Whole Wheat Pancakes

Healthy Seasonal Cooking

img_3151Whole Wheat Pancakes

This is my basic “blank slate” pancake recipe, and depending on the season and what I have on hand I add some sort of fruit to the batter. My basic recipe began with Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes from Cooking Light, but I almost never have buttermilk on hand so I have substituted non-fat Greek plain yogurt, and over the years I have changed several other things. Today we are up in the mountains and it is a brisk fall morning and I have a bunch of Fuji and Honey Crisp apples on hand so I made apple spice pancakes. They were really fluffy and with the apples and spices they reminded me of going to the cider mill in the fall while growing up in Michigan. Mmmm! Other variations I make are Pumpkin and dried (fruit juice sweetened) cranberries, banana, banana and blueberry, blueberry, etc… The possibilities are…

View original post 8 more words

Advertisements

Roasted Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

This is a Food and Wine Recipe that I pretty much followed except I used white wine instead of vermouth, deleted the butter, and added spinach and extra mushrooms. The recipe is quite creamy and decadent tasting but with only stock, wine, olive oil and vegetables added to the rice I think it is pretty healthy and nutritious. I made this three times already, and everyone I have made it for has really liked it. The original recipe says it only takes 35 minutes, but it has taken me at least an hour each time I have made it, so it is not quick, but I think it is worth it.

Roasted Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Print

Rich, creamy yet healthy risotto with mushrooms and spinach

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound mixed wild mushrooms, such as oyster, hen-of-the-woods and chanterelle, cut or torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 7 cups low-sodium vegetable stock (or chicken stock if you prefer)
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine (or vermouth as the original recipe was written)
  • 10 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus a little more for garnishing

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the mushrooms with the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Spread the mushrooms in an even layer and roast until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes, turning halfway through.
  3. While the mushrooms cook, warm the stock in either a pot or if you are lazy like me in a glass measuring cup in the microwave (one less pot to clean).
  4. In a large deep skillet heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat stirring until softened, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
  6. Add the wine and cook, stirring until the wine is absorbed, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add 1 cup of the warm stock to the rice mixture and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. Repeat adding the stock 1 cup at a time and stirring constantly until the liquid is nearly absorbed between additions, for about 15 minutes (you may not use all the stock).
  8. Add 3/4 of the roasted mushrooms and all of the spinach to the risotto and cook, adding more stock as needed, until the rice is just tender and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parmesan.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve immediately, topping each potion with the remaining roasted mushrooms and a sprinkle of parmesan. Enjoy!

https://healthyseasonalcooking.wordpress.com    February 25, 2018

IMG_4821
the rice
IMG_4819
the mushrooms before roasting
IMG_4823
Rice mixture when liquid is first added
IMG_4824
Rice mixture when liquid is nearly absorbed and ready for more liquid to be added
IMG_4826
Adding spinach to the almost finished risotto
IMG_4792
Finished risotto

Spaghetti Squash Parmesan with Vegetable Ragu

Spaghetti Squash Parmesan with Vegetable Ragu

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Print

Fun and healthy twist on spaghetti and parmesan dishes using spaghetti squash and a hearty vegetable ragu.

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into a small dice
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into a small dice
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 24 oz. can low-sodium crushed tomatoes
  • 24 oz. can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano (or fresh if it is available)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil (or fresh if it is available)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Squash Preparation:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 oz. bag of fresh organic spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup (approx.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Carefully slice the squash in half from top to bottom.  Remove the seeds with a spoon by scooping them out and lightly scraping the inside of the squash to get it completely seed-free.
  3. Rub a little olive oil on the inside of the squash and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until tender and slightly golden on the cut sides.
  4. While the squash cooks, prep the vegetables and make the sauce by heating some olive oil in a dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat.
  5. Sauté the onions for a few minutes, then add the garlic and sauté another minute. Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until the vegetables are softened.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and cook one minute. Add the tomatoes, herbs and a little more salt and pepper and red pepper flakes if desired. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes, longer if possible so the sauce gets thick.
  7. When the squash is tender remove it from the oven and run the fork along on the inside so it divides up like spaghetti.
  8. Turn the oven on to Broil.
  9. Microwave the spinach for one minute and press out the excess water. Divide up the spinach and parmesan in half and add to each squash half. Add about 1/2 cup of sauce and mix into the squash. Top with a little more sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  10. Place squash under broiler and cook until cheese is melted and starting to brown slightly.
  11. Depending on the size of the squash and your appetite either cut each half again so they are in quarters or serve as is.  Enjoy!

Notes: 

  • You can slice the very top and bottom of the squash to make it easier and safer before cutting it in half, or you can microwave the squash for a minute or two (poke a hole in the squash first) to soften it slightly before cutting.
  • You can save time by using jarred pasta sauce, but I think that the sauce plays a very important role here, so I prefer to make my own. This recipe actually makes much more sauce than you will need, so I freeze the rest for another use. Make once and eat many more times! I put mine on homemade pizza the next day!
  • Make it dairy-free: My daughter does not eat cheese, so I made hers without the parmesan and mozzarella and it was still very delicious.

https://healthyseasonalcooking.wordpress.com    February 24, 2018

IMG_5388

IMG_5390
Onions, garlic, mushrooms and bell peppers sautéing 
IMG_4836
Cleaning the seeds out of the squash
IMG_4839
The sauce when it was thick and finished cooking. Delicious!
IMG_4840
Separating out the squash “spaghetti strings”
IMG_4842
The finished product. We cut ours in quarters because it was pretty big. Worked out well, we both ate the rest for lunch the next day.

 

 

Dijon Chicken Stew with Kale and Butternut Squash

This is based on an old Cooking Light recipe haven’t made in years but tried it recently when we were in the mountains skiing and thought it was worthy to post. It is wonderful cold weather comfort food that is also healthy and nutritious. I made it in a dutch oven but it also works well to throw it in a crock pot and leave it to cook while you go about your day.

IMG_4667 2

Dijon Chicken Stew with Kale and Butternut Squash

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
  • Print

Healthy and hearty winter vegetable and chicken stew

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups of sliced leeks
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour, plus one tablespoon
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 4 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 can low-sodium garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 5 large cremini mushrooms, sliced in large chunks
  • 8 cups of loosely packed torn kale (one large bunch)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Procedure

  1. Heat a little oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté the leek for about 6 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for a minute. Spoon leek mixture into a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Place 1/3 cup of flour in a shallow bowl and dredge chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess flour.
  5. Heat a little oil in the dutch oven and add half of the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with a little salt and pepper and cook for about 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add browned chicken to leek mixture and repeat with rest of chicken.
  6. Add the wine to the pan, scraping pan to loosen the browned bits.
  7. Combine 1 cup of broth and 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir with a whisk until smooth.
  8. Add the broth mixture, remaining broth, and mustard to the pot and bring to a boil.
  9. Stir in the chicken mixture, garbanzo beans, butternut squash, and mushrooms and cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  10. Add the kale and simmer for 10 more minutes or until the butternut squash is tender and the kale is wilted. Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  11. Serve in bowls and Enjoy!

https://healthyseasonalcooking.wordpress.com    February 24, 2018

 

IMG_4668 2IMG_4669 2IMG_4670 2

Asian Chicken Salad

I rarely buy Trader Joes bagged salad mixes, but for some reason the Cruciferous Crunch Collection with shredded kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, green and red cabbage looked really good today. Then there was the problem of what on earth am I going to make out of this? I had an “ah ha moment” when I realized that the real reason I was going to Trader Joes was to pick up some chicken to make homemade chicken soup for my sick child. Then the perfect idea came to me, Asian chicken salad with the extra chicken from the soup, perfect! This only serves 2-3, so double the recipe if you are feeding 4 adults, or use it this way if it is just a side dish for 4-6 people. I hope you enjoy this very crunchy light meal!

Asian Chicken Salad

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Healthy and quick take on Asian Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh minced or bottled minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 10 oz package of shredded vegetables such as a mixture of kale, brussels sprouts, red and green cabbage, broccoli, etc.
  • 1 large shredded carrot
  • 1 chopped bell pepper (I used orange for color)
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, lightly toasted

Procedure

  1. Whisk the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, orange juice, ginger, and honey in a small bowl.
  2. Lightly roast the almonds in the oven.
  3. Pour the chicken and salad ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
  4. Add the dressing and toss the salad with the dressing.  Add the almonds and toss again.
  5. Serve into bowls and Enjoy!

https://healthyseasonalcooking.wordpress.com    February 7, 2018

IMG_4789IMG_4788IMG_4790