Batch Cooking, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onions, potato, Recipes, Soups

Rick’s Beetroot Borscht

Great for Valentine’s Day or Halloween!

A food processor makes preparation for this recipe much easier. This is my favorite food processor. The large 5″ wide feed chute eliminates need to precut most ingredients. It has a large capacity, so I don’t have to keep dumping the container as I am processing. The wide mouth can be adjusted to a smaller mouth to use for carrots, celery, etc. The slicing disc is the real deal. Turn the adjustment knob to the thickness you want and away you go.  https://amzn.to/3sBzTSt

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Beets
  • 6 Stalks Celery
  • 1 onion (medium)
  • 4 carrots
  • 5 cup kale chopped
  • 3 Tblsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Large potatoes cubed 1“
  • 1 Large or 1/2 small head red cabbage, shredded
  • 3 Tblsp Table Tasty
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 3 Tblsp Dill Weed
  • 1 Tblsp Garlic powder or 3 cloves fresh-minced
  • 1 Tblsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tblsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tblsp Parsley
  • 2 Tblsp Date Syrup
  • 1 Tblsp Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Seed
  • 1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts, Raw and Unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Brazil Nuts, Raw and Unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, Raw and Unsalted
  • 12 cups Water Divided into 2 cups for blender and 10 cups for Stock Pot

Directions
Shred in Food Processor
Beets, Celery, Onion, Carrots, Cabbage

Blend:
Hemp Seed, Macadamia nuts,
Brazil Nuts, Walnuts
2 cups water
Keep mixture in Blender

In Large Stock Pot:
10 cups water
Simmer remaining ingredients for 30 minutes

Add to the blender with liquid from Stock to the capacity of the blender.
Blend till combined.

Pour contents of the blender into the Stock pot.

Mix and serve.

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Black Beans in Instant Pot- Sugar, Oil and Salt Free

I love to batch cook. This recipe uses leftover liquid from my ChickPeas Recipe. 2 Pounds of Dry Black Beans Liquid from ChickPeas Recipe. Filtered Water Rinse and drain black beans with clean water – I use this to rinse my grains and beans. Place rinsed beans into Instant Pot.  Add liquid from ChickPeas recipe. Fill… Continue reading Black Beans in Instant Pot- Sugar, Oil and Salt Free

Please let me know how yours turned out and if you used any other ingredients.

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casserole, comfort food, potato

Scalloped Potato Duo

Scalloped Potato Duo

Familiar, comfort foods can taste sooo good and be prepared without sugar, oil or salt.

Thanks to our Green Star member JoAnn who shared this recipe and delicious dish at one of our pot luck dinners.

Ingredients

Potato Base:

    • 1 14.5 oz cannellini beans or other white beans , drained (save aquafaba) and rinsed
    • 3/4 cup sliced white portion of green onions, chopped shallots or onion
    • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (without Folic Acid)
    • 1 tbsp unsalted dijon mustard or mustard of choice (not yellow)
    • 1 tsp generous Salt Substitute
    • 1 tbsp dried rosemary or 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1/3 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
    • 2 clove garlic
    • 1/2 cup cashews (soaked if not using high powered blender)
    • 3 cups plain low-fat non-dairy milk (more if needed)
    • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 2 tbsp tahini
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste optional
    • 2- 2 1/2 lbs yukon or red potatoes thinly sliced, peeling optional (see note)
    • 2- 2 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled (see note)
    • 1 large sweet onion, quartered and sliced thin
    • 1 sweet pepper chopped

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup good quality almond meal
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast for topping
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Italian herbs
  • few pinches salt substitute for almond meal topping

Steps

  1. To make the potato base: In a blender, first combine the beans, onions, nutritional yeast, mustard, table tasty, rosemary, nutmeg, garlic, cashews, milk, lemon juice, tahini, and pepper, if using. Puree until very smooth and silky, add more milk if needed. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place a tray lined with parchment paper on a lower rack to catch any possible drippings. Line with parchment paper or silicone baking mat a 9″ x 13″ (or comparable size) casserole dish. Add a thin layer of the bean mixture to the dish and tilt back and forth so it covers the base. Then, place a layer of white potatoes (about 1/2 the total amount), 1/2 of onions and 1/2 of sweet peppers followed by a layer of about 1/3 of the sauce mixture. The layers do not need to be completely even or measured out; it just helps to layer the potatoes with the sauce a few times to get the sauce between some of the potatoes. Repeat process, next with a layer of all the sweet potatoes, the rest of the onions and sweet peppers then finishing with the remaining white potatoes covered with the remaining sauce.
  1. To make the topping: Combine the almond meal, nutritional yeast, and salt in a small bowl (see note for other ideas). Sprinkle over top of the potato and sauce mixture, and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 50–60 minutes (or longer, if potato slices are thicker), until potatoes are so throughout when pierced with a knife. Remove foil and let bake another for 5–6 minutes or until lightly browned (you can also set the oven to broil for just a minute just to get that golden color on top). Remove from heat and let sit for 5–10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Potatoes Note: 
  • I use about half-and-half white and sweet potatoes, but you can vary up the proportions to your own tastes. 
  • For a ‘saucier’ casserole, use the lesser amount of potatoes (3 1/2lbs). 
  • To make au gratin: layer with vegan shredded cheese 
  • Toppings Note: Almond meal is a very tasty, and gluten-free substitution. 
  • Feel free to add a tbsp of nutritional yeast to topping 

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Acorn Squash, Batch Cooking, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Hey, I Can Make That!, Main Dishes, Mushrooms, Onions, potato, Sweet Potato

No Oil – Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Roasted Vegetables
Easy to make!

Best to make 2 batches because you might eat one all by yourself. I love this method of cooking! If you have a root vegetable that you don’t know what to do with, like a turnip, beet, yam, radish, etc., this is the simple way to make it taste delicious!

You could roast other vegetables as well. I love this method of cooking because you don’t have to stand over a stove and you can fill all the racks of your oven, with trays of deliciousness!

INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces Brussels sprouts
2 large stalks broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces baby carrots, cut in half
1 bunch asparagus, hard ends removed and cut into 2″ pieces
6 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup (my favorite) salt substitute

 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning

 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To prepare Brussels sprouts, cut off stem base, peel outer leaves and cut a cross 1/4″ deep in base of stem.

Toss all ingredients, (except dry seasonings) in a large bowl. Pour into a large baking pan that has been lined with a silicone baking mat  or unbleached parchment paper and spread evenly. Sprinkle with dry seasonings.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the cover, stir, and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

Note: Can use frozen vegetables instead of fresh. In the picture, I just used the vegetable I had, the vegetables in the recipe are just a suggestion. Also, you can vary the seasonings to your taste. 

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Crunchy, potato, Recipes, Snacks, Treats

Oil Free Potato Chips

potato chips oil free

For starters, oil can make homemade chips soggy instead of crispy. Secondly, cooking with oil often causes the edges of potato slices to burn; when you cook without oil, you will get a much more uniform chip.

So here’s how to create a mean chip depending on what kind of potato you are using:

Russets, Whites and Golds:

Here is a cool gadget to make crisp, crunchy chips in your microwave.

In the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (F).
Cut potatoes into ¼-inch or thinner slices.
Season to taste.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or Silpat and lay chips out in a single layer. Be careful not to crowd the slices.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness, flip and bake until crispy and brown. If your chips are thick, you might need 5-10 minutes more per side. You know they’re done when you hear that satisfying snap!

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Keep Fresh Produce From Spoiling

Vegetable Characters

Once you have unpacked your produce and it is dry and separated, follow this guide below:

Vegetables:

Greens:   Lettuce and Greens should be wrapped in paper towels and place in one of the eco green bags or a zip lock bag.  Remove as much air as possible and place the wrapped greens in your vegetable drawer. Another way to keep it fresh is to use these produce bags.

If your greens wilt, submerge them in ice water for 30-45 minutes and they will be back to crispy!

Broccoli :  Wrap loosely with a damp paper towel and store in the Veggie drawer.  You may have to dampen the paper towel if you don’t consume within a few days.

Carrots:  If they have greens attached, immediately remove green tops and save them if you plan to use for later.  Store the carrots in a covered container (glass is preferred) filled with water.

Cauliflower:  Place it in a plastic bag and store in the Vegetable drawer.

Corn:  Technically corn should be eaten within a day or two of receiving it.  If you are going to store it, make sure you store it in a plastic bag that is sealed.

Cucumbers:  Cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50 degrees F so technically they should be stored on the counter FAR AWAY from any bananas, tomatoes or melons.   If you do store them in the refrigerator store them towards the front of the shelf and off the bottom shelf  in the warmest area of your refrigerator.

Eggplant:  Do not refrigerate.  Keep it in a cool spot away from direct sunlight and use it as soon as possible after buying.  Do not seal it in a plastic bag.

Mushrooms:  Keep them unopened in their original packaging.  If you buy in bulk, keep them in a brown paper bag in the vegetable drawer.

Onions:  Store them at room temperature far away from potatoes and any fruit.

Potatoes:  Potatoes do best in a dark environment at about 45-50 degree F.  In warmer locations, that climate simply doesn’t exist. Room temperature in the summer is typically around 75 degrees.  If you are using them up quickly store them in a dry dark place that is cool but AWAY from any onions or fruit (except apples which can help keep them from sprouting sooner).  You can store them in the refrigerator on one of the warmer spots but make sure they are dry.  If they are wet when you receive them, let them dry out for a day before storing them

Winter Squash like Butternut and Acorn:  Store in cool dry place with low humidity.  Make sure you always have a stem on the squash if you are planning to store for long periods.  Stemless squash should be eaten immediately.

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As I mentioned in my other article, Easy Tips to Help keep Your Produce From Spoiling – Unpacking,  Green Produce Bags, and these containers are helpful in preserving produce freshness.

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My Favorite, Easy, Filling Recipe -Welcome To Healthy Fast Food

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Following this lifestyle can be frustrating for those who do not enjoy cooking.

If only we could go to a drive through and buy compliant food that was delicious.

Well, until that day comes, what can one do to get good food quickly?

Here is my favorite recipe that I share with Newbies and those that don’t care to cook, have much time or a real kitchen.

Cook a sweet potato in the microwave quickly in this Potato Microwaving Bag ,  batch cook a dozen in the oven or cook them in the InstantPot.

Make this easy to make, delicious recipe and serve over your potato.

Fast Food Meal

In Large Mixing Bowl combine:

2 Cans unsalted black beans (drained)

1 small package of Wholly Guacamole

1 jar Newman’s Own Salsa (mild)

1 cup of low salt pico de gallo (usually found in produce section)

If you are really ambitious, you can use a potato masher to get a creamier consistency.

Serve cold or warm over a baked potato.

You can roast lots of potatoes in the oven.

You can easily bake potato(es) in the microwave with this!

You can even add a cooked bag of frozen veggies.

Yay!

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Eat Your Greens

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