Mc Wha?

July 19, 2014

OK…Maybe a Mc “don’t ask don’t tell”.  It’s one way to dress my Black Bean and Quinoa burger. A homemade veggie patty never tasted this good. Some mushrooms, red pepper, a little cooked quinoa and black beans are the base with an egg, a little bread crumb and some parm…spooned into patties and sautéed in some olive oil. Add some “special” sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion and a sesame seed bun and you’ve gone Mc Meatless.

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Dip it…dip it good

April 22, 2012

This white bean dip is easy, easy and easy. It makes a great light lunch when paired with some bread and crudite’ and can rise to the occasion as an appetizer when you’re entertaining. Similar to hummous ( and lower in fat) yet there are no exotic ingredients here…it’s likely you can whip some up right now. Blend in your processor a can of drained and rinsed white beans, a couple of cloves of garlic roughly cut, 2-3 tablespoons of general use olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice (I have found I like to use the brine from pepperoncini as the acid) and a good pinch of kosher salt and a few good grinds of black pepper.  This recipe,http://www.pbs.org/everydayfood/recipes/white_bean_dip.html, can be tweeked as I did to suit you own taste and menu changes. Love some capers? Add the juice and then fold some in…love cumin? sprinkle it on. Now, go make yourself a snack.

Eat your broccoli.

February 21, 2012

I love coleslaw. My favorite being the one they serve at Gladstones in the Pacific Palisades on the ocean.In the middle of winter here in the cold midwest I’ve come up with a slaw that is not confused with a summer picnic cabbage based coleslaw yet still satisfies my coleslaw cravings. And, it’s simple, simple , simple…not even a recipe really…just a guideline. Take a bag of Brocco Slaw ( or rainbow/confetti slaw mix) that’s a blend of shredded broccoli stems, cauliflower hearts,red cabbage and/or carrots and add about 1/4 cup of chopped red onion. Mix up a quick slaw dressing of 1/2 cup of Hellmans, a good splash of cider vinegar, a teaspoon of Sugar in the Raw , a pinch of kosher salt and a grind or two of pepper. Pour over the vegetable mixture to lightly coat. Top with 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola. That’s it. An easy winter slaw with a surprise ingredient that won’t loose it’s crunch.