Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry

 

Red lentil and vegetable curry is a fantastic vegetarian main or a swoon worthy side dish

Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry
Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry is a Fantastic Vegetarian Main or a Swoon Worthy Side Dish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped 1
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced 4
  4. 3 tbsp mild or medium Indian curry 45 mL
  5. paste
  6. 11⁄2 cups grated peeled sweet potato 375 mL
  7. 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed 250 mL
  8. 11⁄2 cups tomato sauce 375 mL
  9. 2 cups vegetable broth 500 mL
  10. 3 cups packed baby spinach 750 mL
  11. 11⁄4 cups drained roasted red peppers, 300 mL
  12. chopped
  13. Salt (optional)
  14. 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 30 mL
  15. Chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. Use a 31⁄2- to 4-quart slow cooker. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and curry paste; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in sweet potato and lentils. Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in broth. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, until lentils are very soft. Stir in spinach and red peppers. Cover and cook on High for about 20 minutes, until spinach is wilted and red peppers are hot. Adjust seasoning with salt, if desired. Serve garnished with cilantro and tomato.
  2. Serves 4 to 6.
Notes
  1. Tip: Heat seekers can use hot Indian curry paste or add cayenne pepper to taste with the spinach.
  2. Tip: Curry pastes can be quite salty. Taste the curry at the end of the cooking time and add salt if necessary.
  3. Variation: Use 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas instead of the spinach.
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Seafood Kabob

No fuss gourmet. Serve this with salad for a  low cal and delicious dinner

 

Seafood Kabob
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz scallops 250 g
  2. 12 oz raw shrimp (tails on) 375 g
  3. 1 cantaloupe melon (30 balls) 1
  4. 1 honeydew melon (30 balls) 1
  5. 1⁄4 cup lemon juice 60 mL
  6. 2 tbsp butter, melted 30 mL
  7. 1⁄4 cup brie cheese (remove skin) 60 mL
  8. 1⁄4 cup light cream 60 mL
Instructions
  1. On six 8-inch (20 cm) skewers, alternate seafood and melon balls. Mix lemon juice and butter. Broil kabobs 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with lemon juice mixture. (Seafood should be opaque.) In a small saucepan, melt cheese and gradually whisk in cream. Drizzle the cheese mixture over kabobs. Broil until golden brown. Serve over rice. Serves 6.
Notes
  1. Note: 2 lbs (1 kg) of firm fish such as monkfish, shark or swordfish is a tasty alternative to the scallops and shrimp.
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Arizona Fruit Salad

Great with Mexican Fare !

Arizona Fruit Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Salad
  2. 1 avocado 1
  3. 2 tbsp lime juice 30 mL
  4. 1 papaya 1
  5. 2 oranges 2
  6. 1 grapefruit 1
  7. 1 small red onion 1
  8. 1⁄2 pomegranate (optional) 1⁄2
  9. Dressing
  10. 2 tbsp orange juice 30 mL
  11. 2 tbsp lime juice 30 mL
  12. 2 tsp liquid honey 10 mL
  13. 1⁄4 tsp hot pepper flakes 1 mL
  14. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil 125 mL
  15. 1 head romaine lettuce 1
  16. Fresh Fruit Dressing
  17. Low-cal – tastes great right out of the jar!
  18. 2⁄3 cup plain yogurt 150 mL
  19. 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil 60 mL
  20. 2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate 30 mL
  21. 2 tbsp liquid honey 30 mL
  22. 1⁄2 tsp grated orange zest 2 mL
  23. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate overnight in a sealed container.
  24. Makes about 11⁄4 cups (300 mL).
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Instructions
  1. Salad: Peel and slice avocado. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice. Peel, seed and slice papaya thinly. Sprinkle with remaining lime juice. Peel oranges and grapefruit. Cut fruit into segments. Slice red onion. In a large bowl, combine avocado, papaya, orange and grapefruit segments and onion. Set aside. If using pomegranate, scoop out seeds and set aside.
  2. Dressing: Whisk together orange juice, lime juice, honey, pepper flakes and oil.
  3. To serve: Pour dressing over fruit and toss well. Spoon onto lettuce-lined platter. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over all. Serves 6 to 8.
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Zucchini-Stuffed Tomatoes

This recipe is just the ticket when you’re faced with a bumper crop of tomatoes and zucchini

Zucchini-Stuffed Tomatoes
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. Easy and colorful.
  2. 3 medium zucchini, unpeeled 3
  3. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
  4. 4 large firm tomatoes 4
  5. 1⁄4 cup margarine 60 mL
  6. 1 medium onion, chopped 1
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced 1
  8. 1 tbsp brown sugar 15 mL
  9. 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 30 mL
  10. 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley 30 mL
Instructions
  1. Grate zucchini coarsely and toss in a bowl with salt. Set aside for about 30 minutes. Remove stems and cut tomatoes in half horizontally. Remove pulp, chop and place in small bowl. Place tomato shells cut-side down and drain on paper towels. In frying pan, melt margarine and sauté onions and garlic until tender. Add tomato pulp. Simmer to evaporate moisture. Remove frying pan from heat. Drain all liquid from zucchini and stir into tomato mixture. Sprinkle each tomato shell with a little brown sugar. Place shells in an ovenproof dish. Spoon zucchini mixture into each. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 25 minutes. Garnish tops with minced parsley.
Notes
  1. 6.3 grams of fat per serving
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Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa

 The summery flavor of strawberries and basil lend a refreshing tang to tender halibut. This salsa is also good with salmon or red snapper

Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa
  2. 11⁄2 cups chopped fresh strawberries 375 mL
  3. (about 8 oz/250 g)
  4. 1⁄2 cup drained canned mandarin orange 125 mL
  5. segments in juice, chopped
  6. (see tip)
  7. 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion 15 mL
  8. 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil 15 mL
  9. 1 to freshly squeezed lime juice 15 to
  10. 2 tbsp 30 mL
  11. 1⁄8 tsp salt 0.5 mL
  12. 1⁄8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 0.5 mL
  13. 4 skin-on or skinless halibut 4
  14. fillets (each about 6 oz/175 g)
  15. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  16. 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 30 mL
Instructions
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa: In a bowl, combine strawberries, mandarin oranges, onion, basil, 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours. Taste and add more lime juice, if desired.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Rinse halibut and pat dry with paper towels. (If the fish has been frozen and thawed, it will be quite wet, so be sure to dry it well.)
  4. Season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook halibut, skin or skinned side up, for about 2 minutes or until bottom is nicely browned. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, browned side up, and bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until fish is barely opaque and is just starting to flake when tested with a fork. Do not overcook. Serve halibut topped with salsa.
  5. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Tip: You can use 1 or 2 fresh mandarin oranges instead of canned, if you prefer. Peel the mandarins and separate into segments. Remove any white pith and seeds, then chop.
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Asparagus Vinaigrette

An elegant spring vegetable and the inspiration for the cover on, “The Best of the Best and More”

Asparagus Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  1. 1 LB. FRESH ASPARAGUS 500 g
  2. DRESSING
  3. 1 TBSP. DIJON MUSTARD 15 mL
  4. 2 TBSP. WHITE WINE VINEGAR 30 mL
  5. 3 TBSP. FRESH LEMON JUICE 45 mL
  6. 1 TSP. SUGAR 5 mL
  7. SALT & PEPPER TO TASTE
  8. 1⁄3 CUP VEGETABLE OIL 75 mL
  9. LEMON ZEST
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Instructions
  1. To Prepare Asparagus: place asparagus in a small amount of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. (Asparagus will turn bright green and should still be crunchy) Remove asparagus and plunge into ice water. When cool, dry and place on a serving platter.
  2. To Prepare Dressing: place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Pour over asparagus and garnish with lemon zest.
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