Typically, risottos are made of refined rice known as Aborio. By using barley instead, you get tons of heart healthy benefits! Barley is a cholesterol lowering soluble fibre. (recipe found on the heart and stroke foundation of Canada website)
In honour of Mirjam. This soup is called Fakess (pronounced 'fahKESS') in Greek. It is very good. This belongs to that category of Greek cooking called 'Ladera' which, literally translated, means 'made of oil'. Olive oil is not just a fat, it is a key ingredient and flavour booster and is totally necessary. When my oldest son was turning 4 and I asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner, this is what he ordered. I've given directions for both conventional cooking and crockpot - which I tried today. The pearl barley is not traditional, but we really like it. I think it's the aftermath of a Campbell's Beef with Vegetables and Barley fixation I had in the a long time ago.
This is a simple soup, delicious and bursting with nutrition. It can be made a day or two in advance, leaving out the pasta and Swiss chard. Just before re-heating the soup, add them in, so they retain their bite and colour.
(Marinating from 1 hour to 24 and accounts for the prep time.) This was my tasty intro to tofu ("a good, low-fat, meatless source of protein") from Marion Kane's TORONTO STAR food columns and her BEST OF FOOD COOKBOOK. Ms. KANE credits CHEF ETA BRAND with this amazing creation. Thank you both!
This Bonnie Stern "Heartsmart" recipe makes about 48 pieces and are a great snack or dessert. Ms Stern suggests eating them with yogurt cheese or fruit sorbet; or as a side dish with savoury foods like pork or roast chicken.
Ratatouille is usually a savoury vegetable stew cooked on top-of-the-stove ... but roasting in the oven intensifies the flavours. For a main course, serve this with salad and crusty bread. (I enjoy it on top of shredded lettuce with a dollop of yogurt cheese.) The recipe comes from Bonnie Stern's MORE HEARTSMART COOKING.
Flavorful, filling, healthy and delicious, this is more colorful and interesting than basic beans and rice...kidneys, black beans, garbanzos, spices and a dollop of peanut butter make this dish awesome, and it's easy to make! Seems a bit thicker than a stew to me. Oh, and my toddler loves it!
This recipe makes a large amount but don't worry when you taste this you won't be able to keep your spoon out of the bowl it is *that* delicious! Plan ahead this salad *must* chill for 24 hours before serving. Adjust the Tabasco and all seasonings to taste. This is perfect for a barbecue get together or to take to a potluck!
This fits the bill when I'm craving Chinese take-out minus the MSG. The TVP makes a great substitute for egg and boosts the protein content without adding cholesterol. This is inspired by a recipe I found here: http://ericglover.com/Vegetarian_Vegan_Fried_Rice_Recipe.html. Prep time is for cooking rice while chopping veggies. Serves about 4 as an entree or 6 as a side.