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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.

http://dancingveggies.com/2015/04/manic-monday.html

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!
http://dancingveggies.com/2015/02/my-darling.html

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

Plov

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!
http://dancingveggies.com/2014/09/counting-seconds.html

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.

and Love

Mustard Potatoes with Chickpeas

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It’s September!!!  That awesome month filled with birthdays, cooler temperatures, and Renaissance Festivals.  Since today is the first Monday in September, in addition to being the 1st of September, that means the month is starting on a high note with September’s installment of the Secret Recipe Club.  This month I was assigned Easily Good Eats, which is stuffed to the brim with delicious recipes – ranging from the sweet to the savory.  I had a rather difficult time figuring out what recipe to pick, at one point I had “narrowed” it down to 10 before realizing that two of the recipes I was drooling over would not be well received by the other member of this house (silly people who don’t like coconut!).    This left me with lots of bean recipes, which isn’t so surprising cuz vegetarians do love their beans.  I debated back and forth between her tomato chickpea pilaf and her spiced mustard potatoes with chickpeas before deciding on the mustard – it was so different from anything else I had tried that I had to give it a whirl.   Since the recipe is already vegan all I wound up doing was adding a bit more curry powder, which could be due to the variety used in her version vs. mine.   I also double the recipe since this was for two instead of one – which still resulted in enough for two dinners and two packed lunches!

and Love

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb butter potatoes, quartered and peeled
  • 2 cups presoaked chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ tablespoon mixed spice such as curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water until tender but not soft. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
  2. Heat a deep saute pan over medium heat and toast the mustard seeds for 2 minutes before slowly adding the oil and garlic. Cook for an additional minute, seeds should be lightly golden, before adding the potatoes and curry powder. Stir
  3. Keep heat on medium and cook potatoes for about 6 minutes on each side, allowing them to slightly caramelize. Once all sides have been cooked add the chickpeas and stir well. Cook for a final 5 minutes, stirring to prevent the potatoes from burning.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
http://dancingveggies.com/2014/09/and-love.html

 This recipe was fantastic!  Not that I had any doubts as anyone who has over a dozen polenta (!!!!) recipes obviously has fantastic taste.  For more fantastically delicious treats be sure to check out the rest of the recipes featured in this month’s Secret Recipe Club!

 For my regular readers, I’m in the process of writing up a post to go with my vagueblogging from last week – and it should be up shortly.   I’ve also been busy in the kitchen, so hopefully that will prevent any more 3 weeks absences.  August was a rough month but (fingers crossed) September will be better.

Two Can Keep

Bean Salad

Bean Salad

Sometimes things work out, and more often then not I have to remind myself of that fact.  Apparently a few months ago I had a special moment and forgot to sign up for August’s Secret Recipe Club reveal – my first miss in two years!!!  Thankfully I was on Facebook at the right time to see a call to adopt an orphan for Group D, so I still get to participate.  The blog I adopted wound up being perfect for me as Dena’s Oh! You Cook! blog is 100% Kosher!!!  That’s right – 100% full of treats not treif :-D  Which meant I could pick any of her dairy, vegan,  or parve recipes and not have to worry about surprise ingredients which was fantastic since I had only a few days to pick and make the recipe.   Since I knew I was hosting another game day over the weekend I decided to look for easy side dishes or dips that would work with out bbq plan.   Which narrowed it down to her Black Bean Salsa, Buffalo Nachos,  Israeli Beet Dip, and Bean Salad.   I really wanted to do her beet dip but struck out at the farmer’s market, and again when I suggested the dip on the meetup page – apparently gamers don’t like beets?!?!  So I decided to whip up her bean salad, knowing it would be the perfect gluten-free and vegan side dish for our eclectic group of gamers.   Some quick changes: used two cans of chickpeas (thought I bought kidney but apparently didn’t) and argula for cilantro since a few of our friends can’t stand the stuff.

Two Can Keep

Serves: Yields 8 cups of bean salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans, well rinsed
  • 2 cans chickpeas, well rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup argula, loosely torn
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard

Instructions

  1. Drain the beans and place them in a large bowl. Toss in the red onion, garlic, argula, and green pepper in with the beans.
  2. In a small bowl whip together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and yellow mustard. Once mixed, pour over the bean mixture and stir.
  3. Refrigerate until time to Serve!
http://dancingveggies.com/2014/08/two-can-keep.html

Sure enough this salad was a hit!  Some people used it as a really thick dip, others topped their burgers with it, while a few of us dived in with spoons.  So while gamers don’t like beets – they most certainly LOVE beans!!!!