Try some of these for your holiday gathering, or maybe as an entree for a wintery supper!
Healthy Green Bean Casserole
- 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dried ground thyme
- 1 1/2 cups skim milk
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup fresh whole-grain bread crumbs
Heat oven to 350 F.
Heat a large skillet over low heat and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add sliced onion and saute for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are golden. Remove onions from skillet and set aside.
Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil, chopped onion and garlic to skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and mushrooms, cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour and thyme over mixture and stir. Gradually stir in the milk. Increase heat to medium and stir constantly until the sauce thickens.
To cook the green beans, boil for 8 to 10 minutes in water. (Or, to save time, cook the beans with 2 tablespoons of water, covered in the microwave on high for 5 minutes.)
Drain beans and set aside. Spray a 2-quart casserole with cooking spray and place the green beans in the casserole. Pour the mushroom sauce over the green beans. Top with the sauteed onion slices and fresh bread crumbs. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
Author: Taste of Home
Vegan Saffron Risotto
1 large leek
1 small bulb fennel
1 cup dry white wine
2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Three 3-inch strips of peel from 1 orange
4 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
5 whole black peppercorns
Large pinch saffron
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
One 14.5-ounce can whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Separate the white and green (light and dark) portions of the leek, and cut each in half lengthwise; rinse well to remove any soil. Roughly chop the green top, and set aside for the stock. Thinly slice the white portion into half circles, and set aside for the risotto. Cut the tops off the fennel, and roughly chop for the stock. Finely chop the fennel bulb, and set aside for the risotto.
For the stock: Put the wine, leek greens, fennel tops, carrots, celery, garlic, orange peel, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon salt and peppercorns in a large pot. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the wine has evaporated, 6 to 7 minutes. Add 10 cups of water, and bring to a boil; reduce to a gentle simmer, and cook until the stock has reduced by about one third (7 to 8 cups), about 30 minutes. Strain, then use the back of a ladle to squeeze out any excess liquid from the vegetables; discard the vegetables, and keep the stock warm (or cool the stock and refrigerate for up to 3 days).
For the risotto: Add a splash of water to the saffron in a small bowl, and set aside to bloom.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced leeks, chopped fennel and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until soft, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste, soy sauce, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and cayenne, and stir for 1 minute. Add the rice, and stir until coated. Add the wine, and simmer, stirring constantly, until it is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 3 cups of the warm stock, the saffron and the blooming water to the rice. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 7 to 8 minutes. Add 3 more cups of stock, bring back to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is tender but slightly toothsome, 10 to 12 minutes more. In the last few minutes of cooking, add the tomatoes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in half the parsley and 3 tablespoons of the nutritional yeast, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust the consistency of the risotto by adding more of the stock as necessary. Pour into a serving dish, and sprinkle with the remaining parsley and 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast.
Author: Food Network Kitchen
1 medium poblano chile pepper, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Mexican crema or sour cream, for topping (optional)
Preheat the broiler. Put the poblano cut-side down on a baking sheet and broil until the skin is browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool 5 minutes. Peel the skin off the poblano under cold running water, then chop into small pieces.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, chicken broth, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring gently, until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
Arrange half of the potato-broth mixture in the prepared baking dish in an even layer. Sprinkle with half each of the roasted poblano and parmesan. Repeat with the remaining potato-broth mixture, poblano and parmesan. Bake until bubbly and slightly golden, about 35 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Thin some crema or sour cream with water and serve alongside for topping.
Author: Food Network Magazine
1 medium eggplant
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 large eggs
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 large plum tomatoes, diced
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 cup ricotta cheese
Shredded fresh basil, for topping
Thinly slice the eggplant into rounds and season with salt. Pour some flour into a shallow dish. Beat the eggs in another dish. In a third dish, mix the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Dredge the eggplant in the flour, then dip in the eggs and coat with the breadcrumb mixture.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, about 2 minutes per side, adding more oil between batches, if necessary. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
Toss the tomatoes with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and the vinegar in a small bowl. Spoon some ricotta onto each eggplant slice. Top with the tomato mixture and basil.
Author: Food Network Magazine