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Perfect Storm

Vegetable Quesadilla

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Ignoring the random snow we had yesterday (none of which stuck), I think it might be safe to say that spring is finally here!  I am ready for the ground to thaw so that I can start clearing out all the old beds and start figuring out my plan for this year.  As far as gardening goes this year is going to be a pot garden, since there is no established garden at our new place and I have no idea what areas of the yard will get the right amount sun – with the exception of the patio.  The few flower beds in the front of the house are home to a few types of ivy, both poisonous and non, so odds are nothing new will get planted there until I know the nasty stuff is gone.  However the first step is going at least a week without frozen precipitation.  Today’s recipe is wishful thinking in that it features all the vegetables that I’m hoping to grow in my garden.   From tomatoes to spinach to red onion – this cheesy treat is packing with the good stuff!

Spring Vegetable Quesadilla

Serves: Yields 2 10inch quesadillas

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (for non-dairy be sure to use a "meltable" variety)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 10 inch tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup pre-soaked black beans, well rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced and deseeded (optional)
  • 1 cup spinach, shredded (make sure it's super dry)
  • 1 cup kale, shredded (make sure it's super dry)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix the shredded cheese/"cheese" with the cayenne powder, ground cumin, chili powder, and minced garlic. Set aside
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla on the skillet and cook for 2 minutes before flipping. Place 2 tbsp of cheese on the tortilla, then layer with half of the tomatoes, spinach, kale, onions, and black beans. Place another 2 tbsp of cheese then top with another tortilla. Use a panini press or smaller skillet to weigh down the top of the quesadilla.
  3. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until lightly brown, and then gently (carefully!) flip to the other side. Repress the quesadilla and cook for a final 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove to a plate and allow to cool for 2 minutes before cutting up with a pizza slicer. Serve as is or with sour cream, salsa, and/or quacamole.

Notes

Avoid place two quasadillas in the same skillet as uneven cooking can result. For those of you with multi-tasking skills use two front burners to prepare two at a time!

http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/perfect-storm.html

I’ll always be a fan of dishes that allow for easy seasonal switches.  Garden overflowing with zucchini?  Toss them in!  Growing three types of tomatoes?  Add them all!  I decided to stick with the spring greens but look forward to trying a summer variety in the coming months.  With that in mind I’m sending this over to the amazing Ren and her  Simple and in Season April blog challenge, which is being hosted by Michelle who blogs over at Utterly Scrumptious  I can’t wait to see all the early Spring treats everyone will be sending in!!!

Starts to Snow

“Franks” and Beans

"Franks" and Beans

Welcome to a BONUS Secret Recipe Club posting!  This month I’m featuring an orphan blog from Group C as part of Group D’s link-up, with my normal Group A recipe coming next week.  I’m so excited to be starting another year with SRC, I have meet so many amazing bloggers and found so many incredible recipes.  Which is why I jumped at the chance to adopt and orphan blog, and what led me to Mary Anne and Mariel’s Feast on the Cheap.  This mother-daughter duo focuses on meals that can feed your entire family on a budget that won’t break the bank.  They also have one of the more extensive recipe pages out there, focusing not only on the type of meal but also what budget category it fits in.   I was immediately drawn to the picture for the $10 meals, but made sure to check all of her categories to insure I found the perfect recipe.  In the end I “narrowed” it down to five recipes before finally deciding that the Franks and Beans were too good to pass up – after a slight twist.  I’ve never been a fan of cold beans while Joe is not a fan of raw red onions, so I decided to serve this salad hot.

"Franks" & Beans

Serves: Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 package soy chorizo (or tofurkey) sausages, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cups Kidney beans, presoaked, drained, and well rinsed
  • 2 cups black beans, presoaked, drained, and well rinsed
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a deep saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes before adding the sliced sausage. Cook for 6 minutes, or until sausage is just starting to brown on each side.
  2. Meanwhile mix up the dressing by combining the cider vinegar, olive oil, dry mustard, and ginger.
  3. Add the jalapeno along with the diced sweet potato. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add the pre-mixed dressing, bring to a quick boil and then turn down to a simmer before adding the beans. Cook for 10-15 minutes, the sweet potatoes should be soft with slight browning on the outside.
  4. Top with the fresh cilantro and then serve with some fresh greens and Enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/01/starts-to-snow.html

This dish was perfection!  Per the original suggestion I served with some leafy greens, massaged kale in this case, and added some fresh sourdough bread to round things out.  Originally this dish had corn in it, but from the grocery store to my house the corn went MIA so I added a bit more sweet potato which worked very well – tho I do want to try this dish again with the corn.   I’m also hoping to make her s’more brownies because they sound beyond insanely good.

 

Alright Already

Santa-Fe Rice & Beans

Santa-Fe Rice & Beans

When I saw the /52weeksofcooking challenge for last week, I was a bit thrown.  TV dinners aren’t something I grew up eating, outside of the rare kidcuisine, and most TV dinners follow a very standard non-vegetarian format.  While I debated replicating the format (1 meat, 2 veggies, 1 dessert), I also thought about some of the vegetarian friendly frozen dinners I enjoyed in high school.  When I first started out on the vegetarian path I had very limited cooking experience, and very little time to experiment since I had school, choir, and a part-time job.  When I got home from work at 10PM I wanted something quick and easy, so microwave dinners were perfect.  One of my favorites was called Santa Fe Rice & Beans, and while I haven’t had it in almost a decade I can still remember the “trick” to getting the rice to be warm without overcooking the beans.  So I set out to recreate this late childhood dish, with delicious (and healthier!) results.

Alright Already

Serves 5-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 serrano chili, diced (can sub jalapeno)
  • 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, pre-soaked (if needed)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock, low sodium
  • 1 14.5 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-soaked black beans
  • 1 cup pre-soaked pinto beans
  • shredded cheese, optional
  • sour cream (optional)
  • tomatilla salsa (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cooking for 7 minutes before adding the pepper. Cook for an additional three minutes.
  2. Add the quinoa along with the brown rice, vegetable stock, tomatoes, and half cup of water. Bring to a quick boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove cover, stir, and then add the remaining water along with the beans. Recover and cook for a final 10 minutes. Fluff the quinoa then serve and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2013/11/alright-already.html

This might not be the standard TV dinner, but I can promise that I enjoyed this dinner many times while watching ER or Law & Order or whatever was on at 10 o’clock back in NBC’s glory days.   I used homemade salsa verde (tomatillo salsa) based on the recipe on this page, however jar salsa, or a tomato based salsa, would work just as well.

Hear Me Roar

Black Bean and Mushroom Casserole

Black Bean and Mushroom Casserole

Time for September’s edition of the Secret Recipe Club!  This month I was assigned Mellissa’s awesome A Fit and Spicy Life blog, which was total perfection.   We are BIG fans of spice over here, and always trying to be good decisions when it comes to what we eat.  I found so many delicious recipes on her blog, including an incredible sounding summer chili, a very cheerful salad, and a new way to make a veggie friendly pasta sauce.  In the end I sent all my choices over to my better half who selected Mellissa’s twist on a Mexican Casserole.  I’ve done a few Mexican Lasagna/Casserole dishes but never one that included mushrooms so I was all on board for this dish!  I had tons of fresh peppers in my garden so I decided to toss a few of them in as well.

Hear Me Roar

Serves: Serves 5-6

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 lb mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups black beans, pre-soaked and drained
  • 8 corn tortillas, halved
  • 2 cups salsa, I used homemade salsa verde
  • 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet, add garlic, onions, and mushrooms and cook for 7 minutes. Add he peppers along with the cayenne and cook for an additional 2 minutes before adding the black beans. Stir to combine and cook for a final 2 minutes.
  3. Place 5 tortilla halves in a 2 quart baking dish, top with half the mushroom mixture, 1/2 cup salsa, and cheese. Add another layer of tortillas, mushrooms, salsa and cheese. Top with remaining tortilla halves, salsa and cheese. Cover, bake for 15 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is brown and bubbling.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2013/09/hear-me-roar.html

Make sure to check out all of Mellissa’s delicious recipes, including her version of this simple dish.  It came together to quickly, and can easily be adapted by switching up the salsa or beans used in the dish.   I’m also sending this to /52weeksofcooking for their pepper entry, for while peppers aren’t front and center in this dish they certainly added a strong pop!

Fire Burning

Salsa Verde Black Bean Tacos

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Last meet submission for the /52weeksofcooking Taco Week challenge!  I actually made this on Monday but had a rather insane week that resulted in way more delays then I thought possible.  When it comes to tacos I tend to make my black bean sweet potato ones, after all they served at our rehearsal dinner so I’m more than a little partial.  However for this challenge I wanted to go outside of my normal taco shell and try something really different.  The first thing I wanted to do was make a soft taco, and with that a filling that would have some bit to it as a contrast to the shell.  I wanted to keep beans as the primary protein but wanted to include something different.  After debating squash, zucchini, green peppers, and tomatoes I decided to try tomatillos – seeing as how I’m a huge fan of salsa verde.  I still wanted tomatoes, and more color, so I made some pico de gallo and also cut up some avacados to give them an extra boost.  The end results were flavorful and extremely filling soft tacos that provided the perfect punch of heat.

Fire Burning

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced and divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 serrano chili, diced and divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayanne powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tomatillos, husked and loosely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans, presoaked
  • 8 soft shell tacos
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. Add the tomatoes, half the onions, cilantro, half of the chili, and garlic in a large bowl and blend well. Place in fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat and add the various seasonings. Heat for one minute before adding the remaining onions. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the remaining serrano chilis and cook for another 3 minutes before adding the tomatillos. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
  3. Once the tomatillos are soft add the black beans and continue to stir until everything is well blended.
  4. Meanwhile begin to heat up the soft tortillas either using a small skillet or the microwave. Fill with the bean mixture, the pico de gallo, and slices of fresh avocado.
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2013/03/fire-burning.html

For additional toppings Joe added cheese to his tacos while I stuck with some sour cream and some salsa verde.  I’m sure there are other ways I could have incorporated the tomatillos but cooking everything in the same pan allowed the the flavors to all build and blend, resulting in a delicious combination of flavors.