Sauerkraut – Not Just For Hotdogs Anymore

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Sauerkraut is one of those things that I only imagined eating on a hotdog or in Polish bigos.  That was up until I made the amazing, Bean & Sauerkraut Stew from Seitan Is My Motor.  I tweaked it a little to suit my taste and translated the recipe into cups.  Try this awesome recipe!

Bean & Sauerkraut Stew II

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 medium -sized red bell peppers, diced

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup sauerkraut, drained

2 medium diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

3 cups cooked red beans (I used anasazi beans)

3 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion, pepper, and rosemary in olive oil.  Add all other ingredients and simmer 30 minutes covered and last 10 minutes uncovered.  Remove 1/2 of the stew and puree in blender, add this back in to the stew to thicken it.  (I cooked my own beans.  If you use canned, drain and rinse them before adding to stew.)


Kitchen Choked With Zucchini?

Little Red Riding Hood,  John Everett Millias (1829-1896)

Ever wonder what little red riding hood has in her basket this time of year?  This post is for all my friends (especially Lora) who are sneaking through their neighborhoods distributing zucchini.  I’m always looking for new ways to cook up this wonderful summer squash, so I did a little blog hopping today.  Perry’s Plate has 16 ideas and mine own personal favorite would be Hidden Veggie Chipotle Taco Meat.  This recipe can be served several different ways and you can also modify it to fit your family’s taste buds.


“I Don’t Want Any One Colored Meals”

A couple of months ago I was attending a Relief Society lesson on the Word of Wisdom, when one of the sisters remarked that when she was young,  her father would say to her mother, “Barbara, I don’t want any one colored meals.”  That statement amused me (OK I chucked under my breath.)  I don’t know about you, but I love a colorful meal!  Even tuna noodle casserole can be colorful, so here you have my version.

Colorful Tuna Noodle Casserole

The idea is to raise the ratio of vegetables to pasta.  If you use one cup of noodles, then add two cups of chopped or sliced veggies (I know it sounds like a lot, but trust me, it works and it’s good.)  In the photo above I used green beans, celery, carrots, and onions.

You could use a cream of whatever soup, but I made a sauce of buttermilk and cream cheese.

Mix it all together with a can of tuna and some Italian seasonings.  Top with slivered almonds and bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

This is a recipe that you can vary according to your families likes, just remember “color.”


Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Our zucchini plants have not let us down this year and it’s time to start scouring the internet for zucchini recipes.  This is one of my favorites, Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks.  I followed the recipe at Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen, except I used Panko instead of bread crumbs and Italian seasoning in place of the oregano and garlic.  Just add some kind of dip and the zucchini is a hit!


Meet The Collards

Here are the beautiful and tasty collards that were planted last October, now getting ready to go to rest and make room for something new in their garden spot.  If you don’t already know what to do with collards, here are a few ideas . . .

When the plant gets ready to go to seed, these heads that look like broccoli can be lightly sauteed and eaten, just like broccoli.  I did it and it’s yummy!

These little yellow collard flowers look pretty in a salad and provide a hint of cabbage flavor.

Today’s lunch was a salad similar to one I’ve had at, Hell’s Backbone Grill.  It’s made up of mesclun lettuce, romaine lettuce, jicama, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, and collard flowers.

And the leaves of the collard can be used in soups and dried as chips.  Also, for the best greens recipe ever check out Christine Kane’s blog.


Roasting Artichokes the Easy Way

This post should be entitled, How to Slaughter an Artichoke, which is what I did this morning.  I thought roasting the artichoke sounded good, so I cut into one and to my amazement the middle was purple.  Did you know the middle of an artichoke is purple?  To make a long story short . . . after I had completely demolished the poor thing, I searched YouTube.  Here it is, a simple way to roast an artichoke.  I can smell the garlic already!


Breakfast in a Bottle

Have you checked out the Food in Jars blog?  It’s really awesome!  Inspired by a recipe there, (and I would suggest you read the recipe there, because I like to over simply things) I whipped up my own version and garnished it with some basil from the bottle.  This is one of those recipes begging to be altered.  I can also see it as a southwestern version with corn, chillies, and red bell peppers.  Yum!

You’ll need six half pint canning jars and  . . .

1/2 cup veggie or chicken broth

6 cups fresh chopped vegetables (I used 3 cups spinach and 3 cups broccoli)

1 cup colorful veggies, like shredded carrots or red bell peppers (I used roasted red peppers)

1/2 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

6 eggs

6 Tablespoons plain yogurt

6 Tablespoons shredded cheese

Saute vegetables in broth until tender crisp and divide evenly into jars.  Whip eggs one at a time, adding each egg to a jar.  Fold one tablespoon of yogurt into each jar and top each with one tablespoon of cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

P.S.  This is not a canning recipe, they will keep in your refrigerator for a few days.

And make sure to grease the jars before adding the vegetables or you will have created a dishwashing disaster!