What to do with….

Not a particularly savory photo but indicative of the ingredients…

A little leftover whipped Feta cheese and about a cup of leftover roasted tomatoes with juice intact, when whirred together makes a great salad dressing …

Just another Meatless Monday

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Ah, on the surface it looks just like your average ordinary quiche, but lurking beneath the eggs, and the spinach and the feta and onions is no ordinary crust! It’s super crust! Made with sweet potatoes, because as our dietician friends remind us every day, carbs will kill ya…

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Take your trusty knife and slice your sweet potato thinny, thin, thin. I could have used my mandoline, but sometimes you just want to make sure you have all your fingertips intact for the holiday… layer the slices in an outward spiral and make sure you spiral all the way out and up the edge of the pan. Bigger slices work best. Make sure to overlap, they will shrink as they cook.

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Lightly saute up some spinach

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Beat some eggs and whip in some cream, maybe about a 1/4 cup. Salt ( lightly) and pepper…to taste

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Layer the cooked spinach with sliced spring onions and crumbled feta cheese. Pour in the beaten eggs.

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Bake at 350° for about 35 minutes and then check every 5 minutes to make sure the quiche is cooked all the way through. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing!

 

Just another Meatless Monday…

Totally obsessed with a recipe for whole roasted cauliflower that is “treated like a steak”…yeah, not so much. But it was delish, it’s just better to not go into these experiments with a high level of expectations.


Trim a whole cauliflower and cover with softened butter. Roast at 375 degrees for 75 minutes or until brown and very soft. 

*Note: the original recipe called for a 325 oven. Not hot enough, could have a birthday while you waited for roasted status at that temp.


While the cauliflower roasts, heat 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and add golden raisins and capers and heat to just boiling.

Set aside until cauliflower is done. When ready process in a food processor with a steel blade while drizzling evoo into it making a somewhat thick vinaigrette.


While cauliflower is cooling, toss the vinaigrette with spinach or arugula, halve some red grapes and dry toast shelled pistachios on stovetop.


Place greens on plate, slice the cauliflower into 1″ thick slabs and place on greens. Top with red grapes, cubed feta cheese and the toasted nuts.

Surprisingly tasty and very filling!

Just another meatless Monday …

 
I whipped up a sort of mezze platter for us for meatless Monday this week.

  

I started by charring the heck out of these teenage size eggplants, because they weren’t quite baby size. While the grill was going we also did some long slices of zucchini and some baby sweet peppers.

  
I peeled the blisters off the peppers and added some olive oil, smoked paprika, and about a quarter cup of hot vegetable broth and whazzed it up with the stick blender. Just a few seconds yields a sweet, smoky sauce. Add sautéed spinach, some oily black olives, capers for garnish, some feta cheese and a little squeeze of lemon to brighten everything up!

   

 

Just Another Meatless Monday…..

  

I found this great meal replacement salad via Martha Stewart last week and tossed it up for meatless Monday. Baby romaine, cukes, red onion, orange pepper, yellow tomatoes, lime, pomegranate seeds, sesame seeds, chopped parsley, capers, feta cheese …

  
Oh , and a yummy dressing made out of pomegranate molasses!

Let’s look again…

  
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Ours….

Just Another Meatless Monday…

  
Ok, these are really, really good, peeps!

Especially when you take a nice fresh flatbread…

  
And you spread some lemony hummus all over…sort of like the mayonnaise on a regular sandwich.

  
Then you add the chickpea burgers with some arugula that was tossed with olive oil and lemon juice…

  
Then you top it with a salad of diced cukes, diced summer tomatoes, some feta, and olive oil, lemon juice splash, salt and pepper…

  
Then you fold it over and try to tighten the ends against the middle, so you can keep it together in order to consume it…

  
Makes a huge and satisfying sammie for a hot summer nite! Keep it together!

Watermelon Carpaccio

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First you start with these, Shishito peppers, which until this year, I had never even heard of. But then I had them like twice in 3 weeks and THEN I found them in Trader Joe’s!

(Do you think I spend a lot of time in Trader Joe’s? It’s a streaky thing with me…if’ I’m around one, I’ll drop in because you never know what you might find…like Shishito peppers…)

Anyway, I tossed these beauties with olive oil and blistered them on the grill. ( I forgot the photographic evidence, you’ll have to trust me)

Then I used the mandoline to cut some thinny, thin, thin pieces of watermelon…
IMG_3124[1]I took the rind off carefully and then added the watermelon and blistered peppers (remember to remove seeds after cooking the pepper) to (sigh) arugula again. I added some feta, and a homemade vinaigrette with lime and honey. The original for this recipe that I had at a business dinner last month had no cheese but featured a yuzu dressing. Yuzu I have not found yet…but there’s the rest of the summer to find it!

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So that’s what all the fuss is about…

    
So for a couple or five years now, many restaurants have featured a feta and watermelon salad combo during the summer. And for the same amount of time, I have ignored what could only be a tasty combo. I was so tardy to this party!

I finally decided to make this for supper last night. I wanted to have some greens, so I tossed some arugula with olive oil and salt and pepper.

  
Then it’s really a matter of cutting the watermelon and feta to match so you have a salty/sweet bit in each bite.

   
 

Then I just squiggled some balsamic glaze on top! A cool, crisp, sweet and salty option for hot summer dining. Don’t miss out!

  

Greek Potatoes

Let me be clear that the only reason I called these Greek is that I put Feta cheese in them!  

 

Boiled creamer potatoes tossed with olive oil, arugula, salt, pepper, lemon juice and crumbled feta that I put in marinade last week. I also chopped up the guindilla peppers and added those to the mix. They taste like Italian pepperoncini and look like this… 

 

I get mine at Trader Joe’s…

Anyway, they were delish and the leftovers are great if you pan fry them!

Getting Ready …..

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For spring….seriously struggling with cold and snow so I decided to make one of my favorite summer appys.
Marinated feta can be served hot or baked. I started yesterday by slicing a plain old block of grocery store feta and slice it up…

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Add lemon slices and juice of one lemon ( I used Meyer ones) ….
Add sliced spring onions…

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Add fruity, green olive oil…

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Top as you see with fresh ground red pepper flakes and ground black pepper. Let it “cook” in a covered dish in the fridge for a day or so. You can then wrap it all up in tinfoil and bake it for about 20 minutes in a 350 oven. Terrific on fresh bread, lavash, or in a salad even! Enjoy! And if you are paying attention, Mother Nature, we are ready for Spring!