Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

This is a unique salad mixing roasted carrots right out of the oven with cool avocado.  It makes a great summer type salad and was very well received and incredibly easy to make.  Original recipe was found on Yummly.  This has been slightly modified for our tastes and experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, scrubbed or peeled and cut into two-inch segments
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • Juice of half a lemon

Directions

  1. Roast the carrots: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the carrot chunks in a medium bowl with two tablespoons of the olive oil, cumin and as generous of a helping of salt and pepper as you like.
  3. Spread them on a roasting sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, or until tender and browned. Roasting time will vary depending on the thickness of your carrots.
  4. With about five minutes left to roast, slice the avocado into slices a little bigger than bite sized.  Do not mince/cube it really small!
  5. Finish the salad: Arrange roasted carrots on a serving platter with slices of avocado on top.
  6. Drizzle the salad with the last tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice and extra salt and pepper, if desired.  I recommend letting each person add their own salt if they want.
  7. Eat immediately.

Spiced Quinoa

Lent is a season where I am always searching for new, tasty vegan recipes.  If the boys will eat it, even as a side dish, that is even better!  This one was a success.  It is slightly modified from Allrecipes.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts or pine nut/cashew mix

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Stir together the olive oil, onion, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the quinoa, curry powder, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and chicken stock.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20-25 minutes until the quinoa is tender.
  4. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, stir in the drained garbanzo beans and toasted nuts.
  5. Serve warm or cold.

Locro de Papa

locrodepapaOn a recent visit to Ecuador, I had this homemade soup and couldn’t wait to get back and try to make it.  This recipe is simple and the soup easily serves 5, even if some of them are teenagers.  It was great and will be served again.  We served this with Colombian arepas.  Traditional Ecuadorian serving suggestions can be found online.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons aji amarillo paste (can order online)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 pounds yellow potatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ounces Monterrey jack cheese, grated
  • Diced avocado for garnish (optional)
  • Crumbled queso fresco cheese, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions:

  1. In advance of cooking, boil chicken thighs in water with green onion, celery, carrots and salt for 30 minutes.  Strain and reserve liquid to use as stock and set chicken aside.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a heavy soup pot. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and optional aji amarillo paste. Sauté onions over low heat until soft, fragrant and translucent.
  3. While the onions are cooking, peel the potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Set aside.
  4. When the onions are soft and golden, add 1 cup of the chicken stock. Remove mixture to a blender and process until you have a smooth puree. Set aside.
  5. Add the potatos to the soup pot along with 1 tablespoon butter. Sauté until potatoes are fragrant and just start to turn golden.
  6. Add onion liquid back to the pot with the potatoes, along with another cup of chicken stock and 2 cups water. Bring liquid to a simmer, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook potatoes until they are very tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Mash the potatoes thoroughly in the pot with a potato masher.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk the egg together with the cream and milk. Whisk a cup of the hot soup mixture into the milk and cream, then add it all to the soup, whisking to blend.
  9. Whisk in the grated cheese until melted. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve soup hot, place chicken in bottom of bowl, cover with soup and garnish with chopped avocado and crumbled queso fresco cheese.

Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts

Great side dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) pine nuts
  • kosher salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Drain the green beans and transfer to the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Scott’s Garbanzo Pasta

This is a Lenten/fasting pasta recipe which proved to be excellent!  Seasonings can be adjusted to taste.  I like heavy garlic and a decent amount of oils.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 16 oz box penne pasta (or farfalle)
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 2 heaping tbs minced garlic
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • Italian seasoning

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.  About 7 minutes before pasta is ready, prepare garbanzos as instructed below.
  2. Coat a large skillet with olive oil and heat to medium.  About five minutes before pasta finishes, add garbanzos to skillet.  Shake italian seasoning over garbanzos to taste.  Shake frequently.
  3. About 3 minutes before pasta is finished, stir in green onions and sautee with garbanzos
  4. About 2 minutes before pasta is finished, stir in garlic and sautee.
  5. Drain pasta when finished and stir into skillet.  Drizzle olive oil over pasta to coat.
  6. Remove from heat quickly and serve.

Quinoa with Herbs and Green Onions

This recipe is lent compliant and is from Bishop Sergios of Portland.

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Easy Cheesy Corn Bake

This casserole side dish is intended to feed six to eight, but if three of those are teenage boys, the servings go about four ways.  This recipe from about.com’s Southern Food section answered my search for hot side dishes using canned corn.  It went over really well and will definitely be made again.  This recipe is posted with my modifications.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 70 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, about 4 ounces
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (approx. 15 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 can (11 to 15 ounces) kernel style corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon or your favorite prepared mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh finely ground bread crumbs, divided

Directions:

  1. Grease a 2 to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 325°.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions are just tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in flour until well blended.
  5. Stir in salt, pepper, and milk and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened.
  6. After thickening, stir in cheese until melted.
  7. While cooking onions and thickening mixture about, in a mixing bowl, beat eggs.
  8. Stir in cream-style and Mexican-style corn, mustard, and 1 cup of the bread crumbs.
  9. Combine the melted cheese mixture with the corn mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  10. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and toss with remaining 1/2 cup of bread crumbs.
  11. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over the corn casserole.
  12. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until firm in center.