Jun 032012
 
Happy Sunday Quick Post.
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Think that eating healthy takes too much time?  This recipe is perfect for anyone in a rush AND anyone that wants a really light meal.  In fact, I took this photo on my phone at work since I hadn’t planned on blogging this.  After the previous day of big meals at both lunch and dinner I wanted something super light. 
 Adding broth and added veggies adds lots of volume for minimal calories, helping to both fill you up and loose weight.
Try this if you have frozen zucchini, squash and beans, a can of soup and some broth.
Super Fast Zucchini and Squash Soup

Zucchini and Squash Soup

Serves 2
Vegan
Ingredients
1 can vegetable barley soup, such as Amy’s
Directions
1. Divide the soup between two bowls; add 1/2 cup broth and 1/2 cup frozen zucchini and squash to each bowl.  Heat to desired temp.
Nutrition Facts

2 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 79.0
Total Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 581.1 mg
Potassium 148.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 6.2 g
Protein 2.7 g

Vitamin A 52.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 6.2 %
Vitamin C 36.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.3 %
Calcium 4.8 %
Copper 1.4 %
Folate 4.1 %
Iron 7.1 %
Magnesium 2.4 %
Manganese 4.9 %
Niacin 1.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.9 %
Phosphorus 2.1 %
Riboflavin 4.7 %
Selenium 0.2 %
Thiamin 1.8 %
Zinc 1.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

May 242012
 

Got tons of veggies from your garden or the farm?  Freeze them for soups, baking and stews later!

**Freezing will change the texture so it’s best to eat them fresh if you want a firm veggie.

Step 1
Preheat a big pot with a steamer basket.

Step 2
Wash and dry your produce well.

Step 3
Chop it into bite size pieces.

Step 4
Steam the produce for three minutes and then pour it into an ice water bath to stop the cooking then DRY well.

Step 5
Freeze the produce on trays lined with parchment paper.  This will make it so they don’t freeze into a giant block if you only need to cook with a small amount.

Step 6
Remove veggie from freezer and place into FREEZER SAFE zip top bags labeled with the date and what type of veggie it is.

Try to use your veggies within a month so they don’t get freezer burn.  A little extra time won’t kill them though so don’t stress.

May 192012
 
Pattypan squash is what is known as a summer squash – all parts of it are edible, including the skin and seeds. There are TONS of benefits from eating this delicious squash. It’s full of vitamin C and A and specific antioxidants that are wonderful protection for macular degeneration and cataracts. It is great for regulating blood sugar due to the large supply of many B-complex vitamins.
Summer squash has anti-inflammatory benefits and provides excellent prostate health support. There are even anti-cancer properties due to the mixture of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that neutralize oxidative stress.
Summer squashes are among a family of plants called Cucurbitaceae and their relatives are cucumbers, winter squashes like pumpkins and melons, such as watermelons!
Of course, the best and most nutritious way to eat these little guys is raw.  I have an awesome Veggie Pasta Salad – perfect for a pot luck – that uses these squashes raw.  In fact, I think I need to do a recipe re-do as that was one of my favs. 
Steaming is the best way to cook summer squashes for maximum nutrient preservation.  There is new evidence that the squashes still retain many of their antioxidants after steaming.  In this case I grilled them, however, the cook time is still short and we don’t have water leaching the nutrients so I consider this the second best method of preparation.
For both zucchini and squash the best way to preserve if you have a huge abundance is to slice and “steam blanch” or quick steam for about three minutes, and then freeze on parchment paper on trays in the freezer and then place into freezer safe bags, pressing as much as the air out as possible. They will loose their firm texture once thawed; however, they will still retain most of their antioxidants.
Do keep in mind that summer squashes are high in oxalates.   High concentrations of oxalates in the body MAY contribute to kidney stones, so be sure to vary the veggies in your diet.   A CSA/Farm share is the PERFECT way to do this as you will get a much wider variety of veggies than you would normally buy.  
I have read that the best way to store these squashes is in a airtight container in the fridge, however, if you get them from KYV farm please keep them on the counter. They will last MUCH longer.   I found that in the fridge they will begin to get soft and grow little pits whereas on the counter they stay smooth and firm.

 

As for the interesting history of summer squashes, scientists found the seeds preserved in Mexican caves for over 10,000 years.  All the way back then people were already cultivating these veggies!
For anyone on a meatless diet, this is an awesome recipe for when you’re craving something heartier.  The bacon tempeh was surprisingly similar to the taste of bacon-though not the texture.  The texture is  a bit softer; however, grilling gives it that crisp outside that I missed when giving up bacon.  I used quinoa as a replacement for a grain, it is mild and a tad nutty and, since it is a seed, very high in protein-making this dish even more filling and satisfying.  The onions are super sweet when grilled and the squashes make for a perfect appetizer for a party or vegan option for a cookout.

 Grilled Pattypan Squash Stuffed with Bacon Tempeh, Quinoa, Vegan Cheese and Onions

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free



Ingredients


4 pattypan squash
1 package bacon tempeh
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup shredded vegan cheese
2 onions
Cajun Seasoning, to taste


Options
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Parsley to garnish


Directions


1. Preheat grill to medium high. Cut pattypan squash width-wise through the center and slice onions; spray veggies and tempeh with cooking spray; place on grill. Cook until outsides of squash and onions char, about 5 minutes, turn and grill an additional 5 minutes or until center of squash is soft.

2. Once tempeh is heated through, remove from grill and place in a medium bowl with quinoa and cheese; mix well. Remove squash and onions from grill; scoop centers of squash out and mix with tempeh mixture. Chop onions and mix in as well. Stuff mixture into hollowed out squash.


Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving


Calories 247.4
Total Fat 5.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 369.3 mg
Potassium 361.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 34.1 g
Dietary Fiber 8.0 g
Sugars 6.5 g
Protein 13.7 g

Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.0 %
Vitamin C 49.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.2 %
Calcium 37.0 %
Copper 1.1 %
Folate 1.7 %
Iron 17.0 %
Magnesium 17.8 %
Manganese 2.4 %
Niacin 1.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.4 %
Phosphorus 53.0 %
Riboflavin 42.9 %
Selenium 0.3 %
Thiamin 1.0 %
Zinc 0.9 %




*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

**Post information sourced from Worlds Healthiest Foods

May 022012
 
Welcome back to Wine Down Wednesday where I review a vegan dish paired with two different wines.

To pair wines with a meatless dish we must look at the spices and main flavors of the recipe – In this case, the Vinadloo spices – a mixture of coriander, garlic, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, mustard, black pepper and cloves.

 

Broadbent Malbec and Tierra De Antes Chardonnay
I chose this dish because pattypan squash and fresh, sweet corn are just coming into season in North Florida.  I was amazed at how the chowder actually tasted like a cream based chowder – and growing up in New England, I know my chowder.  This dish would be great with a wide variety of spices – keep it simple with some salt and pepper, try herbs such as thyme and rosemary, or, if you like Indian flavors, you’ll love this Vindaloo version.

 

Sweet Corn and Pattypan Squash Chowder
The Wines chosen to pair are:
Broadbent Malbec and Tierra De Antes Chardonnay.

Broadbent Malbec, (Mendoza, Argentina)
The Malbec grapes for this wine are grown in the desert-like conditions of Argentina and are irrigated with mountain spring water that flows through a series of canals that date back to the Pre-Columbian Incan Empire. Broadbent’s description is, ” This Malbec is fresh with delicious fruit character, spicy plum notes and a silky and seductive finish.”

Tierra De Antes Chardonnay, 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina)
The Tierra De Antes vineyards are planted in Barrancas, Maipú & Mendoza in Argentina. There is a portion of the Chardonnay that spends 8 months in oak. The emphasis of this wine is the fresh, tropical fruit character that Chardonnay can achieve in a moderate to warm climate as found in and around the Mendoza region in Argentina. An article in the Washington Post lists this wine as an excellent palate cleanser or “party white”
The rating info:
Categories

Category #1 – How well my dish turned out.
Category #2 – How well I like the wine.
Category #3 – Pairing notes – How well this wine pairs with the dish.

Rating Scale

Bleck -This wine is pretty bad.
Ho Hum- I could drink it if I was at a football game and there was nothing else in the cooler.
Nice -Good table wine. I would keep this in the wine cooler if it was a good value.
Yum – This is good, I would pay a fair bit more and have it for a special occasion.
Damn that’s Good – Self explanatory.
** We will use the same terminology for how the dish turned out and how well it paired.

Category #1 – The Dish

Rating of YUM – This soup is super fresh and creamy – though there is no sugar in this dish, the coconut milk and corn give it a mild sweetness and the Vindaloo is a bit spicy from Cayenne.  This is perfect for spring or the start of summer.

Category #2 – The Wines

Broadbent Malbec – Rating of YUM

Juicy! Buttery! Raisin and stone-fruit flavors.  Delicious with the perfect body and sweetness – the down the middle of the road - not too heavy and not too sweet – I would definitely buy this one again.

Tierra De Antes Chardonnay – Rating of Ho Hum

This wine was to mild and light it didn’t appeal to me.  The body was too thin for me and, though I tasted tropical flavors, it didn’t win me over.  In the context of the aforementioned article that listed this wine as a great ”palate cleanser” or “party wine” this would work well.

 

Broadbent Malbec and Tierra De Antes Chardonnay

Category #3 – The Pairing

Broadbent Malbec – Rating of Damn That’s Good

Though I’m not as much of a fan of red wines any more, the Malbec definitely won out – the buttery texture was really nice with the creamy soup.  It balanced the dish out beautifully.
Tierra De Antes Chardonnay – Rating of Nice
The wine with the dish was a bit better.  It enriched the sweet corn flavor in the chowder and was nice and cool with the warm spicy soup.
Where to buy
All the wines will be for sale locally at the Grotto in San Marco. You can contact Mitch Woodlief, grottomitch@aol.com with questions and pricing (please call prior to heading over to ensure they are in stock) and anyone outside the Greater Jacksonville area can contact E-MAIL: info@broadbent.com PHONE: US +1 415-931-1725.

 

Sweet Corn and Pattypan Squash Chowder

Sweet Corn and Pattypan Squash Chowder

Serves 6
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 Tbsp Vindaloo seasoning (or curry powder)
2 cups yellow squash, I used summer squash and pattypan squash (I used KYV Farm)
1 about 3 to 4 fresh ears, kernels removed, or one 10-oz bag frozen sweet corn
1 14-oz can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
with Green Chiles, drained (I used Muir Glen Organic)
3 cups salt free vegetable broth, ( Iused Vivian’s Vivacious Vegetable Broth)
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
½ cup nutritional yeast
1 14-oz can light coconut milk

Optional Toppings
Fresh Cilantro or Culantro

Directions



1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a stockpot over medium high heat.  Add onion and sautee about 7 minutes or until soft.  Add Vindaloo seasoning, squash and corn; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper (if needed), bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, about 10 to 15 minutes or until squash is soft; stir in nutritional yeast and cook an additional minute. Remove from heat and stir in coconut milk.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 134.9
Total Fat 3.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 103.7 mg
Potassium 479.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20.7 g
Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
Sugars 3.9 g
Protein 8.1 g

Vitamin A 7.1 %
Vitamin B-12 88.7 %
Vitamin B-6 329.4 %
Vitamin C 30.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.7 %
Calcium 2.5 %
Copper 6.7 %
Folate 48.3 %
Iron 7.5 %
Magnesium 9.2 %
Manganese 11.6 %
Niacin 191.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 8.8 %
Phosphorus 17.5 %
Riboflavin 382.5 %
Selenium 22.1 %
Thiamin 431.6 %
Zinc 17.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.