Roasted Tomatoes with Cauliflower, Green Olives and Garlic Panko

YIELDS | 4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 10 MINS

COOK TIME | 30 MINS

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This dish is on rotation at our house when cauliflower is crisp and tomatoes are ripe and juicy. The olives bring a nice briny-ness to the vegetables and the garlic panko bind the dish together perfectly. This is a Double-Duty recipe: Chop up leftovers and toss into pasta for a yummy second dinner or lunch!

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower
* 1-2 pound head cauliflower, cored and cut into bite-size piece
* 4 – 6 tablespoon olive oil, divided
* 8 cups small whole cherry tomatoes or 10 plum tomatoes, chopped and seeded
* ½ cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
* ½ cup pitted green olives, roughly chopped or more to taste
* ½ cup garlic breadcrumbs, regular-homemade or gluten-free home-made, see recipe here (or below)
* Basil for garnish, optional
* salt and freshly ground black pepper

GARLIC BREADCRUMBS
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 4-cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup bread crumbs or gluten free panko
* Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Cauliflower and Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 450°.

1. Line a 15×10-inch baking pan with parchment.
2. In a large bowl, (don’t rinse the bowl as you will use it again) toss the cauliflower with a 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and ground pepper. Evenly spread the cauliflower in th pan and roast until brown with crisp bits and fork tender, about 20 -25 minutes.
3. In the same large bowl (still don’t wash the bowl) toss the tomatoes with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and ground pepper and spread onto another rimmed baking sheet. and roast for about 20 minutes and until the tomatoes form a sauce, bout 20 minutes.
4. Transfer roasted cauliflower to the large bowl and add the tomatoes, the parsley, and olives and toss to combine. Pour the mixture onto a serving platter and top with freshly ground pepper, salt to taste and the garlic panko crumbs and basil, if using.


GARLIC BREADCRUMBS

1. In a large pan heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat, add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and toss in the panko or bread crumbs, and a pinch of salt.
3. Toss the crumbs with the oil and garlic.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool until ready to use.

Use right away or store in an airtight container in
the refrigerator.

NOTES

Garlic Breadcrumbs: Use right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Mini Frozen Yogurt Parfait Bars

YIELDS | 14 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 10 MINS plus freeze time

COOK TIME | 0 MINS

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These genius, frozen bite-size treats are the perfect snack to enjoy without guilt! Easy to make and a crowdpleaser to boot.

INGREDIENTS

* 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
* 1 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
* 1/2 cup granola of choice
* 14 plump raspberries, blackberries or blueberries
* 1-14 well ice cube tray

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Stir the the maple syrup or honey into the yogurt.
2. Spoon the yogurt mixture evenly into each of the wells.
3. Sprinkle an even amount of the granola onto each square.
4. Gently press one of the berries into each square.
5. Pop in to the freezer and freeze until solid or about four hours.

NOTES

Keep frozen until ready to use. Remove from the freezer about five minutes before ready to serve.Use your favorite berries too!

Easy Vegetarian Egg Foo Young

YIELDS | 4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 5 MINS

COOK TIME | 15 MINS

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I’ve always loved Egg Foo Young ,aka a Chinese omlette, but was intimidated to make it at home until I found this veggie packed alternative at Health.com. I added more broccoli slaw because why not! This healthy alternative is not only easy to make, but it is incredibly delicious. Use store bought broccoli slaw to make life even easier. This dish is so scrumptious and oozing of umami, I bet you’ll find yourself making it for breakfast lunch and dinner!

INGREDIENTS

* 2 garlic bulbs, peeled and minced
* 1 tsp Ginger, fresh, about 1″piece
* 1/2 cup Scallions, from 3-4 scallions, chopped plus more for garnish
* 4 large eggs
* 4 tsp soy sauce, low-sodium
* 1 tsp black pepper
* 2 tbsp neutral tasting oil
* 1 Tbsp sesame oil
* 4 cups packaged broccoli slaw

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat the neutral oil in a large, nonstick pan over medium high heat.

2. Add the broccoli slaw and scallions and cook until tender but still crisp, about 4-5 minutes.

3. Add the garlic and ginger and stir for about one minute and until fragrant.

4. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs, black pepper and half the soy with a fork or whisk until mixed thoroughly.

5. Pour the mixture over the broccoli slaw in the skillet pan. Be sure to tilt the pan to distribute the egg mixture evenly.

6. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until browned on the bottom about 3–4 minutes.

7. Loosen the egg foo young from the sides of the pan and using a large spatula, gently slide it onto a plate. Carefully flip the plate of egg foo yong back into the pan to cook the other side.

8. Slide the omelette onto a serving plate and sprinkle with the remaining soy sauce and sesame oil.

NOTES

Add red chili flake or jalapeño to spice it up and garnish with cilantro if that’s your thing.

Savory Tomato Pie

YIELDS | 6 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 15 MINS

COOK TIME | 90 MINS Plus cooling time 60 MINS

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This is a savory, herbaceous pie that highlights the bounty of tomatoes from summer’s end. This easy Tomato Pie is perfect for Meatless Monday. Simply omit the bacon or sub with vegan bacon. I found myself slicing slivers of it cold straight from the fridge though I did allow the family to have some too 😍

INGREDIENTS

* 3 pounds assorted medium to large heirloom tomatoes
* 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
* 6 thick-cut bacon slices, diced, or vegan bacon, optional
* 2 large shallots, chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 tsp.)
* 6 ounces aged extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
* ½ cup mayonnaise
* ½ cup chopped fresh basil
* ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh chives
* 1 large egg
* 1-9” pie shell store bought or home made
* Fresh basil leaves
* Minced fresh chives

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

1. Set aside enough tomato slices to cover the top of the pie, about 7 or 8 slices and place on top of paper towels to absorb the excess juice. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and set aside. 

2. Place a wire rack coated with cooking spray or oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and arrange the remaining tomatoes in a single layer and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until blistered and slightly dried. Cool completely, about 1 hour.


3. Meanwhile, cook bacon, if using, in a frying pan over medium-high heat until fat is beginning to render, 4 to 5 minutes. Add chopped shallots, and cook until bacon is crisp and shallots are caramelized, about 6 to 7 more minutes. Stir in garlic; and cook for about a minute and until fragrant. Transfer bacon mixture to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Cool 20 minutes.


4. Stir together cheese, mayonnaise of choice, basil, chives and egg until combined. Sprinkle with pepper and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Fold in the bacon and garlic. 


5. Spread a third of cheese mixture into the pie crust and then layer on half of the roasted tomato slices in an overlapping pattern then repeat this step.
6. Spread the last of the cheese mixture on top of tomato slices and then top the pie with the reserved sliced fresh tomatoes. Press the tomatoes and filling into the crust . 

7. Bake the pie until the filling is set, about 40 to 45 minutes and then transfer to the wire rack, and let cool for at least an hour before serving. Garnish with basil and chives, kosher salt to taste and freshly ground pepper to taste. 



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German Potato Salad

YIELDS | 12 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 25 MINS

COOK TIME | 20 MINS

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The is a savory, tangy and salty German potato salad to eat alongside a good bratwurst and sauerkraut. Bonus it is a Double Duty Recipe because the leftovers make a delicious potato pancakes. Recipe at Verysmartideas.com search “pancakes”.

INGREDIENTS

* 3 cups diced peeled potatoes
* 4 slices bacon
* 
1 small onion, diced
* 
¼ cup white vinegar
* 
2 tablespoons water
* 
3 tablespoons white sugar
* 
1 teaspoon salt
* 
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
* 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place the potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain, and set aside to cool.

Place the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Fry until browned and crisp, turning as needed. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. Add onion to the bacon fat and cook over medium heat until browned. Add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir and bring to a boil, add the potatoes and parsley. Crumble in half of the bacon and stir.
3. Heat through and transfer to a serving dish. Crumble the remaining bacon over the top, sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and serve warm.

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Pierogies with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

YIELDS | 4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 10 MINS

COOK TIME | 35 MINS

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This is a semi-homemade, family pleasing, easy to make and incredibly tasty dish! The secret to this fast, savory and delicious dish is the store-bought pierogi. This dish comes together in minutes and I guarantee even Brussels sprout haters will become converts! Use vegan bacon or omit all together for a vegetarian version.

INGREDIENTS

* 8-10 strips thick cut bacon
* 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, about 30, rinsed, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise
* 2 packages (24) frozen Mrs T. Potato and cheese pierogies
* 1/4 cup good quality balsamic dressing
* 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
* Freshly cracked pepper and kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 425° on a baking sheet lined with parchment, spread the bacon on the parchment and cook the bacon for 15 minutes.
2. Remove the bacon (it won’t be cooked all the way through), set aside.

3. Add the sliced Brussels sprouts and still frozen pierogie to the bacon fat and mix together until coated. Pop back in the oven and cook for 10 minutes more.

4. While the pierogie and Brussels sprouts bake, chop the bacon.

5. Remove the Brussels sprouts and pierogie from the oven and sprinkle with the chopped bacon. Bake for 10 more minutes.

6. Remove the pierogie mixture from the oven and let cool slightly and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

7. Carefully place the pierogie, bacon and Brussels sprouts on a serving platter. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, a few good cranks of cracked black pepper and flaky salt.

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