Quinoa, Lentil, & Apple Stuffing

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Quinoa, Lentil, & Apple Stuffing
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8-10 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Quinoa, Lentil, & Apple Stuffing
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8-10 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery and pinch of red pepper flakes and sauté until translucent. Add the mushrooms, garlic, splash of red wine, a couple Tbsp fresh herbs, and pinch sea salt and continue to cook a few minutes more until mushroom start to cook down. Add the apples (reserving a few slices), vinegar, maple, and spices and cook a few minutes more.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the quinoa, lentils, hazelnuts and cranberry. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. Add vegetable broth, if needed, 2 Tbsp at a time, until mixture is slightly moist.
  4. Transfer to a large baking dish. Add the remaining apple slices and top with more fresh herbs. Bake for 15- 20 minutes, until heated through. Turn oven up to broil and cook 5 minutes longer to crisp the top, watching close to be certain not to burn.
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Carrot and Kohlrabi Soup

Carrot and Kohlrabi Soup
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5 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Carrot and Kohlrabi Soup
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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The Soup
The Croutons
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Make the Soup
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Place water in a sauce pot. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add carrots, kohlrabi and onion to the water. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are soft
  4. Place a strainer over a bowl. Drain the vegetables into the strainer. Save the liquid.
  5. Place the vegetables in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
  6. Place the puree, the cooking liquid, chicken broth and milk into a saucepot.
  7. Heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes
  8. Add coriander, salt and pepper to taste.
Make the Croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place bread into a bowl. Add the oil and toss to coat.
  3. Spread cubes on a parchment-lined sheet tray.
  4. Place pan in the oven and bake until golden brown- about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Garnish soup with croutons. Enjoy!
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SHUBHRA’S SAUTÉED OKRA WITH ONIONS

Okra, known as “lady’s fingers” in India, has a beautiful bright green color and looks wonderful on the table. This simple and easy way to cook okra will leave you with a delicious dish, without any of the okra “slime!” When buying fresh okra, avoid the flimsy, flexible ones. Look for crisp ones in which the tail end can be snapped off. Avoid the very hard okra that are over-ripe with brown seeds instead of the ideal white seeds. I also never cover okra when cooking because doing so will darken its color. Okra can be eaten with Indian flatbreads, such as Naan or Chapathi, and goes well when paired with lentil dishes. – Shubhra

Sautéed Okra with Onions (Bhindi Pyaz)
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4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Sautéed Okra with Onions (Bhindi Pyaz)
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4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
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  1. If you’re using frozen okra, do not defrost. If you’re using fresh okra, wash the okra and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Trim the tip and head and discard. Slice each okra into ¼-inch (6-mm) pieces.
  2. Pour the oil into a large nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. (Place over high heat if using frozen okra.) When the oil is heated, add the okra and lime juice. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onion, turmeric, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Sauté until the okra is tender and the onion becomes transparent, stirring frequently, about 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy now or let cool to room temperature and refrigerate or freeze for later!
Recipe Notes

Okra has a peculiar, slimly substance to it that is released when the okra is cut and washed. The first time I cooked okra, I washed it after I chopped it and had slime everywhere! That is why it is important to wash it and pat dry before chopping to reduce the release of the sticky material. If you’re using frozen okra, it is best not to defrost it first, as it will become flimsy and release a lot of slimy substance. When okra is cooked with lime juice, any slime disappears as the okra cooks.

Recipe from Entice with Spice, Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People by Shubhra Ramineni. Learn more about Shubhra, her cookbooks and upcoming events and classes at enticewithspice.com.

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Eggplant Tacos

Eggplant Tacos
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Sometimes we want a vegetarian taco! Try using eggplant. This easy recipe cooks in the oven giving you time to prep the other fixings.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Eggplant Tacos
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Sometimes we want a vegetarian taco! Try using eggplant. This easy recipe cooks in the oven giving you time to prep the other fixings.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Condiments
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  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Preheat oven to 450F.
  3. Combine eggplant, onion, garlic, tomato, jalapeno, cumin and coriander in a large bowl.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over eggplant mixture, toss to coat. Season with salt.
  5. Spread eggplant mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and pop into the oven. Roast for 15 minutes or until vegetables are nicely browned.
  6. Remove eggplant mixture from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor and pulse until chunky.
  7. Serve along with your favorite taco condiments on warmed tortillas, topped with a dollop of sour cream.
Recipe Notes

Optional: Add sliced avocado.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
36 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
36 minutes
Butternut Squash Soup
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8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
36 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
36 minutes
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  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, sauté until tender--about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash and the ginger to the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add cumin and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add water and milk to the skillet. Season with pepper. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer the soup and yogurt to a blender. Puree in batches until smooth. Season to taste. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Careful when working with hot liquid in the blender to not overfill.

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