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Cauliflower

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by Jean Gleason

It took me 50 years to realize that I love cauliflower. In the past, it was a white hard veggie, that crumbled into bitter unpalatable flavors in my mouth. The only way I would eat it was covered in ranch dressing, which from a nutritional aspect, probably totally negated any benefit of eating a vegetable.

I am now the roasted cauliflower queen. I probably eat 2 heads of cauliflower a month.   Mostly for dinner, but with leftovers sprinkled into breakfast and lunch on a regular basis.   It is easy to make, and roasting cauliflower gives it a nutty flavor that is in no way related to the raw veggie.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower
 
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss olive oil with spices.
  3. Toss cauliflower with olive oil mixture.
  4. Spread out in large roasting pan (do not over load the pan).
  5. Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.

 

Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

I usually make this in the fall and winter, but the past few days have been so cold, I broke out the soup pot and made a double batch of Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup. The roasted sweet potato slightly sweetens the bite of the curry and the two flavors meld together to create a complex and tasty soup.

 
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Directions
  1. roast sweet potato in a 425° oven for 30 minutes. Do this while you make the rest of the soup.
  2. saute onion, in olive oil and butter over medium heat for 4 minutes
  3. add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes
  4. add curry powder and lentils and cook for a few more minutes
  5. add water and chicken stock and bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  6. remove skin from sweet potato, then add the potato to the soup
  7. puree everything together
  8. return to pan and season with salt and pepper
  9. ladle into bowls and garnish with a light dusting of paprika

 

Green Lentil Soup with Spinach and Coconut Milk

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 by Jean Gleason
High on spice, flavor and nutrition.  This soup has a rich broth flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, and cayenne.
 
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Directions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, celery, and carrots and sauté 5 more minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the thyme, turmeric, coriander and cayenne. Continue cooking for another 2 or 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock and lentils bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes. If soup gets too thick, add more water to pot as the lentils cook.
  5. Add the spinach, coconut milk, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper, and stir until well combined, and let simmer for another 15 minutes

 

Grilled Spiced Chicken

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

We eat a lot of chicken, so I am always looking for a way to mix it up a little bit. This is easy to make, but has an exotic taste, like you spent a lot of time in the kitchen. In testing our new spice blends, we made this recipe twice. First with Garam Masala, then with Chinese 5 Spice Powder. In our kitchen the Garam Masala version won hands down, however, if you are a fan of anise, you may prefer the Chinese 5 Spice version.

If you plan ahead and marinate the chicken overnight, the flavors are richer and the chicken is more moist.

 
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  2. Make a marinade by whisking together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil and spices.
  3. Pound the chicken breasts to ½ inch thick and even in height.
  4. Marinate the chicken breasts overnight in a plastic bag.
  5. Grill chicken over medium heat until done.