Hummus

hummusThis recipe will work well for various meals. Use it as an appetizer and serve it with slices of carrots, bell pepper. carrots and celery. Or use it as a sandwich topping. Or enjoy a tapas night and make it one of the many tapas served.

You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • ¼ water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice from a fresh lemon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Spices and herbs to season: examples: cumin powder, dried or fresh parsley, sweet paprika, curry powder

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Couscous with Eggplant

Veggies and whole grains are great for cholesterol control. For extra fiber use whole wheat couscous. This is a great and quick dish to make for a potluck!

You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup eggplant, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup couscous, precooked
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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Spiced up Grits

A perfect side dish to complement a variety of meals

You’ll Need

  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, sliced
  • 2 Serrano chilies, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup white hominy quick grits
  • 1 ½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded

Directions

  • In a skillet melt butter and saute the bell pepper, onions, and chilies until the pepper is tender.
  • In a large saucepan heat the milk, water, salt and pepper to boiling.
  • Gradually add the grits, stirring constantly, and reduce the heat when they have all been added.
  • Simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, until thick, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the bell pepper mixture and cheese.

Cilantro and Carrot Rice


This recipe works well to complement some shrimp or fish.
You’ll Need
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups long-grain white rice
  • 6 ¾ cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Diced tomato

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Pomegranate, Carrot Salad

This is a unique salad that incorporates in season fruits and veggies and also makes a nice complement to a variety of holiday meals.


You’ll Need
  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon scallions, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, toss and serve.

 

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Mediterranean Celery

The combinations of ingredients in this dish work wonderfully together. This dish makes a nice complement to grilled fish.
You’ll Need

  • 8 stalks celery (about 1 pound)
  • ¼ cup sliced olives of choice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh or ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
Directions
  • Cut celery into 1/4-inch slices and boil 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Mix all ingredients together and serve.

 

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Cauliflower with Mustard Sauce

A unique side dish to complement some grilled meats or fish.

You’ll Need

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ lemon (juice only)
  • Paprika

Directions

  • Remove the stem and leaves from the cauliflower.
  • Steam the cauliflower whole until it is barely tender.
  • Drain and keep warm.
  • Whip the cream and set aside briefly.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise, salt, mustard and lemon juice.
  • Whip until blended; fold in the whipped cream.
  • Pour sauce over cauliflower or serve it separately.
  • Sprinkle with paprika.

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