This recipe is adapted from 'The Enchanted Broccoli Forest' by Mollie Katzen. It's marvelous served with rice.
1 tbsp canola or peanut oil
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp dill seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
2 cups sliced onion
4 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
2 medium-sized potatoes, thinly sliced
5 large carrots, thinly sliced
2 cups orange juice
1/4 tsp cayenne (to taste)
1 /2 package frozen peppers, thawed
1 cup yogurt
1 1/2 cups toasted cashews
Chutney (if desired)
Raita (if desired)
Heat a large deep skillet or Dutch oven. Add oil, ginger, mustard seeds, and dill seeds, and saute over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the seeds begin to pop.
Add the remaining spices, and the onion, garlic, salt, potatoes, and carrots. Saute for another 5 minutes, then add the orange juice. Cover, turn the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the potatoes are tender (15 minutes).
Add cayenne and bell pepper. Cover and let it stew for another few minutes, until the peppers are just barely cooked. (At this point it can be set aside until shortly before serving time.) Heat the curry just before serving, stirring in the yogurt at the very last minute. Serve over rice, topped with cashews, with chutney and raita.
Celeriac and Apple Salad with Tarragon and Roasted Walnuts
It probably isn’t often that you think ooooh, celeriac, and your mouth waters. But this recipe could change all that. The key here is to be sure to cut the celeriac to matchstick-size, no bigger; it will hold the sauce better. Also, don’t be tempted to skimp on the pepper, as pepper and apples have a certain unexplored appeal.
Serves 4 to 6
4 cups water
juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
2 tart apples, peeled, cored, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1 large celeriac, peeled, cut into matchstick-sized strips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 teaspoons prepared Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine water and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the apple slices and celeriac strips and let stand for 15 minutes (this acidified water will keep the celeriac and apple from turning brown).
Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over high heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to darken in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool.
Drain the celeriac and apple mixture; return to the bowl, add the vinegar, and toss.
Combine the mayonnaise, cream, mustard, tarragon, pepper, and salt to taste in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the celeriac and apple mixture; toss to coat. Add the walnuts and toss again. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving (2 or 3 hours is even better).
Spicy Celeriac and Carrot Soup
1 tsp olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped Poblano chilies (canned)
1 celeriac, peeled and diced
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced
2 vegetable stock cubes made up with 7.5 cups boiling water
Fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion until softened. Add the garlic and red chilli and cook for a further minute. Combine the vegetables and add to the saucepan, allowing them to cook for a few minutes before adding the vegetable stock and half of the fresh coriander.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.
Blend the soup in a processor until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan, season to taste and warm through before serving, sprinkled with coriander.
Carrots with Coconut Butter and Lime
This recipe comes from the book "Vegetable Literacy" by Deborah Madison. It's a great veggie resource filled with interesting facts about all kinds of veggies, as well as wonderful recipes. This recipe caught my eye as it's so simple yet so delicious. You should be able to find coconut butter at a co-op or you can make your very own. Get a bag of shredded unsweetened coconut and blend for about 3-5 minutes until smooth. If it doesn't come together try adding some coconut oil to make it gel. Store the butter in a glass jar and use it anywhere you have a recipe that calls for vegetable oil or regular butter.
1 pound carrots, scrubbed and sliced into rounds or on the diagonal 1/2 inch thick
About 2 tbsp coconut butter
In a pot, bring 4 or more cups of water to a boil. Add the carrots and 1 tsp salt and simmer until the carrots are tender to the touch of a knife tip, about 15 minutes. Drain well, then return the carrots to the pan for a few minutes to dry in the residual heat. Add the coconut butter, toss to coat the carrots, and then halve the lime and squeeze over the carrots. Taste for salt and add more if needed.
Napa Cabbage Salad with Peanuts and Ginger
This recipe from Martha Stewart is a great way to use your napa cabbage.
2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and grated
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 medium napa cabbage (about 1 pound), cored and cut into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper (seeds and ribs removed), thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh, cilantro
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, ginger, and oils until dressing is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, bell pepper, cilantro, and peanuts. Add dressing to taste, and toss to combine. Serve.
Quinoa Chard Pilaf
This simple vegan dish combines the distinctive, nutty flavor of quinoa with chard, mushrooms, and lentils. Feel free to experiment with other ingredients if you don't have all of those listed.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup canned lentils, rinsed
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 quart vegetable broth
1 package frozen Swiss chard
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, and mushrooms. Pour in the broth and chard. Cover, and cook 20 minutes, until chard is cooked through.
Remove the pot from heat.
Cabbage with Fried Egg and Toast
This is not just a good breakfast, I've had it for many a lunch and dinner. Sometimes I have a hard time believing that cabbage can be this good.
1/2 head cabbage, sliced into large ribbons
4 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
1 slice good bread
sea salt and pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
Toast the slice of bread. Heat the oil over medium heat and sautee the onions until soft and translucent. Add the cabbage and cook until just softened (just until the color becomes vibrant as the cabbage heats). Pile the cabbage and onions onto the slice of bread, add a little more oil to the empty pan, and fry the egg. Place the egg on top of the cabbage, and season with sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Shoots and Chard Squares
3 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons butter softened
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 pound cheddar cheese shredded
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 bag frozen chard, thawed and excess water removed
5 ounces shoots
In a large bowl, combine and mix well eggs, butter, flour, milk, salt and baking powder. Stir in cheese, onion, chard and shoots. Spoon mixture into a 9″ x 13″ greased pan and level off. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 45 minutes. Cut into large squares for luncheon dish or bite size squares for appetizers. Good hot or cold. Recipe serves 6.
Jim Lahey's Potato Pizza
Jim owns a very good bread bakery in New York City, where they make some of the most delicious pizzas, served in big rectangle slabs. You don't have to go to New York to get them…this recipe will bring those delicious squares of pizza right to your table.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pizza dough, thawed
2 potatoes, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
1/2 onion, diced into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Fresh rosemary (optional)
Pour the olive oil in a large bowl, and roll your pizza dough in the oil until coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for an hour or two.
While the dough rises, prepare the potato topping. Slice potatoes very thin using a knife or a mandoline. Then soak them in several changes of ice water to remove excess starch and prevent discoloration. Drain slices in a colander, toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain any accumulated water. In a medium bowl, combine potatoes, onions, and 1 tablespoon olive oil, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil. Place the dough on the baking sheet, and using the palms of your hands, flatten dough out to the edges of the pan. Evenly spread potatoes over the surface of the dough up to the very edge, or about 1 inch from the edge if you desire a crust on your pizza. Season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary if using.
Bake potato pizza until it has shrunk away from the edges of a pan and the bottom is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly; slice into pieces, and serve. Potato pizza is also delicious served at room temperature.
Pizza and Eggs
Eggs on a pizza? It may sound weird but it works really well! This would be good with some sauteed onions or any other cooked veggie, or even some shoots added to the top of each slice.
1 ball of Pete's pizza dough
3/4 cup Pizza Sauce
6 oz shredded mozzarella or substitute another cheese such as Fontina or Monterey Jack
4 whole eggs
Pepper, to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Stretch the dough out to a 12-14" circle. Spread the sauce evenly over the prepared dough. Top evenly with the mozzarella cheese. Cook for 10-12 minutes and remove from oven.
Using the back of a spoon, lightly make 4 indentations around the pizza, not too close to the edge. Carefully crack an egg into each depression. Grind black pepper onto each each egg, and top with Parmesan.
Return to the oven for 5-7 minutes, until the egg whites are set, but the yolk is still soft. Remove, break the yolks with a fork and spread over the pizza if desired.