Sunday, December 04, 2005

Awesome Collard Greens

I love this greens recipe. It was posted by HollyQ at (good site!). You don't have to use collards- I often use kale instead. It is so tasty, really easy to prepare, and lowfat, too!

Awesome Collard Greens Recipe
1 lb collard greens (or 1/2 collards, 1/2 kale)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup prepared salsa or 1 chopped tomato
2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon salt, to taste
hot sauce, to taste

Wash greens in a colander.
Chop into bite-sized pieces.
Throw all ingredients into a large pot and cover.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, the reduce heat and simmer.
Greens are done when they have shrunk down and are cooked through,
usually about a half hour, but you can let it simmer much longer.
Serve with its liquid.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Time-saving discovery

Oh my gosh, I made this great discovery today! I discovered that I can cook lentils and rice all at the same time in the rice cooker!
I put in about 1/4 cup lentils with 3/4 cup rice or grain and the usual amount of water (2 cups),
and both the lentils and the rice came out perfectly.
I tried this twice, first with red lentils, and then with green lentils.
I think this is such a time saver! I wonder if there are any other fast-cooking items that I can cook with my rice?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Carob (or Chocolate) Fudge Cake

This is my variation on a yummy fudge cake recipe that I found on the Bob's Red Mill website.
It also makes great cupcakes (almost like little lava cakes!)

This recipe is free of corn, wheat, yeast, milk and egg.
If you're not allergic to wheat, it also works with whole wheat pastry flour in place of the 2 flours.
You can also sub cocoa powder for the carob powder and chocolate chips for the carob chips.

1 cup sifted Brown Rice Flour
1/2 cup sifted Amaranth Flour
1/4 cup Carob Powder (Toasted)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2/3 cup Warm Water
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup Brown Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup
1 Tb Vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 package of grain-sweetened carob chips
1/4 cup (optional) chopped Walnuts-Baker's Pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 8" or 9" baking pan, set aside.

Combine dry ingredients and sift them into bowl, mixing well. Combine liquids in small bowl and mix with fork or whisk. Pour over dry ingredients all at once and mix quickly. Fold in carob chips. Pour immediately into prepared baking pan. Scatter nuts on top of batter (optional). Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Quick Stir-fried Rice Meal

This is what I had tonight for dinner. It's one of my favorite quick and easy yummy recipes.
You can add whatever veggies you like, but this is what I tend to use:

For 2 people:
1 teaspoon canola or sesame oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
1/2 head of kale, pre-steamed so it's relatively soft
1/2 block of firm tofu, cubed
1-2 tsp soy sauce (to taste)
dash Frank's Red Hot or a dash of red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups(approx) cooked rice( long or short grain)

Heat the oil on medium-high in a large frying pan. Add onions and saute until they are
a little browned. Add tomato, pre-cooked kale, tofu, soy sauce, and Red Hot or pepper flakes.
Saute until the tomatoes and tofu are heated. Add the rice saute everything, stirring constantly
for a few minutes. Top with a little fresh ground pepper, and enjoy!