Raosted Red Cabbage, Fennel and Butternut Squash Black bean Burritos

We love the Butternut Squash and Black Bean Burritos and it was veggie night so I added some roasted cabbage and Fennel to it. Don’t knock the burrito until you try them they are satisfying and good.

Slice the Cabbage and Fennel in thick slices

Drizzle with sesame seed oil, salt and pepper mix to coat

Roasted the cabbage and fennel in a 375 Degree oven for 10-15 minutes until

served with a side of avocado that Lyn threw together

it was a pleasant surprise and went well with the burritos.

Sorry picture not the greatest

Cashew Cauliflower Bake

Cashew Cauliflower Bake

I got some cauliflower with my last Misfits order and we wanted something different I found this from https://www.lordbyronskitchen.com/cashew-cauliflower/ .

Note: if you want to try out Misfits please use my code COOKWME-FG1DCQ so we both may save some money. Everyone who signs up with your link will save $10 on their first order—and thank you later. YOu can either go with surprise what’s in box or choose what you want froma list. Hint sign on at exactly the right time to get widest variety of choices, mine is 4PM and Google reminds me every Friday which is my day for Wednesday delivery.

Once you make this recipe for the first time, be prepared to make it over and over again.  You and your family will both love it. Heck you can always add or substitute some precooked chicken. Cashew Cauliflower is the vegetarian equivalent of the classic Chinese buffet favorite, Cashew Chicken.

This was a wicked easy bake. Other than getting vegetables on the table, and cutting down on your meat consumption, the only thing in this recipe that you might need to buy is the cashews.  I promise you that nearly every other ingredient in the list below is already in your pantry.

There are only two of us so I cut this in half not knowing how it would taste now I wish I had not.

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Cauliflower – Pick the largest one you can find. Because, you’re going to regret not having more if you buy a little cauliflower.
  2. Cornstarch – This is used to coat the cauliflower and is also used in the sauce.
  3. Sauces – Soy sauce and ketchup are both used. One adds a familiar salty taste, while the other adds color, sweetness, and a deep tomato-y flavor.
  4. Brown Sugar – We use brown sugar for sweetness, but it will also help to thicken and caramelize the sauce.
  5. Garlic and Ginger – What’s an Asian-inspired dish without these two?
  6. Cashews – I used roasted, unsalted cashews. If you use salted, the overall dish might be a bit too salty in the end.
  7. Dried Red Chili Flakes – These are optional. I like a bit of heat, but they can be omitted.
  8. Optional- I added some cut up asparagus last night (2nd batch) was good addition. I needed to remember spring is around the corner.

Whoops forgot to Put the measurements in

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 large cauliflower, washed, and cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 1 cup cashews, roasted and unsalted

How

PREPARE THE CAULIFLOWER FIRST:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish with olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Place the cauliflower into a large bowl and add in the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Using your hands, gently toss the cauliflower florets until completely dusted with the corn starch.
  3. Remove the florets from the bowl, lightly shake off the excess corn starch and place into the greased baking dish.
  4. Bake cauliflower at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

NOW LET’S PREPARE THE SAUCE:

  1. In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk the water with the cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  2. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Note: last night I tried again and made sauce for 4 even though I only had 1/2 head. I had to cook a little longer once I added the sauce but was definitely worth it.

FINISHING UP:

  1. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and pour the sauce over top. Move the cauliflower around gently with a small wooden spoon to get the sauce underneath the florets. Bake for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven, add the cashews, and once again, lightly stir cashews into the cauliflower and sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

IMPORTANT: READ THIS!

It is imperative that you shake off the excess cornstarch before attempting to bake the cauliflower. Once you have tossed the cauliflower with the half cup of cornstarch, depending on how big or small your cauliflower was, you might have an excess amount of cornstarch.

HOW TO REHEAT LEFTOVER CASHEW CAULIFLOWER:

  • Actually, this will be the last thing, and then I promise you can get to the recipe.  If you plan to make this ahead of time, keep in mind that the cauliflower will not hold up well to being reheated, but there is a way to get around that problem – somewhat!
  • Do not reheat this in the microwave!  It will become a steamy mush. Instead, carefully position each floret onto a greased baking sheet.  Leave room between each floret.  
  • Spray the top of the cauliflower with a little bit of cooking spray and place under the broiler.  Just a minute or so and you’ll have a reheated cauliflower dish without the mushy microwave mess.
Other things I’ve been making

Other things I’ve been making

Jicama Is a Fiber-Rich Powerhouse

Jicama Is a Fiber-Rich Powerhouse

As you may know we belong to Misfits which has been great help during these times. * If you decide to try use this code we both get a discount. COOKWME-FG1DCQ and when I saw the Jicama as a choice this week In grabbed it. It had been awhile since we discovered so i tried the ole faithful slaw and then tried chips and fries. I recently had made sweet potato chips so figure what the heck.

Jicama (HEE-kah-ma), sometimes referred to as yam bean, Mexican turnip, or Mexican potato, is an edible root vegetable native to Mexico.

The vines of the jicama plant can grow up to 20 feet in length, but the leaves and seeds are actually toxic. The root is the only edible portion of the entire plant—the tough brown skin that gives way to juicy, white flesh on the inside. The flavor is sweet and starchy—think of a cross between a water chestnut and an apple.

Many call jicama a superfood, equating it with kale, acai berries, and quinoa. Jicama, along with sunchokes, packs a prebiotic called inulin, a big contributor to a healthier gut. In addition, jicama is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Lastly, jicama is naturally low in calories, making it a smart starchy substitute for those watching their weight.

Salad or slaw depending on what you want to call it

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped (optional)
  • 1 navel orange, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Salt

How

Toss together the jicama, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, orange, and cilantro in a large serving bowl.

Pour lime juice over all. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne and paprika. Season generously with salt.

2 Let sit a half an hour before serving.

Fries and Chips

Tried these in oven and Air-Fryer watch closely they will burn quickly

Air-Fryer
Oven
Air-Fryer

These are best served warm but did reheat nicely. You won’t get them super crispy but they good.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Jicama, peeled and cut into medium sized fries (1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
  • How
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine spices. Gently toss the jicama fries with the oil and lime juice, then sprinkle with the spice blend.
  • Spread fries evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until fries are golden.
  • Serve immediately – they taste best hot out of the oven. 

Air-Fryer

same as above but watch closely and I turned half way through both methods. Oh the oven I made on a rack and used convection

First Pandemic Visitors

First Pandemic Visitors

I’m back, healthy and cooking. It has been awhile, but I really did not stop just hid in the house like most others these days. Being a senior, I decided to take a break from the outside world work on the house, garden and have been volunteering for some Presidential and Senate campaigns. So, if you are getting those text asking who you might be voting for or are you registered before you hit delete or ignore it could be me asking the question be nice.  Anyway, the other day we had Mike and Gail over for the first time since they became engaged. I cooked up a meal that was pretty good if I do not say so myself.

BBQ Vegetable kebabs of, yellow (summer) squash, zucchini, mushrooms, Onions yellow and, red bell pepper.

Teriyaki Steak tips from Dom’s the Patriots version is better in our opinion although these melted in your mouth. These I simply put on skewers and BBQed until done.

Herb rubbed Flank Steak see here this is one of our favorite recipes. I will add I have learned to rub off the marinade with paper towel and overnight marinating to 24 hours works best.

BBQ Corn- I soaked the corn in husk all day but I am sure 1 hour would work. Then BBQ on the grill for about 15 minutes. We were fighting a threat of a horrendous thunderstorm, SO Lyn took the husk off and wrapped in tin foil. Oh, the storm did happen we soon had a river in the road in front of the house, and it lasted for hours the storm and the river. It ahs been years since we saw storm to that extent.  

Here are a few corn you might like Roasted Corn Salad,  Local Corn, Ginger, Corn Chicken Soup

Anyway, after a little discussion and the fact that we all had been symptom free and Gail who is back to work was tested negative a few days before, that masks were not needed. Thank goodness it is hard to drink wine with a mask. Wine and cooking are just a natural thing to me. Was a great evening.

Well look at that I’m babbling something my family expects from me.

Enjoy your summer and remember to check to make sure you are registered to vote it’s easy it takes seconds click below. Encourage your friends and family to double check.

Collard Green Slaw Recipe

Collard Green Slaw Recipe

Lyn came over a little while ago and said do you think…. We use Misfit Market for our veggies, well for most. They now allow you to choose which you want rather than the surprise package both have their benefits. Coming up with recipes for stuff you normally would not get and now especially these days ordering stuff you really need. Well last week we choose to get some collard greens which Lyn likes to use as wraps but I challenged her to find something different. After making what she came up with this morning I can’t wait until lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch collard greens, stems removed and shredded (about 8 cups)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radish
    • I made sticks instead of slices
  • 1⁄2 cup matchstick carrot
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons celery seeds
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • 1 In a large bowl, combine greens, radish, carrot, and shallot. Set aside.
Please note: Do to the current shopping situations we did not have a lot of radishes so I made sticks rather than slices to stretch it out.
  • 2 In a small saucepan, stir together vinegar, sugar, canola oil, celery seeds, salt, mustard, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat. Pour over collard mixture, stirring to combine.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

From: taste of the south https://www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com/

Roasted White Cabbage

The cabbage come out sweet and tender and is actually very good for you 9 Impressive Health Benefits of Cabbage

  • 1 small head of cabbage cut into 8 wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lemon

How

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  • Brush both sides of each cabbage wedge with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper over each wedge. Arrange wedges on a baking sheet.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; flip cabbage and continue roasting until browned and charred in some areas, about 15 minutes more. Squeeze lemon over each wedge.
I forgot to take a picture so I borrowed this ione from www.seriouseats.com
I forgot to take a picture so I borrowed one from web at www.seriouseats.com
Pan Seared Oven Roasted Porkchops with Roasted Veggies

Pan Seared Oven Roasted Porkchops with Roasted Veggies

Got some orange beets, butternut squash, red and orange peppers and red onions from Misfits and had just receive some pork chops from Butcher Box so I figured this would make a good meal.

Porkchops

I like to do a quick brine soaking in salt, sugar and water for about 15-20 minutes. Keeps the meat moist especially if grilling outdoors. Then I take a preheated cast in pan and pan sear one side for about 4-6 minutes flip and finish in the oven. Make sure you dry the pork chops with paper towel then salt and pepper before you place in the pan. if you don’t do this you will end up streaming the meat rather searing. This time I had some red wine left over from a nice basket off goodies I got from my retirement party at work. So when I placed in oven I poured the remaining about a cup in the pan and roasted for about 4-6 minutes until done. Hey it was either have a second glass of wine or try something new. My theory was it would braise but silly me braising is done on low heat so the wine quickly evaporated. However, the taste of the wine did come through so it was not a total maitake.

I had already roasted the veggie in a 425 oven.

The veggies as mentioned above,  were tossed in oil and spices but I added 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and roasted until done turning  half way through total time about 25 minutes. Really like the addition of vinegar.

Auggie’s Grilled Mushroom

Auggie’s Grilled Mushroom

Auggie got me hungry already, and its only 8:15 AM.  She is one that enjoys cooking maybe more than me. She has an amazing knack for presentation and her food or what I have tasted matches. She inspires me.

Warmed up some butter and garlic, painted onto mushroom, mixed up a bit of toms, mozzarella basil red onion, grilled bottom side down for about 2 mins, flipped, filled with mix and grilled about 5-6 more mins then topped with basil and balsamic redux, and then the OMG grilled garlic bread!  How have I never made garlic bread on the grill!!!    😊

This may become regular rotation dinner

grill mushroom 1

grill mushroom 2

Instant Pot Vegetable Chili

Instant Pot Vegetable Chili

I went out to pick what might be to be the last batch of ripe tomatoes. Last year I had 5 pounds of Green tomatoes and made green tomato salsa. This year maybe a pound left still on the vine. What’s that saying what a difference a day makes well in this case a year.  So back to Lyn, do you think we could make this? I jump on it and she helped a little but soon had disappeared to go shopping and what not. Did not bother me I in heaven in a kitchen.

Oh one thought I prefer a thicker chili so next time i might  add some flour as last stage of sauteing the onions or maybe when I add the spices not sure any thoughts?

Anyway

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cummin
  • 2-3 Tsp Cayenne Pepper Powder – IF you like it really spicy use this amount.
  • 2-3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1-2 Bay leafs
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers diced
  • 2 lbs of tomatoes
  • 1 cup of sweet corn
  • 1 can of beans your choice – I used black
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt

How

  1. With food processor, crush the tomatoes and set aside
  2. Turn instant pot to saute and add Oil
  3. when it is hot add onion saute until translucent.
  4. add the garlic stir until you smell it
  5. Add celery, carrots, corn and bell pepper stir
  6. Add all spices and stir
    • Maybe flour at this point what do you think?
  7. Add crushed tomatoes and broth and stir
  8. seal the instant pot and push the chili button.
  9. I let it naturally cool rather than release the pressure when done.
  10. remember to remove the bay leaves.

11. Enjoy