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[personal profile] highlyeccentric
This is really a mash-up of two recipes, with the ultimate aim of providing Sufficient Nutrients in a single meal. The first is Jack Monroe's Spinach & lentil daal, from their second book; the second recipe is the Epicurious Indian spiced eggplant recipe. Both have been customised by me, for me. (This means they are white girl versions of indian food. Caveat lector)

Access and dietary notes )

What you need and what you do with it )
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[personal profile] highlyeccentric
The ancestor recipe for this is Jack Monroe's ribollita (from their second book), but I've got lazy with it, and it's drifted back in the direction of minestrone.

Accessibility and dietary notes )

What you need and what you do with it )
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[personal profile] lassarina
I made these for dinner tonight (well, actually, I made twice this amount and we'll have lunches to pack all week.) Simple, hearty, and healthy.

dietary and accessibility notes )

Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Enchiladas )
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[personal profile] monksandbones
For Christmas, my parents gave me Karen Page, The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, which is essentially a giant dictionary of (vegetarian) foods, each one listed with all the other foods they taste good with. As I was flipping through it, I discovered that fennel and butternut squash were supposed to taste good with each other, and with cheese, and the idea for this soup was born. It turned out well!

Dietary and accessibility notes: This soup can be made either vegan (no cheese) or vegetarian (with cheese garnish). It requires some chopping (especially of the fennel bulbs - you could substitute pre-chopped butternut squash, onions, and garlic), and an immersion blender, blender, or food processor for pureeing.

Ingredients )

Instructions )

Edited to add: [personal profile] sid has suggested that this might also be good with goat cheese, a suggestion I can only agree with. If so, you may want to increase the salt a little.
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[personal profile] weaverbird
Fall is soup weather! This recipe is a good soup for cooler weather - hearty, filling, healthy and thrifty. It uses dried legumes, as being both healthier for you and less expensive than the canned variety, but feel free to substitute canned if you don't have the time or inclination to simmer beans.

Recipe and picture below the cut )
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[personal profile] monksandbones
I made what I consider a delicious batch of vegetarian friend rice for supper tonight, and since I was writing it up anyway in the hope of being able to reproduce it in the future, I thought I'd share it here as well.

Dietary note: I made this with egg, so it's not vegan, but it would probably be pretty tasty without egg, with extra cabbage, or with some crumbled tofu.

Accessibility note: This dish involves several preparation steps including pre-cooking the rice and pre-making the sauce. It also requires chopping (although you could use pre-chopped or grated carrots and pre-shredded cabbage to cut down on that) and ten to fifteen minutes of standing over a hot wok or skillet stirring.

The sauce I used come from my favorite cookbook, Audrey Alsterburg and Wanda Urbanowicz, ReBar Modern Food Cookbook, and it's great for general stir-fry purposes too. Here's the recipe:

Soy Chile Sauce )

Here's the recipe for the rice:

Vegetarian Fried Rice )
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[personal profile] highlyeccentric
Dear Internet, I made a delicious. I made it by smashing together two daal recipes and this soup recipe. I was aiming for dhal consistency, but I think I put too much water in, so I have really chunky soup.

Dietary and accessibility notes )

Ingredients and what you do with them )
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
This recipe originally called for 1-1/2 cups white sugar, but that drowned out the wonder that is cranberry. I fixed that for me, and now, for you.

Tools
Large saucepan with lid
Silicone or wooden spoon
1 cup measure
Five to seven inch chopping knife
Fine-tooth grater or sharp knife (for zesting)
Citrus juicer (there are many complex devices. You won't need those).
Tablespoon measure

Ingredients
1 US bag fresh cranberries (12 oz/340g)
2 under-ripe pears
2 oranges
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup apple juice
3 Tbs cornstarch (or arrowroot or kuzu or other fine grain white thickener)

Method
1. Turn cranberries into large bowl, add water to float. Pick over and remove any moldy or crushed berries. Let soak while you're doing the other things.

2. Peel pears, make four slices vertically to isolate the core and yield 4 pieces. Turn each to its flat side and slice to 1/4inch, then slice crossways to yield 1/4 inch pear cubes

3. Wash one orange well; some oranges have a light wax you need to remove with a stiff brush. Zesting citrus fruit takes much longer to describe than to do. The plan is to scrape off the colored layer of skin to yield approximately 1 Tbs orange zest. (Don't go into the white pith, which is bitter.) Hold a sharp knife blade perpendicular to the peel and scrape, or hold the peel against the rice-size holes on a grater and scrub. Once done zesting, cut both oranges in half and squeeze out the juice. One way is to cradle the half-orange in your palm, gently push a fork into the center of your palm (but stop before you hit the peel!) place the middle of the fork over a glass, and squeeze.

4. Pour 1/3 cup white sugar into your measuring cup.

5. Add in apple juice to reach 2/3 cup.

6. Put the pears, orange zest, oranges, orange juice, sugar, and apple juice in the saucepan on medium heat. Drain the cranberries and add them to the saucepan. Cover and let it slow boil for 10 minutes. Check it every 2 minutes and stir gently. Around ten minutes, you'll hear plop plop pip as the cranberries pop in half.

7. Before that point measure 3 Tbs white thickener into the measuring cup. Add 3 Tbs cold water. Stir thoroughly. If it turns lumpy, add a little bit more cold water until it stays in solution.

8. Adjust the heat so the berries are again at a slow boil. Pour in the thickener. The mixture will change from deep fuchsia to opaque light pink. Stir slowly for around 90 seconds. When the berries are again translucent, let it cook 15 more seconds and you're done.

9. Turn into a storage container, and if your weather is like mine, put it on the porch to cool, then stick it in the refrigerator. This will keep covered for at least a week. I've served it at Thanksgiving meals; it's a great side dish with pork chops; it's a welcome addition to hot cereal; and we just eat it for dessert at my house.
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[personal profile] mathsnerd
This is a very nice soup for autumn, with its vibrant orange colour, and if you dial the ginger up like I did in the options below, you have a perfect meal for someone with a horrible, nasty cold who needs all the natural lurgy-fighting essences she can get. With the ginger at the normal level, in my experience, it's also a soup for kids.

Accessibility Notes: You will need to be able to chop veg, stir in a pot, and blend either with an immersion blender or by transferring to a blender and back to the pot.

Carrot Ginger Soup )

Enjoy!
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
I posted this as a comment for a friend who is looking for soup recipes, and I figured since I wrote it up I might as well post it here as well. I don't know if this is duplicating another post, but anyway, here's how to make basically any soup with what you have in your fridge with a few simple ingredients.

Here is how I make "what needs to be used up in the fridge" soup, which can also turn into chili if you feel like seasoning it that way. Since it is infinitely adaptable, you can totally switch it up based on your dietary needs. I hope this makes sense; let me know if any of it needs clarification.

Clean Out Your Fridge Soup )
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
I may have impulse bought a 4 lb. bag of quinoa from Costco the other week. Today I felt comfortable enough to try using quinoa instead of couscous in a highly butchered version of the way my Libyan mother-in-law cooks it. (Hers involves lamb, and more vegetables that I didn't have on hand, and probably some other things I don't know. It's delicious.)

The most important part of this recipe is a spice mixture called b'zaar. There are probably different ways of making it (just as there are different ways of making any curry powder.) If you have the ingredients, I highly recommend making some and using it in things like lentils, couscous, etc. It's nommy. However, in a pinch you could probably substitute another pre-made curry powder.

B'zaar (Libyan Curry Mix)
Read more... )

Libyan Style Quinoa
Read more... )

finished cooking photo )
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[personal profile] lizcommotion
I found this recipe at a County Fair and again on the internet when I lost the original copy and have made it several times since then. It is delish and easy (as long as you have a food processor, otherwise chopping is done by hand). Very good for low spoon days. My one quibble is that it uses an oven, so it's best not to make it on super hot days. Otherwise, it's a great recipe for using old bread and delish seasonal tomatoes and basil. Cheese is optional, so it can be made either vegetarian or vegan.
Savory Tomato Bread Pudding )
 
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[personal profile] killing_rose
Ingredients for cake:

1/2 cup coconut oil
4 oz Ghiradelli semisweet baking bar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
6 eggs
Capful of vanilla
1/4 cup Ghiradelli cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tablespoons coconut flour (we use 'Let's Do Organic' brand; it's the only one that I don't hate)
Close to 1/4 cup white sugar
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

IIcing recipe )

Preheat oven to 350; oil one 9 in round cake pan. (I used two; it was unnecessary, though made for a nice layer cake.)

I took the chocolate and the oil and heated it in the microwave in a 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Together, about 1 min, with plenty of stirring.

Meanwhile, in the stand mixer, I beat the eggs, spices, and vanilla until fluffy. Then added all dry goods (except for the sugar) and beat until well mixed. Added the melted stuff, mixed.

Then I tasted and added sugar. Close to 1/4 cup white sugar was what worked for us today; I may try this one (due to the texture of the finished cake) with brown sugar next time.

Then I filled the cake pan(s) and put in oven for 8 minutes. Was very, very close to done; two more minutes finished. Next time, will put in for 9 and take out immediately.

Please realize our oven hates us, and therefore, my timing may not be yours. I pulled it out when it was well set and the edges looked like it might be close-to-too-done.

Let cool, ice the cake. We served with the aforementioned strawberries.
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[personal profile] rosefox
Tonight I made faux-Moroccan chicken for myself and [personal profile] xtina, based on a Cook's Illustrated recipe that I modified fairly heavily for our various dietary restrictions. It was mild and savory-sweet and delicious. I'll definitely be making this again.

Modifications in case you want to try the original recipe: I used unsalted broth rather than low-sodium, diced raw carrots instead of a can of diced tomatoes, and dates instead of dried apricots. Instead of spicing it up with garam masala I measured in cumin, coriander, and cardamom. I put in half an onion instead of a whole one, and three cloves of garlic rather than four. I left out the suggested 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro.

Incidentally, Cook's claims this takes 30 minutes, including prep. They lie. From when I started prep to when I served dinner was almost exactly 1.5 hours. I suppose there are ways I could have been more efficient, but I have a hard time picturing this taking less than an hour.

Soi-disant Moroccan chicken tagine with carrots, chickpeas, and dates )
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[personal profile] killing_rose
~2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts
1 cup chopped onion
Mushrooms (I used canned, lord knows how much; not many?)
~3 tablespoons garlic (um, ish? I think? THERE WAS A LOT OF MINCED GARLIC, OKAY?)
~1/2 teaspoon pink salt
1 cup chicken broth
Rosemary, um, tablespoon or so ground? Maybe more?
3 pinches sumac
~2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon (or so) cornstarch

Turn heat to medium high; let oil heat up. Drop chicken breasts and onion in to cook. Get chicken white on both sides; add in garlic and rosemary, saute for a minute or so and then add sumac, and lemon juice and then wait another minute and add in the broth and the mushrooms. (I would actually have added another 1/2 cup to a full cup of liquid, because I really liked the flavors and would have liked more broth/gravy left once I added the cornstarch.)

Turn to medium-low and cover for 15 minutes. Poke it occasionally.

If you are not a paranoid bitch, another five minutes at this point probably would be fine. I went for another 10, then diced the chicken, took some of the broth, blended it with cornstarch, blended it into the broth, and let it thicken as I added the chicken back.

We served this over slightly-sticky rice that had garlic and onion powder, a bit of lemon pepper seasoning, and some coconut milk in it.
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[personal profile] jjhunter
For [personal profile] stultiloquentia, who has a birthday coming up.
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CARROT CAKE

Details behind the cut for cake & amazing cream cheese frosting )
Source: Bernice Rock - "CARROT CAKE", 'From Wine Country Kitchens', compiled and edited by the Women's Auxiliary of the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, Bath, NY, 1976.
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[personal profile] jjhunter
Omnomnom, this is a fabulous dinner party dish. Unlike most fettuccine recipes, it doesn't use any kind of creamy sauce. Somewhat expensive ingredients (i.e. the shrimp), but the savings in prep and execution time really pay off if you're having guests over. My additions to the original instructions from myrecipes.com are marked with brackets.

Spicy Shrimp and Fettuccine

This dish is an appealing, affordable option for entertaining. We used dried basil in this dish to cut costs, but you can substitute 2 tablespoons fresh basil, if desired. Frozen or previously frozen shrimp is often on sale at supermarkets.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients and Preparation instructions behind the cut )
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[personal profile] acelightning
This is a bit time-consuming, but most of it is just waiting for the dough to rise (more than once). If you have a heavy-duty mixer, like the classic KitchenAid, it helps a lot. Makes 1 loaf.

SPONGE:
1/2 cup bread flour (see Note 1)
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoons yeast (the rest of the packet will be used later)
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
1 cup + 2 tablespoons water at "room temperature" (between 70° and 90° F.)

Whisk this all together in your mixer bowl, or a large bowl, until it's smooth and well-combined.

DOUGH:
1 cup bread flour (see Note 1)
1 cup whole-wheat flour
The rest of the yeast

Mix thoroughly, and sprinkle it evenly over the sponge in the bowl, covering the sponge completely. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to ferment for 1 to 4 hours at room temperature. (Or allow to rise for 1 hour at room temperature, then refrigerate overnight. Let it warm up a bit before proceeding.)

FINISHING THE MIXTURE:

1/2 cup cracked wheat (coarse bulgur)

Place in a dry frying pan over medium heat; shake or stir continuously until lightly toasted. Remove from pan immediately so it doesn't burn. If you want it less crunchy in your bread, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the cracked wheat and let it stand until the water is absorbed.

When the sponge is ready, add the cracked wheat, along with
1/4 cup peanut butter (see Note 2)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt

Mix thoroughly, then cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Knead by hand or machine for approximately 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic - poke in any bits of cracked wheat that keep trying to escape. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (Optional: Punch down, knead briefly, and let rise again.)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9"x5" loaf pan. Punch the dough down and shape it into a loaf to fit in the pan. Let rise until almost doubled - top of dough should be just a bit higher than the top edge of the pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes - an instant-read thermometer plunged into the center will read 210° F. Turn out onto a rack immediately, turn the loaf right-side-up, and allow to cool.

A slice of this will take you clear to Rivendell! :-)


Note 1: Instead of bread flour, you can use unbleached all-purpose flour, and add 1 1/2 tablespoons "vital wheat gluten" powder to the "Dough" mixture.

Note 2: Creamy peanut butter works better, because the chunks will get lost among the bits of cracked wheat.
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[personal profile] zarhooie
This is my favorite sandwich ever. I love it, and eat it probably at least 3x a week, when I have the opportunity.

omnomnom )

Hope you enjoy!

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