This sauce is very versatile, and a great cheese substitute. It’s wonderful for steamed vegetables and baked tofu, as a salad dressing, or even on top of Mexican food. It can be frozen for later use.
In a blender put:
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown sausage on all sides, then remove and set aside. When sausages are cool, slice into 1-inch pieces and reserve. Add chicken pieces in batches and brown on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add onions, garlic, red peppers, and chili peppers, and cook until soft, stirring frequently, about 7-8 minutes. Add tomatoes, okra, lemons, bay leaves, thyme, savory, salt & pepper, water and the chicken pieces, and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is done. Add sausage and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes more. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the filé powder. Serve at once over hot rice, with crusty bread to soak up the broth. Serves 8.
Easy Vegetable Chample
Coat a large skillet with nonstick canola oil. Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes and place in skillet. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Set aside
Re-coat same skillet with canola oil and stir-fry string beans, cabbage, and bean sprouts. Cook over medium heat until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
Return tofu to the skillet and toss with the vegetables. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Serves 4.
Italian Pasta Stew
Cut steaks into small cubes. Coat skillet with olive oil, toss in cubed meat, season & brown until medium rare. Set aside. In same skillet, add a little more olive oil, then toss in sliced carrots and broccoli florets. Sauté until slightly tender. Add crushed garlic, chopped onions and mushrooms. Sauté all together until glazed. Return cubed steak to pan with veggies and add oregano, parsley, basil, black pepper and bay leaf. Add beef broth, wine, and jar of spagetti sauce. Cook for 20 minutes or until meat and veggies are tender. Add pepper to taste. Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water until done, drain and combine with stew. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese. Serves 6 to 8.
Curried Couscous and Garbanzo Bean Salad
Stir curry powder in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat until fragrant and toasted, about 1 minute. Mix in 1-1/4 cups water and salt. Add vegetables. Bring to boil; cover and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Mix in couscous. Cover and let stand until couscous softens, about 5 minutes.
Transfer couscous to large bowl. Mix in garbanzos, oil, vinegar, and ginger. Cool to room temperature. Add feta and green onions; toss. Season with salt and pepper.
Simmer lentils in 3 cups water with 1 tsp. salt for 15–20 minutes, until tender. Drain. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, onion, pepper, and mustard. Toss with lentils while they are hot. Refrigerate and, when cool, mix in parsley, salt & pepper to taste. Serves 6.
Pappa Rizzo's Eggs & Swiss Chard
Simply sauté 3 or more chopped leaves of Swiss chard in olive oil, adding a cup or so of sliced mushrooms and 3 or more cloves of fresh garlic. Scramble 3 eggs separately, and once
fully cooked, add chard and other ingredients. Stir thoroughly. A wonderful, easy Italian breakfast!
Tofu, Salmon and Vegetables
with Creamy Miso Sauce
Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Coat a large pot with nonstick canola spray and cook the garlic over medium heat. When garlic is lightly browned, add salmon and sauté until each side is golden, approximately 3 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrot, celery, tofu, and white wine to the salmon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Pour in the milk, bring to a boil again, then reduce heat to very low.
Add miso and stir to dissolve. Cook until liquid is reduced by three-quarters, about 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with pepper and serve. Serves 4.
Tofu and Vegetable Phyllo Tart
Preheat oven to 400°. Combine all of the filling ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and well combined. Set aside. Lightly oil a 9" tart pan using a pastry brush and olive oil. Layer single pieces of phyllo on the tart pan, allowing the edges to hang over the sides, but lightly pressing the phyllo down to contour with the shape of the pan. Lightly brush the top of each layer with olive oil, layering between 8 and 12 pieces of phyllo. Spoon the tofu filling onto the phyllo tart crust, smoothing it out into an even layer. Fold the edges of the overhanging phyllo up to form a little crust around the edged of the tart. Brush the top of the phyllo crust with olive oil. Arrange the bell pepper slices in a circular pattern around the tart, and sprinkle with the sun dried tomatoes. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the crust are lightly browed. Serves 4.
Cioppino (Italian Seafood Soup)
In a heavy kettle (at least 5 quarts) cook garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring until pale golden color. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened. Add pepper flakes and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until softened. Add vinegar and boil until evaporated. Add wine, oregano, and bay leaf and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in tomato purée and tomato paste and bring to a boil.
Note: use the freshest seafood possible!
Add crab legs and clams and simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes, checking often and transferring clams as they open with tongs to a bowl (discard any unopened ones).
Transfer crab legs with tongs to a cutting board and remove shells. Cut into 1 inch pieces and reserve in a bowl.
Add shrimp, scallops, and fish to soup and simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until seafood is just cooked through (do not over-cook). Stir in gently crab legs and clams. Sprinkle with parsley.
Greek Style Spinach
Simply sauté fresh spinach with olive oil, a clove or two of garlic, and a squeeze of fresh lemon just before serving. Delicious!
Simple Simmered Mackerel with Miso
Bring sake to a boil in a flat pan. Place mackerel skin-side-down in the pan, sprinkle with ginger and cook over low heat for 3 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Turn fish over, add the miso and stir to dissolve. Cook for 5 minutes on very low heat, then serve.
Note: if fish seems dry, baste with 1 to 2 tbsp sake. Serves 4.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Heat 2 tablespoons margarine in a 6 quart Dutch oven or stockpot and sauté garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Season chicken breasts with broth, salt and pepper, and sauté over medium heat about 5 minutes, until breasts are cooked but not browned. Dice into 1/2 inch cubes and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons margarine into pot and stir to loosen any drippings. Keep in pot for flavor. Add onion squares, sauté for about 2 minutes, until soft but not browned. Pour in chicken broth, tomatoes, chilies, and corn from cans, then add diced chicken, green onions, cilantro, and chili powder. Season to taste. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Serve and top with tortilla chips and cheese. Serves 6 to 8.