Vegetable

Sunomono-ish Cucumbers

Although not strictly necessary, the smashing of the cucumbers in this Bon Appetit recipe does yield a nice texture and, as Bon Appetit says, creates nooks and crannies for the marinade.

1 pound Persian or English hothouse cucumbers
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
3 scallions, sliced
4 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Red chili flakes

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Dill Cucumber Salad

A cool, refreshing side dish. Inspired by these two recipes, but mostly a notional recipe.

1 large English cucumber, sliced on a mandolin to 1/8" thick
1/2 small red onion, also sliced on a mandolin to 1/8" thick (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup mix of your favorite vinegars (I used mostly white vinegar + cider vinegar + red wine vinegar)

Dill Cucumber Salad
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Grain Bowls

Middle Eastern Grain Bowl

  • grains and greens
  • hard boiled egg or leftover chicken
  • chopped tomato, cucumber
  • pickled onion, pepper
  • fried halloumi
  • yogurt, cumin, lemon sauce

New American Harvest Grain Bowl

  • grains
  • hard boiled egg
  • root veg: sweet potatoes, pumpkin/squash, pickled beets, etc.
  • green veg: broccoli, green beans, etc.
  • fried halloumi (or cheddar on side)
  • green sauce

Caribbean Grain Bowl

  • grains and greens
  • chicken leftovers
  • roasted sweet potato
  • pickled onions and peppers
  • mango
  • fried halloumi
    * spicy green sauce
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Savory Summer Salad

Inspired by something I saw on a menu, I created this nice summer salad.

Lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
Red Onion
Red pepper
Corn
Avocado
Hard-boiled egg
Bacon (sub: shredded brisket, fried onions)

Dressing:
Mayo
Grated parmesan
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

or vinaigrette thickened with a little mayo

Summer Salad
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Hummus Pancakes With Tahini Mayo

Via Dorie Greenspan, these quick blender savory pancakes could be used in many interesting ways. Combines nicely with this avocado and cucumber salad for a meat-free, heavy protein meal.

Pancakes
1 cup home-cooked or canned no-salt-added chickpeas, drained, 1/4 cup of their liquid reserved
1/2 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, cut in half lengthwise (germ removed)

Hummus Pancakes
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Broccoli with Soy Sauce

Based on this Bon Appetit recipe and a modified recipe we had at the 2014 Literary Feast.

4 cups broccoli florets
Kosher salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
1/4 cup oyster sauce (substitute soy sauce with a dash of Worcestershire)
4 teaspoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon (or more) 1/8'-thick slices of red Thai chiles
Pinch of ground white pepper
1/2 sake

Soy Chile Broccoli
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Spice Crusted Winter Vegetables with Harissa Yogurt

2 pounds small carrots or other hearty winter vegetable (we used brussels sprouts), salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon English mustard powder
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander or fennel
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup labneh (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon harissa paste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Roasted vegetables with harissa labneh sauce
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Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

This combination and modification of three Bon Appetit recipes goes excellent together and produces a follow-up salad for lunches or a dinner later in the week. The Tahini sauce needs to be done at least 1 day in advance, and the vegetable roasting can largely be done ahead as well.

Serves 2 with leftovers for a salad (see below).

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce
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Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

This recipe from Bon Appetit uses raw kale and brussels sprout to make a delicious, nutty salad.

Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side.

For the salad:

1/2 bunch of Tuscan or lacinato kale (about 1/4 lb), center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced or shredded in food processor
1/2 pint of brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely sliced or shredded in food processor
1/2 cup almonds with skins, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup finely grated Pecorino

For the dressing:

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad 2013
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Basmati Rice Salad

Based on this recipe from Bon Appetit

Dressing
1 small shallot, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Salad
2 cups cooked basmati rice, cooled
2 cups bite-size pieces assorted vegetables (such as radishes, tomatoes, peas, summer squash) or carrot ribbons
3/4 cup torn mixed leafy greens, sprouts, and herbs

Rice Salad
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