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Fried Spanish Quinoa

by Terry Hope Romero    Author of  Vegan Eats World , Viva Vegan! , Veganomicon and more

 

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Serves 4 or more                                                             Time: 30 minutes

Inspired by fried rice, but with Latin-styled ingredients, this fast and hearty stir-fry is my go-to way to enjoy quinoa. Any color quinoa works here, but my favorite is a blend of white, black, and red for a crunchy and colorful dish.

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced
1 chile pepper, minced
1 small green bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
14 ounce can black beans, rinsed
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
3 cups cooked quinoa, preferably cold
½ cup vegetable broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup cilantro leaves, lightly packed and roughly chopped

1. Preheat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Heat the olive oil, add the onion, chile, and bell pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Add the beans and corn and stir fry for another 3-4 minutes.

2. In a small bowl whisk together the vegetable broth, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, and salt.

3. Add the cooked quinoa to the stir fry. Fry the quinoa for about 5 minutes, or until hot. Pour the vegetable broth mixture over the quinoa and fry another 4-5 minutes, until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa is hot. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro, and serve right away.

Braised Escarole with White Bean Vinaigrette

By guest chef, Cathi DiCocco

A delicious whole foods dinner by restauranteur Cathi Dicocco.

Cathi grew up cooking in her fathers Italian restaurant in upstate NY.  She is a hidden gem we found in the Maine woods. If you’re ever in Bethel, Maine, stop and visit  Cathi’s restaurant and market

serves 4

To make the Beans:

1 cup of dry beans

1 sprig of rosemary

1 head of garlic, loose skin removed and cut in half through the middle

 Cover dry beans by three inched with cold water and soak in the refrigerator overnight. Drain beans and rinse well. Place the beans in a pot and add 3 cups of cold water. Add the rosemary and the garlic. Bring the beans to a boil for 5 minutes, reduce heat and simmer for one hour or until the beans are tender.  Remove and reserve the garlic halves. Drain the beans, rinse and set aside.

 One cup of dry beans will yield 3 cups of cooked.

Dressing:

3 Cups cooked cannellini beans

¼ cup or more hot water

1 half bulb of the prepared garlic (more to taste)

Juice of ½ lemon

2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Process or mash 1 1/2 cup of prepared beans with the hot water. Try to get this as smooth as possible. The consistency should be thin but not watery. Take the prepared garlic and gently squeeze out the softened cloves into the bean “juice”. Mash and blend the garlic. Add the lemon juice, chopped rosemary, olive oil and vinegar. Mix well. Add remaining beans, mash slightly retaining a fair amount of bean texture and gently fold ingredients together in the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Prepare escarole.

Escarole:

1 large head of Escarole, cut into quarters

Olive oil

 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in two quarters of escarole. Reduce the heat to a low boil and cook the escarole for 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile preheat a grill to 400 degrees or if you’re grilling the escarole inside preheat a cast iron grill pan for about 5 minutes on high. After 5 minutes lower the preheating grill pan to medium high.  The pan should be very hot but not smoking.

While the escarole is cooking and grill preheating fill a large bowl with cold water and 2 cups of ice.

Using large tongs remove the escarole from the pot, place them into a colander and then immediately plunge them into the cold water bath.  Alternatively you may rinse the escarole under cold running water.  When the escarole has cooled down, about 1 minute, remove the greens and blot very dry in a large clean cotton towel.  If preparing the full head of escarole or 4 portions repeat this process.

Brush one side of the escarole with olive oil and place onto the grill or grill pan, oiled side down. Grill for about 3-4 minutes or until grill marks are visible. Brush the top with oil and flip. Once the underside is nicely grilled, remove the escarole and set onto a serving plate.

Stir the white bean dressing and then spoon the beans onto the escarole. Season the escarole with a generous grating of black pepper and additional olive oil if desired. Serve with crusty garlic bread.

 

Garlic, roasted on the grill

Roasting garlic produces a complete change in flavor, the “bite” of raw garlic magically turns into a mellow sweetness you have to try to believe! I often roast up to half a dozen garlic heads at a time. They keep well — a month or more in the fridge — and in my house, they disappear quickly!

Ingredients:
Several firm, tight heads of garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse kosher salt
Fresh herbs such as lemon thyme or oregano

To prepare:

Peel off any the outermost layer of loose, papery skin, then cut off the top half or so of the pointed end of the garlic head, to expose the cloves.

Place bulb in the center of a 6″ square of heavy duty foil. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and place a fresh herb on top. Sprinkle with a dash of kosher salt and freshly ground
black pepper.

Wrap foil snugly up and around bulb like a Hersey’s Kiss and place on hot grill. Flip it around occasionally till it feels soft and squishy on the inside, about 20 minutes or so.

Remove from foil and pour any excess oil back onto the top of garlic. The delightful little bulbs of roasted garlic will easily squeeze out of their skins.

Mixed Vegetable Grill

Onions and summer squashes are superb when grilled, but don’t be afraid to try any vegetable on the grill. Toni also likes to throw in carrots, fresh fennel, and halved baby potatoes. You’re only limited by your own imagination.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
Basic Balsamico Vinaigrette (makes about 1 cup):
3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. good quality Balsamic vinegar
2. T. wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Vegetables:
Eggplant, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2″ to 3/4″ “steaks”
Portobello mushroom caps
Zucchini and summer squash, sliced lengthwise or
whole (if small)
Sweet onion( Spanish or Vidalia), sliced 1/4″ crosswise or into moon-shaped wedges
Bell peppers, red, orange & yellow have the most flavor

Or any other combination of vegetables you like!

To prepare:
Certain vegetables lend themselves to easy, quick grilling.

Our list of veggies need only be trimmed of stem ends and sliced for grilling. The key is to slice them thinly enough so that they cook evenly and quickly while still having a tad of firmness.

They may be brushed simply with oil and sprinkled with salt & pepper before and during grilling, or you can use our basic balsamic marinade/baste or your own favorite prepared vinaigrette-style dressing.

Note: You can serve this mixed grill with anything from bruschetta to rice to pasta and the leftovers make fabulous sandwiches on thick, crusty slices of French or Italian bread or rolled up on pita bread.

Traditional Italian Garlic Bread

Traditional Italian Garlic Bread

Most garlic bread in America is prepared using a soft “Italian” loaf that is layered with hefty amounts of butter, oil, salt, and dried herbs. After baking, it’s literally dripping with fat. Italians on the other hand usually only serve plain bread at the table, and most Italian breads are unsalted, especially in Tuscany. My version, a twist on both ideas, is simple to make, light, and delicious to eat. Using hearty bread, fruity olive oil and fresh garlic, this is a recipe you’ll use over and over.

Ingredients:
1 loaf Tuscan style bread (firm dense bread is essential)
Olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves, peeled, left whole
Kosher salt

To prepare:
Slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices. Grill, broil, or toast both sides of the slices until they’re lightly browned, but still retain a little spring to the center. While the slice is still hot, take the peeled clove of garlic and gently rub the surface of the bread, concentrating on the outer edge next to the crust. The pressure you use rubbing the garlic on the sliced bread will determine the depth of garlic flavor, so go lightly if you want less garlic. Next, lay the slices on a sheet pan and drizzle them with olive oil. Add a sprinkle of salt and enjoy.

Serve accompanying any entrée or use as your canvas for a wide varities of bruschetta toppings. A slice of this bread is also wonderful placed in the bottom of a bowl with your favorite soup spooned over it.

Any dense loaf of bread works for this recipe, including whole wheat, multi-grain, and French baguettes. Slice a thin baguette into rounds and you have instant crostini, for appetizers or soups.

Garlic Confit

Garlic Confit

There is nothing finer or more mellow tasting than roasted garlic. And it’s so easy, why not try it?

Ingredients:
3-4 heads of fresh garlic, cut in half through the center, not stem to end
Extra virgin olive oil
A good-sized bunch of fresh thyme (lemon thyme is delicious)
About 20 whole black peppercorns

To prepare:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, In a glass baking dish set the garlic cut side down. Cover about halfway with olive oil and drop in the herbs and peppercorns. Cover the dish with foil and set in the oven to bake. The garlic takes about an hour and should look nicely caramelized. The garlic will slide out of the peel smoothly. Be sure to strain and save the oil, which will be full of infused garlic flavor. Use this garlic as a spread, as an addition in dressings, or as a garlic complement to any dish.