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Shake it Kale Caesar

Recipe by Terry Hope Romero

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Caesar Dressing

1/2 cup unroasted cashews

3/4 cup hot water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 clove peeled garlic

1 tablespoon shiro miso (white miso)

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1. Soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes (or overnight, refrigerated and covered), then pour into a blender. Alternatively if you have a high power blender (like Vitamix or Blendtec) no soaking required, just pulse the cashews into a fine powder, add the hot water, and pulse again until very smooth.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Chill the dressing in a tightly covered container until ready to use, or at least 20 minutes for the flavors to blend.

Kale Salad

1 pound kale (ruffled, red, Lacitano, etc.)

4 cups croutons

¼ cup nutritional yeast

Layer in a jar: dressing, kale, croutons.

store everything separately for salads through the week!

A note from the Delicious TV produce department.” This is one our favorite dressings. It works great on a chopped cabbage/carrot slaw too!

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Orange Fennel Salad with Toasted Fennel Vinaigrette

by Toni Fiore, the author of the Totally Vegetarian cookbook, and host of the Totally Vegetarian TV show,  now online.

Watch this recipe being made on Delicious TV’s Vegan Mashup.

Fennel has such a lovely flavor it’s a shame it isn’t used more often. I love it roasted and raw and paired with just about anything! Fennel becomes soft and sweet when roasted yet maintains it’s crunchy texture in salads longer than just about anything! For kids, or anyone really, new to fennel a simple fruit salad like this is a great place to start. Fennel pairs amazingly well with sweet oranges. I prefer a lighter dressing like the vinaigrette in this recipe, however feel free to use your own favorite.

Ingredients:

2  Oranges

1 t. Fennel Seeds

3 T Olive Oil,

1 T white wine vinegar

1/2 t Sea Salt, or to taste

1 medium Fennel Bulb

to prepare:

Thinly slice the fennel bulb. Reserve fronds.

A few rings of thinly sliced red onion, or chopped fresh parsley(optional)

Slice the rind and pith completely off of the oranges. Next slice the oranges 1/4″ thick.

Toast the fennel seeds for a few minutes until the aroma is nicely released and they change color slightly.  Crush well in a mortar & pestle or grind in a small spice grinder or coffee grinder.

Combine ground fennel seeds, olive oil, vinegar, and sea salt in a small bowl and whisk to mix.

Layer orange slices and sliced fennel bulb on serving plates.  Quickly re-mix vinaigrette then dress oranges and fennel. Garnish with arugula.*

Another option for salad – Layer in a lot more arugula to have a more greens-heavy salad. The peppery taste of the arugula compliments the sweet oranges and anise fennel.

Tempeh Bites

Tempeh Bites

by Toni Fiore

I think Tempeh is one of the most versatile foods around. Made from fermented soybeans tempeh is easily digested and extremely high in protein, fiber and vitamins. Tempeh absorbs marinades well, has a pleasant texture and warm nutty flavor. Texture is especially important for people new to soy foods. This recipe is rich in flavor yet effortless to pull together. For me, that’s exactly what I want when I’m entertaining! Leftovers, if you have any, are fabulous tossed into a salad, soup or sauce. Personally, I just gobble them up right out of the fridge!

ingredients

2 Pkgs. Tempeh (any style cut into 1 inch cubes)
½ cup Soy sauce (gluten free use Tamari)
½ cup Organic cider vinegar
1/3 cup Pure maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 Tbl. Olive oil
2 tsp. ground cumin

method

Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, syrup, vegetable oil, olive oil and cumin. Add the tempeh and coat well. Cover with foil and bake 20-25 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for 8-10 minutes more until all the marinade is absorbed. Remove and let cool.

Serve as an appetizer with Tofu Tzaziki dip.

Checkout Toni’s cookbook Totally vegetarian
Or check out the Totally vegetarian TV show online

Edamame Apple Salad

Typically soybeans in their dried form must be cooked at length in order to become digestible. But edamame (or green soybeans) are harvested at the peak of ripeness, which makes them soft, chewy and ready to eat in just minutes.

The word edamame means “Beans on Branches,” since they grow in clusters on bushy branches. If you take a closer look at the pods, they’re quite fuzzy. To retain their fresh, natural flavor, they are typically parboiled and quick-frozen.

Soybeans are a major source of protein in Asia and are rapidly gaining in popularity in the US. I see them served in restaurants and have them offered me at dinner parties. Edamame are often consumed as a snack, used in side vegetable dishes or in soups. Children like them for their wonderful chewy texture and mild, somewhat sweet flavor. Another reason why they’re so popular with children is that they’re a fun finger food.

To prepare whole Edamame pods, simply cook the whole bean pods in salted water, drain, top with a sprinkle of coarse salt and then squeeze the beans directly from the pods into your mouth. If you’re buying them frozen, follow the package directions because many are sold already partially cooked and they simply need a quick reheating.

These days edamame are available pretty much everywhere, either in the pod or shelled and ready to use. If your children like them, incorporate them into their diets in as many ways possible. Edamame in any form are incredibly nutritious, loaded with protein, high in fiber, and relatively low in carbs. Below is a quick and flexible salad recipe that can be adapted as you wish.

Ingredients:
1/4 c. seasoned sushi rice vinegar
1 T. light vegetable oil
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 pkg. (about 16 ounces) frozen, shelled edamame
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 1/4 inch dice (Jicama or radish can be substituted)
1/2-1 c. lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

To prepare:
Mix the oil, vinegar, and seasonings in a large bowl. Cook the edamame according to the package directions, then place in the bowl with the chopped apple and the cilantro and toss to coat the vegetables with the dressing.

Insalata Pomodoro

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Insalata Pomodoro

A simple versitile tomato salad that’s bursting with the fresh flavors and colors of Italy.

Ingredients:
1/2 c. baby spinach
2 c. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 c. baked tofu
1/2 c. toasted pine nuts
One handful fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
3 T. olive oil
1-1 1/2 T. good quality red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

To prepare:
Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl, except the basil chiffonade and pine nuts. Heat a small cast iron skillet and toast the pine nuts until golden. Toss the nuts into the salad. Whisk briefly to emulsify the olive oil and vinegar, then add salt and pepper to taste, pour over the salad, top with the basil chiffonade, and toss again lightly. Taste, adjust seasoning, and serve.

With lasagna, I serve this salad on the side, but it’s also wonderful on top of the garlic bread as a bruschetta. Though this recipe serves only two, it easily doubles or triples.

Chickpea Salad with Basil and Pine nuts

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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 and yellow for added color)
1/4 c. toasted pine nuts
1/4 c. fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons
1-2 T. chopped sundried tomatoes (optional)

Dressing ingredients:
2 T. olive oil
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 t. fresh chili paste
Salt and pepper

Rinse the chickpeas and put them in a bowl. Add the onion, peppers, toasted pine nuts, and basil ribbons. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lemon juice, and pepper paste until emulsified. Pour over the salad and toss everything to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

I like to serve this with a hearty slice of bread to mop up the juices. For an alternate presentation, you can lightly mash the chickpeas and pile the mixture onto grilled or toasted bread as a super easy and super tasty bruschetta.

Lentil Bulgur Salad

Lentil Bulgur Salad

This grain salad is a glorious blend of many of our favorite ingredients: parsley, olive oil, garlic, and the perfect twist of lemony zest. Served as an appetizer or as the centerpiece of a light supper menu, you’ll love the versatility of flavors and textures this high-protein salad offers.

Ingredients:
1 c. green or brown lentils
1 bay leaf
3/4 c. fine or medium bulgur
5 scallions, including some of the green tops, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Zest of two lemons
6-9 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. mild paprika
2 c. finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 c. chopped fresh mint (or 2 T. dried)

To prepare:
In a saucepan cover lentils with water, add bay leaf, and about half a teaspoon of salt. Bring the lentils to a boil, then lower heat, and cook them until they’re tender but firm, about 20 minutes or so. Meanwhile, put the bulgur in a bowl and pour in just enough boiling water to cover the grains. Let it stand for 20-30 minutes, until the grains have absorbed the water and are tender.

In a separate deep bowl, whisk together the scallions, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, paprika, and about a teaspoon of salt.

When the lentils are tender-firm, drain off the excess water (if any) and add the hot beans to the dressing. Pour off or press out any remaining water from the bulgur and add it along with the parsley and mint.

Toss all the ingredients gently and season to taste with salt and pepper.