This is a great carrot salad to complement yesterdays’ stew or any other entree.. in fact, it will delicious with any grilled meats/seafood! I have buying the most gorgeous looking multi colored organic carrots from Trader Joes but any kind of carrots will do, in face you can buy the pack of already shredded carrots to keep things simple. Either way, this is a yummy salad!
- 4 to 5 carrots, peeled and grated
- 3 to 4 navel oranges, cut into segments and squeeze the juice and keep aside for dressing
- 4 green onions, chopped
Transfer all the ingredients to a serving bowl. Keep aside.
- ½ cup orange juice
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds, crushed
- 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon harissa paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
Transfer all the ingredients to an airtight container. Mix well with the lid on. Taste for seasonings. Pour half of the dressing onto the salad, mix well and add some salt to adjust seasonings. Pour more dressing if needed. Let the salad sit for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.
This is a great vegetarian stew to make for company or through the week- and a great recipe to post for meatless Monday!! It does have a whole lot of ingredients but most of them are very common and are usually in a pantry. Harissa is a Moroccan style condiment that is made with red peppers and can have some heat as well… it is commonly found in super markets…
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 tablespoon harissa paste
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 1 large yellow pepper, chopped
- 1 14 ounces can of tomatoes (I used fire roasted with green chilies)
- 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets
- 1 14 ounces can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 to 4 cups water or vegetable broth
Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion and cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cinnamon, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. Saute for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the garlic and dates and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the harissa paste, tomato paste and flour. Saute for another 2 minutes. Add the carrots and pepper. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cauliflower and chickpeas. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes and add the water or broth. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Lower the heat and cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue cooking till the consistency is of a thick stew. Check for seasonings and keep aside.
- ½ cup green olives, chopped (I used olives stuffed with garlic)
- ½ cup parsley, chopped
- ¼ cup golden raisins, chopped
- Zest of one large lemon
Mix the olives, parsley, raisins and lemon zest in a small bowl. Top the stew and serve.
Great healthy way to start off the new year!
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Roast the cumin and coriander seeds in a cast iron skillet on a medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till the seeds become aromatic. Take off the heat and grind smooth in a coffee grinder. Take out in a small bowl and add the turmeric and cayenne pepper. Keep aside.
- 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon harissa
- 3 to 4 medium yellow potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 medium turnips, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 to 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup green olives, sliced
- ½ cup dried apricots, sliced
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons dried mint, crushed
Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste, harissa and the spice mix. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the potatoes, turnips, carrots, chickpeas, chicken stock and salt. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes. Take the lid off and check to see if the root vegetables are tender. Mash some potatoes with the back of a wooden spoon to slightly thicken the liquid. Add the olives and apricots. Turn the heat up to cook off some of the excess liquid to get the desired consistency- it should be like a thick soup. Add the almonds, cilantro, parsley and dried mint. Check for seasonings and serve with couscous.
- 3-4 pounds whole chicken, the breast taken apart
- 1 large onion, cut into half
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, with skin on
- 1 cup dill
In a large stockpot, add the chicken pieces, onion, carrots, garlic cloves and dill and cover it with about 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer removing the foam off the top periodically. Take the breast pieces out after about 15 minutes. Cook the rest on a simmer for 2 hours.
Cool the broth off and take the chicken pieces out. Shred the breast pieces including the rest and keep aside to add to the soup right before serving.
Strain the broth and smash all the vegetables with the back of a ladle and strain as well. Taste the broth and add salt if needed.
- 1 packet Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix
Follow the recipe to make the matzoh balls. Also add the following:
- 1 small shallot, grated
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 2 tablespoons dill, chopped fine
Mix the shallot, garlic and dill into the matzoh ball mix and cook according to the directions.
- 2 carrots sliced in rounds
- 2 teaspoons dill, chopped
- 1 cup shredded chicken
Bring the broth to a boil and add the carrots and chicken.
Add the cooked matzoh balls to the broth and taste for seasonings. Add the dill right before serving.
- 12 ounces jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Saute the shrimp on high heat for 30 seconds on each side. Sprinkle salt and take out onto a lined platter. Cut each shrimp into three and keep aside.
- ¼ cup pancetta, chopped
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
- ½ cup carrots, chopped
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white wine
- 1½ cups seafood or shrimp broth
- 1½ cups low-fat milk
- ¼ cup half and half
- Juice of half a lemon
Add the pancetta into the same saucepan and sauté over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic and carrots. Saute for another 2 minutes. Add the thyme and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the white wine and scrape off the brown bits from the bottom. Add the broth and milk. Whisk the liquid on high heat and bring to a boil making sure all the lumps are smoothed away. Lower the heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the shrimp pieces and cook for 2 to 3 minutes making sure the shrimp is cooked. Add the half and half and turn the heat off. Check for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Add the lemon juice and serve hot with crusty bread.
I would highly recommend this recipe for bolognese sauce- it is easy to make and really delicious! The pancetta and sausage flavor it amazing.. definitely worth a try…
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
- 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- ½ cup pancetta, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 large Italian sausage links, meat taken out of the casings
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup beef or chicken broth
- 2 cups whole milk
- ½ pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, celery, rosemary and thyme. Stir and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add one teaspoon of salt. Add the pancetta and sauté on medium heat till the vegetables are soft and pancetta is crispy. Add the beef and sausage and separate vigorously with the back of a wooden spoon while stirring. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat. Add the white wine and scrape off all the golden brown bits from the bottom. Add the tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add the tomato sauce, broth and milk. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium low heat with lid on for 2 hours. Stir every 15 minutes or so to check the consistency. Once the consistency is according to taste, check for seasonings and serve with spaghetti.