Cauliflower Gratin

This is such a yummy veggie dish – it takes about 45 min to bake, with a total time of about 1 hour – so it may not work for a crazy weeknight.

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 16 Kalamata olives, halved & pitted
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp nut milk
  • 6 oz feta
  • 1/4 c bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a casserole bowl with olive oil.

Steam cauliflower until just tender.

Toss tomatoes, garlic, olives, thyme, salt and 1 tbsp oil in a large bowl, toss with cauliflower and place in casserole.

Pulse milk and cheese in a food processor until blended but a little chunky. Spread over cauliflower.

Toss together bread crumbs, pine nuts and 1 tbsp of oil and spread over cauliflower and bake for 45 minutes.

Serves 4 – 6.

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Indian Butter Chickpeas

Another winner from Skinny Taste! So easy – I cooked it in the pressure cooker – it can also be slow cooked for 6 – 8 hours.

  • 2 15 oz cans Chickpeas, drained
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam Masala
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 c full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c cilantro, minced
  • 2 c cooked rice

Put all the ingredients except rice and cilantro in a pressure cooker. Add 3 c water and stir to combine.

Seal and cook on high for 12 minutes. If sauce is thin, cook on reduce for 10 – 20 minutes.

Serve over rice with cilantro garnish.

Serves 6 – 8.

Lentils with Broiled Eggplant

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Yes, I’m obsessed – Ottolenghi is a god in my world. This is an amazing meatless Monday dish. It might be pushing it for a weeknight meal, but you can roast the eggplant in advance. Leftovers – can’t wait!!

Ingredients:
2 medium eggplants
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 c lentils
3 small carrots, peeled, chopped small
2 celery stalks, chopped small
1 bay leaf
3 springs thyme
1 onion, minced
3 TBSP olive oil
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 c chopped herbs, dill, parley & cilantro
2 TBSP Greek yogurt

Prick eggplant all over, broil for an hour turning several times until charred and collapsed. Let cool then scrape out flesh and drain for 30 min. Chop, stir in 1/2 TBSP vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Lower temp to 275 and roast tomatoes for 25 min. Set aside.

Cook lentils according to package stir in carrots, celery, bay leaf, thyme and onion. Cook until tender about 25 minutes. Remove bay leaf and thyme. Add rest of vinegar, 2 TBSP olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir in herbs and tomatoes.

To serve, spoon lentil into bowl, pile on eggplant and top with a dollop of yogurt.

Serves 4

Ricotta Pancakes with Tomato Sauce

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Another winner from Jamie Oliver. I have yet to complete one of these in 15 minutes, it’s more like 30 minute meals. I served this with crispy asparagus fries.

For the sauce
1 oz dried porcini mushrooms, soaked, drained and chopped. Reserve 1/2 the liquid
Red pepper flakes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
28 oz tomatoes, puréed
8 black olives, chopped
½ a bunch of fresh basil
Salt and pepper

For the pancakes
1 large free-range egg
16 oz ricotta cheese
1 tsp nutmeg
Zest from one lemon
1 c Parmesan cheese
2 TBSP flour
Salt and pepper

Combine tomatoes, porcini liquid, other sauce ingredients in a 3 qt saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 30 minutes, until thickened.

Combine ingredients for the pancakes in a large bowl. Heat a griddle over medium high heat. Scoop out about 1/4 c onto the griddle and cook for about 4 minutes, flip and cook for about 3 more minutes.

Serve a scoop of sauce with 2 pancakes.

Serves 4.