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Lost and Alone

Vegetable Chili

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Another one of my awesome freezer meals – this time one that also doubles as a great way to clean out the fridge/freezer!  Once we had finished prepping my list of meals, I checked what I had left and decided I could squeeze out at least one more meal.  This hodge podge of ingredients was fantastic last weekend when Mother Nature decided we needed another round of cold weather, to include snow!

Lost and Alone

Serves: Serves 5-6

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 zucchini, diced

2 carrots, round sliced then quartered

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

4 cups black beans, presoaked

1 can (28 ounces), crushed tomatoes

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker and set for low. Cook for 7hrs - or cook on high for 3hrs.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, or more chili powder!
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We topped this with cheese but chives, sour cream, guacamole or nothing would also work.  As for the vegetables, whatever you have on hand will work.

So Save

Minestrone

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Spring it starting to make it’s appearance, and with that soup season is slowly coming to an end.  We had a chilly blast this past weekend so I decided to do up a batch of minestrone – which is about as simple as it gets.  The ingredients are ones I almost always have on hand, if anything just have to buy the tomato juice.  Which makes it perfect for the “it came from a can” challenge over that /52weeksofcooking.  Instead of using frozen vegetables, just use a can of each: peas, corn, carrots, lima beans, etc – the point of this soup is to show that simple can be tasty.

Minestrone

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 white onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, diced

2 sprigs rosemary, diced

1/2 tbsp fresh thyme

1 bay leaf, crushed

1 lb bag of frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, etc)

3 cups V8

2 cups vegetable stock

1 can crushed tomatoes, Italian style

1/2 cup acini de pepe (or other small pasta)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes, until lightly golden. Add the herbs and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring to prevent the herbs from burning.
  2. Add the mixed veggies, V8, stock, and crush tomatoes and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the pasta and continue simmering for a final 20 minutes, or until pasta has cooked. Season to taste with salt/pepper.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!
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Nothing like a dish that comes together in record time and only requires one pot.  I know that some people aren’t a fan of cooking pasta in soups but I love how doing so gives the pasta some extra flavor.  Plus the smaller pasta holds it shape better than the larger guys and don’t get as mushy.  However, for those who want more of an al dente taste – cooking the pasta per instructions and then place in the bottom of a bowl before pouring the soup over top.  For a real protein punch, add some garbanzo or great northern beans when adding the pasta or use lentils in place of the pasta.

Like a Cannonball

Thai Corn Soup

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Welcome to my first of five posts for #FreshTastyValentine!  I’m starting things off with a simple and delicious soup that’s delicious hot or cold, so perfect for the insane weather that has been happening here on the East Coast.  This soup also works well with my New Years resolution to keep things quick and simple as it comes together super quick – partially because of the fantastic herb pastes from Gourmet Gardens.  Inspired by a vegan soup I made years ago from a cookbook Joe had, one that apparently did not make the move to Baltimore, I knew that that lemongrass paste would be the perfect addition.  I also used the Thai Seasoning paste in place of the curry seasoning (tho I think the original original recipe called for paste) – always better to go organic and natural!

Like a Cannonball

Serves: Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 bunch spring onions, sliced white and greens (separated)

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 tsp Gourmet Garden lemongrass paste

1/2 tbsp Gourmet Garden Thai seasoning paste

2 cans coconut milk

2 1/2 cups 2% milk

4 cups frozen corn

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in large sauce pan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the white part of the spring onions along with the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the two pastes and cook for an additional 5 minutes stirring frequently to preventing burning.
  2. Add the coconut milk and regular milk and bring to a hard simmer before adding the frozen corn. Cover and reduce heat to low, cooking for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy topped with the green pieces of the spring onions.
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As a bonus, this soup is super easy to clean up from as the pastes mean no cutting board and the soup is made in one bowl.  Perfect recipe for a crazy weekday (or weekend) night.    I love that with these pastes all I have to do is unscrew the lid – one less step is always welcome.  Huge THANK YOU to Gourmet Gardens for sending me such incredible items.  For your chance to win the Gourmet Gardens herb package (or one of the many other prizes) be sure to check out my intro post to Fresh Tasty Valentine!

 

Quick note that the Gourmet Garden pastes do contain whey so they aren’t vegan but they are gluten free.  However, their dried herb are just that making them vegan, gluten free, and perfect.

Highs and Lows

Corn Blinis

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Hello again! It seems I’m only around for Secret Recipe Club reveals but I’m hoping that with my third trimester quickly approaching I’ll finally be back to regular posting.  We were hoping that my HG would let up in the second, and it did for a bit, before coming back with a vengeance.  Still, I had rather be dealing with that then back at the RE figuring out another infertility treatment.

With that said, once again my SRC buddy gave me the inspiration I needed to get back in the kitchen.  This month I was partnered with the incredible Vicky of Things I Made Today and WOW! is her blog incredible.  I was blown away by all the incredible options, and the blog’s crisp clean style made it oh so easy to find tons of delicious treats.  Given my constraints, I had to limit myself to things that were quick and easy – and seasonal so that I could do the bulk of my shopping at my office’s Farmer’s Market.  That still didn’t narrow things down as I tried to focus in on my top 5: Cauliflower Fritters, Roasted Vegetables, Baked Ricotta, Carrot Fritters,  and Corn Blinis.  In the end the corn won out thanks to a delivery of fresh Eastern Shore corn from my fantastic MiL.

Highs and Lows

Serves: Yields 2 dozen blinis

Ingredients

3 tbsp cornmeal (I used white)

½ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 egg, beaten

½ cup milk

1 tbsp melted butter

? cup fresh corn kernels

dash of cayenne pepper

olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, (beaten) egg, milk, and butter. Whisk together until smooth batter forms. Stir in corn and cayenne pepper.
  2. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a medium sized frying pan. Once oil is hot, scoop about 1 tbsp of batter on to the pan, leaving about an inch between each.
  3. Cook blinis for about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Flip and cook on other side for an additional 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel line plate and repeat until all batter is used, adding more oil in between batches if needed.
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While VIcky topped hers with some mango salsa, I mixed up a quick topping of peaches and feta which worked perfectly.  These delicious little treats were a huge hit and can only imagine how well they do at a party.  In our case, they were a great pre, during, and post dinner treat.

and Dance

Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie

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Welcome to May’s installment of the Secret Recipe Club  and what I hope is the start of a lot of new blog posts.  I wound up taking the last month off in order to deal with our kitchen renovation and a fantastic little stomach bug.  Now I’m back – with an awesome new kitchen that can’t wait to be used!  Today’s recipes is one of the first I did in the new kitchen, and was a great way to “break it in” since it required the stovetop as well as the oven.  The interesting part is that the recipe I wound up using from BCmom’s kitchen was not one on my original list.  My first plan was to make her delicious sounding Sweet Potato and Chickpea soup but then the weather decided to warm up, so I needed a new plan.  It was in my second search that I saw her Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie.   I had to make a few changes in order to make it vegetarian, essentially dropping the meat and doubling the vegetables!

and Dance

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 small green bell pepper, diced

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1 Tbsp chopped green jalapeño

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 can Rotel Diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cup frozen corn

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 cup fresh spinach

1-1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks

1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook for 25 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes before adding the garlic and jalapeno, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste along with the spices to the onion and pepper mixture. Stir well and cook until the paste has mostly dissolved then add the diced tomatoes and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the final ingredients and continue simmering for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400.
  6. Drain the sweet potatoes, and return to pot. Mash with the sour cream.
  7. Pour the tomatoes and pepper mixture in to a 9x9 baking dish (or 2 qt casserole dish) and top with the sweet potatoes.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese (optional) then bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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There are more ingredients, and steps, to this than most of my recipes but it still comes together rather quickly.  I served this with some avocado,  a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla chips in order to ensure every last drop was enjoyed.  Another fantastic dish thanks to the SRC!