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Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter BeansThis dish is a satisfying vegetarian meal complete with spinach, beans and polenta, inspired by classic Spanish flavors. Note: Look for smoked paprika with other specialty spices; it’s available in three varieties: sweet, bittersweet and hot. Sweet is the most versatile, but if you like a little bit of heat, choose the hot variety. You can find Spanish products in specialty-foods stores or online at tienda.com. Make it a Meal: Enjoy with a green salad tossed with sherry vinaigrette and a glass of Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 16-ounce tube prepared plain polenta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 clove garlic,minced
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked, plus more for garnish (see Note)
  • 1 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded Manchego or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

Preparation       Active 35 minutes           Ready in 35 minutes

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add polenta and cook in a single layer, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic to the pan, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring, until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in beans, spinach and broth; cook, stirring, until the beans are heated through and the spinach is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese and vinegar. Serve vegetables over polenta. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
  • Smoked paprika is available in three varieties: sweet, bittersweet and hot. Sweet is the most versatile, but choose hot if you like a bit of heat. Find it in well-stocked supermarkets or specialty-foods stores.

From: EatingWell Magazine October/November 2006

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249291/catalan-sauteed-polenta-butter-beans/

 

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Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 3 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 each medium sweet red, orange and yellow peppers, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 10 fresh asparagus spears, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) Greek vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the mushrooms, peppers and zucchini. Add the asparagus, onion, tomatoes, peas, broccoli and olives. Pour vinaigrette into bag; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Discard marinade. Transfer vegetables to a grill wok or basket. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 8-12 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Place on a serving plate; sprinkle with cheese.

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
Yield: 9 servings.

TasteOfHome.com

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 15- to 19-ounce can beans, such as chickpeas, black-eyed peas or kidney beans, rinsed
  • 2 5- to 6-ounce cans water-packed chunk light tuna, drained and flaked (see Note)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 4 teaspoons capers, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mediterranean_tuna_antipasto_salad.html

 

PREPARATION

  1. Combine beans, tuna, bell pepper, onion, parsley, capers, rosemary, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl. Season with pepper. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oil and salt in a large bowl. Add salad greens; toss to coat. Divide the greens among 4 plates. Top each with the tuna salad.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Note:Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mediterranean_tuna_antipasto_salad.html

 

Red Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked red quinoa
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (1/2-inch) diced seeded tomato
1/2 cup (1/2-inch) diced seeded cucumber
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
4 lemon wedges

red quinoa salad
 

Preparation

1. Cook quinoa according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and place in a large bowl. Let cool 1 hour.

2. While quinoa cools, combine oil and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 20 minutes.

3. Add dressing, tomato, and next 4 ingredients (through chickpeas) to quinoa; toss well. Add cheese, and toss gently. Serve with lemon wedges.

Kids Can Help: With a child-safe knife, kids can chop the tomatoes and cucumber, and then crumble the feta.

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Amanda Haas, Cooking Light Real Family Food
SEPTEMBER 2012

Watermelon Salad

Amy Ross’ Watermelon Salad

Juicy watermelon, tart citrus, and creamy avocado combine to make an unusual but delicious salad.

2 avocados

2 limes, juiced

1/2 red onion

1-2 lbs watermelon, seeded

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 bunch cilantro

salt and pepper

WatermelonSalad
In a large bowl, add avocado, onion, and watermelon, all cut in chunks. cover with lime juice, drizzle with olive oil, toss with cilantro, salt and pepper.

Coconut Shrimp

coconut shrimpMy wife dearly loves coconut shrimp, so she asked me to make it for her for Mother’s Day. I went to the internet and combined a couple of recipes (primarily the recipe from DamnDelicious – click the image to see her recipe)  to come up with the following which she loved. The shrimp were beautifully moist and delicious! Happy Mother’s Day, Denise! You are an incredible mom and the best wife and friend I could ever imagine!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut oil
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • >Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Sweet chili sauce, for serving

Instructions

  • Marinate shelled, deveined shrimp in coconut milk for a half-hour to 4 hours
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. Working one at a time, dredge shrimp in the flour, dip into the eggs, then dredge in the coconut mixture, pressing to coat.
  • Working in batches, add shrimp to the skillet and fry until evenly golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve immediately with sweet chili sauce, if desired.

Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch of medium sized asparagus, about 1 lb
  • 2 Tbsp of the most exquisite extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest – freshly grated lemon rind
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

Asparagus1 Prepare the asparagus by rinsing them thoroughly, break off any tough, white bottoms and discard. Cut into 1 to 2 inch sections, slicing the asparagus at a slight diagonal.

2 Fill a medium sized saucepan half way with water, bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and reduce heat slightly to a simmer. Parboil the asparagus for exactly 2 minutes. Drain the hot water. While the asparagus are still hot, toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, Parmesan, and lemon rind. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temperature.

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/asparagus/