Vegetarian

Broccoli Rice

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Makes 4 servings. 

Another simple preparation of this vitamin rich vegetable.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium bunch broccoli, about 1 ½ pounds

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1-2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, approximately

PREPARATION:

  1. Cut away most of the broccoli stems. Cut broccoli florets into small pieces and rinse .

  2. Chop finely in 2 BATCHES, in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. The consistency of the broccoli should resemble couscous. 

  3. Heat the sesame oil and the olive oil in a wok or skillet add the broccoli and sauté, covered,   over medium high heat, stirring from time to time  for about 3 minutes.  The broccoli rice should be soft and fluffy.  

  4. Season to taste with salt, pepper and lime juice.   

Roasted Kabocha Squash

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Makes 4-6 first course servings or side dishes . 

Among the winter squashes, Kabocha has become one of my favorites to begin a meal or as a side dish. The skin is edible and the texture is rich in flavor. It is full of vitamins such as Iron, Vitamin C and Carotene.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small Kabocha squash, about 1 ½ pounds

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing the foil

  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

PREPARATION:

  1. Rinse the squash and pat dry. Place in the microwave for about 4 minutes (this softens the skin  making it easier to slice). Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds and fibrous strings. Cut into 1 inch wedges.   

  2. Preheat the oven to 400F.

  3. Line a large baking sheet with foil and brush the foil with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  

  4. In a small dish combine the olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil and cinnamon.   

  5. Spread the wedges on the baking sheet.

  6. Brush with the mixture. 

  7. Bake for 20 minutes. The squash should be tender.

 
 

Cooked Carrots

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Makes 4 servings. 

Tarragon enhances this simple, nutritious and delicious dish.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 shallots

  • 6 medium carrots (about 1pound)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 sprigs tarragon, remove leaves.

  • 2 tablespoons water

PREPARATION:

  1. Chop the shallots finely in a food processor fitted with the steel blade and place into a medium saucepan.

  2. Remove the steel blade and attach the thin slicing attachment. Slice the carrots into thin rounds. Add to the saucepan along with the remaining ingredients and combine.   

  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat, cover, and cook gently for about 15 minutes. The carrots should be almost soft.

  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 
 

Kohlrabi Slaw

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Makes 4 servings. 

I have recently discovered this vegetable, and I’m making it quite often. Like cabbage, kohlrabi is delicious eaten raw. The flavor is sweet, mild with a crisp and juicy texture. The salad does not lose its crunchiness; it actually improves with time.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound green kohlrabi (3 small)

  • 1 small greening apple

  • 1 medium carrot

  • ¾ loosely packed flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, approx

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Peel the kohlrabi deeply, making sure it is trimmed well at the root. Cut into eights to fit into the feeding tube of a food processor fitted with the medium grating attachment, and grate. 

  2. Peel the apple, cut into quarters, core and grate.

  3. Peel the carrot and grate. 

  4. Place the kohlrabi, apple and carrot in a large bowl. Add the parsley, toss well and season with lime juice, salt and pepper.

  5. I suggest that you check the seasoning before serving.

 Note:

Sometimes the kohlrabi can be watery. If that happens drain it in a colander before combining with the other ingredients.

 
 

Carrot Salad

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Makes 6 servings. 

Perhaps because carrots are so readily available all year we do not see them very much on menus.  In France carrot salads are iconic dishes. This carrot salad is easy to prepare and goes well with meat, poultry or fish.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ¼ pounds carrots, about 8 carrots (See Note)

  • 2 tablespoons natural rice vinegar

  • 6 sprigs tarragon, remove leaves and chop coarsely

  • 3 scallions, including most of the green part, thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • Kosher salt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

PREPARATION:

  1. Peel the carrots. Grate in a food processor fitted with the medium grating attachment. 

  2. In a large bowl combine the vinegar, tarragon, scallions, honey and ½ teaspoon salt. Slowly add the olive oil.

  3. Add the carrots and the parsley and toss well. Season to taste with vinegar and salt.

NOTE:

If possible look for bunches of medium carrots with the greens still attached.  

 
 

Versatile Couscous

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Makes 4-6 servings. 

In this dish the couscous is not steamed or cooked; it is hydrated with boiling water and combined with nutritious ingredients.

It pairs very well with most meat dishes and is particularly good with salmon. It even improves with time.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup couscous

  • 4 tablespoons dried currants

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 2 cups loosely packed baby arugula (about 2 ounces) some stems discarded

  • 1/3 cup pignolia nuts, toasted

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, approx

PREPARATION:

  1. In a large bowl place the couscous, currants, cumin, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and 1 tablespoon oil.  

  2. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the couscous. Cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Fluff the couscous with a fork. 

  4. Add the parsley, arugula, 4 tablespoons oil, pignolia nuts and lime juice. Toss well and season to taste with lime juice salt and pepper.

 
 

Roasted Whole Carrots

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Makes 4 servings.

This is a spring variety of carrots, which are sold in multicolored bunches with beautiful green leaves.   

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 carrots, with about 1 inch green top
  • 2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Scrub the carrots and dry well. Arrange in a single layer on a foil lined roasting pan. 
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with the other ingredients to combine.
  4. Roast for about 45 minutes, or until well browned and caramelized around the edges. Turn over midway during roasting.
 
 

Green Lentil Salad

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Makes 4-6 servings.

There are many varieties of lentils but I like the French green variety. This salad is a good accompaniment to most fish, poultry, meat or you can eat it on its own.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup French Green lentils
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 3 tablespoons extra -virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 scallions including green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup loosely packed Italian parsley, coarsely chopped

PREPARATION:

  1. Place lentils and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender (if the lentils are not ready and all the water is absorbed add 1-2 tablespoons of hot water and continue cooking).
  2. Transfer the lentils to a medium bowl. Toss with the oil, add all the remaining ingredients and combine.  
  3. Season to taste. I suggest you recheck the seasonings before serving.  
 
 

Kohlrabi Salad

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Makes 4 servings.

Kohlrabi is part of the cabbage family. It is nutrient dense with a nutty taste and a delicious crunch. The jalapeno in this salad gives it a little bite. 

The salad actually improves with time.

I tend to prefer the green variety of kohlrabi, which I find milder than the purple, but the taste of both is similar.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ pounds green kohlrabi (2 medium)

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely chopped (See Note)

  • 3 scallions including the green part, cut into thin slices

  • ½ cup tightly packed cilantro leaves

CITRUS HONEY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin-olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Peel the kohlrabi deeply, making sure it is trimmed well at the root. Cut into eighths to fit into the feeding tube of a food processor fitted with the medium grating attachment.

  2. Place the kohlrabi into a medium bowl and add jalapeno, scallions and cilantro.

  3. Whisk the dressing and toss with the kohlrabi. Season to taste.

NOTE:

When seeding jalapeno peppers, I advise wearing thin gloves to avoid irritating your skin or your eyes.

I suggest that you recheck the seasonings before serving.  

 
 

Broiled Eggplant

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Makes 2 servings.

I find this quick and easy recipe is a nice addition to my eggplant dishes. I have eaten it as a first course and as an accompaniment to meat or poultry.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 baby eggplants

COATING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus ½ teaspoon for greasing the foil
  • 1½ tablespoons Tahini
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chives for garnish, snipped with scissors  

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Trim the eggplants, peel deeply, cut in half and cut deep slits into the flesh.
  3. Combine the COATING ingredients.
  4. Line a broiler pan with foil, grease the foil and place the eggplant on it.
  5. Spoon the coating over the eggplants.
  6. Broil close to the heat source for about 5 minutes. The eggplants should be soft and well browned.
  7. If the eggplants are not soft enough, leave them for another minute in a turned off oven.
 
 

Roasted Carrots, Parsnips and Beets

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Makes 4 generous servings.

Easy to make, nutritious and versatile, this dish is for all seasons and can be paired with fish, meat or poultry. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium parsnip
  • 2 medium golden beets
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 sprigs of sage, plus a few leaves for garnish
  • 1½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Peel the vegetables, cut to the size that fits into the feed tube of a food processor fitted with a medium slicing attachment and slice.
  3. In a large bowl combine olive oil, maple syrup and vinegar. Add the vegetables and the sage. Mix very well and season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spread the vegetables on it.  Roast for about 20 minutes. The vegetables should be soft.
  5. Discard the sage sprigs.
  6. Slice the sage leaves thinly and garnish.
 
 

Creamed Spinach

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Makes 4 servings.

These days preparing spinach is quite easy – it comes prewashed and ready to go. I discovered that by adding coconut milk I can make a creamy, healthy, pareve spinach dish which I like to serve with fish.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 9 ounces of prewashed spinach, discard some of the dangling stems
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon oil and add half of the spinach. Stir until wilted. Remove to a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  2. Do the same with the next batch of spinach.
  3. Puree the spinach adding the coconut milk through the feed tube.
  4. Transfer to a skillet and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Serve warm.  
 
 

Red Kidney Beans

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Makes 6-8 servings.

I may have mentioned earlier that I rarely use canned products, but when it comes to dried legumes I do look for shortcuts.

I like to serve these beans as a winter side dish with any meat or poultry.

Not only is this dish nutritious and easy to prepare but it also remains fresh for quite a few days, refrigerated.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • One 14.5 ounce can imported Italian crushed tomatoes (San Marzano)
  • Two 15.5 ounce cans red kidney beans, drained (Goya Premium)
  • Leaves from 6 thyme sprigs
  • ½ cup tightly packed flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté covered over low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, beans and thyme. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook, uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
 
 

Stir Fried Cabbage

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Makes 4 servings.                                                             

Easy, delicious and nutritious, this side dish can be made ahead of time and reheated.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small cabbage or half of a large one, 1 ½ pounds, approx (See Note)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 sprigs dill snipped with scissors

PREPARATION:

  1. Discard tough outer cabbage leaves. Cut cabbage in half, then into quarters without cutting the core. It is easier to shred the cabbage when you have the core to hold on to.
  2. Shred very thinly.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok, add all of the cabbage and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Cover, stir from time to time, and sauté for about 3 minutes. The cabbage should be tender.  
  4. Season with salt and pepper and add the dill.

NOTE:

I use a mandolin to shred the cabbage; it is much easier to handle than using a knife.

 
 

Braised Leeks

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Makes 4 servings.

Leeks are relatives of onions, but sweeter with a firm bite. This vegetable compliments any dish, and it is so simple to prepare.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 leeks
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 sage leaves torn into small pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Cut off and discard dangling roots and most of the green part of the leeks. Discard one or two of the tough outer leaves.
  2. Cut the white and light green parts of the leeks into thin slices. Place in a sieve and rinse thoroughly under cold running water to remove any sand.  Drain well.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan until hot. Add the leeks and sage. Braise, covered, over low heat, stirring from time to time, for about 15 minutes, or until the leeks are almost soft.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
 
 

Stir-Fry Spinach

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Makes 2 servings.

This side dish is quick, easy and rich in iron. 
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 6 ounces spinach, not baby
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Heat olive oil in a wok, add garlic and sauté over low heat for a minute. Add all the spinach, increase the heat to high, and add 2 tablespoons of hot water. Toss until the spinach is JUST wilted. 
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. When serving, use a slotted spoon or tongs to avoid the accumulated liquid.
 
 

Roasted Root Vegetables with Sage

Makes 8 servings.

I like to roast these vegetables at a low heat, to ensure that they cook evenly and keep their distinct flavor. This method allows the root vegetables to exude their natural sweetness. Sage leaves compliment these vegetables.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small butternut squash, about 1 pound
  • 1 small celery root, about 1½ pounds
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 small red onions or 1 large one
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 30 sage leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F
  2. Line 3 baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  3. Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, cut into quarters lengthwise and slice thinly in a food processor fitted with a medium slicing attachment. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Peel the celery root, quarter and slice as well. Add to the squash.
  5. Toss with 5 tablespoons olive oil and 15 sage leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Distribute evenly on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Peel the carrots and the parsnip, cut lengthwise, if necessary, to fit into the feed tube of a food processor and slice.
  7. Transfer to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 5 of the sage leaves.
  8. Distribute on the baking sheet.  
  9. Peel the onions, cut into quarters and slice as well. Transfer to a bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons of oil, and season with salt.  
  10. Distribute on the baking sheet as well.  
  11. Roast the vegetables for about 1½ hours, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.    
  12. The onions will be ready earlier than the other vegetables. The other vegetables should be soft.  
  13. Combine all the vegetables and season to taste.

 

 
 

Simple Ratatouille

Makes 6 main course servings or 8 side dish servings.

This is not the classic ratatouille where each vegetable is sautéed separately and then all are combined. In this dish all the vegetables are cooked together to produce a wonderful healthy dish.

Topped with grated Mozzarella or crumbled feta, it can be a nutritious meal by itself. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 baby eggplants (about 1 pound together) (See Note)
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 plum tomatoes, peeled, cored, seeded, cubed (See Note)
  • ¾ cup tightly packed flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup tightly packed basil leaves, torn to pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated Mozzarella, or crumbled feta, about 6 ounces

PREPARATION:

  1. In a large covered saucepan, heat ¼ cup olive oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté, over low heat until the onion is soft, about 6 minutes.
  2. Rinse the zucchini, pat dry, trim the ends and discard. Cut into small cubes. Do the same with the yellow squash. Peel the eggplant, cut into small cubes. Core the pepper, seed and cut into small cubes. 
  3. Add the rest of the oil into the saucepan. Add all the vegetables and toss until all the vegetables are coated. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and cook over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring from time to time until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Add parsley and basil. Season to taste.
  5. To serve top with the cheese of your choice, or serve as is. 

NOTES:

I prefer to use baby eggplants, because they have fewer seeds.

To skin tomatoes, drop them into boiling water. Return the water to a boil and drain.  Loosen the tomato skin and slip it off. After blanching the tomatoes, core them, cut them in half widthwise, and squeeze each half gently until the seeds pop out.  Some seeds will remain.

Basil leaves discolor if they are chopped. It is best to tear them to the desired size. 

Feta comes in many strengths, from mild, which I prefer, to strong.

 
 

Edamame, Black Rice, Tofu and Corn Salad

Makes 4- 6 servings as a first course, or side dish.

Makes 4 servings as a luncheon dish.

Chinese Black rice, also known as Emperor’s rice is gluten free, wheat free, and chewy with a nutty flavor which pairs very well with tofu, edamame, corn, raisins and a delicious honey–lime dressing. It is a vegetarian delight without too much fuss and is quite versatile. 

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup black rice( See Note)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted margarine
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 7 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, thawed, pat dried
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, pat dried
  • ¼ cup currants, or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, approx
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

COOK THE RICE

  1. Bring rice, water, margarine and salt to a boil in a small saucepan with a cover. Lower the heat and simmer covered for about 30 minutes. The water should be absorbed and the grains soft (if the rice is not soft and the water is absorbed, add a tablespoon or two of hot water).
  2. Cool and transfer to a bowl.

PREPARATION

  1. Dry the tofu thoroughly, cut into small cubes and place in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Add to the rice along with the edamame, corn, currants or raisins.
  2. In a small dish combine the olive oil, honey and lime juice. Toss with the rice and season to taste. Before serving adjust the seasoning once again.

NOTE:

I suggest that you do not cook the rice in an enameled lined saucepan-such as Creuset.  The enamel becomes discolored from the rice.

 
 

Red Kidney Bean Salad

Makes 4-6 servings.                              

This salad is a nutritious accompaniment to poultry or meat.  It can also be a first course or a part of a buffet table.  

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ pound dried red kidney beans
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper (See Note)
  • 1 ½-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 -2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup tightly packed flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

  1. Soak the beans overnight in a bowl with enough cold water to cover by a few inches.
  2. Drain the beans and place in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover by 3 inches.
  3. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook gently for about 30 minutes or until the beans are very tender. (Beans tend to harden when refrigerated.) Drain and transfer the beans to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and cool.
  4. Cut the jalapeno pepper in half. Remove the seeds and mince.
  5. Add to the beans the onion, vinegar, mustard and parsley Season with salt and pepper to taste.

NOTE:

When seeding jalapeno peppers, I advise wearing thin latex gloves to avoid irritating your skin and eyes.

If you are making this dish ahead of time, and it is refrigerated, bring it back to room temperature before serving and adjust the seasoning.