Vegetables


This weeks veggie is EGGPLANT! My choice! I love eggplant but don’t get to use them that often in recipes as the Man is NOT a fan of this lovely purple fruit.

I thought about making Moussaka but I wanted to try something different so I found a new recipe for a Veggie Moroccan Tagine. But I wanted a dish I could use for a meal rather than just a side so added some chicken to it. That was a good choice as it made a great KETO meal. The recipe is from Essential Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet Cookbook gifted me by my great friend Kayte who is also in this group.

You can find the recipe here. Veggies include eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, onions, garlic, green olives, and artichoke hearts.

I browned some seasoned (salt and pepper) chicken thighs in some EVOO until almost done. Then I simply added it to my dutch oven (sans skin) with the veggies and let it cook just a little longer to get the flavor into the chicken.

Absolutely delicious. The spices: ginger, cinnamon, cumin, and paprika added so much flavor to the vegetables. I wanted to just sit down and dig into the pot with a big spoon. I’m sure there will be some veggies left over. Maybe…I hope…

This serves 6 and (without the chicken) has; 309 calories, 21 grams fat, 24 grams carb (15 net) 9 grams fiber and 6 grams protein. Each chicken thigh adds

More Eggplant recipes from…

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Ulrike

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Our next Ingredient is corn

And then we start with some salads. Looking forward to that in mid-April.

This Last week’s ingredient was ONIONS and LEEKS. This was Kayte’s choice. She loves French Onion Soup so onions was a good choice from her. Unfortunately I am very late with my post. Last week was chaotic and I just could not find the right time to make my onions dish.

I ended up using a dish from Paul Prudhomme’s Seasoned America. Baked Onions Stuffed with Pork and Mushrooms. Oh my goodness. What a list of ingredients but well worth it

and then all that yummy stuffing came poring out.

I could eat just the stuffing!

3 Tbl cajun seasoning (I used Tony’s)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

4 Tbl unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups chopped onions

1/4cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (recipe called for green, I used red and orange)

1/2 tsp chopped garlic

3/4 cups uncooked rice ( I wanted Keto friendly so I used pork rinds)

2 cups pork or chicken stock

1 12-oz can evaporated milk. (I used heavy cream)

2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

Preheat oven to 375.

Peel the onions and and slice off a small piece from the top and bottom. Scoop out the insides until you have a shell about 1/2″ thick. Save the onions. Make thin slices on all four sides of the onion. This is so It will not roll when browning the outside.

Add the butter and add the onion cups laying them on their sides and browning all four sides. Remove from the skillet.

Add ONE cup of the 1 1/2 cups onions, bell pepper, and celery to the skillet. Cook until browned. Add pork and garlic and cook until brown breaking pork into small pieces. Stir in ONE TABLESPOON seasoning and the remaining 1/2 cup onion. Cook 1 minute. (I have to admit I just dumped everything in at once and it worked out fine.) Stir in rice and remaining seasoning TWO TABLESPOONS mix. Cook for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 1 minute. Scrape the bottom so as not to stick to the skillet.

Add 1 1/4 cups of the stock and cook until stock is reduced. About 8 minutes. Add the milk/cream and pecans. Bring to a roiling boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes

Sprinkle each onion cup all over with reserved seasoning mix. Rubbing the interior and exterior of the onions.

Place onions, open ends up in a cake pan or other pan so that they sit upright. Stuff each onion with the pork/mushroom mixture heaping it as much as possible.


Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Pour remaining stock in the bottom of the pan. Bake 20 minutes. Then turn heat up to 550 and bake until brown and bubbly on top. About 10 minutes.

Serve with stock spooned over the top.

This was very tasty. Definitely a keeper even though it takes a while to make.

What other onion/leek dishes showed up in the kitchens of the GFGF cooks.

Kayte

Ellen

Ulrike

Peggy

Donna

Tune in next week for some Eggplant/Aubergine recipes.

Not just any bean. Ellen’s choice. Shell beans: Red beans, lima beans, cranberry beans, pinto, great northern. Just to name a few. These are beans that must be removed from their pod to be eaten. My Dad was a big fan of Ham Hock and beans made with great northern beans. And Hubs is a great fan of Red Beans and Rice. So that is what I made for this GFGF post.

  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 1 lb andouille sausage, sliced ¼ inch thick (if not available use a good smoked sausage)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbl salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbl vegetable oil.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cooked rice

In a large bowl place dried beans and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Let stand at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight.

In a large Dutch oven, heat bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add onion, and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add drained beans, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and peppers.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until beans are tender and liquid has thickened, about 1.5 hours. Remove bay leaves from pot; discard.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute sausage until browned. About 6 minutes. Add to the bean pot.

Serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish with sliced green onions and/or hot sauce if desired.

Usually served on Monday it is the traditional Laundry Day Meal.

This recipe is adapted from the Delta Queen Cookbook and was in the February 2013 Louisiana Cookin’ magazine

Did anyone use a different bean for this week’s choice? Visit and see.

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I will admit I was a weird kid when it came to food. Especially veggies. While other kids were loving corn and green beans I was crazy about broccoli and cauliflower. I loved these two veggies. And ONLY these two.

Things have changed little. They are still my fave veggies but I have added others to my likes as well: okra, squash, asparagus (NOT the canned), cabbage.

Is it a surprise there fore that my pick for this week’s Good Friends Good Food was CAULIFLOWER. And since I am on KETO it was perfect to pick Caulirice. With other veggies. And shrimp.

This is not my photo. I lost mine.

3 cups cauliflower florets

3 Tbl unsalted butter or coconut oil

1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

2 Tbl coconut aminos

2 Tbl sesame oil

1 large egg

4 oz cooked, peeled shrimp

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup cashews

Place cauliflower florets in a good processor. process until cauliflower resembles rice. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. When the skillet is hot add the butter or oil. Add yellow onion, carrot and cook, stirring occasionally until onion and carrot have softened.
Add cauliflower rice and ginger, and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
Make an opening in the center of the skillet. Pour sesame oil into the
sesame oil into opening, and then immediately add egg. Stir egg continuously until scrambled.
Add aminos shrimp, green onions, and cashews and stir to combine. Cook for until shrimp are warmed through, about 1 minute
.Serve immediately.

I really enjoyed this recipe I adapted from Deliciously Keto Cookbook.

It is so easy to make.

(This recipe makes 2 servings of 2 cups each. (534 calories, 12 net carbs)

For more Good Food from Good Friends visit

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This month’s Everyday Dorie recipe is the Mushroom-Bacon Galette. And it was a great choice.

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I only made a small one, about 1/2 size.  It didn’t last long and it was fantastic.  I didn’t know I could make something like that.  And I will make it again.

How can you pass up bacon, mixed mushrooms, with white wine, heavy cream and walnuts covered with Parmesan.

The recipe is on page 51 of Dorie Greenspan’s Everyday Dorie.

See more at Cook The Books Friday.

BTW I have made all but two of the recipes with the group but this is the first one I’ve blogged since the Gougeres.  I have to remedy that.

Easter is almost upon us.  A glorious time of the year.  While it is a time of joy it is also a time of struggle.  Not an important struggle.  Just trying to plan an Easter menu when there are so many likes and dislikes in tastes.  Usually we have ham.  And rolls.  And a veggie.  But this year I’m not planning the meal.  The Daughter is.  No worries here.  This year!!

One of the veggies we usually have is a sweet potato dish.  Sauteed.  Fried.  Baked.  This year something different.  Ellie’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange Essence. Not very different you say.  It’s not the dish – it’s the orange essence.  NOT a usual flavoring in our sweet ‘taters.

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This is the way my Mom used to make them.  But I make them with pecans, brown sugar, and pralines.

Not to say I didn’t like Mom’s.  I just got used to making them differently.  Ellie’s is very close to my Mom’s.

Mashed sweet taters with a touch of brown sugar, nutmeg, orange zest, and orange juice. Just the right amount of everything.

The recipe is simple to make and comes from Ellie’s The Food You Crave  page 267.   It’s also HERE!

Thanks, Kayte, for this week’s theme.

Need more Easter Eats -> Eating with Ellie.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter!

It’s SPRING!  I LOVE Spring!  Flowers!  Planting the Garden.  Cool days and nights.  Fresh Spring Veggies.  Spring Fruits. I know there aren’t many but what is Springy is always fresh and delicious.  Each region of the US has a different growing season and different fruits and veggies available.  The South has a nice long growing season so were are more fortunate than some areas.

Since it has been a busy week I went with something quick and simple for Peggy’s pick this week – Spring Harvest.

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Cauliflower “Rice” Pilaf

Since I am still doing the Whole30 program for 90% of my meals this fit in perfectly.  And only four main ingredients:  cauliflower, pine nuts/almonds, onions and parsley.  It was perfect with some leftover Black Pepper Chicken.  

I did make one change.  Ellie called for OO for sauteeing the onions and cauliflower but I decided to use some toasted sesame oil instead.  It added a little Asian flair to the rice and a little bite.  Good!

The recipe is from Ellie Krieger’s You Have it Made.  page 306.

For more Spring Harvest visit Eating with Ellie.

And if you want to cook/bake along with us the weekly themes are listed on the right of the Ellie page.  We don’t publish the recipes.  We would rather you purchase Ellie’s books.

…and mushrooms, and peppers.  All cooked together where the flavors of each blended yet didn’t.  It was quite tasty.  {And more tasty than it looks!}  No fancy hard to find spices just salt and pepper to bring out the flavor.

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The recipe says to precook and ‘shock’ the beans but I didn’t do that because I had some beans that we canned last year and they were already cooked. The sliced onions, and mushrooms and strips of bell pepper are cooked in a skillet until tender.  Add the beans back in.  Easy to cook {and easy to over-brown} while you watch over them and shake them  often.  The beans should be crisp and bright green.  Mine – not so much.  But still a great side that would go with anything.

This recipe is from  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom the book I have been using for March’s Cookbook Countdown.  You can find it on page 280.

If you want more info about The Whole 30 program just visit Whole30.  The program outline is there along with recipes, tips, and other great info.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Last night was the end of Day 21 on Whole30.  So I celebrated with a Diet Coke, a HUGE plate of pasta and some mini cupcakes…

No!  Just kidding.  Maybe it was in my dream.  Funny thing, I started out thinking of all the things I CANNOT have – pizza, pasta, bread,  DIET COKE – but now its thinking about all the good things I CAN have.  Fresh fruit.  Fresh veggies.  Shrimp.  Beef.  Nuts.  Baked Potato.  I. Will. Survive!

Last night we had fresh fish browned in a little ghee and coconut oil  Okra. And while The Man had leftover ‘non-compliant’ mashed potato cakes browned in ghee I had..

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It was easy to make.  Process cauliflower in the food processor.  Brown some onions, garlic, and carrot in ghee.  Add in the ‘rice’ and let it steam until soft.  Easy!  I think I liked it but I’m not really sure.  I think using a little Sesame Oil would really up the flavor.  

The recipe is on page 272 of  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.    I also found the recipe on Recipe Girl’s Website if you want to try it.

I will try it again.  As much as I love cauliflower I’m not sure if this will be a hit or not.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

For the last few days I have been reading It Starts with Food which has been very helpful in understanding the Whole 30 program.  It’s one thing to follow a program.  It’s another thing to understand how and why it works.  I wish I had found this program many years ago for many reasons.

But, anyhoo… I am still cooking from The Whole 30 guide etc. and still eating really well on really good food.  This is Day 18 and for dinner I fixed a good healthy Whole30 meal.

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This chicken stir-fry included broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, and green onions.  For the cooking fat I used a mix of coconut oil and sesame oil which gave it  great flavor. On the plate I added a little Coconut Aminos (since I cannot have soy sauce) and that added more to the flavor.

The dish was clean, light, and filling.   The chicken is browned and right before it is finished you throw some garlic and ginger into the saucepan.  Remove the chicken and wipe out the pan.  I think this would have been better if the garlic and ginger would have been left and just added more oil and then the veggies.  But I always follow the recipe the first time.  No matter how you fix it – it’s good.

The recipe is from  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom  page 340.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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