Summertime and the grillin’ is easy

For us, summer means less time in the kitchen and more time outside in “the big room” – so of course, the less fuss involved in the preparation of meals, the better we like it.  And what could be less fussy (and more delicious) than a stir fry prepared al fresco on the grill?  Utilizing …

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Asparagus Grilled with Lime

This recipe is both easy and elegant and if you’ve never tried grilling these tasty spears, now’s the time! Gorgeous stalks of fresh asparagus are blanched, then grilled and dressed with lime juice. Heavenly! Serves 4 Ingredients: Good-sized bunch of fresh asparagus stalks, preferably the thicker type suitable for grilling Coarse kosher salt Freshly ground …

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Cashew Cream Spread

1-2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/3 c. cashew nut butter 2 T. white or red miso Water 2 t. olive oil In a food processor or blender, add the nut butter, miso and garlic. Add water, a tablespoon at a time, the olive oil, and process. The spread should have a smooth consistency similar to …

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Tempeh Mockfish

Tempeh Mockfish Using tempeh with sea vegetables, this is a mouth-watering mixture that is so versatile it can be a sandwich filling or the main dish at dinner. This “mockfish” mixture is amazing tossed with pasta or used as a stuffing. You can even process it for a delicious paté with the flavor of the …

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Cool Summer Food

Yesterday I met some friends in Portland for breakfast. While we were waiting we started reading the lunch and dinner menu for the day. This particular place is very vegetarian friendly, and there are lots of choices to look over, a nice change from most places where we go. One of the specials for the …

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Tempeh Reuben

Tempeh Reuben Ingredients: 4 slices good quality rye bread 2 slices swiss cheese or vegan Swiss-style cheese Four slices fried tempeh (see below for method) 1 T. vegetable oil ¾ c. sauerkraut (coleslaw may be substituted) Vegan Thousand Island dressing Softened margarine Heat a heavy skillet, preferably cast iron. Place swiss cheese on two slices …

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Chickpea Salad with Basil and Pine nuts

Chickpea Salad with Basil and Pine Nuts This salad is as easy as it is delicious. When you need a quick, high protein, pick me up, reach for this recipe. Ingredients: 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 T. red onion, finely chopped 1/2 c. red or yellow bell pepper, chopped (or mix red …

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Pasta with Red Onion, “Bakin,” Radicchio, and Edamame

Pasta with Red Onion, “Bakin,” Radicchio, and Edamame This was a dish that I grew up with and have adapted. It’s so easy to make in a pinch and a wonderful way to use up leftover pasta. Use any vegetables you like, but keep the edamame. It’s firm texture holds up well against the al …

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Sweet Potato Stew with Swiss Chard

watch this recipe being made. Sweet Potato Stew with Swiss Chard Ingredients: 2 T. olive oil 2 c. diced yellow onion 1 t. salt 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 red Thai or jalapeño pepper minced, with the seeds (adjust to suit your taste) 1 T. fresh ginger …

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Beet Burgers (Didi Emmons)

Didi’s Beet Burgers Didi Emmons came on the show and made these burgers and ever since I was hooked. They’re truly spectacular. Note that these must be cooked over low heat, otherwise, the sugars in the beet will burn. But really, even if you’re hasty and burn the burgers, they’ll still taste fabulous. I recommend …

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