Turnip Gratin

The best turnip you will ever taste! This would work well for a potluck style Thanksgiving or Christmas meal – who else would think to bring such an awesome tasting turnip side dish? If cooking for a smaller crowd, cook 1/2 the recipe. Ingredients: 10 small turnips, peeled and sliced 1 1/2 cups milk 1…

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Inspired by Martha Stewart. But surely better than her recipe. Ingredients: 1.4 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups water 2 knorr veggie stock pots 8 small leeks (or two large leeks), chopped 1 whole medium head of broccoli (including stem) chopped 1/2 cup 10% cream Coarse salt and ground pepper Method: Melt…

Squash Fritters

Stacey sent this recipe today with a note to quickly add it to the blog because people are asking for the recipe. Relatively simple, and a great way to get in your veggies. Ingredients: 3 cups squash grate 1/2 teaspoon all spice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 large eggs 1/2 cup oat flour (also can use…

Squash Fennel Soup

A new recipe coming from Stacey. Delicious heart-healthy vegetarian soup that starts on the barbeque! Ingredients: 1/2 large Hubbard squash 1 tbsp olive oil 4 cups knorr veggie stockpot 1 bulb fennel chopped 5 small leeks chopped 2 apples chopped 2 star aniseed 2 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick   Method: Cut squash in half…

Cheesy Rotini

Thought I’d try a “healthier” take on regular old mac and cheese, and came up with this creamy, three-cheese spinach main course dish. I’m not sure its even a tad healthier, but at least you’ll get your greens. Ingredients: 450g rotini 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, minced 1 tsp garlic, minced 2 1/2…

Varenikje (Sweet Perogies)

This best-ever varenikje dough recipe was adapted from Norma Jost Voth’s Mennonite Foods and Folkways from South Russia, Volume II.  This recipe doubled yields 7 dozen varenikje.  It also works well when tripled.  The recipe calls for all-purpose flour but bread flour may be substituted partially or entirely.  The varenikje may be made ahead, frozen…

Moroccan Peanut Veggie Soup

Excellent new recipe of Jen’s. I think what made it so great was all the extra cayenne pepper. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium yellow onion chopped 2 celery stalks chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons ground chili powder 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon cayenne powder…

Imam Bayildi (eggplants stuffed with peppers, tomatoes, and onions)

Stacey made this for me when I was visiting her in South Africa last June. Immediate favourite of mine, long standing favourite of her and Joel! Enjoy! Adapted from Middle Eastern Cookery by Arto der Haroutunian Ingredients: 4 medium eggplants 6T olive oil 2 onions thinly sliced 2 green peppers, seeded and thinly sliced 2…

Spinach & Parmesan Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients: 1 10z pkg frozen, chopped spinach 6 bell peppers, sliced lengthwise 4 eggs 1 c. sour cream, fat free 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese 1/3 c. crushed rye crackers (or any sort of bread crumbs) 2 tsp. oregano (or to taste) Salt & Pepper Olive oil Method: Cook the spinach in the microwave from frozen…

Grilled Eggplant

Ingredients 1 eggplant/aubergine cubed (not peeled) 1 large onion coarsely chopped 2 tomatoes, each chopped into 8 pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil (for frying) Oregano and salt to taste Method Fry onion in olive oil for 5 minutes, throw in eggplant for another 5 minutes, and then mix with tomatoes, oregano and salt. Spread evenly…

Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

Ingredients olive oil, for frying 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 5 stalks celery, chopped 2 ½ cups chicken broth (for vegetarian option, use veggie stock) 1 cup brown rice 1 ½ cups dry black eyed peas, pre-soaked for 5-12 hours 1 jar salsa 1 can diced tomatoes 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped…

Salsa Rolls

Ingredients: 1 pkg cream cheese (room temperature) 2 tbsp salsa 2 tbsp ranch dressing 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 dill pickle, finely chopped 1/4 green/red pepper, finely chopped 1 pkg small tortilla wraps Method Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Combine the rest of the ingredients with the cream cheese and spread on wraps. Roll up wraps, and…