Garbanzo Burgers

From @scienceandart

Can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
1/2 cup chickpea flour (sometimes cornmeal)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon chili powder
dash of cumin
half finely diced carrot
coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Everything into a food processor.
Ground up, and then form into a ball. Press into patties between wax paper, freeze.

I make batches, and then freeze them, and cook them as needed.
Sometimes I’ll add yellow pepper, or add snap peas, corn, or whatever else I have left over.

The chickpea flour, or cornmeal, adds to thickening it up.

Gazpacho

I don’t remember where I got this recipe.

2-1/2 c V-8 or other vegetable juice (use Spicy V-8 if you want)

1 c peeled, seeded, finely chopped fresh tomatoes (I used pear tomatoes and didn’t peel, seed, and my “fine chopping” is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch)

1/2 c finely chopped celery

1/2 c finely chopped cucumber

1/3 c finely chopped green bell pepper

1/2 c finely chopped green onion

3 T white wine vinegar

2 T extra-virgin olive oil

1 large clove garlic (I used 2)

2 t finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 t salt

1/2 t black pepper

1/2 t ground red pepper (I probably added more, I didn’t measure)

and I added a few drops of Tabasco

Combine all, cover, refrigerate overnight.

Serves 5

Per serving: 117 calories, 2 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fats, 650 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber–and by my calculator that’s 2 WW points

Pickled Beets

Recipe from a friend: 

3-4 pounds beets
1 1/2 cups of balsamic vinegar
2 or 3 cloves of garlic.

Bake the whole, washed, beets in a (I forgot to look at this, but
this is about the only temperature my oven knows) 350º oven until done-
-longer than you think, an hour or a little more.  On a cookie sheet
or a broiler rack.

Towards the end of this time reduce the 1 1/2 cups of vinegar on top
of the stove down to 3/4 of a cup.  Keep watching it.  Too much below
that and you end up with burning carbon.  It's pretty nasty, and
Balsamic Vinegar is too expensive to waste.

Peel and chop the slightly cooled beets, put into a bowl, add (and
toss with) the still-hot vinegar and finely chopped garlic.

Pungent and wonderful.

Cheater’s Chicken Pot Pie

This is a recipe from my meat-eating days.  It is wonderful for people who don’t think they can cook and can’t really afford to eat out all the time.

Look by the whomp biscuits in the refrigerated section of your grocery and get a box of pie crusts. They come 2 in a box. Get some boneless chicken (2 breasts, 1 breast and 2 thighs, 4 thighs, whatever variation appeals to your taste buds.) 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. (if you don’t like COM, use cream of chicken) 1 can of either mixed vegetables or peas. (Or a cup of frozen) That’s one of those whichever-you-prefer things. I liked peas with mushrooms or peas with pearl onions.

Put one crust in a pie pan. Start the oven preheating to 350ºF. Cut the raw chicken into bite sized pieces. Drain the vegetables and mix all the chicken, veg and soup together and dump it into the pie crust. Put the second crust on top and pinch the edges together. (That’s why you want that kind of crust instead of the frozen ones.) Cut a couple of vent holes in the top. Put the pie pan on a cookie sheet to catch any leaks.

Bake it for an hour or until the entire top is golden brown. (Depending on your weather that can be plus or minus 10 or 15 minutes.) Let it sit for about 15 minutes after you take it out of the oven.

Even if it isn’t perfectly beautiful, it is tasty and filling.


My friend, Tiffany, gave me this variation:

In the absence of the pie crusts which Kitty mentioned, you can make Chicken Pot Pie the way I do it. Get all the ingredients mentioned in her recipe and put them in a deep baking dish.

Then, place the following ingredients in a mixing bowl:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 stick margarine

Stir together in the mixing bowl, then pour the mixture over the other stuff in the baking dish (but don’t stir again after pouring it over).

After baking at 350ºF for 50-minutes-to-one-hour, you will have a pot pie with a soft, biscuit-like topping instead of a flaky crust! :ello_smiley:

Oh, and if you only have “plain”/”all-purpose” flour instead of self-rising, just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a couple of generous pinches of salt.

Baba ganoush 

I love baba ghanoush. Have everything except the eggplant….

Karla's Humble Life

Baba ganoush is a healthy delicious dip,eaten all over then Middle East, turkey,Greece and even here in the US it’s very popular for good reason …..ITS SO TASTY! It’s a roasted, blended eggplant.

My husband loves it and he says I make the best baba ganoush in the world, witch is a heck of a compliant coming from him because he is the worlds most picky eater! Lol but seriously I am very proud of my baba ganoush and I hope you give it a try!
Ingredients

1 large eggplant or 2 small eggplants

1⁄4 cup tahini

3 garlic cloves, minced

1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1⁄4 cup kalamata olives or black olives if you can’t find kalamata

Salt to taste
Let’s get started

Start charcoal grill

Preheat an oven to 375°F

Poke the eggplant…

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The Great Torshe Experiment

My Iraqi friend brought some delicious, yellow, pickled mixed vegetables to share when we had a covered dish / potluck / pitch in, one day, at work.  They knocked my socks off and I asked if his wife could give me the recipe or if it was one of those everything-to-taste recipes. He said he would ask.

She tried. Bless her sweet heart. And I am incredibly grateful for her effort. But, it’s one of those recipes that is everything according to your taste. So, it isn’t going to be an easy thing for me to make. The first time.  And it requires an unfamiliar ingredient.  The pickling spice is not the same combination as American pickles use.

I had to find it in an Arabic grocery store.  And I ONLY speak American English.  This did NOT help.  But, the very nice people at the Mecca Market in Raleigh did their best to understand what the hell I was talking about. And I have a package of this.

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And I have all the other ingredients for the recipe. So, I’m going to try it tomorrow.  In the mean time, here is what she sent me. I will add quantities as I figure them out.

Ingredients:
1. Cucumber (small size) pickle (She used dill pickles.)
2. Cabbage
3. Carrot
4. Green pepper
5. Garlic
6. Vinegar (apple cider)
7. Lemon juice
8. Citric acid
9. Salt
10. Olive oil
11. Parsley
12. Torshe spices (Iraqi spices, in Raleigh Arabic store)

Directions:
1. Chop each of parsley and garlic. Mix them together.
2. Wash cucumber pickles and slit it them up one side. Put them in a strainer.
3. Stuff the cucumbers with the garlic and parsley mixture and place in a clean, dry jar.
4. Mix vinegar, lemon juice, citric acid, garlic and salt together. *I usually lighten the vinegar with water (1 cup vinegar / 1 cup water) or 2 cups vinegar / 2 cups water. Put this part together as you like for more sour or salty.
5. Boil each of cabbage, carrots and green pepper separately and put them in the strainer until they cool.
6. Arrange the vegetables in the form of layers above the cucumbers.
7. Make another mixture, same ingredients. But, this time, you have to add Torshe spices.
8. Add mixture until it covers all the vegetables.
9. Add some olive oil on top to prevent mustiness.
10. Close the jar tightly and leave it at room temperature. After 2 or 3 days, the torshe will be ready to eat.

Further questioning gave me the information that you put hot solution on the stuffed pickles and cold solution with the torshe spice over the whole thing. And you cook the other vegetables until they are almost done but still have crunch and you stop the cooking so that they aren’t completely right allowing the solution to finish cooking them.

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First try:

1 quart with stuffed dill cucumber pickles, carrot, bell pepper, red cabbage chunks and slivers.

1 pint without cucumbers but with 50/50 parsley/garlic mixture on the top of the other vegetables.

3 half pints of Mexican sour gherkins with parsley/garlic mixture on top.

Pickling solution poured over all of them (boiling):
2 c. vinegar
2 c. water
2 Tbsp. torshe spice
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. citric acid

Sealed in canning jars.

Farmer’s Pie

Patti pointed me to this recipe. .
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/plant-based-recipes/lentil-and-mushroom-shepherds-pie-vegan/ I have tweaked it to suit myself. My son commented that if there is no meat it should be Farmer’s Pie instead of Shepherd’s Pie and you really can’t argue with that.

Cook 1 c. lentils with 2½ water and set aside.

Make mashed potatoes to your taste. I use 4 or 5 Yukon gold potatoes, quartered and boiled until tender. Then mashed with about ½ c. of butter and 1c. of milk. S&P to taste.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and saute 1 large onion, finely chopped, and 2 cloves garlic, minced. When the onion is starting to clear, wilt 8 ounces sliced mushrooms. When I remember, I wilt 8-10 oz of baby spinach in at the end. Frequently, I forget.
Add 2 Tbsp. dry red wine and ½ tsp. dried thyme (or as much fresh as you feeling like picking off the stems) to the lentils.

This part is all up to your preference: There are 2 ways to make crust. You can use 2 half-baked deep dish pie crusts. Or you can oil a 2 qt casserole dish and layer 1 c. of bread crumbs in the bottom. If you don’t want crust, just oil the casserole dish very well.

Finally, put it together with lentils on the bottom, onion/mushrooms in the middle and potatoes on top. Bake at 375ºF for 35 minutes or until the potatoes make a golden crust. Allow to set for 10-20 minutes before serving.