All posts tagged: Vegetarian

Solely Guacamole

Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of fresh guac? Here is how to make Jain guacamole, and a little bit about why you should incorporate more avocado into your diet. Avocados are full of nutrients, with 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are dense in dietary fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, Vit B3, Vit B2, Vit B5, Vit B6, Vit B1, Vit E, Vit C, and Vit K. Although avocados are heavy in calories, these calories are super nutrient dense. So here is why you should eat them: They are good for the heart: The fats are heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3’s. These help improve heart health, and lower blood pressure. The monounsaturated fats are proven to help lower LDL (low density lipoprotein- a.k.a. the bad cholesterol) and blood triglycerides, while increasing HDL (high density lipoprotein-a.k.a the good cholesterol). They are good for the eyes: Carotenoid leutein is an antioxidant found in avocados that is important for protecting eyes from oxidative stress which can cause poor vision, degeneration, and cataracts. They are …

Tirokafteri Naanwich

Hercules meets Bollywood with this simple and quick Tirokafteri Naanwich. I first came across Tirokafteri at the Malibu Farmer’s Market last week. The best way to describe it is like a spicy Greek cream cheese made from feta, chillies, and greek yogurt. I also picked up some fresh Kalamata olives at the market, and put together this sandwich. Of course, you can vary what veggies you put in. If you like it warm, maybe try this panini-grilled with roasted zucchini and red peppers. You can’t go wrong with naan…or tirokafteri. Tirokafteri Naanwich Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat Naan (eggless), halved Tirokafteri Roma tomato slices Cucumber slices Kalamata olives, sliced Handful of organic arugula Bake the naan in the oven at 375 F for about 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, prep all veggies and Tirokafteri Tirokafteri Ingredients: 250 g Greek feta cheese, cubed 1-2 tbsp Greek Yogurt (I use Fage) 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 small fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped Basil leaves (optional) Crushed red pepper flakes Black Pepper Blend all …

Caramelized Butternut Arugula Pizza

A wise chef once said… the dough is your canvas Okay not really, but you get the picture: Artisan pizza is an imaginative, creative experience pairing seemingly random ingredients to create an earthy concoction of tastes. Tart, spicy, creamy, and sweet make this pizza absolutely delicious. Caramelized Butternut Arugula Pizza ingredients you will need: caramelized butternut squash (see recipe below) herbed thin crust (see recipe below) Jain pesto fresh arugula leaves creamy goat cheese pomegranate arils olive oil, herbs (italian seasoning, oregano, rosemary, parseley), salt, pepper First, caramelize the butternut squash: 2 cups chopped butternut squash 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tsp salt fresh ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel the butternut squash, remove seeds, and dice into bite sized cubes. Place squash on a baking dish/sheet and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, salt, and pepper evenly. Toss the squash in the mixture and spread them out flat on the baking sheet. Roast the squash for about 50 minutes until tender and caramelized. Remember to occasionally …

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

The weather is chilly up North. So throw on some cozy socks and bundle up by the fireplace with this wholesome, earthy soup. With a kick of cayenne, it is guaranteed to warm your soul! Completely made from scratch, this recipe includes how to make a Jain vegetable broth that can be used as a base in any soup recipe or vegetarian gravy. Jain Vegetable Broth: 5 cups cold water fennel greens and stems 1 zucchini 1 cup chopped opo/calabash squash hand full of green beans 3 red Swiss chard (leaves and stems) 2 stems celery 1 Bay leaf 6 whole black peppercorns salt to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil Fresh Italian parsley Place 5 cups cold water, olive oil, fennel, celery, zucchini, Swiss Chard, green beans, and opo in a large pot. Bring to boil. Once boiling, add in bay leaf, peppercorns, salt, and parsley. Let boil for another 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover the pot. Let the broth simmer for 45-60 minutes. The longer you let it simmer, the …

Cajun-Spiced Veggie Burgers

Ready made veggie burgers often contain eggs or root vegetables, so I love making my own from scratch. You can customize them with whatever you want and they are completely fresh, not like some pre-packed frozen mystery food. Here is a new type of veggie burger patty I tried making a couple days ago, and it turned out delicious! Cajun-Spiced Veggie Burgers Makes 8-12 patties, depending on the size Ingredients: 3/4 cup Calabaza (pumpkin or butternut squash) 1 ripe plantain, peeled and chopped into large chunks 1 green bellpepper, chopped finely 1 medium zuchhini, chopped finely 1 green chili picante- chopped finely 1/2 cup oats (you can use them whole or pulse them a few times in a food processor for a more fine oat binder) 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3-4 Tbsp homemade Jain Cajun Spice mix, depending on how savory you want them  (quick cheat: use 1/2 packet of El Paso Mild Taco Seasoning + some extra red chilli powder, turmeric, and cumin) 2-3 tbsp dried or fresh parsely …

A Romantic Parisian Meal: Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese

Now, here is the second course to your romantic Parisian meal: the salad. Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese serves 6 Ingredients: 3 large or 6 small fresh fennel bulbs (the fronds should be bushy bright green) a generous handful arugula 1 ½ to 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 4 – 5 tbsp light agave nectar 1 handful roasted hazelnuts (walnuts work too) 1 – 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 round fresh goat’s milk cheese Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper How: 1. Begin by roasting the hazelnuts in an oven preheated to 350 ˚F. You will know when they are ready when the skin begins to crack, in about 15 minutes. Wrap them in a hand towel and let cool. Rub the towel between your hands to remove the skin. Chop coarsely and keep aside. 2. Trim the bottom off each fennel bulb, keeping the petals together. Then slice off the top of the bulbs. Remove the outer petals if they seem tough, or peel the outer petals. Finely chop the featherlike …

Sautéed Za’atar Veggies with Soy “Sangria”

So you know how they say some of the greatest inventions were originally mistakes? Like silly putty, the vacuum cleaner, and Coca Cola. Today’s lunch recipe could possibly make that list. From a broken blender to accidental convection, what I thought would be a flop actually turned out pretty good! Sautéed Za’atar Veggies: 2 servings Ingredients: 1/2 to 3/4 cup Calabaza or pumpkin/squash, diced 10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced Handful of Spinach Handful of Basil 1/4 Red Pepper, sliced 1/4 Zucchini, chopped 1/3 cup Tofu, chopped Salt and black pepper to taste Olive Oil 3 Tbsp Za’atar Crushed Red Pepper or chili powder, to taste Begin by sautéing or grilling the calabaza for 10 minutes. Then add the zucchini and red peppers. Add sliced cherry tomatoes Sprinkle in salt, crushed red pepper and Za’atar. Toss until all veggies are coated. Turn the heat down low, cover and let the veggies sit for another 5-7 minutes to absorb in the flavors. Separately pan-fry the tofu in olive oil. Remove from heat, combine with veggies, and cover. Wash and prep spinach …