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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!

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!

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!

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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!

My First Blogging Year in Review

Sharing what I cook with everyone has been a great experience and I am excited to continue posting in 2015. I am humbled by the 3,400+ views and support of everyone who has recreated recipes and been inspired by me. Thank you and look for more edibles this coming year! xo -D

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Arugula and Beet Salad with Pecorino

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Ingredients:

Arugula

Beets

Lemon

Honey

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

Pecorino cheese

1. Grate beets. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and honey. Allow beet salad to marinate for at least 30 minutes up to a couple of days.

2. Assemble greens on a plate then place beet salad on top.

3. Grate fresh pecorino cheese on top then drizzle with olive oil.

YUMM!

Broccoli-Parmesan Frittata

I cannot believe this is my first post of a fritatta–this recipe is a staple in my kitchen and what I love about it is that you can make it with any combination of vegetables that you have on hand. Serve with a side salad and you’ve got a perfectly satisfying meal!

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Ingredients:

Eggs

Onion

Garlic

Broccoli

Parmesan Cheese

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

1. Heat oven to 350. Put eggs in a bowl and beat them with a whisk. Add salt and pepper. I use between 6 and 8 eggs per batch–sometimes it is all eggs, other times a combination of whites and eggs. Your call.

2. Sautee onion in a pan with olive oil, add garlic, salt and pepper. It is important to season (with salt and pepper) both the eggs and the sauteed vegetables otherwise it ends up being bland and that’s blah!

3. Add broccoli and cook for up to 5 minutes. DO NOT over cook the broccoli (it should still be bright green) because it’ll cook again in the oven.

4. Take the broccoli pan off of the heat and add grated parmesan to the mixture. Allow sauteed vegetables to slightly cool before adding to the bowl of eggs.

5. Mix veggies and eggs together until even combined. Oil (spray with PAM) a pie pan (a glass 9″ pan is my preference) then pour in egg/veggie mixture. Gently jiggle the pan to even out the mixture.

6. Put dish in 350 oven and cook for 25-30 minutes. (Start with 25 and check the status…) Once it looks cooked (no jiggly egg in the middle–ewww) remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.

This is delicious warm and room temperature. I love it for potlucks, brunch, and to take to work for breakfast! You can substitute the step of sauteeing broccoli for any other combination of vegetables: asparagus, red peppers, artichoke hearts, zucchini…get creative!

Secret note: if you want to add arugula/spinach (genius idea!) but do NOT cook those greens. Simply add them to the mixture of eggs and the already cooked vegetables and let the oven cook the those greens–otherwise they’ll be mushy and mushy is blahhh. 😉

 

Hawaiian Cabbage Slaw

Since pineapple is my favorite fruit I am sure I’ll be in heaven when I go to Hawaii (oooh, I like how that makes it sound like I have a pending trip…let’s pretend I do!). In the meantime, make this salad!

hawaiian slaw

It’s tangy, sweet, crunchy, savory, and salty…you’re welcome! 😉

Ingredients:

Red Cabbage

Pineapple

Carrots

Red Pepper

Cilantro

Sesame Seeds, Toasted

Jalapeno, diced

Soy Sauce

Hawaiian Spice Blend

Rice Wine Vinegar

Olive Oil

1. Slice vegetables and add to a bowl.

2. Dressing: Combine soy sauce, diced jalapeno, rice wine vinegar, Hawaiian spice blend, and olive oil in a bowl, making a vinaigrette.

3. Add dressing to the vegetables and mix together.

hawaiian slaw

 

Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I made this for a picnic and the bowl was empty before I even got some! Enough said. Note to self: make this again!

kale salad with sweet potato

Ingredients:

Kale

Lemon, zest and juice

Agave

Ginger, grated

Apple, diced

Red onion, diced

Red Pepper, diced

Yellow Pepper, diced

Hemp Hearts

Sweet Potato

Chilli Powder

Coconut Oil

1. Roast sweet potatoes with coconut oil and chilli powder.

2. Make lemon vinaigrette with red onion, lemon, agave, salt and pepper, and ginger.

3. Massage kale with lemon vinaigrette.

4. Add diced vegetables to kale, once sweet potatoes are cooled, add to salad.

5. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and toss to combine then…EAT!

*You can chill before serving but serve room temperature for best flavor. I think this should be eaten within a day of making it.

 

Chopped Summer Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

Be inspired by the ingredients in your kitchen!

This salad was not planned. It developed as I found new things that needed to be used…And you can’t go wrong with a chopped salad!

chopped salad

Ingredients:

Romaine Lettuce

Cucumber

Red Pepper

Radish

Cherry Tomatoes

Corn

Feta Cheese

Chickpeas

Black pepper

1. Chop ingredients.

2. Assemble on a plate.

3. Make a dressing (see below).

4. EAT!!

Oregano Vinaigrette:

Lemon, zest and juice

Vinegar (champagne, raspberry, white etc)

Oregano, fresh

Agave

Scallions

Salt

Olive Oil

1.Chop scallions and add to a bowl with lemon to ‘cook’ the raw onion taste out for a few minutes.

2. Add ingredients to a bowl and blend with hand blender until emulsified.