbed and that the rice is fluffy. Put rice in a bowl and refrigerate to cool.
2. In a large baking pan, put all vegetables (except spinach) and garlic. Pour 4 tbs. of olive oil on top. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well and bake in oven for 20 minutes. Add spinach and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Vegetables should be almost cooked, but not mushy. Remove from oven.
3. Remove brown rice from refrigerator. In a large deep baking pan, make a layer of brown rice in the bottom of the pan. The layer of brown rice should be about 1 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on top. Put all baked vegetables evenly on top. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
Serve hot.

Homemade Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

Edible Rice Paper (You can use romaine lettuce as your wrap.)

Romaine Lettuce (shredded)

2 large avocados sliced

1 cup sliced carrots (paper thin)

1 cup sliced cucumber (paper thin)

1 cup large boiled shrimp (sliced) (see photo)

Directions:

  1. Open a piece of rice paper or a romaine lettuce leaf. Add carrots, cucumber, avocado, romaine lettuce and sliced shrimp.
  2. Roll up. (See photo)      *Serve with your favorite Asian dipping sauce.

 

Grilled Aspragus and Peppers

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. asparagus (stalk tips cut off)

2 red bell peppers (sliced thin)

2 orange bell peppers (sliced thin)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with 1 1/2 tbsp. with olive oil.
  2. Layer asparagus and peppers in pan. Scatter garlic on top.
  3. Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir vegetables around. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.                               *Vegetables should be tender when done.