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Red Cabbage and Kale Stir Fry

14 Apr

white bowl with kale and red cabbage stir fry

Red Cabbage and Kale Stir Fried Salad

*Vegan *Gluten-free

Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4
Approximate calories per serving: 375

Ingredients
2 TB olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 ts grated ginger (about 1 inch)

1 large bunch kale, washed and chopped

½ head red cabbage, sliced and rinsed

1 can kidney beans, drained

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste

Directions

1. Heat oil over medium to high heat in a wok or large saute pan.

2. Add chopped onion and let cook 5 minutes.

3. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds.

4. Add kale, stir and cook for 5 minutes.

5. Add cabbage, stir, cover and cook 10 minutes.

6. Uncover, add kidney beans and garbanzo beans, cook for 5 minutes or until beans are hot.

7. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to your desire.

Asparagus and Bell Pepper Tacos

15 Feb image of asparagus and bell pepper tacos

image of asparagus and bell pepper tacos

Asparagus and Bell Pepper Tacos
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves 4
Approximate calories per serving: 375


Ingredients

16 stalks of asparagus
2 bell peppers
1 TB minced garlic
1 TB oil (I use canola)
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1 can black beans
8 corn tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese
hot sauce!

Directions
1. Turn on then oven and set to 400 F.
2. Wash your veggies.
3. Cut 1″ off the bottom of each piece of asparagus, then cut in half.
4. Slice the bell pepper into 1″ thick pieces.
5. Place veggies in a bowl, add garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. Mix together
6. Place a sheet of aluminum foil of a baking sheet. Put mixed veggies on the aluminum foil.
7. Bake for 10 minutes.
8. When 5 minutes are left on your baking time, start heating your black beans in a sauce pot.
9. Wrap the corn tortillas in a wet paper towel and heat in the microwave 30 seconds per side.
10. Assemble your tacos! Corn tortilla, then cheese, black beans, 4 pieces of asparagus, 2 pieces of bell pepper, hot sauce!

These suckers are messy, have fun!

5 Recipes for $50

19 Apr

Here were are at the beginning of a new week. This week’s recipe is full of comfort food, sweet and spicy flavor and some really quick meals. I guess I haven’t felt like spending a great deal of time in the kitchen lately (: I did discover this week that chicken wings taste great with Indian influenced spicing on them!

This Week’s Recipe List:

Tandoori Style Chicken Wings with a Yogurt Sauce
Slow Cooked Bacon and Beans with Cornbread
Vegan Bean Sprout and Spinach Stir Fry
Vegetarian English Muffin Pizza with Garlic Green Beans
Vegetarian Sweet and Savory Vegetable Casserole with Sage Rosemary Dumplings

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Tandoori Style Chicken Wings with a Yogurt Sauce

19 Apr

I decided today that I could probably eat Indian food everyday for the rest of my life and not get bored. Here’s a bit of a twist on tandoori chicken (as I do not have Tandoori oven in my house).

Tandoori Style Chicken Wings with a Yogurt Sauce
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 TB ginger, minced
1 TB ground coriander
1 1/2 ts ground cumin
1 ts ground tumeric
1/2 ts ground cinnamon
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts cayenne pepper
24 chicken wings

Yogurt Sauce:
1 cup whole milk yogurt
2 TB fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
salt
cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Combine and mix all ingredients except for the chicken.
3. Rub spice mix over chicken wings.
4. Place chicken on baking sheet. Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
5. To make yogurt sauce. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Bean Sprout and Spinach Stir Fry-Vegan

19 Apr

I always forget how awesome and easy stir fry is. I like this particular recipe because it is spicy and crunchy, two of my favorite characteristics of a dish.

Bean Sprout and Spinach Stir Fry
*Vegan*
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 TB olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 celery stalks, chopped
8 oz. fresh bean sprouts
1 lb spinach, washed and trimmed
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 dried red chili pepper, minced
4 servings chow mein noodles

Sauce:
1 TB rice vinegar
1 TB sesame oil
2 TB soy sauce
1 TB corn starch
1/2 TB Chinese five spice

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients for sauce in small bowl and set aside.
2. Start boiling water in a medium sauce pan (this will be for your chow mein noodles). When water starts to boil add noodles and cook 3 minutes. Separate with a fork while they cook. Drain.
3. Heat up wok over high heat. When pan is hot add olive oil. When olive oil is heated, add onions (you should hear them sizzle; you can test to see if the pan is ready by putting one piece on onion in first).
4. Cook onions 2-3 minutes until just browned. Add garlic for 30 seconds.
5. Add celery and cook 5 minutes; stir occasionally.
6. Add bean sprouts, spinach, green onions, and red chili pepper. Cook 5 minutes until spinach is wilted.
7. Add sauce and noodles to wok. Stir all ingredients together. Serve while hot!

English Muffin Pizza with Garlic Green Beans

19 Apr

Save this recipe for a night when you really DO NOT want to cook. It is made up of ingredients I usually have on hand anyway.

English Muffin Pizza
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 English Muffins
1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 TB thyme
1 TB oregano
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 TB olive oil
1 bag (16 oz.) frozen green beans
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ts salt
1/2 ts black pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Break your 4 english muffins in half and place them on baking sheet.
3. Top each muffin with tomato sauce, then cheese.
4. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
5. While you pizza bakes, microwave your green beans in a bowl (w/ a little bit of water) for 3 minutes. Drain.
6. Heat skillet with 2 TB olive oil. Add green beans, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.

5 Recipes for $58

12 Apr

I am $8 over this week, but I feel like the recipes are worth it. There is a great mixture of hot comfort food and cool spring time fresh food. I found a new combination of flavors (mint and olives! who knew?) this week and also discovered a new cheese that tastes like bacon (not gouda, but fontina–it’s cheaper!). Have a great week and happy cooking and eating!

This week’s Recipes:
Each recipe amounts to 4 servings each.

Tortilla Chip Salad
Vegetarian Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous
Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Vegetarian Collard Greens and Tomatoes with Garlic Cheese Bread

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Tortilla Chip Salad

12 Apr

The recipe sits on the line between a Taco Salad and Nachos. It is really easy to make and tastes great!

Tortilla Chip Salad
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 bag tortilla chips
1 potato, peeled and grated
2 TB taco seasoning
1 can diced chilis
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
1. Heat skillet over high heat. Add ground beef and cook. Add potato, diced chilies, taco seasoning. Cover and cook on low until potatoes are cooked.
2. Arrange chips on a plate. Sprinkle meat on top, then cheese, tomatoes. Top with sour cream.

Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad

12 Apr

Spring is here! Time to start making salads and homemade dressing.

Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups spring mix salad
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
3 TB red wine vinegar
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB honey
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts pepper
1 shallot, minced

Directions:
1. Combine spring mix, walnuts, dried cranberries and feta, and tomato in large bowl.
2. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients and stir well with a whisk.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous

12 Apr

I really never thought I would combine mint and Kalamata olives, but that day has arrived. I can’t really explain the taste other than using the word refreshing. It is as though the mint smooths out the slight tartness of the olives. They just both work really well together. And, to top it off, couscous is not only super easy to make, but it is delicious and good for you. Lots of great things to say about this recipe.

Cumin Mint Chicken over Couscous
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 TB olive oil

4 chicken breasts
2 TB cumin
2 TB tumeric
1 TB ground coriander
salt
pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
3 cups couscous
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions:
1. Combine olive oil, cumin, tumeric, ground coriander, salt and pepper and garlic. Rub seasoning over chicken breasts.
2. Heat large deep skillet over high heat. Add chicken and brown both sides, 5 minutes each side.
2. Add 2 cups of chicken stock to pan. Bring stock to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add mint and chopped olives to pan. Cook another 10 minutes.
4. Remove cover from pan and cook on high for 5 minutes.
5. Heat 2 cups chicken stock until it starts to boil. Add couscous and tomatoes, turn off heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes.
6. To serve, cover plate with couscous and top with chicken. Top chicken with mint/olive sauce.