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Michael’s Eggplant Sauce for Whole Grains or Pasta

4 tablespoons olive oil 4 stalks celery, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced (more is fine) 1 large eggplant, cut in 1/2" cubes (skin on) 1 28-ounce can tomatoes 1 6-ounce can tomato paste 1 16-ounce can condensed tomato soup (do not add water) 2 cups sliced or chopped mushrooms 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black...

Introduction to the Recipes

It's hard to go wrong when you cook with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. You don't need to worry about precise measurements, cooking times or ingredient preparation. The recipes give you general guidelines, but if you do things a little differently, chances are your dish will still be delicious! Measurements: Most cooks don't do...

Sushi Salad

For the dressing or dipping sauce: 1 teaspoon prepared wasabi, OR 1 teaspoon powdered wasabi mixed with a little water to make a paste 1/4 cup soy sauce, or to taste Combine these ingredients and set aside. For the salad: 3 cups cooked brown rice or barley 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, or to taste 1 cucumber, cut in 1/2" dice 8 radishes,...

Basic Millet

1 cup millet 2 cups bouillon Bring the bouillon to a boil, stir in the millet and return to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. The millet should be tender but not mushy. Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand, covered, for...

Orange Lentil-Root Veggie Soup

1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot 6 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon tumeric pinch of cayenne, to taste 1 cup orange lentils 4 carrots, sliced 4 parsnips, sliced (or substitute 4 more carrots) 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced juice of one lemon Yogurt for garnish (optional) Bring the onion, garlic, gingerroot and 1/2...

Two-Bean Cabbage Slaw

1 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained 1 16-ounce can chick peas, drained 1 small head cabbage, slivered 1 small onion, chopped 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon fennel seeds Peppercorn ranch or other light dressing of your choice Combine the vegetables and chill. When ready to serve, stir in the dressing to reach the consistency you like. 6-8...

One-Arm Seafood Chili

Even with your arm in a cast, you can serve a tasty, healthful meal in half an hour. No chopping; open all the packages with scissors. 2 26-ounce boxes chopped tomatoes (such as Parmalat brand - see note) 2 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon oregano 1 tablespoon mild chili powder pinch cayenne, to taste salt to taste 2 16-ounce bags frozen Tex-Mex...

Jollof Rice

1 lb. shrimp 2 onions, chopped 2 green peppers, chopped 2 cloves garlic 10 oz. mushrooms, sliced 2 carrots, chopped 1 can chopped plum tomatoes in paste 1 teaspoon...

Artichoke-Chick Pea Soup

2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon ground coriander pinch cayenne, or to taste 2 cups tomato sauce 2 16-ounce cans artichoke hearts or bottoms, cut in bite-size pieces 1 16-ounce can chick peas 1/2 cup chopped flat parsley Freshly ground black pepper Lemon wedges Bring the onions, garlic, bouillon, spices and tomato sauce to a boil in a large...

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...

Lebanese Hummus & Ful

A delicious Lebanese recipe from reader Patricia McCaffrey -- I'm not sure whether to call this a thick soup or an appetizer. Enjoy it either way! 1 16-ounce can of chick peas, undrained 1 16-ounce can of fava beans (ful), undrained 4 tablespoons lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, crushed olive oil ground cumin Pour chick peas, fava beans, lemon juice and...

Turkish Three-Bean Soup

1 large onion, chopped 6 cups bouillon 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 cup red lentils pinch cayenne pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 16-ounce can chick peas, undrained 1 16-ounce can fava beans or kidney beans 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves or flat parsley Combine the onion, bouillon, tomato paste, lentils and spices in a large pot. Bring to a...

Red Pepper Stew

1/2 cup red lentils 2 onions, chopped 3 cups bouillon 6 medium or 4 large red bell peppers, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 teaspoon oregano or marjoram 1/2 teaspoon thyme pinch of cayenne, or to taste 1 cup white wine 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 16-ounce can white beans, drained 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley freshly ground black pepper to taste cooked whole grains (optional) plain yogurt...

Fall Fruit Curry

1 cup bouillon or water 1 teaspoon mild curry powder 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or dessert spice blend 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 4 tart apples, cored and cut in bite-size pieces 4 pears, cored and cut in bite-size pieces 2 cups fresh or frozen peaches, cut in bite size pieces 2 cups fresh or canned pineapple, bite-size 1/2 cup dried...

Italian Lentil Soup

1 cup lentils 6 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 teaspoon oregano 2 bay leaves 1/2 cup bulgur 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 2 10-ounce bags baby spinach leaves (or use frozen spinach) Freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine all ingredients but the spinach and black pepper...

Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned 1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained (cut into smaller pieces if desired) 2 bunches green onions, white part, sliced thin 2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled 1 cup chopped mint leaves (optional) 1 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves (optional) 1/4 cup rice vinegar juice of 1 lime 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste 3 cups...

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...

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...

Kamut-Lentil Salad

1 cup dry green or brown lentils (see note below) 6 cups bouillon 2 cups cooked kamut, barley or other whole grain of your choice 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white parts only) 1 red bell pepper chopped 1 cup sliced baby carrots 1/4 cup light Italian dressing 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin pinch cayenne or a dash of hot sauce, to taste lettuce...

New World Ratatouille

1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup bouillon 1 eggplant, cubed 6 large vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled and seeded OR 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, chopped 2 t. mild chili powder, or to taste pinch cayenne, or to taste 4 zucchini, sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves juice of 1 lemon Cook the onion, peppers and garlic in the...

Smoked Salmon Salad

1/2 pound smoked salmon, cut in bite-size pieces 1 16-ounce can small white beans, drained and rinsed 1 small sweet onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 cup orange, tangerine or clementine sections, in bite-size pieces 1 cup frozen green peas 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped 1 teaspoon oregano juice of one lemon rice vinegar, to taste (start with about 2 tablespoons), or a...

Popeye’s Special

1 cup lentils 6 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced pinch cayenne, or to taste 1/2 t. oregano 2 bay leaves 1/2 cup bulgur (see note), or one cup of any cooked whole grain such as barley or brown rice 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley 1 28-oz. can plum tomatoes, chopped 1 lb. spinach, torn in pieces Freshly ground black pepper to...

Spinach-Clementine Salad

6 cups baby spinach leaves 12 clementines, sectioned 1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces 1 bunch green onions, sliced crosswise (optional) 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (optional) For the dressing: 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of two limes or lemons (about 1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional) Place the salad ingredients in a bowl. Stir the dressing ingredients together and toss with...

Syrian Egg-Tomato Stew

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste 1/2 cup pitted green olives (good ones from the deli section if possible), cut in halves or chunks 6 eggs Salt and pepper to taste (optional) Cooked brown rice,...

Quick Shrimp Curry

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

Speedy Creole Bean Stew

2 cups bouillon 1 16-ounce bag frozen onion-pepper mix 1 bag baby spinach leaves (or use frozen spinach) 1 teaspoon liquid smoke seasoning 1 teaspoon Cajun spice mix pinch cayenne, or to taste 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup bulgur 1 16-ounce can kidney beans 2-4 tablespoons rice vinegar Bring the bouillon, vegetables and spices to a boil in a large pot. Stir in...

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...

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My Favorite Fruity Rice Pudding

1 cup milk, soy milk or almond milk 1 cup cooked brown rice or barley 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped, or any other dried fruits of your choice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon pinch ground cloves pinch ground cardamom or the seeds from 4 cardamom pods (optional) Warm the milk in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in the...