Tomato Braised White Beans

This is adapted from Dinner by Melissa Clark – I moved it to the slow cooker and cut back on the chorizo a bit. You can leave out the chorizo for a wonderful vegan meal.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz cured chorizo, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 c carrots, diced
  • 2 c celery, diced
  • 2 c onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz baby spinach

In a multicooker on medium sauté, heat the oil and add the tomato paste, cumin and paprika, stir to combine and cook 1 minute. Stir in carrots, celery, onions and garlic, stir and cook 5 minutes until soft. Add beans, tomatoes, salt, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and chorizo, stir to combine. Cook on low in slow cooker mode for 4 hours.

Season with salt and pepper. If it’s a little thin, cook on reduce for 10 minutes. Stir in the baby spinach.

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil.

Serves 6.

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Veggie Enchiladas

These recipe is adapted from Nopalito – if you leave off the cheese they are vegan. Pick the prettiest veggies you can find at the farmers market – you can use any combo of veggies that is in season for this recipe.

Cilantro Salsa

  • 16 tomatillos, husked
  • 4 jalapeños
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Salt
  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • 1/4 c white onion

In a medium pot, combine tomatillos, jalapeños and garlic, cover with water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

Drain and add to blender with the remaining ingredients, blend till smooth. Chill until ready to use.

Enchiladas

  • Oil for cooking
  • 1 c onion, diced
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c carrots, diced
  • 1 1/2 c small cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 c zucchini, diced
  • 1 1/2 c broccoli florets
  • 1 batch salsa (above)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 3 c jack cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet or Dutch oven heat 1/4 c oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining veggies, raise heat to high and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Add salsa to the pan and bring to a boil, then turn off the heat.

In a dry pan, heat tortillas over medium heat until soft – about 1 minute per side.

Scoop 1/4 mixture into tortilla and fold or roll and place in a baking dish, repeat. Pour any remaining filling and salsa over the top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.

Serves 6.

Crunchy Falafel with Tahini Sauce

These falafels are to die for – crunchy, light, airy – the secret baking soda and bubbly water!! I fried them in a small sauce pan and did 2 – 3 at a time.

  • 1 c dried chickepeas, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 c parsley
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cardomom
  • 1/2 c sparkling water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 – 3 c peanut oil

Combine all ingredients except water water, baking soda and oil in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Scrape into a bowl and gently stir in baking soda and water. Chill for 1 hour.

Pour 2 – 3 inches of oil in a small saucepan fitted with a deep fry thermometer, heat to 350. Scoop 2 tbsp and form into a ball gently drop into the oil and fry for 1 – 2 minutes until golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove abs drain on some paper towel. Repeat.

Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 c Tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c water

Combine in a blender, blend until smooth, use more water to thin if needed.

Serves with Tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, halved cherry tomatoes and Tahini Sauce.

Cashew Cream Arugula Rice Pasta

OMG – I’m a pasta, dairy loving freak and this vegan friendly meal BLEW my mind! Cashew garlic sauce, rice noodles and oodles of arugula – vegan, Whole30 – and hubby had no idea!!

  • 4 oz rice pasta
  • 8 oz arugula

Cook pasta according to package.

Cashew Cream Garlic Sauce

  • 2 c cashews
  • 2 c water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Soak nuts in water for 2 – 4 hours. Plop in a blender and garlic and salt and purée till smooth, add more water to thin if needed.

Put 1 c cashew cream in a 12 inch skillet heat over low heat, add pasta and arugula, toss to coat, add pasta water 1/4 c at a time as needed until smooth and serve with a couple heavy turns of paper.

Serves 2.

Burrito Bowl

Chicken Burrito Bowl is a weeknight dream come true. Slow cook it all day, shred, reduce and chop some veggies. This is whole 30 friendly, as is Lucky Dog Hot Sauce who uses apple cider vinegar in most of their sauces.

Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 c chunky salsa
  • 1 c black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin

Toss in slow cooked and cook for 4 hours on high, 8 on low. Shred and reduce I’d needed.

Bowls:

  • 2 c cooked brown rice
  • 2 c shredded romaine
  • Pics de Gallo
  • Sliced olives
  • Jalapeños, sliced
  • Guacamole
  • Cilantro, chopped

Divide amount bowls and serve.

Chicken Caesar Bowl

This one is so good the cat was begging for it! And it’s Whole30 approved. The chicken needs to marinate for 24 hours. The rest comes together pretty quickly.

Chicken:

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika

Combine everything expect the chicken in an shallow bowl or zip lock bag – add chicken, put in the fridge and flip several times.

Cook on medium high heat on a BBQ for 5 min per side. Let rest 5 min and then slice thin.

Dressing

  • 1 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ounce anchovies, ½ can or about 5 filets
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 ounce anchovies, ½ can or about 5 file
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • Dash of cider vinegar hot sauce like Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

Combine all but olive oil in a food processor, pulse until smooth. With the machine running add oil in a slow stream until thick. If too thick, add water a TBSP at a time.

Salad:

  • 1 head of romaine, chopped
  • 1/4 c olives, chopped
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 c Quinoa, cooked

Toss all salad ingredient except quinoa with a couple tbsp of dressing.

Divide quinoa, salad and chicken among plates.

Serves 6. (Or extras for lunch – dressing will have lots left for future salads).

Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

Everything pretty much closes down on New Years Day in the Greek Country side so I whipped up this little number.

  • 8 – 10 artichoke bottoms, steamed until tender
  • 1/4 c goat cheese
  • 1 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • Parmesan grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • Prosciutto

Preheat over to 350.

Spray a baking dish with olive oil.

Combine the goat cheese, herbs, 2 tbsp parm and salt and pepper. Stuff Artichoke bottoms, top with a little Proscuitto and parm and bake for 20 – 30 minutes until Cheese is melted.

Serves 4.

Baked Eggs in Spinach

This recipe is so a one pan wonder and it tastes amazing. Be sure to take your eggs out before they are fully set as they will continue to cook.

  • 2 leeks, sliced thin
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 12 oz spinach
  • 4 oz feta, crumbled
  • 2 c cilantro, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt
  • Aleppo pepper
  • Hot sauce

Preheat oven to 375.

Melt butter in a 10 inch oven proof skillet. Add leeks, garlic and peppers and cook u til soft over medium heat. Stir in spinach and cilantro, cook until wilted, stir in feta. Break eggs into the spinach and bake for about 7 minutes. Season with salt and Aleppo.

Serves 4.

Butternut Squash Soup

Low slow is the key here! The fried leeks are worth cleaning another pot.

Soup:

  • 2 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 leek, sliced thin
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, chopped and cored
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 quart veggie or chicken stock
  • 1 c lite coconut milk

Garnish:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4 leeks, sliced thin
  • Coconut milk for drizzling

Toss all the soup ingredients in a slow cooker EXCEPT the coconut milk and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4.

Purée with an immersion blender, stir in coconut milk and keep warm.

Add oil to a large skillet, heat over medium and cook leeks until crispy.

Serve with leeks and a drizzle of coconut milk.

Serves 6.