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Quick Fix: Mediterranean Pasta Saute

This is a slightly spicy quick dish full of Mediterranean flavors. Done in about 15 minutes! Serve with a side salad for a filling Quick Fix.

Quick Fix: Mediterranean Pasta Saute
entrée
1-2
 
A quick Mediterranean pasta dish using what I had on hand. As with all dishes, the veggies are the star, the pasta a sidenote.
Ingredients
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Beans
  • Sliced olives & Sun Dried Tomatoes (maybe ¼ cup)
  • Spices (garlic salt, red pepper flakes, oregano)
  • Can diced tomatoes
  • Spinach (few handfuls)
  • Pasta (I had about ½ cup cooked leftover angel hair)
Instructions
  1. Saute veggies over medium heat until browned.
  2. Add sliced olives and sun-dried tomatoes with oil.
  3. Add sprinkle of each seasoning, canned tomatoes, spinach.
  4. Stir, taste, add more seasoning if needed. May need a drizzle more of olive oil as well.
  5. Add cooked pasta.
  6. Top with sprinkle of fresh herbs and Nutritional Yeast or grated Brazil Nut "Parm".

 

 

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Quick Fix: Chickpea Veggie Saute

Super quick, super yummy vegan supper. Say that five times fast.

Good, you’ll already have dinner ready!

Quick Fix:Veggie Saute
entrée
1-2
 
A quick fix supper or lunch when you're craving a little cheesey-ness. Daiya mozzarella is the only non dairy "cheese" that actually tastes like, melts like, browns like cheese. It is made from tapioca root but magically tastes like mozzarella. Go figure.
Ingredients
  • ½ Onion, sliced
  • 2 cups Broccoli, bite size
  • Handful Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Zucchini, diced
  • Garlic Salt
  • ¼- 1/2 cup Chickpeas
  • Daiya Mozzarella, ¼ cup
Instructions
  1. Heat pan over medium high heat
  2. Spray with olive oil
  3. Add Mushrooms, saute until beginning to brown
  4. Add all other veggies, sprinkle with Garlic Salt
  5. Throw in chickpeas, stir to combine, Saute until all browned and tender crisp
  6. Sprinkle Daiya mozzarella over top, brown in oven if desired

 

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Food Recipes Reviews

French Onion Soup Mushrooms

I was selected along with 28 other bloggers to participate in Kitchen Play’s “29 Ways to Leap into Jarlsberg Dip” event and giveaway. (Scroll down to see how you can win). Their new product is made with their well known Jarlsberg cheese, mayo and sweet red onion. I decided it would work terrifically with the flavors of my caramelized French Onion soup so I baked them together into these creamy, cheesy mushrooms.

Jarlsberg French Onion Soup Mushrooms
Appetizer
 
Some people cringe at serving 50's era party food but mushrooms are just about my favorite and God created such a perfect little edible cup...it must be stuffed with goodness!
Ingredients
  • Jarlsberg Dip
  • Package Button or Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and reserved
  • 1-2 onions, sliced thinly + chopped mushroom caps
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbl. good dark balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • Fresh Thyme, Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat your pan over medium heat and add mushroom caps
  2. Heat both sides until browning slightly, 1-2 min.
  3. Remove and set on cookie sheet or pan sprayed with olive oil
  4. Caramelize your onions-Respray pan lightly with olive oil, add onions and garlic.
  5. Cook over medium-low heat until begin to color a bit.
  6. Add balsamic and brown sugar.
  7. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low and let caramelize, stirring occasionally, 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, stir in Jarslsberg dip.
  9. Spoon filling into mushroom caps.
  10. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle fresh thyme, cracked pepper and kosher salt over tops.

 

Jarlsberg is offering a tailgate tote stocked with:

  • Jarlsberg Lite Cheese
  • Jarlsberg Cheese Dip
  • Snofrisk (Norwegian style cream cheese)
  • Crisp breads
  • Honey cremes
  • Honey vinegar

 

The giveaway is hosted on Jarlsberg’s Facebook page here.

Head over to Kitchen-Play to see what other bloggers have created with the Jarlsberg dip.

They compensated me for the recipe development and ingredients.

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Quick Fix: Sweet Tater with Black Beans

If you make your sweet potatoes ahead of time, you’ll have dinner ready in the time it takes you to make an accompanying salad! Try it for packed lunches too.

Quick Fix: Sweet Tater with Black Beans
Entree
1
 
The best way to make a sweet potato is to bake at 250/300 degrees for 2-3 hrs. I make a few extras so I have cooked ones on hand throughout the week.
Ingredients
  • Cooked Sweet Potato
  • ¼- 1/2 cup cooked Black Beans
  • Sprinkle Cumin
  • Sprinkle Smoked Paprika
  • Sprinkle Hot Sauce
  • Squirt Organic Ketchup
Instructions
  1. Pull heated potato out of the oven, split down the middle
  2. Mix all other ingredients on top of potato
  3. Devour

 

 

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Quick Fix: Roasted Eggplant Penne with Roasted Garlic Ciabatta

Have a jar of pasta sauce, a box of pasta and a loaf of plain crusty bread but want to make it a little more interesting (and veggiefied) tonight? This quick fix will have a tasty dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

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Caramelized French Onion Soup

This vegetarian take on French Onion soup builds on the flavors of slowly caramelized onions in a balsamic reduction. I used the picture from my award-winning caramelized onions because sometimes food disappears fast around here.

Caramelized French Onion Soup
entrée, Appetizer
4-6
 
The optional ingredients are wine (just add more water) and cheese, omit if vegan. You can use a veggie bouillon cube and water in place of the veggie stock.
Ingredients
Caramelize Onions
  • 4-6 onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup good dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
Finish Soup
  • flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme, salt & pepper
  • red wine (optional)
  • 6-7 cups water or veggie stock (or mixture of the 2)
  • slice of organic cheese, Gruyure or Swiss (optional)
Instructions
  1. Spray your pot with olive oil, add onions and garlic.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until begin to color a bit.
  3. Add balsamic and brown sugar.
  4. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low and let caramelize, stirring occasionally, 30-40 minutes.
  5. After dark, golden brown, add wine and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and let reduce about 5 min.
  6. Add 2 tbls of flour and stir to coat. Cook over low heat about 10 min. (This will thicken the soup a bit).
  7. Then add bay leaves, teaspoon of thyme, S&P, ½-1 cup wine and 6-7 cups water.
  8. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes, then check taste, and re-season with thyme and S&P as needed.
  9. If using cheese, place slices over oven proof mugs or crocks filled with soup in oven and broil until browned and beginning to crisp.
  10. Serve with warm baguette for sopping up tastiness.

 

Oh, look. There's a dog in my soup mug.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brazil Nut Parm

We l-o-v-e Brussels. We have even made our friends obsessed. Try preparing them this way (even if you don’t do the nut topping) and you too will be a Brussels believer.  

 

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brazil Nut Parm
Side
 
Ingredients
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Rinse Brussels, remove any bad leaves.
  3. Cut in half, put on sprayed cookie sheet.
  4. Spray with olive oil, salt & pepper well.  Flip them once after 10 minutes.
  5. Remove Brussels from oven when edges browned and crisp (about 20-25 minutes)
  6. In food processor or blender place handful of Brazil nuts, 1 garlic clove and pinch of salt. Process until fluffy like Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over Brussels Sprouts.

 

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Quick Fix: Barley Stew

This dish is warm and comforting and a quick fix if using pearled barley, or ready in an hour if using hulled/whole barley. Perfectly suited to enjoy steaming in a mug….

 

 

Quick Fix: Barley Stew
5-6
 
Feel free to sub whatever veggies you have, broccoli would be a great. I had a box of quick cooking Barley which makes this recipe come together in much less time. However, whole barley or hulled Barley is a much better choice nutrition wise, packed full of fiber and other important nutrients. If you have the time (1 hr) go with the real stuff.
Ingredients
  • 2 Garlic cloves Minced
  • 1 Onion Minced
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 Zucchini chopped
  • 1 Yellow Squash Chopped
  • Mushrooms chopped
  • Green beans (frozen or fresh)
  • Spices (Rosemary, Oregano, Salt & Pepper, Red pepper flakes)
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1½ Cups Quick cooking Barley (Pearled that has been steamed & dried like oats)
Instructions
  1. Saute garlic & onions until brown, add rest of veggies.
  2. Brown slightly, add spices (start with tsp. if not sure amount).
  3. Add water & Barley, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover.
  4. If using quick barley, check in 8-9 minutes (45 min. for hulled/whole barley),Taste, add more seasoning if needed (i.e. is it bland? Add few more tsp.at a time of herbs., stir, taste again).

 

 

 

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Quick Fix: Roasted Veggie Fusilli Bake

This is a quick, one pan pasta dish.  Roast your veggies, dump sauce over them and stir in cooked pasta. In less than an hour you’ll have a bubbly, browned dish, ready for your family or to share with a new mommy (Macaria : ).

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Quick Fix: Roasted Veggie Fusilli Bake
entrée
4-6
 
Quick Pasta Bake, use whichever of the veggies you have on hand Prep: Veggies cleaned & diced, Pasta Boiled
Ingredients
  • Diced eggplant, mushrooms zucchini, and or yellow squash, about 3-4 cups (1 eggplant+2 squash)
  • Olive oil, S&P
  • Whole Wheat Penne or Fusilli pasta
  • Jar of sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Place veggies in olive oil sprayed baking dish (9''), Salt & Pepper
  3. Roast for 20-25 min.or until tender
  4. Prepare pasta al dente (2 min. under cooking time)
  5. Dump drained pasta and sauce into baking dish, stir to coat ( optional: Add mozzarella)
  6. Bake about 15 minutes or until bubbly and browned, yum!

 

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Quick Fix: Rice Cooker Quinoa

A comforting, warm, meal ready in 20 minutes, using just your rice cooker. What are you waiting for?

Quick Fix: Rice Cooker Quinoa
entrée, Side
4-6
 
A quick and delicious meal of veggies and fluffy Quinoa cooked completely in the rice cooker!
Ingredients
  • 1 Garlic clove, pressed or minced & ½ Onion diced
  • ⅔ cup bite size broccoli & carrots
  • Spices: Lemon Pepper or Garlic Salt & Pepper etc.
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2 Tbls.-1/4 cup organic Ketchup
  • 1½ cups Quinoa
Instructions
  1. Plug in rice cooker (or turn on stove w/small stockpot)
  2. Put in garlic, onion, let brown. Add other veggies.
  3. Once browned, add Quinoa, spices, and water.
  4. Stir, cover and leave to cook for about 12 minutes.
  5. Check taste and tenderness (add more water if too dry, add additional spices if needed).
  6. Let cook additional 4 minutes (or ours automatically turns to "warm")
  7. Serve in a mug