Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Meatless Monday Recipe-Chickpea and Date Tagine

Chickpea and Date Tagine
Serves 6; Vegan

I hope all had a beautiful holiday and I wish everyone a joyous new year!!!!! I made this for a holiday potluck and it was a HUGE success!

1 Tbs. olive oil
1 large onion, diced (2 cups) **I used less
4 cloves of garlic, minced (4 tsp.) **I used about 2 1/2 tsp.
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes **I used fire roasted tomatoes (organic)
3 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup whole-wheat couscous **I used organic regular
1 cup pitted dates, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 10 minutes, or until starting to brown, stirring often. Stir in garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger and cinnamon, and saute 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, and 1/4 cup water; simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, toast couscous in small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Add 1 3/4 cups water, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. **I had to let it sit a little longer.

3. Stir dates and lemon juice into tagine, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve over couscous, sprinkle with cilantro.

Found: Vegetarian Times December 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Meatless Monday Recipe-Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars
Makes 25 bars

Here is the desert for the holiday feast! Hope all has a Happy Holiday Season! Happy eating and a Bright New Year...... I miss ALL of you!

1 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries
7 oz. fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 egg yolks

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup graham flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1. To make Filling: Bring cranberries and 1/2 cup water to a simmer in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 10 minutes, or until berries have burst and are tender. Cool. Blend in blender or food processor until smooth, and strain mixture through sieve. (You should have about 1 cup purée.)

2. Transfer purée to bowl, and whisk in condensed milk and lemon juice. Whisk in egg yolks.

3. To make Crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, and coat with cooking spray.

4. Whisk together flours, sugar, and salt in bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla extract. Press into bottom of prepared pan, and bake 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F, and pour Filling into hot Crust. Bake 23 to 28 minutes, or until custard is set. Cool, then chill until firm.

5. Use foil to lift baked dessert out of pan, then remove. Cut into 25 bars. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Nutritional Information

Per bar: Calories: 89, Protein: 2g, Total fat: 3g, Saturated fat: 2g, Carbs: 13g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 80mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 8g

Found: Vegetarian Times

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meatless Monday Recipe-Rosemary New Potatoes

Hope everyone is having a nice holiday season!

Rosemary New Potatoes
Serves 8; vegan

2 pounds red new potatoes, quartered
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 F

Place new potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil. Add sea salt and rosemary, mix thoroughly. Spoon onto heated nonstick baking sheet. Bake at 375 F for 50 minutes.

Nutrition information per serving: 129 calories, 2.6 g protein, 28.7 g carbohydrate, 0.7 g fat, 4% of calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Meatless Monday Recipe-Cranberry Persimmon Relish

Cranberry Persimmon Relish
Vegan; Makes 2 servings

Cranberries and fuyu persimmons make a colorful autumn relish in which the sweetness of the persimmons is a perfect foil for the tart cranberries. Fuyu persimmons, which are eaten while still crisp, are sold in many supermarkets and natural food stores. This is a perfect match for a tofurkey dinner, or even for the turkey eaters..... Hope everyone has a beautiful holiday season!


2 fuyu persimmons
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon agave or other sweetener
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger

Remove stems, then coarsely chop persimmons in a food processor. Add cranberries, orange juice concentrate, agave or other sweetener, and ginger.
Process, using quick pulses, until coarsely and uniformly chopped.
Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information | Per serving (1/2 recipe):
calories: 48; fat: 0.1 g; saturated fat: 0 g; calories from fat: 2.1%; cholesterol: 0 mg; protein: 0.4 g; carbohydrates: 12.6 g; sugar: 9 g; fiber: 2.1 g; sodium: 1 mg; calcium: 6 mg; iron: 0.1 mg; vitamin C: 10.9 mg; beta-carotene: 113 mcg; vitamin E: 0.5 mg


Recipe by Jennifer Raymond, M.S., R.D., from Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer by Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D.