Category Archives: Recipes for Vegetables

Mayan bowl tips

This is how I made some easy Mayan Bowls* on a moderate temperature summer day.  In the evening I started two Chuck roasts in my instant pot:

1. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brown on the sauté setting. Brown all four sides of the two roasts.

2. Slow cook 6 hours with a can of tomato sauce, layered with sprinklings of ground Cumin, powdered onion, dried onion flakes, garlic cubes and/or granulated garlic, paprika.

3. After six hours it should be falling apart. Pull it into little pieces and put it back in the sauce. [You probably have too much sauce left over. You can freeze extra sauce with all that good flavor in it and use in either enchilada sauce or as a base for some veggie soup–put a little bit of the beef in there too, maybe some barley, and don’t forget your green beans.]

Wash and spin dry chopped fresh curly kale or kale of any kind.  Massage well with light olive oil and salt. You can use any leftovers of this for salads or put into a bag in the fridge and keep for leftover Mayan Bowls

Chop or smash avocado with lime and salt. Or you could go with some prepared guacamole from the store.

I like to cook my canned black beans extra because I like them a little soft. I drain a can, add some water and cook for another 10 minutes or so with a little extra salt.  [I know some people eat the beans straight from the can.  Some brands may be softer than others.]

Cook some quinoa, wild rice, brown rice or the Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf shown below (from the freezer section).

Assemble bowls with whatever ingredients each person wants adding extra lime juice on top of the kale and be generous with it.

Toss tortilla chips, especially Garden of Eatin’ red-hot blues or Costco Kirkland organic tortilla chips.

Some people might like salsa on there for a more Mexican-style bowl.

Top your bowl with some crispy shallots. You can substitute crispy onion rings. Or perhaps some kind of toasted nut or pumpkin seeds with garlic on them.


Easy addition to Mayan bowls. Cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes.

RECIPE: Thai Bowls

Make two sauces and noodles ahead of time. Then assemble bowls whenever you are hungry, throughout the week. For best results, re-heat the noodles.

What’s the difference between Boats or Bowls? A boat is good for kids (think like a nacho bar)–each person assembles their own toppings onto romaine leaves and eat with hands. A Bowl is a more civilized and easier to assemble–layer the ingredients into a bowl and eat with a fork. With a Bowl, we could call it a salad, but the difference is that we expect it to have a complete meal in the bowl, with protein, carb, veggies, sauce and some of the elements might even be warm. The important thing is: Feed people tasty food. Continue reading

RECIPE: Indian Lentils – “Dal”

This is my method for making Indian Dal  (Lentils) and rice.

I have made a large crock full for a couple years for the teachers appreciation day at school. They love it. Continue reading

RECIPE: German Red Cabbage

I don’t know why this dish is so addictive for me, but I can make up a batch and eat a serving every day. It’s full of B6 and folate, and perhaps that is why.  Perhaps it’s because I love sour so much.  Traditionally served alongside sausages like Brautwurst.

Fat: 2-4 Tbsp. butter or better yet , drippings from roasted chicken

Shallots and/or onions, chopped (TIME SAVER: frozen chopped)

Head of red cabbage, sliced fine so that it comes out in shreds

1-2 (tart) apples, chopped or grated (TIME SAVER: I leave the skin on, use an apple slicer/corer and then chop with a knife)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar* (or lemon juice, or could try ascorbic acid crystals–not ascorbate)

1 Tbsp salt

1/4 to 1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup water or chicken stock, add more if not using full amount of vinegar

Optional: whole grain flour for thickening

*Acid is key to keeping the deep color of the red cabbage. If you do not use any vinegar (or lemon juice) you will end up with a lavender color.

  1. Brown onions and shallots to caramelize in the fat.
  2. Put all other ingredients except flour into the pot. Cover and simmer until desired tenderness, about 20 minutes. Cook longer til you get it as soft as you want.
    FOR PRESSURE COOK: In an iPot pressure cooker, the setting for “Soup” (30 minutes of medium pressure) will yield a very soft cabbage that will begin to fall apart when stirred. Almost too soft for my liking, but still okay. Try 20 minutes of pressure.
  3. Adjust salt. Pepper to taste.
  4. It is not necessary to thicken, but you can. Try 1 Tsp. whole grain flour such as spelt, kamut or wheat. Sprinkle it on before last 5 minutes of cooking, then stir.

RECIPE: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

 

My 10 year old presents me with the challenge of loving sugar and chocolate (and I see Halloween looming just ahead. I’m cleaning out the treat box this morning.) My 12 year old son is the only person I know who isn’t. But, in our family, it’s the ladies who are particularly addicted to sugar and chocolate (and fighting it).

I made these muffins this morning and everyone liked them. Based on almond butter, but could be adapted. Does anyone else have a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread or muffins? I’d like to keep tweaking. Continue reading

RECIPE: French Meadow Vinaigrette

A basic vinaigrette as told to me by French Meadow restaurant

This is hard to mess up because it’s so simple. I asked for the list of ingredients in the restaurant because the salad was so delicious. I attribute it to the while balsamic and the simplicity.

White or Golden Balsamic vinegar

Garlic flavored olive oil (Trader Joe’s in a slender bottle)

Fresh cracked pepper

Salt

Baby greens

Good with a diced hard cooked egg or some soft, crumbled goat’s cheese

Mix the salad well with the dressing ingredients to get the leaves coated, compacted and slightly wilted.