February 5, 2012
This is a nice little soup I made this morning because I only have cabbage in my fridge. When I was in Greece last summer, we ate mostly beans cooked in a variety of ways, but always with olive oil and oregano.
Since I used dried chickpeas, I had to start the night before. You could use canned chickpeas, but I find that the flavor is not as nice and they have a lot more salt.
Yield: About 3 servings, depending on what you consider a serving.
- 1 cup dried chickpeas or 2 cups cooked/canned
- 1/2 cup onion (any variety), chopped into large chunks
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or about 3-4 fresh basil leaves, torn up)
- a dash of salt
If you’re using dried chickpeas, soak them the night before in 3 cups of water. In the morning, rinse them (if you’re using canned, rinse those as well) and add 3 1/2 cups of water and the onions. Simmer them for about 30 minutes in a pot with the lid on but tilted (even if it has a steam hole), then stir in the oil and seasonings. Let it simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the beans are the texture you prefer. Consume.
August 23, 2011
Simple and filling but light. Matt’s mom makes these. Adapted from Simple Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin. Serves: 4.
Summer Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Corn Enchiladas
- 1 c lowfat cottage cheese, pureed until perfectly smooth
(I just use ricotta instead)
- 1 10-oz box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed out
using a serving spoon and a strainer or colander
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 1/2 c frozen corn, thawed (1 small can, or a jar of the roasted stuff from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 7-oz jar roasted red peppers, patted dry and diced (about 1 c diced)
- 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp fresh (or 2 tsp from-a-jar) jalapeno pepper, minced superfine (optional)
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Butter for greasing dish
- 8 8-in wheat flour tortillas
- 1 1/4 c mild or medium salsa
- 1/2 c heavy cream or half-and-half
- 1/4 c milk (for thicker sauce, replace the cream and milk with 1/4 c ricotta + 1/2 c water. Add more water if necessary to get it about the consistency of a salad dressing – closer to Thousand Island than to Italian)
- 1 1/4 c grated Monterey Jack cheese (use up to 2 c if necessary. I do half some other cheese – cheddar, Pepper Jack, whatever’s around)
Scrape ricotta / pureed cottage cheese into a medium bowl. Place spinach in a strainer and press out all its liquid. Set spinach aside.
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute ~10 min, stirring frequently, until golden-edged and soft. OPTIONAL: Add corn at the same time as onion, and set the heat a little high so both will cook together and the corn will blacken up a bit. When onion is cooked fairly well, add cumin and cook 2 min, stirring, until toasted.
Stir in spinach and cook 2 more min, tossing and stirring. Let mix cool, then stir in cottage cheese along with remaining filling ingredients (filling can be prepared and chilled 24 hours in advance).
Preheat oven to 375. Butter a 9 x 13-in baking dish, or 2 smaller similar baking dishes. If tortillas seem dry, use a pastry brush to dampen edges with water. Divide spinach mix into 8 portions; place a portion along the bottom edge of each tortilla, and roll tightly. Place each enchilada on the counter as you complete it.
To make the sauce, combine salsa, cream, and milk in a small, 2+ c bowl. Spoon a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Carefully, to avoid spilling filling, place the enchiladas in the dish, then spoon on the remaining sauce. Sprinkle some cheese along each enchilada (may be prepared to this point up to 8 hours in advance Cover and chill if longer than 1 hour, and bring to room temp before baking). Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 min. Remove the cover and bake 5 more minutes, until golden and bubbly. Let sit 5 min before serving.