Veggie & Egg Skillet

Vegetable Egg Skillet

Veggie & Egg Skillet
Serves 2 – 3
Can be doubled | Can be halved | Makes great leftovers | Freezes well

This is a new favorite of ours for breakfast or lunch. Scott created the basic recipe years ago – he’s a master at making up delicious scrambled egg concoctions! This one has always stayed in our rotation, we love the interesting addition of oregano and cumin. Lately we’ve been making it as a frittata style skillet dish instead of as a scramble. You can slice it into wedges which look really lovely on the plate. For our Tablespoon version we use three egg whites and two whole eggs for 2 servings, but you could make it with all egg whites if you’re really trying to cut down on the fat.     ~ Susan

Ingredients

3 large egg whites
2 whole eggs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (more or less to taste)
1/3 cup red onion – small dice
1/3 cup yellow pepper – small dice
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons olive oil
sea salt to taste
optional garnishes – crumbled goat cheese, minced red onion, chopped fresh herbs, hot sauce

Instructions

Whisk all the eggs together with the sea salt and set aside.

Place an oven rack on the top setting in the oven (making sure your skillet will fit).
Preheat your oven broiler.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium sized oven-proof non-stick (or well seasoned cast iron) skillet.

Saute the onions and peppers for one minute. Add cumin and oregano and sauté another two minutes.

Add spinach leaves and saute for a few seconds or until lightly wilted.

Pour egg mixture, covering veggies evenly. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover skillet and let the mixture cook for 3 minutes.

Remove cover and place skillet under the broiler. Close oven door and broil for another 2 minutes, or just until the rest of the egg mixture has set.

Use an oven mitt to remove skillet from oven. Add garnishes of your choice, slice into wedges, and serve warm.

Serving Suggestions

Toasted whole grain bread or fresh seasonal fruit are both good choices for a perfect carbohydrate accompaniment.

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Bharati’s Gujarati Cabbage

Bharati’s Gujarati Cabbage
Serves 3 to 4 as a side dish
Can be Doubled| Can be Halved| Makes Great Leftovers

One of the best things about being married to Mahir is the wonderful introduction I’ve gotten to Gujarati food. Gujarat is the region of India where his family comes from (they now live in Bombay), and the cuisine there is completely different than the Punjabi food I grew up with. My mother-in-law, whose name is Bharati, is one of the best cooks I know, and I love going to Bombay every December and getting spoiled by her cooking. Traditional Gujarati food can be heavy and is even laced with sugar, but Mahir’s dad is a diabetic so she’s a very health conscious cook. I had a craving for her cabbage a few weeks ago and called her to ask for the recipe. I had always imagined it to be some complex combination of spices but was surprised by how simple it is. Since no recipe is a substitute for her touch, I’ll still have her make it for me when I visit, but this is a pretty darn good fill in!     ~Shivani

Ingredients:

1 head of green cabbage, finely shredded
1 tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil
juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of garam masala
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of coriander power
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1/4 cup of water

Instructions:

Toss cabbage with the salt and half the lemon juice.

Marinate for 30 minutes.

Warm a large nonstick on medium heat, and add oil.

Add mustard seeds, and cook until they pop, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Add spices in the oil, and mix well.

Add in water, mix with spices and let the mixture come to a gentle boil.

Add in cabbage, and mix well.

Cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Turn off heat, and toss with the rest of the lemon juice.

Serving Suggestions:

Try with the tofu recipe from last week and some roti or whole wheat tortilla or serve alongside the tandoori tilapia from a few weeks ago and some brown rice.

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Indian Stir-Fried Tofu

Indian Stir-Fried Tofu
Serves 2 to 3
Can Be Doubled| Can Be Halved| Makes Great Leftovers

Tofu is an incredibly bland source of protein on its own, but the great thing about this low-fat food is that it picks up the flavor of anything you add to it. For me, that usually means Indian spices. This stir-fry version is very satisfying even for a non-vegetarian like me and is an ideal meatless addition to any Indian meal. The funny thing is that I couldn’t come up with on my own – I left Tess in charge, and she creatively came up this recipe- she’s become more Indian than us!     ~Shivani

Ingredients:

1, 15-ounce packet firm tofu
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, minced
1 tomato, chopped
2 teaspoons of olive or canola oil
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
2 teaspoons of coriander powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
a large handful of cilantro, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Heat oil in a medium nonstick pan.

Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes or until onion softens.

Add tomatoes. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add spices except for cilantro and stir together with tomato and onion mixture.

Add 1/4 cup water, and let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add in tofu and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in cilantro.

Serving Suggestions:

Roll this tofu up in a whole-wheat tortilla as a wrap and have some crudite as a side. Or, serve over rice and have with any Indian vegetable.


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Stir-Fried Kale

Stir-Fried Kale
Serves 2 to 4 as a side dish
Can be Doubled| Can be Halved| Makes Great Leftovers

I’m sad that all the bountiful produce that comes with summer has come to an end, but I look do look forward to some of the wonderful vegetables that come into season in fall and winter like kale. This leafy dark green vegetable is a true nutrition powerhouse- besides being low in calories and high in fiber like most vegetables, it has calcium, iron and Vitamins A,C and K. It also has nearly seven time the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. I love putting it in soups and making kale chips, but one of my favorite standbys is a simple stir-fry. The scallions in this recipe add an a nice onion flavor that’s not too overpowering- the earthy taste of the kale itself is meant to shine.

Ingredients:

1 large bunch of kale, washed and chopped into medium sized pieces
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Warm oil over medium heat in a large nonstick pan.

Add garlic, and fry in the oil for one minute.

Add in scallions, and fry together with garlic for an additional minute.

Add in kale, season with salt and pepper, and keep stir-frying with the scallions and garlic until the leaves wilt into the pan- about three to five minutes.

Serving Suggestions:

Try with simple grilled chicken breasts and a crusty whole-wheat roll or alongside any grilled fish like salmon, halibut or tilapia.

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Creamy Beet Salad

Creamy Beet Salad Low Fat Recipe

Creamy Beet Salad
Serves 2
Can be doubled | Can be halved | Makes great leftovers

In this recipe, simply steamed beets are paired with a ridiculously easy dressing and some crisp raw red onion to create an elegant appetizer or side dish that is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. While beets are available all year round, their peak season around these parts is from June through October, so I’ve been taking advantage of the gorgeous varieties available from our local farmers lately. When you buy a bunch, save those beet greens too – they’re fantastic sauteed with a touch of garlic or added to soups!   ~ Susan

Ingredients:

2 medium-small beets, or 1 large
2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion or sweet vidalia onion
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
optional – chopped parsley, dill or chervil for garnish

Instructions:

Scrub the beets well or peel them.

Slice into thin slices.

Steam beet slices for 3 minutes or just until fork-tender.

Let beet slices cool to room temperature.

In a small dish combine mayo, vinegar, a touch of salt and a good dose of pepper.

Place beets, red onion, and dressing mixture into a mixing bowl and toss gently just until combined. Divide equally onto two plates.

Garnish with fresh chopped herb of your choice and serve!

Serving Suggestions:

I like this salad on its own as an appetizer or snack.

It’s a great side dish for lemony grilled chicken, along with some green vegetables such as steamed broccoli, asparagus or green beans or a green salad.

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Zucchini Indian Style

Zucchini Indian Style
Serves 3 to 4
Can be Doubled| Can be Halved| Makes Great Leftovers

Zucchini is a favorite vegetable of mine, but you’ll usually never see it on Indian restaurant menus or find Indians cooking it with the Asian touch. I was in Bombay last December staying with my in-laws, and while visiting a grocery store in the Breach Candy area that carries foodstuff not commonly found in India, I saw a basket of verdant green zucchini begging to be bought. My mother-in-law is an exceptional cook, but her cuisine is limited to that of her upbringing so I picked up two zucchini and asked her to make it for me with her touch. She was hesitant as she had never cooked this vegetable before, but, not surprisingly, the recipe came out delicious. And, my mother-in-law tells me that she liked it so much that she’s added it to her repertoire as well even though I’m not there.     ~Shivani

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini, cut into coins and halved
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 medium tomato, diced into small chunks
1/2 onion, cut into thin slivers
1 tablespoon of canola oil
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of coriander
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 cup water
cilantro, finely chopped for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Warm oil in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat.

Saute garlic and onion for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.

Add in tomatoes, and cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in spices into onion tomato mixture, and fry for two minutes.

Add in zucchini and water cook until soft but not overly mushy (about 5 to 7 minutes).

Turn off heat, and garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Serving Suggestions:

Try this with Aparna’s Turkey Tikkis and some warmed whole wheat rotis (whole wheat tortillas make a fine substitute).

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Roasted Beets, Turnips & Carrots

Roasted Beets, Carrots & Turnips Low Fat Recipe

Roasted Beets, Turnips & Carrots
Serves 2
Can be doubled | Can be halved | Makes great leftovers

Lately I’ve been craving beets, so I picked up a bunch from our farmer friends down the road. When I roast beets I like to mix them up with other vegetables. Here’s a great trio – the colors are lovely and you get three distinctly different flavors in each bite. The mellow carrots, the sweet, earthy beets and dare I say ever so slightly “bitter” turnips are a great combination! Any of them roasted by themselves are fine, but when roasted together like this they all shine. I’d serve this medley as a side dish for chicken or turkey, or even alongside simply herbed and grilled fish with a wedge of lemon.     ~ Susan

Ingredients:

1 large turnip
2 medium beets
2 large carrots
2 teaspoons olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Cut all the vegetables into 3/4 inch cubes.

Toss them in a mixing bowl with the oil, salt & pepper until evenly coated.

Arrange in a single layer in a casserole or baking dish, and cover with foil or casserole lid.

Let vegetables roast, covered, for about 35-45 minutes, just until tender and very lightly browned on the bottoms. They’re ready!

Serving Suggestions:

You’ve got a classic roasted vegetable side dish here, pair it with herbed chicken or turkey, or try the grilled fish suggestion! Halibut, tilapia, even a simply broiled filet of sole would be great.

These roasted gems would also go very well with the Savory Baked Tofu recipe I posted a couple of months ago.

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Ameeta’s Crunchy Grilled Okra

Ameeta’s Crunchy Grilled Okra
Serves 2 to 3
Can be Doubled| Can be Halved

I have to apologize for this not-so-great shot which was taken on my iPhone at dusk, but this recipe is so good that I’m hoping you’re willing to overlook the bad photography. Ameeta is one of my mom’s close friends. Everyone covets invitations to her house because she is one of the best cooks around and always surprises you with her creations. She had us over last weekend for a last minute barbecue, and the spread, as usual, for incredible. She started us off with these crispy ladyfingers. I posted an Indian style okra recipe a while back, but I have never had them grilled whole. The idea wouldn’t have occurred to me, but Ameeta is a star with the unexpected. Since there is no chopping required, they take take less than five minutes to put together. The dish was wiped out within minutes of her putting it out, and I’m happy to say that I managed to snatch the last one!     ~Shivani

Ingredients:

1 pound of okra, whole
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

Heat barbecue or grill pan to high.

Wipe okra dry with cloth.

Mix together salt, sugar and all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Add oil to okra in a large bowl and toss well to mix using hands to get the okra well oiled.

Add the spice mix to the bowl and toss well to get  the spices to adhere to the okra.

Using a vegetable grilling mesh or a cookie cooling rack (sprayed well with oil) spread the okra in a single layer onto the barbecue or directly onto the grill pan.

Using tongs turn a few times making sure okra is cooked and brown spots appear, about 10 minutes or so in total
time.

Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions:

Try this dish with any type of grilled chicken, fish or meat. They would also be ideal with the Turkey Kebabs I wrote on a few weeks ago.



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Lemon & Sage White Bean Spread

Lemon & Sage White Bean Spread Low Fat Recipe

Lemon & Sage White Bean Spread
Serves 3 – 4
Can be doubled | Can be halved | Makes great leftovers

Here’s an easy alternative to hummus, with a different yet equally delicious flavor profile. White cannellini beans puree up smooth and silky, with very little oil needed to create a velvety texture. Our favorite way to enjoy this spread is with freshly baked whole grain bread, but it’s also good with crackers or vegetables for dipping. For a party or special gathering we’ll serve it along with a platter of grilled or roasted vegetables, a dish of olives and plenty of warm homemade bread. White bean spread is a fantastic appetizer, but makes a perfect light lunch or dinner too. And you can have the whole recipe done in five minutes!       ~ Susan

Ingredients:

1 can white cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or 1 good sized fresh clove of garlic, roughly chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (more or less depending on how lemony you like it)
1 teaspoon dried sage (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped sage leaves)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
water as needed

Instructions:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth and pureed, adding water in very small increments to make a good creamy consistency.

Taste and add a bit more garlic, lemon and/or salt to get it just the way you like it.

Spoon into a serving dish and garnish with a bit of chopped parsley, or fresh sage if you’ve got it!

Serving Suggestions:

This spread is best when served at room temperature.

Freshly baked whole grain bread is our favorite match, but crackers, pita breads or fresh vegetables are very good too.

The spread and bread ensemble travel well – great for taking to a picnic!

For lunch or dinner, serve the spread and bread ensemble along with a big salad – spicy arugula with a simple balsamic vinaigrette topped with a few shaves of Asiago cheese would be divine.

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Poached Huevos Rancheros

Poached Huevos Rancheros low fat recipe

Poached Huevos Rancheros
Serves 2
Can be doubled | Can be halved

This is one of our favorite meals of all time. Seriously, Scott and I eat this a lot! It’s fantastic for breakfast, but makes an equally good lunch or dinner. The combination of eggs, whole grain corn and beans provides great fuel for the body which is also quite easy to digest. If you like Mexican flavors this is going to be a new favorite in your recipe collection. You’ll need 3 pans on the stove (or you can use a microwave for the beans), and a bit of coordination and timing to get everything on the plate, but the extra effort is all worth it when you take that first bite!    ~ Susan

Ingredients:

4 eggs
1 can of black beans
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup of your favorite salsa – try Shivani’s roasted salsa recipe!
1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce
1/4 cup water
4 corn tortillas
1 heaping tablespoon shredded sharp cheddar – Cabot makes outstanding cheddars which are widely available, our favorite is the Racer’s Edge sharp cheddar – we love those Vermont cheeses!
sliced scallions for garnish

Instructions:

Fill a large non-stick skillet (or well seasoned cast iron skillet) with just enough water to poach the eggs (I like my yolks to stay bright yellow, so I poach in a shallow amount of water to keep the tops of the yolks from turning white). Turn on heat to get the water boiling.

Meanwhile, open the can of black beans, drain out a little bit of the liquid from the top. Add the cumin, salt & pepper directly into the can and stir well to combine. Put about 1 cup of black beans in a small pan (or microwave safe bowl) and heat just until hot. Set aside. Save the rest of bean mixture for another use.

Put the salsa, hot sauce and 1/4 cup water into a shallow wide saucepan, big enough to fit a corn tortilla without bending it. Stir the mixture together and turn on the heat. This is your “ranchero” sauce.

Crack 2 eggs at a time into a small dish and gently slide them into the poaching water. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs. Turn heat down to medium and let them cook for about 3-4 minutes, this will give you nicely poached eggs with slightly soft yolks.

While eggs cook, dip one corn tortilla into the warm salsa mixture, leave it in the sauce just for about 10 seconds, then use a wide spatula to transfer it to your plate. Repeat process with other tortillas, putting 2 tortillas on each plate, the second tortilla almost on top of the first one, but a little off center so they’re not completely stacked on on top of each other.

After you plate the sauced tortillas, you can put the heat up to high for a minute to “cook down” the sauce if you want it a little thicker. Divide the rest of the warm ranchero sauce over the tortillas. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from poaching water and place 2 eggs atop each of the 2 tortillas. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the eggs. Spoon the beans onto the plates next to the eggs and tortillas, top with plenty of sliced scallions and dig in!

Serving Suggestions:

Breakfast – this needs nothing else, it’s a perfect meal to start your day.

Lunch or dinner – add a big salad (try lettuce with shaved red cabbage and grated carrots) to complete the meal.

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