Late Summer/Early Fall Roasted Veggies from ZOOM Cooking Class on 9/24/21

Early last week I reviewed Serving Up the Harvest by Andrew Chesman on www.menupause.info.  (Put the cookbook name in the SEARCH box in the lower right hand corner of my Home Page.) I have included as many of the items from her list in the cookbook that I liked or were available, with the emphasis on fresh and organic. Since this is a cooking by the strings-of-your apron recipe, feel free to add or subtract items you dislike & use more or less of the items to your taste and appetite. I also added spices & other items I use in my cooking, like garlic and ginger.

P.S. I had planned on doing a separate posting on diet and menopause, since September is Menopause Awareness Month, but I realize that the most important piece of information I have learned about food and menopause is to eat an alkalizing diet, which means mostly plant-based, since meat, dairy, grains and beans are for the most part, acidifying. So I recommend that you subscribe to www.saveourbones.com and check out Vivian Goldschmidt’s excellent information and alkalizing dishes. (I plan to review her e-book, Bone Appetite and will continue to create plant-based recipes that reflect more alkalizing ingredients. Also,if you GOOGLE Menopause Awareness Month, you will find more information about this natural process for women. Menopause is not a disease, so instead of calling these changes symptoms, I just call them changes and we can adjust our diets, exercises, and behavior to adapt gradually to these changes and move into PMZ, post-menopausal zest!

Enjoy!

Late Summer Early Fall Roasted Veggies over Fresh Greens


          Ingredients (Organic preferred)

Veggies:

Purple eggplant (salted for 10 minutes, rinsed and patted dry)
Bell Pepper (red, yellow or orange)
Fennel bulb
Okra or zucchini
Sweet Potato
Leek or Onion
*Corn Kernels (optional)
Fresh Greens (I used Org. Spring Mix)

Oil & Spices:
Garlic, Ginger, Curry powder or other spices of your choice
Avocado Oil (Spray or toss with the oil)
Salt (optional)

* I could not find organic corn (even though it is on the Clean 15, I wanted organic), so I purchased org. corn kernels in a can with no BPA lining and no GMO corn.  (Go to the Environmental Working Groups’s www.ewg.org for the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list of foods.)

 

Directions:

  1. Make sure all the vegetables are washed well and dried. (They roast better if they are not wet. Place pieces directly on cookie sheet, lightly oiled, as you wash and cut them.)
  2. Slice the salted, rinsed and dried eggplant into bite-sized chunks or slices.
  3. Slice bell pepper and remove white veins and seeds and slice or cut small chunks into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Slice fennel into strips.
  5. Slice zucchini into bite-sized pieces or cut okra pods in half.
  6. Slice sweet potato and leek/onion thinly.
  7. Add 1-2 sliced garlic and ginger pieces and any spices you are using and toss with veggies. Add oil and toss again, adding salt if you choose to.
  8. Place the tray in the oven and turn on broil. Broil for about 5 minutes and then turn veggies over. Broil another 5 minutes or to desired crispness. The closer the tray is to the broiler, the less time you need, so I check my veggies every 3 or 4 minutes to be sure they aren’t burning. (*If using corn, add during the last part of the grilling.
  9. Remove broiled veggies from cookie sheet and place on a bed of fresh, organic greens washed & dried, tossed with a dressing of your choice. (Or serve over cooked quinoa or rice that you start to make before you broil/roast the veggies.)

NOTES: Keep in mind that the veggies shrink, so what may look like a lot on the tray will be reduced to about 1/2 to ¾ of what you started with. This dish can be served hot or cold. I usually make enough to have them hot over the greens for dinner and then the next day toss them into my lunch or dinner salad, both chilled, adding some dressing.

P.S. For a complete meal in a dish, I add roasted tofu on a tray below the cooking sheet for the vegetables. The tofu can also be served hot or cold, tossed with some tamari soy sauce (Tamari is made without wheat).  If you are not a vegetarian, feel free to add cooked chicken or fish.

Also, this class fell on Succoth, my favorite Jewish holiday when an outdoor booth (sukkah) is decorated with fruits & veggies!

Very fitting!

 

Salad Alley #2: Summer Slaw

Raw foods are rich in enzymes. Enzymes are needed for the digestive system to work. They are necessary to break down food particles so they can be utilized for energy. The human body makes approximately 22 different digestive enzymes which are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats. (Source: Quote from Internet)

There are three main types of digestive enzymes:

  • Proteases: Break down protein into small peptides and amino acids
  • Lipases: Break down fat into three fatty acids plus a glycerol molecule
  • Amylases: Break down carbs like starch into simple sugars

When you eat fresh salads, the digestive enzymes are intact, which means foods can be digested more naturally. One of the naturopaths I met at a vegetarian conference suggested that people eat salad first to get the enzymes going to help digest the cooked foods. So this salad might be a good start to your lunch or dinner.

 

(This photo is the slaw before I added the dressing to enable you to see it better.)

Summer Slaw

Utensils: Grater or food processor, mixing bowl, cutting board and knife, serving bowl
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cook. Time: None
Categories: Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Paleo/Veg*

*(I am moving to a more Paleo diet without meat, because Paleo has 75% plant-based foods that exclude dairy, grains & beans)

Ingredients

One cup grated veggies: yellow summer squash (green) zucchini, carrots, radishes
(or other veggies of your choice, preferably organic)

2-3 scallions, washed & sliced thinly

1 celery stalk, washed & sliced thinly

1 pickle (dill) diced (optional) [I use Bubbies made naturally without vinegar)

3-4 olives  (optional), sliced

Organic lettuce of choice (I used butter lettuce)

(Black) sesame seeds

Sprouts (optional)

 

Dressing: (or feel free to use your own dressing)

¼ -1/2 ripe avocado

½-1 tsp. mustard (deli style)

Salt & pepper to taste

1 slice ginger

Salt & pepper to taste

¼ cup water  (or more for desired pourability)

Directions

  1. Wash and grate your colorful vegetables of choice to equal about one cup. Place in mixing bowl.
  2. Add scallions, celery, and if using, pickles and olives. (I use green Castlevetrano olives that are ripe even though they are green,)
  3. Puree dressing ingredients in blender, adding more water if needed to make a pourable dressing or use your own dressing (ex. mayonnaise)
  4. Wash and dry organic lettuce leaves of your choice and place in bowl or on a plate with lettuce spread over surface.  Spoon dressing over he slaw and toss with my dressing or yours. Sprinkle with (black) sesame seeds and top with sprouts.

ENJOY!