Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

The salad is almost too pretty to eat. Every time I make it, I just want to stare at it or take pictures of it.

Not only does it come together quickly, but it is also very hearty and satisfying. The creamy plant-based goat cheese alone is to die for! Trust me. This salad could be a meal in itself. As for the pomegranate, I prefer to clean my own. It’s a task that my youngest daughter has taken over. She finds it deeply satisfying to pull out every last aril!

I like the arugula and pomegranate for color, but you can use various fruits and greens to achieve your Christmas colors. My favorite addition to the salad, and one that I would not skip, is the fresh dill weed. No matter the toppings used, the dill brings it together!


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Shaved Fennel Salad with Asian Pear and Pomegranate

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

Easy to assemble, this salad will not only be a delectable accompaniment to your holiday meal; it will also serve as a perfect floral centerpiece!


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (fronds may be saved for salad garnish)
  • 2 small Asian pears, or 1 large pear, sliced length-wise
  • 1/2 cup herbed vegan goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • Arils (seeds)  from 1 pomegranate
  • 6 fronds of dill, stemmed
  • 1 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin, halved

Dressing:

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar (can also use maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

 

  1. For the dressing: Gently whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.  Season to taste, and add extra sweetener, vinegar or lemon juice as needed.
  2. Arrange the arugula, on a medium sized platter or large flat bottomed bowl.  Add the fennel, red onion, and pears.  Sprinkle with pecans, pumpkin seeds, and arils.  
  3. Top salad with dill fronds.  
  4. When ready to serve, drizzle with ginger dressing.  
  5. Serve and enjoy! 

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Spiced Apple Cider Mojito

Spiced Apple Cider Mojito

A few weeks ago, I helped teach a cooking class, and one of my responsibilities was to make drinks for everyone. I opted for hot mulled cider and spiced apple tea. The cider was a huge hit! It got me thinking about a nice autumn cocktail. I don’t drink alcohol anymore since it does a number on my tummy. I found, however, an excellent non-alcohol spirit called Aplós.  

It is a plant-based, organic, non-alcoholic citrusy spirit infused with 20 mg of broad-spectrum hemp. It is intended to give the same uplifting and calming effects as alcohol, but without the ill effects of alcohol. I don’t know about you, but it sounded like the perfect base for an autumn cocktail recipe!


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Spiced Apple Cider Mojito

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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For the spiced simple syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegan organic cane sugar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

For the spiced salty sugar rim:

  • 1 part cinnamon
  • 1 part sugar
  • 1/2 part kosher salt (optional, but recommended)

Mojito:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces of Aplós, or other alcohol free spirit
  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced simple syrup
  • San Pellegrino

Garnish:

  • Sprigs Mint as garnish
  • cinnamon sticks as garnish
  • slices apple as garnish
  • slices lemon as garnish
  • star anise as garnish
  • Ice

Instructions

To make cinnamon simple syrup:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until it begins to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat, strain anise and cinnamon sticks, and pour syrup into a glass jar to cool.
  • For cocktails:
  1. In a cocktail shaker or glass measuring cup, combine the apple cider, lime juice, Aplós, and simple syrup. Mix well.
  2. Garnish glasses by rolling the lip of the glass in the simple syrup and carefully rolling in the salty sugar rim mix.
  3. Add ice to four highball glasses and strain mojitos evenly into each glass. Top with Pellegrino and garnish with apples, arils, and mint leaves.
  4. Serve!

 

 

Enchiladas Verdes

Enchiladas Verdes

Who wants Enchiladas Verdes? If you’ve been following my page for a while, you’ll know that Mexican food is my most favorite food. I know, I know, I say that every time. But it’s true, and there is an excellent reason. If you don’t believe me, make these enchiladas. I promise you’ll understand me then! I need to open a fully vegan Mexican restaurant!

Typically Enchiladas Verdes, Verdes meaning green in Spanish, is made with chicken. But I wanted to do something different and grabbed a pack of Hungry Planet beef instead. From there, everything is precisely the same. They were off the chart amazing! If I had them in a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef! You can find Hungry Planet at a market near you!

I have an excellent store-bought Verdes sauce that I like to use. I grated 3/4 of a pack of Miyoko’s mozzarella for the cheese and then crumbled the rest for garnish. These bad boys were on the table in 35 minutes! If you feel like cooking, then double the recipe and freeze a pan for later! If you decide to do that, set them out. I can’t wait to make them again! If you make them tag me and let me know how you liked them!

Enjoy!


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Enchiladas Verdes

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Description

Ready in 35 minutes these simple and delicious enchiladas are a perfect week night meal!


Ingredients

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  • Garnish:
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Crumbled mozzarella

 


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F

  1. In a medium non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, sauté onion until translucent, about 7-8 minutes. If they begin to stick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and Mexican seasoning.
  4. Add beef and cook until meat has browned about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Taste for seasoning.
  6. Add 1/2 cup mozzarella and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  7. Add one can of green enchilada sauce to the bottom of a 9×12 baking dish.
  8. Dredge both sides of each shell in the enchilada sauce, and fill with 3-4 tablespoons of filing.
  9. Roll and place each tortilla seam side down in the pan.
  10. Top with the additional can of green sauce.
  11. Top with grated cheese and cover tightly with foil.
  12. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  14. Garnish with remaining diced onion, red sauce, sour cream, and cilantro.

 

Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Who doesn’t love pasta? This recipe has been one of my most requested! It is mouth-watering, literally. Just be careful when you’re making the sauce. I kept “testing” it. To make sure it was good, you know? Anyway, I was so full that I only had a couple of bites when I sat down to eat it. The good news? It makes a lot, and the leftovers the next day didn’t disappoint!

I always boil my tempeh. Mostly because I’m not too fond of the slightly bitter flavor and cooking it for about 10 minutes removes all of that acrid taste. I like the Lightlife brand, but I’m not beholden to it. If you have a brand, you prefer then definitely use it.

The creole spice mix is so good and keeps well if you decide to make it. Otherwise, any store-bought creole/cajun spice mix works. If heat isn’t your thing, then skip the red pepper flakes and add black pepper instead.  Be sure to get a good quality rigatoni.  I like to buy my pasta in bulk directly from DeLallo, or the Italian Food Online Store. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and it becomes a favorite part of your dinner rotation!


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Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained (Reserve 1/3 cup peppers, and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish) 

Tempeh:


Instructions

Tempeh: 

  1. Cut tempeh rectangle in half. Cut each square into two triangles.
  2. Add tempeh to skillet with just enough water to cover and simmer for 10 minutes. (Helps to remove the slightly bitter flavor)
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Season each side of the tempeh with Voodoo Magic Creole Spice Mix.
  5. Warm a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When the oil is shimmering, add tempeh. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. When golden brown, remove from heat and set aside.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions. Sauté until onions become translucent—about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds—season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  2. In a high speed, blender add the béchamel, stock, roasted red peppers, basil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add sauce to the onion mixture. Stir well, and add dried parsley and reserved red peppers, and tempeh. Simmer over medium heat until sauce is warmed through entirely—taste for seasoning.
  4. Cook pasta until al dente (about 6-8 minutes)
  5. Serve in a pasta bowl. Top with vegan parmesan and fresh minced basil. Enjoy!

Notes

I like to use this tempeh.

 

ve 1/3 cup

Crispy Smoky Tofu Bacon

Crispy Smoky Tofu Bacon

Super easy and super yummy!  I use this tofu “bacon” in bowls, on sandwiches, and sometimes, I like to just eat it straight from the pan!  It’s a nice accompaniment to my vegan scramble!  Enjoy!


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Smoky Tofu Bacon

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Description

Super easy and you can skip the pig!   I like this on a BLT!  Be sure to let it get nice and crispy. But be careful, it can burn!


Ingredients

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  • 8 oz pack extra firm tofu, drained, and sliced into 1/8” thick slices
  • 1/4 cup avocado or grape seed oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke*
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. While tofu is draining whisk avocado oil and remaining ingredients to a large shallow baking dish, preferably one that has a lid.   
  2. When tofu is ready cut into 1/8” slices and add to marinade.  Marinade for at least 20 minutes,  or preferably over night.  
  3. Preheat skillet over medium heat.  Add oil to a pan.  When oil is shimmering, add tofu. 
  4. Cook tofu on each side about 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown.  Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until tofu is crispy and golden brown. Watch carefully in the last minutes of cooking and be careful not to burn as it can go from brown, to burnt, very quickly.

Uncommon Valour

Uncommon Valour

My father died last week. He had just turned 70 years old. The official diagnosis was Agent Orange Related Parkinson’s Disease. The official cause of death was asphyxiation. He died choking on his blood. And though he may have died on January 29, 2020, the truth is, Agent Orange exposure killed him 50 years before. He died a slow, painful death.

He told my mom once that being a soldier was the only thing he was ever really good at. Yet, after doing his duty (with honors), he came back to a nation that spit and yelled at him. Can you imagine?

For the first two years of their marriage, my mom was the recipient of many a late-night trip to the floor as my father would grab her and toss her, yelling “incoming.” The only story I had ever heard about his time in Vietnam was one in which he was riding shotgun, holding an M-16 rifle, as their convoy passed through a small village. As was often the case, the villagers in town would gather on each side of the road as the soldiers would throw provisions and food. The young Vietnamese children would run up yelling, “chop, chop,” which meant candy.

My Dad said he often knew when they were among the Viet Cong because no one gathered. But this particular day, as the crowd parted, a young Vietnamese girl about four years old walked from the crowd and stopped about 20 feet ahead of them. My father saw the grenade. As the truck stopped, he got out and slowly made his way over to her. He spoke to her in Vietnamese and asked her to drop it. He asked again, and he asked again. In one failed swoop, my father made a decision that changed his life forever. He never got over that little girl.

I get pretty indignant when I see opportunists and careerists treat our Constitution like a placemat. Why have good men and women died brave and honorable deaths while the reprehensible cowards and power-hungry seem to thrive? I fear I’ll never know.

The only other story I have heard about my Dad, and Vietnam, came last week at his service. This letter was written by one of my Dad’s platoon buddies. Jay had reached out to my Dad via email before he died, but my Dad could not respond. So after letting the pastor know about the email, he decided to reach out to him. This was his letter.

Hello Reverend Apple,
Thanks so much for letting me know about Glenn’s passing. I am sorry to hear that he is gone and wish we might have had the opportunity to reconnect. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Glenn did indeed save my life on Easter Sunday 1969 (April 6) in a clearing in the jungle near Black Virgin Mountain Nui Be Den) in Vietnam. Our company’s lead platoon was ambushed earlier in the afternoon, with two men either killed or badly injured laying in the clearing, exposed to fire from North Vietnamese Army soldiers concealed in well-camouflaged bunkers. Our platoon was called forward to try to reach the casualties, and the platoon leader instructed me to send a fire team (3-4 guys) forward toward the nearest body to pull it back. Leading the team, I crawled across the clearing but was suddenly hit by a burst of fire from an AK-47, which tore my rifle from my hands and also punctured my left lung, just missed my heart, and wedged within an inch of my spine. About the same time, a rocket-propelled grenade went off in a tree at the edge of the clearing, and I was also spattered with shrapnel. I did some serious praying, and God sent Glenn Dale and the platoon leader across that bullet-swept field to pull me back. The enemy was still very much present, as I was shot again in the leg after being pulled back to our side of the clearing.
I suspect that Glenn did not receive an award for bravery for his actions that day (enlisted men seldom did), but he certainly deserved to do so, as he openly exposed himself to the enemy fire in order to carry me to safety. Without his action, I would certainly have died there and then.
Later in the afternoon, I almost missed the medevac helicopter, as they thought I was a goner. When I finally lay on an operating table at a MASH hospital in Tay Ninh, a priest gave me the last rites. You cannot imagine my surprise when I awoke the next morning. I spent the rest of 1969 in military hospitals until discharged – from the hospital and the army – on December 31, 1969.
Please express my condolences and my eternal thanks to Glenn’s family for sending him to me on that Easter over a half-century ago.
Jay Phillips
P.S. The two men we were hoping to rescue, Angelo Figueroa and Melvin Lee, did not survive, and their names are on panel 27 West, lines 24 and 25 of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.

I love you Dad.

Mediterranean Cucumber Soup with Dill and Walnuts

Mediterranean Cucumber Soup with Dill and Walnuts

Some things are just meant to be together-peanut butter & jelly, socks and shoes, Kurt and Goldie, and cucumbers & Dill. An American mainstay, cucumber seeds were brought to North America by European settlers in the late 16th century. The cucumber, however, is native to India, and at around 3,000 years old, it is one of the world’s oldest cultivars.

Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family.  Other members of this family include watermelon, muskmelon, pumpkin, and squash. Some fun cucumber facts:

  • Cucumbers contain 96 percent water.
  • The inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than its outside.
  • One-half cup of sliced cucumbers contains only eight calories.
  • Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been shown to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

When I was a kid, a cucumber is what my mom diced up and put on a salad. Since then, I’ve used them as crudités, made pickles out ’em, and I love them as under-eye pads for puffy eyes. But until now, I’ve never had them as the main star of a soup! You can also use them (in no particular order) to:

  • Got a slug or grub problem? Dice cucumbers and put them on an aluminum pan in the garden. The aluminum reacts with the cucumber and gives off a scent they don’t care for.
  • For their fiber and water, which helps fight constipation.
  • Got some funky bugs? They contain erepsin, an enzyme, which is known to kill tapeworms.
  • As a hangover cure because they have enough B vitamins, electrolytes, and sugar to replenish essential nutrients that alcohol absorbs from your body.
  • Reducing cellulite. Applying slices directly to the skin allows phytochemicals in cucumbers to tighten collagen for a firm complexion.
  • Grow long, beautiful hair. Cucumber juice provides silicon, sodium, calcium, sulfur, etc., all of which are nutrients needed for hair growth and hair strengthening.
  • Got a toddler? They can even remove crayons, markers, and pen marks on walls.

The other main ingredient in the soup is our friend, Dill. Dill, as we all know, is an herb. But did you know that it has health benefits that are almost too many to name? Dill is packed with flavonoids, which have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. But that’s not the only reason Dill is thought to improve heart health. Research on animals shows that Dill can also reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Thank you, WebMD! Dill also:

  • Can help regulates Diabetes– The presence of bioactive ingredient Eugenol in dill leaves has potent anti-diabetic properties, which play a crucial role in alleviating the blood sugar levels within the body.
  • Promotes Digestion.
  • Fortifies Bone Health.
  • Prevents Infections.
  • Remedies Insomnia

Add in some heart-healthy walnuts and friends. This soup might be a magic elixir, the proverbial unicorn of soups! With roots in eastern Europe, this Mediterranean “çorba” (Turkish for soup) is similar to the Turkish Casik, which uses yogurt as its base. I tried various versions of this, and I settled on this version. I loved the addition of red pepper flakes and tarragon! If you make it, tag me and let me know how you liked it!


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Mediterranean Cucumber Soup with Dill and Walnuts

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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  • 1 large European (traditional) cucumber, or 3 small Persian cucumbers, small diced
  • 2 cups plain vegan greek style yogurt (I used Kite Hill)
  • 1 cup ice cold water
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 small scallions, trimmed and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup shelled walnuts, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place a colander in a sink or over a bowl, add cucumbers and salt. Stir well, and let sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk olive oil, yogurt, and lime juice together until smooth.
  3. Gradually whisk in water until you achieve the desired consistency.
  4. In a mortar or a bowl, grind garlic clove with a pinch of salt into a paste.
  5. Add garlic, cucumbers, scallions, walnuts, and spices. Mix thoroughly.
  6. This step is optional, but you can add one ice cube to each bowl and then ladle the soup on top.
  7. Garnish each bowl with chopped parsley, one thin slice of lime, red pepper flakes, sliced red onion, olive oil, and walnuts.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Japanese cucumbers would also work.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 134 calories

Keywords: Vegan Soup, cucumber soup

Pan-Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Pan-Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

I’ll be honest. I am not a fan of cauliflower. To me, it’s the bottom rung on the ladder of cruciferous vegetables. I despise cauliflower rice, and raw cauliflower gags me. But one evening, a chef friend of mine made me a cauliflower steak for dinner. Ever gracious, I took a deep breath and a steak knife and took my first bite. Well, I guess the rest is history, as they say since I’m writing a recipe for cauliflower steaks! 

I chose to pan-sear the steaks to get that nice brown crust, and then I finished them off in the oven to speed up the cooking process. I also used safflower oil to cook with since it has a high smoke point of 501°, to be exact. Olive oil has a medium smoke point cannot be heated past 405°. Fat begins to break when heated past its smoking point, releasing free radicals and a substance called acrolein, the chemical that gives burnt foods their acrid flavor and aroma. Think watering eyes, a stinky kitchen, and bitter, scorched food.

The critical thing to note in this recipe is how to stem and cut the cauliflower. I found that removing the outer green leaves and most but not all of the stem is crucial. Trim off the bottom of the cauliflower stem but make sure to keep the core intact. I find that one large head of cauliflower makes about three 1 1/2 ” steaks. To ensure flat sides, I trim the outer edges of the cauliflower on each side-taking off about an inch and a half. Slice carefully. 

If you make the steaks be sure to tag me and let me know how you like them! Enjoy!

 


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Pan-Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Steaks 1x

Description

This cauliflower steak is so flavorful and quite filling!  Be sure to buy a large head to ensure decent size steaks.  And using Montreal steak seasoning is a perfect way to spice them up!  You can top with a variety of roasted vegetables and creamy mild tasting white beans for protein!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet or other oven-safe, heavy bottom frying pan over medium-high heat. When warm add, two tablespoons of safflower oil. 
  3. Brush each side of the cauliflower steaks with oil and sprinkle with Montreal seasoning.
  4. Carefully add steaks to a frying pan and sear each side until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  5. When steaks are golden brown, remove the pan from the heat put directly in the oven for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender. 
  6. Carefully remove pan from oven.  Plate cauliflower steaks and drizzle with chimichurri sauce.
  7. Serve immediately.

Notes

*This oil is high in vitamin E; one tablespoon contains 28% of a person’s daily recommended intake of the nutrient. It has a high smoke point and doesn’t have a strong flavor, which means it won’t overwhelm a dish.

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

This delicious herb-based sauce comes from the Argentinian/Uruguay areas of South America. Chimichurri is often served as an accompaniment to asados or grilled meats. It also makes a great marinade, and it’s perfect as a drizzle on my Smoky Cauliflower Steaks! 

This sauce is one of my go-to’s for a variety of Buddha Bowls. It’s also great to use as an oil-based marinade. The longer it sits, the better it is, so I recommend making it a few days before you want to use it for the best flavor. It keeps well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. 


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Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Description

You can use this delicious Argentinian-based sauce in a variety of ways! You can use it as a marinade for tofu or as a drizzle on your Buddha Bowls or roasted veggies! I do not blend all ingredients in a food processor, or blender like many recipes do. You don’t want a paste-like pesto. You want a loosely packed oil with herbs.


Ingredients

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  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups flat-leaf Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Grated zest of one lemon, and the juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or two small chilies, seeded & minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine shallot, chiles or cayenne, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, and 1 tsp. salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in minced cilantro and parsley.  Add oregano.
  4. Using a fork, gradually whisk in oil.
  5. Transfer Chimichurri to a small bowl; season with salt.

Beetroot Salad with Cilantro & Cumin

Beetroot Salad with Cilantro & Cumin

When I was a kid, I wouldn’t say I liked beets. As an adult, I was determined to make nice. And I’m so glad I did. They are not only delicious, but they are also super healthy. Rich in folate (Vitamin B9), they help the body make red blood cells. Like Anthocyanins in red grapes and Beta Carotene in carrots, beets contain Betalains which are unique nitrogen-containing pigments and are cancer and heart protective.

This recipe makes a great salad year-round! It makes a lovely addition to a holiday table, and it’s a delicious and easy salad to make in the summer. I PROCESS MY BEETS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER because I’m not particularly eager to turn on the oven in the summer. But you can use an oven just the same. Typically, I don’t boil them because they lose their deep red color. If you choose to boil them, leave about one inch of stem intact to help minimize color loss while cooking,

If you want to really jazz it up you can use half red and half golden beets.  It is also yummy with chopped pistachios and vegan feta!

If you make the salad, tag me let me know how you liked it!


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Beetroot Salad with Cumin & Cilantro

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

Easy year-round salad, everyone is sure to love!


Ingredients

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  • 5 medium red beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced cilantro

Instructions

If using an oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet parchment paper.
  2. Clean the trimmed beets and place on the baking sheet. Roast for one hour, or until fork tender. Cool, peel, and cut into small diced pieces.

If using a pressure cooker:

  1. Add 2 cups water and cleaned, stemmed beets to pressure cooker.  Cook on high for 7 minutes.
  2. Cool, peel, and cut into small diced pieces.
  3. To make the vinaigrette, puree one of the cooked beets in a blender or food processor with all remaining ingredients, except the cilantro.
  4. Before serving, toss the beets with vinaigrette. Adjust seasonings to taste and garnish with cilantro.
  5. Serve warm or cold.