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ENTRÉE (Main Course)
Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed With Fennel
Time 60 minutes
4 large red peppers
2 small bulbs fennel
1 x 14 oz (400 g) tin Italian plum tomatoes
1 rounded teaspoon mixed pepper berries
3/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
8 dessert spoons good quality olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
How to make it
Slice each pepper in half lengthways, cutting right through the green stalk end and leaving it intact, it adds to the look of the dish, though it wont be eaten. Remove all the seeds. Place the pepper halves on a shallow baking sheet (swiss roll tin).
Drain the tomatoes (you don’t need the juice), divide the tomatoes into eight equal portions, placing each portion inside a pepper half.
Now pare off any brownish bits of fennel and cut the bulbs into quarters and then again into eighths, carefully keeping the layers attached to the root ends.
Put the fennel eighths into a saucepan with a little salt, pour boiling water on them and blanch them for 5 minutes. Then drain them in a colander and, as soon as they're cool enough, arrange two slices in each pepper half.
Sprinkle 1 dessertspoon olive oil over each pepper, using a brush to brush the oil round the edges and sides of the peppers.
Next lightly crush the pepper berries, coriander and fennel seeds and sprinkle these evenly all over the fennel and peppers and finish off with a grinding of rock salt.
Bake the peppers for 1 hour approx. on a high shelf in the oven until they are soft and the skin wrinkled and nicely tinged with brown.
After removing from the oven, sprinkle the lemon juice all over, cook and serve garnished with a little finely chopped spring onion or as they are.
Note: If you want to make the peppers ahead of time, cover with foil after cooling but don’t refrigerate them as this spoils the flavor.
Toasted Garlic Escarole
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
1 1 1/2-pound escarole head
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cut a escarole head crosswise into 1-inch strips; place in a large bowl. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until golden. Remove pan from heat; add fresh lemon juice, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper, stirring to combine. Drizzle garlic mixture over the escarole; toss to coat.
80 calories; fat 5.4g; saturated fat 0.8g; sodium 158mg.
Green & white roasted vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, garlic, shredded arugula and cabbage combine in this rustic Roasted Vegetable recipe. A blend of Dijon mustard and olive oil enhances their fresh-picked flavors, making these oven-roasted vegetables a perfect side dish for your favorite beef, pork or chicken recipes.
Yield: 8 servings
Nutrition facts: Per serving: 177 calories, 10 g fat, 20 g carbohydrates (7.2 g fiber), 7 g protein, 445 mg sodium
2 large stalks broccoli
½ small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 lb. small turnips, peeled and cut into ½ inch wedges
12 large cloves garlic, peeled
1½ cups packed shredded arugula
⅓ cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
½ small head cabbage, cut into chunks
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Separate the broccoli into small florets and stalks. Cut the stalks into ⅓ inch slices. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, garlic and arugula.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, mustard, ½ tsp. of the salt and the pepper. Spoon about 2 Tbsp. of the mixture into a large roasting pan. Place the cabbage on top of the oil.
Add the remaining oil mixture to the vegetables in the bowl and toss to coat evenly. Transfer to the roasting pan and place on top of the cabbage.
Cover the pan with foil and roast for 35 minutes. Uncover, stir gently, and roast for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through, or until the vegetables are tender.
An unusual haroset, in that it is cooked. If possible use Mexican cinnamon which has a completely different taste (available in many supermarkets and Latino markets). The color changes in cooking so don’t worry, just enjoy.
1 Bartlet pear, peeled, cored, diced 3 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, chopped 3 bananas, peeled and mashed 1 lb. pitted dates 1/2 lb. blanched almonds 2 Tbsp ground Mexican cinnamon 1 cup sweet wine
Place everything in the food processor and puree. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, adding wine or water as needed.
Stir and mix well. Remove from heat and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two to chill.
Makes 5 to 6 cups.
Stuffed Pears Poached in Red Wine with Warm Chocolate Sauce and Spicy Vanilla Sabayon)
Once the pears are poached, stuffed, and dipped with chocolate they are ready to go.
Serving the Spicy Vanilla Sabayon is optional if you don’t want to be bothered.
6 whole pears. DO NOT wash pears or put in lemon juice after coring 1 1/2 cups sugar 4 cups red wine like Merlot 1 vanilla bean, seeds and skin separated or vanilla bean paste 6-inch Mexican cinnamon bark 2 tsp anise seeds 2 Tbsp lemon zest 1 circle parchment or wax paper to fit over pears in the pot. Cut by folding parchment sheet in half, and in half again, etc. and cut in circle.
Peel and core pears from the bottom, leaving the stems on and scraping a little bigger opening once the pears were cored.
Using a small, short pot, dissolve the sugar in the wine and 4 cups of water (so wine/water covers most of the pears) over medium heat.
Add, vanilla and break in cinnamon stick. Add seeds and zest and mix well.
Add the pears. Place the parchment circle directly over the pears to keep them submerged in the liquid (it also serves to hold the steam closer to the food).
Bring liquid to a light simmer and cook the pears until just tender–about 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove pears from the liquid and chill.
2 Tbsp margarine or butter 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, or peaches, cranberries, raisins 1 Tbsp brown sugar
Melt the butter or margarine in a sauté pan over medium-low heat.
Add the pecans and toast lightly. Be careful not to burn them.
Stir in the chopped apricots and sugar. Mix well, stirring constantly until light bubbly/foamy syrup develops. Remove from the heat and cool.
Take the chilled pears and stuff the mixture into the hollowed bottoms. Place back in the refrigerator to chill again.
Spicy Vanilla Sabayon
4 large egg yolks 4 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla (for Passover) or regular 1/2 cup white wine, optional 1/4 tsp red chile powder, optional
Place the yolks, sugar, vanilla, wine and chile powder (if using) into a small mixing bowl. Whisk over a double boiler over simmering water until the yolks become light and frothy and all the sugar is dissolved (about three to four minutes). Sauce should coat a wooden spoon thickly. You can cool (and refrigerate) it but serving warm is better.
To serve, spoon sabayon onto plates. Set a pear in the center, sprinkle a little of the stuffing around if desired. Serves 6.
Entrée (Main Course)
Crispy Chicken Breasts with Chermoula and Escarole
YIELD 4 servings
ACTIVE TIME 35 minutes
TOTAL TIME 45 minutes
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 large skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts, bones removed (1 1/2–2 pounds)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, chopped
1/2 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
1 medium shallot, sliced into rings
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
1/2 head escarole, torn into pieces
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook, skin side down, until golden brown, 10–12 minutes. Turn and cook until cooked through, 5–8 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; reserve skillet.
Wipe out skillet and heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add garlic, coriander, cumin, and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is softened and spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add shallot, and toss to coat; season with salt and pepper.
Combine cilantro, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons garlic-shallot mixture in a large bowl; season chermoula with salt and pepper. Add escarole and toss to coat. Slice chicken and arrange on top. Spoon remaining garlic-shallot mixture over and drizzle with more lemon juice, if desired.
Mexican Tomato Soup
Mexican Tomato Soup is warm, spicy and packed with great Mexican spices! The fun is in the toppings and the options are endless! Add shredded cabbage, shredded chicken, queso fresco, avocado, sour cream and chopped cilantro to take this comforting bowl of goodness straight over the top!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
4 medium vine ripened tomatoes
1 stalk celery peeled or strings removed
¼ medium red onion
¼ red, yellow or orange bell pepper
1 fresh jalapeno, halved, deveined and seeded
½ tsp. granulated garlic
¼ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. paprika
1 cup chicken broth (for vegan or vegetarian use Vegetable broth or stock)
1 ½ tsp. salt
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil (additional for drizzling veggies)
Thinly sliced radishes
Sliced Green Onion
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment. Place tomatoes, celery, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno on the sheet pan drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until skins begin to char and split.
Place all the veggies in a blender. Just a note...if you are worried about the soup being too spicy, add only 1/4 to 1/2 of the jalapeno to begin. You can always add more to increase the heat! Add the granulated garlic and next 7 ingredients. For a smooth soup, blend on high for 5-10 seconds. You can also use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Place all ingredients in a large bowl or sauce pan and blend till desired consistency…this will make a soup with a little more texture. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts to not include toppings, these will have to be tracked/added in addition to the soup.
This recipe yields about 4 cups so 1 cup per serving.
Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Mexican Roasted Broccoli
MEXICAN ROASTED BROCCOLI
Do not sacrifice flavor while eating healthy! This roasted broccoli recipe is a quick and easy side dish that fits into any clean eating diet and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Keto, Paleo, and Whole30 diet friendly!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 or 3
12 ounces broccoli florets, washed and dried
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
optional accompaniments: lime slices, raw or toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped fresh cilantro, favorite hot sauce
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
In a large bowl, combine broccoli, all seasonings, and oil. Toss until all pieces are evenly coated, then place mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Put in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once after 10 minutes.
Remove cooked broccoli to a serving bowl and top with any or all of the optional accompaniments: lime slices, raw or toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped fresh cilantro, favorite hot sauce, and/or pico de gallo. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1545IU | Vitamin C: 101.1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Refreshing Cucumber Celery Lime Smoothie
Would you like a splash of vodka with that?
I made this as a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, but the idea of adding alcohol to this drink definitely crossed my mind while I was savoring it!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
4 stalks of celery heart, chopped into large chunks
1 small cucumber, peeled, chopped, and the seeds removed
juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice
a shot of Vodka or Tequila (optional!)
Place everything into a good blender and blend well.
(If you want it to be a juice, then just strain the smoothie.)