Monday, May 25, 2009

|finally|

Slowly, but surely, I find vegetarian recipes to replace my old meaty favorites. There are still I'm waiting to discover...like meatloaf, barbecue, chicken noodle soup, and all varieties of luncheon meats.

BUT...today is a big day because I finally found a vegetarian biscuits and gravy recipe. Actually, I found it about 6 months ago in Vegetarian Times, but just now got around to cooking it.

A few tips/alterations that I suggest....

  • Yes, you do need SMOKED paprika. It's necessary.
  • The recipe doesn't call for salt, but you need it. A lot.
  • Up the amounts of paprika, garlic, pepper, and sage.
  • Add some ground cayenne pepper, too.
  • Any kind of ranch will do.
The recipe is huge. It yields about 6 cups when finished.

Enjoy...and if you have a vegetarian recipe for meatloaf, PLEASE let me know ASAP.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

|end of the day CSA snack|

I came home from the gym ravenous and was going to have an apple with peanut butter...but then I saw all the goodies in our CSA basket and made this instead....

Wilted Spicy Greens & Strawberry Goodness

  1. Heated up a little olive oil and balsamic in a skillet. Sauteed a little wild garlic in it.
  2. Added a large handful of arugula and wilted it.
  3. Added 4 strawberries, sliced.
  4. Turned off the heat - seasoned with salt and pepper and a wee bit o' honey.
  5. Served it over 1/2 brown rice (leftover in the fridge) with a tablespoon of sliced almonds.
Crazy delicious.

Also in our CSA this week we received...
  • more tiny, delicious red kale
  • a spring salad mix with flowers in it!
  • spring onions
  • more cilantro (currently hanging to dry in my laundry room b/c I have tons more growing outside)
  • along with the luscious strawberries (!) and the arugula mix
CSA is the greatest thing ever.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

|csa begins...and greek spaghetti|

This past week marked the beginning of our summer CSA. Yay! I was sooooo excited. We get ours from a farm near us. We pick up with a group of folks at our church, so we don't have to drive there every week, which is really excellent. It's like Christmas all summer long. This week we got the following in our basket:
- watercress
- red kale
- cilantro (tons!)
- rosemary
- wild garlic (it looks like scallions, but tastes like garlic - so good)

My lovely husband whipped up a delicious dish with it all....he sauteed the garlic, some onions, and some ginger in sesame oil. Then he added the watercress, kale, and cilantro and wilted it a bit. He added in some leftover soba noodles we had in the fridge and topped it with a little soy sauce. It was really yummy.

Also...in a completely unrelated note, I was in Chicago about a week ago and ate at a Greek restaurant in Hyde Park. A friend and I split the Greek spaghetti and I recreated it at home last week. It was amazing.
- saute scallions in some olive oil
- add cooked spaghetti
- add crumbled feta
- pepper it

That's it. It's so simple and so good.