Abundance Bowl

On April 28, 2014, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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We often take a long drive out to Ojai on Sundays to get out of the city and to experience one of our favorite Farmers’ Markets. There is a great selection of organic fruits and vegetables plus some great cheese vendors, but it’s more about the experience.  An experience of driving through the hills to eventually spend an afternoon enjoying the market and park in the center of town.

Our other stop is a great vegan restaurant called Hip Vegan, of course. Dumb name aside it really is a wonderful place to have lunch. One of our favorite options is choosing from some of the abundance bowls they serve.

What’s an abundance bowl?

It’s basically a bowl full of various vegetables along with some grains or beans and a dressing. I had been wanting to try a version at home since we only get out to Ojai maybe once every couple months. Thanks to Pinterest I found a pretty solid Abundance Bowl recipe.

The Garlic-Ginger Pumpkin Seed Sauce in this recipe from the blog My New Roots is a bit of a different take than what we get in Ojai at Hip Vegan.  However, it’s even a better take. You’ll love the dressing here and it does keep for about 2 weeks.

Enjoy!

Full Recipe: [My New Roots Winter Abundance Bowl]

 

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Vegetable Pearl Couscous

On April 27, 2014, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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This is a dish that can be used to clear out your vegetable drawer.  Any vegetable will do fine in this and it is a great way to use some of the vegetables you just didn’t get to or that you found at the Farmers’ Market but didn’t have  a specific plan for.  Here I used a few items I still had left after making a few other dishes during the week.

I also find that pearl couscous has a great texture and better flavor than traditional durum wheat couscous. Pearl Couscous is also known as Israel Couscous. It has a soft, almost spongy feel. What I like most about it is it’s versatility too. It can be used for soups or eaten with just some fried onions and tomatoes as an excellent side dish.

The recipe here is a variation on one I found on the VegKitchen blog.  You can see the original recipe here: Seven-Vegetable Couscous.

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Vegetable Pearl Couscous
Serves 4

1 1/2 cups pearl couscous cooked using package’s directions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 red onion, thick chop
1/2 red cabbage, thick chop
1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 zucchini, diced bite-sized
1 medium turnip, diced bite-sized
1 can chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup golden raisins

Cook the couscous according to the product packaging’s directions. I used Bob’s Red Mill Pearl Couscous but there are other options too.

For the vegetables, heat a saute pan on medium high heat with the olive oil. Add the onions and turmeric. Saute for a couple minutes until onions soften.  Add the turnip, broccoli, and zucchini and the rest of the spices.  Cook for about 5-8 minutes until the turnip is firm but a fork can puncture it easily.  Finally add the cabbage, chickpeas, and raisins and cook for another couple minutes. If you need more olive oil feel free to add a tablespoon to coat everything.

Plate the couscous first and add some vegetables on top. Drizzle some olive oil to finish. Enjoy.

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Mother’s Day Vegetable Tart

On May 12, 2013, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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It’s been a good month plus since I’ve participated in a Sunday Supper event with my fellow food bloggers. The theme this week is Mother’s Day. I had the perfect recipe picked out after asking my wife what she wanted me to make for her this weekend. She had her eye, or is it stomach, on a vegetable tart she found on Pinterest placed on her aptly named “Cook (or things Chris needs to make because I don’t cook)” board. I gathered the ingredients and was going to make it Saturday so we could enjoy Sunday spending time throughout southern California.

Saturday came and went pretty quickly. We spent the day at the Long Beach Queen Mary Barbecue Festival and ended a long day enjoying some taco truck tacos in Pasadena.  The vegetable tart had to wait until Sunday lunch.  Fortunately this is a fairly quick recipe, helped by my already having a finished pie crust in the freeze that was thawed out for this weekend.

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I added some asparagus to the recipe and the pie crust is Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee recipe. The pie crust makes for buttery, flaky “tart.”  It’s good, but I think I prefer a basic tart recipe or perhaps some filo dough. That said, this is still a great recipe with the pie crust and makes for a great way to use some leftover pie dough.

Full Recipe: […Spring Vegetable Tart]

While I didn’t get to do Sunday Supper this weekend, I definitely will make my return next weekend with the group’s Slow Cooking theme. For now, be sure to checkout all of the excellent Mother’s Day recipes from the other food bloggers.

Mother’s Day Brunch:

Mother’s Day Entrees:

Mother’s Day Sides:

Mother’s Day Desserts and Drinks:

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Barley and Herb-Stuffed Vegetables

On September 5, 2012, in Featured, Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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Last weekend I spent some time making these creative stuffed zucchinis. The filling is quite simple and reminded me of how much I need to use barley more often in my vegetarian cooking.

The one modification I would make is to use bell peppers instead of the zucchini.  The filling needed something a bit more flavorful than zucchini. Use what is fresh and local, but if you have either option a crunchy colorful bell pepper is a better choice.

For the Recipe: Barley and Herb-Stuffed Vegetables.

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Pear Zucchini Stir Fry

On August 29, 2012, in Featured, Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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Before last Sunday I had no clue what a Pear Zucchini was so don’t worry if you do not either.  You can substitue any vegetable here.  A ‘normal’ green zucchini or yellow squash is fine or skip both and add cauliflower and/or broccoli.  Basically this is anything you want it to be.

However, if you are lucky and can find a Pear Zucchini I do recommend it. It is kind of like a zucchini and cucumber hybrid.  It’s a bit sweet and little firmer than a typical zucchini, plus it looks beautiful on your kitchen counter.  I found the one I’m using here at the Alhambra Farmers’ Market held every Sunday morning only a few miles from our home.

Pear Zucchini Stir Fry
Serves 2

1/2 Pear Zucchini or 2 zucchinis, cut into cubes
2 carrots, cut into half moons
12 green beans
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 soy sauce
1/4 tsp brown rice vinegar
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp mild curry powder
black pepper to taste

1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

In a wok, add sesame oil and minced ginger and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes to release flavors.  Add vegetable broth, soy sauce and brown rice vinegar in wok, whisk together and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat.  Remove sauce from pan and set aside. Do not rinse wok.

Return wok to heat and add onions and carrots cooking for a couple minutes then add zucchini.  Add curry powder and some fresh cracked pepper.  Cook in wok for about 3 minutes.  Return sauce to wok and cook for another couple minutes.

In a small cup combine a teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water.  Add to wok right before serving mixing it into the sauce, this will thicken the sauce right before serving.

Serve with rice.

 

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Zucchini Cakes

Zucchini Cakes with Arugula Side Salad

On August 13, 2012, in Featured, Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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“So how do they taste?” I ask my wife as I sit down at the table.

“Zucchini-y,” she responds. “They’re good. Just lots of zucchini.”

Well these cakes, patties, fritters do have quite a bit of zucchini in them.  I do recommend patting the shredded zucchini with some paper towel to remove the moister so they will hold a bit better.  I also added twice the amount of the whole wheat flour to help with hold.

The cakes go great with a simple side side. Tonight I had some local organic arugula left over from the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market.  I also sliced some cherry tomatoes and added a bit of grated parmesan cheese then topping the salad with a simple dijon mustard vinaigrette.

The recipe made 7 cakes, so plan for about 6-8 depending on the size you make them.  Also I found the cooking time to be a bit longer, about 4-5 minutes each side, since you don’t want the pan on high, but rather medium-high heat and turning often so not to burn.

Full Recipe: Zucchini Fritters. 

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Moroccan Couscous with Saffron

On May 18, 2012, in Featured, Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I’m not much of a celebrity follower.  Though I have come to enjoy one celebrity’s blog covering some great vegetarian food choices and recipes. Actress Alicia Silverston is anything but Clueless when it comes to finding good things to eat.

This recipe is a simple roasted vegetable medley with butternut squash, zucchini, carrots and onions atop of some saffron and cumin flavored couscous is a great way to get your vegetables and protein.

It’s definitely worth trying out and be sure to checkout some other recipes from her website. I have my next selection already picked out – Mardi Gras Jambalaya.

Full Recipe: Kinds Classics Moroccan Couscous with Saffron.

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This recipe was inspired by a post from blogger Emily Levenson, Zucchini Patties with Tahini Sauce. The zucchini patties are quite versatile and can also be served in a pita with a yogurt sauce or done with tahini dipping sauce and a small side salad.

What I really like about this recipe is how quick and flavorful the patties are. They take about five minutes to make when using a food processor and only about 10 minutes to cook.

Spinach Salad with Zucchini Patties and Champagne Vinegar Dressing
Serves 4

1 15oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 zucchinis
1 red onion
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp of salt

Baby Spinach
4 strawberries, thinly sliced

Champagne Dressing
1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
ground pepper to taste

 

Mash chickpeas into a paste. Combine the rest of the first 6 ingredients into the mashed chickpea mixture.

Combine and then form patties.

Pan fry zucchini patties in saute pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and tablespoon of butter.

Prepare the Champagne vinegar and plate spinach and strawberries.  Add patties on top of salad and drizzle vinaigrette.

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine

On November 20, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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I missed the past couple weeks of going to the Farmer’s Market, but fortunately White Rock’s market was open last Saturday.  There was a great selection of vegetables available. I walked away with sweet potatoes, kale, arugula, red potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, and the most beautiful yellow zucchini I’ve seen this year.

With only a few days this week to cook, I probably over bought. Fortunately, I found some new options after doing a few Google searches on zucchini and sweet potatoes.  One of the finds is this Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine.

A Tagine is a clay dish that slowly cooks and insulates with steam rising out the top. I don’t have a Tagine so I just used my stock pot and it was fine. I’m not sure the flavor would’ve changed that much, but maybe the Tagine fans can prove me wrong.

Full Recipe at: Le Delicieux – Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine


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Squash Casserole

On November 2, 2011, in Featured, Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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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 effort.

Of course, the big secret here is a nice thick crust of mozzarella cheese. You can use soy mozzarella cheese if you are vegan. That’s the only change to the recipe below necessary to go from vegetarian to vegan.

Squash Casserole
Serves 4-6

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
3-4 yellow squash or zucchini, chopped into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can of cooked lentils, drained
1/2 cup cooked brown rice

Preheat oven to 350. In a casserole dish, combine all of the ingredients but only 1/2 a cup of the cheese. Stir it together and pat it flat. Now add the other cup of shredded cheese to cover mixture. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, watching to get a good brown coloring on the cheese.

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