Polenta

3 Cups water
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup corn grits
1 Tablespoon butter

Bring water to boil, add salt and corn grits. simmer 30 minutes Mixing often. Stir in butter. Put into an oiled rectangular pan. I used a bread pan. Let cool. Once firm turn out on cutting board and cut into strips. I made mine about 3/4 inch thick. I added ample butter and olive oil to a fry pan and fried until crispy on both sides. The slices may be topped with grated cheese, pasta sauce or just salt. It is so much better than any polenta I have had anywhere!

Hummus

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) – I preferred buying dried garbanzo and cooking them.  It takes at least few hours to cook them until they are soft. I think they taste better than the canned and you don’t have to worry about BPA or other things that could come from being canned.

2 tablespoons tahini
Juice of one lemon
2-3 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt or 1 teaspoon tamari
Water as needed to allow blending

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Chill.

This recipe is based on Carol’s recipe – thanks Carol!

Hearty Salad

Base:
1 cup finely cut green cabbage
1 cup finely cut red cabbage

1 cup chopped arugula
1 cup chopped kale
Mustard greens, parsley, beet greens, and others can be added when available.

Options to change it up: grapes, apples, dried cherries, tomatoes, peppers, olives, capers turkey, hardboiled egg.

Toppings: Feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, Olive oil and vinegar dressing.

Cabbage and kale can be cut up in advance because they hold up very well in the refrigerator for a week. Cabbage is nicest if cut on a mandolin so it is fine like sauerkraut.

Arugula and other greens don’t hold up as long so I keep them in a container separate container from cabbage that I plan to store for a while. I cut up enough cabbage and kale for the week and then add more perishable items when the salad will be eaten in a day or two. I don’t usually use lettuce because it doesn’t hold up as well as arugula.

Ginger Peach Scones

Kenine gave me some peaches and I am looking for ways to use them. This recipe is the first iteration so may be modified after I taste them. They should be done in about 20 minutes so we will see!

PS these were not so good (bland) so this recipe needs some work. Please post ideas/modifications.

3 cups almond meal
2 1/2  tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons 2% Fage yogurt (contains no starches)
1/2 cup pureed fresh peaches

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). If desired sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.

Sunflower Seed Crackers

1 Cup ground sunflower seeds
1/2 Cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 Cup sesame seeds
1 egg
1/4 Cup water
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon mixed peppercorns

Mix well and put on parchment on cookie sheet. Place wax paper over dough and roll out no more than 1/8th inch thick and score. Put in cold oven and set to 300 degrees bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

3 cups almond meal
2 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup 2% Fage yogurt (contains no starches)
1/3 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). If desired sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or sugar. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.

Kale, Feta and Dried Cherry Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

4 servings

A Sporty original recipe with variations! Kale becomes very tender when massaged.

Ingredients

1 small shallot, finely chopped

2 tablespoons red wine or sherry vinegar

2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses (can be found in middle eastern grocery stores)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

1 bunch red Russian kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn into 2″ pieces

1/2 cup dried cherries or toasted walnuts or pepitas

2 ounces feta or blue cheese or ricotta salata

Preparation

Combine shallot, vinegar, olive oil and pomegranate molasses in a large bowl; season dressing with salt and pepper and let sit at least 5 minutes. Dressing can be made 4 hours ahead, just cover and chill.

Add kale to dressing, season with salt and pepper to taste, and gently massage dressing into leaves. Add cherries, walnuts or pepitas and toss to combine. Serve topped with cheese of choice.

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

A vegetarian twist on a Chinese take-out standard, these sprouts deliver crunch, spice, and zing.

From Bon Appetit Feb 2015
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients:

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger

2 tablespoons hot chili paste (sambal oelek)

6 dried chiles de árbol, lightly crushed
1⁄2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1⁄3 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425°. Toss brussels sprouts and 4 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until softened (but not soft) and browned, 20–25 minutes. Set aside.
Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl until smooth.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often, until garlic is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add chili paste and cook, stirring, until darkened, about 2 minutes. Add chiles, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and 1⁄2 cup water and bring to a boil; stir in cornstarch slurry. Simmer, stirring, until sauce coats spoon, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Toss brussels sprouts with sauce and serve topped with peanuts.

Rhubarb Scones

3 cups almond meal
3 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
1/2 cup cooked rhubarb and a couple mashed strawberries (unsweetened)

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.