Monthly Archives: April 2010

Double Broccoli Quinoa

Double Broccoli Quinoa

Now, I love pesto. It’s one of the reasons why I started growing basil a couple of years ago (and am starting two more varieties this year!) but I’ve never tried using a vegetable as the main “green” component. The results? Tasty and a great way to get your veggies in — I daresay that it would fool a kid. I used some of the leftover pesto (there will be, it makes a lot) to make pesto chicken sandwiches with some grilled chicken, monterey jack cheese and red onion on ciabatta rolls.

This recipe from 101 Cookbooks doesn’t require quinoa — many other grains would work just as well. I used a mix of quinoa and bulgur since I didn’t have much on hand that night. In my area, broccoli is starting to go on sale again and I expect I’ll be making this again! Double Broccoli Quinoa

Now, I love pesto. It’s one of the reasons why I started growing basil a couple of years ago (and am starting two more varieties this year!) but I’ve never tried using a vegetable as the main “green” component. The results? Tasty and a great way to get your veggies in — I daresay that it would fool a kid. I used some of the leftover pesto (there will be, it makes a lot) to make pesto chicken sandwiches with some grilled chicken, monterey jack cheese and red onion on ciabatta rolls.

This recipe from 101 Cookbooks doesn’t require quinoa — many other grains would work just as well. I used a mix of quinoa and bulgur since I didn’t have much on hand that night. In my area, broccoli is starting to go on sale again and I expect I’ll be making this again!

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Easy No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

Easy No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

I’ll be the first to admit: I am not much of a baker.

Sandwich bread has been elusive. The crumb would be too dense. The crust, too soft. Sometimes I’d even get a brick. (Good for breadcrumbs anyway.)

And I came across this one. It was a no-knead bread, which has given me problems in the past, but it didn’t call for any extended rising time forgotten in the back of the fridge. In fact, I could make it in about two hours. Now, it doesn’t produce the high-rising form of the kneaded loaves, so you wind up with fairly small slices, but it’s good enough for Sprats and Avocado Sandwiches.

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Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with Citrus Dressing

Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

I made a mistake when we were out shopping last. You see, the store had carrots on a fantastic sale – about 3 lbs for a dollar – so I bought a big bag full. Problem: I bought 7 pounds of carrots.

Luckily, carrots don’t spoil quickly but they have been making their way into just about everything. (And we still have 3 1/2 pounds left!)

This is one of those meals. It used up some carrot, some avocado and a little bit of everything else. It was a bit fussy as originally written, but I believe I’ve toned it down a bit to a nice, workaday meal that entices and satisfies. We had it as a “side” for some chicken scampi and millet, but you could up the greens and throw in a hard-boiled egg or two to make this a veggie-friendly main.

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Chicken Satay with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay

Earlier this week, I talked about making your own coconut milk from scratch. Here’s what we did with ours: chicken satay marinated in coconut milk and a spicy sauce over coconut rice. Definitely a keeper!

The coconut rice uses some of the leftover coconut bits from squeezing out the milk, they add a subtle coconut flavor on their own but are best with a bit of coconut milk also replacing some of the cooking water. As for a side dish, we made some tangy pickled cucumber slices (recipe still needs some work, it was good but not right yet).Chicken Satay

Earlier this week, I talked about making your own coconut milk from scratch. Here’s what we did with ours: chicken satay marinated in coconut milk and a spicy sauce over coconut rice. Definitely a keeper!

The coconut rice uses some of the leftover coconut bits from squeezing out the milk, they add a subtle coconut flavor on their own but are best with a bit of coconut milk also replacing some of the cooking water. As for a side dish, we made some tangy pickled cucumber slices (recipe still needs some work, it was good but not right yet).

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From Scratch: Coconut Milk

Yes, you can buy coconut milk in cans. Most of the year, this is the cheapest way to acquire good coconut milk. Personally, I prefer the Thai Kitchen brand because it has coconut cream (solidified coconut milk), no additives and good taste where many of the other brands can be watery and bland. However, when coconuts are available, why not make your own? The two Thai coconuts we bought resulted in about 16 ounces of coconut milk plus tasty coconut fluffies to add to pancakes and smoothies for less than the price of 1 can.

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Pecan Pie

Bakerella's Mama's Pecan Pie

This one from Bakerella we can both agree on. It’s easy and doesn’t call for any expensive ingredients. (Actually, I probably made it more expensive because I don’t like using margarine.) The original recipe made 3 pies! If I had 3 pie dishes, I’d consider it because he goes through pies so fast. And, most importantly, this one got the highest reviews after the maple pecan. I loved the filling and he loved the end result.

I normally refer you to Food Network for Alton’s pie crust, but this time, I’m reprinting it below with how I make it.

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Hoisin-Peanut Dipping Sauce

I wish I had pictures to show you but it was late and I was tired.

These spring rolls are awfully good all out of proportion to their size. Also, they will fill you up fast, so plan accordingly – no more than one or two per person for an appetizer. And don’t skip the sauce – it really goes well with the rolls, though you could drizzle a bit on the filling instead.

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