Main Dish

Warm Chickpea Salad with Shallots and Red Wine Vinaigrette

1 large or 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
3 T red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, drained
1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly milled black pepper

In a large bowl, combine the shallots, vinegar, garlic, and salt.
Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the shallots and garlic to mellow.

In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 2 quarts of water to a
boil. Add the chickpeas and blanch for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain.

Mixed Greens and Feta Pie

Yum!! :)

1 pound collards or kale, stems removed, chopped small
1 T olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp. fresh or dry dill
2 tsp. dry oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly milled pepper
6 oz. feta cheese, drained
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (short grain)
1 T pine nuts to sprinkle on top, optional

Saute the onion in oil until clear and sweet. Add the garlic,
cooking for another minute and then the minced greens.

Cook until the greens are dry. Remove from heat and stir in dill,

Quicker Sourdough Bread - Brown Rice/Quinoa

Many thanks to Sharon Kane, from whom this recipe was adapted: http://www.sanctuary-healing.com/index.html

Yield: 1 loaf

2 1⁄2 cups boosted brown rice starter
1 cup quinoa flour
3 tablespoons water
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons ground flax (if batter looks soupy add another tablespoon)

Gently whisk ingredients together till smooth.

Allow to sit at room temperature for 6 hours; stir down.

Pour into greased loaf pan, and let rise till double--about an hour.

Bake at 350f for 60-70 minutes, till evenly golden brown and a skewer comes out mostly clean.

Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash

4 long pans

½ cup olive oil
½ cup minced garlic, or 6 onions, diced
Salt and pepper and thyme
--Saute (short for garlic, long for onions)

Add 4 diced (unpeeled) butternut squash
~4 cups water

Cook covered till tender, then uncover and evaporate liquid. Add
4 bunches kale, steamed/blanched and chopped.

Boil 1 gallon milk
8 bay leaves
--just till small bubbles appear. Let cool a few minutes.

Cook 12 pounds pasta (wheat or rice) in salted boiling water until it's barely cooked and still needs another couple of minutes.

Remaining ingredients:
2-3 sticks of butter

Amazingly Tasty, Crispy-Crust Sheet Pan Pizza

(adapted from Cook's Country)
Serves 6-8/Makes 13x18 sheet pan pie

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 3/4 cup hot water (110f)
1Tbsp sugar
4.5 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 envelopes or 4 1/2 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast
2 tsp salt

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, turn off oven. Grease large bowl. Evenly coat 18- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with 1/4 cup oil.

Method for Making Frittata

This "recipe" is infinitely variable, and has no rules. Experiment!

--Approximately 3 cups of cooked rice or other grain, or potatoes

--1 large onion and
--Several cloves of garlic, optional
--1 large bunch broccoli, or kale, or greens of your choice, chopped
--A couple smaller veggies (turnips, carrots, etc.), chopped small, optional
--salt and pepper
--herbs and spices (~2 tsp. basil and ~.5 tsp. oregano is nice)
--sprinkling of red pepper flakes

--1 dozen eggs

Chickpea Curry with Whole Spices

Adapted from "A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen," a fantastic cookbook by Jack Bishop.

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cinnamon stick, about 4 inches long
1 bay leaf
10 whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. coriander seeds

1 medium onion, minced

3 medium garlic cloevs, minced
1 tbsp. minced ginger root
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes (or equivalent fresh or frozen)

3 15-oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or about 4-5 cups cooked chickpeas)
~1 cup water (or chickpea cooking liquid)
Salt

2 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)

Minestrone Soup

This soup is infinitely variable and adjustable. In fact, the only rule is that you can only make it the same way once.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion
1/2 head green cabbage, cut up small
3 celery stalks or a celeriac
3 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes

1 potato
2 carrots

28-oz can tomatoes, plus some tomato paste or dried tomatoes
2-4 cups cooked beans
1/4 cup dried basil
2 tbsp. dried oregano
pinch of fennel
2 bay leaves

1/2-1 cup cooked grain, or a handful of uncooked rice or wheat pasta

1 head kale, stemmed, finely chopped

Simply Delicious Greek Pasta Salad

1 pound small shell or spiral pasta
(or use rice pasta)
1/4-3/4 cup olive oil

4-8 oz. feta cheese

1 can black olives

2 medium diced tomatoes, OR 1 pint cherry tomatoes, OR 2 diced red peppers

1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly

3 small cucumbers, diced

1 1/2 tbsp oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta until just before it's al dente; drain well. Coat pasta gently with olive oil, then add remaining ingredients except for the feta, and mix gently but thoroughly. Mix in the feta.

Black Bean Soup

Makes about 9 cups

Another total favorite from "Laurel's Kitchen," by Laurel Robertson et al.

1 1/2 cup black beans
6 cups water

1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp. oil
2 cloves garlic
2 celery stalks
1 potato
1 carrot
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. savory
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

1 lemon, juiced

Wash the beans and put them in a saucepan along with the water. Cover loosely, bring to a boil, and simmer for 2 1/2 hours or so, until the beans are quite tender.

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