Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes you may find taste really good!
One of the great vegetarian flavor profiles, to my palate, is the combination of eggplant, portabella mushrooms, goat cheese and fresh basil. This combo is delicious stacked in a timbale, decorating a pizza, served up in layers of buttery phyllo, or tossed in a salad. Tonight I’m using the trio for exceptionally delicious, and exceptionally easy, grilled sandwiches.
Eggplant has an affinity to strong flavors such as goat cheese and portabella. I never salt or peel the sweet and tender Asian eggplant varieties but generally salt black globe eggplant slices. Unless they are fresh off the vine, they can be bitter. Salting helps draw out some of that bitterness and excess water.
A panini press has been a hot item on my “kitchen wish list” for a while. I’m still without. In past dinnerFeeds I’ve used weights to make a yummy grilled Mozzerella and Tomato Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise. Tonight I dusted off the old George Foreman. I grilled my sandwiches 15 minutes at 350˚ and they were crispy and crusty.
I showed a great deal of restraint in not using butter to grill my sandwiches. If you decide to use butter, so much the sweeter! Sweet roasted peppers would be a great substitute for one of the vegetables; sour dough would also be a marvelous bread.
Like a thunder of army boots marching into town, I dread the inevitable scourge of New Year’s insight promoting radical behavioral shifts sure to trample me next month. December offers us carte blanche; Eat, Drink and Be Merry. But January draws nigh, when some of us find ourselves hamsters on a double wheel of guilt trips, agonizing over the previous year’s excess of food and … Full recipe post »
Must pasta insist we default to basil and oregano when seasoning the accompanying sauce? Does Indian cuisine demand we pay homage to proteins with basmati rice, potatoes or Naan? Break free the chains! Particularly now since Al Dente’s latest line of Piccola Pastas have hit market shelves to switch things up. My last post, Pastazanella, was inspired by … Full recipe post »
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