Posts tagged #vegetarian

Green Soup. Make it and Love it.

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My friend sent me this recipe and when I first looked at it I was skeptical. The only time I consume that much green, mixed all together, is in a smoothie. This is by far the greenest soup I have ever made, andddddd it was so good!

The problem: My camera man hates onion, and this recipe calls for a lot of them. I usually avoid onions or purée the heck out of them so that they are no where to be found. The onions in this soup, however, play a huge part. There is no hiding them. So if you are not a fan of onions, beware!  But OMG this soup is awesome. Go make it. Eat it. And love it. 

Posted on October 30, 2014 and filed under apps/side dish, soup.

Wedding invitations by Lucky Penny Paperie

invitee Most of my wedding invitations have been sent out and some are still on their way. But I am SO excited! It feels far more real now :)

I was searching for an invitation that would go with the "feel" and "theme" of our wedding. I wanted something chic, city, etherial, artsy but elegant  And I found it! I worked closely with Jessica the creator, artist and designer behind Lucky Penny and she was great. She personalized the invitation to make it more of what I wanted, and made little changes that made a HUGE difference. I found her while searching Etsy, and could not be happier. She was patient and went along with my ideas and worked with my budget!

My favorite part of the invitation is the invitation holder. It is a nice shimmery envelope and has a resealable sticker with our names on it and the wedding date! Gives the invitation a nice personal touch.

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Wedding food tastings are my favorite. We went to about three different caterers, trying many dishes. I worked with the chef  in order to give my vegetarians some awesome food options. I am always excited when the vegetarian option at a wedding or event is NOT pasta. We came up with a filling, healthy and delicious vegetarian option. What better than quinoa and fresh vegetables! SCORE!

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I will also be working with Jessica to help us create our wedding programs! This is so fun and exciting for me. Has anyone else found their wedding invitations? Where? Did you search online? Any luck on Etsy?

Collard Green Wrap, a GREAT lunch option.

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My clients and readers are always asking me "What is a good food option for lunch"? Well folks... here it is. Collard Green Wrap!

It is delicious AND easy! Wrapping the "burrito" was the hardest part for me. 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddXDgOmCzMY&w=560&h=315]

Feel free to stuff your collard green burrito with anything you wish. Elise gave us advice:

1. Do not stuff it with anything pointy like carrot strings. Pointy things can puncture the wrap.

2. Double up the wrap with two layers of collard greens

3. Make sure you add a grain like Quinoa, couscous, or brown rice. This will help absorb any juices from your vegetables or any other foods you decide to add to your wrap.

What else have you used as a "wrap" other than the traditional tortilla?

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After Elise shared her recipe with us it was only fair that I take her through a workout. The video will be posted tomorrow! 

root vegetables galore

ROOTS!

ROOTS!

My mom once made this baked root vegetable dish, and it was quite awesome. Today we spent the morning together and decided to go to Russo's (an amazing produce place in Watertown, MA) and get everything we needed to make the "Root Vegetable Galore"!

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Ingredients: (pictured from left to right)

  • parsnips (eh it was OK)
  • sweet potato
  • jicama (never baked it, but SO good!!)
  • carrots
  • turnips
  • celery root
  • beets
  • fingerling potatoes
  • kohlrabi (forgot to get in "root vegetable shot", but separate image  is down below)
  • garlic
  • onion
  • EVOO
  • salt and pepper
  • rosemary (optional)
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directions:

  • pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • peel and wash vegetables (no need to peel fingerling potatoes)
  • cut vegetables into cubes ( not too small, cut the beets a little smaller as they usually take longer to cook)
  • cut onions into small slivers
  • peel garlic and keep whole
  • cover everything with  EVOO,  add salt and pepper to taste. Mix around to make sure all is coated *when it comes to the beets, mix them in a separate container, then add to the mixture. Beets will discolor everything!
  • place vegetables, onions and garlic on a large baking pan and spread out
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  • bake at 400 degrees for about an hour. Mix around vegetables every 25 minutes. Each oven cooks differently, so use your own digression. Vegetables should be tender and delicious!  ENJOY!

Below we have kohlrabi. I have never cooked with this vegetable before, but it is great!

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Make sure you take off the stems and peel before you cut it.

If you make this dish let me know how it goes and if you made any changes! XO

quinoa salad and orange glazed salmon

My family loves to entertain. I think both my mom and my dad make a great team when cooking. They always seem to create healthy, delicious, and interesting dishes. Here was our last BBQ menu:

Home grown tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil.

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( I did not get a final product photo) This is always a crowd pleaser, and easy to make!

Quinoa Salad

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We mixed red quinoa (more fiber) and regular quinoa together then added avocado, tomatoes, fresh corn, cilantro, and black beans. This quinoa salad has a mexican feel to it!  Check out another Quinoa veggy Salad here!

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Delicious Orange Glaze Salmon!

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ingredients:

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1/2 c orange marmalade
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated  ginger
  • 2 tbs lite soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • chopped scallions (optional)

mix ingredients together (not scallions) and let it sit on salmon for an hour

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directions:

bake at 350 for 25 minutes or grill it!

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Chopped cabbage and lettuce salad Video hereStart with just mixing the cabbage and lettuce Then add your choppedd apples and mango and add in your roasted hazelnuts and dried cranberries and fresh feta cheese!

What is your favorite BBQ dish?

Posted on August 28, 2011 and filed under entree, apps/side dish.