Friday, November 26, 2010

The Case of Sloppy Joes

Vegetarian food is happy food. So is simple, diner-style food. Don't you think gloomy November is a great time to bring on the happy with veggie Sloppy Joes? Try this recipe for lunch. Invite non-vegetarians even. These fork and knife sandwiches are not much different from their "carnivorous" cousins.

Sloppy Joes

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped brown mushrooms
1 pack Yves Italian Veggie Ground Round
8 oz tomato sauce
5-oz-can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp pepper
4 Italian rolls, split in half

Sauté the onion, green pepper and mushrooms in the olive oil for 3 min. Add the Italian veggie ground round, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, hot sauce, brown sugar, mustard, garlic and pepper and simmer for 10 min., stirring often. Serve between halves of the Italian rolls. Serves 4.

Friday, November 19, 2010

#16 The Case of Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons mustard

Whisk or shake together the lemon juice, olive oil, agave syrup, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 3/4 cup for 4 side salads.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

#15 The Case of Crunchy Coleslaw

1/2 green cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, grated
1 stalk broccoli, chopped into tiny florets
3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
1 red apple, chopped
2 recipes Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

Whisk together the 2 recipes Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette in the bottom of a large bowl.

Add the shredded cabbage, carrot, broccoli florets, pumpkin seeds, pecans and apple, then toss.

Serves 6.


PS If necessary, divide this recipe to make just the right amount to serve at once so salad stays super-crunchy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Case of French Vanilla Toast

Have we talked breakfast yet? Well, we must. Most important meal of the day and all that. At the very least, food (preferably something sweet) is my reason for getting out of bed in the morning. Kinda kidding. Kinda not.

Here's a perfect example of Becki Green getting-out-of-bed motivation. And it's not just an indulgence. It has protein. The secret here is the 1/4 tsp vanilla. Which starts me wondering... Should I invent a Dutch Chocolate Toast? 

French Vanilla Toast

2 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 slices whole-wheat bread
1 tsp butter
icing sugar
maple syrup

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and salt to taste. Dip both sides of the bread in the egg mixture and let soak just a little. Fry in the butter until golden brown on both sides. Dust with icing sugar and serve with maple syrup. Serves 1.