Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup
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Basic Lentil soup recipe with garlic onions and tomatoes.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
65 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
65 Minutes
Lentil Soup
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Basic Lentil soup recipe with garlic onions and tomatoes.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
65 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
65 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice. In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to
  2. In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add rice. Return to a boil, stirring once, then reduce heat and simmer about 20 - 30 minutes, until water is absorbed.
  3. Rinse the lentils.
  4. Place them in a soup pot and cover with 2-3 cups of water or broth. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  5. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat, add onion and tomato. When onion is transparent, add seasoning and garlic. (to prevent sticking, you may need to add water, a tablespoon at a time.) Cook 1-3 minutes, until vegetables are coated and mixture is a paste.
  6. Add paste to lentils and stir.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve over rice.
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Chestnut-Stuffed Mushrooms

Chestnut-Stuffed Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Chestnut-Stuffed Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Ingredients
For The Stuffing
For The Croutes
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If you're making the coutes, it's a good idea to get them done in advance and out of the way. You can fry them, but
  2. done in advance and out of the way. You can fry them, but I think they're much nicer baked to a crisp golden crunchiness in a slow oven.
  3. Set the oven to 300˚ F.
  4. Stamp circles in the bread with a large pastry cutter, spread on both sides with butter and put them on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until completely crisp and golden. Cool. These will keep in a pan for a few days.
  5. To prepare the mushrooms, cut off any stalks so that the surface is level, then wash the mushrooms and pat them dry on kitchen paper. Fry them on both sides with olive oil and drain well. Season them with salt and pepper, then leave on one side while you make the stuffing.
  6. Melt the butter in a medium-large saucepan.
  7. Add the onion and fry for about 7 minutes, until soft.
  8. Chop up any pieces of mushroom stalk, add these and cook for a minute or two longer.
  9. Remove from the heat and add the cooked chestnuts, breaking them up a bit as you do so to make a mixture which holds together but has some chunky bits in it.
  10. Add a dash of fresh lemon juice, and salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to taste.
  11. To serve the dish, Preheat the oven to 400˚F or preheat the grill to high.
  12. Put the croutes on a baking sheet or in a shallow casserole, then place a mushroom on each one, black side up.
  13. Spoon the stuffing mixture on top.
  14. Bake or grill until heated through -- about 10 minutes under the grill, 15-20 minutes in the Oven.
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Chestnut Roast

Chestnut Roast
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Fresh Chestnuts or canned may be used in this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 60 minutes
Chestnut Roast
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Fresh Chestnuts or canned may be used in this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 60 minutes
Ingredients
For Coating
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and saute the onion and celery over moderate heat for 10 minutes until soft but not brown. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Drain the chestnuts and add to the bowl. Mix these ingredients together well.
  3. Mash the chestnuts, onion and celery, then mix into the bowl the chopped parsley, lemon juice and garlic. The mixture should be soft but firm enough to form into a roll, so add a few whole-wheat breadcrumbs, if necessary, especially if you're using canned chestnuts. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.
  5. Pour a little of the oil into a roasting pan and put into the oven to heat.
  6. Form the chestnut mixture into a roll about 8 inches long, pressing it together carefully, then coat it well with the dried breadcrumbs.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, until it is crisp on the outside, spooning a little more of the oil over the roll from time to time during the cooking.
  8. Serve the Chestnut Roast cut into slices with your favorite brown gravy.
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Chayote & Corn Stuffed Chilies With Red Sauce

Chayote & Corn Stuffed Chilies With Red Sauce
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A variation of the Mexican Chili Relleno. Quite good!
Prep Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Chayote & Corn Stuffed Chilies With Red Sauce
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A variation of the Mexican Chili Relleno. Quite good!
Prep Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
Batter
Red Sauce
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Roast chili peppers according to your favorite method. (If you do not have a gas-stove or an open flame, heat the oven to the hottest temperature, then bake the peppers on a heavy-duty baking sheet, turning if necessary to char all sides.)
  2. The roasted peppers are placed in a bowl, covered, then allowed to steam a few minutes to help facilitate removal of the skins. Carefully remove skins from roasted peppers, leaving stems attached. Remove seeds by cutting a slit along one side of each pepper and gently scraping and rinsing out seeds and attached membranes. Pat dry and set aside.
Filling
  1. In a heavy skillet, heat oil on medium-high.
  2. Add garlic, onion and chayote, cook until onion is translucent and mixture begins to brown, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add corn, chili pepper, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice, stirring to combine well.
  4. Gently mix in breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast.
  5. On a flat surface, open up one pepper at a time and spread about 3 tablespoons of the filling mixture down the center of each. Carefully roll sides of pepper around filling to enclose, pressing firmly to shape. (Chilies may be prepared ahead of time to this point, covered, and refrigerated up to 24 hours.)
Batter
  1. In a pie plate or shallow dish, stir together cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Gradually mix in water to form a batter of medium consistency.
  3. Heat 1-1/2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium heat*.
  4. Lightly roll each stuffed chili pepper in flour.
  5. Carefully coat each pepper with batter, as evenly as possible, using stem to help drag chili through mixture, and a spoon to spread batter over top of chili if necessary.
  6. Fry chilies in hot oil, two at a time, until lightly browned, turning once. It should take about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  7. Remove and drain on absorbent paper.
Red Sauce
  1. In a food processor or blender, puree garlic and onion with tomato sauce.
  2. Transfer to a saucepan and add water, ground red chili pepper, salt, cinnamon and cumin.
  3. Cook sauce over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
To Serve
  1. Spoon a little sauce onto each plate, spreading it around in a spiral fashion with the back of the spoon to form a large circle.
  2. Place a chili onto circle of sauce, drizzling a bit of additional sauce over top if desired, and garnish with a few slices of avocado and/or some finely minced cilantro leaves.
  3. A black bean salad and slices of cooling fresh melon and/or tropical fruits would be nice accompaniments.
Recipe Notes

*The temperature and freshness of the oil is important. If conditions are right, each chili will absorb LESS than 1 tablespoon of oil.

If chilies must be prepared in advance, reheat just before serving by placing them on a baking sheet in a preheated 350 F. oven until hot and crisp.

 

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Cashew Nut Roast With Herb Stuffing

Cashew Nut Roast With Herb Stuffing
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Cashews, onions and spices make this wonderful Nut Roast.
Servings Prep Time
8 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 60 minutes
Cashew Nut Roast With Herb Stuffing
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Cashews, onions and spices make this wonderful Nut Roast.
Servings Prep Time
8 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 60 minutes
Ingredients
For The Stuffing
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a 1lb loaf pan with a long strip of nonstick paper; use some of the butter to grease the tin and paper well.
  2. Melt most of the remaining butter in a medium sized saucepan, add the onion and fry for about 10 minutes until tender but not browned. Remove from the heat.
  3. Grind the cashew nuts in a food processor with the bread and garlic, and add to the onion, together with the water or stock, salt, pepper, grated nutmeg and lemon juice to taste.
  4. Mix all the stuffing ingredients together.
  5. Put half the cashew nut mixture into the prepared pan, top with the stuffing, then spoon the rest of the nut mixture on top.
  6. Dot with the remaining butter. Stand the pan in another pan to catch any butter which may ooze out, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned. (Cover the roast with foil if it gets too brown before then.)
  7. Cool for a minute or two in the tin, then slip a knife around the sides, turn out the nut roast and strip off the paper.
  8. Decorate with sprigs of parsley and small slices of lemon, and surround with roast potatoes, if you're serving them.
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Carrot Pate

Carrot Pate
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Serve this pate with crackers or toast, or you can serve it as a dip with crisp, raw vegetables.
Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Carrot Pate
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Serve this pate with crackers or toast, or you can serve it as a dip with crisp, raw vegetables.
Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For this recipe you may use a food processor instead of a blender to puree the carrots. Mash the carrots roughly before pureeing them. You might need to add a little extra water; in which case, simmer the puree, flavored carrots for a little while longer. The puree should not feel wet.
  2. The addition of two tablespoons of tahini will make the pate taste richer and help hold the ingredients together.
  3. In a medium saucepan, saute the carrots, onions, garlic and dill in the oil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the water, cover, and simmer until the carrots are tender (about 20 minutes).
  5. Puree until a smooth paste and return to the saucepan.
  6. Combine the dissolved arrowroot, miso, salt and tahini, if you wish. Add this mixture to the pureed carrots.
  7. Bring to a slow simmer, stirring constantly and cook until the pate detaches itself from the sides of the pan.
  8. Remove from heat, turn the pate mixture out onto a lightly oiled serving dish and let cool.
  9. Serve the pate with crackers or toast, or serve it as a dip with crisp, raw vegetables.
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Caribbean Vegetarian Curry

Caribbean Vegetarian Curry
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Main dish vegetable salad from the Caribbean.
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Caribbean Vegetarian Curry
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Main dish vegetable salad from the Caribbean.
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut bananas in half crosswise, then lengthwise to make 12 pieces. Saute in non-stick skillet with 2 tsp margarine until lightly browned. Remove to plate.
  2. Add 1 tsp butter to skillet. Saute onion, garlic, and apple until soft.
  3. Combine curry powder, lemon peel, ginger, coriander, turmeric and red pepper. Stir into onion mixture.
  4. Add black-eyed peas, undrained kidney beans and raisins.
  5. Cover; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in yogurt.
  6. Place egg halves on rice. Surround with sauteed bananas.
  7. Spoon curry over. Top with radishes, green onion, cilantro and peanuts.
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Black-Eyed Peas And Barley Pilaf

Black-Eyed Peas And Barley Pilaf
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Green peas, Black-eyed Peas and Barley.
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Black-Eyed Peas And Barley Pilaf
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Green peas, Black-eyed Peas and Barley.
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in large skillet or saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until barley is tender.
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Basmati Rice With Nuts And Dried Fruit

Basmati Rice With Nuts And Dried Fruit
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The rich flavor of the Basmati Rice is enhanced by fruits and nuts in this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 45 minutes
Basmati Rice With Nuts And Dried Fruit
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The rich flavor of the Basmati Rice is enhanced by fruits and nuts in this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Soak the rice in water to cover for 30 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat a 3 quart pan over medium high heat until hot. Add the oil and the onion. Cook, stirring until the onion is lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic, chilies, garam masala, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 seconds.
  4. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the mixture is well coated with the oil, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, over medium high heat until the liquid drops to the level of the rice. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer on low until the rice is tender, about 15 mins.
  6. Remove the rice to a serving platter.
  7. Sprinkle the apricots, nuts, prunes, green onion and coconut over the rice.
  8. Serve with the plum sauce on the side.
Recipe Notes

Can substitute raisins for prunes.

**Such as McKay's Chicken Style Broth and Instant Season.   

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Bananas With Green Split Peas

Bananas With Green Split Peas
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Bananas and Green Peas go well together in this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 20 minutes
Cook Time
120 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 20 minutes
Cook Time
120 minutes
Bananas With Green Split Peas
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Bananas and Green Peas go well together in this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
8 People 20 minutes
Cook Time
120 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 People 20 minutes
Cook Time
120 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Cook peas in enough water to cover until tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Peel bananas & lay them whole on top of the peas without mixing. Cook for 10 minutes. Add water if necessary to prevent sticking.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil & brown the onions.
  4. With a slotted spoon, remove the bananas & peas & add to the onions.
  5. Sprinkle in the salt & cook over medium heat, stirring gently but constantly, until the oil has been absorbed. Serve hot.
  6. Serve hot.
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