Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Recipe Round-Up: Greenilicious

I love greens! And what better way to enjoy them than with Greenilicious, a lovely book by my wonderful friend Leigh Drew. I tested for this book, but I still love exploring new recipes or revisiting some old favourites. This book has the most inventive selection of delicious green smoothies you will ever find! Leigh is a serious vegan talent!

Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms Stir-Fry: This is a fast, simple, yummy dinner to make. Dried shiitake mushrooms, scallions and baby bok choy are the main components, but you can see I added some five-spice tofu as well for a bit of extra ooomph. I've made this twice, once in testing phase and once the other night. The sauce is a mix of tamari and mushroom soaking water, which initially I found a bit salty. But when I made it the other night I accidentally forgot to save the mushroom water, so I just used mushroom oyster sauce instead of that and the tamari. This made two serves, over rice. It would also be nice with some cashews.
Rating: :)

Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry


Choy Sum and Cashew Stir-Fry: Technically this is also meant to have chillies in it, but no no no! I left them out, and also used some Japanese marinated tofu. Instead of using just soy sauce, I used a mix of soy and mushroom oyster sauce, and I served it over rice and spinach. Another super fast dinner! Rating: :D

Choy Sum and Cashew Stir-Fry


Tofu Florentine with Bernaise Sauce: Once you've made the sauce, this comes together so quickly. The tofu is crumbled and pain gried with some garlic, but I also added some salt, pepper, and nooch to give it a bit more flavour. The sauce is based on white beans and tarragon vinegar. There are instructions for making tarragon vinegar yourself (using ACV), but I had some tarragon white wine vinegar kicking around that I used. I did find that this made it a bit too vinegary, so I added some extra nutritional yeast. The sauce makes heaps!
Rating: Florentine :), Sauce :)

Tofu Florentine with Bernaise Sauce


Ethiopian Greens with Spiced Chickpeas: This is an interesting dish, with the spiced chickpeas being made into a paste rather than served whole. I did find that I needed to add some extra water when blending it, as it was a bit dry otherwise. Instead of spinach and rocket, I used a mix of kale and baby spinach for my greens. I also cooked the onion for about 10 minutes, rather than just 2, to cook it down a bit more. Instead of just serving the greens with the spread to top, I ended up mixing some of the spread into the greens in the final minute of cooking, and then still had some to dollop on the top. Served with a rice and quinoa blend.
Rating: :)

Ethiopian Greens with Spiced Chickpeas


Baked Fettuccine with Silverbeet and Sage: This is a little bland, but in that comforting, pleasant way. It does have quite a few steps, but is easy enough. The recipe says 20 minutes of prep and 1 hour of cooking, but of that hour only 20 minutes is the casserole in the oven. The rest is active cooking time. I used 250g of spinach fettuccine (rather than 400g), which made a nice amount. Enjoy with some nutritional yeast on top.
Rating: :|

Baked Fettuccine with Silverbeet and Sage


Baked Fettuccine with Silverbeet and Sage


Corn and Celery Soup: This was so good! I love getting sweet corn soup at Chinese restaurants, but this beats them and is easy to make at home. It has such a lovely sweet corn flavour, as well as being full of vegetables. This says it serves 4-6, which it would if it was served in little bowls as a starter. But I served this for dinner, 2 serves with some cheese toasties. Perfection.
Rating: :D

Corn and Celery Soup


Pina Colada Green Smoothie: I made this once the book came out, not as a tester recipe, so I made some modifications that I knew would suit me better. I used baby spinach, instead of kale, skipped adding coconut oil, and used a mix of oat milk with a bit of coconut extract added rather than coconut milk. I used frozen banana and pineapple to make it cold and thick, the way I like my smoothies. I didn't have any pineapple juice, so used some pear juice diluted with a bit of water. Refreshing!
Rating: :)

Pina Colada Green Smoothie


Jaffa Cake Green Smoothie: So yummy! A mix of cocoa, mango, orange, and refreshing greens (cucumber!) The OJ and milk split a little, but that did nothing to detract from the awesome taste.
Rating: :D

Jaffa Cake Green Smoothie


Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Sahara's 9th birthday


Leigh loves cats, because she is an excellent person. She had a very special love and worship for Sahara, and you know that Sahara loved the attention and adoration!

6 comments:

  1. The baby bok choy and shiitake mushrooms stir-fry looks good; I like bok choy but don't have it nearly often enough! Sweet Sahara! <3

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    1. I don't have it that often either, but it is a great stir-fry green.

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  2. Everything looks so fresh and green and delicious!
    Sahara was just so gorgeous!

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    1. She was a breathtaking girl!
      There is something that just feels good about eating so much green.

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  3. I should get this book. I am always trying to find ways to sneak more veggies into my diet mostly because I get so many veggies from my CSA and don't know what to use it for (like so many cucumbers! and small celery) I think I am dying to try the stir-fries. Such a perfect way to cook greens. Salty and yummy!

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    1. I am always attracted to stir-fries! This book has a really fun range of ways to use greens.

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