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This meal definitely needs a good red wine!
Cassoulet (recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-and-Delicious-Slow-Cooker-Cassoulet/Detail.aspx)
5 ounces smoked sausage (1/3 off a big ring), cut into little rounds and then into fourths
4 slices bacon
2 chicken breasts, diced into small pieces
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp bay leaf flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup water
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans Great Northern Beans
Six hours before dinner (or the night before). Fry bacon until crispy. Set aside for later. Add onion to pan. Cook until soft. Add chicken. Cook until browned. Add sausage, garlic powder, bay leaves, pepper, and salt. Stir in water, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Dump entire mix in crock pot. Turn on low.
One hour before dinner, add beans and crumbled bacon to the pot. Stir. Serve when beans are heated through.
Peasant Bread (not my recipe, but I don’t remember where it came from!)
For the Poolish:
1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water (not hot! You don’t want to kill the yeast!)
3/8 cup flour
For the Dough:
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/4 tsp yeast
3 cups flour
1 tbsp salt
The night before, mix poolish ingredients until completely combined. Cover and store in the fridge.
Bring poolish to room temperature. Place in bread maker pan. Add dough ingredients in the following order: water, yeast, salt, flour. Cook on french bread setting.
feta cheese (optional–omit for vegan recipe)
chopped kalamata olives
1 can garbanzo beans (save the juice!)
1 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp tahini or sesame oil
2 tbsp olive oil
red bell pepper
red onion or sweet onion
yellow bell pepper
Chop all veggies into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Make a foil boat large enough to place veggies in a single layer. Heat grill or oven to 400. Begin to roast veggies, tossing every 4 minutes.
While veggies roast, place all hummus ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend and thin with garbanzo bean juice until desired consistency. Salt to taste.
Once veggies are tender (but not mushy!), create wraps by spreading tortillas with a good amount of hummus, about a cup of veggies, feta, olives, lettuce, and tomatoes. Eat while veggies are hot.
1 block tofu
2 tbsp sriracha
6 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 can mandarin oranges (don’t dump the juice!)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp cornstarch
chow mein noodles
green onions, chopped
red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
The night before, place tofu block in strainer over a bowl in the fridge. This will keep it firm and help it not to fall apart.
30 minutes before dinner, prep lettuce. Mix sesame oil, white vinegar, garlic and salt and toss with lettuce. Divide between four plates. Top with mandarin oranges, chow mein noodles, almonds, red pepper, and green onions. Set aside.
Slice tofu into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Dip in cornstarch.
In small saucepan, mix sriracha, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch. Heat until thick. Thin to desired salad dressing-like consistency with mandarin orange juice.
Fry tofu slices in oil until crispy and brown. Toss in sauce and place to the side of the salad. Drizzle left over sauce over salads.
–by Morenita A
1 chicken breast
1 1/2 tsp ranch dressing powder
4 ounces buffalo sauce
1 head lettuce of your choice
2 green onions
blue cheese (optional)
blue cheese or ranch dressing
5 hours before dinner, place chicken breast, ranch powder, and buffalo sauce in crock pot. Turn on high and ignore it for about 4 1/2 hours.
30 minutes before dinner, squish chicken with a wooden spoon (it sort of shreds the chicken). Turn off crock pot and drizzle chicken with a little extra sauce. Or a lot of extra sauce if you like life spicy.
Prep lettuce. Chop up green onions. Plate lettuce topped with green onions, blue cheese crumbles, and chicken. Add dressing.
–by Morenita A
Our goal this month is to flex our culinary muscles and transform the simple and often-boring salad. We each are to make six main-dish salads: 3 with meat, 2 vegetarian, and 1 vegan. The only rule is that they must be hearty enough that my significant other (Hops) doesn’t feel the need to race off to McDonald’s for his favorite heart attack in a wrapper, the McGangBang.
–by Morenita A