The Bored Vegetarian

Sriracha & Sesame Brussels Sprouts
1 lb Brussels Sprouts, trimmed3/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar2-3 Tbsp Sriracha2 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar1 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds (I used bamboo smoked)1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OilSalt to tasteDepending on the size of your Brussels spouts, either cut in half, fourths or leave whole.  In a saute pan, heat olive oil.  Add Brussels sprouts, toss in olive oil and season with salt.  Begin to cook over medium/high heat, turning often to brown evenly.  It’s ok if they get a little crisp.  In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil and sugar.  Once Brussels sprout are cooked through, turn down heat to medium/low and pour Sriracha mixture over the sprouts.  Toss to coat and turn up heat towards medium/high.  The sauce will begin to bubble, so be careful not too burn.  Once the sauce starts to reduce and get a little sticky to coat the sprouts, remove from heat.  Move to a serving dish and garnish with toasted sesame seeds. View high resolution

Sriracha & Sesame Brussels Sprouts

1 lb Brussels Sprouts, trimmed
3/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2-3 Tbsp Sriracha
2 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds (I used bamboo smoked)
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste

Depending on the size of your Brussels spouts, either cut in half, fourths or leave whole.  In a saute pan, heat olive oil.  Add Brussels sprouts, toss in olive oil and season with salt.  Begin to cook over medium/high heat, turning often to brown evenly.  It’s ok if they get a little crisp.  In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil and sugar.  Once Brussels sprout are cooked through, turn down heat to medium/low and pour Sriracha mixture over the sprouts.  Toss to coat and turn up heat towards medium/high.  The sauce will begin to bubble, so be careful not too burn.  Once the sauce starts to reduce and get a little sticky to coat the sprouts, remove from heat.  Move to a serving dish and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Lemon Garlic Brown Butter
Brussels Sprouts season is pretty much over, so I thought I’d have one last hurrah.  Speaking of seasonal eating, I downloaded a free app called Locavore that tells you what’s in season, what’s coming up and where to shop for local produce.Now if only I could remember to go to the farmer’s market on Saturdays. Am I the only person who thinks Sunday is the best grocery shopping day?  Greenpoint is trying to get a Sunday market going in McGlorick Park. Crossing my fingers…
16 oz Whole Wheat Gnocchi1 1/2  lbs Brussels Sprouts4 Tbsp Butter6 cloves Garlic with individual papers wrapping on1 1/2 tsp Lemon zest1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OilSalt & Pepper to taste 
Fill a sauce pan with water and bring to a boil.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop brussels sprouts into fourths and toss with 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil until coated.  Spread onto a baking pan, one layer thick.  Sprinkle with salt and roast on bottom rack of the oven, stirring occasionally.  Cut the tops of the garlic cloves off.  Make a container out of aluminum foil, add garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven with the sprouts until soft.  Add gnocchi to boiling water and cook for a few minutes until they float to the top.  While they’re cooking, melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, careful not to burn.  Remove roasted garlic cloves paper wrapper and stir into butter.  Drain gnocchi in a colander.  Once butter begins to brown, remove from heat and toss the gnocchi in the brown butter.  Add lemon zest and toss well.  Add roasted brussels sprouts and toss again.  Salt & Pepper to taste.  Serve immediately topped with fresh parmesan.  View high resolution

Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Lemon Garlic Brown Butter

Brussels Sprouts season is pretty much over, so I thought I’d have one last hurrah.  Speaking of seasonal eating, I downloaded a free app called Locavore that tells you what’s in season, what’s coming up and where to shop for local produce.Now if only I could remember to go to the farmer’s market on Saturdays. Am I the only person who thinks Sunday is the best grocery shopping day?  Greenpoint is trying to get a Sunday market going in McGlorick Park. Crossing my fingers…

16 oz Whole Wheat Gnocchi
1 1/2  lbs Brussels Sprouts
4 Tbsp Butter
6 cloves Garlic with individual papers wrapping on
1 1/2 tsp Lemon zest
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste 

Fill a sauce pan with water and bring to a boil.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop brussels sprouts into fourths and toss with 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil until coated.  Spread onto a baking pan, one layer thick.  Sprinkle with salt and roast on bottom rack of the oven, stirring occasionally.  Cut the tops of the garlic cloves off.  Make a container out of aluminum foil, add garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven with the sprouts until soft.  Add gnocchi to boiling water and cook for a few minutes until they float to the top.  While they’re cooking, melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, careful not to burn.  Remove roasted garlic cloves paper wrapper and stir into butter.  Drain gnocchi in a colander.  Once butter begins to brown, remove from heat and toss the gnocchi in the brown butter.  Add lemon zest and toss well.  Add roasted brussels sprouts and toss again.  Salt & Pepper to taste.  Serve immediately topped with fresh parmesan. 

Creamy Parmesan & Brussels Sprouts Spread
12oz raw Brussels Sprouts2 cups Milk1 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated1 Tbsp Butter1 Tbsp Flour1/2 tsp Lemon zestSaltIn a saute pan, melt butter.  Add flour and whisk together, forming a rue.  Add milk to pan and mix with rue, bringing to a boil.  Chop Brussels Sprouts into ribbons, discarding any thick stems.  Continue to stir as sauce thickens.  Add cheese and stir in. Season to taste with salt.  Stir in lemon zest.  Spread on toasted bread and serve hot. View high resolution

Creamy Parmesan & Brussels Sprouts Spread

12oz raw Brussels Sprouts
2 cups Milk
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Flour
1/2 tsp Lemon zest
Salt

In a saute pan, melt butter.  Add flour and whisk together, forming a rue.  Add milk to pan and mix with rue, bringing to a boil.  Chop Brussels Sprouts into ribbons, discarding any thick stems.  Continue to stir as sauce thickens.  Add cheese and stir in. Season to taste with salt.  Stir in lemon zest.  Spread on toasted bread and serve hot.


Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Moliterno Black Truffle Pecorino, Toasted Hazelnuts & Meyer Lemon Dressing (inspired by The Frisky Oyster)Meyer Lemons are rounder, sweeter and less acidic than traditional lemons, as well as a deeper shade of yellow.  Both Brussels Sprouts and Meyer Lemons are harvested during the winter, so this is a great seasonal salad. 
1 pound Brussels Spouts2 ounces Black Truffle Pecorino (use plain pecorino if you’d like)1/3 cup Hazelnuts2 Meyer Lemons1 Tbsp Sugar1 Tbsp Water 2 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil SaltFreshly ground Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until brown (tip: if they still have skins, after you’ve toasted them, add them to a paper bag and rub the outside of the bag until the skins fall off.)  Remove lemon zest using a vegetable peeler.  Scrape any remaining pith (white substance) from the zest with a knife and discard. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch zest for 5 minutes. Juice lemons (with pulp) into a bowl (or a blender if you have one).  Add blanched zest, sugar and water.  Using a hand blender, blend ingredients until smooth. Continue blending and add 2 Tbsp olive oil in a steady stream.  Blend for another minute or so and set aside.  
Using a knife or mandoline, chop Brussels sprouts into thin ribbons, throwing out the thicker stalks.  In a bowl, toss with a 1 Tbsp Olive Oil to coat.  Season with salt and black pepper.   Pile Brussels Sprouts on a plate. Use a vegetable peeler to shave pecorino onto salad.  Drizzle lemon dressing around the edges of the salad (you don’t need much!) and sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts.  
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Moliterno Black Truffle Pecorino, Toasted Hazelnuts & Meyer Lemon Dressing (inspired by The Frisky Oyster)

Meyer Lemons are rounder, sweeter and less acidic than traditional lemons, as well as a deeper shade of yellow.  Both Brussels Sprouts and Meyer Lemons are harvested during the winter, so this is a great seasonal salad. 

1 pound Brussels Spouts
2 ounces Black Truffle Pecorino (use plain pecorino if you’d like)
1/3 cup Hazelnuts
2 Meyer Lemons
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Water 
2 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil 
Salt
Freshly ground Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until brown (tip: if they still have skins, after you’ve toasted them, add them to a paper bag and rub the outside of the bag until the skins fall off.)  

Remove lemon zest using a vegetable peeler.  Scrape any remaining pith (white substance) from the zest with a knife and discard. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch zest for 5 minutes. Juice lemons (with pulp) into a bowl (or a blender if you have one).  Add blanched zest, sugar and water.  Using a hand blender, blend ingredients until smooth. Continue blending and add 2 Tbsp olive oil in a steady stream.  Blend for another minute or so and set aside.  

Using a knife or mandoline, chop Brussels sprouts into thin ribbons, throwing out the thicker stalks.  In a bowl, toss with a 1 Tbsp Olive Oil to coat.  Season with salt and black pepper.   

Pile Brussels Sprouts on a plate. Use a vegetable peeler to shave pecorino onto salad.  Drizzle lemon dressing around the edges of the salad (you don’t need much!) and sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts.  

Post-Thanksgiving Ramble

I realize that the week after Thanksgiving the last thing people want to think about is cooking, but as it is the holiday season and everyone and their mother is having a dinner party, it’s always good to have a few recipe ideas on hand.  These Brussels sprouts were a major hit at the Thanksgiving dinner I attended.  If you pay any attention to this blog, or perhaps my life generally, you probably know I’ve been nuts for B. Sprouts for the past two years.  There was a few times last year that I had to stop myself from eating them every day. I digress, let’s get to the recipe.

Sweet Lemon + Thyme Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts, trimmed an cut in half
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
zest of one lemon, plus juice
2-3 tbls brown sugar
1-2 tbls fresh thyme
Olive oil
salt + pepper to taste

Toast pecans in a 350 degree oven until brown.  In a large pan, saute Brussels sprouts in a olive oil with salt until they start to brown. Turn frequently. Lower the heat a bit and add pecans. Sprinkle with brown sugar.  Toss the sprout/pecans until evenly coated.  Toss in lemon zest and thyme.  Salt and pepper to taste and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.  

In addition to the Brussels, I whipped up some cheesy mashed red potatoes.  Mashed potatoes have saved me at many a family meal. To give you an idea, my Aunt Linda and Uncle Gary just sent out the invite to Christmas Eve. On the menu: prime rib and turkey.  I am forever grateful that my family loves to over-prepare with 8 million sides and appetizers (and bottles of wine!)  I’ve always been a well fed vegetarian, even in a world of salmon, bacon and prime rib.

 

Cheesy Roasted Garlic and Chive Mashed Red Potatoes (these are really unhealthy.  Sorry! Also, this makes enough for 10 people…)

1 bag of red potatoes, scrubbed and chopped
1 wedge Fontina cheese, grated
3/4 container of light sour cream
1 head of garlic
1/2 chives, chopped
Butter
salt & pepper to taste

In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and throw in a few pinches of salt.  Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are very tender.  Chop the tops off of the head of garlic and remove any excess skin.  Douse in a good amount of olive oil and wrap in foil.  Roast at 350 until the cloves are very soft.  Remove potatoes from heat and drain water.  Add in garlic, butter and sour cream.  Begin mashing, adding in more butter and/or sour cream as needed.  Mix in Fontina cheese.  Once mixture is a smooth consistency, add in chives and salt and pepper to taste.

(On a side note: I wish I had used milk as well.  You probably should.)

I spent Thanksgiving in Greenpoint at the lovely apartment of Brooke and Ryan.  We ate, we drank, we danced.  I was so full by the end of dinner that I couldn’t touch the spread of pies that people had brought.  Once things were winding down, I headed to The Drink, the bar that a few friends are opening very soon.  I hadn’t been there in a couple of months, and it’s looking amazing.  I’m hoping I’ll get to visit again before I head home next week.  

Speaking of home - I’m referring to Washington State, where I was born and bred.  I’ll be there for a long stretch - 2 1/2 weeks.  Plenty of time to see my niece, catch up with old friends, hug my family and breathe some fresh air.  

Finally, I still have a few to edit/upload, but here’s another batch of photos from Louisiana.

Bourbon Street 



Swing dancers on Royal

 



Amazing duo on Royal

 

View of the French Quarter

Gator faces

 

MeatlessLoaf Dinner

After what turned out to be a pretty epic weekend of seeing Damien Jurado and North Highlands live, attending the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island and jumping into the Atlantic Ocean, a slow Sunday has been a welcomed change.  Plus it’s hot (again!)  I know my friends in Washington have been suffering through an epically bad start to summer, so I won’t discuss the weather too much… but I seriously considered buying waters for the homeless dudes passed out in the Key Foods parking lot today.  Perhaps I should have followed through on that thought.

For whatever reason, I thought that a hot June Sunday was a perfect time to whip up a vegetarian meatloaf again.  I made this a few years back with my mom’s recipe and forced Nate and Hunter to eat what I referred to as an “American Dinner.”  Meatloaf, baked potato, broccoli.  If I remember correctly, it came out pretty well.

This time around I decided to class it up a bit, by making a Hasselback Potato and some sauteed Brussels Sprouts.  Emma just returned from Italy, so what better way to welcome her home?!

Vegetarian Meatloaf (approximate measurements)

1 Gimme Lean “Beef”
1 cup rolled oats
1 egg
1/2 onion, chopped small
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (this may vary.) Mix all ingredients in a bowl and press into a rectangular loaf pan. Bake until the mix firms up (about 45-60 mins.) Remove from oven, and top with BBQ sauce mix:

For the top:
1 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar

Put back in oven for another 5-10 mins until sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven, cut and serve.

I know that it may seem strange to make something that is so traditionally a MEAT dish, but my mom’s meatloaf was delicious growing up and sometimes I miss it. 

Hasselback Potatoes

I kept seeing various versions of these on different blogs and figured I would give them a try.  It’s a little bit fancier looking than a plain baked potato, and I whipped up some dill Greek yogurt to accompany it.  Emma wanted to point out that the dill sauce was her favorite part.

1 potato per serving
1 tbls olive oil
salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

Thinly slice potato crosswise, being careful not to cut all the way through the potato. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Place in a baking pan and put in a 350 degree oven for 40-60 mins.  Rub with a bit of butter ever 20 mins or so.

Dill Greek Yogurt topping
1 container non-fat Greek yogurt (plain)
2 tbls dill (I used to dry)
juice from 1/2 lemon
salt & pepper to taste

Mix ingredients and pour a couple of tablespoons over the cooked Hasselback potato.

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
2 cups Brussels Sprouts, chopped in half
2 tbls olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a pan and add sprouts, sprinkling with salt and pepper.  Toss to coat.  Cook at a medium/high heat until tender/brown.

Perhaps it was ill-advised to run a 400 degree oven when it’s brutal outside (and maybe if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be cooling myself down with an icepack right now) but it’s too late for regrets now!

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