Category Archives: Vegetables

Marinated Grilled Vegetables

From Natalie:

Now that the weather is great, we have been grilling a lot!  This is a staple that I will include in many meals, whether it be beef, chicken or seafood.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 2 Stalk of Celery
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Vidalia Onion
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Crazy Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Cut the vegetables into chunks.  Place into a bowl and pour the oil and vinegar over them.  Sprinkle with Crazy salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder.  Toss together and put into the refrigerator.  Let the vegetables sit a couple of hours up to overnight.  Stir every few hours so the mixture marinates.

I bought this great covered pan a few years ago at Crate and Barrel.  Drain off the excess marinade and put into the pan (or something like it).  Put on the grill and turn often.  Cook about 20 minutes.  You can also add fresh mushrooms, asparagus and or summer squash. Enjoy!

Rita’s “Mock” Caesar dressing

From Rita:

This is one of the best dressings I make ~ and I love a really good Caesar salad .  I have shared this recipe with many friends with nothing but rave reviews from everyone that has stepped up and made it!

Be sure not to omit any of the ingredients because you may have not used them before (like the anchovy paste).  It is essential to stay with the ingredients I have given you to make it the best it can be!!  Serves 6.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1/3 cup low fat mayo ( I used Hellman’s made with olive oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced very fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • canned anchovies,  (I like the rolled anchovy with a caper in the center) optional
  • croutons, optional
  • 2-3 romaine hearts, rinsed and chopped into bite size pieces.  (Note: Spin very dry.  No one should be without a salad spinner if you are a salad lover)

Simply place all ingredients into a mini electric chopper.   Chop on high one minute.  Viola!   Use dressing sparingly.

White Beans w/ Garlic & Organic Baby Kale

From Rita:

Here I am with another tasty, meatless meal that I concocted as a result of wanting to eat more healthy greens with pasta or assorted veggies.  I thought….how can I make them as a complete meal?  Protein of some kind was needed and what better source to use but beans. They are full of fiber which helps sustain us from meal to meal.  I have loved white beans since I was a kid and decided that the combination would  be perfect.  It was!  You can put this over pasta, or a combo of steamed veggies like zucchini, summer squash,and chopped tomatoes to keep it lean and the white carbs at bay.

Be sure to have the fresh parmesan close by as it is what will make this dish complete.  Please know that cheeses you buy already grated, though easier to use, have lost much of their flavor.   A tip for having cheese at hand at all times is to buy it by the block.  Simply wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store it in a large zip lock with a  hand held grater in the bag.  When you are ready to use it,  load the grater with a small piece and grate away.  I actually put the grater on the dinner table on a lovely plate so my guests can use as much as they wish.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Tbls. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 cans cannellini beans rinsed and drained well
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 4-6 cups organic baby kale greens
Place a large non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat.   Add the oil and garlic and saute’ 1-2 minutes until you begin to smell the aroma of the garlic.  Add the beans and the broth.  Simmer a few minutes until it is heated through.  5  minutes.
Add the kale and move it around with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to get it moistened with the beans and broth.
Because it is a baby kale it will cook rather quickly….2-3 minutes, much like spinach.
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Roasted Eggplant served over Spaghetti Squash

From Rita:

Just looking at this dish sitting in a roasting pan ready to go in the oven will make your mouth water.  All fresh veggies and a little Feta cheese makes this a special one.  I totally enjoyed it and hope you all do as well.

(Because I am  trying to not eat many white carbs these days, I opted to use spaghetti squash as the base and freely topped it with the finished product.)

I must say, this recipe  began as needing to use up some very ripe tomatoes and an eggplant.  I had to use it or loose it!  What a lovely combination of flavors  that I will not soon forget.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large eggplant, cubed, skin left on (or two medium eggplants)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion,  thinly sliced
  • 4 very ripe tomatoes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a large bowl except the Feta cheese.  Toss well and place in a 9″x13″ roasting pan.  Sprinkle with Feta and bake at 375′ for about 45-50 minutes.  
 
Spaghetti squash: 
 
This can be cooked in the microwave.  Depending on the size,  it could take up to 30 minutes. I generally poke  a hole with a sharp knife in the squash so it does not explode!  Cut it open very carefully, lengthwise.  
 
It is steaming hot so use oven mitts in this step.  Remove the seeds with a spoon, or fork, trying not to drag the strings of squash with them.  Once it is void of seeds you can then use the tines of a fork to scratch the squash out of the skin.
 
 
 
Serve the roasted veggies right over the speghetti (squash).
 

BROCCOLI with Parmigiano Reggiano

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Who doesn’t love cheesy broccoli?  This recipe does not drip with processed cheese but instead teases you with crisp bites of Parmigiano Reggiano roasted right onto the broccoli.  Just a hint of crushed red pepper flakes and garlic are used to round out the flavors.  Always a favorite dish my house, this recipe served 8 people at our Beachpeach Celebration Dinner.   ~ Sheryl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 heads fresh broccoli. cut the broccoli off the stems and cut each floret in half
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano shavings (use a peeler and shave it off the wedge)
  • 3 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with olive oil.  

Steam broccoli until bright green, just cooked but still crunchy.  You do not want “mushy” broccoli.  About 4 minutes. 

Put broccoli in baking dish.  Add all other ingredients to baking dish and stir well to coat evenly. 

Bake 8 minutes to melt cheese.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

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Roasted Cauliflower

From Rita:

I got this recipe from an old friend many years ago and have never stopped making it as the combination of flavors is fab.  It takes little time to prepare-  which I love.  This could be prepped ahead of time if necessary and put in a large zip lock bag, refrigerated and baked later.  

We hope you all enjoy this as a new side dish to accompany any meal.  I used some of the leftovers and made an egg white and feta scramble one weekend morning and I loved it. You may also make a warm veggie wrap and add bit of goat cheese when the veggies are warm and let it melt in.  I use many leftovers so many different ways and it always becomes a treat to eat!  Those of us who love food will really will love this one!

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 tablespoons jarred garlic
  • 1 big handful chopped flat leaf parsley ( not curly)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl being sure to get everything coated nicely.  Put into a roasting pan and roast at 400′ for about 45 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender.  Be sure to flip over a couple of times so nothing gets charred in the oven during the cooking process.
 
 
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Southwest Spicy Slaw

From Krisann:

I really enjoy quick, simple and tasty recipes.  This recipe is all of that and this slaw packs a punch!  Plus it looks so pretty with all of the colors.  Bring it to one of you Labor Day cookouts.  I hope that you enjoy this dish as much as I do.  This will make enough slaw to bring to a barbaque.  If you are really pressed for time you could replace the carrots, and cabbage heads for 2 – 16 ounce packages of cabbage and carrot coleslaw.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly gound pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of shredded carrots (so that you get long strips)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 head red cabbage (cut in half and remove core, then thinly slice, so that you have long strips)
  • 1 head green cabbage (cut in half and remove core, then thinly slice, so that you have long strips)
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, halved crosswise (these are fresh, you should use gloves when handling these peppers)

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Gradually add olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.  Add onion, cilantro, cabbage and carrots.

 

Thinly slice 1 jalepeno half crosswise (keeping the seeds), and remove seeds (leave the seeds in more peppers for added fire, or seed them all for  milder version) from remaining jalapeno halves.  Cut the remaining halves into thin crosswise slices.  Add the jalapenos to slaw mixture, and toss well to coat.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Evening Dinner & Sail on WHISPER

The traditional farewell (or toast) of a Mariner is wishing a friend  “fair winds and following seas.”  

Last weekend, we had the blessing of being all together for a sunset dinner sail on the Whisper.  The wind was fair, the seas were calm and the food was just delicious. 

Thank you Captain Dave Rubbo and all your mates for yet another memorable evening sailing under a summer sky.   And love to my dear friends for a fun birthday celebration filled with wonderful foodie treats, laughter and really, really, good wine!~ Sheryl

Beachpeach Gals

Menu for an evening sail…

 “Keep the moon on the right”!

TSATSIKI (Greek Yogurt Dip)

From Rita:

This delicious Greek dip is wonderfully flavored and has multiple uses.  Serve with red, yellow or orange pepper strips, sliced cucumbers, carrot, celery sticks, and grape tomatoes to create a veggie platter with the dip as its centerpiece.  It is also great with slices of toasted French baguette, toasted pita pockets or as a veggie sandwich topping.  Greeks will eat it with most anything including roasted or grilled chicken, lamb, and pork. 

It is usually the topping for the famous Greek sandwiches called yiros.  It is not uncommon to see Greeks munching away on a yiro while strolling down the streets of their beautiful country.  In the US, these sandwiches are referrred to as Giros.  In Greece, they are known as YIROS.  Once you have a giro, you’ll NEVER  forget the experience.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cucumber cleaned, seeded and grated.  It must be squeezed really dry to remove all the liquid.  This can only be done well be using many paper towels.  I used English Cucumber as they are almost seed free and speeds up the process.
  • 1 quart  plain Greek yogurt ( I use fat free)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 level tablespoon dried oregano ( rubbed together in the palms of your hands to allow the flavor to explode).  Remember dried herbs are exactly that DRIED LEAVES.  Fresh chopped mint is an option here as well.
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a bowl except the salt.  Mix well and add the salt slowly and begin tasting.  It does not need much so be careful not to overdo.  Remember once salt is in the recipe-  there is no taking it out.

 

Colorful Cole Slaw

From Natalie:

My last post was a delicious cabbage dish using 1/2 of a head of red cabbage and 1/2 of a head of  green cabbage.  What do you do with the other halves?  Cole Slaw, of course!  Although my husband loves mayonnaise, he won’t find any in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head green cabbage
  • 1/2 head red cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 4-5 radishes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 lime
  • Crazy Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Celery Salt

Cut the cabbages in strips and put into a large bowl.

Peel the carrots and use the grater with the wide opening, (the one you would use to make potato chips), to make wide carrot strips.  Shred the radishes and chop the onion into small pieces.

Cover the mixture with the vinegar and oil (approximately 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of oil).  Squeeze one lime over the salad. Add Crazy Salt, pepper and celery salt to taste. Toss well.

Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour so the seasonings and the vinegar get a chance to flavor the cabbage.

Serve cold.  The colors are a beautiful addition to your summer table. Enjoy!

Cabbage/Vegetable Medley

From Natalie:

One of my favorite side dishes is cabbage in garlic and oil.  This is an interesting twist on that recipe.  Easy and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of green cabbage
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Crazy Salt
  • Ground Pepper

Pour enough olive oil to generously cover the bottom of a large frying pan.  Sprinkle garlic powder to cover the oil.  Cut onion and pepper into large chunks.  Put into the pan when the oil is hot.  Cover.  With a wooden spoon, turn often.

Cut the cabbages into large chunks.  Make sure to take the hard core sections out and discard.  Once the onion and pepper start to get soft, add the cabbage to the pan.  You may want to add some more olive oil and garlic powder at this time.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.  The vegetables will reduce as they cook.

Once the vegetable are soft, add about 1 cup of Balsamic Vinegar over the whole mixture.  Add Crazy Salt and ground pepper.  Continue to turn over.

Let simmer another 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

Zucchini and Summer Squash Medley

From Rita:

This is a quick, easy and tasty side that anyone can enjoy all through the year.  Needless to say it would be best to have them straight out of the garden.  I think you will love the flavors that meld together in this dish.

  • 2 medium zucchini cut into 1″ chunks
  • 2 medium summer squash cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1 vidalia onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
Put the squash pieces and the onion in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and add garlic powder,  salt and pepper to taste.   Lightly coat the bottom of a large fry pan with olive oil and heat till fairly hot.  Add the squash chunks and the vidalia onion and stir fry. It is a good idea to stay close by as you do not  want them too soft.  Shut off the stove and sprinkle the feta on top of veggies.  Cover and let stand until feta melts into the hot veggies.  Squash never tasted so yummy… hope you  enjoy.

Eggplant Lasagna

From Natalie:

I am always looking for low-carb alternatives to my favorite foods and this is a great one.  It is really delicious and almost guilt free!

Ingredients:

  • One medium size Eggplant
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Jane’s Crazy Salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Tomato Sauce ( you will need about 2 quarts.  I make my own…a recipe for another time.)
  • One 15 oz. container of Part-skim Ricotta cheese.
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Slice the eggplant thin, about 1/8 inch slices.  Pour olive oil on the bottom of a large frying pan.  As it is heating, dredge the eggplant in a mixture of 1 egg, 1/2 cup of milk and Crazy Salt and pepper.  Turn over eggplant in mixture and put into the hot oil.  Turn over frequently, just until golden brown and tender.

Put a piece of paper towel at the bottom of a plate.  When the eggplant is brown put them on the paper towel to absorb the oil.  Continue in this fashion, layering the eggplant and paper towel until the whole eggplant is browned.

Mix the Ricotta cheese with one egg, Crazy Salt and pepper and fresh grated Parmesan cheese (to taste).

I used an aluminum pan that was 8.5 inches X 8.5 inches.

Put a little of the tomato sauce at the bottom of the pan so it is lightly covered.  Put a layer of eggplant over this sauce.  Dollop the Ricotta over the eggplant.  Put some of the shredded Mozzarella over the Ricotta.  Put about 1 cup of sauce over the cheese layer.  Do the next layer of eggplant, then cheese, then sauce.  You should have enough for 3 layers.  After the third layer of eggplant, don’t put Ricotta on it.  Just top with sauce and then Mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Serve hot!

Enjoy…would love to hear how you like it!

Greek Village Salad (HOREEYATIKO SALATA)


From Peaches:

I had this beautiful salad in Greece while climbing to the Acropolis in one of the many cafes on the  side of a  mountain.  The area is fondly known as the PLAKA, which means “fun” in Greek, and they are not kidding!  Many Greeks go there to celebrate special times or just for a bite.  I go where the Greeks go- as they know where the best foods are to be found.  Nobody is ever disappointed at a Greek cafe.  They compete with one another to MAKE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING!!

If you are making this at home, it is important to try to buy Imported Greek Feta as the cheese makes all the difference in the world.   I have brought this to many dinner parties and everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have.  I hope you do too.  KALI  ORAXI EVERYONE!!

Note:  The ingredients are simple but it is important to select the best veggies wherever you shop.  For instance not just any tomato will do.  Of course right out of your garden tomatoes are the best but we are not there yet. Vine ripe tomatoes work perfectly as do the long English seedless cucumbers.

Ingredients ( Serves 6):

  • 4-5 vine ripe tomatoes cut into chunks (nice ripe ones)
  •  1 English Cucumber, unpeeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup capers rinsed and drained well
  • about 24 pitted Kalamata olives left whole
  • 1/2 pound really good imported Feta sliced into 3 1/2 inch slabs

Layer all ingredients and top with slabs of Feta.  Dress the salad with a mixture of EXTRA virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.  Sprinkle lightly with oregano, salt and freshly ground pepper.


Spicy Zucchini Medley

 From Natalie:

Ingredients:

  • One medium-sized zucchini
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with mild green chilis (14.5 oz. can)
  • 1 clove fresh garlic and garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion (either minced dried or chopped fresh)
  • 1 cup mushrooms (canned or fresh)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese

Coat the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil.  Saute garlic clove (and a little garlic powder) and onions until light brown.  Add mushrooms and cook slightly.  Put in can of tomatoes and zucchini.  Simmer for approximately 20 minutes with the cover on, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve when zucchini is tender.  Top with fresh grated parmesan cheese.   Enjoy!

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