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Cod with Eggplant, Tomatoes & Basil

 

Ingredients:

6 Tbsp olive oil

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or 1lb tomatoes)

Salt & pepper

1 eggplant (1lb), trimmed and cut into 12 round slices (about 1/2” thick)

3/4 lb skinless cod fillet, cut into 1” cubes

1/3 cup shredded fresh basil

 

Directions:

1) Preheat the broiler.  In a skillet, heat 3 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 2 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to a small bowl.  Add the tomatoes to the pan; season with salt and pepper.  Cook, undisturbed, until tender on one side, about 5 minutes.  Stir and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

2) Line a baking sheet with foil; transfer the eggplant to the baking sheet in a single layer.  Brush the eggplant on both sides with the remaining 3 Tbsp olive oil; season witht salt and pepper.  Broil, turning once, until tender and browned, about 8 minutes.

3) On the baking sheet, divide the eggplant into 4 portions.  Spoon the tomatoes on top and cover with the cod.  Broil until the fish is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Using a wide spatula, transfer to plates.  Top with the basil and garlic.

 

From Everyday with Rachel Ray

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Poached Chicken in Green Coconut Sauce

This is my (Stacy’s) favorite coconut curry recipe because it’s so easy!  All of the Asian ingredients can be found at Central Market or Uwajimaya.  I’ve used a wide array of peppers in this dish, depending on who I am sharing it with.  The “baseline” is an Anaheim-style pepper, but you can adjust the heat by switching out to a sweet pepper or hot pepper (make sure you slit the hot pepper or the heat won’t permeate the dish). 

 

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups (20 fl oz) oconut milk

2 Tbsp green curry paste

3 kaffir lime leaves (or 1 tsp grated lime zest)

1 Tbsp fish sauce

1 long green chili pepper, halved

1lb skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes (or you can sub eggplant or tofu)

Steamed rice

1/4 Cup cilantro leaves, for garnish

 

Directions:

In a saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk, curry paste, lime leaves, fish sauce and chili pepper.  Stir until heated through, about 5 minutes; do not boil.  Add chicken and cook, stirring, until tender, about 20 minutes.  Serve hot with steamed rice.  Garnish with cilantro leaves.  Serves 4.  recipe from The Essential Kitchen: Asian Hot & Spicy, page 64.

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Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (168 g) quinoa or rice, thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • scant 2 cups (460 ml) vegetable stock (sub water, but it will be less flavorful)
  • 4 large red, yellow or orange bell peppers, halved, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) salsa, plus more for serving
  • 1 Tbsp (4 g) nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans, drained (if unsalted, add 1/4 tsp sea salt)
  • 1 cup (168 g) whole kernel corn, drained

 

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot sauce
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Diced red onion

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Chipotle Red Salsa (or your favorite salsa)

 

Instructions:

  1. Add quinoa and vegetable stock to a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy – about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish or rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Brush halved peppers with a neutral, high heat oil, such as grape seed, avocado or refined coconut.
  4. Add cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients – salsa through corn. Mix to thoroughly combine then taste and adjust seasonings accordingly, adding salt, pepper, or more spices as desired.
  5. Generously stuff halved peppers with quinoa mixture until all peppers are full, then cover the dish with foil.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes covered, then remove foil, increase heat to 400 degrees F, and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until peppers are soft and slightly golden brown. For softer peppers, bake 5-10 minutes more.

 

Serve with desired toppings (listed above) or as is. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350 degree oven until warmed through – about 20 minutes.

Recipe from http://minimalistbaker.com/spanish-quinoa-stuffed-peppers/

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Baked Green Chile Chilaquiles

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 ancho or pasilla chiles, seeded and cut into thin strips (or use bells for no heat)

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 cups mild tomatillo salsa

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

6 oz corn tortilla chips

10oz Monterey Jack, shredded

1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed

1 avocado, sliced

2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 lime, cut into wedges

  

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high.  Add the chiles and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 20 seconds.  Stir in the salsa and bring to a simmer.  Remove from the heat, stir in 1/3 cup cilantro and season with salt.
  2. Place half the chips in a 2-qt. baking dish. Top with half the salsa mixture, half the cheese and half the beans.  Repeat the layering with the remaining chips, salsa mixture, cheese, and beans.  Bake until the casserole is hot and the cheese melts, 18-20 minutes.
  3. Top with the avocado and garnish with the scallions and cilantro. Serve with the lime wedges.

 

Recipe from RachelRayMag.com

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1 rotisserie chicken, picked

2 regular Cans cannelini beans

1 quart chicken stock

1 Mexican  beer (minus a few sips for you)

A lot of cumin. More than you think-Like 1-2 tablespoons.

Simmer those.

Roast or blacken 10-15 tomatillos

One whole onion raw or roasted/grilled

1-2 serrano (or other spicy pepper)  (roasted and seeded)

One ancho or Anaheim pepper (roasted and seeded)

Cilantro-a bunch, stemmed mostly

Salt to taste

Lime juice from 2-4 limes

Put in food processor. Put most in pot (hold some back for spooning over each bowl) Simmer that too.

Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream and avocado and a spoonful of the fresh salsa. Easy football season food- I’ve doubled it for big crowds and its great!

Recipe from one of our market customers, Willow 

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Ingredients:

1 1/2lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1 1/2-in. pieces)

6 plums (cut into wedges)

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp oregano, chopped

Directions:

Heat grill to medium-high.  Toss together 1 1/2lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1 1/2-in. pieces), 6 plums (cut into wedges), 2 chopped cloves garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil.  Season with salt and black pepper.  Thread onto 8 skewers.  Grill, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, 8-10 minutes.  Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp chopped oregano.

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Apple Spice Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 medium red sweet pepper, finely chopped

1 medium apple, peeled and finely chopped

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

3/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 pound ground beef (or other ground meat)

1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage

Sauce:

1 can (14oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce

1 jar (12oz) apple jelly

3/4 cup ketchup

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients.  Crumble meats over mixture; mix well.  Shape into 1-inch balls.  Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans.  Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink.  Drain on paper towels.

n a Dutch oven, combine the sauce ingredients.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Gently stir in about 6 dozen cooked meatballs and heat through.  Save the remaining meatballs for Hungarian Pepper Soup (below) or another use (they freeze well once cooked!).

Hungarian Pepper Soup with Romano Crisps

I cup shredded Romano cheese

2-3 Hungarian Wax or Banana peppers, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 Cups chicken stock

2 dozen Apple Spice Meatballs

1 Can (12 oz) evaporated milk

1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softenend

On a baking sheet, sprinkle 1 tablespoon Romano cheese into a 3” circle, repeat 15 times.  Bake at 300° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

In a Dutch oven, saute peppers in butter.  Stir in flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until blended.  Gradually add stock.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in meatballs, milk and cream cheese; heat through (do not boil).  Serve with Romano crisps.

(recipes from Taste of Home)

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