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Friday, September 30, 2011

Recipe for Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Lentils and Chicken

I haven't used my slow cooker for a while but it's been hectic lately, catching up from my trip back to Atlanta to meet Miss E. (my first grandchild) and planning for our upcoming vacation (Ireland, Scotland, and England).  So, a perfect time to pull it out.  I love plopping all the ingredients in the crock, turning it on and not thinking about it until it is time to serve.  Continuing on my Indian flavors kick, this comfort food recipe hit the spot.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Recipe for Breakfast Quinoa

When I was on the mainland recently, I saw Breakfast Quinoa on a restaurant menu.  I didn’t try it but was intrigued.  I like quinoa-it’s healthy (more protein than any other grain and contains all eight essential amino acids), adapts well to whatever you put with it, and is easy to make.  I wondered how it would do following the method I use for my overnight oatmeal.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recipe for Cauli-Kale "Surprise"

Have you ever had colcannon?  It's mashed potatoes and cabbage, of Irish roots I believe.  There was a restaurant in San Francisco that served it frequently and I grew to love it-made me feel less guilty about eating potatoes!

When I was on the South Beach diet, a favorite was South Beach "Surprise", mashed cauliflower with Laughing Cow cheese.  We still eat a lot of it.  Mr. ELEB likes it and it is one of the only ways I'll eat cauliflower.  I have roasted some from time to time and can eat that.  Oh, and I love cauliflower soup! And I loved the cauliflower sformato I made a while ago.  OK, I guess I like cauliflower.

So, all that by way of introduction of how I came up with this recipe.  I had a head of cauli and some kale.  I had Laughing Cow, but opted instead to use herbed goat's cheese.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Recipe for Asian Kale Salad

Love your greens?  Not so much for me, but I know they are good for me so I do try. I picked up some kale mix to go with a chicken I was roasting, thinking I would do something like my Asian Chard Salad.  It turned out quite nicely with the crunchy kale lightly dressed with a sesame, rice vinegar, olive oil dressing.  Hope you'll give it a try!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recipe for Quick Broccoli Slaw

This is so quick, easy and tasty it should be in everyone's recipe file.  I have a wonderful recipe for a broccoli salad (I'll share next time I make it) but it is a bit labor intensive, not something you can throw together in a hurry.  Like when you have people coming over for dinner in an hour.   And you are driving home and realize you forgot to think about a side dish/salad when you were excitedly throwing the ingredients for slow cooker steak sammies into the crock that morning.  And you don't have anything resembling a vegetable in the fridge.  And you haven't showered yet... Okay, you get the picture.  When this happens to you, run to the nearest store and pick up these four ingredients to throw together a very satisfying Quick Broccoli Slaw.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Recipe for Lamb and Sweet Potato Curry

According to Wikipedia, curry is a dish of meat and vegetables, cooked in an Indian style spicy sauce and served with rice.  And while not what I think of when I think "curry", other than the rice, this full-of-flavor dish meets the definition.  I adapted this dish from Meena's blog "Hooked on Heat", a great spot for Indian recipes that anyone can tackle.  As you know if you've been reading ELEB for a while, I'm trying to cook more Indian recipes.  This one is a winner!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recipe for Vanilla Coffee and Cream Rice Pudding

Rice pudding.   Mmmm, one of my favorite childhood desserts.  There are several ways to make it-stove top, oven baked, and stove top-to-oven.  There are sweet versions, savory versions, versions with raisins.  This one, cooked on the stove top, has both a delicious coffee flavor-from using coffee as some of the cooking liquid-and vanilla flavor-from using a vanilla bean.  Oh, and the real cream that is stirred in at the end doesn't hurt either!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Greenwich Village Food Tour

As I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post about Eataly, we had some amazing food experiences on a trip to the mainland earlier this year. One wonderful day was spent experiencing all things food related (well, not ALL, but many) in Greenwich Village, New York.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Recipe for Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Kalyn’s Kitchen was one of the first food blogs I started reading on a regular basis.  Kalyn has great healthy and flavorful recipes which tend to adhere to the South Beach Diet principles.  Even if you aren’t dieting, there are some amazing recipes on the site. 

This chicken recipe uses Kalyn’s recipe for roasted red pepper dip with feta and mint as the sauce for baked chicken thighs (you could also use breasts).  It’s fabulous as a dip and great as a cooking sauce.