Spinach With Chick Peas

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Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh spinach (rinsed and drained)

1 can (10 oz.) chick peas (rinsed and drained)

3 cloves of garlic (chopped)

3 tbs. olive oil

salt and pepper

Directions:

1. In a large skillet put olive oil. Add garlic and brown for 1 minute. Add chick peas and stir.

2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add spinach and stir.

3. Cook for about 3 minutes or until spinach begins to wilt.

Serve hot.

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Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Almonds

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Ingredients:
1 lb. brussel sprouts
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 cup unsalted sliced almonds
8 slices of bacon (cooked)
2 cups of vegetable stock
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
1. Rinse brussel sprouts. Cut in half. If large, cut in quarters.
2. In a skillet, cook bacon until crispy and put to the side.
3. In a skillet, add 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add garlic. When garlic begins to brown, add brussel sprouts. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. Add an extra tablespoon of olive oil, if it appears dry. Stir often so the brussel sprouts don’t burn. After 5 minutes, add vegetable stock. Let simmer on low heat until stock evaporates.
4. Chop cooked bacon into pieces and add to brussel sprouts. Add sliced almonds and stir. Cook for additional 3 minutes and serve.
*Brussel sprouts should be tender.

Roasted Baby Carrots

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs of fresh carrots rinsed and cleaned well, patted dry (leave an inch of the green stem on)
1 large red onion (cut into small wedges)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
2 cloves garlic  (peeled and crushed)
Sea salt and black pepper

Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the carrots, red onion wedges, and crushed garlic cloves on the pan and sprinkle with chopped rosemary.

2. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine so that the carrots and onions are lightly coated. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

3. Roast at for 30 to 40 minutes until well browned and caramelized around the edges. Remove from pan and place in a serving dish to serve.
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Grilled Stacked Vegetables

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Ingredients:

2 large eggplant (skin removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 large zucchinis (sliced 1/4 inch thick)

3 large red bell peppers (seeds removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 1/2 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced thin)

6 pieces fresh basil

olive oil

sea salt

Directions:

1. Brush all vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

2. Grill all vegetables until tender. Set to the side.

3. Begin to stack vegetables and mozzarella. (Eggplant, Zucchini, Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini and Mozzarella on top)

4. In a food processor, put 3 tbs. of olive oil and basil. Put in food processor. Beat for a minute.

5. Drizzle olive oil on top of cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Put a little olive oil in a baking pan. Put all stacked vegetables in pan.

7. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot.

Fried String Beans

Ingredients:
2 lbs. fresh string beans (ends trimmed)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 eggs (beaten)
vegetable oil
Directions:
1. Boil string beans for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain well. Let cool.
2. Dip string beans in egg and then in bread crumbs and grated cheese. Cover completely.
3. In a deep frying pan put vegetable oil. Fill up pan half way.
4. Heat oil. When it starts to bubble on the sides, add string beans. You can fry them in batches. (Probably 4 batches.)
5. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove with a strainer and drain on paper towels.
Serve warm
Dipping Sauce Recommendation:
1 cup of Ranch dressing
1 tsp. fresh wasabi (2 tsp. if you like it more spicy)
Mix together in a bowl. Keep cold until serving. (You can use any favorite dipping sauce.)

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Carrots and Asparagus

ImageIngredients:

1 lb. brussel sprouts (cut in half)

1 lb. carrots (sliced)

1 lb. asparagus (ends trimmed)

3 tbs. olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 cup vegetable stock

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a large baking pan, put all vegetables. Add olive oil and toss vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Add vegetable stock.

3. Place pan in oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Stir vegetables every 10 minutes.

4. Remove when vegetables are tender.

Creamy Garlic Spinach Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients:
1 lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 lb. spinach (rinsed, drained, chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 stick of salted butter
1 cup of heavy cream
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. In a large pot of water, boil potatoes until soft. Drain well and set to the side.
2. In a large skillet, put garlic and olive oil. Brown garlic and add spinach. When spinach is soft, remove from heat.
3. In a large bowl, add potatoes, spinach, butter, salt and pepper. Use a mixer to mix together. Gradually add heavy cream while mixing. Mix until smooth and creamy. Use judgement for less or extra heavy cream.
4. In a baking dish, put potatoes. Put in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes to heat through.
Serve hot.