Category Vegetables

Mary had a Little Yam Mash

As you begin to wean your baby into solid foods, this is one vegetable puree they will be sure to love. It has a nice blend of flavors and you can omit anything you feel won’t work for your little one. Adults: you will enjoy this dish too!
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 TBSP whole corn kernels, cooked...
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Pesto Sauce


A pesto recipe that can be used so many different ways. It is best served on baguettes or tossed with pasta for a delicious lunch or dinner. The addition of red pepper flakes gives it a little heat making this one of the best pesto sauces I’ve ever had.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: Approx. 2 cups pesto

1/2 cup toasted whole almonds
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Spicy Cucumber Garlic Gazpacho

Here’s a light, refreshing, cold summer soup that will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Makes 2 quarts; serves 6
2 English cucumbers, peeled and chopped (4 cups chopped) reserving 1/4 cup for garnish
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped, reserve 1/4 cup for garnish
3 green onions, trimmed and cut 
2 jalapeno chiles, stemmed, halved lengthwise, seeded and ch...
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Cucumber Watermelon Salad

I poured wine this year at the Great Wine Festival in Irvine, CA. Snuck away for a quick bite of local Orange County restaurant samples throughout the festival. One sample I had that met all my requirements was a salad that included watermelon, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, basil, croutons, and a sherry vinaigrette. It was colorful, flavorful, light, and refreshing on that 90 degree day...
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Edamame Quinoa Salad

While skimming through my mom’s magazine while she was on the phone yesterday, I ran across this quinoa salad. When I left her house I immediately headed to Vitamin City Health food store in San Dimas for the items I knew I didn’t have at home, edamame and grape tomatoes. I love that store. If you are ever near there, pop in! There’s something for everyone...
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Sriracha Vinaigrette


Juice of one lime (about ¼ cup)
1 teaspoon of low sodium soy sauce
3-4 garlic cloves, minced fine
1 tablespoon of Sriracha (more if you like it VERY spicy)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or Romano, grated for garnish
Optional: ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Favorite Vegetabl...
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Spicy Mae Ploy Cauliflower

I was with some co-workers enjoying dinner at Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar in Coral Springs Florida last month. We ordered the Sautéed Cauliflower for a side dish. It was fantastic. Simple, a little spicy, and very good. I decided to come home and try to duplicate it.


1 head of cauliflower

1/4 cup of Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced


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Seared Spicy Tofu & Vegetables

Togarashi, the Japanese word for “chiles,” is a group of condiments always including chiles that bring out the clean, simple flavors of Japanese food. Shichimi togarashi is also called seven spice (shichi is “seven” in Japanese), because seven ingredients are generally used...

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Zucchini Pizza

My mother in law’s close friend Cheryl gave me some of her home grown zucchini. It was huge. I used one of them and grilled it and the other one I came up with the idea to make little pizzas minus the dough.
One large zucchini – the largest you can find
Pasta sauce, marinara or pesto
Pepperoni, optional
Cheese, optional
Red pepper flakes, optional for spiciness
Seasoning, I use ZAATAR Ru...
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Grandma’s Zucchini Horderves

5 cups zucchini (slice very thin), no juice
½ cup onion, chopped
Sauté zucchini and onion in a pan until soft
1 cup Bisquick
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic
½ teaspoon of dried oregano
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
Optional: pepper
Sauté zucchini and onions in a pan until soft.
In a large bowl beat eggs, add in salt, oregano, and o...
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