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Like to Meet

Wild Rice Salad
Wild Rice Salad

Still on #babywatch here but using that to my advantage to get back to blogging since I’m still feeling pretty good.  I know for most people the second trimester is THE trimester but I’m still saying that the third is the best – even though I’m at the point where I want to meet the little one.   Last weekend my mom and sister came up and we stocked our freezer full of delicious vegetarian treats, some that have been featured here, a few from my SRC blog last week, and some other random ones from the internet.  The random ones I plan to feature here as we make them as I was able to test the changes I made, we just made them!  Some of them I’m not worried about,  such as switching in vegetable stock for chicken or doubling beans/vegetables in place of ground meat, while the ones involving switching chicken for tofu could be a bit more interesting.  Enough about that, time for today’s recipe.

This recipe is about as easy as it gets – and since it can be served hot or cold it can be on the table in under 30 minutes!  Thanks to the warm fall a few of the local markets are still selling cherry and plum tomatoes, so I took advantage and grabbed a pint of some yellow cherries.  From there, dinner created itself!

Wild Rice Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup wild rice

2 cups chickpeas, presoaked and rinsed

2 tbsp virgin olive oil

1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp fresh rosemary

1 tsp fresh thyme

4 basil leaves, chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved and lightly salted

1/2 mozzarella balls

Instructions

  1. Cook the wild rice per instructions, then rinse in cold water.
  2. Place the wild rice in a large bowl with the chickpeas and tomatoes, then stir in the oils and herbs along with any tomato water (from pre-salting).
  3. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Serve and enjoy!
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I served this naked but to stretch it even further, and to give it a bigger nutritional boost, serve over some massaged kale or baby spinach.  Make sure to add extra oil if there happen to be leftovers, otherwise the rice will dry out and start to clump.   However I doubt there will be any leftovers as this dish is FANTASTIC!  I kept my cold the next day while Joe warmed his up in order to melt the cheese – but there is no right or wrong way to enjoy this dish.

Here I Sit

Early Fall Tagine

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Amazed and slightly shocked that so far the best part of my pregnancy has been the third trimester.  The HG is mostly under control and while my back is sore, it’s amazing the energy boost that comes with not getting sick multiple times a day.   I’m still sticking with quick and easy meals, as I have no desire to tempt fate, and have also been bringing out my cookbooks more with the plan of finding easy to freeze recipes.  This recipe is not one of those, but it is one that I had marked at the start of summer.  It’s inspired by a recipe in Vegetarian Tagines & Couscous which is a fantastic book for people who don’t have a citrus allergy.  However the basic ingredients are just that, so I can adjust and mess with as necessary – resulting in citrus (and nut) free treats for my household!

Early Fall Tagine

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp unsalted butter (dairy or nondairy)

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 large tomatoes

1 large eggplant, roll cut and then quartered

2 carrots, peeled and cut in to 1inch pieces

2 cups chickpeas, presoaked and rinsed

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp fresh thym

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil/butter in the bottom of the tagine over medium heat. Stir in the cumin, cinnamon, and garlic - saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the eggplant and continue cooking for 10 minutes, stirring on occasion to prevent sticking, then add in the carrots and chickpeas along with the sugar. Cover and cook for a final 15 minutes, stirring halfway to prevent sticking and burning. If getting too dry add a bit of water or vegetable stock, a tbsp at a time.
  3. Once carrots are soft, Serve and enjoy!
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I served this with some leftovers lentils, but couscous would be the more traditional option – tho flatbread or rice would also work.  I topped mine with a bit of Greek Yogurt (So Delicious Coconut) while Joe went the naked route this time.  It was shortly after this that my tagine decided it was time to quit – lesson learned regarding gas burners and the importance of a good diffuser.  Thankfully a new one just arrived (late birthday present) and I can’t wait to give it a whirl!

Manic Monday

 Chana Dal with Spinach

Welcome to April Group A edition of the Secret Recipe Club!  This month I got to go Down Under, as I was partnered with the incredible Claire of My Hobbie Lobbie.   Seems rather fitting to get an Australian blog when just a week ago my littlest sister moved to Australia, tho she is currently in Melbourne while Claire is in Sydney.  Claire’s blog is stuffed with delicious Indian treats along with more traditional fare, but my stomach only had eyes for the Indian goodies.   Palak Paneer, Aloo Bhaji, Chana Dal with Spinach, the list just goes on and on and on!  In the end it was the story that went with the Chana Dal, as I loved the idea of taking a bland mash and turning it back in to the incredible dish that her husband remembered his mom making.    I wasn’t able to find ghee, so instead I used some brown butter – otherwise recipe is actually as Claire wrote it (converted to US measurements).

Manic Monday

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup Chana dal

3 cups water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

2 green chillies, finely chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tomato, chopped

1 tbsp brown butter (or ghee)

1 tsp cumin seeds

6 fresh curry leaves

3 garlic cloves, finely sliced

2 cups baby spinach, torn

Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash the chana dal a couple of times in water and drain then soak the chana dal for about an hour and drain.
  2. Boil the chana dal in 3 cups of water and a tsp of salt. After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Cook the dal until al dente - you DO NOT want a mush!
  3. Drain and reserve some of the liquids.
  4. Heat the butter in a large pan over medium high heat and add the curry leaves, garlic and cumin.
  5. Once the cumin sputters, add the ginger, chilli and turmeric and stir to mix well, cook for one minute then add the chopped tomato and stir. Cook for a 3-5 minutes or until the tomato has broken down a bit.
  6. Add the baby spinach and stir until just wilted.
  7. Add the drained chana dal and stir through, adding a tbsp or two of the reserved liquid, if you think it is too dry. Slowly add the liquid as the dish is meant to be dry and not soupy.
  8. Check the seasoning and Serve hot!

Notes

Chana Dal might also be advertised as split chickpeas if you are shopping in the bulk section.

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This dish was fantastic!  I have a feeling it could also be converted to a slow cooker or done in parts in order to speed up the beginning with the chana dal.  Regardless, the taste was incredible and was very well received!  Another SRC success that leaves me counting down the days til the May reveal.


My Darling

 Bulgar Wheat Beet Salad

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Welcome to my second post for #TripleSBites!  My first post can be found here and it features some spicy Brussels Sprouts

I’ve had so much fun with this challenge – trying to think up dishes that are saucy, spicy, and sexy while still staying within the normal parameters of this blog (cheap, healthy, vegetarian).  Tonight’s dish is certainly healthy, and as long as shopping in the bulk bin section of your grocery store it should be on the cheap side, while the vegetarian goes without saying- this dish can also easily go vegan by swapping the goat cheese for a soft cashew cheese or leaving it out all together.  This salad is actually one of the first dishes I wanted to do, but it has gone through a few versions.  The original concept involved endive boats with roasted beets, bulgur, and goat cheese which then evolved into cucumber boats stuffed with raw beets, bulgur, and goat cheese – both topped with a balsamic dressing.  Yet, something always seemed to be missing.  Then I received another sponsor goody, this time a bottle of Roasted Beet Vinaigrette thanks to Out of the Weeds – and finally had my missing component.

Bulgur Wheat Beet Salad

Serves: Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tbsp Gourmet Garden Italian Herbs

1/2 vidalia onion, diced

2 cups water

1 cup bulgur wheat, pre-rinsed

1 cucumber, diced

2 roma tomates, diced

1 cup chickpeas, pre-soaked

1/2 cup goat cheese (optional), crumbled

radicchio lettuce leaves (two per serving)

1/4 cup Out of the Weeds Roasted Beet Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic and onion and cook for 7 minutes before adding the herbs. Cook for an additional minute, stirring to prevent burning
  2. Add the water and bulgur wheat and bring to a quick boil before adding the chickpeas. Then cover and turn heat to low, simmering for 20 minutes.
  3. Fluff the bulgur then stir in the Roasted Beet dressing along with the cucumber and tomato.
  4. Line a bowl with two of the radicchio leaves (creating a mini bowl) and serve the bulgur salad in the middle. Top with the crumbled goat cheese (optional)
  5. Serve and Enjoy!
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As a bonus, the dressing turned my dish a fantastic shade of pink – which is rather perfect for the upcoming holiday!  The radicchio offered a tart contrast to the earthy beets while the cucumber provided a needed crunch.  The fact that the dressing turned everything pink (seriously, pink!!!) just added a whole new level of awesome.  Dropping the chickpeas and reducing the portion size would turn this pink treat in to a fantastic side for herb crusted tofu, fish, or chicken.

Note:  I received Out of the Weeds Roasted Beets Dressing as part of the #TripleS blog challenge, which started February 2nd.  I was not required to use the products, or post anything about them outside of acknowledging that I received them, so all opinions and experiences are my own.  

Did I mention there are 19 (!) other awesome bloggers participating in TripleSBites?!?  Make sure to check them all out:

Counting Seconds

Plov: Vegetarian Style

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Sometimes I make a dish with no idea what is going to happen at the end – to include if it will even be edible.  I had heard of Plov before, thanks to Silk Road Bistro, but wanted to make it more of a main dish without the standard lamb.   Lots of googling gave me a good list of vegetables to start with: carrots, onions, and garlic  – along with the addition of some variety of currant.  When it came to the main protein all I knew is that I didn’t want to go with tofu, I wanted something with a firm bite to it as a contrast to the soft vegetables.  I decided to go with chickpeas since their origins in Turkey led me to believe they would have easily spread to the Central Asia region that I was focusing on for this dish.

Counting Seconds

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp coriander

1 vidalia onion, diced

5 cloves garlic, minced

2 carrots, sliced

1 1/2 cups brown rice

3 cups vegetable stock

2 cups chickpeas

1/2 cup cranberries

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander and cook for 1 minute before adding the onion and garlic.
  2. Continue cooking the onion and garlic for 15 minutes, the onion should start to caramelize and the garlic should be a rich golden color. Add the rice and stir, until coated in the oil then add the water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil then cover and turn heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, then add the chickpeas and recover.
  4. Cook for a final 5 minutes then stir in the cranberries and Serve!
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Another thanks to /r/52weeksofcooking for sending me on another delicious food journey – I’ve learned so much in doing these weekly challenges and can’t wait til the next one! Though of all the dishes I’ve made for this challenge, this one is easily in the top 5 as the ingredients are all standard ones making it super easy to prepare.  Ever since Wegmans added cranberries to their bulk food section I’ve had a fresh supply in my pantry – and while they aren’t burberries they are delicious.