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Apple Quinoa “Oatmeal”

Apple Quinoa “Oatmeal”

This is a really yummy alternative to Oatmeal (not that there’s anything wrong with Oatmeal – it’s very good for you! Just a nice, healthy change of pace). It’s our new favorite!

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa
2 cups coconut milk*
2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
3/4 cup dried apples, chopped (or more πŸ˜‰
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
*A 15-ounce can of coconut milk contains a little less than 2 cups. Add a little water to make up the difference.

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir … Bring to a simmer over medium/medium-high heat. Then, turn the heat down to low, cover, and allow it to gently simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the quinoa mixture to rest for 5 minutes covered. Remove the cover and toss the quinoa with a fork. Enjoy warm.

I like to serve it with some fresh fruit – in this case some Pomegranate jems :). ENJOY!

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in breakfast, food, gluten-free, suoerfoods, vegetarian, Yummy

 

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Savory Stuffed Mushrooms :)

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms :)

If you’re looking for a fairly quick, really delicious meal – look no further. This recipe is just plain ‘ole YUM!! This is a combination of several recipes that I’ve tried and combined to come up with just the right flavors for the stuffing for these mushrooms. Serve with a Caesar Salad (or the salad or side of your choice) and you have a meal!

Ingredients

1 TBLS Dijon Mustard

1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

6 ounces frozen chopped spinach (if you use fresh, I recommend you chop the fresh spinach into small pieces and then saute it in a couple drops of olive oil, then add to mixture)

1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

2  (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

3 cloves fresh garlic (minced)

1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 cup green onions – chopped

1 tsp oregano

2 tsp ground thyme

40 large fresh baby portabella mushrooms

3/4 tsp olive oil

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Optional – 3 oz. baby shrimp – chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove stems from mushrooms and take a spoon and dig out a little cavity in each mushroom. Finely chop the stems and the scooped out insides.

Place mushroom caps on baking sheet, open cavity up.

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In a skillet, heat the oil and add chopped mushroom stems, garlic, oregano, onions and thyme. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Squeeze moisture from the spinach and add to cooked mushrooms, along with cottage or ricotta cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, shrimp (if desired), breadcrumbs, mustard, & cayenne pepper; mix well with a mixer. Top each mushroom generously with filling.

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Sprinkle each filled mushroom with a little shredded Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Serve warm.

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Just a side note: When baked, the mushrooms tend to leak juice, so they end up cooking in that juice. I put mine on a grilling rack and place that rack on a parchment-lined baking sheet. This allows the extra moisture to drip off and the mushrooms aren’t sitting in that moisture during baking. (This was my daughter, Jenny’s idea πŸ™‚ ) . It keeps the mushrooms from becoming soggy.

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I served my mushrooms with sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese and salt and pepper…also, a kale and spinach salad drizzled with a little Caesar and Balsamic dressing and fresh pineapple.

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ENJOY!

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in food, mushrooms, vegetarian, veggies, Yummy

 

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Mushrooms and Fingerlings

I was recently given a cook book from some good friends (Jassie & Daniel). This cookbook is from Williams-Sonoma called Vegetable of the Day. It’s by Kate McMillan and has 365 delicious recipes for cooking vegetables. I wanted to share two of these recipes with you that I made last night…yum, yum, yum!! This recipe was cooked with entirely organic food :).

First recipe will be the Mushrooms recipe…

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Mushrooms with Garlic Butter & Pine Nuts:

1 lb (500 g.) mixed mushrooms (I used Portebella, Porcini, Oyster & Shiitake)

4 TBLS (2 oz./60 g.) unsalted butter at room temperature (I used salted butter)

3 cloves garlic, minced

sea salt & freshly ground pepper

** I added a little thyme and oregano to the mix (sprinkled over the mushrooms before roasting) – I just like these flavors with mushrooms, but this is totally optional and not a part of the recipe.

2 TBLS dry white wine

1/3 (2 oz./60 g.)Β  – 1/2 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds (I used pine nuts)

1-2 TBLS chopped fresh chives or flat-leaf parsley (your preference)

Preheat the oven to 450 F. (230 C.) Cut the larger mushrooms into pieces so that all mushrooms are close to the same size. Place cut mushrooms in a single layer in a large roasting pan…you can leave the smaller mushrooms whole if you prefer….

Mix together the butter and garlic, season with salt and pepper and dot the butter mixture evenly over the mushrooms. Sprinkle the wine over the mushrooms. I also sprinkled some thyme and oregano over this mixture because I like those flavors with mushrooms.

Roast the mushrooms until they begin to sizzle and brown, about 15 minutes. Take mushrooms out of oven and sprinkle with pine nuts…return to oven and roast another 10-15 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked.

Transfer mushrooms to a bowl and sprinkle with chives…enjoy!

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The second recipe that I made for this meal is also from the book Vegetable of the Day by Kate McMillan

Roasted Fingerlings with Garlic

1 lb. (500 g.) small fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) olive oil

Leaves from 4 fresh rosemary springs, minced (I used dried rosemary because I didn’t have a plant…but I’m getting one!)

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 F. (200 C).

Put the potatoes in a bowl or a plastic bag and add the oil, rosemary, salt & Pepper. Turn the potatoes (or seal and squeeze the bag) until potatoes are coated. Spread the potatoes on a roasting pan and scatter the garlic over the potatoes.

Roast until the potatoes are golden brown and tender …anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Season with salt and serve.

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I hope you enjoy these dishes…they seriously were yum!!

 
 

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Savory Mushroom Bean Soup…

Savory Mushroom Bean Soup…
I love the cold weather we’ve been having lately and when it’s cold like this I like to try new soups! I love a soup that is hearty and savory! This soup meets both of those requirements!

At first glance, you might not think that it’s either of those because it’s not a cream soup…the texture of the broth is thin and runny…but oh my, you will be surprised at how savory, warming and rich the flavors are! I love this soup and it will now be a winter (and summer) staple in my house!
First of all I need to give credit to the blog that I got this soup from. Gluten Free and Fabulous is a wonderful blog for great recipes that are gluten free…like this one!

Ingredients:
3 15 oz cans white beans (you can drain and rinse them if you want…I drained mine, but did not rinse them and I used 2 cans of northern and 1 can of cannellini – which are white kidney beans)
48 oz vegetable broth
20 ounces baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh thyme (if you can’t get fresh, then use 3 TBLS ground)
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated (I used ginger from a jar)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

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Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice up the mushrooms and place on 1/2 of a baking sheet. Place the diced onion on the other half. Cover onions and mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, half of the garlic, 1/2  teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of salt for each side. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of thyme over the top and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and turn the vegetables over and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.

While they are cooking, In a large pot add the vegetable broth, beans, grated ginger and 2 tablespoons of thyme. Cook over medium high heat and bring to a simmer.

Place about 4 cups of the broth (including beans) and the roasted onions into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  Add back to the stock pot, then add the mushrooms.

Reduce the heat to medium low, and cook for 30 minutes. It smells sooo good and tastes even better!

I served it with hard toasted rolls (and butter) and some grated cheddar cheese on top, but Parmesan would also be good…or no cheese at all!

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It’s sooo yummy and…it will warm your belly!

Serves 4-6.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in food, gluten-free, mushrooms, soup, vegetarian, veggies, Yummy

 

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Grilled Fish Tacos

Yum Yum Yum is all I can say for these tacos – oh man – the flavor combination is amazing!! No picture – sorry – everyone ate them too fast!! πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

2 limes

6 plum tomatoes

1 small onion

1/3 cup snipped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 TBLS milk (I used Half & Half)

2 garlic cloves (pressed and finely chopped)

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage (green leafy part only)

2 avocados

corn tortillas (I used white corn tortillas)

2 or 3 large tilapia fillets (no skin) – or you can use cod or your favorite fish

1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Squeeze limes to get 1/4 cup juice

For Sauce:

Combine 2 TBLS lime juice – mayonnaise – milk – and 1 garlic – whisk until smooth

For Salsa:

Dice tomatoes – chop onions – chop 1 garlic clove and combine with remaining lime juice – cilantro and salt – mix well (or you can throw everything in a food processor and chop) *note – I also added one jalepanos pepper (seeded and finely chopped) to my salsa.

Thinly slice cabbage leafs – peel and seed and thinly slice avocado

Cook FIsh:

Season fish with black pepper (and a little taco seasoning if desired) and cook in pan for 5-8 minutes or until flakes easily with a fork turning once- flake fish into bite-sized pieces

Heat tortillas on griddle until warm

Top tortillas with cabbage – fish – sauce – salsa & avocado slices as desired –

YUM!!

NOTE: I also served with a side of mashed beans which I made with one can of black beans and one can of cannellini beans (or northern beans) – cumin – sea salt – pepper – paprika – cayenne pepper – all mashed togetherΒ  topped with a little shredded cheese πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in fish, food, Tacos, veggies, Yummy

 

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The Best Potato Soup

This recipe is a combination of two recipes that I found in some old cooking magazines – they both looked really good – but together the recipes are amazing!

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Ingredients:

6 medium – large potatoes

2 large baking potatoes (baked peeled and coarsely mashed)

48 oz organic vegetable broth

1 TBLS sea salt

1 medium – lrg onion – chopped

1 cup chopped celery

2 cloves garlic (pressed and finely chopped)

3 cups half and half + 1 cup 2% milk

1/2 cup sour cream

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup (or more) shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions – green tops as well

crumbled bacon (optional)

Instructions:

Chop up potatoes – Place broth/salt/onions/celery/garlic and potatoes in broth and bring to a boil – (do not add baked potatoes yet)

Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minunutes until potatoes are tender

In a saucepan whisk flour and milk/half & half combo until smooth – Bring to a boil – stirring constantly – cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened – stir in the baked potatoes /Β  cheese – salt and pepper (to taste – approx 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper) – stir in 1/2 cup sour cream – cook over medium heat until cheese is melted

Add milk/cheese mixture to vegetable mixture and stir to combine (do not drain vegetable broth off)

Garnish with green onions – a little shredded cheese – and crumbled bacon (if desired)

Serve with warmed hard rolls – DELISH!!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Bacon, Comfort Food, food, potatoes, soup, vegetarian, veggies, Yummy

 

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Mushroom and Cheesy Polenta

Mushroom and Cheesy Polenta

This dish was soo yummy, oh my. If you like grits and you like mushrooms in a savory garlic and shallots wine sauce, then you’re going to LOVE this dish!!

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I know what they say about Polenta – that it’s the same thing as grits… But I think there is a slight difference. Polenta is made with a very finely ground corn meal (usually yellow corn meal) and it’s got more of a porridge consistency to it…However, regardless if you think polenta and grits are the same thing or not though, this meal is very very tasty and I don’t think it would have been the same had I used grits!

Okay so here are your ingredients to feed 2-3 people. You’ll probably have some polenta left over but you can have that the next morning with your eggs πŸ™‚

ingredients:
– 2 pkgs portobello mushrooms, sliced or diced – whichever you prefer (approx 20 or so medium-sized mushrooms)
**you can also use a mixture of mushrooms (which is what I intend to do next time – shitake, oyster, portobello – whatever your favorites are).
– 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
– 3 small shallots (chopped)
– 2 TBLS olive oil
– oregano seasoning
– rosemary seasoning
– thyme
(Anytime you can use fresh spices do it! You’ll be grateful you did! But store-bought spices are good too)
– salt
– pepper
– 1/4 cup white wine
– 1/4 cup veggie broth
– 1 TBLS butter
– 1 cup finely ground yellow or white cornmeal (I used Arnett’s stone ground fine ground white)
– 1 – 1.5 cups cheese(s)- grated (the recipe called for Parmesan cheese, but I did a mixture of smoky cheddar, a Vermont white cheddar, and Parmesan- YUM)

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I started cooking my Polenta first so that it can be cooking while I’m preparing the mushrooms. To cook polenta you use 3 parts water to 1 part finely ground corn meal. However, I wanted mine to be not so firm, so I used 4 parts liquid to 1 part corn meal.

In fact, I used 3 cups of vegetable broth and 1 cup of water to 1 cup corn meal. You can also use chicken broth if you want that flavor.

Bring the liquid to a rolling boil, then add your corn meal S L O W L Y stirring with a whisk as you add. I also added some oregano, rosemary, sea salt and pepper to this mixture. Reduce to low heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy (approximately 15 minutes). Stir in the cheese. Remove the polenta from the heat.

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To make the mushroom mixture:

In a large pan (I used a large fry pan) heat 2 TBLS olive oil over high heat. Then add the diced garlic and shallots, slightly caramelizing these before adding the mushrooms. While the mushrooms were cooking, I added some thyme and oregano to taste (I didn’t have fresh, but that would have been even better!)

When the mushrooms have cooked down (they create their own water), add 1/4 cup white wine and 1/4 cup veggie broth. Allow this to cook until it begins to thicken, season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add 1 TBLS of butter.

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Serve a cup or two of the polenta topped with a cup or so of the mushrooms. Sprinkle with grated cheese of your choice (I used Vermont white cheddar) and enjoy!!

Mmmmm, I loved this dish so much that I want some more right now because writing about it is making me want some πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Comfort Food, food, vegetarian, veggies, Yummy

 

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