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Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

Bruschetta Pasta

Posted by terrepruitt on August 5, 2014

You may have read my post regarding how much I loved Dinner of Herbs eggplant bruschetta recipe. I said I could put the eggplant mixture on anything. Well, I actually bought the ingredients to make the bruschetta, I even remembered the bread! But when I arrived at home I looked in my refrigerator and realized I had some zucchini I needed to use. Plus I had some mushrooms I needed to use. So I decided this would be a great time to put the eggplant and tomato mixture with a little extra over pasta. So I am just adding zucchini and mushrooms to the way I made the bruschetta.  Here is what I made:

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Ingredients:

–1 medium or large eggplant, cubed (very small)
–4 medium sized tomatoes, cubed
–1 lb of mushrooms, sliced or coarsely chopped
–2 zucchinis, grated
–3/4 of a large onion, chopped (tiny)
olive oil
two tablespoons of butter
garlic powder
onion powder
salt
pepper
sweet basil
balsamic vinegar
Parmesan cheese, as desired
1 package/box/container of pasta (I prefer linguine)

Heat the oven to 450°F.

Put the eggplant on a baking sheet. (I used parchment paper on the baking sheet.) Drizzle with olive oil. Mix it up, then spread the eggplant evenly, in one layer (the eggplant I used was too large to be one layer), over the baking sheet. After baking for about 10 minutes, move the eggplant around on the pan.  After another 10 minutes, gently stir/toss the eggplant and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for about an additional 25 minutes. Stirring or tossing if necessary to ensure even roasting. In between roasting the eggplant, spread 3/4 of the tomato out over a baking sheet. (I used parchment paper on the baking sheet.) Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and onion powder. (Tomatoes are too delicate to be mixed as done with the eggplant.) Bake until the edge pieces are browning.  Stirring gently, if you want.  I ended up cooking the tomatoes for about 30 minutes.

Somewhere in between cooking the mushrooms and zucchini as instructed below, you might want to cook your pasta. I prefer my pasta hot. You can plan and cook accordingly.

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Once all the veggies are cooked to your satisfaction put half of the cooked and drained pasta in a large bowl, then add half of all of the cooked vegetables.  Add the basil, vinegar, any additional salt and/or pepper you desire.  Then add the rest of the pasta and cooked vegetables along with half of the raw tomato and onion.  Toss it all.  Taste it to see if you want more basil, vinegar, salt and/or pepper.  Put the rest of the raw tomato and onion on top. Serve the pasta sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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This is the first recipe I wrote FIRST, then followed.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe as I was cooking, and noted them before posting.  I think layering the pasta, then veggies makes for easier mixing.  Of course, you can mix it anyway you’d like.  I loved this.  I loved the flavor as I did when I made the eggplant bruschetta.  What I would do next time is use 3 tomatoes instead of four.  The flavor of the tomatoes overpowered everything.  I am looking forward to having the leftovers, as I believe left over pasta is often better than the freshly made dish.  The flavors have time to meld.

This is an easy dish, there is nothing complicated about any part of the process, but with all of the chopping it is a bit labor intensive.  The separate roasting of the eggplant and tomatoes makes it a long process.  I didn’t want to roast them at the same time.  But if you chop while things are cooking . . . . .

I will probably make it again.

What about you?  Does it sound good?  Which of the vegetables is your favorite? 

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Green Beans, Onions, and Walnuts

Posted by terrepruitt on August 10, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYoI have shared before about how wonderful it is to cook for my husband because he pretty much likes whatever I cook.  He is not a picky eater.  When I first met him he did not care for walnuts at all.  I also think he is not a big fan of green beans.  But being the trooper he is he tolerated one of my favorite dishes.  And now, even though he does not care for walnuts or green beans he likes this dish.  I feel it kind of says a lot about how yummy it is.  We received green beans in our produce box yesterday.  I had just bought walnuts so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make this recipe.  We actually have not had this dish in a long time.  It seems I usually have beans and not walnuts or walnuts and not beans.  Since I had them both, somewhat in an unplanned fashion I thought, “YAY”.  I like walnuts.  I like green beans.  Especially fresh not canned or frozen.  But this recipe will work with whatever type of green beans YOU and your family likes.

In our box we received a half a pound of green beans.  So this recipe is based on that amount of green beans.  I would normally like to cook more, but I only received a 1/2 pound.  As with all recipes adjust as you see fit.  This is a guide to help you on your way.

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1/2 pound of green beans (cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 cup of minced onion
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 – 2 tablespoons butter
garlic salt to taste

Heat up the onions in the oil in a pan.  Cook them until they are just starting to turn translucent.  Then put in 1 tablespoon of butter.  Let the butter melt.  Add the walnuts.  Cook the walnuts to just when they are starting to get light brown from cooking (I know they start out brown so when you see them staring to be toasted).  Then add the green beans.  Add more butter.  Then add the garlic salt.  Cook your green beans to your liking.  I like mine still crunchy.  Serve.

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Oh this is such an easy yet yummy side dish.  The butter and walnuts add a richness.  Of course, you adjust all ingredients to your liking.  I would suggest cooking the walnuts less before you add the green beans if you like to really, really cook your green beans.  The idea is to toast the walnuts not burn them.  And it could be that if you cook the green beans for a long time the walnuts will get over cooked.

Also you can see that I like my ratios to be about even.  You might want a higher bean to walnut ratio.  So please . . . play with it and find what works best for you.  This could be your starting point.

I know that I have used frozen green beans before and it is just as yummy.  I am sure that whatever green bean you like to eat will work.

What type of green bean do you like?  

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