Dear Gourmet Diva,
Do you cook vegetarian meals or meals that will help you loose weight?
I love my veggies Boston
Dear veggie lover in Boston,
Congrats on trying to eat healthier. Before I type any more I must make this disclaimer “I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on TV” ( I always wanted to say that). Please see a doctor before altering your diet.
With that said. It takes discipline to be a vegetarian (I love a good steak every now and then) Also the assumption is that you will loose weight if your vegetarian, I have seen some big vegetarians. Watch out for the pasta and rice.
When people think about being a vegetarian, they think all they can eat is tofu and salad. So wrong, there are so many options out there you can try. It depends on how adventurous your taste buds are. I included two recipes for you to try. One if you need something simple and the second is if your up for a taste bud challenge.
If your not in the mood to cook, try going to a Japanese or Indian restaurant its easy to find a vegetarian dish to try. Houston's has a great veggie burger, also Haley House in Roxbury, MA. Vegetarian Planet: 350 Big Flavor Recipes for Out of This World Food Every Day by Chef Didi Emmons who is the owner of Haley House.
Or better yet, call me, hourly rates do apply.
Ratatouille (Did you see the movie?)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
2 medium zucchinis, cut into squares
1 small red pepper cut into squares
1 small yellow pepper cut into squares
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium eggplant, halved
1 can (14 oz) canned tomatoes, crushed
½ teaspoon dried basil or oregano leaves
freshly ground black pepper
1.Heat the oil in a large, heavy – based pan and cook the onions over medium heat for 4 minutes or until soft. Add the zucchinis, peppers and garlic, stir for 3 minutes.
2.Cut the eggplant in chunks and add to the pan with the tomatoes, basil or oregano and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, covered, for 15 – 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
For the adventurous, I tried this dish this weekend and it was great and its also “RAW” (def - no cooking of food)
Sweet and Spicy kale w/Tangerine Salsa (Submitted by Sharon)
4 Tangerines (or you can substitute w/Tangelinos, Mangoes, or Peaches), peeled, sliced, and seeded
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped finely
1Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
3 Stalks of scallion
1Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 tsp fresh Habanero (or you can substitute w/jalepeno) pepper, minced and use the flesh but remove and discard seeds and ribs. * I suggest you coate fingers w/olive oil before handling peppers. _Gourmet Diva – dont place fingers near eyes once you do this you will BURN them.
1 dash of Chinese 5 Star Seasoning (also called Chinese Five Spice powder)
Combine ingredients into each other gently. cover and refrigerate an hour before serving.
3 bunches of Dinosaur Kale (also called Lacino)
1Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp of Celtic or Himalayan Salt
After washing Kale chop finely and add olive oil and pinch of sea salt to bowl. Massage Kale and leave to sit for an hour or more.
Sweet and Spicy Marinade
3 Tbsp Nama Shoyu or Soy Sauce
3 scallions thinly chopped
1 lime juiced (optional...helps in the absorption of Vit C in Kale)
1Tbsp Toasted sesame oil
1Tbsp black sesame seeds
1/2tsp Chinese mustard powder (or wasabi powder)
pinch of Cayenne to taste
Mix marinade ingredients together and then pour into Kale bowl. Toss and serve.
Try eating w/ripe Avocado