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Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice With Black Beans


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Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice With Black Beans

I’m using a boil-in-a-bag quick cooking brown rice for this dish. Truth be told I wasn’t sure about the taste of a quick cooking brown rice. The rice has a slightly nutty flavor. It’s really delicious.  There are some really great products available in local grocery stores today.  I’m okay with taking advantage of semi-homemade dishes.  It definitely allows for more TV time.

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients:
2 bags of boil-in-a-bag brown rice (or white rice if you prefer)
1 can of low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2  teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons of lime zest
1/4 cup of sliced green onions

Directions:
Boil the rice according to the directions on the back of the box. Let the excess water in the “cooking bags” drain completely before transferring the rice to a large bowl.  Add in the rinsed and drained black beans, lime zest, chopped cilantro leaves, sliced green onions, Kosher salt, and black pepper. Finally toss all the ingredients together.

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Fennel Slaw


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Fennel slaw has to be one of our favorite side dishes. The key to a great salad is to have a lot of different colors and textures.

Food Mandoline Slicer

The Mandolin Food Slicer is one of the best kitchen gadgets ever! The Mandolin slices veggies and potatoes paper thin. It’s just wonderful.

Fennel bulb

This is a Fennel bulb. It’s so delicious! Slightly sweet, crunchy with an Anise or Liquorice flavor. It can be eaten raw, roasted, in soup, stews, or pureed. Adding Fennel to slaw add depth of flavor. I always save the green leafy fronds for garnish and added color.

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Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
1 head green cabbage, cored and sliced (using Mandolin)
1 Fennel bulb, cored and sliced  (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of store bought shredded carrots
1/2 a large red onion sliced (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of raisins
2 tablespoons of finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
2 tablespoons of chopped Fennel fronds

Dressing For Slaw:
3/4 cup of good mayonnaise
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar ( if you like a slightly more tart flavor add more vinegar)
2 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Directions:
Add sliced cabbage,  sliced fennel, sliced red onion, shredded carrots, fennel fronds, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, and raisins into a large bowl.

In a second bowl add the mayo, milk, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, agave nectar, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Whisk all those ingredients together.

Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to Cole Slaw.  You may like your slaw either on the vinegary side or a sweeter side. Taste to make any adjustments to the level of sweetness (sugar) or tartness (vinegar).

Pour the dressing over the fennel slaw mixture and toss through. Place in the frig and serve chilled.

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Greek Pasta Salad With A Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette


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Ina Garten was my inspiration for this salad. She did an episode on making pasta three different ways. This Greek pasta salad caught my eye. I wanted to make it with a couple of changes. What’s really cool about this recipe is, in the time it takes to get the water for the pasta to boil and the pasta to cook, you can have all the veggies chopped and the dressing made for the salad.

Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients:
2 hothouse or English cucumbers diced into 1 inch pieces
1/2 a red onion sliced very thin then cut in half
2 pints of grape tomatoes halved
10 ounces of 1 inch cubed Greek Feta
1 package of cooked Fusilli pasta
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Italian parsley
1-1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

Sun dried tomato dressing:
2 tablespoon of drained capers
2 garlic cloves
8 drained sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil
1 tablespoon of Agave nectar
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup of E.V.O.O.
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
fresh sprig of mint for garnish

Directions For Dressing:
Add the sun drained sun dried tomatoes, capers, and garlic into a food processor. Pulse until they are finely minced. Next, add in the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Kosher salt, black pepper, and Agave nectar. Pulse the ingredients to combine. Through the feed tube of the food processor, while it’s turned on, drizzle in the E.V.O.O until dressing comes together.

Directions:
In a large bowl, place all the diced vegetables. To the vegetables, add in the well drained, cooked pasta. Pour on the half of sun dried tomato vinaigrette and stir though. This gives the hot pasta a chance to absorb those flavors. Finely, add in the cubed Feta , freshly chopped herbs, and remaining dressing. Gently toss the diced Feta (so to keeps its integrity) and herbs though until all the ingredients are well combined.

Serve the salad at room temperature or chill in the frig and serve cold. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Yellow Rice


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Sometimes cooking rice can be somewhat intimidating for the home cook. I know it was for me as a young girl wanting to get it right. This recipe I’m going to show you is easy and full proof in making perfect rice every time. One important thing to remember is to have a heavy bottom pot with a tight fitting lid.

The reason I chose to make yellow rice is because in my next post, I’ll be serving it with Curry Chicken. What makes the rice yellow is a spice called, Tumeric. This spice is used in a lot of Indian cooking and is know for being terrific antioxidant. Adding Tumeric to the water, vegetable stock, or chicken stock will give a vibrant yellow color but no actual flavor to the rice.

I’m posting this dish under two categories, “vegetarian recipes” and “side dishes”.  As I mentioned earlier, I’m serving this with Curry Chicken so I’m using an unsalted chicken stock to echo the flavors in the overall dish. You can substitute water or vegetable stock, as a personal preference, when making any rice dish.

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Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1-1/2 cups of long grain rice ( Basmati rice)
3 cups of unsalted chicken stock ( water or vegetable stock)
2 tablespoons of ground Tumeric
1 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2-1/2 cups of thawed frozen mixed vegetables (optional)

Directions:
In a separate saucepan bring the unsalted  chicken stock (water, or vegetable stock), Tumeric, Kosher salt, and black pepper up to a boil. In a heavy bottom pot, on medium -high heat, add olive oil and rice to the pot. Stir the rice until coated with the olive oil. Toast the rice stirring continuously,  until the rice turns translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Pour the boiling chicken stock over the rice. Stir and wait until the rice comes up to a hard boil. Immediately turn the heat down to the lowest setting. Carefully cover the pot tightly with a piece of foil and then place the lid on. Cook the rice for 20 minutes and don’t peek.

Note: If adding vegetables to the rice, make sure they are completely thawed and at room temperature.

Remove the lid and foil, add in the thawed frozen vegetables and gently fluff with a fork, mixing the vegetables throughout. Place the lid back on allowing the vegetables time to warm through completely. Rice is best served hot.

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