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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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Sweet and Savory Vegetable Casserole with Rosemary Sage Dumplings – Vegetarian

19 Apr

The trick to the recipe is the SWEET POTATO and the BALSAMIC VINEGAR. I added them together on a whim and am so very happy I did. There is a tart yet sweet flavor to this dish that I have never tasted in any other.

Sweet and Savory Vegetable Casserole with Rosemary Sage Dumplings
*Vegetarian*
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 TB olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TB paprika
1 potato, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) vegetable broth/stock
1 sweet potato (1 lb), peeled and chopped
1 bunch broccoli (1/2 lb), chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
1 TB balsamic vinegar
2 TB sour cream

Dumplings:
1 cup flour
2 TB chilled butter, cubed
1/2 TB fresh sage, chopped
1/2 TB fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup milk

Directions:
1. Heat oil in deep skillet. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add garlic and paprika to skillet and cook 30 seconds. Add potato, carrot, tomato and veggie stock to pan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook on low for 10 minutes.
3. Add sweet potato, broccoli and zucchini and simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
4. Sift flour and pinch of salt into a medium sized bowl. Rub chilled butter into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Pour milk and herbs into bowl and using a knife slice into the flour and stir until in creates a dough.
5. Move dough to table surface and form into a ball. Cut into 6 equal sized pieces. Form each piece into a ball.
6. Right before you add your cooked vegetables to your casserole dish for baking mix in the balsamic vinegar and sour cream.
7. Top vegetable mixer with herb dumplings.
8. Bake casserole for 20 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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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese

12 Apr

I think I have to vote for this one as the week’s favorite. I love comfort food and I love mac and cheese. I grew up on Kraft boxed mac and cheese. This is a bit more complicated, but a lot more tasty. If you are feeling a bit of a gourmet itch and have a bit more time in the kitchen for dinner prep, take a shot at this recipe. So worth it!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes for Bechamel Sauce, 10 minutes for pasta and 30 minutes of baking

Ingredients:
1 pound macaroni pasta
4 TB butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 ts thyme
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
2 cups shredded smoked fontina cheese
salt
black pepper
1 ts paprika

Bechamel Sauce:
4 TB unsalted butter
1 shallot, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
6 TB all purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 ts dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts nutmeg
black pepper

Directions:
1. Make your bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add shallot, carrot, and celery to pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and bring it all to a boil. Add thyme and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes in order to thicken the sauce.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When it starts to boil add your pasta. Cook according to the packaging.

3. While your pasta cooks heat a medium sauce pan and melt butter with garlic cloves. Add the bread crumbs and thyme and mix.

4. When pasta is cooked, drain and toss with cheeses. Fold in the bechamel sauce, salt, pepper and paprika.

5. Transfer macaroni mixture to a greased baking dish. Cover top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

5 Recipes for $56

28 Mar

Sorry, went a little bit over the normal rate of $50 this week. It is because two of the recipes use meat. I couldn’t resist, they are so delicious. Another little twist to this week is that I found most of my recipes online. I usually make up my own recipes or use one of my books, but I wanted a change of pace this week so I decided to find some new recipe sites and showcase them this week. Thanks to all you food bloggers out there for providing the world with awesome meal ideas. Here are a few that I found tasty.

Vegetarian Broccoli Souffle
Vegetarian Egg and Potato Skillet
Lemon Chicken
Tortilla Soup
Vegetarian Cream of Spinach Pasta

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Broccoli Souffle

28 Mar

I am becoming a pretty big fan of adding eggs to meals to make them a bit more filling. At the same time, I have been looking for recipes that include green veggies because they are some of the most nutrient rich foods you can eat. Check out this Broccoli Souffle from Recipe Secrets.

Broccoli Souffle
Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes

1 pound fresh broccoli
1 large minced onion
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup hot milk
2 ounces crumbled Roquefort cheese
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter baking dish; dust with dry bread crumbs; set aside.

Clean broccoli, pare any tough skin from stem and cut into pieces; place in pot of salted, boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain; squeeze dry. Transfer to food processor and pulse to chop.

In skillet, melt butter; add onion; saute until soft. Stir in flour; whisk to incorporate well.

Gradually add milk. Cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly; remove from heat.

Stir in cheese, broccoli and Tabasco sauce.

In small bowl, beat eggs with salt. Stir eggs into cooled broccoli mixture.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish; bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Broccoli and Potato Casserole

7 Mar

I needed to use up the rest of my potatoes this week. At the same time, my husband and I are trying to eat more healthy greens. This seemed like the perfect recipe.

Broccoli and Potato Casserole
***Vegetarian Dinner Recipe***
Serves 4
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound potatoes, grated
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
2 TB butter
1 1/2 cups green onions
2 eggs
1 TB fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup grated cheese, cheddar, Swiss, etc.

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook until softened, not brown. Set aside.
2. Blend eggs, lemon juice, salt and pepper and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
3. Combine broccoli, potatoes, green onions with egg mixture.
4. Pour in buttered baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
5. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until set and golden on top.