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Creamed Spinach

This is a wonderful, simple recipe, especially if you have the Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce in your refrigerator. It is a wonderful way to use up some greens that you have on hand and do not want a salad. It works well with kale, spinach and many other kinds of greens. It is packed with flavor and nutrients.

In a large pan wilt the spinach over medium heat. Use vegetable stock as needed to wilt spinach. When the spinach is wilted add the Cashew Béchamel Sauce. Stir to coat the spinach leaves. Remove from heat.

Note: This can be served over brown rice or in a pasta dish. That is what I did it was amazing. I will share that with you in an upcoming post.

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White Bean and Tomato Ragu

This is a simple, yet, flavorful meal. It requires very few ingredients and is made in under 30 minutes. The ragu would be great for meal prep for your lunch during the week, just double the ingredients.

  • vegetable broth for sautéing
  • 3/4  c, onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic,minced
  • 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained (1 1/2 c)

Add onions and All-Purpose Seasoning to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, until onions are translucent. Add garlic and continue to sauté until garlic is fragrant.

Add red pepper flakes, tomatoes and cannellini beans. Stir and cook until thoroughly heated.

I served the ragu over polenta medallions. However, you could serve it over rice, pasta or eat it all by itself.

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Easy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

My husband and I have been talking about me making this for longer than I can remember. So today is the day. It is simple to make, yet it does take a little time. However, most of that time is hands off. The oven is doing all the work, which is okay with me.

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The recipe generously serves four. That means we will have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Gravy:

  • 2 1/4 c vegetable stock
  • 1/4 c coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Savory Spice Blend
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cauliflower and Veggies:

  • 1 whole cauliflower, leaves and center stalk removed,
  • 4 large carrots, large chopped (I used rainbow carrots for their variety of flavors and colors)
  • 4 medium potatoes, large chopped
  • 16 oz. whole button mushrooms, halved
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth

Dip cauliflower into gravy mixture until it is thoroughly coated.

Note: I let the cauliflower head marinate in the gravy mixture while I cut up the other veggies.

In a large baking dish or cast iron skillet arrange the cauliflower in the center and the remaining veggies around the cauliflower.

Pour vegetable broth over carrots and potatoes. This will help the veggies steam. Pour half the gravy over all the ingredients. Cover baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.

Uncover baking dish and pour remaining gravy over all the ingredients. Bake for 30 minutes. (I did baste all the veggies about half way through this second roasting.)

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

My Air Fryer is mostly a french fry fryer, so I thought I would try brussel sprouts in the air fryer. This recipe has three ingredients, not counting any sauce. Some of you are probably a little more experienced with the air fryer then I am. I have not had it very long, but I plan on trying out some new recipes using this wonderful machine.

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and toss until the brussel sprouts are coated with the seasoning.

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I have a Nuwave air fryer, The directions call for preheating at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Add sprouts to air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes. Pause cooking process to shake sprouts about half way through. The sprouts are done when they are fork tender and caramelized on the outside.

Serve with your favorite sauce. I like maple syrup.  You could do a combination of maple syrup and stone ground mustard. Both ways are tasty.

Note: You may have to take out the smaller sprouts and continue cooking the larger ones.

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Roasted Baby Golden Beets

We went to Whole Foods yesterday. It was a fun trip. It is a vegan eaters dream. I decided I would pick out two vegetables that I have never made before – Beets and Orange Cauliflower. I have had beets one time in a restaurant, and I loved them. I saw these golden baby beets and knew I had to make these as one of my new veggies.

I served this in a salad. The recipe will follow soon in another post. If you have not tried golden beets you are missing out on a truly delicious bite.

  • 4 baby golden beets with leaves
  • All-purpose seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash beets thoroughly. Cut ends off of beets. Save the leaves for future use.

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Place beets into a parchment baking bag or make a packet out of the parchment paper and sprinkle with my All-purpose seasoning.

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Lay parchment packet onto sheet pan. Place into oven and bake for 60 -75 minutes. The beets should feel tender to the touch, but not mushy.

Remove from oven and let cool until you can touch them so that they can be sliced.

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Note: This would be the time you would peel them if you prefer. It is a personal choice.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Batch Cooking – Vegetables

Batch cooking is one of my favorites ways to get a lot of variety into my meals throughout the week. By chopping and dicing one time during the week I can get a lot of my meals half way finished before it is time to eat.

This is just a sampling of what I do. I try to vary the vegetables every week, so it does not get boring.  This is what was in my refrigerator at the time.

  • Green Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet Potatoes

There really is no rhyme or reason to the ingredients, it is just what caught my eye when I went to the grocery, and what I had not yet used.

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I chopped all the veggies. Then I tossed them in some vegetable broth and All-purpose  Seasoning.  Then I roasted them at 425 degrees until the veggies were fork tender.  Each veggie is a little different, depending on its density. The key is the hot oven.

What to do with all of these? Well, Buddha Bowls are always good. Use brown rice, millet or quinoa for a base and go from there. There is also wraps. Use a gluten-free tortilla, some greens, the roasted veggies and your favorite sauce and you have a fabulous meal in minutes.

Soups are great for using up the remnants of the veggies. You could make it chunky or creamy by using a blender. Throw in some type of grain and greens and you have something different.

Quesadillas are a fun way to use the roasted veggies. Maybe, a tofu scramble or breakfast burrito. There are so many possibilities, and you do not have to eat the same thing over and over.

Just by adding a few seasonings or some fresh items you can transform any meal.

I mentioned sauces. Everything tastes better with a sauce. Here a few I like to use.

I hope I gave you some fresh ideas to help your meals come together. There is no need to spend the whole day or evening in the kitchen if you do not want to. Let it not be a chore, but a culinary adventure.

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Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans with Walnuts

Roasting is my favorite way to prepare vegetables. It enhances their natural flavors, making them come alive. By roasting my veggies my hands are free to work on other parts of the meal while the veggies do their thing.

This mixture has color, crunch, crispy and creamy all on one sheet pan – Yum. the smell is divine. I generously season the vegetables with my All-purpose Seasoning. This recipe is under 5 ingredients.

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  • 16 oz baby golden potatoes, quartered to like sizes
  • 10 oz green beans, fresh
  • 1 c walnuts, shelled
  • All-purpose Seasoning
  • Cooking Spray (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread veggies out evenly onto a sheet pan.

Spray veggies with cooking spray. (optional)

Generously season veggie mixture with All-purpose Seasoning.

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Roast vegetables for 20 minutes. Stir vegetables halfway through the cooking time.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Savory Roasted Butternut Squash and Broccoli

When I roast vegetables I try to roast a mix of different types and colors of veggies. This makes your meals more interesting and nutritious. These two different veggies make such a beautiful combination. They are bright, colorful and delicious.

I used my new Savory Spice Blend on these lovelies and the have came out of the oven amazing. I am looking forward to you trying this new spice blend blend.

  • 1 bag of broccoli florets, frozen
  • 1 bag of butternut squash frozen, cubed
  • Savory Spice Blend

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Spread out vegetables evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle Savory Spice Blend onto veggies.

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Roast vegetables for 20 minutes. Stir vegetables halfway through the roasting process.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Smokey Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower with Lime

This was another assignment for my cooking class. The lesson was roasting vegetables without oil. The outcome of the assignment turned out very well. I divided the finished product to use in two different dishes. One for a bowl meal and the other for a creamy dip.

Today I will show you the base of these two different dishes. Then I will do two other posts for these two dishes another time. Actually, I think I will have three different meals out of this sheet pan of cauliflower. I love it when I can stretch an ingredient into multiple different meals.

Note: You can find the recipe for Smokey Southwestern Seasoning in the basics section or you can purchase the blend pre-made on my store page.

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat (this is what I used).

In a large bowl mix together broth, half of lime – juiced and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning.

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Stir in cauliflower florets into marinade.

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Evenly distribute cauliflower onto sheet pan. Add lime half to sheet pan.

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Roast cauliflower for about 20 minutes. Halfway through roasting process stir cauliflower.

Remove from oven. Using tongs to pick up lime half and squeeze juice of lime onto roasted cauliflower. Stir.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Baby Potatoes Topped with Spinach Artichoke Dip

The truth is I made this up for a meal for myself. It wasn’t this pretty, yet it is just as tasty. This is a little bit more elevated to the original Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip just by switching out the base ingredient. These would be great for small parties : Baby showers, Dinner parties, and even a Girl’s Night In. There are so many possibilities.

I have a secret for you, but you can tell anyone you want. I used leftover roasted baby potatoes for these little delectable bites. The combination is … it is so hard to put the right words for these little bites. They are that good and they look pretty.

I promise people will think you worked really hard. I made these a day ago. All I had to do was warm the spinach dip and baby potatoes in the microwave and assemble. However, they are just as good cold.

  • Spinach-Artichoke Dip
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • Fresh Parsley

Slice as many Roasted Baby Potatoes as you think you will need. I would use about 4 halves per person. Warm in microwave (if using leftover, cold potatoes). Otherwise, slice potatoes in half when you are able to handle them.

Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip in microwave until heated through. Length of time depends on your microwave.

Assembling is extremely simple. I like to give the potatoes a light smash, just enough to give them a slightly flat base. This helps the potatoes stay upright. Put a dollop of dip on top of the potato. I used a teaspoon, however you could use a snipped ziplock bag and pipe it onto the potato. That would probably be easier. Garnish with a fresh parsley leaf.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.