Sauteed Vegetables with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

This recipe was created on Easter Sunday. I did not want to eat the traditional foods that are normally served on Easter because Ham and the sides tends to have a lot of carbs, fat and sodium in it and there are consequences for me when I eat foods with too much of these things. This is an excellent dish as a meal or a side. This was one of the recipes that are vegan/vegetarian friendly. I used my favorite vegetables and beans for this sautéed stir fry dish. Enjoy!

Mixed Sautéed Vegetables with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Created on 04/20/14

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Ingredients
1 pound fresh asparagus cut into bite size pieces
2 medium zucchini sliced medallion style
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
1 bag of organic non-gmo frozen corn
1 pint of cherry tomatoes cleaned and halved
1 cup of chopped green onions (approximately a bunch)
10 ounces of crimini mushrooms wiped clean and sliced thick
1 can of organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of vegetable stock
Salt/pepper to taste

Lemon Vinaigrette (In a small jar with tight fitting lid – add the following ingredients)
1 full lemon squeezed
1 tablespoon of honey
Salt / pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of Stone ground Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Put all the ingredients in the jar, shake well and set aside.

Heat about 3 tablespoons of vegetable stock in a wok over high heat. This process will go very fast. Remember to season each batch of vegetables with salt and pepper suited to your taste. Sautee the carrots for about 5 to 7 minutes; you want the texture to be medium soft and remove and transfer to the serving platter. Then add about 2 tablespoons of vegetable stock and the mushrooms and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, remove and transfer to the platter. Add more stock as needed and continue to cook the zucchini, asparagus, and green onions for additional 3 to 5 minutes and add to the vegetables previously added to the platter. Add the corn, tomatoes and garbanzo beans until fully heated through and transfer to the serving platter.

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Cranberry Walnut Spinach Salad

Today was a very busy day for me. I had a presentation I needed to prepare for and I did not have time to really cook anything. I put a couple nice sized potatoes in the oven to make baked potatoes and loaded them up with broccoli and Parmesan cheese. I had some baby spinach and decided to make a simple salad. I enjoy these types of salads. The salad had great flavor, dressed nicely with a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was an excellent meal choice for such a busy day. Perfect dinner for 2 people. Enjoy!

Cranberry Walnut Spinach Salad
Created on 11/13/2012

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Salad:
1 (10 oz) bag of organic baby spinach, washed and spun dry with salad spinner
½ cup of cran-raisins
½ cup of toasted walnuts
¼ cup of toasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing:
2 teaspoons of raw honey
¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup of olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1 garlic clove minced well

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a stoneware or cookie tray, spread walnuts and pumpkin seeds evenly and bake for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the nuts/seeds from the oven and let cool. In a glass bowl, mix the raw honey, vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic with a wire whisk. Season the vinaigrette dressing lightly with salt and pepper. Add the washed spinach, cran-raisins, and walnuts/pumpkin seeds and toss well.

 

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Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

Cornbread I love. I like it with my vegetarian chili, sweet potato black bean hash, and in my cornbread sausage stuffing. Sometimes, I like a different flavor to the carb-loaded table at Thanksgiving time and this stuffing just hits the flavors all the way around and compliments all the other dishes such as the turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and the gravy. I have made many different recipes using spicy sausage, Italian sausage, sausage in the butcher’s market but I think the Bob Evans Natural Sausage is perfect with this. What is nice is that there are no preservatives or MSG in this sausage which is what I prefer in all meats. The stuffing is full of flavor with minimal ingredients. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did on Thanksgiving Day.

Pam’s Cornbread Sausage Stuffing
Created on 11/24/11

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Prep:

Make the cornbread the day before. Preheat the oven 400 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 casserole dish and set aside. I got this recipe from All Recipes on the internet, and tweaked it to my version. I have made it both ways and for the stuffing, this recipe is perfect. I also made this recipe with coconut milk and the bread came out really good.

1 cup flour

1 cup yellow or white cornmeal

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup honey

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup whole milk

2 eggs, slightly beaten

Mix all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Then mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl. Combine the dry to the wet ingredients and mix until just all coated. Pour into the greased dish and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until a butter knife comes out clean. When the cornbread is cool, cut into 1” squares and put in a glass bowl. Cover and let set until ready to make the stuffing.

Day of to make the Sausage Stuffing:

Toasted Corn Bread Cubes

To do this: I put the 1” cubes on a cookie tray or stoneware and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes until the cubes are toasted. This helps to prevent the stuffing from becoming soggy and I think it gives more flavor to the stuffing with that toasted-roasted kind of flavor. Remove from the oven and put in a large bowl.

While the cornbread is toasting in the oven, prepare the sausage filling

1 lb of Bob Evans Naturally Sausage (crumbled up) You can also substitute your favorite turkey sausage

4 celery stalks, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

About 1 teaspoon of Kosher Salt

½ teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper

2 to 3 cups of chicken broth (depends on the consistency of the dressing)

Cook tip: Always start out small and slowly add the liquid, you can always add but cannot take out the liquid if it is too much for the stuffing

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat and add the celery, onion, garlic mixture. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until the celery and onion is soft and caramelized. Add the crumbled sausage. Crumble the sausage with your fingers or just put the whole thing in there and break up the meat with your spoon. Cook until the sausage is fully cooked. Season the filling with salt and pepper.

In the large bowl where the toasted corn bread cubes are, add the filling and kind of mix and break apart the bread and filling. Add the chicken broth ½ cup at a time until you reach the moistness desired. Remember you don’t want the stuffing to be soggy but at the same time when you squeeze the stuffing together with your fingers it should somewhat hold a shape and crumble at the same time lightly.

Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes until the top is crunchy and browned. Serve with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

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Dill Sauce

I make this sauce a lot to top over tuna burgers, sandwiches, any kind of fish recipes. I think if I remember correctly I saw this recipe in one of my “Eating Well” magazines. I just tweaked the flavors of the sauce to whatever ingredients I had on hand. The flavors from the sour cream or Greek Yogurt, dill, and lemon are fresh, appealing and compliments the prepared dishes very well. Enjoy!

Creamy Dill Sauce
Created on 09/25/11

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This makes about ½ cup of sauce

 ¼ cup of sour cream

2 tablespoons of mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt

Juice of a ½ lemon

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

1 tablespoon of dried or fresh dill

2 shakes (about 1/8 teaspoon) of Tabasco sauce

Scant of salt

Cracked pepper

 Mix all the ingredients well in a small bowl and refrigerate for an hour. Top sauce on your favorite fish recipe, salads, or use as a dressing in a sandwich.

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Fresh Summer Tomato Dressing

This dressing is amazing! I found this recipe out of my Multiple Sclerosis cookbook one day and I thought I would try to make this because I love French Dressing on  my cottage cheese but the store-bought French dressing has a lot of sugar in it. I could not believe how wonderful it tasted on my salad especially after the color the dressing came out. The color was not red like I expected. I was really skeptical! The freshness of the tomatoes with the tartness of the balsamic vinegar – um! it was perfect for me. What is so great about this recipe you can use different herbs instead of using fresh basil, use tarragon parsley or chives. Add more tomatoes if you want for that fresh intense tomato flavor. Enjoy!

Fresh Summer Tomato Dressing
Created on 09/13/2008

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1 small ripe tomato, quartered (add more tomatoes if you want)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 to 1/2 cup basil leaves or other fresh herb
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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Recipe was taken from the “The MS Recovery Diet” book

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Avocado Cilantro Dressing

I made this dressing today for my September 13th support group meeting. WOW!!! I absolutely love the creaminess of the avocado dressing with the salad I had and even tested the dressing with raw veggies and rice crackers. The combinations are just delicious. Enjoy!

Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Created on 09/13/08

1/2 cup peeled, pitted avocado
1/2 cup flax or hemp seed oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, or apple cider vinegar with 1 packet of Stevia, to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe was taken from
“The MS Recovery Diet” book

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