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Individual Vegetarian Pot Pie

31 Jan

Recently while in a restaurant enjoying dinner,  I noticed someone eating a chicken pot pie at the next table and it sure did look delicious! As you know I am vegetarian, and chicken is not served in the bungalow, however it is a food I can replicate using tofu.  I was excited to make this in the kitchen and I do say it turned out quite good!  This recipe makes 4  individual pot pies.

Vegetarian Individual Pot pies

Vegetarian Individual Pot pies

              Ingredients

1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced  potatoes
1 medium carrot, diced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup of soy milk
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 cups of tofu chunks or strips
1 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
1 package pie dough,thawed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1/2 cup all purpose flour

              Directions

Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat 4  individual baking dishes (ramekins) with cooking spray.

In saucepan, heat oil and cook potatoes, carrot, celery, onion and garlic over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.

Stir in broth, soy milk, water, parsley, tofu and peas.

Heat to boiling stir in flour stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

Using a Ramekin Cut 4  circles from pie dough a little larger than the Ramekin

Place Ramekins on a cookie sheet. Divide  mixture evenly among ramekins. Top each ramekin with a circle of pie dough.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth

22 Dec

I love a bowl of hot broth while curled up on the couch watching a movie on a cold winter night!  You can make your own vegetable broth in these simple and easy steps to enjoy now or freeze the broth in containers for later use.  This vegetable broth is delicious and is ideal for making soups, just add your favorite ingredients such as noodles, pasta, beans, potatoes, or tofu to name a few.

vegetable broth

 You will need:                                             

  • 1 large onion chopped into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 4 celery stocks chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • left over celery tops
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Wash trim and chop vegetables
  2. Put all ingredients into a large pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours while stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from heat and strain the broth through a mesh strainer into quart size containers.  Freeze up to 6 months.

straining

Garlic Orzo With Olive Oil

9 Nov

Orzo, is a small Italian pasta which is shaped like a grain of barley or rice.  This Orzo dish is prepared using  garlic, olive oil and herbs with a hint of lemon. Easy to make and so delicious. Serve with a salad and a glass of red wine!
Orzo

2 cups of cooked Orzo

3 tbsp. olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tsp cumin powder

2 tsp dried Italian herbs

2 sprigs fresh parsley leaves 1 chopped 1 for garnish

1 tsp lemon juice

pepper to taste

In a non stick pan add 2 tbsp. olive oil,  on medium heat sauté the garlic until slightly golden and then lower the heat.

Add the remaining olive oil and cumin, mix lightly.

Add the cooked Orzo, return the heat to medium and sauté mixing well. Add the Italian herbs, lemon juice, chopped parsley and pepper to taste. sauté for a few more minutes mixing lightly. Turn the heat off and remove the pan from the burner and allow flavors to settle for a few minutes.  Mix lightly once more, add more olive oil if needed, garnish and serve.

Enjoy!

Veggie Meatballs with Onions and Peppers

10 Oct

Another wonderful Italian dish I enjoyed eating in Julia’s Kitchen, meatballs with onions and green peppers!  My dish is a bit different compared to my mother’s  because I replaced the meatballs with a vegetarian version. Thanks to the wonderful market of vegetarian replacements I am able to replicate this wonderful dish!  Of course I could make the veggie meatballs from scratch but that will be another day!  So you ask where to find these veggie meatballs. You will find them at  Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and some of the other conventional markets. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

Slice one green pepper and remove the seeds (if you’re a gardener save the seeds to plant later or share)

Slice 1/2  medium onion and slice one large to medium pepper.

Green Peppers, Onions sliced.

Place all the above ingredients in a large fry pan with 2 tbsp. of olive oil.

Add  the veggie meat balls, depending on how many you want to eat.

Fry and toss with a spatula on low heat until the onions and green peppers are tender and veggie meatballs are hot and slightly browned.

You can quicken the process with the meatballs if they are frozen, by placing them in the microwave for about 50 seconds.

Chop a sprig of fresh parsley and sprinkle on  the veggie balls and the green peppers, give them a gentle toss once more.

No need for more seasonings the veggie balls are already seasoned and the onion and green pepper enhance the flavor.

Serve with you favorite pasta dish or on a roll.

Veggie Meatball Sandwich

Goes great with a glass of red wine!

Enjoy!

Local Produce – From My Patio!

9 Sep

 Not only is my thumb getting greenerI am  cutting back on my carbon footprint, plus  saving money and gas!  Just a few steps outside my sliding glass door is my little organic garden where I can pick some  local produce!  There are tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, carrots, parsley, hot peppers and green peppers. Planted within the garden is rosemary to ward off many harmful insects and flowers to attract pollinators such as bees!  Also there is a small area for composting which attracts ton’s of worms! Coffee grounds added to the garden helps to ward off slugs.  Did I mention all these items are easy to grow?   So, if you have a small  out-door space like me, you too, can grow a little patio garden with just a little patience and some time!

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Phot by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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