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Wheatless Wednesday: Caramelized Fennel, Leek and Cauliflower Salad

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014



During the shift from summer to fall, we start to incorporate foods with more density, complexity and nutrition into our diets as we prepare our bodies for winter. This complex vegetable-based salad was created with a friend as we prepared for a birthday celebration. The result was warm, comforting and made me feel grounded as I approach the slower, cooler autumnal days.

This complex salad tosses together fall vegetables like cauliflower and fennel with mellow leeks. Roasting the vegetables deepens their flavor, while crunchy black walnuts, protein-packed quinoa and bright pomegranate seeds add heft and color to the salad. It’s coated in a simple, tangy dressing made with tart pomegranate molasses, honey and lemon juice and studded with that most quintessential fall spice, sage.

Caramelized Fennel, Leek and Cauliflower Salad
6 servings

1 large cauliflower, cut into large florets
½ cup olive oil, divided
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1½ tsp. sea salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
¼ cup apple cider vinegar, divided
2 large leeks, trimmed and cut into 1-to-2-inch pieces
2 large fennel bulbs, sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp. pomegranate molasses
2 tsp. honey
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup black walnut pieces
½ cup pomegranate seeds
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage

• Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
• In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, the red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon sea salt and black pepper to taste. Spread the cauliflower onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
• In the same bowl, toss the leeks, fennel, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon sea salt and black pepper to taste. Spread the leeks and fennel onto a second baking sheet in a single layer. Roast the two trays of vegetables 30 to 45 minutes, tossing occasionally until caramelized.
• Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ½ cup olive oil, pomegranate molasses, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon and garlic together in a small bowl. Set aside.
• Toss the roasted vegetables, cooked quinoa, black walnuts, pomegranate seeds and sage together in a large mixing bowl. Toss with salad dressing to taste and serve.

Jill Duncan is the owner of Wellness by Jill and follows a gluten-free diet.

Meatless Monday: Veggie burgers, three ways

Monday, September 22nd, 2014



Too often, at-home veggie burgers mean microwaving frozen patties packed with brown rice and whole host of not-so-natural ingredients. But in fact, it’s simple to make veggie burgers at home, and if you have a can of beans, an egg or even leftover pasta, we’ve got three simple veggie burgers that can be on the table in no time.

1. These Falafel Sliders, pictured, are packed with flavor thanks to garlic, red pepper, cumin, coriander and ground turmeric, and are the perfect size for sharing. Get the recipe here. 

2. Italian Bean Burgers use overcooked pasta to bind together white beans, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs for an delicious, vegan take on a classic veggie burger. Get the recipe here.

3. No brown rice flour here – this is a real Black Bean Burger. Two full cups of black beans are pulsed together with edamame and smoky chile powder for heat. Get the recipe here.

Click here to learn more about how to make your own veggie burgers.


-photo by Carmen Troesser

Meatless Monday: Truffle Mushroom Mac-N-Cheese

Monday, September 15th, 2014



We love a good cast-iron pan around here, but it can be used for so much more than getting a fantastic sear on steak or an ultra-crisp skin on fried chicken. In fact, tonight we’re using this kitchen cookware staple for a decadent Meatless Monday Mac-N-Cheese. Cremini mushrooms, Madiera wine, half-and-half and Parmesan enrobe cavatapi noodles with cheesy goodness, but the crown jewel? A generous drizzle of truffle oil mixed into the sauce. You can bake them in individual cast-iron skillets as The Tavern Kitchen and Bar’s Justin Haifley has done here, or pour the whole thing into one big skillet and serve it family-style. Get the recipe for this dish here.

-photo by Carmen Troesser

Meatless Monday: Caprese Salad and Mushroom Ravioli at I Fratellini

Monday, September 8th, 2014



On a gorgeous Meatless Monday like this, we head to I Fratellini in Clayton, where large windows let in the cool late-summer breeze. This time of year, you can’t go wrong with a ginormous caprese salad. A huge slice of grilled, garlicky ciabatta bread is the base for thick discs of bright local tomatoes. These ruby-red gems are crowned with a slab of burrata and finished with a drizzle of pesto.




For your next course, order the mushroom ravioli. Five big ravioli stuffed with house-made ricotta and a medley of shiitake, portobello and button mushrooms arrive in a rich, brown butter sauce. Even more mushrooms are tucked underneath and scattered on top of the pasta, packing an abundance of rich flavor into each bite. Sprinkle your meal with reckless abandon from a cup of grated Parmesan served alongside the dish.



Meatless Monday: Navratan Korma

Monday, August 25th, 2014



This delicious Mughlai dish gets the name navratan, meaning “nine gems,” from its nine different veggies, fruit and nuts. Potatoes, French beans, carrots, green peas, cauliflower and bell pepper are parboiled to hold their texture and  crunchy cashews fried for a deep nutty flavor. But this dish really starts to sing when you toast the spices, perfuming your kitchen with heavenly aromas of garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, red chile powder and garam masala. The whole dish comes together with a few tablespoons of rich cream and sweet, plump raisins. Serve with warm naan or basmati rice for a hearty, veg-filled Meatless Monday. Get the recipe here, and learn more about curries here.

-photo by Carmen Troesser

Meatless Monday: Cucumber Avocado Soup

Monday, August 18th, 2014


On warm summer days, we’re just not up to making elaborate dishes. We need simple, refreshing flavors with little to no cooking involved. This Cucumber Avocado Soup is dual purpose: it fulfills our no-cook, Meatless Monday mandate, and it tackles up the overabundance of cucumbers currently swarming all over our gardens.

All you need is a cucumber, an avocado, some fresh mint, green onion and a jalapeno for kick. Blend it together with buttermilk and ice cold water until you achieve the perfect consistency and chill. At dinnertime, just pour it into a bowl, grab a spoon and kick back and relax. Get the recipe here.

-photo by Laura Miller

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Udon Noodles at Bobo Noodle House

Monday, August 11th, 2014



The vegetarian entrees may be few at Bobo Noodle House, but we could easily see ourselves slurping down a bowl of Vegetarian Udon every Meatless Monday. Handfuls of crunchy shredded carrots, edamame, bell peppers, onions and greens are seared in a wok before taking a tumble in a bed of springy udon noodles. The vegetables hold their crunch against the toothsome noodles, and the smoky seared flavor pops against the thick, savory sauce.

The hearty bowl can easily satisfy one hungry vegetarian, but we made it a meal for two, adding a starter and a side. The Vegetarian Pot Stickers hold a spoonful of bright spinach, crunchy cabbage, crisp carrots and tofu, all sealed in a pan-fried wonton. Dip them in a sesame soy sauce and try your best to share. A cool, refreshing side of Spicy Cucumber Salad rounds out the meal; long, thin strands of shredded cucumber hold their distinct crunch in a chili sauce that caught us by surprise between bites.

We finished our meal – though we barely had room for one more bite – with Bobo’s sesame ball, a table tennis ball-sized orb studded with sesame seeds and filled with thick red bean paste. This savory pop-able is complimentary with each entree.

-photo by Michelle Volanksy

Meatless Monday: Daikon, Apple and Edamame Slaw

Monday, August 4th, 2014



We can only take so much dressing-soaked cabbage at our picnics and barbecues. Shake up your dinner with a cool, refreshing summertime twist on slaw. Inspired by Diane Morgan’s recipe for daikon and apple slaw in Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes, we went a step further, turning her creative dish into a spicy meatless main event. We love this crunchy, flavorful slaw atop pulled pork, but make an extra big batch and scoop in into cereal bowls for a light, refreshing vegetarian meal tonight — no cooking required. Get the recipe for Daikon, Apple and Edamame Slaw here.

-photo by Greg Rannells

Wheatless Wednesday: Raw Zucchini ‘Pad Thai’

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014



Traditional pad Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes and is also a mainstay in many countries outside Southeast Asia. This rice noodle dish commonly features eggs and tofu, sometimes meat, and a variety of saucy, often processed ingredients

As I mentioned in my most recent post, the last two weeks have seen me feasting on only raw, plant-based food. This could seem limiting to many people, but it’s been a great catalyst for creativity in my kitchen. I’ve swapped my toaster oven, microwave and oven for a dehydrator, and my recent Blendtec purchase has changed my perspective on smoothies, whole juices and sauces. If you’re really dedicated, you could even purchase a high-powered juicer to equip the kitchen for a variety of raw food meals and treats (think raw “ice cream”).

This recipe is my attempt to “raw-itize” a universally loved sweet-and-sour dish that could entice any street food-lover in Thailand. I used my Spiralizer to make simple zucchini noodles quickly, but if you don’t have one you can shred them with a food processor or box grater.

In place of soy sauce, I use coconut aminos, a gluten-free substitute made from the sap of a coconut tree. It is much higher in nutritional content than soy sauce, and since it’s a raw product, it contains active enzymes that aid in digestion. You can find coconut aminos at Whole Foods.

Raw Zucchini “Pad Thai”
4 servings

2 extra large zucchinis
½ cup chopped broccoli florets
1 large carrot, shredded
Half a red pepper, cut into matchsticks
3 green onions, chopped
5 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
5 Tbsp. raw almond butter
1 large garlic clove
3 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. coconut aminos*
4 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. raw honey
½-inch piece peeled ginger
1 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
½ cup sunflower sprouts (or bean sprouts), for garnish
½ cup chopped raw cashews, for garnish
Mint for garnish
4 lime wedges for garnish

• Use a Spiralizer to make zucchini noodles or shred the zucchini with box grater or food processor. If shredding, let the zucchini sit in a colander to drain excess water 1 to 2 hours.
• In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini, broccoli, carrot, red pepper and green onion. Set aside.
• In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the basil, almond butter, garlic, lime, coconut aminos, water, honey, ginger and coconut oil until it becomes a very smooth sauce. Pour it over the vegetables and toss.
• Divide the pad Thai evenly among 4 plates. Garnish each with sprouts, cashews, mint, basil and a lime wedge.

*Coconut aminos are available at Whole Foods.

Meatless Monday: Smoked Portobello Sandwich at Sugarfire Smoke House

Monday, July 28th, 2014



Frequenting a barbecue joint and attempting to eat meatless can seem like an exercise in futility. But if there’s ever a time to start murmuring your vegetarian hosannas, it’s while tucking in to the smoked portobello sandwich at Sugarfire Smoke House. The lone meatless entree on the menu, the sandwich at first feels a little like a sheepish afterthought, something the kitchen came up after realizing how much meat it puts in everything. But take a bite and be changed.

It’s not far off the mark to call this a spiffed-up fungiform Big Mac; according to head pitmaster Casey Jovick, that’s more or less what Sugarfire is reaching for. Two balsamic-marinated, smoked portobello are layered between a double-decker bun fresh from Fazio’s Bakery on The Hill. Huge marinated onions, shredded lettuce and sliced pickles are stuffed in between, and slices of American cheese laid over the mushrooms melt and mingle with the house-made “special sauce,” Sugarfire’s knockout take on Thousand Island dressing.

A squirt of any of the house’s menu of bottled sauces would be worth your while, but the coffee barbecue sauce is your best bet. It complements the sandwich’s sharp, vinegary tones with the sweet, earthy notes of coffee. The whole affair is a hot mess – bread, mushroom and fixings toppling everywhere – but catch it all in your tray, wipe your fingers with a paper towel, and scoop up the remnants with a fork.

With a bit of luck, you’ll find crazy corn on the menu, one of several daily rotating side options displayed on butcher paper. The side usually makes a weekly appearance and slings together corn, Sugarfire’s house rub, five cheeses, green chiles, masa and other ingredients (sometimes sausage; vegetarians, keep a watchful eye out) for a piquant, Southwestern-style side. You never knew the meat-free masses could be so at home in the land of barbecue.



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