Cooking with Veggi’s I Don’t Like

Egg Plant

There are two vegetables that are growing in my garden that I don’t really like very much, egg plant and zucchini.  They just aren’t my favorite.  The hubby planted two regular egg plants, two white egg plants and two zucchini amongst the other garden items.  The amount of egg plant and zucchini from these select plants is reaching critical mass.  I mean it’s really nuts.  So I decided that I would try something with the egg plant instead of schlepping it at my office.  Something easy….I decided to make fried egg plant.  The original recipe said baked, but I’ll admit, the Southern girl in me just wasn’t ready to give up the ghost on this one….so I fried the egg plant instead.  I realize baking is better, but  I used olive oil…does that count?  Anyway, it came out great and I wanted to share my own spin.  I chopped up some of my basil and cilantro and added it to the bread crumbs and that gave it some great flavor.  Enjoy.

2 eggs

1 egg plant

Bread crumbs (added sea salt, pepper to taste, 3 leaves chopped basil, tbsp of chopped cilantro)

1 cup Olive Oil

 

Baked Rice Salad ~ with peas, green beans, and corn

Since my daughter is home from university for the summer, I’ve been trying my hand at more vegetarian dishes ~ which she loves.  It’s hard for someone like me to “embrace” vegetarianism wholly, especially when you grew up with red meat still crawling off the grill.  But as I get older I do like some of the meatless dishes I prepare.

Baked Rice Salad

Baked Rice Salad

I found this gem out of the book Simply Delicious Vegetarian, by Carla Bardi.  It was one of those Barnes and Noble Bargain priced books only $9.98.  Everything that I’ve tried out of it so far has been pretty darn good.  The wonderful thing about trying recipes is that you can “change” them to meet your own specifications.  I don’t like peas or lima beans for that matter.  Que the wavy screen and music and go into the past….I can still remember sitting at the dinner table (for hours) because I refused to eat peas or lima beans.  Thank goodness I had Daisy the dog…good dog.  So, unless hell is freezing over…uh no peas or lima beans for me.  I’m and adult!

I replaced the red pepper with hot peppers I’m growing in my garden ~ lots of possibilities for sure.  I really loved the gherkins and capers in this dish.  The combination of sweet and salty is great and just enough. This is a wonderful dish.  It kept well for work the next day ~ definitely a keeper.  Here’s the recipe and enjoy.  Happy miles to you.

Baked Rice Salad

With peas, green beans, and corn

 

1 small onion

3 cloves

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1-1/2 cups short-grain rice

Generous 2-1/3 cups vegetable stock, boiling 5 oz fresh or frozen green beans, chopped

5 oz fresh or frozen peas

1 large red pepper

6 pickled gherkins, drained and chopped

1 tablespoon salt-cured capers, rinsed

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Salt

5 oz canned corn (sweetcorn)

4 oz arugula (rocket), chopped

Receipe Baked Rice Salad

Good Eats ~ Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Infused Water

I love naturally infused waters.  I know there are a lot of recipes out there and they normally are associated with “detoxification” diets etc.  I believe in eating healthy and exercise.  Be very careful when you diet, everyone is different and has different needs.  I’m looking at this from the perspective of  refreshing drinks without additives and sugars. These are located on my Good Eats page.  Enjoy.

Cucumber, Mint and Lemon (Tried this today ~ really liked it)

Recipe: 1/2 cucumber, one lemon and 4 – 5 mint leaves.  I used about 20 oz of water.  Steep for about 4 hours.

Cucumber Lemon Detox Water

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

In a veggie mood tonight?  Why not try a Portobello mushroom burger?  I found this recipe and tried it tonight.  Very good and the possibilities are endless.  If it wasn’t 23 degrees outside I definitely would have grilled them outside ~ enjoy!  The recipe can be found at Portobello Mushroom Burger

Portobello