I had made Barley and Quinoa as separate dishes, so I thought it may be nice to combine them and make a salad platter. I steamed some frozen carrots and peas, sautéed Cremini mushrooms finely chopped and added them to … Continue reading
SPAGHETTI SQUASH SALAD PLATTER WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES
It is the first time that I tried this dish and it was very, very tasty.
If you decide that you do not wish to have carbs during lunch but you want the visual satisfaction that you are having a traditional spaghetti dish, then this is it. It certainly was for me!
I prepared the spaghetti squash following the instructions I found on the web: cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, poured a little olive oil and added pepper; then, I put the two halves, cut side down, on a cookie sheet and placed them in a 375 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. Let it cool, and then, with a fork, start separating the strands.
I added blanched kale and diced red pepper, seasoned with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and added salt and pepper to taste. I finished the platter by adding some asparagus, tomatoes, and avocados sprinkled with shaved Parmesan cheese. I found that the spaghetti squash had a neutral taste, but it took very nicely the flavour of the olive oil, vinegar and the parmesan cheese. Next time I will add to it some kind of pesto perhaps!
GARLIC ROASTED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM AND LENTIL SALAD WITH FRESH VEGETABLES
I love lentils and I love mushrooms so I decided to put them together in my luncheon vegetable platter. I cooked the lentils according to the packaging instructions and let them cool to room temperature. I then mixed them with chopped fresh yellow peppers, celery and sliced roasted garlic and added olive oil and apple cider vinegar to taste. I roasted the Portobello mushrooms with chopped garlic, olive oil and pepper and just before serving I topped it with a generous amount of goat cheese. I then put it back in the oven, just long enough for the cheese to warm up.
I added to my plate using the extra chopped yellow pepper and celery in addition to the customary tomato and avocado, and flavored with some olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the fresh vegetable portions. It was certainly delicious!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH TOMATO SAUCE AND YOGOURT Now with the cold weather fast approaching I feel the need for something warm and substantial during my vegetable lunch consumption. The other day, when I went to a Middle Eastern restaurant, I … Continue reading
QUINOA AND CHICKPEA SALAD I had some prepared Quinoa and Chickpeas in the refrigerator, so I decided to combine them to make a salad with some roasted red peppers. I accompanied this combination with blanched kale, tomatoes, asparagus, … Continue reading
AMARANTH SEEDS AND BUCKWHEAT (KASHA) SALAD Now that the weather is turning cold I find myself looking for choices with more substance. This time I decided to try Amaranth seeds and paired it with Buckwheat (Kasha) to make a salad … Continue reading
CHICKPEAS AND BARLEY RISOTTO SALAD WITH SLICED ALMONDS AND FRESH VEGETABLES I had some leftover Barley Risotto – for fun, I call this Basotto – with turmeric and kale from yesterday and today I combined it with some chickpeas to … Continue reading
BARLEY RISOTTO WITH TURMERIC, BLANCHED KALE AND PARMESAN CHEESE Barley is one of those to go-to grains for me nowadays, and I decided to give it a try this time with the consistency of a ‘risotto’ – Basotto if you … Continue reading
BARLEY SALAD PLATE WITH ROASTED AND FRESH VEGETABLES As always, in my quest to constantly find variety for my vegetable lunches, I decided to try a Barley Salad, which I seasoned with two tablespoons of cilantro pesto (coriander) and crumbled … Continue reading