Showing posts with label roasted vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label roasted vegetables. Show all posts

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Roasted veggies recipe by Linda Wiken, author @LWiken


Have I admitted before that I'm not an enthusiastic vegetable eater? It probably stems from my childhood. My Mom wasn't a very creative cook. Our meals were the basic -- potatoes, meat, and a veggie. And that was often canned cream corn, canned niblets corn, frozen peas, or if it was fresh, it was most probably boiled. A daub of butter went a long way to add to the taste.

Veggies seldom appealed to me.

My Mom was however, a fabulous baker. All things Swedish appeared freshly baked when the ladies came over for afternoon coffee, as they regularly did, rotating houses. Christmas, of course, was a baking bonanza. Most delicious.

But back to vegetables. I've over the years learned that using them in a stir fry was a clever way to fool myself into making sure I ate a reasonable amount. But even more recently, I've gone on a roasting binge. I'm ready to try out any combination of veggies, herbs, and olive oils. And each one tastes unique.

This recipe I threw together, literally, and happily share with you.

What you need:

2 golden beets
2 large cremini mushrooms
1 leek
mix of red and yellow peppers
4 tbsp. olive oil
pinch of Himalayan salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
fresh chopped cilantro







What to do:

1.Parboil golden beets for approx. ten minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400 F.  Thoroughly wash leek and slice horizontally. Dice peppers. Cut the beets and mushrooms into quarters. Place all in a medium sized bowl, add olive oil. Add rosemary and thyme and toss..

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out mixture so that everything roasts evenly.

4. Place in preheated oven for 25 minutes or so.

5. Dish up and serve with your favorite carbs and meat.




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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Make Cauliflower Steaks by Cleo Coyle #vegetarian #vegan




I'm making up for last week's Butter on a Stick post with a slightly healthier recipe. :)

"Cauliflower Steaks" make a nice presentation, and there are many ways to adapt this recipe to your own taste. See my links at the end of this recipe for many more ideas. Today, I'm sharing mine...




Cleo Coyle is author of
The Coffeehouse
Mysteries

How to Make

Cauliflower Steaks





To download this recipe in a PDF document you can print, save, or share, click here.


(1) First preheat your oven, for at least a full half-hour, to 375 degrees F. The high heat is important to carmelization and not all ovens are at the right temperature, even after they ping. 

See my past post: Is Your Oven Lying to You?



(2) Cut the steaks: Position the cauliflower with stem-side up on the cutting surface. If the stem is overly long, trim it a bit. 

Cut the cauliflower in half first, and then cut thick "steaks" as shown from each half. The ends will fall off into florets and that’s fine. You will get 2 steaks out of a small to medium head, 3 out of a large head. 

Note: Extra florets will tumble from the ends. That's okay. They're wonderful to eat raw with a healthy dip, or see my notes at the end for other ways to cook them.



(3) Warm olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet. (If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, that’s okay, I’ll tell you what to do below.)

How much oil? I use 1 tablespoon of oil per steak plus 1 extra for the pan. You can get away with slightly less oil, but I prefer the extra oil for the best flavor and caramelization during roasting.





(4) Season the oil: After oil is warmed but not too hot, sprinkle on your spices. I use...

½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt, and a...
generous pinch of white pepper. 

Stir lightly to mix the spices into the oil and then add the steaks. Sometimes, I take my florets along for the ride, throwing them in the pan, too, stems up, blossoms down in the oil.



(5) Briefly brown your steaks: Cook your steaks on one side for 2 minutes and then the other. I use two forks to gently flip without breaking. Now place the entire pan in the oven. (If you are not using an oven-proof pan, then use a wide spatula to carefully transfer the steaks to a foil-lined baking pan.)

(6) Roast in your well-preheated 375 degree F. oven for about 20 minutes. You’re looking for a nice browning and a test of a floret to be cooked through “to the tooth” or al dente. Do not be afraid of the browning, this caramelization is where the flavor is, and it's delicious (trust me on this)!



For a PDF of this recipe,
click here.

Variations

Here are some links to more
Cauliflower Steak ideas:






Floret fun...


Enjoy them raw before
dinner with a tasty dip, such as...
Cleo's roasted garlic dip recipe

Try them as a sub for rice in...

Or how about...
Cleo's 20-Clove Roasted Cauliflower
Anti-Cancer and Anti-Vampire :)


and be sure to...




Eat with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle


New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Alone in the Kitchen with a Cabbage by Cleo Coyle (Easy Vegan Recipe)




I give you The Cabbage...



It looks like a big green planet, doesn't it? See the solar warmth on the left and the chilly dark side on the right? As a food it has quite a history. As the subject of a photo, I think it should have its own atmosphere. As the basis for a recipe, it's a smart choice. It's low in fat and calories and high in nutrition. As for what to do with it, there are countless ways to go. 

I found myself alone in the kitchen with this cabbage the other day, and decided to try Extreme Simple Cooking. ESC. Our culture appears to be enamored with shortcut acronyms and our professions chain us to keyboards where the ESC key taunts us from its upper left perch. How do you like it? An ESC recipe. It lets you escape from the kitchen as fast as possible.

And to that end, away we go! May you cook it with ease and eat it with Extreme Joy. That would be EJ, I guess. :)

~ Cleo





Cleo Coyle, cabbage eater,
is author of
The
Coffeehouse Mysteries

Roasted Cabbage, ESC
Extreme Simple Cooking :)

As I mentioned above, cabbage is low in fat and calories and has great nutritional benefits: dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals for the body. Read more here

This is a delicious way to prepare it. The cabbage wedges are roasted in high heat with olive oil. While the outside edges char, the insides become tender and buttery. It's truly delicious and insanely easy. The first time you make it, I strongly suggest that you use nothing more than just a bit of salt so you can really taste the buttery sweetness of those interior wedge leaves. 

More seasonings can be added to your liking: e.g., dried garlic and onion flakes, rosemary, dill, caraway seeds, cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, etc. Just be sure to go lightly on the seasonings because the roasted cabbage taste is so delicate.

I think a squeeze of lemon before serving is a very nice finish. If you're not a lemon fan, try a drizzle of olive oil or (if you're not a vegan) a bit of butter and...eat in good health! ~ Cleo



To download a free PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here.







INGREDIENTS

Head of cabbage 

Olive oil 
Salt (kosher or sea salt will give you nice flavor)
(Optional) Your favorite seasoning mix (suggestions in directions)



DIRECTIONS 

Step One - The trick to slicing: As you see in my photos, you'll need to slice up the cabbage, but there's a trick to it. You want most of your slices to include the core. The core will help keep the cabbage wedges together in the cooking. I've roasted cabbages in thick slices and also in wedges, and (frankly) I do prefer the wedges. You can experiment with what you like best.




Step Two - Prep with olive oil and very light seasoning: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease a heavy half-sheet pan with olive oil. Place the slices on the pan. Use a brush to coat the tops with more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. If you use pepper or any other seasoning (e.g., dried garlic and onion flakes, caraway seeds, rosemary, dill, cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, etc.), do so lightly. When roasted, the cabbage has a delicate, buttery flavor and too much seasoning can overpower it.

Step Three - Roast in your preheated 400 degree F. oven for 30 to 45 minutes (final time will depend on your oven and pan). FLIP the cabbage slices halfway through cooking. I use two forks to do this. Be careful and try to keep the cabbage slices together. (Yes, they will attempt to fall apart on you, but using two fork and a bit of care, you can keep them together. You can do it! I believe in you!) Roasted cabbage wedges are done when you see the edges char (turn brownish), as in my photos. 




Serve with a lemon wedge 
for a fresh squeeze of
bright flavor 
over the
finished veg and...





Eat with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.







To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.
 








The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
12 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 
To learn more, click here. 


 

The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name
Alice Kimberly

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Writer's Snack: Crust-Free Pizza from Cleo Coyle

Yes, you're right. I promised you crust free pizza, and I aim to deliver. 

I'm showing this little pizza first for those of you who really, really need that crust.

In that case, this baby should make you happy. The pizza pictured is actually a frozen, grocery store pizza "doctored" with fresh mushrooms and sausage.

To read my Frozen Pizza Doctor post, which gives you tips on an Rx for your favorite frozen pizzas, click here and have fun...


For those of you up for a
"crust-free" pizza, well, here's what
I'm talking about today...



Cleo Coyle, fan of faux pizza,
is author of The Coffeehouse
Mysteries
Cleo Coyle's
Crust-Free Pizza


What is pizza? At its most basic, the tastes in your mouth are bright tomato sauce topped by sweet cheese and lively herbs like oregano and basil, both of which are carried on a bed of bread--three ingredients that go so well together. But, when you write for a living, spending hours and hours in front of a computer screen, a steady diet of pizza would be deadly. And so...in the spirit of "two out of three ain't bad," comes my crust-free solution.

This easy (and healthy) snack idea came to me when I was enjoying a delicious pizza bianca from a local pizzeria. The Italian cooks put fresh ricotta on the "white" pie, and I absolutely loved the combination of tangy tomato and sweet, fresh cheese.

First we'll need tomatoes. Yesterday was the first full day of Spring. Living in the Age of Irony (not to mention a town that never stops with the practical jokes), I actually watched snow fall on New York City. Oh, to see the sun again. :) Sadly, as winter lingers, so does the dearth of fine produce.

Tomatoes may be blah at this time of year, but even the blandest of tomatoes can be transformed into a truly delicious treat by the simple addition of caramelizing heat. That's why I make these babies year round, and that's the best thing of all about this healthy snack...




Cleo's Crust-Free
Pizza Bites



To get a free, illustrated PDF of this recipe that you can print, save or share, click here.




Makes 8 mini crust-free pizza bites

Ingredients

4 tomatoes
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (whole milk or part skim)
Dried oregano (sprinkling)
Sea salt, to taste
(optional additions) dried basil, dried rosemary, or an Italian Seasoning mix
Grated finishing cheese like Pecorino Romano or Parmesan


Step 1 - Slice and prep tomatoes: I like to use plum tomatoes because they slice into little oval boats that remind me of potato skins... (see picture below). Roasting these babies will create a bit of a mess. To make clean up easy, simply line the pan with aluminum foil and coat the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Place the tomatoes on the foil and coat the them with non-stick spray, as well. (You won't need to add extra oil if you do this.)
  

Step 2 - Sprinkle on spices and salt: I use sea salt and plenty of dried oregano. Certainly dried basil and rosemary would be delicious, too. Or try a pre-made "Italian Seasoning" mix from the spice aisle, whatever evokes the flavor of pizza sauce.



Step 3 - Roast the tomatoes: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and roast the tomatoes for at least an hour. Do not UNDER roast these babies. You are not simply baking them, you are roasting them to the point when they caramelize and become sweet. Trust me, I've done this many times. If you do not reach a point where the tomatoes' acidic nature transforms into something sweet (as you would taste in a well-cooked pizza sauce), the combo of ricotta and roasted tomato just won't taste as good.


Step 4 - Finish with ricotta: Remove the sizzling, caramelized tomato halves from the oven. Plate them and add a tablespoon of fresh ricotta on top of each half. Garnish with another sprinkling of oregano (or Italian Seasoning mix) and your favorite salty, finishing cheese like Pecorino Romano or Parmesan, and...


Eat with joy!
 ~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



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