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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops: Paleo Appetizer

Wrap scallops in lightly-browned bacon, top w/tomato, basil, & broilThe combination of flavors here is perfect. Even without a party excuse, having these around will give reason to celebrate! I like using large scallops- they’re especially delicious. And this recipe is perfect for those Paleo folk looking for tasty gluten-free appetizers! Makes about 15 pieces, serves 5-8 people.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. frozen (or fresh) scallops, thawed (approx.. 15 or so)
  • 8 oz. bacon (approx.)
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • Parsely, basil, or spinach

PREPARATION

1. Bite-sized, medium large scallops will use about one slice of thin-sliced bacon per piece. Grill the needed amount of bacon until just golden but still quite soft.

2. Set bacon aside, drain off excess fat, and turn pan back on high. Sear the scallops briefly in the bacon pan. Don’t fill pan too full, or scallops will steam and not brown.

3. Arrange a piece of basil, parsley, or even spinach on top of each scallop, plus half a cherry tomato. Wrap a soft-but-grilled piece of bacon around each scallop, and broil 5-10 minutes until bacon has browned more. (Or bake in 475 degree oven 10 minutes or so.)

Paleo Appetizer: Bacon, Scallops

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Lentil Soup w/Veggies: Popular New Deli Soup

Add carrot, celery, tomato sauce, liquid smoke... great Lentil Soup!When we make a new batch of tomato sauce at the deli (with lots of sauteed, sweet onions, garlic, etc.), we like to make a batch of Lentil Vegetable Soup too, since it uses the tomato sauce, plus a few other goodies. A bit of sweetness (using brown sugar, or honey or palm sugar, if desired) seems to go well in this soup. That plus some “liquid smoke” makes it almost like a more natural, heartier version of baked beans. You know how overpoweringly sweet those can be, right? This soup just has a hint of sweetness. Like I said- a better version. Like, a healthier comfort food!

Below is the recipe, but in jpeg form, since I can’t actually publish the recipe directly onto this blog due to copyright hindrances (since my soup cookbook is already available on Amazon). You can find this recipe there, but I put a different copy below, in case you really want to make that soup now, and just aren’t ready to buy a digital copy of “SOUP’S ON!“. (Which, by the way, is just $6.99, and full of pictures and New Deli extra cooking tips!)

Lentil Soup Recipe
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Grilled Eggplant (Because- It’s a “Clean 15″ AND Delicious)

Eggplant- A Clean 15 Veggie

This is a simple eggplant recipe, but once you know how to cook eggplant this way, you can add it to a variety of dishes. Just change up the spices and seasonings, adding some kind of protein, for a great main dish. Another plus- eggplant’s not on the “dirty dozen” list, so I’m not as concerned about buying it organic.

We make a yummy sandwich with this eggplant (and some melted cheese, with or without bacon) at The New Deli. We also serve a salad with the grilled eggplant in it, tossed with Italian dressing, avocado, tomato, and Parmesan cheese. I love it in an omelet, or on pizza. A big batch of this will hold up for at least a week in the refrigerator; the reduced vinegar and soy sauce act to preserve the veggies. Serves 4 to 6.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large eggplant, or several Japanese eggplants
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • Olive oil, to drizzle on layers
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

PREPARATION

1. Add to a hot pan (preferably a 12″ iron pan, as it holds heat and distributes it well) and grill* : > 1 red pepper, sliced into strips > Drizzle of olive oil

2. Add and keep grilling on medium-high heat, stirring some: > 1 onion, sliced

3. Move grilled peppers and onion off to side, and add: > 1 eggplant, sliced into strips > Drizzle olive oil (2-4 TBS.)

4. Pile the grilled pepper mix back on top of the grilling eggplant, to help it to steam some. Turn the pan on low to finish cooking the eggplant until tender, stirring occasionally.

5. When eggplant’s cooked through (no longer white and spongy looking), turn pan back on high heat. Add: > 1/4 c. soy sauce > 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

6. Let the mix cook on high just a few minutes, stirring often, so the soy sauce and vinegar can boil off some. Remove from heat, and continue stirring occasionally, to let off steam so mixture won’t be too soggy.

7. Serve this dish hot or cold, by itself, over rice, with salad greens, or as a sandwich condiment.

*An alternative method is to use the oven; no stirring of veggies is necessary. Roast the vegetables at 350 for 40-60 minutes, in a clay pot( or in an iron pan), until tender. An alternate method is to microwave the veggies for 10-20 min., using the clay pot or a ceramic bowl with a plate over it.

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Orange Polenta Cake (Olive Oil Cake to Some)

Here’s a cake recipe that’s quick and easy enough, but still delicious (& slightly healthier than average!)- a moist cake with a fresh orange flavor and slightly crunchy texture from the cornmeal. Traditional Italian recipes might add some Amaretto to the cake; to preserve more of the liqueur’s flavor, it can be added to the orange peel garnish. (Unless serving the under-aged, that is!) Serves 12.

Olive OIl Cake w/ Orange, Corn MealINGREDIENTS

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. milk (or yogurt or buttermilk)
  • 1 c. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating the pan
  • 3 oranges, for zest and garnish
  • 1 TBS. orange zest
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
  • 1/2 c. coarse-ground cornmeal (fine-ground works too)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Optional: 2 TBS. each sugar and water, for orange peel garnish
  • Optional: 2 TBS. amaretto liqueur, added to orange peel garnish
  • Optional: (Instead of orange peel) Confectioner’s sugar to decorate top

PREPARATION

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Press foil into a 9” spring form pan and coat with olive oil and flour. Or, use two 9-inch round cake pans, which won’t need a foil liner, but which should still be coated with olive oil and flour. (If using two pans, they’ll bake faster.) Tap out any excess flour.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whip until well blended and light in color: > 3 large eggs > 1 c. granulated sugar

3. Stir into whipped egg/sugar mix: > 1 1/2 c. milk (or yogurt or buttermilk) > 1 c. extra-virgin olive oil > 1 TBS. orange zest

4. In another bowl, stir dry ingredients together: > 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour > 1/2 c. cornmeal > 1/2 tsp. baking powder > 1/2 tsp. baking soda > 1/4 tsp. salt

5. Add egg mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until just blended (the batter should still be slightly lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan(s). Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool, then run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn it out onto a serving plate.

6. To make a garnish of candied orange peel, carefully cut away the outer peel of one orange, slicing it into thin strips. Mix together in a microwavable bowl (or in a small saucepan): > Thin strips from 1-2 oranges > 2 TBS. sugar > 2 TBS. water

7. Microwave (or heat in pan) the sugar/orange/water mix for one minute. If using microwave, stir and repeat this three times, until peel has absorbed most of the sugar. (In saucepan, just keep simmering a few minutes until peel gets soft.) If desired, at this point, stir in: > 2 TBS. amaretto liqueur

8. Garnish the cake with the orange peel. Alternately, it can be decorated with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar instead.

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Pesto: Make from Scratch, Freeze Portions- So Fresh!

I was sorting through old food pics and found this colorful one of pesto. Seemed apt to post the recipe, if only to enjoy all the bright colors of summer in the picture- before summer fades!

Pesto- Add Spinach, Garlic, Pine Nuts, ParmesanTake advantage of fresh basil in its prime in late summer. To keep it at its greenest, process it first with the olive oil and spinach; the oil seems to protect the leaves from oxidizing and darkening. The acids in the garlic, nuts and parmesan can darken the basil, so add those last. Another tip: pesto seems to stay greener when the leaves are processed at room temperature. In our many years of making pesto at The New Deli, we’ve found that the leaves don’t seem to like to get too cold in the fridge, only to heat up when processed…

Some recipes suggest blanching, to retaining pesto’s ideal green color; experiments at the deli have not proven that technique to be superior. Plus– this recipe’s easier!

Frozen portions of the pesto will keep for months. For an easy meal, add pesto and grilled veggies to pasta (tortellini is especially tasty). Or add to pizza, drizzle in soups, or use for a Pesto Torta appetizer . Makes approx. 2 lbs. (4 c.).

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 c. fresh basil leaves (12 oz.)
  • 4 c. fresh spinach
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. fresh garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 c. pine nuts

PREPARATION

1. Process the following: > 4 c. fresh basil leaves (12 oz.) > 3 to 4 c. fresh spinach > 3/4 c. olive oil

2. Add and process again with: > 1/2 c. fresh garlic cloves, peeled (or 1/4 c. minced)

3. To the above, add and process: > 1 c. pine nuts > 2 c. parmesan

4. The pesto can be stored in the freezer, added to a zip-lock bag and flattened out; this makes it easy to break off a chunk of it as needed. Or, it will keep a week or so in the refrigerator; add a thin layer of oil on top (or press some plastic wrap against the surface), as exposure to air will darken it.

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Carmalizing Sugar (for Walnuts, Caramel Sauce, Etc.)

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One more episode of “From the Land to the Table” (above)- it’s a local show running on Pinole TV. Some friends helped put this together; a fun project, even if I’ve been too busy to continue producing more…

All you need for some excellent caramel sauce is a bit of sugar and some cream. It’s that easy! Or, for caramelized walnuts, just “melt” (caramelize) the sugar first in an iron skillet; add the walnuts, then turn out onto a sheet to let cool. Add to your favorite salads- yum!Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Homemade: Chicken Stock AND Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Above is Episode Two of “From the Land to the Table”. Yes, you can still catch reruns on local Pinole TV. Whoot! This video shows how easy it is to make Raspberry Vinaigrette from scratch. Maybe you want to strain the seeds out, to use the yummy pulp in a dessert? Just save the seeds- soak ‘em in white vinegar for a tasty salad dressing (add a bit o’ honey, salt, olive oil- yum). You can also just use mashed raspberries, brewed a week or so in vinegar, to make a VERY flavorful infused vinegar.

Oh, and I show how to make chicken stock from scratch. No need to buy cans or boxes of this stuff when you can make your own out of bones you might have even thrown away. It’s good not to waste any part of the chicken, especially when you’re using a quality, free-range chicken.Steep Raspberries in White Vinegar- Great Dressing

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Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas w/Mexican-style Red Sauce

YouTube Preview ImageOld friends helped record the above episode of “From the Land to the Table”, shown on local TV back in 2007. (Apparently, they’re still playing re-runs!). Ah, secrets for making vegetarian Black Bean Chili! or enchiladas…

The beauty of this recipe is: It’s ideal for bulk cooking. It will cook up well in a big batch; just  scoop 1/2 c. portions onto plastic wrap and freeze for future meals. It starts out thick; for Chili, just add water when heating up, to desired thickness. Top with grated cheese, sour cream, and fresh chopped tomatoes as desired. The filling is versatile; use for burritos, tostadas, and enchiladas.

Skip using chicken stock or adding cheese, to make this a vegan entree. Still full of flavor! Serves 6-8.

Grateful-Table-Vegetarian-Black-Bean-EnchiladasINGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. black beans
  • 3 to 4 c. chopped yellow onions
  • 2 TBS. minced garlic
  • 3 to 4 TBS. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. dry basil
  • 1/4 c. oregano
  • 2 TBS. whole cumin seed
  • 1/2 c. tomato paste
  • 1 TBS. salt
  • 1 TBS. paprika 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 TBS. paprika
  • 1-2 TBS. Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 pt. hot chicken stock or water (optional—substitute tomato juice for liquid)
  • 10 corn tortillas (or more or less)

Black Bean Filling

PREPARATION

1. Bring approx. 2 qt. water to a boil, then add and simmer 1-2 hours until tender: > 1 lb. black beans

2. Strain cooked beans, return to pot and mash some with potato masher. Set aside. In iron skillet, sauté the following on med. heat until tender (an hour or so): > 3 to 4 c. chopped yellow onions > 2 TBS. minced garlic > 3 to 4 TBS. olive oil

3. Cover onions with a lid at first, so they “sweat” and cook down quicker. Stir occasionally, turning heat down as necessary. Meanwhile, in a hot, dry skillet, stir the following until toasted, setting aside when done: > 1/4 c. dry basil > 1/4 c. oregano > 2 TBS. whole cumin seed

4. Finally, mix the following all together: > Cooked, mashed beans > Sautéed onions/garlic > Toasted herb mix > 1/2 c. tomato paste > 1 TBS. salt > 1 TBS. paprika > 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Red Sauce

PREPARATION

Make this completely vegetarian by omitting the chicken stock. It will still have plenty of flavor.

1. Mix dry ingredients together: > 1/3 c. flour > 1 TBS. paprika > 1-2 TBS. Chile Powder > 1 tsp. salt

2. Add and mix in well: > 1/3 c. oil

3. Then add: > 1 1/3 pt. hot chicken stock or water (optional—substitute canned tomato juice)

4. Bring mixture to a boil, boil 2 minutes, turn off heat.

Black Bean Enchiladas

PREPARATION

1. Sear in hot skillet in a bit of olive oil: > 10 corn tortillas (or more or less)

2. Lay out on board and fill with 1/4 c. Black Bean Chile Mix. Roll up, place in 13x 9 inch pan. Pour Red Sauce over, add 3/4 lb. or so cheddar cheese (grated or sliced in strips). Bake at 375 degrees, 20 minutes or so, until bubbly and golden on top. Top with sour cream or guacamole if desired, or cilantro garnish.

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Baba Ghanoush: Lo-Carb Paleo, Mideast Dip w/Roasted Eggplant

Eggplant Dip- Paleo Style, Low -CarbWe have fun chowing down on this dish at parties- ah, a dip that’s not loaded with chemicals and bad fats! It’s even naturally low-carb and paleo. Not everyone’s savvy to what it is, and some may even be afraid (“I don’t think I like eggplant”). But with the way the eggplant’s roasted, then mixed with plentiful garlic, lemon, and sesame (butter or even sesame oil), it’s got a great, silky texture. Yum!

Sometimes we feel a bit silly about the name. (Say that fast, three times.) The word means “Father who spoils”… you can tell it’s been affectionately named, right? One Jewish tradition is to drizzle a bit of pomegranate juice on top, or garnish with pomegranate seeds; other recipes might add a bit of yogurt.

This Mideastern recipe also includes tahini, a nut butter made from sesame seeds. In East Asian cultures, the tahini is often made from unhulled, brown sesame seeds, which are most nutritious, with extra minerals and fiber. The seeds can be ground to a paste with a small electric coffee/spice grinder.

More typical is a ground paste of hulled white sesame seeds, which is a bit smoother than its unrefined cousin, often found at specialty stores (or here, on Amazon). An other alternative to tahini, for those with limited resources: Toasted sesame oil, found in the Asian section of many grocery stores.

The standard Globe eggplant takes longer to cook through; Italian and Japanese eggplants will cook more quickly. The eggplant is broiled or pan-roasted (or grilled) until the skin is quite charred, which yields a soft, silky “meat” inside- the basis of this spread. Serves 6 as a side dish; serves 10-15 as an appetizer.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. eggplant (one large eggplant, or up to 6 skinny ones)
  • Zest of half lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 1 TBS.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic (about 3 big cloves)
  • 1/4 c. Tahini (see notes above, or substitute 2 TBS. toasted sesame oil)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. Virgin olive oil (plus extra for garnishing)
  • Parsley for garnish
  • 6 or so Pitas, or crackers or other bread, for dipping
  • Optional: 1/4 c. black or Greek olives
  • Optional: Pomegranate juice, for drizzling on afterwards, or fresh pomegranate seeds

PREPARATION

1. Use a charcoal grill if available, or roast the eggplant in a dry skillet on highest heat. Use: > 1 lb. eggplant, whole

2. Let the eggplant cook on a hot charcoal grill, or in an iron pan. Turn every 7 minutes or so, as needed, until the skin is charred on each side, and the eggplant feels soft. This will probably take 30-60 minutes, depending on heat and the size of the eggplants. Covering the pan will help it to cook through.

3. Let the eggplant cool enough to handle. Peel the skin and discard. Hand-chop the eggplant, or use a food processor (or blender), processing until smooth. Add: > 1 tsp. grated lemon peel > 1 TBS. lemon juice > 1 1/2 tsp. garlic cloves (3 big cloves) > 1/4 c. Tahini (or 2 TBS. toasted sesame oil) > 1/2 tsp. salt > 1/4 c. Virgin olive oil

4. To serve, turn mixture out into shallow serving bowl, drizzle more olive oil on top, and garnish with chopped parsley. Other garnishing options: top with olives, pine nuts, or pomegranate seeds, or drizzle pomegranate juice on top, or even yogurt. Serve at room temperature, with toasted pita triangles, crackers, or other breads.

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Whey Protein Fruity Mix- Use Quality Ingred. w/Home-Made Mix

 

Fruity Whey Protein Powder Mix

I talked about a basic Protein Powder Mix I make in this article. Below is another real simple recipe you can work off of, to make a top-quality, fruit-flavored protein mix that contains no cheap fillers, but only the highest-quality, organic products. Opt out of certain herbs and/or super-fruit powders, according to your individual needs and preferences. (And pocket-book, haha!)

I don’t add every ingredient to every batch of “Fruity Protein Mix”, but use some variation of this every time. For a change-of-pace, I also mix up a “Vanilla” blend, using a basic whey powder/acacia senegal/psyllium seed powder mix, plus some of this super-pure, organic Vanilla Bean Powder, which does NOT contain dextrose and other junk (like many dry flavorings do).

Use the following as a basic guideline, but feel free to just add your favorites!

INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large, large bowl. Store in glass jar in cupboard. Use 2-3 scoops in a smoothie, to add tons of nutrients!

2. To make an easy smoothie that’s low-sugar (and pretty Paleo!), use: > 2-3 (1-oz.) scoops “Fruity Protein Powder” Mix > Half banana > small handful organic, frozen berries of choice > 2 Brazil nuts (or other fave) > 1 TBS. coconut butter > water (or kefir or kombucha)

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