Sunday, September 29, 2013

Maque Choux

Maque Choux (pronounced Mock-shoe) is creamy, rich stewed corn dish that is most certainly Cajun.

4 cans corn, drained
8 Tbsp unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
3 large ripe tomatoes*, peeled, seeded and rougly chopped
2 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 Tbsp sugar
1 cup evaporated milk

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery and tomatoes* and saute until the onions are transparent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the salt and peppers, then add the corn, sugar and evaporate milk and stir well. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the corn is tender, about 10-15 more miniutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.

*Can also substitute ripe tomatoes with 2 cans of diced tomatoes (drained).

10 servings

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quinoa Salad

Chef Notes: My sister got us hooked on this salad. Original recipe called for bulgur, but she preferred quinoa, and added feta cheese too!

1 cup quinoa
1 15- to 16-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
1 pint small red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes
1 cup diced unpeeled English hothouse cucumber
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers from jar
1/3 cup (packed) chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
3 tablespoons olive oil

Cook quinoa according to package. Transfer to large bowl and cool. Add garbanzos and next 5 ingredients.

Whisk vinegar and cumin in small bowl. Whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper; pour over bulgur to coat salad. Season with salt and pepper.

6-8 servings


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Banana Flaxseed Bread

Ground flaxseed adds heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and nutty flavor in this Basic Banana Bread recipe. Look for whole ground flaxseed (sometimes labeled "flaxseed meal") on the baking aisle.

Banana Flaxseed Bread

1-1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
5 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6.75 oz. all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until combined.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through ground allspice). Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes (35-40 min for mini load pans) or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; cool completely.

16 servings

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