Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

My husband is not the biggest cauliflower fan but he loves this recipe so we never have any leftovers. Try it, you won’t be sorry but take your serving fast before it disappears!

Recipe is inspired by Shellery’s recipe but adapted to be lower fat and a faster cook time.

Ingredients
1 head fresh raw cauliflower, florets
1-3 garlic cloves, minced (~2tbsp)
1-3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: chopped fresh herbs for topping

Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and cut cauliflower into evenly sized florets, smaller will cook faster. Mince garlic. Toss garlic, oil, and cauliflower florets to coat and add to greased baking tray. Salt and pepper as desired.

Bake at 450 degrees for 13 minutes, then remove and stir. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs (or in our case some leftover whole wheat matzo meal).

Bake for an additional 5-6 minutes until topping is golden brown.

If your cauliflower florets are larger, then you might want to stir cauliflower at 13 minutes, return to oven for an additional five minutes and then proceed to cheese and crumb topping step.

Pickled Raw Beets Copenhagen-style

Crunchy, tangy, raw pickling with no added sugar works well with a sweet vegetable such as the sugar beet.

Eating beets raw and sliced very thin gives a crunch and nutrition boost from this My Copenhagen Kitchen inspired pickled beet recipe.

Recipe
3-4 beets
½ cup white wine vinegar
1 cup filtered water
1 tsp salt
(add 1 tbsp sugar or honey for a sweeter recipe)

Directions
Peel and slice the beets as thin as possible – a mandolin makes this easier.  Combine vinegar, water and salt in a jar, stir or shake to combine. Add thinly sliced beets and marinate for several days before eating.

We vacuum sealed in mason jars and stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks to enjoy when we wanted. The vacuum-sealing process also speeds the marinating process by drawing the liquid through the veggie in the vacuum seal process but this is not shelf-stable – it must be refrigerated!

Stuffed Peppers with Rice

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This is one of my favorite go to make ahead meal recipes.  It’s easy, versatile, and delicious. You can make with the ground meat blend of your choice.  I’ve made it as a vegetarian dish by adding sauteed chard and spinach instead of meat.  You can use this stuffing with other vegetables like tomatoes or zucchini instead of peppers.  It’s fantastic as a family meal or dinner for one.  Best of all the stuffing freezes well and can easily be packed up in serving containers of your choice for an easy mid-week, healthy meal.

Ingredients:
1-4 bell peppers
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1 chopped banana pepper
1 chopped onion
Calabrian or cherry peppers in oil – to taste
2 cups cooked rice or 1 package ready rice
2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce, divided
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg lightly beaten
1 pound of ground beef, pork or turkey – any combo

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Saute onions and peppers in oil from the hot peppers 5 minutes – till light golden brown. Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes.  Turn off heat and add cooked rice along with 1 cup tomato sauce to pan. Stir together and let mixture cool.

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Mix ground meat, beaten egg, and rice mixture and combine.  Add Parmesan cheese and stir till blended.

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While peppers are baking portion out any remaining meat mixture into freezable containers.  I usually make batches of about 1 cup of meat mix (enough for 1 pepper). Pack, label and freeze.

 

 

 

Uncover baking dish and add small pieces of mozzarella to the top of each pepper half.

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Bake uncovered 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly brown. Serve and enjoy!

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Roasted Grilled Corn on the Cob

Summer is for BBQ and easy. Soaking corn on the cob and placing directly on the grill is easy prep and delicious. There are many ways to make this but simple brings out the natural corn flavor.

Directions
Soak the corn in the cob in cold water for 30 minutes. Place on the preheated grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove corn from heat and peel back and enjoy. The silks peel back very easily and the corn is moist.  Add butter, salt or nothing at all. The corn is nice and sweet and tender.

If you want a variation, you can add melted butter, minced herbs and other seasonings to the husks before cooking, but in this case you are opening the corn and removing the silk in advance of cooking. This works well if you wish to cook corn in a packet or on indirect heat.  You would close up the husks as tightly as possible also.

Chopped Summer Salad (Tomato, Cucumber, Radish, Basil, Pink Beans)

Nothing says fresh flavor better than a quick summer chopped salad using farm-fresh ingredients picked that morning.

We were heading to an afternoon BBQ and wanted to bring something easy but delicious … and so this salad was born.

Variations of this could include adding some feta cheese, or using cilantro/lime combo instead of basil/lemon combo for more of a salsa feel. Anyway you chop it you will be so happy you did. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, refrigerate and enjoy over several days with the flavors intensifying in a very pleasing way.

Ingredients (party-sized to fit half a watermelon shell, adjust as needed – this is a very forgiving recipe):

4-5 large Ripe Tomato
5-6 Pickling Cucumbers
10 Small Radishes
Basil bunch
Can of Pink Beans (or kidney beans, chickpeas)
Olive oil (quarter-cup or more to taste)
White balsamic vinegar (quarter-cup or more to taste)
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste (we used 1/4 teaspoon of both as a starting point)
Watermelon shell (for easy serving at a party)

Step 1:
Wash veggies well including the basil (which you can blot or spin dry).

Step 2:
Chop, chop, chop … tomatoes, cucumbers into chunky bite sized pieces. Trim and slice thin pieces of radish.  Combine in a big bowl using care to not lose the tomato liquid from chopping (so much flavor there).

Step 3:
Remove basil leaves from stems then using a scissors to cut the basil into strips and add to veggies in the bowl.

Step 4:
Rinse canned beans to reduce starch, drain and add to chopped veggies. Mix well to distribute.

Step 5:
Make the dressing by mixing oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.  We started with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and adjusted after 10 minutes to taste adding more as needed.  If you need more vinegar or oil add it but as this salad sits more juice is released from the tomatoes.

Step 6:
Transfer veggie salad to hollowed watermelon half (and if you are adventurous you can even add some of the watermelon to the salad)

Panzanella with Sun-dried Tomato Dressing

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When I think of summer I think of tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh Gazy Brothers Farm veggies.   Panzanella is a great way to use leftover veggies and bread.  It’s also a wonderful salad to bring to picnics and outdoor events.

For this particular recipe I started with a basic panzanella recipe from Ina Garten.  Instead of a simple oil and vinegar dressing  I made a sun-dried tomato  vinaigrette .  I really love the flavor and intensity that sun-dried tomato brings to any basic vinaigrette recipe.   Sun-dried tomato vinaigrettes can be used thru the summer as a way to add a depth of flavor into any summer salad; like this panzanella.

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1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinly sliced
20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped

 

Ingredients for the vinaigrette:

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1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1 garlic clove, diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Drizzle bread cubes with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place on sheet pan and toast in 325 degree oven until golden brown. It usually takes 10-20 minutes.  Make sure to keep your eye on it doesn’t burn.01b7077b9f2532dcbe13d0a4a578dee59b6876a931

Make the vinaigrette by adding sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, and garlic in food processor blender.  Pulse to combine.  Add cherry tomatoes and olive oil – blend till smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.

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In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, and basil.

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Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette.  Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.

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Broccoli Packets with Garlic Lemon and Cheese

Easiest summer cooking method IMO is packet cooking, so why not fresh broccoli with garlic and lemon cooked on your grill or in your oven.

Recipe inspired by Pillsbury which would work also nicely for several vegetables such as cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini and squash.

Recipe
1 head broccoli (fresh, cut into large florets, and slice stem and include)
1/2-1 lemon, juiced over broccoli (roll the lemon to release the juices before cutting/squeezing)
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (shreaded or grated)
1-2 tsp garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic)
Oil spray (or 1 tsp olive oil, drizzled)
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:
This is easy-peazy to do. Wash broccoli, cut into large florets and be sure to slice the stems and include. Place broccoli on a large piece of oil-sprayed aluminum foil. Squeeze lemon over broccoli, sprinkle with garlic, pepper, Parmesan cheese and for extra heat sprinkle some red pepper flakes.

Close foil packet by folding top and slides together, leaving some space for expansion as it cooks. Place in indirect heat on the grill for 15 to 25 minutes depending on heat of grill and how crispy or soft you like the broccoli.

Serve immediately but any leftovers are delicious cold, so cook a double batch if you can.

 

 

 

Slow-Cooked Caramelized Onions

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Caramelized Onions are sweet and delicious and easy to make in a slow cooker overnight or all day long.

Once you peel and slice the onions they slowly sweat in the slow cooker releasing fluid (since they are about 75% water), then they caramelize and brown. The final step is important when the cooking continues with the slow cooker uncovered. Outcome is simply heavenly.

Ingredients:
1 lb Yellow Onions (sliced 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch)
1 lb Spanish Onions (sliced 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch)
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Salt (or to taste)

You have a lot of onions at home – what do you do?

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Step 1: Peel and slice onions, toss with oil and salt.

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Step 2: Cook on low in covered slow cooker for 8-10 hours (or at 190F in the oven), then cook for an additional 1-3 hours uncovered to reduce the liquid released by the onions. If you want it more like Onion Jam cook longer.

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TIP: You can create a quick caramelized onions by sauteing sliced onions with a little baking soda. This does work but creates a softer, mushier texture which is good to mix into dips.

Chicken Enchilada

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Ingredients:
1 batch of tomatillo salsa
1 lb ground chicken
flour tortillas
cotija cheese
cilantro crema – sour cream blended with juice of 1/2 lime and a splash of heavy cream.  Add chopped cilantro and use to garnish

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Step 2 – Cover bottom of  baking dish with a few spoonfuls of salsa.  Take 1 -2  tablespoons of meat mixture place in center or wrap and roll.   Place roll seem side down into baking dish and cover with salsa and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes – till cheese is brown and enchilada is bubbling.Photo Aug 20, 7 19 50 PM

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Tomatillo Salsa

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Ingredients:
3 Tomatillos
1 Jalapeno
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 serranno chili pepper
1 red chili pepper
olive oil
bunch of cilantro
lime

Step 1 – toss vegetables with olive oil and roast in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes Photo Aug 20, 5 16 34 PM

Step 2 – Blend roasted vegetables with cilantro and juice from the lime in blender.

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Store salsa and use as dip for chips, add to tacos, taco salads, or enchiladas