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A fabulous chicken casserole; I think I love any food that is called Spanish. Sweet, salty, and tangy work well together. I roasted some baby Yukon potatoes to go along with this, and served it on brown rice.

Spanish chicken casserole, a la Alvaro

3 ounces chopped pancetta

4 pieces of chicken (I used 4 boneless breasts, cut into big chunks)

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup raisins

1 cup stuffed olives, sliced

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 28-ounce can peeled whole tomatoes

a bit of garlic

Fry the pancetta, then add the chicken and onions into the pan; cook until golden.

Add the tomato sauce with a teaspoon of salt, and a bit of sugar. Then add the peeled tomatoes, raisins, olives, and garlic.

Stir a few times and then let it cook on a slow fire for about 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before done, add a cup of frozen peas to the sauce. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

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I love paella. Although this is a vegetarian recipe, even the author added some shrimp at the end. The recipe lends itself to innovation and personal tastes. Very delicious.

Paella with chicken

Rice:

1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts

1 1/2 cups brown rice

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon saffron, crumbled

Vegetables:

2 cups finely chopped onions

1 cup finely chopped celery

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 1/2 cups frozen green peas

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 – 2 grilled boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

salt and pepper to taste

(note – original recipe called for 1 pound asparagus, cut into 2″ piece. I had none, so I did without. Still great recipe!)

First make the rice: Drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the brine from the can. Quarter the artichoke hearts and set aside. Add water to the brine to make 2 1/2 cups liquid and combine it with the rice, salt, and saffron in a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and very gently simmer until rice is tender, about 40-45 mintues.

When the rice has simmered for about 25 minutes, start the vegetables. Saute the onions, celery, and garlic in the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the thyme, bell pepper, and asparage if using; cover and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the peas, tomatoes, reserved artichoke hearts, and chicken. Stir gently, cover, and continue to simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may also add a splash of Frank’s Original Hot sauce :)

To serve the paella, spread the rice on a large platter and top with the vegetables and their juices. Makes 6 servings.

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Remember green bean casserole growing up? I do – cream of mushroom soup mixed with the beans, and those yummy canned fried onion bits on top. Fast forward to today – here is a more grown-up version. Much healthier in my opinion, and I added some cooked chicken to make it a complete meal. This was fabulous.

Green bean casserole with Madeira mushrooms and chicken (modified from Cooking Light, on My Recipes)

1 1/2 pounds green beans

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups chopped sweet onion

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced

8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced

1/3 cup Madeira wine or dry sherry

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup chicken broth

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed

1 cup canned fried onions (like French’s)

1/2 cup grated soy parmesan

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place beans into a large saucepan of boiling water; cook for 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well. Place beans in a large bowl; set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; add onion and thyme; saute 4 minutes until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; saute 10 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Stir in wine, salt, pepper; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in chicken broth; bring to a oil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Add mushroom mixture to green beans. Add chicken. Toss well. Place green bean mixture in a 2 quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Combine fried onion and grated soy parmesan in a small bowl. Top green bean mixture evenly with fried onion mixture. Bake for 17 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Makes 8 servings.

 

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I made this in the summer, but I really missed having a pasta meal with red gravy. This was easily adaptable to use nondairy cheeses. It was great.

Baked parmesan spaghetti (from How Sweet It Is) with my own nondairy adaptations

3/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti

1/2 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/4 pound ground turkey breast

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

10 – 12 basil leaves, chopped

2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce

1 cup shredded soy mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated soy parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta in boiling water for 7 minutes instead of 10, as it will be going into the oven. Drain.

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5 – 6 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another minute. Season ground turkey with rest of salt and pepper and add to skillet. Break apart with a wooden spoon and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of pasta sauce and half of the chopped fresh basil. Mix to combine. Spray a casserole dish, add half of the spaghetti mixture to the dish, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce, rest of basil, and half of each cheese. Add the remaining spaghetti and top with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

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Fabulous meal from Perrys’ Plate blog. Of course, I customized it to be nondairy. And a little less heat. We LOVED it.

Stacked roasted vegetable enchiladas

1 poblano chile, cut into matchsticks (I used several slices of jarred chiles)
2 red bell peppers, cut into matchsticks
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium onion, halved and slivered
1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
3 T heat-safe oil like grapeseed or coconut (I used canola – no problem)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups homemade or store bought salsa/pico de gallo
2 ounces baby spinach leaves (about 2 big handfuls)
9-10 corn tortillas, halved
2 cups shredded soy or vegan cheese (I used
Daiya cheddar shreds)
soy sour cream and thinly sliced scallions (green onions) for garnish, if desired

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a large shallow roasting pan or rimmed cookie sheet.

Place red bell peppers, cauliflower, sweet potato, onion, and corn kernels onto cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle the cumin and minced garlic over top. Add a generous pinch or two of salt and black pepper, then use your hands to mix everything together. After everything is coated well, spread the vegetables evenly in the pan. Roast for 30-40 minutes until vegetables are tender and begin to brown in spots. Stir or shake the pan every 10 minutes for even roasting. Remove pan from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Prepare an 8x8x2 or 9x9x2-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, stir the cilantro and chiles into the salsa. Spread 1/4 cup of salsa into the bottom of the baking pan. Add a layer of tortilla pieces, to completely cover the salsa. Top with 1/3 of the vegetables, a handful of spinach, and 1/3 of the cheese. Make a second layer of tortilla, salsa, vegetables, spinach, and cheese. Top with with a layer of tortillas, salsa, vegetables, and cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and everything is heated through.

Let it sit for 5 minutes and cut into squares. Serve with sour cream and a sprinkle of sliced scallions.

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Nothing to me is more comforting than mac and cheese. I’ve tried my hand before at nondairy adaptations (here, here, and here) with much success. When I saw this recipe, I knew I’d be trying it. This was very very good.

Creamy macaroni and “cheese”

8 ounces regular pasta, any shape

3 cups Daiya style shreds

3 tablespoons vegan butter

2 cups unsweetened soy/or rice milk product

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain thoroughly when done. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare the cheese sauce while oven is warming. In a small pot melt the butter. When melted, add the pepper and nutritional yeast. Stir in the milk product. Add the cheddar, and cook over low/medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Stir in the macaroni and mix together. Transfer to an 8×8 casserole dish. Top with the bread crumbs and paprika. Bake for 15 minutes uncovered, or until the cheese is bubbling and top is starting to brown.

Remove from oven and top with the parmesan just before serving. Makes 4 servings.

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Not sure what made this more yummy – the hearty flavors of chicken noodle soup, or those slurpy noodles. Either way, a great little dinner.

Chicken noodle soup casserole (with my nondairy substitutions, from TastyKitchen blog)

4 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts

12 ounces egg noodles

1 whole onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 tablespoons margarine

20 ounces cream of mushroom soup (I used Imagine – it’s dairy-free)

1/2 cup soy sour cream

salt and pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon dried parsley

about 8 ounces Ritz crackers (they’re dairy, so I used Whole Foods’ golden crackers – great!), crushed

In a large pot of boiling water drizzle some olive oil and 1 tablespoon of salt. Boil the chicken until done, about 20 minutes.

Cook the noodles in boiling water according to package instructions.

While the noodles are cooking, cut up the chicken into 1/2″ pieces. Drain pasta and set aside. Finely chop onions, carrots, and celery.

In a pot, saute onion, pressed garlic, carrots, and celery in the margarine. Cook until the onions appear translucent. Add the mushroom soup and sour cream. Mix well. Salt and pepper if needed.

Add the noodles, chicken, and parsley. Stir until fully coated. Transfer to a greased 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with crackers and bake 10 minutes more. Makes 8 servings.

 

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