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Coliflor Con Pollo

22 Nov

Greetings, friends!  I’ve been AWOL for awhile- just so busy!  Happy changes are a-comin my way, though… I have a new job and don’t even have to leave Pittsburgh, which I really thought was going to happen for a minute there! 🙂

Just a quick announcement… I’ll be taking this blog in a new direction- I’m not making videos anymore.  Well, not often, unless there’s something that’s really technique-heavy.  To be honest, the time and planning that goes into creating and posting videos is just not jiving with my life right now and I don’t feel they’re absolutely necessary.  I’m going to continue with the recipes and photos –> fingers crossed for a new camera for Christmas!

Oh, and, I came across Christopher Boffoli’s portfolio while looking for tips on how to take better food photos.  It’s totally whimsical and absurd and I love it.

On to my Nom-Tastic recipe of the week!  ‘Cause I know you’re going to have tons of leftover turkey!  This is a great way to use up leftovers of all sorts- ham is essential- mine was pulled from the freezer while making room for some cowshare! I wish I could give credit for this recipe- I pulled the original (with rice) from some foodie site and passed it to my mom before trying it myself.  She froze some for me (it freezes well) and it was really good, so I tried it myself.

Coliflor Con Pollo

  • 1 recipe cauliflower rice (or what you have on hand!) – or 3 c. leftover rice
  • 3 c cooked chicken (or leftover turkey), shredded or cut into chunks
  • 1 c frozen peas
  • 1 c chopped ham (or 3/4 c chopped bacon, fried and crumbled)
  • 2 T butter or bacon fat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp saffron (optional)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped and drained
  • 2 c cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8-10 green olives, sliced

METHOD:

Heat 2 T of butter (or bacon fat if you are using bacon) in a large skillet. Add the diced onion, and once it begins to soften add the saffron and salt and stir thoroughly.

Transfer to a large bowl and combine with the cauliflower, peas, ham, green onion, chopped tomato, and chicken pieces.

Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 Pyrex baking dish.  Cover with the grated cheese and olives and bake for 25-30 minutes, until it is heated through and the cheese is
bubbling.

Creamy Curry Red Lentil (yes, lentil!) Soup

20 Sep

Hi Everyone!!!

I’ve been on somewhat of a hiatus for a while, as there’s been a lot going on and was trying to squeeze the last few rays of sunshine from summer!

To be honest I’m also getting sick of “summer food” and this is another reason I haven’t been posting so often- most of my meals have been some sort of salad or grilled meat/veg/potato combo.  I’m excited for soup season!!!  Wohoooo soup!!  I’ve had quite a weekend, from finding out that I am really, REALLY allergic to dog dander, to the Food Star competition (which I did not make it to the final round but still had fun, more on that soon!), to preparing cheesecakes, cobblers, and cabbage and noodles for hundreds at the Scottdale Fall Festival.  By the time I arrived home Sunday night, I was tired, sore, and already feeling a little “phlemmy.”  To top it off I had aired out my apartment from said dog-sitting adventure and it was FREEZING.  Yep, I’m pretty sure I’m getting my annual cold.  I am such a delicate flower.

I ventured to Costco yesterday for the first time (again, expect a post soon as I am thrilled with my “haul”) and I picked up some red lentils for perhaps my favorite soup of all time.  Yes, I am perfectly aware lentils are on the “Paleo Blacklist” along with oats, beans, grains, etc. for phytic acid and lectin content.  But whatevs.  My opinion is that if it makes you feel bad, avoid it.  This is the case with beans, grains, and oats- in MY experience- but not rice, split peas, or lentils.  These are pretty low in phytic acid content anyway, and I always soak for at least an hour just to be safe.  Maybe I’m just biased as this is one of my favorite recipes from vegan days-gone-by and my idea of “comfort food.”  It keeps my tummy happy for hours and gives me plenty of flu-fighting energy!’

Creamy Curry Red Lentil Soup

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
Raspberry & Coconut
Serves 8

  • 1 c. dry red lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 leeks, sliced paper thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. minced ginger
  • 32 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Curry Paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar (you can omit this but it’s “worth it” IMHO)
  • 2 T. fish sauce (sub Tamari if vegan)
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 4 c. (fresh) or 2 c. (frozen) spinach

Wash the lentils in cold water until the water runs clear, then soak in a bowl of warm water for about an hour.  Drain and add to a pot with enough water to cover by about two inches.  Bring to a boil, stir, and reduce heat to a simmer for ~10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced leek and sauté until beginning to brown, then add the garlic and ginger and sauté for another minute. Stir in tomatoes, lentils, and curry paste and bring to a low boil.  Reduce heat to low and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes before serving.  As with any curry dish, it makes for awesome leftovers and freezes well- the flavors meld together the longer it sits!

Summer squash “corn”bread

27 Aug

I’m SWIMMING in summer squash! Usually I just slice it in half-moons, roast it with a little olive oil and eat it as a side or throw it on top of salads for weekday lunches. Craving pizza for lunch, I had the idea to make a “crust” of squash puree, coconut flour, and egg- it didn’t hold together well but it tasted almost EXACTLY like cornbread! I LOVE cornbread! So I whipped up another batch in bread form. OMG was it good with a schmear of pastured butter and a side of the best gazpacho ever!

Summer squash “corn”bread
Raspberry & Coconut

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1/4 c. coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • Fresh or frozen corn kernels- completely optional!

Directions:

Finely grate your squash- you can do this by hand or use a food processor with a grating blade (the same one you’d use to grate Parmesan cheese).  Do NOT puree it!

You’re going to have to drain as much water as possible from the grated squash. Grab a handful, squeeze it over a trash can or sink, and plop it down on a cookie sheet. Repeat. Spread the squash over the cookie sheet and cover with a clean towel. Press the towel down to soak up the “juice.” Wring it out and repeat. I think it took me 5 or 6 times to get it right.  You want it to be firm and mold-able, like cookie dough.

It’s perfect when you can do this…


Squashasaurus!

Mix your squash with the other ingredients in a separate bowl. Spread the “dough” in a small, greased bread pan, and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature before slicing- as you can see, I was too impatient and it crumbled. STILL fabulous, though!  Especially smothered in Kerrygold!

The best gazpacho you’ve ever had

25 Aug

Anyone else overrun with garden veggies right now?  You’re in luck, this recipe is ah-may-zing, simple, and uses the “big 3” we’re all swimming in right now- tomatoes, red peppers, and cucumbers.  (Now if only I could get rid of this yellow squash!)

 

The trick to making a proper gazpacho instead of a bowl of salsa is to roast the tomatoes, peppers, and garlic. This really mellows the garlic and cuts the acidity of the tomatoes, and the addition of sherry vinegar makes it “pop.”  It’s good right away but even better if it sits in the fridge overnight, allowing the flavors to mingle.

 

Roasted Pepper Gazpacho
Raspberry & Coconut
Adapted from a very old issue of Bon Appetit

  • 4-6 tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 cucumbers, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons sherry (or red wine) vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves
  • ~1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ~1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Cut the red peppers on the vertical and remove seeds. Place cut-side down on a cookie sheet along with tomatoes and peeled whole garlic cloves. Roast at 375 for 35-45 minutes, until tomatoes and peppers are slightly charred. You can do this on a grill as well. Let the roasted veggies cool to room temperature.

Set aside your chopped cucumber and three roasted tomatoes. Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until almost puree’d. Add cucumbers and tomatoes, and pulse until the gazpacho reaches your desired consistency.

Spicy Summer Collard Greens

3 Aug

Collard greens are so, so good for you and so, so yummy when cooked just right- 30 to 45 minutes seems to be the sweet spot. I also whipped up Son of Grok’s BBQ sauce, threw it in my crockpot with frozen chicken tenderloins, let if cook on “low” all day, and enjoyed this tasty supper after work. Anyone know a good recipe for coconut flour cornbread?

 

Spicy Summer Collard Greens
Raspberry & Coconut
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 package bacon
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos or 1 t. red pepper flakes
  • 2 bunches collard greens (about 10 cups or so), chopped and stems removed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar

Preheat a  large pot over medium-high.  Chop bacon into bite-sized pieces (it will shrink during cooking) and fry until almost crispy.  Remove bacon bits from the skillet and set aside.  Add onions, jalapenos, and garlic to the hot grease, give them a toss, and cover with collards.  Cover the pot and let steam for 3-4 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, then add vinegar and 3 T.water.  Mix well and simmer over medium-low for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add bacon bits before serving.

Chocolate milk shake with GELATIN!!!

31 Jul

Here’s another recipe using my basic gelatin prep method.  Watch and learn, my friends!

 

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Bacon Salad

29 Jun

I meant to post this last week, I really did, but better late than never, and just in time for the 4th!

I made this “salad” for our Fathers’ Day cookout- it’s an old family recipe and my dad’s favorite vegetable-delivery method.  I say “salad” for lack of a better word – it’s a salad in the way that potato salad is a salad.  It’s smothered in mayo and bacon and absolutely delicious, plus, it can and should be made ahead- it’s 5000x better if it sits for a day and 9034839834x better if it sits for two.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Bacon Salad
Raspberry & Coconut

Ingredients:
1 head broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 head cauliflower, chopped onto bite-sized pieces
1/2 – 1 package cooked, crumbled bacon
1 c. homemade mayo
1/2 c. chopped green onions
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 T. apple cider vinegar

Directions:
Mix mayo, vinegar, and green onions. Toss in broccoli and cauliflower until coated, then mix in bacon. Refrigerate at least 8 hours (it’s better if it sits a day or two), toss, and serve.

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