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Ratatouille with Baby Potatoes

Easy, healthful recipe for Ratatouille with baby potatoes

Trail Mix Bars

3 cups rolled oats or quick-cooking oats 2 cups trail mix OR any combination of dried fruits, nuts and seeds (your choice) 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, apple butter, apple sauce, or any fruit puree Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Line a cookie sheet with foil and pat the mixture onto it about 1/2"...

Moroccan Chickpea and Barley Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup diced prosciutto or other cured ham (optional) 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups bouillon 3/4 cup barley 1/4 teaspoon harissa, or more to taste (see note #1, below) 3 15-ounce cans chick peas or about 5 cups of cooked chickpeas (see note #2) Juice of...

Incredible Creamy Clam Chowder

Diana says -- you just have to trust me on this recipe. I know the list of ingredients sounds strange, but the result is amazing. You'll think it's loaded with cream! 1 large onion, chopped 6 cups bouillon 1 medium cauliflower, cut in chunks 1 cup quick-cooking or rolled oats 1 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 6.5-ounce can...

Cranberry-Wild Rice Salad

1 cup dried cranberries 4 cups cooked wild rice, chilled 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion 1 6-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained 1/2 cup chopped flat (Italian) parsley 1/2 cup rice vinegar or other mild vinegar, to taste 1/2 cup slivered almonds or other nuts of your choice Combine all ingredients. If making ahead, add...

Quinoa Tabbouleh

1 12-ounce box quinoa 5 cups bouillon 1 red onion, chopped 2 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 cup chopped Italian (flat) parsley, or a combination of parsley and mint juice of 2 lemons 1 cup plain yogurt 2 teaspoons ground cumin Freshly ground pepper, to taste Bring the bouillon to a boil in a pot, stir in the quinoa and return to boiling....

Chick Pea Gumbo

Chick peas crop up everywhere in my recipes -- in curries, soups, salads and pasta sauces. Here, they are combined with okra and the other classic gumbo ingredients for a hearty dish with a southern flair. 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, cut up 1 dried red pepper, crumbled 1...

Spicy Peanut Dip

You can make this as zippy or mild as you like, depending on the heat of your favorite salsa. Add Tabasco sauce to your taste if you want to turn up the heat. 1 cup crunchy style peanut butter 1 cup medium-hot salsa (bottled or home-made) 2 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste (optional) 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons...

Fall Minestrone

1/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 6 cups bouillon or water 1 cup chopped carrots 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, in 1" pieces 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, broken up 2 teaspoons...

Gabe’s Famous Bean-Eggplant-Tomato Casserole – Quick Version

2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 green peppers, chopped 2 28-ounce cans plum tomatoes, chopped 2 tablespoon fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons. dried oregano 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste 2 eggplants (select very young, firm, shiny ones), unpeeled, diced into 1/2" cubes 3 16-ounce cans kidney beans, undrained Bring...

Quinoa-Mushroom Pilaf

1 12-ounce box quinoa 5 cups bouillon or water 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 3 8-ounce boxes sliced mushrooms 1 teaspoon oregano 2 teaspoons mild chili powder 1/2 cup chopped pecans, slivered almonds or other nuts of your choice (optional) Freshly ground pepper, to taste Lemon wedges (optional) Bring the bouillon or water to a boil in a pot,...

Hummus

1 16-ounce can chick peas, drained 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup tomato sauce Juice of one lemon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway Pinch cayenne, to taste 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley leaves, chopped Black pepper to taste Puree all ingredients in a blender. Serve as a dip for raw vegetables. Yield: about 2 cups

Sweet Potato Curry

1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut in 1" cubes (peeled if you wish) 4 green bananas, peeled and cut in 1/2" slices 1 stalk of lemon grass, sliced lengthwise and crushed (optional) 3 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups cut green beans or peas, frozen or...

Fruity Pebbles

3 cups mixed dried fruits of your choice 1 cup finely chopped pecans grated rind of 1 lemon 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ, plus more for rolling 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons chocolate-orange liqueur (optional) Chop the fruits in a food processor or chopping bowl to blend. Combine the fruit mixture with the remaining ingredients. Shape into small (½") balls...

Eggplant Caviar

A tasty dip for raw vegetables.   1 eggplant 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped Roast the eggplant over a gas flame or under the broiler until the skin is charred and the eggplant is soft, about 10 minutes. Cool it and rub most of the skin off. Mash...

Fresh Salsa

4 ripe tomatoes, chopped 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped, or to taste 1 red onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground cumin Combine all ingredients and let the flavors blend for at least one hour before serving. Keeps well; refrigerate in a covered container. Yield: About 2 cups

Baked Fish with Portobello Mushrooms

2 vidalia or other sweet onions, sliced 4-6 salmon steaks (or any fish of your choice) 1 pound portobello mushrooms, sliced Juice of one lemon Fresh herbs of your choice (optional) Lemon wedges for garnish Freshly ground black pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a layer of onion slices on the bottom of a casserole with a tight-fitting...

About Lentils

Lentils are small legumes, from the plant family that includes beans and peas. The ordinary greenish-brown variety is available in every supermarket, usually in the dried-bean section. At sixty-nine cents for a one-pound bag, they are a nutritional bargain. They are a good plant source of protein, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals. You may...

Butternut Squash-Fruit Casserole

1 butternut squash, about 2 pounds 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 4 cups bouillon 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg pinch cayenne, or to taste 2 tart apples, cored and cut in 1/2" chunks 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup cooked barley or other whole grain of your choice ground cinnamon for garnish Pierce the squash with a...

Summer Veggies and Beans

1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, cut in 1/2" pieces (or use ordinary sliced mushrooms) 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano 1/2 cup bouillon or water 2 small yellow squash, cut in 1/2" chunks 2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2" chunks 2 cups broccoli florets 2 cups very ripe tomatoes, chopped (or use canned Italian...

Banana Rice Pudding

4 ripe bananas, sliced 2 cups cooked brown rice, oats, barley or quinoa 1/4 cup almond milk or the milk of your choice, or plain yogurt 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon dessert spice blend or cinnamon Combine the bananas and whole grains in a microwaveable dish.  If the grains are cold, microwave the mixture for a minute or...

Gabe’s Favorite Potato Salad

I never peel potatoes for salads. The skins of the red ones are pretty in a salad and if you throw them away, you waste their fiber. Just scrub the potatoes with one of those plastic scouring pads. 6 red potatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup plain yoghurt 1/4 cup dijon mustard 2 teaspoons celery...

Canary Island Soup Pot

1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 cup orange lentils 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2" cubes 6 cups bouillon 1 cup canned tomato sauce 1 tablespoon African Berbere spice mix OR 1 teaspoon cinnamon plus a pinch of cayenne to taste 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (or use canned pineapple tidbits) 2 under-ripe bananas, cut in 1/2" slices Chopped...

Shrimp Jambalaya

1 pound shrimp 3 cups bouillon 1 bay leaf 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes, broken up 1 cup brown rice (uncooked) 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon thyme 6 green onions, chopped 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped Freshly ground black pepper Peel the shrimp and set aside. Bring...

Morning Mush

Contributed by eZine reader Dr. Robert Rodensky, who notes that it may look a little disgusting but it's delicious! Dry ingredients: 1/4 cup Bran Buds 1/4 cup mixed nuts and seeds 1 teaspoon flaxseed (whole, crushed or ground; optional) Moist ingredients: 1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) 2 teaspoons dark cocoa powder 1/4 cup cooked whole grains (barley, brown rice, wheatberries, oats,...

Manhattan Clam Chowder with Barley

Note: This recipe assumes you have some cooked barley ready to use. If you prefer, you can use 1/2 cup of uncooked barley; increase the bouillon to 8 cups. Add the bouillon and barley to the onion-garlic mixture, bring to a a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes; then add...

Bright Yellow Dal

Dal is a thick puree of spiced lentils or split peas that can be yellow, orange, green or brown depending on the legume you choose. Serve it with cooked whole grains and a green salad, or combine it with other Indian-inspired dishes for a multi-course ethnic feast.

Seafood Spanish Rice

2 large onions, chopped 2 bell peppers, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, to taste 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups bouillon 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon oregano 1 cup uncooked brown rice or barley 1 to 2 pounds seafood of your choice: squid rings, shrimp, fish fillets cut into bite size...

Quick Shrimp Curry

Shrimp curry from one of Diana's mother's favorite recipes

Quinoa with Eggplant

Note: Quinoa is a whole grain that is quick to cook, so you can prepare it while you do the rest of the recipe and it will be ready to stir in at the end. It usually comes in boxes and is available in most supermarkets. 1 large eggplant 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3...