Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vegetarian alternative for Herb Goodness

Hey guys, I’ve been asked to feature some vegetarian / vegan dishes on my blog. I will definitely do so in the future! In the meantime here are some vegetarian options to my Herb Goodness recipe:

Portobello mushroom option:

  • Brush big Portobello mushroom caps with extra virgin olive oil on both sides.
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Grill or saute both sides for about 4-5 minutes
  • Slice the mushrooms
  • Toss the sliced mushrooms in hot pasta of your choice with Herb Goodness
  • I would recommend a short pasta such as penne or maybe a bow tie pasta
  • Make sure that the pasta water is well seasoned with salt when cooking
  • I would also top the dish with some freshly grated parmesan before serving and you are good to go!!
Seitan option:
  • I love seitan! It is a great vegetarian alternative and you can find it at Whole Foods or other health food stores. (For those of you who don't know what seitan is: it's a wheat gluten and it is delish!!)
  • Slice the seitan in about 1 inch cubes and saute with some diced onions and a tablespoon of olive oil until golden brown.
  • Then toss in 2 tablespoons of Herb Goodness.
  • Add salt if needed.
  • Serve with either brown rice or roasted veggie couscous.
Roasted veggie couscous:
  • Cut eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini in 1 inch cubes.
  • Slice 1 medium size onion.
  • Toss all veggies in olive oil with 2 cloves of minced garlic and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place on cookie sheet and roast for 35-40 minutes at 425 degrees.
  • Flip veggies half way through.
  • Toss in couscous.
  • I recommend you get the 5 minute couscous at the store (bring water or chicken stock to a boil - add couscous - turn heat off - cover and let stand for 5 minutes! EASY!!)
Obviously, you can enjoy these dishes even if you are not a vegetarian. I bet you'll still like them!! Just because it's healthy that doesn't mean it has to be tasteless - quite the contrary!

Happy eating!!


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