Sunday Dinner #1

This past Sunday, friends joined me for my inaugural                         Green Eyes Sunday Dinner: IT WAS DELICIOUS!

Here’s the menu:

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Here’s my plate:

my plate

I know this picture doesn’t do the meal any justice because grilled okra …. sweet potato fries….corn-tomato salad…tofu hoagie all tasted better than it looks (here) but luckily my friend Dominique, who is a photographer, captured these photos. Thanks girl! 🙂

tofu hoagie
Chipotle – Peach Tofu Hoagie with Cabbage Slaw, Summer Salad, and Herb – Yogurt Sauce.
cabbage slaw
Cabbage, carrot, and cilantro slaw.
tastes like summer salad
Tastes like Summer Salad: Tomato, Corn, Cucumber, and Red Onion.
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Dessert: Local Cantelope and Blueberries.

If you’re interested to join Sunday Dinner, RSVP!

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Chickpea Salad with Golden Beets and Mint

This recipe was a random test and it turned out delicious; I decided to cube the beets before roasting them and it gave a nice char and added flavor!

beet and chickpea salad

Ingredients:

Golden beets, 2

Chickpeas, 1 can

Mint

Curry Powder, 2 tsp

Pomegranate Vinegar or Lemon, 1 tsp

Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp (one for roasting, one for salad)

Salt and Pepper

1. Peel and cube beets. Add to a baking tray (one even layer) with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 375 until cooked–about 15 minutes.

2. Rinse chickpeas, chop mint, and add to a bowl with the roasted beets.

3. Add curry powder, vinegar, olive oil then salt and pepper to taste.

4. Mix until well combined. Can be served immediately or good for several days in the fridge.

This is a great side salad for a meal, added to a grain: rice/quinoa etc, put atop a greens salad, or eaten as is.

Blood Orange Honey Toddy

A hot toddy in winter warms your core and gets rid of a sore throat and sniffle–my type of medicine!

After this delicious combination came together last night during a snow storm I got excited to make an iced toddy version this summer—yummm!

hot toddy

Ingredients:

Blood Oranges, 2

Ginger, 2 tsp

Honey, 1 Tb

Whiskey-Jim Bean Honey

Rooibos Tea

1. Juice orange, add grated ginger, and honey. Blend to liquify pulp etc.

2. Steep tea.

3. Add one part juice mixture, one-two 😉 part(s) whiskey, two parts tea.

Coconut Vegetable Soup with Crispy Tofu Gremolata

It is too cold out! This soup definitely helps cope with this inconsiderate weather!

coconut soup

Ingredients:

Onion, 1

Garlic, 2 cloves

Ginger, 3 tsp grated

Jalapeno, 1/2 thinly sliced

Coconut Milk, 1 can

Carrots, julienne

Red Pepper

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Green Beans

Spinach

Sea Salt

Water

Tofu Crumble (Gremolata):

Tofu

Tamari

Olive Oil

Sesame Oil

Mint, fresh chopped

Cilantro, fresh chopped

1. Add a can of coconut milk to a soup pot with 3-4 cans of water and 2-3 tsp of sea salt.

2. Add sliced onion, diced garlic, sliced jalapeno, and grated ginger to the coconut milk broth and bring the broth to a low boil.

3. Slice all other vegetables, thinly. Then add in the carrots, then mushrooms. These are the heartier veggies and can cook longer. I HATE overcooked greens so the green vegetables are ALWAYS the last to go in! They only need MAX 2-4 minutes in the hot broth to cook.

5. In the meantime, cube the tofu and let it marinate with 1 TB of tamari. In a hot pan, add the tofu then sautee. I added some oil after the tofu cooked for about 5 minutes. Then sprinkled Japanese chilli flakes on it. Cook the tofu until it gets nice a crispy edges on it. Then add to a bowl with chopped mint and cilantro, and add on a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.

6. Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking in the broth, it is time to eat! I put spinach in the bottom of the bowel. The hot soup will cook the spinach perfectly. Add the crispy tofu-herb gremolata (we’re fancy!) on top. I loved the texture that this added to the soup–rather than those bland soft tofu cubes that are usually in coconut soup—blehhh!

EAT IT ALREADY!

The best thing with this soup is it’s potential for versatility: All you really need is the coconut milk and whatever veggies you have on hand. The aromatics (onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno) are pretty important for developing flavor but use whatever combination works for you: got lemongrass? USE IT! got lime zest? USE IT!

The other best part? It takes NO TIME to make this! Cutting all of your veggies is the most time intensive part–so get on it! Make this!

Cole Slaw with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

This tangy slaw is mayo-free and packs all of the flavor you like in a cole slaw!

cole slaw

Ingredients:

Cabbage, 1 small head

Carrots

Red Pepper

Yellow Pepper

Cilantro

Parsley, Italian

Dressing:

Meyer Lemons

Rice Vinegar

Garlic

Sugar

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

1. Chop veggies and add to a bowl.

2. Add lemons, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar to a bowl and blend with olive oil. It will emulsify into a nice dressing.

3. Pour dressing over the veggies. You can eat right away but I let this marinate for two days before eating and it was wonderful! Serve chilled but not cold.

Saag Channa

We can all agree that Indian food is delicious! The depths of flavor created with a variety of spices makes for a flavor bomb in your mouth. My sister’s favorite dish is Saag Chanaa–it is the only thing she orders when we go to an Indian restaurant. So, in honor of her, I made it! I didn’t have spinach on hand (which is a common green used for this dish) but I had collard greens! I figured it was worth the try and YESSS — better than spinach! The heartiness of the collards holds up to the heat of cooking and the complexity of spices. A bowl of this is a complete meal full of nutrients, textures, and flavors. YUMMMYY!

saag channa

Ingredients:

Onion, 1

Garlic, 4-5 cloves

Ginger, fresh, 2-3 tsp diced

Collard Greens, 2 bunches

Tomato Sauce (I used a homemade version of a roasted sauce because that’s what I had on hand), 1/2 cup

Tomato, fresh, 1/2 cup (I used cherry tomatoes)

Jalapeno, 1/3, diced

Chickpeas, 1 can

Cumin, 1/2 tsp for spice mix; 1/2 tsp for chickpeas

Corrinader, 1 1/2 tsp seeds

Fennel Seeds, 1 tsp

Turmeric, 1-2 tsp

Chilli Flakes, 1/2 tsp

1. Dice onion and begin to sautee in a pot with salt at a medium heat. You want to slowly cook down the onion to really develop the flavor.

2. Spice blend: Add seeds to your spice grinder and blend down to a powder: cumin, corrinader, fennel, chilli flakes, turmeric.

3. Dice garlic, ginger, and jalapeno. Once onions have cooked for about 5-7 minutes and are translucent, add garlic and ginger. Allow for cook out for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the spice blend to the pot. Stir together for a minute then add the tomato sauce/puree. I used a variation of this recipe.

5. Wash, de-stem, and chop collard greens. Here’s a tutorial on de-stemming collards.

6. Once the onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, spices, and tomato sauce have cooked together, add the collard greens. Mix the greens in the pot with the sauce and put a lid on it to allow the greens to cook down.

7. In a separate pan, add cumin seeds and toast with rinsed chickpeas. Allow the spice and beans to toast until you see the shade of cumin turn darker brown (not burnt so use a medium heat) and you’ll see some brown toasty-ness on the beans.

8. Add chickpeas and cumin to the pot of greens, add some water and allow to cook together on a medium heat for up to 5 minutes. You will be able to tell when the greens are cooked–they don’t have to be brown! Allow the pot to simmer for a few minutes then let rest before you dig in!

I served with coconut jasmine rice–and will try with roti/naan soon!

I know it may seem like there a lot of steps to this but really it is EASY and well worth the effort.

Remember, you can use any type of leafy green for this dish if you don’t have collard greens on hand. But, give collards a chance with this dish and try something new!

Let me know what you think 🙂

Beet Green Salad with Radish, Goat Cheese, and Poppyseed Dressing

Everyone knows the health benefits of beets but what about the leafy greens of the beet? Did you know that beet greens are packed with nutrition too? AND they’re delicious!

beet-greens

Think of beet greens as a mix between spinach and swiss chard and prepare accordingly. Raw in a salad, added to a smoothie/juice, or satueed with spinach–all preparations are delightful for this underused green. I’ve prepared this fresh beet green-radish salad which would be a perfect appetizer, side dish or lunch! The recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. Now you don’t have to wonder…am I allowed to eat these?

beet green salad

Beet Green Salad

Beet Greens, 1 bunch

Radish, 4

Vinegar (I used a combination of pear vinegar and orange-champagne…just because)

Olive Oil

Agave

Mustard (I used this)

Poppy seeds

Salt and Pepper

Goat Cheese (optional)

1. Rinse the beet greens and radish. Side note: It is important to use the greens within 2-3 days of buying them.

2. Chop greens, dice radish and put in a bowl.

3. Make vinaigrette: combine vinegar, salt and pepper, poppy seeds, mustard, and agave then stream in olive oil while whisking into a dressing.

4. Add the dressing to the salad. You can serve immediately or let it sit for up to a day in the fridge. If you let it sit, the vinaigrette will marinate and “cook” the greens for a well-developed flavor and texture.

5. Add goat cheese! (Optional if you’re keeping it dairy free)

Let me know what you think!

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