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“Red Rules!” Stir-fry

"Red Rules" Stir-fry

"Red Rules" Stir-fry

After deciding on my ingredients for this vegan stir-fry, I found a “red” theme emerging. Quite appropriate during a month that’s all about Valentine’s and roses, don’t you think?  Red bell peppers, red potatoes, red kidney beans…and some Spanish paprika in the seasoning (red also!). To add some other colors to the plate, I tossed in cauliflower and spinach. too. Although my preference is to eat this tasty dish without any underlying grain, you might also enjoy it served over brown rice or quinoa. 

About this dish:
Vegetarian/vegan? Yes, it is!

Gluten Conscious? You’re in the clear!

Everyone: Dig in! 


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

  • Spinach – 6 cups
  • Cauliflower – 3 cups, chopped

    Raw Materials for Red Rules Stir-fry

    Raw Materials

  • Red bell peppers – 3 cups chopped
  • Red potatoes – 3 medium-sized, chopped into small pieces
  • Red kidney beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Olive oil – 1 Tbsp to prep pan
  • Cilantro – 1 tsp
  • Spanish paprika – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 tsp
  • Sea salt – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

 Get cooking…

  1. In a small bowl, combine cilantro, papriak, salt, black pepper & ginger, then set aside.
  2. Warm olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, add potatoes and cauliflower. Stir often & cook until slightly tender.
  4. Decrease heat to low and spinach and red peppers. Stir often & cook until tender, but not overdone.
  5. Add red kidney beans and spices.
  6. Stir until well-mixed.
  7. Serve (over rice or quinoa if you wish) and enjoy!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

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Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

At first glance, you might think that this week’s creation has a rather odd combination of ingredients. But I believe that you’ll find this dish to make perfect sense after you taste it.

The Produce Geek‘s picks of the week included walnuts and Anjou pears. Matched up with some spinach, brown rice and my Sesame Ginger sauce, the fruit and nuts go from “oddball ingredients” to “out of this world”. Give it a try! 

Vegetarian/vegan: Enjoy – this dish is 100% both.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! (But if using soy sauce instead of Liquid Aminos, be sure you choose a gluten-free brand.)

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Walnuts – 2 cups, chopped
  • Green Anjou Pears – 2 cups, chopped into bite-sized chunks
    Raw Materials

    Raw Materials

Other ingredients…

  • Spinach – 12 cups (sounds like a lot, but it shrinks severely when cooked!)
  • Brown rice – 2 cups, cooked
  • Sesame oil – 1/4 cup
  • Canola oil – 1/4 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar – 3 Tbsps (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 1 Tbsp
  • Fresh Ginger – 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp for prepping pan

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, prepare stir-fry sauce:
    • Put sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, Liquid Aminos, ginger & honey in a blender.
    • Blend until smooth.
  3. When oil in pan is hot, add spinach. Note: add spinach gradually because all 12 cups might not fit in your pan all at once. Stir continuously until all spinach is in the pan.
  4. Add walnuts, cooked brown rice and stir-fry sauce. Stir until ingredients are warm and evenly distributed.
  5. Turn off heat and add pears. Stir to distribute evenly throughout the pan.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Grilled Steak & Spinach Salad with Creamy Garlic Chive Dressing

Grilled Steak & Spinach Salad

Grilled Steak & Spinach Salad with Creamy Garlic Chive Dressing

Although my personal preferences often lead me to create poultry and vegetarian meals, I firmly believe that a little bit of red meat is good for the body, soul – and sanity! This week, I took the always on-target buying advice from the  Produce Geek and crafted a steak salad using his picks this week!

The white mushrooms and broccoli that he recommended perfectly complemented the spinach and lean grilled sirloin steak that came from the grass-fed steer we bought a share of earlier in the year. Topped with Creamy Garlic Chive Dressing (my own-made!), this salad made a satiating meal fit for the most ravenous of meat-lovers.

Vegetarians/Vegans: Although this salad is carnivore-oriented, you could substitute a hearty bean (kidneys or pintos perhaps) for the steak and swap the yogurt-based dressing with a nice balsamic vinaigrette.  

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your choice of mayo & yogurt are in the clear – read the labels to make sure neither contain gluten.

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Broccoli florets – 3/4 cup, cut into bite-sized pieces

    Raw materials for the Steak and Spinach Salad

    Raw materials for the salad

  • White mushrooms – 3/4 cup sliced

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Fresh spinach – 1 cup
  • Grilled sirloin steak strips  –  3 -4 oz w/fat trimmed

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Greek yogurt – plain, 1/2 cup
  • Mayo  – 1/4 cup (preferably Safflower or Olive oil variety)
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Chives – 1 tsp
  • Dill Weed – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – grind according to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Place spinach on plate.
  2. Space broccoli florets around the perimeter.
  3. Top interior spinach bed with white mushrooms.
  4. Lay grilled steak on top of mushrooms.
  5. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl.
    2. Whisk until blended.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  6. Place salad dressing cup on plate and shout “Steak is served!”
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spunky Peanut Dressing

Salad made with the Produce Geek's picks of the week

Simple, yet full of flavor: Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Spunky Peanut Dressing

Who isn’t looking for ways to keep summer meals simple? This gluten-free salad proves that you don’t have to give up taste – even when you don’t have a lot of time to spend on a dish.

The Produce Geek recommended organic spinach on his pick list this week, so I used that as the building block of a grilled chicken salad that really hits the spot. Topped with my own-made peanut dressing (one you can easily recreate at your home), this dish is full of flavor even though it demands very little effort. Garnish with a wedge of Athena cantaloupe for visual appeal –  which doubles as a built-in appetizer or sweet treat for dessert.

Vegetarian or Vegan? Grilled tofu substituted for the chicken makes an equally excellent salad!

 

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Organic spinach – 4 cups

    Produce Geek's Picks for week of July 25, 2011

    "Raw materials" for our salad

  • Athena cantaloupe – 4 wedges

Other ingredients…

  • Green pepper –  2 cups, sliced and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Sweet red pepper – 2 cups, sliced and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Spring onions – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces
  • Grilled chicken tenderloins – 1 lb

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

  • Peanut oil – 1/3 cup
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar) – 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 2 1/2 tsps
  • Honey (I prefer raw, but regular will do) – 1 Tbsp
  • Natural peanut butter – 1/3 cup
  • Fresh ginger – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/4 tsp (or more or less to taste)

Get cooking…

  1. Assemble foundation of the salad by placing a bed of spinach on your plates.
  2. Place green and red pepper pieces around the perimeter of each serving.
  3. Top with grilled chicken tenderloins and spring onions.
  4. Create your peanut dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a blender.
    2. “Blend” until smooth.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  5. Place salad dressing and wedge of cantaloupe on each plate and serve.
Makes 4 servings
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