Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

Jun

13

2013

Thai It On This Time

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Thai Spring Rolls with Pan Fried Tofu, Spicy Peanut Sauce, Sweet and Tangy Chili Sauce, Green Curry and Coconut Lentils

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Spring Rolls & Tofu Collage - The Duo Dishes

Eating light and fresh is the way to go during the summer. And if you like being hands on with your food, why not try spring rolls? They are great for a romantic couple’s night in, or even with a big group of friends. Either way, it allows you to dig into a platter full of the vegetables and fresh herbs that you love. Although spring rolls are typically all about the vegetables, don’t be afraid to switch up the game. Slices of fruit or even bits of protein could really make your spring rolls a recipe that is indeed all yours.

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Apr

11

2013

Tonya’s Guest Test Kitchen

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Kentucky Bean Stew

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Tonya's Guest Test Kitchen

Meet Tonya! She’s a good friend and co-worker of Amir’s, as well as an avid vegetarian. In this Test Kitchen, she shares with us a no-fail, simple vegetable stew that will be sure to win over fellow vegetarians and meat eaters alike. This vibrant, healthy dish comes to us just in time for Spring!

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Jan

30

2013

The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Peru

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Peruvian Quinoa Stew

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The Duo's Ethnic Exploration: Peru

Although it is nearly impossible to run out of places to explore when it comes to this monthly feature, that does not mean we have never found ourselves truly digging around for a place that strikes our fancy. You have to truly be interested in it to make it interesting to others. That is not only the key for this recipe; it applies to anything. As Amir mentioned on a previous post, we are currently embarking on another healthier eating challenge, and it involves the ‘v’ word: vegan. When I first challenged myself to eat vegan, I was completely engaged in the lifestyle and found myself moving through it with no problem. For some reason, this time has been a much more challenging affair. I did not want to vegan-ify a culture’s recipe for our sake, so I looked around for something that would fit the bill. That was when I remembered that we both love quinoa. It is an ingredient that fares well in so many recipes, and with its roots in Peruvian cuisine, it was just the thing to investigate.

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Jan

17

2013

Lillani’s Guest Test Kitchen

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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

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Lillani's Guest Test Kitchen

It’s time to share our first Guest Test Kitchen of the year. This one comes from our friend, Lillani, and an old co-worker of Amir’s. Lani has always been a conscious eater. From her very first introduction, she’s maintained a “vegetarian-ish” diet by avoiding most, but not all, meat products. Now it seems, though, that she’s fully crossed over and sticks to a more strict vegetarian diet. She shares with us an easy veggie burger recipe that’s sure to win over even the most avid meat eater. Enjoy!

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Jan

6

2012

Sweet, Eggy Experiment

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Frittata

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Sweet, Eggy Experiment

This recipe was created on a complete and total whim. It was like an episode of Food Network’s Chopped. I literally grabbed 3 ingredients from the pantry that had reached the end of their shelf life: a handful of pearl onions that were on the verge of sprouting, a couple old sweet potatoes in the same condition, and a dusty can of black beans. They needed to be eaten today or they would have to forever hold their peace. What could possibly come of this random trio? I opened the fridge and noticed a carton of eggs. Yes! A frittata would do just the trick.

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Jun

15

2011

You Silly Little Tart

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Tomato, Zucchini and Feta Tart

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Tomato Zucchini & Feta Tart-The Duo Dishes

Choosing a blank canvas that can be painted with anything is the way to go in the kitchen. Take a simple tart shell for example. You can go super savory and layer it with vegetables, meats and cheeses, or you can choose the sweet side and slather it with fruit, chocolate, custards and caramel. Which one do you prefer? On this side of the fence, either one sounds good, but there seems to be more fun with the savory side. Plus, it’s a great way to pile on as many items that will fit in your mouth for each bite, and for the most part, you may feel less guilt. Now, if you are one who always feels guilt free after a bite of a sugary dessert tart, then ignore that last sentence. Hey, we can’t judge at all! If the savory tart above could speak, it probably would’ve asked for a dessert companion to pair with the meal.

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Dec

16

2010

Exploring the Alternative Protein

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Eggplant and Tofu Stir Fry

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Eggplant and Tofu Noodle Stir Fry

Tofu does not have a good reputation amongst our circle of friends. They just do not enjoy its texture, flavor or appearance. It’s hard to even trick them into trying it! Once they see something that may even resemble a block of soybean curd, they recoil with fear and most of the time disgust. They also wonder why do non-vegetarians bother eating tofu anyways? Well, that’s a good question. A good answer is “Why not?” Tofu is easy to incorporate into millions of recipes, and it’s the blank slate that can take on any flavor. Tofu is inexpensive, and its variety of textures make it easy to appeal to whatever your tastes may be. If you treat it right, it will do you right. Then, maybe, you will become a convert like so many other folks out there.

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Apr

22

2010

Jessica’s Test Kitchen

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Easy Vegetarian Lasagna

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Jessica's Test Kitchen

It must be great to say that your prefix is no longer ‘Ms.’, but rather ‘Dr.’ Neither one of us can say that for several prime reasons, but our friend Jessica can! She is just about to cross the threshold into true medicine woman life, and she is also making her way through the kitchen. Through Twitter, she often names the dishes she has just made or is about to make, and it’s great to know that even a med student can find time to cook. If she can do it, none of us have any excuse to shirk our meal-making responsibilities. She hesitated just a bit when first approached to take part in our Guest Test Kitchen series, but the chef deep inside must be ready to make its debut because she’s here to share one of her vegetarian specialties with all of you.

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Sep

28

2009

Brunch Welcome Anytime

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Mixed Vegetable Tart

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Brunch Welcome Anytime

For anyone who lazily rises around 12:30 pm on the weekend with a rumbling tummy and finds themselves earnestly grappling with what to eat, there is brunch.  No need to wallow in confusion over a bowl of cereal or a sloppy burger because, for the most part, you can find some sort of happy medium with brunch.  Blueberry pancakes are allowed, as are French fries.  Maybe even on the same plate.  No one’s judging.  We love brunch because it’s so flexible, and you can hit a wide spectrum of tastes and flavors.  One our of favorite brunch dishes is a savory tart.  We think you’d agree that it’s hard to say no to anything with a crust.

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