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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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We enjoyed….

Deconstructed chicken kiev (adapted to be nondairy by me, from BakedBree.com <—check out the great photos on this blog!)

baby Yukon Gold potatoes

olive oil

1/2 stick dairy-free margarine, melted

4 slices of white bread

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley

salt and pepper

1 package of chicken tenders

1/2 pint grape tomatoes

a handful of black olives

zest of one lemon

1/2 cup block soy mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

Toss some baby potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven, about 30 – 40  minutes.

While this is cooking, add the bread to the food processor and pulse until crumbed. Dump crumbs into bowl, then add garlic and parsely to processor bowl and pulse until chopped fine. Add the crumbs back to the bowl, pour in the melted margarine, and pulse again until it is all coated.

Press bread mixture onto the chicken tenders. Put the chicken into the oven with the potatoes and bake until cooked through, about 20  minutes.

Meanwhile, halve the tomatoes, and toss with the olives, zest of lemon, and a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper, and some chopped parsley. Add the soy cheese and set aside.

Arrange everything to your liking on a lovely plate.

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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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Mushrooms and rosemary make a great marriage in a pasta sauce. Paired with some fresh pappardelle, and this is one great autumn dish. Modified slightly by me for a nondairy perfect adaptation.

Pappardelle with rosemary and mushroom ragu (from Herbie Likes Spaghetti blog) (check out the beautiful photos there)

1/2 pound pappardelle

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms

1 1/2 cups chopped cremoni mushrooms

2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

grated soy parmesan

In a nonstick pan, heat up the olive oil and throw in the garlic. Once it begins to soften, add the mushrooms and rosemary; cook on medium-high heat. Toss and cook until nicely carmelized and most of the liquid they exude has evaporated. Add the tomato sauce and the chopped parsley to the mushroom mixture and stir to combine. Let it simmer on low heat while the pasta cooks.

Cook the pasta until it is slightly al dente; then move the noodles to the mushroom cooking pan. Add a touch of pasta water, and toss everything together until the pasta has absorbed the sauce. Serve with soy parmesan. Makes two servings.

 

 

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Kudos again go to An Edible Mosaic blog for this delicious and healthy Italian pie. We enjoyed this for dinner; the sauce is easy to make, and everything comes together nicely. I made my nondairy substitutions – I used tofu instead of ricotta cheese, and soy parmesan instead of the real thing. Delicioso! Head over to the blog to check out the beautiful photos taken of this dish, too.

Roasted zucchini spaghetti pie

2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper

1/4 pound whole grain (or regular) spaghetti noodles

2 cups tofu

2 eggs

1 egg white

1/4 cup soy parmesan cheese, divided

1 1/2 cups thick marinara sauce (recipe below)

cooking spray

Thick Marinara sauce: (yields ~ 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small carrot, peeled and shredded

1 15-ounce can diced tomato, with liquid

1 1/2 ounce tomato paste

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch ground black pepper

9″ pie plate

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat the sliced zucchini with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper; arrange the zucchini in  a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for ~ 18 minutes, flipping halfway through. When it’s done roasting, the zucchini will be golden in spots.

For the marinara sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small pot with a lid. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion starts to soften; add the carrot and garlic, and saute another 5 – 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, salt, and pepper. Taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer with lid on for 20 – 30 minutes.

Cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Cool the pasta to room temperature, then add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons soy parmesan, and pinch of pepper; stir to combine.

To the tofu, mix in 1 egg, 1 egg white, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat the pie pan with cooking spray; spread the pasta on the bottom of the pie plate, then spread 1/2 of the tofu mixture on top of the pasta. Arrange the zucchini on top of the tofu, then spread the rest of the tofu mixture on top of the zucchini. Spread the marinara sauce on top of the tofu. Bake the pie for 20 – 30 minutes, until it’s set. Sprinkle the remaining soy parmesan on top and allow to cool slightly before cutting.

 

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I found this recipe on the most excellent An Edible Mosaic blog, where everything is tried and true. Indeed, the flavors in this speak chicken satay, and it looked immediately adaptable to a nondairy format for my liking. This was a winner on every count.

Chicken satay stew

1 – 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

1/4 teaspoon (or more, to your spicy liking) crushed red pepper

2 medium onions, chopped

4 large carrots, chopped

4 large stalks celery, chopped

2 cups  unsweetened pumpkin puree

1/2 cup mango nectar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2/3 cup smooth peanut butter

2 cups chicken stock

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1/2 cup coconut milk creamer

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro or parsley

salt and pepper

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the chicken and cook until you don’t see any more pink. Add the garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes, and saute 2 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, celery, pumpkin, mango nectar, lemon juice, peanut butter, chicken stock, and 2 cups of water. Cover the pot and bring it up to a simmer; then turn the heat down and let it simmer about 30 minutes (stirring occasionally), until the veggies are tender and the chicken is cooked through.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the creamer. Stir the vinegar into the stew, then stir in the creamer mixture; simmer uncovered about 5 minutes, until the stew is thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley or cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with jasmine rice, if desired. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

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Quinoa corn patties

Attention, vegetarians. Try these. Easy to make, big on flavor. Very satisfying. I found this recipe on An Edible Mosaic blog. The original recipe called for a creamy onion dip on the side, but we enjoyed this just the way they were.

Quinoa corn patties

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup cooked corn kernels

2 large eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or chives

4 – 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs (I used panko)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

canola oil, for shallow frying

Soak the quinoa in cold water for 15 minutes; strain through a fine mesh sieve, then thoroughly rinse under cold running water. Heat the olive oil in a medium lidded saucepan over medium heat; add the onion and saute until softened and starting to turn golden, about 5 – 7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute more.

Add the rinsed quinoa, 1/2 cup warm water, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat up to high and bring up to a boil; once boiling, give it a stir, cover the saucepan, and turn heat down to a gentle simmer. Cook 14 minutes, then turn heat off and let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Cool slightly, then transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the corn, eggs, and parsley. Stir in 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs, then add 1 or 2 tablespoons more as needed so they hold their shape.

Form the mixture into 4 patties. Add canola oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the patties and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

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