I Can’t Believe I’m Eating Parsnips

Parsnips look like white carrots, but the flavor is much different. A friend of mine told me to parboil them and then pan-roast with some spices. When I took one parsnip out of the bag, it smelled sweet to me. I immediately thought coriander.  But, deferred to the Internet and chose Lemon Pepper, Dill, and salt – about 1/2 t each.  I skipped the parboil, and started with a little Earth Balance and water to do the pan-roasting. The result was delicious!

With a few more parsnips in the bag, I think I’ll try coriander next. Stay tuned!

Friday Night Cabbage

I had some packaged “cole slaw” mix and some leftover rice for tonight. I started with a little oil in a pan and added about 1/2 t ground cumin and about 1″ grated fresh ginger. I added the package of cole slaw mix, about 1t smoked paprika and 1T ground coriander followed by about 1 t salt. After adding 1/4, I let it simmer for about 7 minutes. Then, I added another 1/4 c water and the leftover rice. Let it simmer about 3 minutes more until the rice was warmed. I served with wrapped in spinach and tomato basil tortilla wraps.

Wintery Mix with Cannellini Beans and Shawarma Spice

I miss the smell of Shawarma filling the house.  I thought I would try the Shawarma Spice Blend from the Minimalist Baker in a bean and veggie mix.

Wintery Mix with Cannellini Beans and Shawarma Spice
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups rice
  • 1 15oz (425g) can Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1lb (454g) Wintry Mix frozen vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli)
  • 3 c water
  • 3t Better Than Bullion
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t Shawarma Spice Blend
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook rice by your favorite method. Using a 1:2 ration of rice:water.
  2. Combine all ingredients and bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid, and simmer until rice is done.
  4. Remove bay leaf.
  5. Serve over rice or noodles in a bowl, or strain some of the liquid and serve in a pita or tortilla wrap.

 

New Year’s Eve Bean and Veggies with Rice

Since everyone had different plans for New Year’s Eve, I needed something that would be filling enough if that was all we ate, or it could be a starter for more food to be consumed at a New Year’s Eve  party.  This dish was a quick and easy hit.  I started rice in the Electric Pressure Cooker while I was preparing the other ingredients.

New Year's Eve Bean and Veggies with Rice
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Any beans and veggies can be substituted in this quick and easy dish. If you have a secret spice you like to use, give it a try!
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups rice
  • 1 15oz (425g) can Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14½ oz(411g) can Diced Bruschetta Tomatoes
  • ½ lb (227g) frozen vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, carrots)
  • 2 c water
  • 2t Better Than Bullion
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t curry powder
  • 1t pizza or italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook rice by your favorite method. Using a 1:2 ration of rice:water.
  2. Combine all ingredients and bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid, and simmer until rice is done.
  4. Remove bay leaf.
  5. Serve over rice in a bowl.
Notes
I cooked the tomato/bean mixture as long as it took the rice to get done.

 

Vegan by Accident

My daughter has some digestive issues and food allergies; so when she asked if we could try Vegan to see if that helped, I was very willing to please.  Some of her friends were vegan, so I had her ask for some favorite foods and recipes.  We would try to eat Vegan for one week.

One-and-a-half years later, we are Vegan at home, and “Vegan-ish” when we eat out.  We no longer eat any type of meat.  At home, I do not use dairy, eggs, cheese in my cooking.  When we eat out, we do have the occasional ice cream (we are totally addicted to The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, and haven’t found anything Vegan that will satisfy this addiction).  We eat cheese pizza to be sociable if there is no other option, but try very hard to find something to eat that is as “Vegan-ish” as possible.

This Thanksgiving, I will have a Turkey Dinner ordered from our local grocery store fully cooked.  That dinner came with a green bean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie.  I will make Stove Top Stuffing for them (not Vegan).  For the Vegans, we will have Butternut Squash Rissoto, Brussel Sprouts Sauteed with Craisins and Pistashios, and Vegan Chili (my daughter wanted this).

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving — whether or not you eat Turkey!