Avocado and White Bean Sandwich

Such a yummy lunch!!

2 medium avocados, pitted and peeled

1 15 oz can white beans, rinsed

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp chopped fresh thymw

1/2 tsp tarragon, minced

Salt and peoper

4 slices bread, toasted

2 roasted red peppers, halved

4 slices of sharp cheddar cheess

4 c baby lettuce leaves

Combine avocados, beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, herbs and salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse till smooth.

Spread on 4 slices of bread. Top with roasted pepper, cheese and lettuce leaves.

Serves 4. 8 WW Pts

Green Goddess Sandwich

This is adapted from Bon Appetite. It’s so yummy!

  • ¼ c finely chopped chives
  • ¼ c mayonnaise
  • ¼ c basil
  • ¼ c Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ head of butter or Bibb lettuce leaves
  • ¼ English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bread
  • 8 ozs fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 2 cups sprouts (such as broccoli sprouts or alfalfa)
  • Place chives, mayonnaise, tarragon, and yogurt in a blender. Add zest and juice of 1 lemon half; season with salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.
  • Divide and smash avocado between 2 slices of bread; season with salt and pepper. Arrange lettuce and cucumbers over. Top with mozzarella and sprouts. Spread remaining 2 slices of bread with ¼ cup green goddess dressing and close sandwiches.

Serves 2.

Grilled Peppers and Burrata

This is a perfect accompaniment to what ever you are grilling! Quick, easy and oh so tasty!

4 medium bell peppers, quartered

4 oz Burrata or mozzarella

3 tbsp minced herbs – basil, sage, chives, tarragon

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Balsamic glaze

Toss peppers in oil. Cook on the grill over medium high heat until nicely chard on both sides – about 4 min per side.

In a bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss with herbs and cheese. Drizzle with balsamic.

Serves 4.

Peanut Sauce Tofu with Roasted Brocolli

This is the perfect meatless Monday recipe, the broccoli and tofu roast in the oven while you whip up the sauce. Dinner in under 30 minutes.

1 (12- to 14-ounce) block of tofu (firm or extra firm)

1 lb of broccoli cut into florets

1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or natural peanut butter is best — no chunks)

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons lime juice (or orange juice)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil (olive oil can be used if you’re in a pinch)

1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce or sriracha

Preheat over to 425.

Press the moisture out of the tofu, I like to wrap it in a towel and put a heavy plate on top of it.

Chop the broccoli, toss it with some olive and salt and pepper and spread out on a baking sheet.

Cut the tofu into bite size pieces. Place on a baking sheet that has been oiled. Spray the tofu and pop the tofu and broccoli in the oven. You want to toss them several times to make sure they brown evenly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

I’m a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl to make the sauce.

In a large bowl, place 1/2 the peanut sauce and toss the tofu in the sauce. Divide the tofu and broccoli on to 2 – 4 plates and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Buttermilk Caesar Dressing

Another winner from Eating Well! The served it on salmon. I just mixed up a batch for quick lunches. I would add anchovy paste next time.

1/2 c buttermilk

1/4 c greek yogurt

1/4 c parmesan cheese, grated

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp dijon

1 clove garlic

I’m a blender or small food processor combine all ingredients and pulse till combined.

Lemon Chive Langoustine Orzo Salad

This was inspired by Eating Well. I had some langoustines so used them instead of shrimp. I added asparagus and swapped out dill for lots of fresh chives that came in my CSA. It is a delightful salad, great for picnics and tastes better the next day.

8 oz orzo or small pasta

1 lb langoustines, shrimp or bay shrimp cooked

4 c snap peas, cut into bite size pieces

1 lb asparagus, steamed and cut into small pieces

1/4 c olive oil

1/4 c minced chives

1 tbsp dijon

Zest and juice of one large lemon

Salt and pepper

Cook orzo according to package.

Combine oil, lemon juice, mustard,chives and salt and pepper in a large boil and whisk to combine. Add veggies and shrimp, toss to combine. Drain orzo and stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6.

Ricotta Stuffed Portobellos

These are so quick and easy! Serve with a salad and you have a quick weeknight meal!

4 large portobello mushrooms, gills and steam removed

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 c ricotta cheese

1/4 c chopped basil

1/4 c parmesan cheese, grates

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Mix cheeses, basil and 1/4 tsp salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Brush mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill fill side up for 5 minutes, flip and grill a other 6 – 8 minutes until tender. Mound ricotta in the cap and grill for 5 minutes until hot.

Serves 4.

Fried Rice

  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 4 oz ham or pancetta, diced
  • 2 medium carrots small dice
  • 1 small onion small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup asparagus, sliced thin
  • 4 cups cooked and chilled rice (I either use white or brown rice)
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • sliced green onions for garnish if desired

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter into a large skillet.
  • Add the eggs and scramble until fully cooked. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of butter into the pan.
  • Add ham or pancetta, carrots, asparagus and onion to the pan and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add in the cold rice and peas and sauté for 3-4 minutes. The rice should brown up a bit.
  • Add the eggs back to the pan and stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes to heat through.
  • Serve immediately with green onions for garnish, if desired.

Tempeh Ruben

This is almost vegan. It tastes amazing! Even hubby liked it! Next time I’d pop them under the broiler to melt the cheese a bit more.

8 oz tempeh, sliced in half and quartered

2 tsp olive oil

1/4 c orange juice

1/8 tsp ground ginger

Dash of allspice

1/8 tsp mustard seed

1/8 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp minced garlic

Salt and pepper

4 slices Swiss of vegan cheese

1 c sauerkraut, drained

4 slices rye, toasted

Thousand island dressing

Combine olive oil, oj, ginger, allspice, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper in a zip lock bag, add tempeh and marinade for 30+ minutes.

Cook the tempeh in a skillet over medium heat until browned.

Spread 1 tbsp thousand island dressing on bread, top with tempeh and Swiss cheese.

Crispy Potatoes with Avocado Salsa

This is so yummy! Thanks Food & Wine for the recipe!

1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

1/3 cup cold water, plus more as needed

1 medium serrano chile, stemmed, seeded (if desired), and roughly chopped

3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems, divided

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 small avocado, pitted

1/2 cup pickled hot jalapeño slices (such as Mezzetta) plus 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling liquid

2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated on smallest holes of a box grater (about 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss together potatoes, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a rimmed baking sheet, and spread in a single layer. Bake in preheated oven until fork-tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven.Step 2    

Increase oven temperature to 500°F. Using the bottom of a 1-cup dry measuring cup, smash potatoes to about 1/2-inch thickness. (Make sure smashed potatoes are still in a single layer.) Drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Bake at 500°F until bottoms of potatoes are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Flip potatoes, drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake until edges of potatoes are crispy and golden, 8 to 12 minutes.Step 3    

While potatoes bake, process onion, 1/3 cup water, serrano, 3 tablespoons cilantro, lime juice, and remaining 11/4 teaspoons salt in a blender until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add avocado, and process until smooth, about 10 seconds. If needed, pulse in additional cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach a thick but pourable consistency.Step 4    

Transfer warm potatoes to a large bowl; add pickled jalapeño slices and pickling liquid, Cotija, and 1/2 cup cilantro; toss to coat. Spoon avocado salsa into 4 small bowls; top evenly with potato mixture, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.