Polenta with Pesto and Vegetable Medley

This is another quick-to-fix dish that has lots of color, flavor and taste and great for a meatless Monday meal. I’m using the polenta tube that you can find pre-cooked in stores. Just heat and serve. The vegetable medley is an easy stir fry. This is vegetarian, gluten-free, low-fat, diabetic friendly and delicious!

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Polenta with Pesto and Vegetable Medley

Yield: 3-4 servings

1 tube pre-cooked polenta
6 tablespoons basil pesto
2 tablespoons Romano or Parmesan cheese
MEDLEY:
½ yellow onion julienne
1 large zucchini sliced
1 bunch broccolini
4 oz. multi colored carrots matchstick
8 oz. Crimini mushrooms sliced
5 cloves of garlic chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Clean and slice mushrooms and prep the onion, garlic, zucchini, carrots (if not purchased as matchstick) and chop the broccolini. Sauté all in a wok with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slice polenta into half inch slices and steam or microwave to heat. Spoon pesto and sprinkle with cheese as pictured. Serve.

©2016 Aron Bradley
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Pesto Minestrone

This is a variation on the tomato based minestrone. I have an intolerance to nightshade family ingredients so this recipe is perfect for me and very satisfying. If you love pesto, this is sure to be on your favorites list. Gluten-free, diabetic friendly, low fat, lactose free (without the cheese), vegan and heart healthy.

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Pesto Minestrone

Yield: 10-12 servings

 8 cups water
1/2 lb. sliced baby carrots
5 ribs of celery diced
1 yellow onion diced
1 bunch Swiss chard chopped
1-10 oz. bag baby spinach
1 10 oz. bag of Italian green beans
1 white yam peeled and diced
1 zucchini diced
1 bunch fresh basil
1 cup basil pesto
1 cup of chardonnay or Chablis
2-15.5 oz. cans od garbanzo beans
1-15 oz. can of cannellini beans
1 ½ tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 cloves of garlic
Black pepper to taste

Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil at the bottom of a large soup or stock pot. Add wine and all the other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Optional: serve with a spoonful of grated Romano cheese on top as pictured.
Portion and serve.

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Chanterelle and Chicken Sausage Sauté

This one is so easy and delicious and full of possible variations because of the variety of chicken sausages now available. You may also vary the spinach with kale, baby bok choy, broccolini etc. This recipe is gluten-free and diabetic friendly.

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Chanterelle and Chicken Sausage Sauté

Yield: 3-4 servings

 

1 lb. Chanterelle Mushrooms
1 Lb. chicken sausage (your choice)
½ yellow onion julienne
1 handfull of baby spinach
5-6 basil leaves
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Clean Chanterelle mushrooms, slice sausages on a bias and prep the onion. Sauté onions sausage and mushrooms with olive oil adding the spinach and basil for the last minute of cooking time. Adjust seasoning and serve.

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Salmon with Green Bean, Carrot and Portobello Sauté

This is a broiled, wild caught sockeye salmon with my pineapple nectarine pico de gallo. The green beans and carrots are from our garden with sliced portobello mushroom sautéed with lemon infused olive oil and seasoned with cherry balsamic vinegar.Gluten-free, heart healthy and Paleo.

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Salmon with Green Bean, Carrot

and Portobello Sauté

Yield: 2 servings

Prepare my Boomer Cuisine pineapple nectarine pico de gallo recipe to garnish salmon.

Pineapple Nectarine Pico de Gallo Recipe

Broil 2 sockeye filets (remove pin bones first) seasoned with kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper and ghee or butter. Broil till thickest part reaches 145°

1 large Portobello mushroom sliced
1 small carrot julienne
2 cups fresh green beans julienne
5 basil leaves chiffonade
2 teaspoons lemon infused olive oil
1 tablespoon cherry balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of salt or to taste

Remove stem and gills from the mushroom and slice into thin strips. Sauté mushroom, carrots, green beans in the olive oil, add cherry balsamic vinegar and salt. Serve as pictured.

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Pineapple Cantaloupe Salsa Fresca

Summer is here and this colorful and tasty salsa is perfect for entertaining or family activities. The sweet melon and acidity of the pineapple and lime juice complement each other beautifully. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, fat free and Paleo.

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Pineapple Cantaloupe Salsa Fresca

Yield: 6 servings
 
1 organic pineapple finely diced
1 medium Tuscan or regular organic cantaloupe finely diced
1 red onion finely diced
1 red bell pepper finely diced
2 serrano chilies finely diced
½ bunch of cilantro finely diced
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
Optional: 1 tablespoon sugar

Cut melon and pineapple and dice into ¼ inch pieces or smaller. Do the same for the onion, cilantro, serrano chilies and red bell pepper. Add salt, lime juice and sugar (optional). Mix thoroughly, chill and serve

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‘Sweet’ Potato Salad

I have recently been diagnosed with a sensitivity to anything in the nightshade family: Tomato, Tomatillo, Eggplant, Potato (excluding sweet potato) Peppers (includes hot and sweet varieties as well as spices like paprika, chili powder, cayenne, and Tabasco) Pimento, Goji berry,  Tamarillo, Cape gooseberry/ground cherry, Pepino, Garden huckleberry. Rather sad since I love all of them but I get chronic soft tissue inflammation so avoiding them keeps me pain free This is a very traditional potato egg salad but using sweet potatoes (white yams) instead. The taste is fabulous and a bit sweeter without adding any sweet relish or sugar. Lacto Ovo Vegetarian, Nightshade-free.

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‘Sweet’ Potato Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

2 medium white yams (sweet potatoes) peeled and diced
6 cage-free fresh eggs hard cooked and diced
1 cup mayonnaise
4 ribs celery small diced
½ a large yellow onion small diced
1 medium dill pickle small diced
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper or to taste

Steam peeled and diced sweet potatoes till tender then spread on a cookie sheet and chill. Place the chilled sweet potatoes in a large bowl, mix in the remaining ingredients, portion and serve.

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Strawberry & Pear Chicken Salad

Summer is almost here and entree salads are great lunch or dinner offerings for the season. This recipe is super easy and quick to prepare, and is very fresh and satisfying. The sweetness of the strawberries compliments the crisp pears and cucumbers , and the creamy honey balsamic dressing completes the flavor profile of this yummy chicken salad.

This recipe is gluten-free, heart healthy, diabetic friendly and nightshade-free.

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Strawberry & Pear Chicken Salad

Yield: 2 generous servings

4 cups non GMO spring mix or your favorite salad mix
4 organic strawberries (sliced lengthwise 4 slices per berry)
½ an English cucumber sliced
½ an organic pear cut into thin wedges
6 oz. natural broiled or grilled chicken breast cut into strips

Creamy Honey Balsamic Dressing:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Mix dressing in a small bowl and set aside. Divide salad mix onto 2 plates, add cucumbers, strawberries, pear slices and chicken as pictured. Drizzle half the dressing on each salad. Serve.

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Pesto Chicken & Pasta (Gluten-Free)

This is a quick-to-fix dish with ground chicken, mushrooms, zucchini and pesto served over gluten-free (or regular) pasta. I used organic corn/quinoa rotini pasta but any pasta you prefer would work well with this dish. You could also use diced chicken thigh meat instead of ground if you prefer. Gluten-free, heart healthy and very tasty.

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Pesto Chicken & Pasta Gluten-Free

Yield: 3-4 servings

½ lb. uncooked gluten-free pasta

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 lb. ground chicken
½ cup basil pesto
1 zucchini halved and sliced
½ yellow onion
6 oz. Crimini mushrooms sliced
2 teaspoons salt
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
3-4 oz. shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta in salted water till tender. While pasta is cooking, Sauté chicken, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and seasonings in olive oil till chicken is cooked through (165°F).
Stir in pesto. Portion over cooked GF pasta and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve

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Very Yammy Veggie Patties

This is the second veggie fritter recipe on this blog and a very tasty vegan side or main.The white yam adds a sweetness complimenting the zucchini, carrots and cabbage. The Besan (garbanzo flour) is now easier to find in the specialty flour section of most supermarkets. So, as usual please use organic produce if you can. This recipe is: vegan, gluten-free, heart healthy, diabetic friendly, and high fiber.

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Very Yammy Veggie Patties

Yield: 6 servings

1 large white yam peeled
1 medium zucchini (green or yellow)
1 large or 2 small carrots
¼ head of cabbage
1 cup baby kale
¼ large yellow onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons salt

2 cups garbanzo flour
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Fine shred all veggies in a food processor or using a mandoline. Place in a large bowl and mix in salt, curry powder and granulated garlic. Let rest for 10 minutes. Drain off the most of the liquid and mix in the garbanzo flour. Form patties with your hands and sauté with the coconut oil at medium heat till brown on each side. Place on a paper towel to drain and serve.

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Walnut Falafel

I love the middle eastern vegetarian falafel traditionally made with chickpeas or fava beans or both in combination, but I am often disappointed by dry mixes, food truck or restaurant fried versions which are often greasy and gritty textured with little flavor. This comes from frying and using ground dried beans. I know this is the usual method but it leaves me flat.This recipe is moist and yummy  and the walnuts are a plus for nutrition and texture. You can make this gluten-free by eliminating the pita and form larger patties and serve with a salad. This recipe is vegetarian, heart healthy and diabetic friendly.

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Walnut Falafel

Yield: 6-8 servings

1 can drained garbanzo beans or cooked, dry
2 eggs
1 cup shelled walnuts
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon sesame tahini
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Combine the above ingredients minus the coconut oil in a food processor. Form falafel filling into small balls and flatten them. Cook at medium heat till golden brown on both sides. Use with your choice of pitas and filling. Pictured: Cabbage slaw and baby kale with diced Roma tomatoes and plain non-fat Greek yogurt with harissa paste as a dressing. Or, a more traditional cucumber, red onion, tomato and tzatziki if you like. The choices are limitless.
Serve.

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