Coconut Rice with Butternut Squash

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    Coconut Rice with Butternut Squash Serve 4-6 2 cups rice 4 cups water 1 butternut squash, cubed 3 tablespoons coconut yogurt ¼ teaspoon coriander ¼ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon cumin Cut up the butternut squash into bite size cubes and place in a single layer in two vacuum seal packages. Cook for 90 [...]

Blacked Cajun Chicken with Wild Rice & Asparagus

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This weekend’s #SundaySupper challenge is making a dish limited to 5 ingredients.  Being a fan of food author Michael Pollan I am very familiar with the 5 ingredient mantra.  See Pollan did a book called In Defense of Food that looked to provide some guidance for today’s conscience eater.  With so many foods, especially processed [...]

Kerala-Style Chicken Curry

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If you enjoy Indian food and like to cook at home, you should get to know Madhur Jaffrey if you haven’t already. She is basically the cookbook author who brought Indian cooking to the American home.  I have her first cookbook, but recently received her latest At Home with Madhur Jaffrey for my birthday last February. [...]

Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Ever buy an ingredient at an ethnic market that you have no idea what to do with?  For me this would include Caribbean Banana Catchup from the Jamaican market and Yeo’s Hainanese Chili Sauce. Hainanese Chicken is a Singaporean fragrant chicken and ginger and garlic rice dish that comes with a chili and ginger dipping sauce. I adapted [...]

Chickpea Biryani

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I love Biryani. Usually I’ll order it with chicken, but it makes a decent vegetarian option for a Meatless Monday.   This simple recipe is worth trying. My only change is use 1 serrano pepper instead of two.  We found the two peppers too spicy.  Adjust to your preference. Full Recipe: Chickpea Biryani

Sweet Potato & Apple Rice Bake

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If I was a vegetarian this would be my main dish for Thanksgiving. Add some green bean casserole and mashed potatoes and I’d be perfectly happy with a turkey free day. The flavors in this dish are so beautifully combined that every bite puts a smile on your face.  I adapted this recipe from a [...]

Squash Casserole

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I have to admit before moving to a more vegetarian diet, I really didn’t find many uses for squash (or zucchini.) It’s kind of a dull, often mushy vegetable. Fortunately, vegetarian cooking has caused me to rediscover how great squash can be and dishes like this one put the vegetable to good use with minimal [...]

Sweet Potato and Chard Stew

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This by no means is a favorite dish, but it is a good choice to mixup a week’s meals with a vegetarian selection that uses a couple vegetables that are not often used – sweet potato and chard. The coconut milk adds a rich flavor and the squeeze of lime juice makes this more of [...]

Lentil and Rice with Garlicky Kale

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We are trying to add more vegetarian dishes to our weekly dinner menu. I’m finding a lot of rice and lentil dishes are a great way to do something other than the typical vegetarian pasta dish for a reluctant vegetarian. Here is a recipe I modified quite a bit from an article in Men’s Journal [...]

Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice

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This is not a chicken lemon rice soup like one orders at a Middle-Eastern restaurant. There is no cream in this recipe and hence lacks the thick, rich, creaminess of that style of chicken lemon rice soup; although, this version is much lighter and healthier. It has a nice flavor with the bay leaves, allspice [...]