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Vietnamese Fisherman’s Soup I

4 cups fish stock 2 T. lemon or lime juice 2 T. sugar 2 large cloves roasted garlic 1 T. fish sauce 1 onion, sliced 1 carrot, grated 1...

Salad Starter

Some salad vegetables will keep for several days, while others wilt quickly and should be cut up just before you use them. You can prepare a large quantity of salad-starter vegetables and refrigerate them, ready to use as is or to combine with other vegetables such as lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, bean sprouts or...

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.

Mexican Vegetable Stew

3 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, sliced 1 sweet red pepper, cut in strips 1 green pepper, cut in strips 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or hot pepper sauce, to taste 2 medium red potatoes, diced 1 medium sweet potato, diced 2 cups...

Moroccan Onion Relish (for fish steaks)

Note: This relish is delicious with broiled, baked or steamed fish. Try it with halibut or salmon steaks or the seafood of your choice. Serve with lemon wedges. 2 pounds onions, peeled, halved and cut crosswise into thick slices 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pinch of ground allspice or cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground...

Pepper-Potato Casserole

1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups bouillon 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1" chunks 1 green bell pepper, cut in 1" chunks 4 medium red potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 1 teaspoon dried thyme pinch cayenne, to taste juice of one lemon 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley 1/4 cup sliced black...

Mediterranean Seafood Stew

1 onion, chopped 2 red or green bell peppers, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 stalks fennel or celery, or some of each, chopped 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 1/2 cup bouillon 1/2 teaspoon Harissa sauce, or your favorite hot sauce, to taste 2 to 3 pounds (total) seafood, in bite-size pieces (see suggestions below) 1/2 pound button...

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 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...

SPICE BLENDS AND SPICE PASTES

spice blend recipes from Diana Mirkin

Red Pepper Soup

6 cups bouillon 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 stalks celery, chopped 4 red peppers, cut in chunks 1 pound red potatoes, cut in chunks 1 tablespoon chili powder pinch cayenne or Tabasco sauce, to taste Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are very...

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....

Diana Cooks her Extra-Quick Chili

Watch Diana put together the fastest possible pot of chili, to serve over your cooked brown rice or other whole grains for a one-dish meal. Add a tossed green salad if you like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLwzlND5wn0 Now that you've seen how easy it is, try the recipe yourself! Extra Quick Chili

Quick Moroccan Vegetable Stew

2 cups bouillon 1 cup whole wheat couscous 1 bag frozen onion-pepper mix 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (i.e., broccoli, carrots & cauliflower) 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained 1 15-ounce can chick peas, undrained 2 teaspoons bouillon granules or crushed bouillon cubes 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 teaspoon Harissa Sauce or bottled hot pepper sauce, to taste lemon wedges for garnish...

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...

Spicy Garden Pea Soup

6 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground turmeric pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 4 cups fresh or frozen green peas Freshly ground black pepper Bring the onions, garlic, seasonings and bouillon...

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...

Lemony Quinoa Soup

Quinoa is a small whole grain that looks like birdseed. It is increasingly available in supermarkets. If you can't find it, you can substitute quick-cooking barley or instant brown rice. 8 cups bouillon 1 onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 cup quinoa (uncooked) grated rind and juice of...

Savoy Cabbage with Lentils

The wrinkly leaves of savoy cabbage give this lentil dish an interesting texture. You can make it with regular cabbage, too. Serve as part of a buffet or over any cooked whole grains. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 5 cups bouillon 1 cup orange lentils 1 head savoy cabbage 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, undrained 1...

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,...

Southwest Paella

1 large onion, chopped 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2" chunks 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups bouillon 2 tablespoons mild chili powder 2 teaspoons oregano pinch cayenne, to taste 1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage (poultry, seafood or meat), optional 1 28-ounce can crushed Italian plum tomatoes 1 pound cleaned squid, cut in 1/4" rings 1 pound tuna or swordfish steak, cut in...

Pineapple-Shrimp Grains

1 onion, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot 1/2 cup bouillon 2 carrots, shredded in food processor 1/2 cup egg whites or liquid egg substitute 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple OR canned pineapple tidbits 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or Thai basil (optional) 4 cups cooked barley, brown rice mix or oat groats 1 pound steamed, peeled shrimp Bring the onion, garlic,...

Portuguese Potato-Garlic Soup

1 large onion, chopped 8 cloves garlic, minced 8 cups bouillon 6 medium red potatoes, cubed 1 cup rolled oats or quick-cooking oats 1 teaspoon dried oregano or marjoram pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 cup of chopped cilantro leaves (see note below) juice of one lemon Lemon wedges Freshly ground black pepper Bring the onion, garlic, bouillon, potatoes , oatmeal, oregano or marjoram, and...

Catfish Gumbo

1 large onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 green pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, sliced 6 cups bouillon 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 2 teaspoons oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 3 cups okra or green beans, cut in bite-size pieces (or use both -- fresh or frozen) 1 pound catfish fillets (or any other fish of your choice),...

Smoky Bean Pot

2 onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 green peppers, chopped 2 cups bouillon 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons mild paprika pinch cayenne, or to taste 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke 2 tablespoons tomato paste 4 medium potatoes, cut in chunks 2 carrots, sliced 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, cut in chunks 1 16-ounce can pink beans or kidney beans, drained 1 10-ounce bag frozen corn-black bean...

Diana Cooks Grains in a Steamer

You can cook any whole grains in a pot on your stovetop, but it's much easier in a countertop steamer. Diana shows you how. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKgNsp7mu7w You'll find more details on kinds of whole grains, quantities and cooking times in How to Cook Whole Grains

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...

Spicy Crab Salad

1 pound crab meat (or other cooked seafood of your choice) 1 box grape or cherry tomatoes, halved if large 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon mild chile powder 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced or bottled red pepper sauce to taste 2 cups cooked, chilled barley 1/4 cup lime juice,...

Mediterranean Salad

4 large ripe tomatoes, diced 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced 1 sweet onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped Combine all ingredients and chill at least 20 minutes. 4 servings Note: Check the yogurt label to be sure that it has live culture to get the benefits of beneficial...

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"...