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Recipes Tagged with “Vegetarian”

Indian-Style Okra with Tomatillos

Side Dish Indian Okra Tomatillo Vegan Vegetarian


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked, washed, quartered
  • 3/4 pound okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add onion and turmeric. Cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add tomatillos and okra; cook over medium-high heat, stirring until browned and vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, jalapeno, ginger and water; season with salt. Simmer over low heat until okra is tender and most of liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add cilantro.

Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune Newspapers

Real Deal Peanut Butter Cookies

Dessert Cookie Peanutbutter Vegan Vegetarian


  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour


Mix together maple syrup, brown sugar, canola oil, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Then add the cup of flour and the salt and mix to combine.

Form teaspoon-sized balls with your hands and press down with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350.

To make these chocolate peanut butter cookies, change the flour for 2/3 c. flour and 1/3 c. cocoa powder.

Makes 2-3 dozen.


Argentine Grilled Eggplant

Side Dish Eggplant Vegan Vegetarian


  • 3 small (4 to 6 ounces each) Italian eggplants
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat the grill to high.

Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise; do not trim off the stem ends. (If using larger eggplants, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices and grill 3 to 5 minutes per side.) Mix the garlic and oil in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over the cut sides of the eggplants. Combine the herbs and spices in a small bowl and set aside.

When ready to cook, arrange the eggplants, cut sides down, on the hot grate and grill until nicely browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Lightly brush the skin sides of the eggplant with the oil mixture. Turn the eggplants with tongs and brush the tops with the remaining oil. Sprinkle with the dried herb mixture and salt and black pepper to taste. Continue cooking the eggplants, cut sides up, until the flesh is soft, 6 to 8 minutes more. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

“The Barbecue! Bible” by Steven Raichlen

Corn and Fennel Ragu

Side Dish Corn Fennel Untested Vegan Vegetarian


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 cups finely chopped fennel, fronds chopped and reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups corn kernels (from about 6 ears)


1. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. When hot, add the shallots and fennel. Season with cumin, mustard seeds and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the corn and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes more. Add 1 1/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the corn mixture and liquid to a blender and purée. Strain the pure,é pressing the solids; discard the solids. Pour the corn purée back into the skillet and simmer to a ragu consistency, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fennel fronds and serve with the gently smoked salmon.

New York Times Magazine

Corn and Tomato Gratin

Side Dish Corn Tomato Vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 lb red or yellow tomatoes (4 medium), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 6 to 8 ears)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs (preferably from a day-old baguette; an 8-inch piece, including crust)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 oz finely grated parmesan (1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus additional for buttering pan


Arrange tomato slices in 1 layer on a rack set in a shallow baking pan and sprinkle on both sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Let drain 30 minutes.

While tomatoes drain, bring corn, milk, cream, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until corn is tender, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly, uncovered.

Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

Toss together bread crumbs, basil, cheese, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in another bowl.

Arrange one third of tomato slices in baking dish, then cover evenly with one third of bread-crumb mixture and dot with one third of butter. Spoon half of corn mixture over crumbs, then repeat layering with half of remaining tomatoes, crumbs, and butter, and all of corn. Arrange remaining tomatoes over corn, then top with remaining bread crumbs and dot with remaining butter.

Bake, uncovered, until top is golden and gratin is bubbling all over, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly on a rack, about 15 minutes, before serving.

Gourmet, September 2006

Cream of Spring Soup

Side Dish Asparagus Soup Vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 lb. asparagus
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • coarse salt
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • white pepper
  • 2 tsp. each chopped chive, chervil, and dill
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • lemon


1. Prep: Snap the woody bottom off each asparagus stalk and discard. Clean stalks with a vegetable peeler. Trim off tips and set aside.

2. Simmer: Settle stalks in a large saucepan. Pour in broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until very soft, 40-45 minutes. Don’t be alarmed by long cooking time. It’s necessary to a smooth soup.

3. Boil: Meanwhile, drop asparagus tips into fast-boiling, lightly salted water and cook until bright green and just tender, 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

4. Blend: Using a food processor, immersion blender or the standard sort, swirl smooth broth and stalks. Keep warm.

5. Thicken: In a large heavy saucepan melt butter. Add flour and whisk, without browning, 2 minutes. Pour in pureed stock all at once and bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until slightly thickened, 5 minutes.

6. Spike: Season soup with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Stir in herbs, cream and reserved asparagus tips. Enjoy fully dressed, or not.

Curried Quinoa Salad

Main Course Side Dish Quinoa Salad Vegetarian


  • 2 c. water
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 2 tsp. curry powder or garam masala
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • Yogurt-cumin dressing, recipe below


Heat the water to boil in a large saucepan. Add the quinoa and curry powder; lower heat to a simmer. Cover pan; cook 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the green onions, chickpeas, carrots and cranberries in a large bowl; arrange on top of quinoa, or stir all ingredients together. Serve drizzled with dressing.

Yogurt-cumin dressing: Combine 1 c. plain non-fat yogurt, 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro, 3 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. each grated lemon zest and hot chili sauce, and 1/4 tsp. ground cumin in a small bowl. Refrigerate before serving.

You can substitute a 4-oz. piece of cooked salmon, tuna, or other fish for the chickpeas. Also, the dressing is optional.

Chicago Tribune

Farro Risotto

Side Dish Farro Vegetarian


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups farro
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 tsp butter
  • salt & pepper


1. Saute onion til soft. Add farro, saute 1 minute to coat with oil. Add wine and cook until it is absorbed.

2. Stirring often, add water 1 cup at a time as each addition is completely absorbed, about 30 minutes. (Farro should be softly al dente.)

3. Stir in cream, cheese and butter and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Jicama Salad

Side Dish Jicama Mexican Orange Salad Vegan Vegetarian


  • 2 oranges, chopped
  • 1 small jicama
  • 1/4 c. bitter orange juice
  • 2 tsp. good chile powder (pref. New Mexico)
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro


Chop all ingredients but the cilantro and mix. Let stand for an hour, then add cilantro just before serving.

Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini, Garbanzo Beans, and Cumin

Side Dish Quinoa Vegan Vegetarian Zucchini


  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa (about 6 ounces), rinsed well, drained
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini (about 5), trimmed, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


Combine garbanzo beans and lemon juice in large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons oil; press in garlic and stir to combine. Let marinate at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, quinoa, and coarse salt; bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 16 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare barbecue (medium high heat). Place zucchini on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Toss to coat evenly.

Place zucchini on grill; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill until tender and browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to work surface. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Add zucchini, green onions, and parsley, then garbanzo bean mixture to quinoa. Toss to blend. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Bon Appetit, August 2008