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Sneak Peek: Fred and Ricky’s in Maryland Heights

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

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Grab-and-go is about to get healthier in Maryland Heights. Fred and Ricky’s opens doors tomorrow, April 8, at 64 Weldon Parkway. Co-owners Kathleen “Fred” Waidmann and Richard Waidmann have custom-built a 5,000-square-foot commissary kitchen to prepare plant-based, health-focused meals.

As The Scoop reported in November 2015, Fred and Ricky’s menu features dishes without meat, dairy, eggs, refined sugar or oil. A small storefront at the commissary kitchen houses a refrigerated case displaying packaged breakfasts, salads, soups, baked goods and entrees like mushroom barley risotto and Plantsagna, a vegetarian lasagna with dairy-free cheese.

Chef Andy Harris has scaled up Kathleen Waidmann’s recipes that she developed for her husband, who follows a plant-based diet. While the Maryland Heights location is only grab-and-go, the Waidmanns are already working on another satellite location at 11252 Olive Blvd., in Creve Coeur, which will offer a handful of seats for customers. That location is slated to open at the end of the month.

Rather than operate a full-service restaurant, the Waidmanns said they opted for a grab-and-go operation to provide nutritious meals quickly for workers looking for a fast lunch or an easy dinner option. Mostly single-serving portions are packaged in recyclable, BPA-free plastic containers and include microwave reheating instructions. The Waidmanns hope to expand their concept quickly, adding more locations to be supplied from the Maryland Heights kitchen. They’re also planning a delivery service.

Fred and Ricky’s will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when doors open tomorrow morning:

 

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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

Meatless Monday: Roasted Cauliflower With Olives, Currants And Tahini Dressing

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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This vibrant dish adds dimension to ho-hum cauliflower. While the veg roasts, make a rich sauce with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Toss with the roasted florets and spike the salad liberally with briny kalamata olives, sweet currants and fresh parsley for a bowlful of goodness to start your week off right. Click here for the recipe.

 

Just Five: Madras Egg Salad

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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It’s that time of year when people divide themselves into two camps: those who are grossed out by a sudden surplus of hard-boiled eggs and those who celebrate it. I myself am a card-carrying member of Camp Celebration. I love hard-boiled eggs sliced up and thrown into salads, eaten for breakfast with a little hot sauce, or made into just about any kind of egg salad. This mustard-free version adds mango chutney and garam masala for a slightly sweet, Indian-inspired take on the classic. I included instructions for the perfect hard-boiled egg in case you didn’t get around to it (or failed miserably on your first try), but for those of you with eggs to burn, it’s as simple as peel, chop and stir. To gild the lily, serve this on thin slices of radish.

 

Madras Egg Salad
4 servings

6 eggs
4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. minced green onions
2 Tbsp. mango chutney
1 tsp. garam masala

• Place the eggs in a large pot and cover with 1 inch cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high, then immediately cover and remove from heat. Let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Plunge eggs into ice water and let rest until cool.
• To easily shell hard-boiled eggs, place 1 egg in a small glass or mug, fill halfway with water, cover with 1 hand and shake vigorously over a sink to crack the shell. Peel the shell away, and repeat with the remaining eggs.
• Roughly chop the eggs, then add them to a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Meatless Monday: Leeks Vinaigrette

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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Make a dent in that mountain of colorful hard-boiled eggs with Leeks Vinaigrette. Simmer the trimmed leeks in water, then marinate them in a vinaigrette of Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and fresh tarragon. Before serving, cover in chopped hard-boiled egg for a decadent finish to this simple dish. Click here for the recipe.

 

 

Meatless Monday: Spring flatbreads

Monday, March 21st, 2016

 

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Spring is on its way, and we’re bridging the gap with winter citrus and spring produce. These recipes call for gluten-free, vegan flatbread, but feel free to swap out for your favorite, then get creative with this blank canvas. We topped one with Spring Asparagus and Herbed Goat Cheese (recipe here), then topped another with fresh Strawberries and Blood Orange slices (recipe here) for dessert.

 

Meatless Monday: Roasted Beet Salad

Monday, March 7th, 2016

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In these last few weeks of winter when we’re craving fresh produce, we turn to ruby red beets to brighten up our Meatless Mondays. This gem of a Beet Salad sees roasted beets diced and dressed with ginger, chives, balsamic and garlic for a zippy bite sure to put a spring in your step. Get the recipe here.

 

-photo by Michelle Volansky  

Meatless Monday: Skillet-Glazed King Trumpet Mushrooms

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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Break away from basic baby portobellos and try Skillet-Glazed King Trumpet Mushrooms. Saute them in a pan until lightly browned, then add chopped shallot, butter, thyme and vegetable stock. Reduce until the stock and butter form an unctuous glaze, then season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Meatless Monday: Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Start your week off right with this simple, spiced Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup. Roasting the carrots first brings out their inherent sweetness, while fresh ginger adds heat. Finish with a glug of coconut milk for creaminess and round out the flavors. Get the recipe here.

 

Meatless Monday: Black Bean and Quinoa Burritos

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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Toasted Black Bean and Quinoa Burritos offer all the heft of a Mexican classic sans meat. Here, black beans are ever so slightly blitzed with red wine vinegar, lime juice and a jalapeno, then wrapped up in a tortilla with a quinoa-corn-red onion mix. The burritos are dry-toasted in a cast-iron skillet for crunch. Serve with salsa and guac for a protein-packed meal that won’t weigh you down. Get the recipe here.

 

Just Five: Pasta with Braised Onion Sauce

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Alchemy: The medieval forerunner of chemistry based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir. See: braised onions.

Cooking onions over low heat for a long time is one of the most magical food tricks around. Also it’s simple to do – it only requires patience. Those pesky tears resulting from slicing onions will be transformed into tears of joy when you taste this super simple pasta dish. With a great flourish and an abracadabra, dinner is served.

 

Pasta with Braised Onion Sauce
4 servings

½ cup (1 stick) butter
1½ lbs. (about 3 to 4) yellow onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup Marsala wine or Madeira
1 lb. spinach fettuccine or other long noodle pasta
¼ to ½ cup grated Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

• In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute about 10 minutes, until evenly coated in butter and softened. Add the salt* and stir well. Reduce the heat to low and slowly caramelize, stirring occasionally, 35 to 45 minutes, until the onions are jammy.
• Stir in the Marsala and cook 3 to 4 minutes, then remove from heat. Set aside.
• Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and add the pasta to the skillet over medium heat. Toss to coat.
• Divide the pasta evenly among 4 bowls. Serve with Parmesan cheese and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

*Stubborn onions refuse to caramelize? Add 1 tablespoon sugar with the salt to urge the process along.

 

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