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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] 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)
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Libyan Style Quinoa
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finished cooking photo )
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
First few times I tried collards I was mystified: why did people rave about these greens? Now I love them. They're substantial and gratifying with a nice tooth. The key insight was: ditch the ribs, slice thin, plenty of oil, cook 'em slow and long.
This makes enough for two people as a side dish )

Veg*ns use olive oil plus a medium diced onion instead of the bacon: sweat them on low for a long time so the onions get sweet and fragrant. Add more olive oil before you add the collards.
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[personal profile] rosefox
I spent a fair amount of yesterday looking up various vegan soup recipes. They led me to conclude that you can make vegetable soup pretty much any way you want. So I improvised with what we had on hand, and I encourage you to likewise adjust this recipe to your own tastes and supplies. It's very flexible because you don't have to worry about different cooking times for different ingredients: it's all cooked into mush and then pureed.

You'll need a big pot for this. Our medium pot (5 quarts, I think?) barely handled it. Makes about nine 2-cup servings depending on how you adjust the quantities given.

The following are the ingredients I used, with suggestions for alternatives in parentheses.

1 onion, chopped
(could be two, plus a crushed clove of garlic or two)
a few shakes/grinds each of ground cumin, powdered ginger, and black pepper
(you could also try curry powder, turmeric, mustard powder, ras al hanout, whole mustard or cumin seeds, paprika, cayenne, etc.)
1 enormous turnip, peeled and chopped--seriously, it was bigger than the onion!
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
.5 cup tomato puree
(could also include other root vegetables, zucchini, squash, peppers; for the tomato puree, you can substitute canned diced tomatoes or peeled and de-seeded fresh tomatoes if you have good ones on hand)
1 cup red lentils, rinsed and picked through (or beans, chickpeas, or raw nuts)
2 cups cooked white rice (or .5 cup uncooked rice and 1 additional cup water)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
(and/or any other fresh or dried herbs you like; parsley or cilantro would be particularly good, or dried bay leaves, or you could be adventurous and try marjoram or sage)
4 cups (one 32-oz. box) vegetable broth
3 to 4 cups water

In your big pot, heat oil and a few drops of water over medium heat until the water sizzles. Add a dash of salt. Sauté aromatics 10 minutes until softened. Add and sauté spices 1 minute or until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring to keep things from sticking to the bottom. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed so the liquid just covers the solids.

Adjust seasonings to taste and simmer 15 more minutes or until all the solids are soft and mushy. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes. Remove thyme stems; if the leaves haven't already fallen off them, strip the leaves off and stir them into the soup, discarding the stems. (If using bay leaves, take those out too.) Puree the soup with a stick blender or in batches in a regular blender. At this point, if you're not eating it right away, you can distribute the soup into containers, let it cool to room temp, and store in fridge or freezer.

Before serving, return to pot and heat; add a splash of red wine vinegar or a squeeze of lemon or lime if you like; serve garnished with fresh thyme or parsley.

Lentils + rice = complete protein, hooray! There's probably a ton of fiber in there too. This is definitely Good For You as well as being tasty. And it's easy.

Most of the flavor in the soup comes from the broth and the spices and herbs; don't expect the vegetables to flavor it much unless you want to go to the trouble of roasting them beforehand. If your soup isn't very flavorful, add some vegetable boullion, or increase the spices at the 30-minute flavor-adjusting mark. The vinegar or citrus juice will punch it up too. Enjoy!
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[personal profile] wendelah1
This recipe is from my personal file. I'm pretty sure it's from the LA Times, which means it dates back to the nineties, when the LA Times actually had a non-virtual food section. This is the best tortilla soup I've ever tasted.

recipe under the cut )
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[personal profile] delladea
Greens are some of my favorite veggies, and this is our family unit's favorite way of cooking collard greens. These go perfectly with a pot of black-eyed peas and a pan of cornbread, or put them with chili, fish, chicken... really anything except for Chinese or Thai takeout leftovers.

On to the recipe! )

Cooked collard greens keep a few days in the fridge, and IMO are better the next day. You can also slice the collard greens ahead of time if you plan on cooking them later in the day.
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[personal profile] fish_echo
Slight rambling wrt motivation for cooking with lavender. )

There are two dishes here, the lavender-and-corn and the summer squash. They go rather well together and combine to make a light supper, although if you'd rather have a full meal, I'd suggest adding a nice toasted starch-- ideas I contemplated were: naan, lightly toasted cornbread, a very not-rich biscuit, fresh tortillas, or maybe a simple quesadilla. (Um, yeah, and I also was thinking that a bit of my father's homemade beef jerky would have gone quite well too. Which is clearly not a starch. So, um, let your tummy guide you.)

Recipe 1: Corn with Lavender
A subtle play of flavours in a refreshing summery dish. The warm and soft corn is nicely complimented by the cool and crisp lemon cucumber. It requires a little bit of time and attention during the cooking but isn't inherently difficult.
Recipe 2: A Basic Summer Squash Sauté
Quick, easy, tasty.

Time and serving sizes for making both
1.5 hr-ish
2 people for supper

I took pictures with my phone, but it's new and I'm having a devil of a time getting it to talk to my computer. Once I get around to figuring that out, I'll update this with pictures. When I do that, I'll drop a quick note to the comm whenever that happens, because I know some people find pictures helpful.

Corn with Lavender )

A basic summer squash sauté )

I'm sorry that this is all very rough and informal! :( If I'm unclear or if you have any questions, drop a comment and I'd be happy to help!

And if you have any suggestions, observations, etc etc, please also drop them in comments!
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[personal profile] highlyeccentric
Adapted from In the Kitchen, by Melbourne food critics Alan Campion and Michelle Curtis. The book's definitely worth the investment: I've only had it for a couple of months and it's become the Everything Cookbook in the household.

Accessibility and dietary notes. Also, equipment )

Ingredients and method )
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[personal profile] lauredhel
[Prep time tag is very approximate as I did this in brief bursts with rests in between.]
[x-posted to my journal, with updates.]

I'm making my first veggie loaf. Yes, that's first ever. At the age of forty-lots. I have made plenty of other loaves of various sorts, but not veggie.

After cruising a pile of recipes, I took the principles, discarded the recipes with a whole lot of cottage cheese or "vegie crumbles" (these are a few of my unfavourite things), remixed it all with my favourite non-veg-loaf recipe, and starting constructing the following red lentil and vegetable loaf.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] abyssinia
Good morning (or whatever time of day it is where you live) Omnomnom-ers

In the past year I've learned to enjoy beets, and in a moment of weakness at the farmer's market yesterday I picked up, for $8, a really giant bag of not-quite-perfect beets. The only problem is, now I'm not sure what to do with them.

I was wondering if anyone had any borscht recipes they swear by, or any other beet recipes in general.

My default beet recipe is:

1) Slice beets into thin pieces

2) Toss them in a little oil, then season somehow (Italian seasoning, parmesan and breadcrumbs, garlic powder, whatever)

3) Lay them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 400 F for 20-30 minutes.

And while it is very yummy, I don't think I can eat the entire bag this way.
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Soup!)
[personal profile] trouble
I'm doing up the grocery list for next week's menu planning, and thought I'd share one of my fav vegetarian meals, a Leek, Pepper and Pea "Tortilla" (we usually call it a frittata). It's basically an egg & veggie dish where the eggs are much firmer than in most egg dishes. Also, it has sweet potatoes!

I got this recipe from "You Are What You Eat: The Meal Planner That Will Change Your Life!", by Carina Norris. It's on page 57.

The recipe is typed up with random asides because I'm bitter. I've also got a version without the random asides.

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[personal profile] pommery

Hi all! 

Was puttering around in the Kitchen and made these for dinner, thought I'd share. :)
Click for the noms... )
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[personal profile] xenacryst
I found the most perfect pickling cucumbers at the farmers market last weekend, and so when I saw them I knew I had to try my hand at making pickles. As it turns out, this method of pickle making is incredibly easy and exceedingly tasty. I made the pickles Sunday afternoon and cracked open the first jar today at lunch, and they're delicious; aging the other jars will only deepen the flavors.

nommy pickles )
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[personal profile] facetofcathy
I posted this a few days ago in my own journal, and I thought I should share this here.  This is more a methodology than a recipe, so there's lots of room for personal variation.  There are other ways to make gravy that's totally vegetarian, but this is my favourite.

Vegetarian Gravy

How to... )
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[personal profile] loligo
I came up with this salad for a holiday dinner last year. I liked it so much that this year, I made it to serve to people outside my actual family, and they seemed to really enjoy it, too!

Marinated Vegetable Salad )
abyssinia: Jonas standing on ramp, looking at gate, with Daniel behind him (SG1 - Daniel & Jonas who I used to be)
[personal profile] abyssinia
So I just made eggplant parmesan for my roommates and remembered how tasty my recipe is (I have yet to have someone not love it) and how healthy it is for eggplant parmesan, so I thought I'd post it here. I think it's modified from something I read in a cookbook once, and I'm trying to guess my measurements, since I just throw things together, but here goes:
[also, I didn't list as such, but this would be easy to make vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free]

eggplant paremsan )
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[personal profile] em_brett
The theme to my cooking these days is "what can I throw a ton of vegetables into today?" A frittata is basically an enormous omelet. Usually you cook the bottom on the stove and then stick it in the oven, but I don't have an oven-safe pan, so I discovered you can flip it (very very carefully) and it's just as amazing.

Recipe behind the cut. )

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[personal profile] em_brett
Here's a really flexible recipe for curry that I use whenever I have more veggies than I know what to do with. As written, it's vegan, but you could certainly add whatever meat you want (you'll probably want to cook it first and then add it at the end).

Enjoy! )


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