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Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup

Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup and Corn Bread”Back in the olden days”  it was said that Monday was wash day and  Meatless Navy Bean Soup was the day’s meal. 

Meatless Navy Bean Soup

Pressure cooker speeds up the cooking.

A pot of beans on a busy  day is a good day’s meal .  I like to cook the dried navy beans in the pressure cooker then store in pint jars ready for use in soups, stews, with vegetables or baked beans.  I do not put meat in bean soup, mainly for health reasons there is no ham.  Though wouldn’t ham, bacon, pork or even chicken be a good addition?  That gets to be your choice. 

Canned Navy Beans

Canned Navy Beans    

A good use for the pressure cooker:

Presto Pressure Cooker

Presto Pressure Cooker

This was 1 1/2 cups of dried navy beans, soaked in 4 cups of water for 4 to 8 hours.  After they are drained, I put them in the pressure cooker add enough water to cover about 1/2 inch, no salt or seasonings at this time.  They are cooked for 11 minutes under 15 lbs. of pressure.  I turn off the heat and let the pressure come down slowly before opening.  I like a softer bean for soup, the reasons for the longer cooking.  This  makes 2 pints of beans and the broth.  Best to follow your pressure cookers instructions.  OR  simply buy 2-3 cans of navy or great northern beans.  

I like to add onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, carrots, one small potato and fresh grated ginger to soup.  These I cook in a little water in the microwave on high until almost tender.  Now I am ready assemble the Meatless Navy Bean Soup. The final addition to the soup seasoning  is a natural mesquite liquid smoke

Meatless Navy Bean Soup
 
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A robust Meatless Navy Bean Soup and vegetables with a subtle flavor of mesquite smoke. Makes you think you are around an old chuck wagon out west.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups dried navy beans
  • 4 cups of water to soak beans
  • ---------------
  • soaked beans
  • 2 cups water
  • OR 2 cups canned beans and juice
  • ¼ cup onion, minced
  • ¼ cup jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • ½ cup carrots, finely diced
  • ½ cup potato, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 cup chicken broth or more if thinner soup is preferred.
  • 2 teaspoons mesquite liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. Soak the dried beans in the 4 cups of water 4-8 hours.
  2. Drain beans, cook in pressure cooker with water to cover, 11 minutes.
  3. Put 2 cups cooked beans and juice into a large pot.
  4. Add all the vegetables together in a microwave proof bowl with ¼-1/2 cup water.
  5. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the cooked vegetables and water to the beans.
  7. Add the chicken or vegetable broth.
  8. Add the mesquite liquid smoke.
  9. Simmer 30 minutes.
Notes
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Meatless navy Bean Soup

Meatless Navy Bean Soup and Corn Bread

Benefits of making home-made Meatless Navy Bean Soup

 The great benefit of making any soup is the freedom to substitute or make changes as you prepare.  Now of course there are times when making a specific recipe is the goal. That is the fun and challenge of cooking. 

Suggestions for the the rest of the meal:

The Corn Bread and Chocolate Pudding with Maraschino Cherries are recipes to come in future blogs.  The recipes for the Wheat Flax Seed-Apple Muffins and the Orange Coconut Walnut Bowl are available.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions with Sesame Seeds

Brussel Sprouts and Pearl Onions

Brussel Sprouts and Pearl Onions are not one of the first side dishes served, unless at winter holiday times  The Brussel sprouts are fresh as the growing time is autumn to early spring.  A good Brussel sprout has vivid green leaves and a solid firm head, much like cabbage, only smaller.  Leaves that have perforations in them are to be discarded as it indicates aphids within.

Brussel sprouts will keep 10 days in the refrigerator if kept unwashed and untrimmed in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer.  To cook, steam Brussel sprouts between 3 to 5 minutes before freezing.  Frozen they will keep up to 1 year. Overcooked Brussel sprouts will lose their taste and nutrient value, and also emit an unpleasant smell of sulfur.  Overcooked crucierous vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli will also have an unpleasant smell.

Benefits of Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions with Sesame Seed

The nutritional profile of Brussel sprouts is excellent for vitamins K and C.  Folate, manganese, vitamin B6, B1, copper are also very good nutrients in sprouts. They have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and cancer and cardiovascular health.

Pearl Onion 

The pearl onion is a relative to the leek.  They are used mostly for pickling, relishes or with other vegetables giving a sweeter taste than the common onion.  The nutrient benefits are in helping cardiovascular health, stablize blood sugar levels and acting as an antioxidant and anti-iflammatory.

Sesame Seed

The tiny sesame seed is chocked full of nutrients:  copper, manganese, calcium, iron magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.  The special lignans fibers in the sesame seed have benefits of cholesterol-lowering effectn in human and prevent high blood pressure.

Enjoy a side dish which is rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions
 
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A vegetable dish made flavorful and healthy with a sprinkling of sesame seeds over steamed Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions. These are a winter holiday favorite.
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Recipe type: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup fresh pearl onions
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Toast sesame seeds by stirring in a hot skillet until lightly brown. Watch carefully to keep from burning.
  2. Trim outer leaves and cut bottoms of Brussels sprouts, cut in half and wash.
  3. Steam sprouts in vegetable steamer or parboil in boiling water for 5-7 minutes; drain.
  4. Bring a saucepan of water to boil, drop in the whole unpeeled pearl onions. Boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Drain onions.
  6. Cut the end off the onions and squeeze the onion out of the outer skins.
  7. Melt the butter in skillet, add Brussels sprouts and pearl onions, heat briefly to keep at serving temperature.
  8. Add toasted sesame seeds prior to serving.
Notes
Microwave Brussels Spouts: Boil 3-4 cups water in microwave (10 seconds on high), add the Brussels spouts and boil for 6-7 minutes. Drain and put them into skillet of melted butter. Microwave Pearl Onions: Boil 2-3 cups water in microwave (3 minutes), add the onions and bring back to boil for 3 minutes. Drain and cut end of onions and squeeze the onion out of outer skins. Add to Brussels Sprouts, heat to serving temperature.....Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office.” nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com. All rights reserved.

Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions with sesame seed

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Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew SAlad

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas and cauliflower are not vegetables often served.  Peas get added to soups or rice, rarely used in salad or as a side dish as buttered peas.  Cauliflower is in almost every vegetable tray  set up at the grocery or buffet.  It is a once-in-awhile vegetable on my table.  After eating the , Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad, raw cauliflower is becoming a salad stable.

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad
 
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Peas, cauliflower, nuts and a bit of bacon makes a delicious summer recipe for your luncheon or dinner,
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ pound bacon, fried, drained and crumbled
  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced
  • ¼ cup yellow mini pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cashew pieces, lightly salted
  • 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
  • ½ cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon, drain on paper towel.
  2. Cool and crumble in small pieces.
  3. Wash and cut the cauliflower, celery, green onions and peppeer
  4. Mix the Ranch dressing and sour cream.
  5. Mix bacon and vegetables together, except peas, into a large bowl.
  6. Stir in the dressings.
  7. Pour into a large serving dish, refrigerate.
  8. Add the frozen peas 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
Notes
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Cauliflower protects against cancer and packed with vitamin C and vitamin B folate helping your  immune system.  To get the most benefit of the nutrients, it is best to steam, cook in a wok or microwave.  Boiling the cauliflower in water causes it to lose those nutrients.

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

 Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce

Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce

Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce

Stir-Fried Frozen Cauliflower

Stir-Fried Frozen Cauliflower

Stir-Fried Frozen Cauliflower                                                        

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Smoothies

Basic Smoothies

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

 Smoothies are a good and quick way to get the daily balance of fruits and/or vegetables in one glass full.  It is more a time saver than juicing and uses less fruits or vegetables to get a more than a glass.  The blender does it all, it is good if your blender will crush ice. The ingredients are simple:   juice, fruits and/or vegetables, combined or all one flavor, add ice.  Blend to mix, add honey if sweetness is preferred or make  a dessert smoothie with the use yogurt or milk instead of juice.

Benefits of Smoothies

When using the whole raw fruit or vegetable,  it gives the vitamins, minerals, sugars, starches and almost all of the plant’s nutrients.  The fiber from the fruits provide the benefits to the health of the colon and bowel.  Remember to wash the raw fruits and vegetables.

Making a Smoothie

Making a mixed Fruit Smoothie

Does your winter diet need altered?

Our morning smoothie gives us a good way to start the day.  It is a bit of sunshine for these dark and cold mornings.  Have you noticed you like your comfort foods this time of the year?  Think of the times you pamper yourself with a chocolate bar, desserts,  dish of potatoes, gravy, noodles, macaroni and cheese, and pasta.  

Basic Mixed Fruit Smoothie
 
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A quick healthy way to get the nutrients from fruits and vegetables in a refreshing beverage in one glass by drinking a Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 glasses
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mango and passion fruit juice, consider "Lite" juice
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 small orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut in small chunks
  • 2 tablespoon of blueberries
  • 2-3 cups of ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Using a blender which crushes ice or crush up the ice cubes.
  2. Pour juice into the blender.
  3. Add the banana, orange, apple pieces.
  4. Puree until blended.
  5. Add the blueberries
  6. Blend briefly
  7. Add ice cubes, few at a time and blend until the ice is crushed.
Notes
Add a carrot, celery, or ginger to the fruit blend. Use your imagination of combinations of fruits or vegetables. Use less ice if a thinner smoothie is preferred, more ice makes it frozen slush. Yogurt, sherbet, milk, ice cream added would make dessert smoothies, though a lost in the amount of nutrients from the fruit................................ Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® All rights reserved.

 

Freshly made Mixed Fruit Smoothies

Enjoy freshly made Mixed Fruit Smoothies

How about these with the smoothies?

Favorite Blog Sites:

Simply Recipes – Smoothies

There’s a Cook in my Kitchen – Smoothies

My Ginger Garlic Kitchen – Smoothies

 

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Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Happy New Year 2016!

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

In the Italian tradition, lentils-sausage stew was our New Year’s food for luck. It seems across the continents good luck is thought to be prosperity,  good health, happiness, success and longevity. We aren’t Italian, we  wanted to try another tradition to celebrate the New Year’s.  It would be interesting to prepare the New Year’s evening menu recipes from around the world which are noted to be Lucky New Year’s Food. 

Here is my suggestion for your 2017 New Year’s Menu celebration.

Italy:  Cotechino con Lenticcjie, pork and lentils
American South: Black-eyes peas, Hoppin’ John, cooked greens
Japan:  Toshikoshi Soba, long buckwheat noodles
Ireland  Buttered Bread Sandwiches
Spain:  12 grapes  referring to Champagne
Berlin:  Berliner Pfannkuchen, jelly doughnuts
Greece: Vasilopita, a New Year’s Cake with a coin hidden in it.                                                                        The person getting the coin will have good luck all year.

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cookers or Crock-Pot cooking are  great for winter hearty stews, soups or casseroles. Red Lentils-Sausage Stew is a good example of easy meal preparation.  We had a romaine tossed salad, crusty garlic bread, Cinnamon Apple Sauce and Brown Sugar Marble Pound Cake om/crock-for desert. No Champagne, however, we did have some Soft White Wine by Oliver’s Winery.  It was a quiet and satisfying New Year’s Eve. Looking forward to 2016 offerings. 

 

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew
 
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A slow cooker makes a hearty stew of red lentils, sausage and vegetables. A winter time comfort food to enjoy with crusty bread.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • ½ sausage, remove casing and crumble, or crumble whole sausage
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinse
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup carrots, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped in ½ inch cubes
  • 14.5 oz tomatoes and juice
  • 1 cup frozen cut spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Layer all the vegetables on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the crumbled sausage.
  3. Pour in the broth and water.
  4. Add the seasonings and stir into the broth.
  5. Cover, cook on high for 3 hours.
Notes
3 links of bratwursts were used in this recipe; other sausages links or ground sausage could also be used. .....................................................................
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Wishing you many blessings during 2016:  healthy lives, friends, safety and joys in abundance.

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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Condiment:  Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sometimes my refrigerator looks as though all we eat are condiments:  ketchup, mustard, salsas, mayo, chili sauce, and oriental sauce.  Finally I found one oriental Sweet and Sour Sauce to be enjoyed on many dishes:  vegetables, poultry, meats and seafood which is easily made in my own kitchen.  I have a sweet-loving husband who likes to eat everything with sugar” on it.  It seems this sauce satisfies the ‘sweet tooth.’

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and Sour Sauce

I do not remember the original source of this Sweet and Sour Sauce, I  first published it with the Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

House Favorite Sweet and Sour Sauce

Roasted and steamed vegetables lacked that little extra piazza.  This Sweet and Sour Sauce became the house favorite condiment for that extra special zip. 


Sweet and Sour Sauce
 
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Enjoy a basic Sweet and Sour Sauce for mixing with vegetables or as a condiment for meats, poultry and seafood.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine or water
  • 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Put the first 5 ingredients into small sauce pan.
  2. Stir the cornstarch into the water until smooth and dissolved.
  3. Add to the sugar mixture.
  4. Whisk to blend.
  5. Heat over low heat, stirring until thickened.
  6. Keep warm to add to steamed vegetables.
Notes
The sauce can be served cold or warmed to use as a condiment. --------------------
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Meat, poultry and seafood can be enhanced with the same Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Simply Salads by cookbookinabox

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Simply Salads of fresh vegetables and fruit combined can be the center of lunch or part of an elaborate dinner.  Fresh vegetables and fruit can show up in the whole meal or menu.  Check out the menu below.

A trip to the local farmer’s market makes a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit for gourmet and ordinary cooking.  Road side stands, city markets, farmer’s markets, co-operative groceries and big name grocery stores are teeming with produce. Check out your community to find the foods for healthy eating.

Which recipe would you like to make?  Look for the heading “Recent Recipes” in the right column for these dishes listed below. Or use the category search.

       Select a recipe from each of the following list of foods to plan a menu for dinner.

Appetizer:  Celery and carrot sticks, pineapple chunks and strawberries

    Bread:  Sweet Potato & Cranberry Nut Bread or Sweet Wheat Bread

       Soup:  Summer Vegetable Soup or Corn and Mushroom Chowder

           Salad:  Cabbage Apple Slaw  or Vegetable Fusilli Salad

               Entree:  Asparagus Tart or Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

                   Vegetable:  Braised Carrots & Fennel,   Savory Baked Corn

                        Dessert:  Chocolate Cake or Apple Cobbler

                            Snack:  Molasses Cookies or Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

How about quick and easy salads?

                                 Simply Salads by cookbookinabox®

Tomato avacado simple salad_0953Tomato, avocado and large pitted black olives are sprinkled with lime juice. To add more color serve it on a bed of romaine lettuce or spinach.  Need more veggies, try chopping scallions on top. Serve with your favorite salad dressing. Asparagus Tart and this simple salad would make a good luncheon or brunch meal.

Pear orange simple salad _3797Red Bartlett pear and a naval orange are diced with chopped red onion, feta cheese and chopped walnuts on top.  Anjou or Bosc pears, pecans or even add dried cranberries or cherries for another quick simple salad.  Use a sweet vinaigrette dressing. The Microwaved Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy is an easy entree to serve with Simply Salads by cookbookinabox.

Orange almond simple salad_3727Salad or dessert, a little of each,  a layered fruit salad of green grapes halves, pineapple chunks, diced navel oranges and sprinkling of toast almonds and coconut flakes on top.  The juice provide its own dressing.  This simple salad would be a sweet ending to the Corn and Mushroom Chowder.

As cooks, we sometimes get so caught up trying to give the best tasting gourmet dinner and an stunning  eye-appealing  presentation we get overwhelmed and frazzled.  Try some of the suggested Simply Salads by cookbookinabox® with any of the Recent Recipes listed on the side.

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Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

Several years ago, collard greens and many other vegetables were not available in grocery stores.  With the ‘world trade’, seasonal foods are available all year. Dandelion greens or spinach were only greens I was familiar with.  Maybe turnip or beet greens were available on our farm table, but what kid was going to eat them if they could get out of it.  My children were subjected to lettuces and spinach in salads.

So now I have learned to eat, cook and share Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata.

Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

Nutritional Benefits

As you might have gathered, collard greens are good for you.  They are a dark green vegetable with the ability to lower cholesterol and  cancer protection. Collard greens are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, fiber, and manganese to name a few.  There is your multiple vitamin! Now corn adds B vitamins, folate and thiamin when eaten as a special summertime food, corn-on-the-cob, a midwest favorite side dish.  Corn is considered a staple food, the basis for polenta, tortillas, burritos, corn meal, flour, starch and popcorn!¹

I adapted this recipe by adding roasted red bell peppers instead of mushrooms.  I like the sweeter taste plus the red color. Red bell peppers provide Vitamin C, A, B6 and folate.  Add garlic to the strata, it is credited to  having healing potential of lowering cholesterol and cancer protection.¹  Use 1% milk to lower fat and calories, though I did add cheddar cheese on top.

Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata
 
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A layered casserole of vegetables and flour tortillas. A vegetarian side dish to be enjoyed with or without a meat entrée. It's an American lasagna!
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Recipe type: Vegetable Casserole
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces of fresh collard greens, chopped, blanched and well-drained OR 10 ounces frozen chopped collard greens, thawed and squeezed dry.
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ cups fresh corn or frozen corn, thawed
  • ¼ cup of diced roasted red bell peppers
  • 2 tortillas (8-inch diameter), halved
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Grease a 2½ quart or 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  3. In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil, add the minced garlic, cook until soft.
  4. Add the blanched fresh or frozen collard greens, cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Combine the milk, salt, pepper sauce into the flour, stir until smooth.
  6. Add the milk mixture to the collard greens, stir until the sauce is creamy and thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the corn and roasted red bell peppers, heat about 3 minutes
  8. Remove from heat, stir in ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese until melted.
  9. Arrange a layer of tortillas on the bottom of the casserole, cover with half of collard/corn mixture.
  10. Add another layer of tortillas, cover with remainder of mixed vegetables.
  11. Sprinkle top of casserole with remainder of the shredded cheese.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes or casserole is hot and bubbling.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Fight Back With Food: Use Nutrition To Heal What Ails You, Readers Digest Association, Inc. cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2015 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office.”nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com
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Vegetable Fusilli Salad

Vegetable Fusilli Salad

Vegetable Fusilli Salad

Vegetable Fusilli Salad

Vegetable Fusilli Salad, Netta Belle' Choice
 
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A cool salad in the summer and a winter treat with hot sandwiches in the winter to enjoy the fresh vegetables.
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dry tri-vegetable fusilli pasta
  • ¾ cup asparagus, cut in 1-inch lengths
  • ⅓ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • ⅔ cup tomato, diced and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • ⅓-1/2 cup Basil Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • BASIL RED WINE VINAIGRETTE
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or more to taste.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend
Instructions
  1. Cook the fusilli according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Rinse in cold water and refrigerate to cool before assembling salad.
  3. Blanch asparagus in boiling water for 11/2-2 minutes until tender but firm.
  4. Rinse in cold water; refrigerate to cool.
  5. Dice and slice the onion, olives and tomato.
  6. Put all ingredients into a large bowl.
  7. Mix all ingredients of the Basil Red Wine Vinaigrette in a jar, shake to mix.
  8. Heat the vinaigrette slightly to dissolve the sugar if needed.
  9. Pour the Vinaigrette over the pasta and vegetables.
  10. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  11. Spinkle parmesan cheese over the salad before serving.
Notes
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Waiting for another snow storm to come into the midwest.  Winter is getting long!  Looking forward to have pasta salads with fresh vegetables from the local farmer’s market.  Although it will be awhile, this salad would be great with pulled pork sandwiches.

 

Vegetable Fusilli Salad Plate

Vegetable Fusilli Salad Plate

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Braised Fennel and Carrots

 Netta Belle’s Choice® Braised Fennel and Carrots

Dish of fennel and braised carrots.

 

 Fennel

Fennel has a flavor of anise, a mild licorice taste.  In many of the grocery stores it is sold as anise. Fennel can be eaten raw in salads with vegetables or fruits, cooked by braising, sauteing, stir-frying, steaming, or roasting.  It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium, manganese and folate.  The seeds are used in sausage, meat loaf, tomato sauces and bread. The seeds make a nice flavor to a fruit salad with the mild licorice taste.

Carrots

Carrots, a versatile vegetable, are good to snack raw or even in a cake for dessert. Carrots are in salads, side dishes, stews, soups and roasts.  They have a sweet taste, particularly when cooked in any variety of techniques as in Braised Fennel and Carrots.  Vitamin A is the highest nutrient in carrots, along with vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese as well as smaller percentages of vitamin B6, B3, B1, B2 and E.


Braised Fennel and Carrots
 
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Enjoy the mild anise flavor and herbs of fennel with the sweetness of carrots for a vegetable side dish to serve with roast pork or a tofu entree.
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 fennel bulb, cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 1½ cups carrots cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole thyme leave
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend
Instructions
  1. Trim fennel bulb, cut off stems, leaves and the bottom.
  2. Wash thoroughly, cut into quarters. Cut out the core or heart of the bulb.
  3. Wash and scrape carrots, cut into 3-inches pieces then quarters.
  4. Mince garlic cloves.
  5. Combine broth, oil, garlic, fennel, carrots into a large saucepan.
  6. Bring vegetables to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove vegetables to a warm bowl, cover and keep warm.
  9. Increase heat on liquid, reduce to ⅓ cup, about 5 minutes.
  10. Mix the wine vinegar, sugar, thyme and Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend.
  11. Heat through.
  12. Pour the seasoned syrup over the warm vegetables before serving.
Notes
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Netta Belle's Choice Flavour Enhancer Spice Blend

Netta Belle’s Choice Flavour Enhancer Spice Blend

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