Friday, September 4, 2009

Tamari Garlic Green Beans

Be a lazy cook, & still impress with this yummy side dish! This was actually what I served to my fiance along with an entree, the very first time I EVER cooked for him! He was so impressed! He thought for sure I had some amazing & complicated secret on how to make them! But I didn't! Take took me a total of 15 mins to cook! He kept taking a little bit, then coming back for more & more of them. *Note: This was when we first started dating aka pre-vegetable loving days ;)

Tamari (very similar to Soy Sauce with less sodium) or Soy Sauce  approx 2 Tbl
Garlic freshly minced  approx 4 cloves
Olive Oil approx 1/4 cup
Green Beans (fresh or frozen) approx 5 cups or 1/2 bag frozen
Chili Flakes to taste if desired
How to make it:
1) Heat frying pan with olive oil.
2) Add minced garlic cook approx 30 secs.
3) Add beans and Tamari (& Chili Flakes if spiciness desired)
4) Cook until warm but still firm approx 5 mins and probably 10 mins for frozen.
Great paired with Red Wine & Beef Stroganoff! See my recipe here

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Don't know what to do with Turnips? Make a Souffle!

I came up with this recipe when I was pregnant because I had a goal to try a new vegetable, (or one I didn't eat very often) every time I went to the grocery store. I never have really loved the taste of turnips, so I got them home and did some creative thinking to see if I could cook up something yummy. Luckily this turned out fabulously my first try!
My pregant belly :)
The second time I made this I only had a couple turnips, so I mixed in some sweet potatoes which made for a delightful twist!


1 1/2 pounds turnips, peeled and sliced

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2/3 cup milk

4 eggs, separated

How to make it:

Place turnips, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and sugar in a saucepan; cover with water. Cover and cook until turnips are tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well and mash (do not add milk or butter). Set aside.

In another saucepan, melt butter; stir in the flour and remaining salt until smooth. Add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Beat egg yolks in a small bowl; gradually stir in 1/2 cup hot milk mixture. Return all to pan; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in turnips; remove from the heat. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Spoon into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. glass baking dish. 
 Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.