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Roasted Zucchini/Yellow Squash July 31, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 8:41 pm
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This is my mom’s favorite zucchini recipe that she makes every summer. I have, being me, updated it. Either version is delicious. 

 My mom’s version:

Quarter the zucchini. Top with grated Parmesan. Roast in toaster over till done, about 20-30 minutes.

My Version:

Quarter the yellow squash. (The squash was ripe sooner that my zucchini–both are really good in this recipe.) Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into baking dish. Add salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, fresh diced garlic, and cayenne. Add the squash and coat with the olive oil mix for 10-15 minutes. Roast in toaster oven for about 15 -20 minutes. Remove and add grated Parmesan cheese. (There are some good vegan parmesan cheeses these day, if you are so inclined.)  Return to toaster oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is all gooey and melted. Remove. I like to serve this over brown rice sprinkled with plenty of nutritional yeast. 

ENJOY!

 

 

 

Stuffed Peppers with “Cheesy” Sauce July 25, 2017

 

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Stuffed Peppers with “Cheesy” Sauce

It’s summer! I LOVE summer! Here in Oregon, summer is just right. The weather, the beauty all around us, the fresh fruits and veggies….Life just doesn’t get much better. My little garden is doing splendidly this year and I am eating a lot from it and sharing the extra. Since the broccoli, yellow squash and zucchini are abundant now—turn your back for a few hours and they grow like mad—I am coming up with new ways to prepare them. Thus, the inspiration for this recipe.  You can easily make as many stuffed peppers as desired. Just increase the ingredients accordingly.  If you haven’t tried a nutritional yeast sauce, you may be surprised how good it is. I have to make myself leave the kitchen so I don’t eat it all out of the pan. This recipe doesn’t take as long as it looks like. It’s maybe about 15-20 minutes hands on and makes for a nice company dinner.

Ingredients:

For the stuffing

1 bell pepper, any color, halved and de-seeded

1 cup cooked rice

¼ to ½ cup, to taste, diced red onion

2-4 cloves garlic

1 cup veggies, chopped fine. I used the above-mentioned ones.

Olive oil for the pan

 

For the “Cheesy” Sauce

¼ cup olive oil, earth balance, or a mixture of them both

About a ¼ cup flour. White works best.

About a ¼ to ½ cup nutritional yeast

About ½ cup mix of water and veggie broth

Salt, pepper, and seasonings to taste. I used thyme, oregano, and a bit of cayenne.

 

Directions:

Bake the pepper in a toaster or regular oven till tender, about 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, sauté the onions and the cup veggies till just tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic towards the end. Set aside

Melt and/or heat the olive oil and earth balance in a frying pan. Add the yeast and whisk. Add broth water, whisk, Add spices. Continue whisking until thickened. Remove from heat.

Stuff the peppers with the rice/veggie mix, then top with sauce. Bake about 10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Lentil Soup December 13, 2016

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It has been very cold, so I’ve been making lots of different soups. Soups warm you up inside and out, and are very filling.

One of my basics that I make quite often is lentil soup. If you aren’t familiar with lentils, then I suggest that you google them, They are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=52)

I usually add a carrot, but I didn’t have any. I did, however have a sweet potato, so I used that instead. I’m flexible like that. 🙂 It was just as good. I had half of a tomato, so i threw that in, too,. You can start this soup simmering a few hours before you want to eat, and most of that time this takes is the soup cooking.

Ingredients:

2 cups lentils, rinsed

Water to cover, about 4 cups

Garlic and onion, diced, about ¼ cup

¼ to ½ cup carrot or sweet potato, diced

1/2 of a tomato, diced

1 teaspoon veggie bouillon

Bay leaf, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne, to taste.

¼ to ½ cup cheese, optional

Directions:

Simmer lentils in water about 1 ½ hours, until almost tender, Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer about another 15-20, or until done.

Stir in cheese, if desired. This is good with corn bread and a salad.

 

Chocolate Coffee Biscotti October 15, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 11:07 pm
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These are an Italian breakfast cookie, made to be dunked into your morning cup of coffee. The name appropriately means twice-baked. It is a stormy autumn day and thus perfect for making the house smell good and baking something yummy. I have been invited to Sunday brunch tomorrow by a very nice new friend, and I am making these as a hostess gift. Sssshhh. Don’t tell her. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup sugar

 

1/3 cup canola oil

¼ cup brewed coffee

¼ cup almond or other plant based milk

 

¼ cup walnuts, chopped, optional

 

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients well. Mix the next three ingredients together. Pour oil mixture into the flour and stir well. Add more liquid if needed. Add walnuts. This will make a soft dough. Half the dough and roll each out into 1” logs. Place on unoiled cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes. It should still be soft when you take it out. Let rest for about 10 or 15 minutes. Cut into ½ “pieces and return to a 375-degree oven and bake for another 20 minutes. They should be crispy after baking the second time to hold up to being dunked. This makes about two dozen pieces.

 

ENJOY!

 

CACIO E PEPE September 2, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 5:55 pm
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The seasonal change in light has a big affect on me. I feel the change as the bright, brilliant summer light gives way to the softer, weaker sun of the autumn season. It leaves me feeling a bit melancholy and low-spirited. Does anyone else feel this way? This past Tuesday was when I felt the light sifting as another season slipped away. I have by now figured out ways to combat this feeling, by burning candles and stringing white lights all over inside, and I adjust pretty quickly.

The good thing about this change is that I feel like cooking and eating again. I’ve never had much appetite in the summer time and mostly just munch on whatever’s ripe in my garden. I made myself a new recipe last night and I think it came out well enough to share.  Like most of my recipes, it is quick and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

6 oz. pasta

1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Several fresh basil leaves, diced

About ¼ cup reserved pasta water

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. I also added a sprinkling of cayenne.

 

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

While pasta is cooking, put the rest of the ingredients, except the pasta water, in a large bowl and mix well. When the pasta is done, drain, remembering to reserve some of the water, and add cooked pasta to the bowl and stir, adding enough water to help coat the pasta. Serve with French garlic bread and salad, if desired.

 

ENJOY!

 

Sweet & Sour Zucchini Salad August 27, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 6:19 pm
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This recipe is inspired by my mom. She gave it to me the last time we visited and gave me a serving of this salad. Since I have more zucchinis than I can possible eat or even give away, I made a big ol’ batch. I’ve modified this recipe slightly and cut it in half, so you can easily double it if desired.

Ingredients:
½ of a large zucchini-cut small
½ red onion-diced
Minced jalapeno, to taste
2-4 cloves garlic-diced
½ green pepper-diced
1 tablespoon organic sugar
1 tablespoon agave
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon tamari-optional
1 tablespoon dill
1 teaspoon cayenne
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Dice the veggies, put in bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well.
This is even better the next day, after it has marinated.

Enjoy!

 

Black Bean Dip May 7, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 10:17 pm
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Yummy Black Bean Dip

My office just had its first art of the year. (My “day-job” is a Realtor.) It was a blast and I had a lot of fun. The first Farmer’s Market of the year was held at the same time. As a veggie addict, I was thrilled. Since it was eve of Cinco de Mayo, I made a black bean dip for the Art Walk and served it with corn chips. I made a large bowl and it all disappeared quickly. I make beans from scratch, but if you wish, you can use canned beans. Pinto beans would work well too, but since black beans are my favorite, I used them. They have an astonishing nutritional profile, besides being delicious. This makes up really quickly, once the beans are cooked. And, here’s my recipe.

Ingredients:

 2 cups black beans

¼ to ½ red onion, depending on your taste, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, diced

Cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.

Lot of cilantro, if you like it.

Salsa or Salsa Verde to taste

1 small container of sour cream

 Directions:

Put beans in food processor, or smash them with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. That’s it—you’re done!

 

ENJOY!