Category Archives: Recipes

Every-day Eggplant Parmigiana

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Before you get started, I want to warn you that this is not a traditional recipe, this one is quick and simple enough for a week-night. Click this link if you were looking for a traditional recipe and want to bail out now.

Mine is low-fat, gluten free, and either vegan or vegetarian depending on whether you use mozzarella cheese or a vegan substitute. In case you worry that this is sacrilegious, don’t. First of all, the traditional dish it isn’t from Parma at all, despite the name it is from Southern Italy. Second, there are many regional variations on eggplant Parmigiana, also called eggplant parmesan in the USA, and third, there are two completely different traditions that claim the name, one is the baked casserole type and the other is the stacked slices type. I like the casserole type best but each slice of eggplant is generally salted, pressed, dipped in egg, breaded, then fried, and finally baked with sauce and cheese. That is just too many calories and way too many steps for me. Continue reading Every-day Eggplant Parmigiana

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Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup!

This is a winner!

I just came up with this last night and it is amazing, fresh-tasting, rich, vegan, gluten-free, and low-fat to boot. The house smells incredible while it is cooking and your guests will never believe that there is no cream or flour in the broth. The original inspiration for pairing mushrooms and a serious amount of paprika is from The Moosewood Cookbook (this link is to the NEW book but the cover pic is the same.)

Now, make it and let me know how you like it!

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms, I used baby bellas, about 12 oz.
  • Celery, 4 stalks
  • onion, about 2 slices, you can use more but I don’t really like onion
  • Miso (any color), 3 tablespoons, (you can sub your favorite bullion)
  • Almonds or walnuts, 2 tablespoons
  • Paprika, 1 tablespoon
  • Dill weed, 2 teaspoons
  • Black pepper, 1 teaspoon
  • Tamari, 1 teaspoon, or to taste
  • 3 cups water or broth

Separate the stems from the mushroom caps, slice each mushroom cap into three or four slices. Place stems in blender, (I used my Vita-Mix), and mushroom caps into a slow cooker or crock pot, (you could use a soup pot on the stove).

Chop onion and celery and microwave on a plate until soft, add to mushrooms. Add remaining ingredients to blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour over mushrooms and cook in crock-pot on high, or on stove at medium, until mushrooms reach desired softness. Mine took an hour in the crock pot, it would take less time on the stove.

Options:

  • Saute your onions and celery in butter or oil instead of microwaving them
  • Sub milk for 1 cup of water
  • Sub wine or sherry for 1 cup water
  • Add sour cream to each bowl right before serving

Almond Milk Maker- Monday

It’s Almond Milk-Monday!

Several people have asked me how I make almond milk. May I introduce the Sanlinx SoyaJoy. Yes, I know you can blend soaked almonds and water in your blender and then strain them through a dishcloth but I am Gadget Girl, daughter of Appliance Lady, so that is just not how I roll. If someone invented an appliance to do, make or clean something… Mom had to have it! She bought this for me years ago when I drank soy milk and I recently discovered that it does a great job of making nut milks.

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Scott’s Crustless Quiche Recipe

Today is menu-Monday and this is one of Scott’s favorite everyday recipes. I like it because it uses up leftovers, stores well, and reheats well.

Variation with a ton of broccoli and a sprinkling of cheddar

Ingredients:

You’ll need a blender, a 13 x 9 pan, and an oven

4 eggs

1 pint cream or milk

About 10 oz of raw or cooked vegetables, 1 head of broccoli, stems cut small or 10 oz package of broccoli florets, mushrooms, green beans, peppers, marinated artichokes, really anything along these lines will work. Continue reading Scott’s Crustless Quiche Recipe

A new recipe – Shredded Pork

I noticed that it has been a long time since I posted a recipe. I generally make it when pork is on sale but it will work with beef or chicken. Don’t fret the large quantity this makes because it freezes well. Continue reading A new recipe – Shredded Pork

Corned Beef and Cabbage

We dove into this before I could get a picture but CBC looks pretty much the same however you make it so use your imagination, K?

I use the crockpot for this but you could just use a covered pot on the stove. Put a chopped onion in the bottom of the crockpot and put corned beef on top of the onion. Turn on at low temp for 8-10 hours or 3 hours if you are simmering it on the stove. Then 1 hour before you are ready to eat, cut your cabbage head into 4 wedges and arrange them on top of the corned beef.

Remove to a platter when done and serve with horseradish or mustard and soda bread.

The traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner is traditional to… Irish Americans. The Irish immigrants couldn’t find a local analogue to the type of bacon they were used to so they adopted corned beef from their Jewish neighbors.

Click here to read about traditional Irish food.

More Goodies from the Kitchen, this time for the humans!

So I bought a flat of pears at Costco, and I really love dried fruit. It is a great way to pack fruit in a lunchbag or briefcase without having to worry about it getting bruised of squished. Packaged dried fruit usually contains sugar or is sulphered so I wouldn’t really recommend it as a diet-friendly fruit replacement. By drying my own I can control exactly what goes in it. I prefer… nothing!

Continue reading More Goodies from the Kitchen, this time for the humans!