Vegetarian

Butternut Squash Soup – Afghan Style

We had a virtual blast preparing this soup as part of KindSoups efforts to deliver food to those in need.  Each week for the past year, we’ve been cooking together via Zoom, making enough soup for our own family’s dinner, plus enough to freeze and deliver meals for friends who may be hitting a rough patch and…

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Easily Adaptable Indian Cooking

A healthy diet is so important for your longterm health.  Below and in future posts, I will share some healthy recipes that you can adapt easily to the ingredients you have on hand. Here’s a video with personal attestations of the importance of a wholesome plant-based diet. Some basic ingredients for Indian food are: Cumin seeds Mustard seeds…

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Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – in general, mix 1 part vinegar with 2 or 3 parts olive oil; if it’s a strong-tasting vinegar, go more toward 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with fruit-flavored vinegars, such as apricot and lime and using them with minimal oil; but plain balsamic does…

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Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Vegetables

MAIN DISH From epicurious.comThese are DELICIOUS – especially the shallots – which are stronger anti-oxidants than other onions!Serves 12 Ingredients: 2 lbs shallots, halved or quartered4 Tbsp olive oil4 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾ inch cubes4 large red bell peppers, cut into ½- thick strips2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut…

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pears

SIDE DISH From Bon Appetit; November 1994 If you’re watching calories, use decreased amounts of butter, nectar and sugar. Also, you can use this as a healthy version of dessert. Ingredients: 5 lbs red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)4-6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature4 large firm but ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/3 inch-thick slices1/2…

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Kale Chips

KALE CHIPS: A popular and healthy party snack that goes very fast! I can eat these chips from a whole head of kale in one sitting! It is very addictive, the healthy kind of addition. Some of you might wonder what they taste like? Some of us, including me, think they taste similar to the…

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Caramelized Tofu

MAIN DISH This is a very simple recipe that can be prepared stovetop or in the oven. My preference is in the oven because it requires less attention, but either way works well. If you choose the oven, preheat to 400 degrees. Ingredients: 1 lb block extra-firm organic tofu4 Tbsp brown rice syrup2 Tbsp low…

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Green Beans with Sesame Vinaigrette

Adapted from www.epicurious.com. Makes 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs green beans, trimmed3 Tbsp olive oil1 tsp Asian sesame oil1 Tbsp white wine vinegar2 tsp Dijon mustard1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt, to taste1/4 tsp black pepper2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted (you can purchase them toasted or bake at 325 for a few minutes in a Pam-sprayed…

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CARAMELIZED CAULIFLOWER

SIDE DISH CARAMELIZED CAULIFLOWER ( from Todd and Ellen Gray’s ” The New Jewish Table”) Ingredients: 1 cup golden raisins2 tablespoons canola oil1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 head cauliflower ( or the equivalent mix of several heirloom varieties),cut into 1/2-inch florets.1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds1 tablespoon chopped parsley3/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper…

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A Taste of Arugula

SIDE DISH Arugula is a dark leafy green, so like spinach and others, it is a good source of calcium, vitamins A, C, K, as well as iron, calcium and potassium. Potassium has been shown to help keep blood pressure in good range. It is classified as a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli or cauliflower, so…

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