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Gazpacho Salad

GazpachoSaladMy wife has been doing the Omnitrition diet.  She asked me to make her something different using acceptable foods from her list.  This spicy vegetable salad is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes
  • 3 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 1/2 Bunch Asparagus (You can add to yours if you like extra crunch)
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic Chili Sauce (More or Less depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Wash your veggies!SetupGazpacho
  2. Slice onion into 1/8 inch rounds or half moons or even dice depending on how you like your onions.  Place in large Tupperware bowl with lid.
  3. Peel and then dice the cucumber, then add to bowl.
  4. Dice two of the tomatoes and add to the bowl.
  5. Peel the celery to get rid of strings.  Then dice and add to bowl.
  6. In a blender, put the remaining two tomatoes, salt, garlic, garlic chili sauce, and vinegar.  Blend until liquid.
  7. Pour over the veggies.
  8. Put lid on the bowl and chill for a couple hours to let the veggies marinade.  Stir or shake up a couple times during this time.

If you look at the pictures you will see asparagus as well.  Annette said that everything else soaked up the juices, but the asparagus, which remained hard.  This is why I left it out of this version of the recipe.

 

Curry Vegetable Paella

Paella PlatedI threw this dish together in about 45 min.  It was easy and everyone in my family enjoyed it.  It doesn’t require saffron rice like a normal paella.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups White Rice
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Yellow Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Package Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Bell Pepper Diced (Add more if you like)
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Onion Diced (Add more if you like)
  • 1/2 Large Can Petite Diced Tomatoes Drained
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp. Coriander
  • Chili Garlic Sauce To Taste

Directions:

  1. Place rice, water, and curry powder in Rice Cooker and turn on.  (This way it will be almost completely cooked by the time we get the rest done.)
  2. In a large pot, sauté onions, bell peppers, mushrooms for about 3 min.
  3. Add Tomatoes, Corn, Salt, Pepper, and Coriander to the pot and stir frequently.
  4. Cook until almost all the liquid is gone and all the veggies are done. Doesn’t take long maybe 3-5 min. Sauted Veggies
  5. Take off the heat and cover.
  6. Once the rice is done (Per your rice cooker directions) turn off the cooker.  The rice should have a nice yellow color and a good curry flavor.  Cury Rice
  7. Mix the rice with the veggies in the large pot until thoroughly distributed.
  8. Scoop into bowls and add some chili garlic sauce to make it spicy (my favorite).  Like this: Chili Garlic SauceOne of my daughters liked it better with some soy sauce (she doesn’t like spicy food).

Hot and Sour Broiled Tofu

 Hot_Sour_Tofu_Plated

This is a modification of a recipe from Averiecooks.com: Hot and Sour Broiled Tofu that my wife asked me to tweak for her.

Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. Tofu pressed (Cut into 12-16 slices)
    • Juice from 1 medium orange
    • 3 tbsp. Jalapenos diced (I used jar slices)
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 4 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 4 Stevia Packets
    • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
    • 2 tsp. Corn Starch

Directions:

  1. If you have not already done so, press your tofu for at least 30 min.  This is important if you don’t want runny tofu.
  2. Wisk together all ingredients except the tofu.
  3. Pour into a sauce pan and put on stove at med-high heat. (Gas may vary since I did mine on electric.)
  4. Stir regularly if not constantly once it gets close to boiling.
  5. Boil until it starts to thicken.  (If you are familiar with the original recipe we are replacing the pepper jelly with this mixture.)
  6. Take off stove and cool for a few min till it is a little more thick.
  7. While waiting line a cookie sheet with baking paper.
  8. Take slices of Tofu and dip into the marinade, once covered place on cookie sheet.  You should have something that looks like this:Hot_Sour_Tofu_Before
  9. Set the oven to broil and let the tofu sit for 15 min to let the flavor soak into the tofu.
  10. Place tofu in the oven on the 2nd shelf down from the top.
  11. Broil for 5 min and then watch the tofu constantly and turn cookie sheet if it starts to look un-even.  The marinade should be bubbling/caramelizing on the top of the tofu.
  12. Remove from oven after about 2-5 more min depending on how brown you want it. It should look like this:    Hot_Sour_Tofu_After
  13. Let cool for a couple min so you don’t burn your mouth on the delicious flavor.  I suggest adding some steamed broccoli, it was delicious!