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Maple Glazed Tofurkey Legs Recipe

Maple Glazed Tofurkey Legs

11.04.13 by Jackie

I'm going to be posting several Thanksgiving-inspired dishes in the next few weeks. Turkey is, for obvious reasons central to the Thanksgiving meal, but if you're a vegetarian like my husband Lulu, Thanksgiving is also synonymous with many other dishes. I'll share them with you but since it's Monday, I'm going to continue to support the Meatless Monday campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet.

Tofurkey is a great meat substitute for the holiday. Making your own faux turkey isn't that complicated. I prepared a chickpea and crouton filling. I used thin lemon grass stalks to resemble the turkey legs and wrapped the whole thing in tofu skin. I cooked the tofurkey legs with fried tofu pieces and white cabbage. The glazing of maple syrup and soy sauce completed this tasty dish. This homemade meat-substitute is not only delicious but also packed with protein. 


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Balsamic-Braised Red Cabbage Recipe Recipe

I love red cabbage, and I find that some of the best product is available around this time of the year. Its deep ruby color is so appealing. It's very inexpensive and it lasts for a long time. You can either braise, boil, pickle or even purée it.

This evening, I shredded the cabbage and braised it with a balsamic reduction and peanut butter. The result is a lightly sweet and rich side dish. I topped it with shaved sweet Nabulsi cheese for a nice contrast in color.

If you haven’t already, take advantage of this beautiful vegetable at its peak quality. Your taste buds will thank you!


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Artichoke Heart Tart Recipe Recipe

Artichoke Heart Tart Recipe

10.30.13 by Jackie

The best part of this savory tart recipe is its awesome name. I baked an artichoke heart tart; the cute alliteration made my day.

As for preparation, I made my own Parmesan tart crust, filled it with fresh artichoke heart cream spread and topped it with Havarti cheese with dill. I served it with an arugula salad. Delicious!

It's the time of the year again when I start my detox cleanse. I bought a bag of jumbo artichokes and made gallons of strained artichoke broth. I know it's not very tasty (the smaller the artichokes you boil, the more bitter the taste is) but go for it. As a teenager, Maman (my mother) always gave us the artichoke broth to drink. She used to call it the detox diet drink for smooth, flawless skin, and it does work. Maman would always praise its therapeutic qualities and I guess it stuck with me. Artichokes are a diuretic, so take care if you have any medical conditions, and of course, consult a physician before starting a new diet.


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Roasted Whipped Eggplant Dip Recipe Recipe
Today, my husband Lulu came home a little earlier than I expected. While he played with baby Aria, I concocted an easy dip for them to munch on before dinner. First, I roasted an eggplant. I let the eggplant cool and gathered the pulp. Then I mashed the mixture with the back of a fork, which was a reasonable substitute for a good arm workout (I'm finally back to my gym routine. Yay!). Lastly, I incorporated whipped cream for a light, almost airy eggplant dip.

I served the dip with warm pita bread and Persian cucumber sticks. If you'd like a fancier look, you could use it as a filling in phyllo dough cups or pre-baked puff pastry tartlets. Either would be an elegant item to serve at parties.

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Spooky Halloween Beet Recipe Recipe

Spooky Halloween Beet Recipe

10.23.13 by Jackie

It's almost that time of the year again and I'm ready to prepare a horror-themed dinner for the end of the month. I concocted a gory-looking dish using the elegant combination of mozzarella, garbanzo beans and beets. I figured the color of the beets looked very similar to blood and I paired the dish with mozzarella and olives to resemble blood-shot eyes. Spooky!

First, I soaked garbanzo beans and shredded raw beets. I cooked them together until the legumes were softened enough to be crushed between my thumb and index finger. Once the beet dish was transferred to a serving platter, the finishing touch was adding creepy eyes made of cheese and olives. So it's not that difficult to feed your Halloween fun!


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