Carrot, Beet, Berry Juice


Ingredients:

3 beets
6-8 carrots
2 lemons
10-15 strawberries
About a 1/2 inch nugget of ginger

Directions:
Wash all ingredients. Cut the rind off the lemons. Cut the greens off the tops of the beets and chop the beets if they’re too big to fit in your juicer. Save the beet green tops for something else if you’d like. I don’t like juicing them. They’re really bitter. Juice according to manufacturer’s directions. Chill and enjoy.

Original Post with fantastic photos are “Make it Naked” http://makeitnaked.com/2013/07/16/carrot-beet-berry-juice/

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers


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From http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/02/easy-sweet-potato-veggie-burgers-with.html
Makes 7-8 large patties

2 cans cannellini white beans, drained
1 large sweet potato, baked/peeled/mashed (about 2 cups)
2 Tbsp tahini
2 tsp maple or agave syrup
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning OR Cajun seasoning (or another fave spice!)
1/4 cup wheat flour
optional: additional seasoning (whatever you have on hand – I used a few dashes cayenne, black pepper and a scoop of nutritional yeast)
salt to taste if needed

plentiful Panko crumbs
safflower oil for pan

Burgers: avocado, Dijon mustard, grain buns, romaine, onion, olive oil, pepper

Directions:

1. Bake sweet potato. Peel, place in large mixing bowl.
2. Add drained beans to mixing bowl. Mash beans and potato together.
3. Mash in seasoning, flour and any additional seasoning. Your mixture will be quite soft and moist. But you should be able to form a patty. Add more flour or a scoop of breadcrumbs – or dry rice to thicken the mixture if needed.
4. Heat 1 Tbsp safflower oil in a pan over high heat.
5. Form a patty from mixture and coat in Panko crumbs. Thick coating. Then drop the patty in the pan. Repeat until the pan is filled. Cook until browned on both sides. You could also bake. If baking, use less Panko.
6. Transfer cooked patties to paper towel. Cool for a few minutes.
7. Serve on toasted bun with lotsa toppings.

Note: yes this patty does fall kind of apart as you eat it. But that is OK because it tastes yummy.

Ratatouille


Yes, I thought it was a movie too.  That shows home much of a “not-a-cook” I really am, right?  Well here is another recipe from my class at Cook that proved to me it was first a chunky type of soup not the name of a rat.

Check out my others ones here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, small diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow squash, medium diced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, medium diced
  • 1/2 cup eggplant, medium diced
  • 1/2 cup plum tomato, medium diced
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or for my fellow vegetarians try VegeBase)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat a medium saucepan to a medium high heat.

Add the oil to the pan and then onion and garlic.

Saute for 2-3 minutes until onion becomes translucent.

Add the yellow squash and zucchini, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add the eggplant and tomato.

Saute another 2-3 minutes then add the stock.

Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

Add the basil, check seasoning and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.

Serve it warm.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Baby Spinach


Another recipe from my cooking class at COOK in Ashburn, VA

Check out the Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad recipe

Ingredients: (4 servings)

  • 1 package (20 oz) Butternut Squash, cleaned and precut
  • 1/2 of red onion – 1 whole onion, halved and quartered (onion can get overpowering, you can “eyeball it” and reduce the amount as needed)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Wegman’s Basting Oil (can use any flavored oil or plain olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup – 1 cups Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

Preheat 450° F

Cut squash into 1 inch cubes (try to get around all the same size for even cooking).  Combine squash and onions in large pan; drizzle with basting oil.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Toss lightly to coat.

Roast for 25 minutes until tender and lightly browned.

Add Spinach and cranberries; toss so spinach will wilt.

Tips:

  1. Once you add the cranberries and spinach, you can put it back in the oven for 1 minute to help the spinach wilt faster.
  2. Roasting vegetables can be done at any temperature. The lower the temperature, the longer  it will take.  Cooking them longer and at a lower temperature will allow the natural sugars in the vegetables to caramelize more which results in more color and flavor.
  3. By buying the squash precut, you save time but will probably spend more money.  If you buy a whole squash, you can save time by cutting it up the night before and putting it in an airtight container.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad


ImageI used my Groupon for a cooking lesson at COOK in Ashburn, Virginia.  Since I have been Pescatarian (Vegetarian with fish and egg allowances) for about two years, I really wanted to learn a few more veggie dishes that weren’t too hard to make so I chose the “Veggie Tales” class.

No, I wasn’t lucky enough to find myself living the scene in Hereafter with Matt Damon as my cooking partner so I said yes to each glass of wine they offered throughout the night.  And, somehow, I managed to make some pretty good dishes and get home by 930p (geez – I should not be proud of that haha).

ImageOur first recipe was the Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad.  The tomatoes should be roasted for 2 hours so the chef, Lucy Ritter, pre-roasted them for us before we arrived to speed things up for us.  It was a simple and very tasty dish that I plan to make again tonight as I’m writing this blog post.  The picture doesn’t do the dish justice but one of my table partners was a bit of a bossy-knows-everything-about-cooking-and-you-must-need-me-to-tell-you-what-to-do-because-you-obviously-can’t-think-for-yourself kinda person so I was a bit distracted by her.  I only put a small amount balsamic dressing on my tomatoes before I snapped the picture.

 

Check out the Roasted Butternut Squash with Baby Spinach recipe I made next.

Ingredients:

  • 12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seed removed
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, julienned

Preheat the oven to 275 °F

Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Sprinkle with the garlic, sugar, salt and pepper.

Roast for 2 hours until the tomatoes are concentrated and begin to caramelize.

Allow the tomatoes to cool to room temperature.

Cut the mozzarella into slices slightly less than 1/2 inch thick.

If the slices of mozzarella are larger than the tomatoes, cut the mozzarella slices in half.

Layer the tomatoes alternately with the mozzarella on a platter and scatter the basil on top.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Serve at room temperature.

Raw Avocado and Tomato Soup


Serves 2

Ingredients

3 avocados
3 tomatoes
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
A pinch of Himalayan Crystal Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
Freshly ground pepper
A small amount of water (depending on how liquid you like the soup to be)

Instructions

Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.

Put all the ingredients apart from the tomato pieces into a mixer. Mix well on the highest setting.

Pour the soup into a soup bowl and add the tomato pieces.

Crispy Tofu with Maple dipping Sauce


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Recipe to come after I devour the freshly made plate

Green Machine Juice


Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 8 stalks parsley
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/4 lb. spinach
  • 2 green apples

Blend in blender on “Whole Juice” setting.

Apple Mint Juice


4 crisp apples
sprig fresh mint
sprig parsley

Blend in blender on “Whole Juice” setting.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 320

  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Total Carbs: 88g
  • Dietary Fiber: 20g
  • Protein: 0g

Edamame Hummus


Ingredients
16 oz. bag of edamame
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 lemon
2 tbsp. tahini
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Add all the ingredients into the Blendtec blender and blend on soup setting until creamy
Serve with Whole Grain Pita (recipe)

Per Serving: 96 calories; 4 grams protein;
7 grams carbohydrate; 6 grams fat; 2.5 grams fiber;
0 gram sugar; 18 servings

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