Lentil Quinoa Burgers with Sauteed Mushrooms


From: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/barbecue-recipes?page=4&cm_mmc=Facebook-_-WomensHealth-_-Content-Food-_-BurgerRecipes
1/2 cup quinoa
1 can (19 oz) lentils, rinsed
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp cumin powder
1/3 cup cilantro Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tsp vegetable oil
6 100% whole-grain buns

1. In a saucepan, combine quinoa and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and simmer about 10 minutes. Let quinoa cool.

2. In a bowl, combine half the lentils, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, cumin, cilantro, lemon juice, cooked quinoa, and salt and pepper to taste. Place in a food processor or blender; process until well combined. Add remaining lentils and walnuts; pulse until they’re incorporated. Form into 6 patties.

3. Preheat grill to medium. Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet over medium heat; add sliced mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Stir in wine and cook for another 5 minutes.

4. Brush burgers with oil and cook for 4 minutes per side. Toast buns for 2 minutes. Serve burgers on buns and top with sauteed mushrooms.

Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 445 cal, 15 g fat (3 g sat), 62 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 305 mg sodium, 19 g protein

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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 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.

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

Curry Coconut Sauce


Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk, soy sauce, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. 
  2. Place a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add red pepper flakes, zest, garlic, and curry powder and stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
  3. Add the coconut-milk mixture and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, 1 1/2 minutes. Add basil. Pour into a bowl.

Rosemary and Lavender Baby Taters


Level:Intermediate      Servings:4    Cook Time:20 min.  Ready in:1 hr. 15 min

Ingredients:

1 pound mixed baby potatoes (Red Bliss, Viking Purple, Yukon Gold or Fingerling)
1 tablespoon good quality fruity olive oil
2 drops culinary grade rosemary essential oil (or 3/4 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary leaves)
3 drops culinary grade lavender essential oil
1 clove garlic
3/4 teaspoon sea salt for divided use
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Wash potatoes with cold water and dry on paper towels. Place on small baking sheet; set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, rosemary essential oil, and lavender essential oil; set aside.
Mince garlic well and sprinkle with a bit of the sea salt. Cream the garlic into a smooth paste by using the side of your chef’s knife and pressing the garlic against the cutting board; the salt will act as an abrasive.
Scrape up garlic and stir into the oil. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the oil over the potatoes and season with remaining salt and pepper.
Toss potatoes on baking sheet until well coated. Roast in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Remove from oven and toss with the remaining teaspoon of oil and finely chopped parsley before serving.

Another great recipe: Lentil Soup

Mulligatawny Soup


Base Ingredients:
Masoor Dal (red lentils) or Toor Dal (split pigeon dal) MUST BE WASHED
Potatoes
Carrots
Tomatoes
Lime
Tamarind concentrate
Coconut milk
Madras Curry Powder (Priya brand is the best)

Other Ingredients:

2 red onions (diced)
3 cloves of garlic
2” ginger
2 potatoes (diced)
3 tomatoes (diced)
4 carrots (diced)

On Flame

2 tsp of canola and olive oil mix or ghee or unsalted butter
Add ginger and garlic and sauté DO NOT BROWN
Add onion (should be translucent not caramelized)
Add carrots and potatoes
Add ½ tsp turmeric over vegetables and wait 1 minute
Add red lentils and wait 1 minute
Add tomatoes
Add 1 tbsp curry
Add TONS OF PEPPER
Wait 1 minute
Add 2 cups vegetable stock (always double or triple the lentils)
Add 2 cups of water
MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE TOP OFF. Boil the mixture for about 25 minutes, and then simmer. You will know it is done when you can push your nail through the carrots.
Add I tsp salt
Blend the soup
Add 1 tblspn turmeric concentrate
Add the juice of ½ of a lime
Add ¼ cup of coconut milk
Add handful of cilantro

Samosas


Stuffing # 1
2 tbsp oil

ginger
1 small diced Serrano pepper
2 tsp Cumin
1 ¼ cup precooked peas
Pinch of Carom Seeds
½ tsp  Garam Masala
1 tbsp dry mango powder
1 tbsp Chaat Masala
1 tbsp cayenne chili powder
1 tbsp coriander1 tbsp salt

6 pre-boiled and diced potatoes
Handful of cilantro
Lemon or Lime juice 



Over medium heat add oil (for every six potatoes)
Add ginger, Serrano pepper, cumin (should be making popping noises). 

You will know it is done because the cumin slightly increases in size.
Add peas, spices (carom, garam masala, mango powder, chatt masala, chili powder, coriander, salt) and potatoes (add them last so they can soak up the flavor)
Mix and cook
Add cilantro and turn off heat/gas
Add the juice of ¼ of a lemon or lime
(It is important not to over stir because the peas get squished)

Stuffing # 2 
2 pinches of Cumin
1 clove of garlic
½ red onion chopped
1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp Garam Masala
1 lb defrosted blanched spinach (can defrost for about 4 minutes)
3 tbsp feta
1 spoon salt 
Lime juice

Use veggie oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat to medium-low
Add cumin (if the oil is too hot it will crackle and turn black)
Add garlic, red onions and cook for about a minute (they have been cooked too long if they are clear)
Add chili powder, Garam Masala, and spinach mix and sauté
Remove from the heat and allow to cool
Then add feta, salt and ½ of the juice from a lime

Dough #1 (Pepperidge Farm Sheet Dough)
Cut into a rectangle (sometimes you will have to roll it)
Cut it into smaller rectangles (don’t forget that it is ok to stretch)
Make the dough into a cone and add the stuffing
Close it up and use a fork to score the edges
Set the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes

Dough # 2 (Filo Dough)
Must keep the dough under a damp paper towel
Follow the folding instructions and use water to seal the edges
Once they are stuffed, put them under damp paper towels
Fill a pan with vegetable oil and heat on medium (the oil is hot enough when a tiny ball of dough is dropped in and makes a popping noise and immediately rises to the top)
Gently place the samosa in the oil and wait 2-3 minutes (until the edges are brown)
Take out and place on a plate covered with a paper towel

Dough # 3 (homemade)
1 cup of flour
2 tbsp cream of wheat
2 tbsp ghee
½ cup water
Pinch of salt
Pinch of carom seeds



Add flour, cream of wheat, ghee and ¼ a cup water directly into the blender
Blend while slowly adding the rest of the water
Add carom seeds
When the dough is in a ball remove from the blender
Slowly split the dough in half until you have 16 equal pieces
Roll each ball into a circle and cut in half (the edges should be thinner than the center
Fold and stuff
Follow the above instructions for cooking while remembering that home made dough takes longer to cook!

Palak Paneer


Ingredients                        
2 lbs Frozen spinach
1 tbsp chana dal soaked in water for about an hour
1 onion diced
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1 inch ginger
1 garlic clove
1 Green chili
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp Cumin
200 gms paneer cubed and shallow fried
2 Tbsp heavy cream (optional)
Few drops of lime juice

1) In a pressure cooker add spinach, chana dal, diced onions,chili, tomatoes, ginger and garlic clove with little water. Cook it till 1 whistle. DO NOT OVER COOK.
2) Once cooled mash the mixture with hand mixer. Keep it aside.
3) In kadhai heat oil and temper it with cumin.
4) Add chopped onions. Saute till transparent.
5) Pour the palak mixture on heated oil and jeera.
6) Add garam masala and cook for another 2 min.
7) Add fried paneer and salt
8) Finish the recipe with adding heavy cream and chopped coriander
9) Once the flame is turned off sprinkle few drops of lime juice to give the extra touch

Vegatable Cutlets


Ingredients:
1) 1/2 cup green peas boiled and mashed
2) 1/4 cup grated carrot
3) 1/4 cup grated cabbage
4) 1/4 cup finely chopped green beans
5) 6-7 medium sized potatoes boiled and mashed
6) 1/4 cup grated beet root ( optional)
7) 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger and garlic and 1 tsp of chopped green chilies
8) 1 tbsp Pav bhaji masala or 1/2 tbsp of Garam masala
9) 1 tsp Chaat masala
10) 2 tsp lemon/lime juice
11) Handful of chopped coriander
12) 1 Tbsp corn starch
13) Samolina or bread crumbs for coating
14) Oil for shallow frying

Recipe :
1) In pan heat 1tbsp oil and saute chopped garlic, ginger and green chilies
2) Saute all the veggies except potatoes starting with carrot and cabbage since it takes longer to cook.
3) Add all the dry masalas and let it cook for a min.
4) Add constarch 
5) Add salt and mashed potatoes.
6) Turn off the heat and then add lemon juice.
7) Once the stuffing is cooled down make cutlets in any shape you like, most popular is ‘HEART’
8) Coat each cutlet with either semolina or breadcrumbs and shallow fry till golden brown.
9) Garnish with salad leaves and onion rings and serve with Green chutney or tomato ketchup.
You can add any other veggies of your choice like grated zuccini,spinach, even arugula.

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