This dip is super healthy and goes perfectly with raw vegetables, crackers or whole grain pita wedges.
1 Large Eggplant
3 Thinly Sliced Garlic Cloves
14 Ounces Silken Tofu
3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Preheat your oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. Cut slits in the flesh side of the eggplant halves and insert the garlic slices. Put the eggplant cut-side down on the baking sheet and then prick the eggplant all over with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. You will want the eggplant to be soft and collapsed. Remove from the oven and then when the eggplant is cool enough to handle scoop out the pulp and put it into a food processor or blender. Throw away the skin. Add the tofu, lemon juice and kosher salt. Puree until nice and smooth. Serve immediately. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
If you’re an okra lover then you’re going to love Smoked Okra. The “smoke” comes from the smoked paprika which I am a huge fan of. I love to eat them right out of the jar.
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Whole Mustard Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Whole Peppercorns
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
3 Whole Dried Chile Peppers
Wash and dry a very large glass jar. Wash the okra and remove any of the prickly parts that are on the okra tops. Place the okra into the jar along with the dried chili peppers. You will probably need to pack the okra into the jar. Set aside. In a medium size pan add the vinegar, kosher salt, smoked paprika, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cayenne pepper and garlic cloves. Whisk the ingredients in the pan to combine well. Bring to a boil and then let the mixture boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully pour the vinegar mixture into the okra filled jar. Add water to fill to the top of the jar. Put the lid on the jar and let sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature. Place into the refrigerator and let sit for 1 week before eating. These tend to be rather spicy so if you want to tone the spice down then leave out the dried chile peppers.
These Za’atar Pita Chips are really pretty addictive. They are baked so they are much healthier than deep fried chips. If you want to leave the za’atar off then just use kosher salt and pepper as your seasoning.
12 Pita Bread Pockets
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Victoria’s Za’atar
Preheat your oven to 400º F. Slice each pita bread into 10 triangles. Place the triangles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. In a small size bowl combine the olive oil and the za’atar. Brush each triangle with the oil & za’atar mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. You will want them to be light brown and crisp. Be careful because if left unattended they will burn. Serves 12
*If you need my za’atar recipe it’s on my website or send me an email and I’ll send you some.
This is beautiful green soup that is terrific served hot or cold. Make sure that you have good quality avocados for this soup. Garnish with sour cream, diced tomatoes and green onions.
2 Large Avocados
6 Cups Chicken Broth
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Diced Tomato
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
2 Diced Green Onions
Cut the avocados into halves and remove the pits. Scoop out the flesh into a small size bowl. In a medium size sauce pan add 4 cups of the chicken broth and turn the heat to medium low. Pour the remaining 2 cups chicken broth into either a blender or food processor. Add the avocado flesh, kosher salt, pepper and pulse to a smooth puree. Pour the avocado mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine with the heated chicken broth. Cook for 10 minutes on medium low. Do not let this soup boil. Remove from the heat and pour into individual bowls. Garnish with diced tomatoes, diced green onions and sour cream. Serves 4
For a beautiful salad use both pink and yellow grapefruit in this refreshing salad.
2 Peeled, Pitted & Chopped Avocados
1/4 Thinly Sliced Red Onion
1 Head of Bibb or Butter Lettuce
Carefully peel the grapefruit. Make sure to remove all of the white pith. Working over a large size bowl to catch any juice, cut along the side of each membrane to release the segments. Let the segments drop into the bowl. Add the avocados and onion and toss well. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter. Spoon the grapefruit, avocado & onion salad over the top of the lettuce leaves. Dress the salad with any dressing that you prefer or eat without dressing as the grapefruit juice may be enough for you. Serves 4
The custom of afternoon teas is thought to have been introduced in England in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Lunch was eaten earlier then and dinner was not served until later in the evening. The Duchess became hungry during the afternoon and requested tea, bread, butter and cake to be brought to her room. This quickly became a habit and she began asking friends to join her.
1/4 Pound Boneless Cooked Chicken
2 Teaspoons Mango Chutney
2 1/2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
1/2 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
3 Tablespoons Softened Butter
4 Slices Either Whole Wheat or White Bread
Chop the chicken into small pieces and place into a small size bowl. If the chutney has any large pieces of fruit make sure to chop them into smaller pieces. In a medium size bowl combine the chutney, mayonnaise, curry powder, lime juice and kosher salt. Mix well and then add the chopped chicken. Butter the bread slices. Place the chicken mixture on the buttered side of two pieces of bread. Put the tops on and press together. Cut off the crusts from the bread and cut each sandwich into four horizontal pieces. Arrange on a serving plate and serve with tea. Makes 8
Egg rolls are often used as appetizers or you may use them as a main dish. The pancake-like skins are available at many grocery stores, but especially at Asian specialty stores or you can make your own.
1 Cup Unbleached Flour
2 Cups Water
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
In a medium size bowl add the flour. Gradually add the water and stir. Beat in the eggs and kosher salt. Grease a medium size skillet and heat over a low heat. Beat the batter once more and pour 1 tablespoon of the batter into the skillet. Let the batter spread over the surface of the pan to form a very thin and flexible pancake. When it shrinks away from the sides turn and let it set on the other side. DO NOT let it become brown or crisp. Remove and repeat until you have cooked all of the batter. Place in a dish and cover with a damp cloth until you are ready to use.
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
3/4 Shredded Cabbage
4 Chopped Scallions
1/2 Cup Diced Shrimp
1/2 Cup Diced Cooked Pork
1/2 Cup Chopped Water Chestnuts
1/2 Cup Bean Sprouts
1 Minced Garlic Clove
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Grated Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
In a large skillet or wok heat the oil over a medium high heat for 1 minute. Add the celery, cabbage and scallions and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cooked pork and cook for 3 minutes. Add the water chestnuts, bean sprouts, garlic ginger and sugar. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place 4 tablespoons of the filling in the rectangular shape on the center of each pancake. Fold up like and envelope. Seal the last flap with a paste made of :
1 Tablespoon Flour
2 Tablespoons Cold Water
Deep fry each egg roll into a deep fat fryer heated to 375º F or use oil about 1 inch deep in a skillet and fry the egg rolls until golden brown. Serve with Chinese Mustard, Soy Sauce or Sweet & Sour Sauce. Makes 12 Egg Rolls.
Sweet & Sour Sauce:
Heat in a saucepan: 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice, 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce, 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper and 1/4 Cup Mild Vinegar. Makes 2 1/2 Cups
Make sure that you take your Lipitor today because The Super Bowl screams out “eat ribs!” I love ribs anytime, but I just can’t resist a great rib dish on the biggest game day of the year.
2 Pound Rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
2 Teaspoons Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1 Cup Malt Vinegar
1 Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Hot Pepper Sauce
Preheat your oven to 350º F. In a medium size bowl combine all of the ingredients except for the ribs. Set aside. In a large skillet place the olive oil and sear the ribs over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side. Remove from the heat. On the bottom on a glass baking dish smear some of the sauce. Place the ribs into the baking dish and pour the rest of the sauce over the ribs. Bake covered for 1 hour. Remove the lid and bake for 45 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm. Serves 4