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Welcome to Romeo's Food Lady! This blog contains recipes for delicious vegetarian food. Most of these are not MY recipes, just a compilation of great veggie food I've found from all over the place, usually tweaked just a little. It's intended to be a reference you can consult again and again rather than a daily inspiration. After more than 25 years of being a vegetarian, I know what tastes good.
Romeo's Food Lady is named after my friend and cat, Romeo. Romeo is not a vegetarian, but his Food Lady is. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Caribbean Black Beans with Quinoa

This is another good one from the now-defunct magazine Vegetarian Today.
 
Ingredients
4 t. canola oil, divided
1 c. quinoa
1 T. plus 1 t. minced fresh garlic, divided
1 c. vegetable broth/stock
1 1/2 c. water, divided
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 c. diced plus 1/4 c. minced red onion
1 T. ground cumin
1/4 t. cayenne pepper, rounded
2 T. white vinegar
3 cans black bans, drained and rinsed, separated
2 T. fresh oregano leaves
1/4 t. salt
1 c. diced Roma tomato
1 small jalapeno, seeds and veins removed, finely diced
lime wedges
 
Method:
Heat 2 t. oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Toast the quinoa and 1 t. garlic in the oil for 1 minute.  Stir in the broth/stock, 1 c. water, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, 15 - 20 minutes.  Fluff with a fork, and discard the bay leaf.

Meanwhile, heat 2 t. oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Sauté the 1/2 c. diced red onion, 1 T. garlic, cumin, and cayenne until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.  Deglaze the skillet with the vinegar, scraping up any browned bits, and reduce until the vinegar nearly evaporates.  Set aside.

Purée 1 can of black beans, 1/2 c. water, and the oregano leaves in a food processor or blender.  Stir the puréed bean mixture into the skillet with the onions.  Stir in the salt and the whole beans.  Heat until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Mix the tomato with the minced red onion and jalapeno.

Serve the quinoa topped with the warm beans, topped with the tomatoes, and with lime wedges.  Serves 4 - 5.

Thai Curry Noodles

This delicious recipe is modified from one published in the now defunct Vegetarian Today magazine.  It's a fun noodle dish for those who are avoiding gluten.
 

Ingredients
1 15-oz. can coconut milk
4 t. purchased red curry paste (check ingredients to ensure it meets your dietary restrictions)
2 T. canola oil
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 T. minced fresh garlic
1 T. minced fresh ginger
3/4 t. salt
6 oz. fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 bell pepper, any color, seeds and veins removed, sliced
juice of 1 lime
8 - 10 oz. dry rice noodles, prepared according to package directions
chopped dry-roasted peanuts, for garnish

Method
(NOTE:  You may need to begin boiling water for the rice noodles at the beginning.  Check noodle package directions.)

Whisk coconut milk and curry paste together in a bowl, and set aside.

Heat the canola oil in a large deep-sided skillet over medium heat.  Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the coconut milk mixture and salt, and bring to a simmer.

Add the green beans and cauliflower, and simmer 7 minutes.  Add the bell pepper.  Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the veggies soften (about 10 minutes).  Stir in the lime juice.

Add the cooked rice noodles to the pan and toss to coat the noodles in the sauce.  Garnish each serving with peanuts.

Serves 4.

Zucchini and White Bean Sautée with Polenta

Eating Well has a nice-looking polenta and ratatouille recipe, but I just don't like eggplant.  (Judge me if you so choose!)  Here's an eggplant-free version of theirs.
 
Ingredients
4 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 large bell pepper, seeds and veins removed, coarsely chopped
1/2 t. salt, divided
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3 medium zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced into half-moons
2 cans cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, any color
1/4 c. sliced sun-dried tomatoes
1 t. dried thyme
freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 16-oz tube of prepared polenta, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
1 T. capers
1/4 c. pine nuts (toasted if you have time, raw if you don't)

Method
In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 T. olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté the onion, bell pepper, and 1/8 t. salt until the onion and pepper soften (5 - 7 minutes).  Add the garlic, and sauté another 1 - 2 minutes.  Transfer vegetables to a bowl.

In the same skillet, heat 2 T. olive oil.  Add the zucchini and 1/4 t. salt.  Sauté until the zucchini begins to brown (about 5 minutes).

Add the beans, cherry/grape tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, freshly-ground pepper, and the onion mixture to the skillet with the zucchini.  Stir to combine, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes).

While the vegetables are cooking, heat the last 1 T. olive oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Spread the polenta in a single layer in the oil, and cook until it becomes deep yellow on one side.  Flip the polenta slices and cook until it becomes deep yellow on the second side.

Stir the capers and pine nuts into the vegetables.  Serve vegetables immediately with polenta on the side.

Serves 4.

Peppers Stuffed With Mexi-Millet

 
Using prepared salsa and pre-shredded carrots makes this meal doable even with a busy schedule.  Using millet for the stuffing will satisfy both vegans and those following a gluten-free diet.
 
Ingredients
2 T. olive oil, divided
3/4 c. millet
3/4 t. salt, divided
1 1/2 c. boiling water
3 large-ish bell peppers (any color), sliced in half from top to bottom, seeds and veins removed
2 ears fresh corn, kernels cut away from the cob using a sharp knife (or use 1 15-oz can of corn, drained, in a pinch)
3/4 c. shredded carrots (I use packaged, pre-shredded carrot)
1 fresh poblano or Cubanelle pepper, seeds and veins removed, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 c. salsa

Method:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Heat 1 t. olive oil over medium-low heat in a heavy skillet.  Add the millet to the skillet (that rhymes!), and toast until the grains begin to darken.  Combine the toasted millet, 1/2 t. salt, 1 t. olive oil, and boiling water in a large saucepan.  Stir, cover, and simmer over low heat 25 - 30 minutes or until all water is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork.

While the millet is cooking, place the peppers, cut side up, in a 9" x 13" baking pan.  Bake uncovered for 10 - 15 minutes, then remove from oven.

Meanwhile, in the "millet skillet," heat 1 T. olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté the fresh corn kernels (if using fresh), carrots, and poblano or Cubanelle pepper about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and 1/4 t. salt, and sauté another 2 - 3 minutes.

Mix the cooked millet, canned corn (if using canned), and 1 1/2 c. salsa into the carrot mixture.  Divide the millet stuffing between the 6 bell pepper halves, top with the remaining 1/2 c. salsa, and return to oven.  Bake uncovered until the edges of the peppers begin to brown.  Serve immediately.

Serves 3 - 6.
 

Buddha Bowl

Another adaptation of a magnificent Eating Well recipe.  If you have leftovers, keep the avocado and tomatoes separate from everything else.  Once the main dish has been gently reheated, top with the fresh veggies.
 
Ingredients:
2 small-medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
6 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/4 t. salt, divided
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 c. quinoa
2 1/4 c. water, divided
1/4 c. tahini
juice of one lemon
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced (or 1/4 t. garlic powder)
2 15-oz. cans chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 avocados, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 c. grape tomatoes (optional)

Method
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the sweet potato chunks with 2 T. olive oil, 1/2 t. salt, and pepper to taste.  Spread potato chunks out to a single layer and roast, stirring halfway through, 20 minutes or until potato chunks are easily pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa under cold water in a fine-mesh strainer.  In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, 2 c. water, and 1/4 t. salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 - 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork.

Mix 4 T. olive oil, 1/2 t. salt, 1/4 c. water, tahini, lemon juice, garlic (or garlic powder), and pepper, to taste, in a medium bowl.

Serve quinoa topped with sweet potato, chickpeas, avocado, tomatoes (if using).  Drizzle each serving with tahini sauce.
 
Serves 4 to 6.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli

 
Another one based on a great Eating Well magazine recipe...serve over the "bed" of your choice.  We use brown rice and serve cannellini or pinto beans on the side.
 
 
Ingredients:
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 t. salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
20-oz. bag of frozen broccoli florets
1 pint cherry tomatoes
zest of one lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
15 - 20 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3 springs fresh oregano, leaves only (or 2 t. dried oregano)
2 t. capers
 
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
 
Mix the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  Toss the broccoli in the olive oil mixture.  Remove the broccoli to an edged baking sheet, reserving the remaining oil mixture, and spread the broccoli into a single layer.  Bake for 5 minutes, then remove pan from oven.
 
Toss the tomatoes in the remaining oil mixture.  Pour the tomatoes and remaining oil onto the baking sheet with the broccoli and toss to combine.  Spread the vegetables back into a single layer, and continue cooking until the broccoli begins to brown on the edges, about 10 minutes.
 
While the broccoli is browning, toss the lemon zest, lemon juice, olives, oregano, and capers together in the bowl.  Add the roasted vegetables, and toss together.  Serve immediately.
 
Serves 3 - 4.
 
 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

I posted this one 5 years ago, but this is the gluten-free version that we're using these days at the Today Tomorrow household, still based on the recipe from Peta's The Compassionate Cook vegan cookbook.


Ingredients:
2 bunches (or about 2 lbs.) broccoli
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
2 cloves garlic, peeled
4 c. vegetable broth
1.5 t. salt (or to taste)
1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk, or enough to achieve desired texture
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
smoked paprika, to taste
 
Method:
On each broccoli stalk, cut off about 1/2-inch from the bottom and discard.  Cut away the florets, and reserve to the side.  Cut away the woody, tough exterior from the stalk, and cut the stalk interior into pieces.
 
Place the broccoli florets, broccoli stalk interior pieces, onion, garlic cloves, vegetable broth, and salt into a stockpot.  Bring the broth to a boil, cover the pot, and reduce heat to medium.  Boil until the vegetables are soft, about 10 - 15 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Using an immersion blender, purée the vegetables and almond milk together.  (Alternatively, you can move the ingredients to a regular blender in batches and purée.  It's messier, but it works.)  If needed to achieve desired texture, add more almond milk.
 
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and ladle into soup bowls.  Sprinkle each bowl with smoked paprika.
 
Serves 4 - 5.