A meatless main course or delicious side. Or cut in smaller slices as an appetizer. Uses humble, button mushrooms. Looks tricky, but is very simple once you have the veggies sliced. Depending on your cheese, you may want to use a different herb than basil. Note: do not try to substitute frozen spinach for fresh - it will be too wet, and make your tart soggy.
This recipe, adapted from Steven Raichlen's "Big Flavor" cookbook is a winner. Easy to make, and very tasty. Have sauce made and veggies prepped before you start cooking. Sub snow peas for green beans when in season - delicious.
I think I found this idea in Cooks Illustrated, but it was so easy, I didn't save the article. The marinade flavors the meat, and will protect it during grilling so that your kebabs won't dry out. It will not, however, tenderize a tough cut of meat, since it has no acid in it. Choose a nice cut of beef: strip steak, a thick loin steak (sometimes labeled as london broil), or tri-tip roast all work nicely here. (times do not include marination)
I should start by saying, “I hate ratatouille”. I’ve always had an over-cooked stew of forgettable vegetables. But when I saw this in Cuisine at Home, I had to try it. Modified to use purchased pastry crust – if you prefer, make your own. I tweaked vege ratio slightly to suit our tastes. It looks more complicated than it is. Once the veges are prepped, it comes together quickly. Try it for a show-stopping vege side at a barbeque, or an elegant vegetarian main dish. Try to choose squash of similar diameters, and slice peppers and onion to similar size.
A family favorite of ours, posted at my son's request. I'm not certain, but I think the recipe may originally have come from a Frugal Gourmet cookbook. A food processor really helps with all the chopping. We like it with crusty bread and a simple green salad. Editted to note: This is NOT a thick cream soup - it's brothy, with a light flavor of cheese.
A mayonnaise sauce with a little different twist. I was surprised and pleased to find that the typical seasonings in curries work so well with artichokes. Hope you enjoy this. (Low fat mayo works fine in this recipe, but bottled lemon juice doe not - use fresh squeezed) Note: the sauce is highly seasoned. If you wish a milder sauce, reduce all spices to half.
We especially like this tasty side dish from "Quick and Easy Chinese" by Nancie McDermott when served alongside spicy pork or shrimp dishes. As written, this is a fairly mile dish. We like spicy foods - "Optional" ingredients are my additions.
A classic salad with an Italian twist. Note: Olives, artichoke hearts, and salami all add salt, so you may find you don't need further salt in the salad. Serves 2-3 as a main course salad, 4 as side salad.
This relish from "The Joy of Pickling" has replaced sauerkraut in our house. Sour, sweet, and spicy, it's great for topping hot dogs or as a side with sausage. Serve hot or cold.
Editted to add: Feel free to substitute other commercial vinegars. I often use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, as white wine vinegar can be a bit expensive.
I find feta cheese a little strong for my taste, so I developed this recipe for spanakopita, using a blend of feta and ricotta (also helped me empty my frig!) The addition of mushrooms may not be authentic, but it's very tasty.
An easy, tasty mixture of vegetables, marinated in balsamic vinegrette. Holds well, so great for picnics or potlucks. Best when all vegetables are cut to similar size. Avocado may not be an authentic addition, but we like it - change the vegetables to suit what you have and what you like. You may have to adjust the salt, depending on whether you use olives and feta cheese or not.
This is our family’s favorite Nicoise salad. You can substitute canned tuna or grilled chicken for the grilled tuna. Change out the vegetables to suit your taste. The dressing is the best part – flavorful enough to stand up to the potatoes and tuna, without overwhelming the greens. I like to use a mix of lettuces in this salad – for flavor and appearance. Serving size is a generous plateful.
Adapted from Cuisine at Home. This is spicy and flavorful, but not particularly hot. Don't skip the fruit salsa - the sweetness really plays off the spicy pork. Use a commercially available salsa or make your own from one of Zaar's many options. One with pineapple works especially well