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« Reply #260 on: February 12, 2012 05:36:23 AM »

Roasted cauliflower. I was looking at Jamie olivers magazine in the shop yesterday, he washes and slices horizontally into inch slices, a whole head of cauil. Puts it on an oiled baking tray and then weights it down with another heavy baking tray and roasts for about 15 mins (I think!) then adds some cumin and coriander and a green olive pastes. Looked good! I think for speed, if you cooked ground cumin and coriander (and garlic..the world is always a better place with garlic) in a little oil and tossed it over the cauli..it would be wonderful!


so my new favourite thing is chana dal..bought in asian food stores, it is basically chickpeas hulled and split, looks like yellow lentils. Apparently very low GI, I soaked overnight and simmered until tender.

I have made another great salad (such modesty!) , mix the cooked chana dal with some finely julienned raw carrot, some citrus juice, I used a little orange and lemon.
Some dried fruit, (i used rasins, sultanas and dried cranberries)
Some spices. A moroccon spice blend is good. I had some ras-el-hanout, some info on spices here http://moroccanfood.about.com/od/moroccanfood101/a/Essential_Spice.htm but basically it would work with things like cumin, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, etc..(whatever you have and whatever you like)
 toss in a little oil, (but it is not necessary, ditto a little sugar or perhaps some sweet chillie sauce)
 some garlic, fresh ginger, salt pepper, fresh cilantro if you have it...and enjoy..it is yum!..and keeps in the fridge for a few days so you can dip into it.
EDIT; add salted peanuts, they are fab and you get the sweet salty thing with the dried friut and the nuts.

today I added some walnuts as I love putting nuts and seeds into things, makes you feel fuller for a lot longer. This will be in my lunchbox at work for the week.

Off now to go and have a first attempt at falafels, pita, salad and tahini sauce, although I might make tatziki too.

EDIT: falafels...so fast, and yummy, I used this recipe. http://mideastfood.about.com/od/maindishes/r/bakedfalafel.htm in a pitta, with salad, tatziki and tahini sauce....*NOMNOMNOMNOM
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« Reply #261 on: February 12, 2012 12:10:24 PM »

So Sean is off work early today, so we made lunch together. This is what we came up with. I call it Cali Style Quinoa. So yummy, and filling. Also, lots of protein for vegetarians like me!

You can find the recipe on my blog.

Could you copy the recipe into this thread? Pretty please? Cheesy
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« Reply #262 on: February 12, 2012 12:11:56 PM »

Haha yea, I was just working on it. They took my picture away cuz it had a link to my blog. Oops. I'll edit this post to include it in a minute.

*EDIT*
Sean got off work early today, which is weird on a Saturday. It left us rummaging around the kitchen looking for lunch. The fridge and pantry are starting to look pretty bare because I go shopping on Tuesdays, and most of our dinners this week were leftovers from last week.

Last night I had pulled out the leftover cooked quinoa from the freezer, and put it in the fridge to defrost. I had thought to make some more yummy quinoa patties with it, but today I had another idea. Totally on the spot, pulling things out of the fridge and cabinet, and handing them to Sean to mix with the quinoa, this is what we came up with (Please forgive the Christmas bowl they are one of two sets of dishes we use in the house, and both are necessary year-round (6 college-age people there are never enough clean dishes)).



Cali Style Quinoa (makes 1 bowl)

Ingredients:

Quinoa (pre-cooked, add as much as you want)

1 Egg

Black Beans (pre-cooked, add as much as you want)

1/2 Avocado

Handful of Mozzarella Cheese

Salt, pepper, and soy sauce

Directions: Put the quinoa and egg in a frying pan, cook like you are making fried rice. Add the cooked black beans near the end (to warm them up). Add avocado at the same time if you want it warm, add it after if you want it cold. Put in a bowl and stir in the cheese. It should melt in and sort of stick everything together. Add salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste.

There are lots of other things you could throw in, too. I just used what I happened to have on hand. Other things that sound yummy: mushrooms, spinach, onions, bell peppers, garlic (will definitely put garlic in next time!), tasty herbs, tomato, corn, etc. Youre really only limited by your imagination and whats in your kitchen.
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« Reply #263 on: February 13, 2012 12:07:21 AM »

That looks great, thanks for posting! Cheesy

Health Prompt for week of Feb 12-18
Challenge: Try one new-to-you fruit or veggie this week OR, a new fruit or veggie recipe. And, ya know, share with the group Grin
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« Reply #264 on: February 13, 2012 06:13:24 AM »

I am so happy to see quinoa recipes...I think it is my favorite food now...I can't believe how filling it is and since it is protein, I never feel hungry...seriously, I have lost a total of 12 pounds by just making a few changes and eating denser, more nutritious foods!  One pant size down!!

Also, all of the cauliflower recipes sound great!  Especially the crust!  I know I have made "mashed potatoes" when I was on Atkins and it is the only thing I loved about that plan...

I continued my subscription to Vegetarian Times, so I hope this will be a chance for me to learn to cook and to cook healthy!

Making my shopping list from all of your ideas! hmmm...new veggie or fruit...I will have to explore...that should be fun!
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« Reply #265 on: February 13, 2012 06:50:29 AM »

I will have to look for that one!  I know I have pears coming in the mail tomorrow, and I am just about done with oranges...hubby loved the kale chips I made and so I think he will try any new thing I bring into the house...
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« Reply #266 on: February 13, 2012 11:21:32 AM »

I fell outta this thread for a while but I am back...
I made roasted chick peas yesterday and really like them!  They taste like Corn Nuts but without all the yucky stuff in them.  I got the recipe from Our Best Bites.  http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/02/spicy-roasted-chickpeas/
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« Reply #267 on: February 13, 2012 11:34:46 AM »

I tried making those once, and failed utterly.  They didn't get crispy at all.  Any tips?
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« Reply #268 on: February 13, 2012 12:19:11 PM »

I love roasted chickpeas! I usually put salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes on them, but I also have a recipe for vinegar and salt flavored. You just boil the chickpeas in some white vinegar for 5 minutes and then let them soak in it for 5 minutes. Drain, heavily salt, and roast as usual.

Ais--Cook them longer! I like 425*, stirring every 10-15 minutes. After 30 min I start tasting. I like them pretty crunchy with a bit of mealiness in the middle, usually 35-45 min.
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« Reply #269 on: February 13, 2012 12:29:29 PM »

lindyv321--you have answered my search for a crunchy snack!  I am a nervous eater and little tiny snacks like that would help (I am told that crunchiness physically takes away tension!)...thanks...I will also use a higher temp, Mare...I like them the same way you do!

mmm salt and vinegar ones...maybe I will do half and half since I know I only have one can of chickpeas... Cheesy
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