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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.

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Indian Spiced Spinach Salad with Chicken

28 Mar

Indian Spiced Spinach Salad with Chicken
Prep. Time: 1 hour marinade plus 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4
Approximate calories per serving: 536

spinach salad with chicken on a white plate

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

3 TB lemon juice

1 1/2 ts garam masala

1 ts tumeric

1 TB ginger, grated

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 1/2 TB vegetable oil

1 medium onion, sliced thinly

Everything else:

4 chicken breasts

1 TB vegetable oil

2 cups frozen peas

1 bunch spinach, washed and chopped

Salad Dressing:

1 ts cumin seeds

1/2 ts coriander seeds

2 TB lemon juice

Directions:

1. Combine all marinade ingredients with chicken breasts. Cover and let marinade for at least an hour.

2. Heat a saute pan on high.  Add 1 TB vegetable oil, then add chicken breasts.

3. Cook chicken over medium high heat for 7 or so minutes each side. Remove and set aside.

4. Add onions to saute pan and cook over medium high heat for 5 or so minutes. Add frozen peas and cook another 5 or so minutes.

5. In a small saute pan heat up the cumin and coriander seeds.  Pour into a grinder or mortar and pestle and grind.

6. Add washed spinach to a large bowl. Add lemon juice and ground spices and mix until combined.

7. Place a serving size of spinach onto a plate.  Add onion and pea mixture, then top with one slice chicken breast.

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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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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