Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Healthy Vegan Pad Thai With Shredded Cabbage

Serves 4
Ready in 30 minutes
Recipe from Paint + Tofu

1 head of green cabbage
1.5 cups edamame
2 cups red cabbage
4 carrots
2 limes

5 tablespoons soy sauce
2.5 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce
3 tablespoons peanut flour (or finely chopped peanuts, or peanut butter)
3 tablespoons sugar (optional – I don’t use it!)
3 tablespoons organic ketchup
2 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Finely shred cabbage with a sharp knife and cut carrots into ribbons with a vegetable peeler (or finely chop carrots). 
  2. Cook shredded cabbage in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat for about 7 – 10 minutes until crisp.
  3. While cabbage is cooking, mix all ingredients for the sauce together in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour sauce over cabbage and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Plate and garnish with carrot ribbons, shredded red cabbage, edamame, and slices of lime.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chicken in Tomato Sauce With Chickpeas and Kale

YIELD: Serves 4  *  ACTIVE TIME: 45 minutes  *  TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes

1 cup breadcrumbs (I didn't use)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
1 medium garlic clove, minced or grated with a Microplane
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 shallot, thinly sliced
Pinch of dried red chili flakes
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 cup homemade chicken stock or store-bought, low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups lacinato (Tuscan) kale, stems removed and leaves cut into 2-inch ribbons

1.  Optional if you are going to use breadcrumbs - Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and toast them, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon thyme, and the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Transfer breadcrumbs to plate and set aside.

2.  Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In the same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chicken and sear on both sides until golden-brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

3.  Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add shallot and a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add chili flakes and remaining 1 tablespoon each oregano and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, their liquid and the stock and bring to a simmer, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Simmer until sauce has thicken slightly, about 10 minutes. Add chicken and simmer until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

4.  Stir in chickpeas and kale and cook until chickpeas are warmed through and kale is wilted, about 2 minutes. Top with the breadcrumbs and serve immediately.

Recipe from Serious Eats.

Energizing Farro Citrus Lunch Bowl

Ready in 20 minutes
Serves 2


  • 1 cup uncooked farro, prepared according to package instructions (15 minutes)
  • a couple pieces of grilled chicken and/or egg
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly chopper and sauteed
  • a couple scallions, green part
  • 1/4 cup mint chopped
  • optional add 1/2 avocado
  • white balsamic vinegar
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 orange, squeezed
  • optional red pepper flakes and garlic

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blueberry & Kale Grain Salad

Yield: Makes 8 servings (or 4/5 meals)
Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes

Salad Ingredients:
1 cup wheat berries (which takes an hour to make. A quicker substitute is Farro)
1 teaspoon table salt
1 (8-oz.) package sugar snap peas
4 cups coarsely chopped kale
1/2 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette
2 cups fresh blueberries (awesome addition are purple grapes)
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1. Bring wheat berries, salt, and 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, cook peas in boiling salted water to cover 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water; drain and pat dry. Slice in half. Drain wheat berries; rinse under cold water until cool.

3. Toss together kale, wheat berries, and 1/4 cup vinaigrette in a large bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. Stir in blueberries, pecans, and sugar snap peas. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with remaining vinaigrette.

Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 large shallot, minced
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons coarse-grained Dijon mustard

Stir together red wine vinegar and minced shallot; let stand 10 minutes. Whisk in olive oil and remaining ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Recipe from Southern Living's july-2014-recipe-list.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Grandma's 5-Minute Passover Chocolate Cake

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve:

1 Cup Red Wine
1 Cup Sugar
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 Cup Butter
2 Egg Yellows
Splash of Cognac

Monday, March 17, 2014

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with White Beans & Greens

Serves 4  * Prep Time 20 minutes * Total Time 1 hr 20 minutes

4 sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups (or 1 can) cooked and drained white beans
6 cups kale, trimmed and sliced into ribbons (can add other greens too like spinach)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Scrub the sweet potatoes and prick them in a few places with a fork. Place them on a baking sheet and bake until soft all the way through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Start the beans and greens about 15 to 20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done.

In a wide, deep saucepan with a cover, heat the olive oil over low-moderate heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Add the beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the kale is soft. Stir in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, slice each sweet potato lengthwise and push on the ends to open up the middle. Spoon the beans and greens into the center.

Recipe from the kitchn

Monday, March 10, 2014

Green Chili Chicken & Quinoa Stew

Yields 5 servings. Total time 30 minutes.
2 14 oz jars of diced tomatoes & chilis
1 rotisserie chicken, skinned, boned, shredded
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
3 cups chicken broth
1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup sweet corn

Optional Add-Ons For Serving
3 plum tomatoes, diced
1 small jalapeno, seeded (or not) and diced
1/3 cup chopped red onion
Juice from 1/2 lime
Handful of cilantro

In a saucepan, bring quinoa and 2 cups chicken broth to a boil. Cook approximately 15 minutes, until quinoa gets a little translucent. Once done, transfer to soup pot on stove.

While making quinoa, skin, bone and shred the chicken. Put the chicken in soup pot, along with diced tomatoes, remaining cup chicken broth, navy beans and sweet corn. Simmer until heated through.

Serve with any of the optional add-ons.

Notes: recipe is an adapted version from confections of a foodie.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash + Quinoa

Serves 6  *  Picture & Recipe courtesy of Fearless Homemaker


  • 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded + chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • the meat of 1 rotisserie chicken (about 3-4 cups), shredded (i used both white + dark meat)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup pitted + quartered kalamata olives (i omitted these because of an olive-hatin’ husband, but i’d recommend adding them in for additional flavor + color!)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley


  • Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. remove half of the squash pieces + set aside.
  • Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. mash this squash with the back of a fork. set aside.
  • In a large saucepan set over medium heat, add the olive oil. add the onion + cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn golden, 8 to 10 minutes. add the minced garlic + oregano – cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash, chicken broth, + quinoa. stir to combine. bring to a simmer, cover + cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
  • add the shredded chicken, kalamata olives, + salt + pepper. simmer, uncovered, until chicken is heated through + sauce has thickened to your liking. for me, this took about 10-15 more minutes. add more Salt/pepper if needed, to taste.
  • Garnish with the fresh parsley + serve.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tomato-Herb Frittata

Recipe & picture from Southern Living. It does come out exactly like picture.
Serves 6 to 8 * Total time 40 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 (6-oz.) package fresh baby spinach
1 (10-oz.) can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 large eggs, beaten*
1/2 cup crumbled garlic-and-herb feta cheese (or plain feta cheese)

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Heat oil in a 10-inch (2-inch-deep) ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or just until spinach begins to wilt.

3. Add tomatoes and green chiles, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Add eggs, and sprinkle with cheese. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, gently lifting edges of frittata with a spatula and tilting pan so uncooked portion flows underneath.

4. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes. Slide frittata onto a large platter, and cut into 8 wedges.

*1 (32-oz.) carton egg substitute may be substituted. Increase bake time to 16 to 18 minutes or until set.

Note: We tested with Ro-Tel Mild Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies.

Try These Twists!

Tomato-Sausage Frittata: Brown 1/2 lb. ground pork sausage in a 10-inch (2-inch-deep) ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 7 to 8 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; remove from skillet, and drain. Wipe skillet clean. Proceed with recipe as directed, adding sausage with tomatoes and green chiles in Step 3. Hands-on time: 34 min.; Total time: 51 min.

Bacon-Mushroom Frittata: Prepare recipe as directed in Step 1, sautéing 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms in hot oil 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Proceed with recipe as directed, stirring 3 cooked and chopped bacon slices in with tomatoes. Hands-on time: 24 min.; Total time: 46 min.

Eggplant-and-Olive Frittata: Prepare recipe as directed in Step 1, sautéing 1 cup peeled and chopped eggplant 5 minutes or until tender. Proceed with recipe as directed, stirring 1/2 cup sliced black olives in with tomatoes. Hands-on time: 32 min.; Total time: 49 min.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad

  • Prep Time20 minutes
  • Total Time1 hour
  • Serves4


    • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 medium), scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
    • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 1 cup semi-pearled farro (about 7 ounces)
    • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
    • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh dill, chopped
    • 1/2 cup radish or arugula sprouts or baby watercress, plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide sweet potatoes and garlic between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread into a single layer. Roast, flipping once, until tender and caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cover farro with 4 inches water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Drain; toss with remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Season with salt.
  3. When cool enough to handle, remove garlic from peels and mash with lemon zest and juice in a small bowl. Add garlic mixture, sweet potatoes, dill, and sprouts to farro; stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with sprouts.

Cook's Note

Keep the skins on sweet potatoes to save time, fiber, and nutrients. When roasted, skins offer a great textural contrast to the creamy flesh.

From Martha Stewart's December 2013 Magazine.
Recipe is a little dry. Maybe need to add butter or olive oil to lemon garlic sauce. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, & Kale Casserole

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Hands-on:55 Minutes
Total:1 Hour, 45 Minutes

1 head cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 lb.), cut into small florets
1 (8-oz.) package fresh cremini mushrooms, stemmed and halved
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 large sweet potatoes (2 1/2 to 3 lb.), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chopped fresh kale, collards, or mustard greens
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 (14-oz.) can butter beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
Easy Cheese Sauce (see below for recipe)
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 475°. Toss together cauliflower, mushrooms, 2 1/2 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl. Spread cauliflower/mushroom mixture in a single layer in jelly-roll pan.

2. Toss together sweet potatoes, 2 1/2 Tbsp. oil, and remaining cumin, salt, and pepper. Spread in a single layer in another jelly-roll pan.

3. Bake potatoes and cauliflower at 475° for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and just tender, turning once. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes.

4. Reduce oven temperature to 375°. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, 1 minute. Add kale; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste; stir in vinegar.

5. Layer half each of sweet potatoes, cauliflower mixture, beans (if desired), kale, and 1 1/2 cups Easy Cheese Sauce in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese sauce. Stir together panko, chopped cilantro, and olive oil, and sprinkle crumb mixture over casserole. Note - I only did one layer of each. 

6. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated, bubbly, and golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Easy Cheese Sauce Recipe (You can get away with only making a half of this recipe)

Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups
Hands-on:25 Minutes
Total:25 Minutes

1/3 cup dry vermouth*
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups half-and-half
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese

1. Bring vermouth and garlic to a boil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 7 to 10 minutes or until vermouth is reduced to 1 Tbsp.

2. Whisk together half-and-half and cornstarch. Whisk half-and-half mixture, salt, and pepper into vermouth mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute or until mixture is thickened. Add pepper Jack cheese. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, whisking constantly, 1 minute or until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat, and use immediately.

*Dry sherry may be substituted.

Recipe from Southern Living's January 2014 issue.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Peppermint Pretzel White Chocolate Bark

Makes 12 servings * Hands on time 15 minutes * Ready in 25 minutes

1 (16-oz.) package vanilla candy coating, chopped (Log House CandiQuik Vanilla Candy Coatingrks great)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Parchment paper
1 cup coarsely chopped pretzel sticks
2/3 cup coarsely chopped peppermint candy canes

1. Microwave candy coating in a 1-qt. microwave-safe glass bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 minute; stir. Microwave until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Stir in peppermint extract.
Note - My GE Microwave requires you to change the temperature to medium each time you microwave. Last time I tried doing this without lowering my temperature, it burnt the chocolate so this is an important step to take. It took me 1 minute, plus an additional three 30 second intervals for the chocolate to fully melt.)
2. Spread half of melted candy coating about 1/8 inch thick in a parchment paper-lined jelly-roll pan.You can use a soft rubber spatula to smooth out the coating on the pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pretzels and 1/3 cup chopped candy canes over melted candy coating, and press into coating. Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients on another parchment paper-lined jelly-roll pan. Chill 5 minutes or until cool and firm. Break into pieces.

Recipe from Southern Living's DECEMBER 2013 issue

Here are a couple more cool Log House CandiQuick recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less: Heart Candies (or any other shape cookie cutters you have) and St Patty's Pretzel Rods.

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