Archive for April, 2014

Lemon and Garlic Grilled Vegetables – Using your countertop home panini press to grill vegetables

Home Made Cooking | Salads

It’s starting to look really nice out here. Of course, we still get the occasional rain and wind but it’s mostly above zero temperature and the feeling that winter is (finally!) over.

And when the weather is nice, all I want to do is grill my food. I just love the BBQ and the fact that I get to cook outside the house, avoiding the smells, the mess and the need to clean after. It’s like a picnic at home as far as I’m concerned; but sometimes even though it looks nice out, it’s not nice enough to stand there, by the BBQ and grill those veggies.

A while ago I figured out something most of my friends probably already have (I’m slow like that sometimes), I figured I could use my home griddle, my panini press, to grill my veggies.

What a revelation right? I found out, that if I switch from the griddle plates to the grill plates (the striped ones) I could grill my veggies at home, and thus upgrading almost every meal.

Needless to say the kids loved the way the vegetables taste and look and that it was all gone in seconds.

although what I made was zucchini and bell peppers, you can do the same thing with almost any grill-able vegetable. The lemon added so much flavor and made the vegetables taste even lighter.

A quick fix for your side dish – that’s what this is.

Grilled Vegetables at Home with Lemon Garlic Marinade

Lemon and Garlic Grilled Vegetables - Using your countertop home panini press to grill vegetables
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Recipe type: Grilled Vegetables
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Grilling indoors, what a perfect way to enjoy your vegetables. And using your counter top grill is so easy! how come I never thought of this before?
Ingredients
  • 2 Large Zucchinis - Sliced Lengthwise
  • 2 Bell Peppers - Sliced into wedges
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the garlic, lemon juice and olive oil
  2. Place the vegetable slices on a plate and brush one side with the lemon garlic mix
  3. Install the grill plates in your griddle/ panini press and preheat to 400F (Medium-High)
  4. Place the vegetables on the grill with the brushed side facing down and brush the top with the lemon garlic mix (this way both sides are now covered with the mix)
  5. Close the press and let the vegetables grill for about 7 minutes or until soften a bit and grilling stripes appear

Grilled Vegetables at Home with Lemon Garlic Marinade

Grilled Vegetables at Home with Lemon Garlic Marinade

It’s starting to look really nice out here. Of course, we still get the occasional rain and wind but it’s mostly above zero temperature and the feeling that winter is (finally!) over. And when the weather is nice, all I want to do is grill my food. I just love the BBQ and the fact […]

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Scrumptious Lentil kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame

Salads

Some ingredients are seriously under appreciated. When was the last time you had Kohlrabi for example? or when was the last time you used lentils in a SALAD. Yeah..thought so.

That’s why when I saw that Canadian Lentils  are having a ‘lentils recipe revelations challenge’ I immediately knew I want to put the under appreciated ingredients in the spotlight, so I did.

The timing was perfect because I was preparing everything for our Friday dinner and so I had the best taste testers there is – the hungry ones.

I used the red lentils because they have such unique texture and most of all – they are SO easy to cook. By the time I grated the other ingredients, the lentils were already cooked and ready to be added to the salad.

I mixed everything together, and ran upstairs with the bowl to have my husband try the new creation. The reaction was ‘hmmm, special, real good, when are we eating?’ and that’s when I knew I nailed it 🙂

So this recipe is super easy, super nutritious and has a great flavor combination along with a special added texture to it.

It’s one of those salads you want to serve when you want everyone to wonder how you did it. Lentils rock and Kohlrabi is no longer a stranger to this house, will you welcome it into your kitchen too? 🙂

Red Lentil Kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame

Scrumptious Lentil kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Lentils
 
A great combo of flavors that come together into a wonderfully nutritious and scrumptious salad. Using lentils and kohlrabi was never this easy.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 3 Cups Hot Boiling Water (boiled in the kettle)
  • 1 Kohlrabi - Peeled
  • 2 Medium Carrots - Peeled
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro (about 10-15 sprigs)
  • ½ Lemon - Juiced
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted Sesame (roast your sesame by placing in a pan over medium heat and stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes or until it is roasted)
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Put the hot boiling water in a medium pot and add in the red lentils. Cook over medium heat and let it cook while boiling for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. You want the lentils to be cooked and soften but not turn into mashed lentils.
  2. Once the lentils are ready, pour them into a sieve to drain the water and place in the salad bowl.
  3. Coarsely grate the kohlrabi and carrots and add into the bowl.
  4. Chop the cilantro (sprigs and leaves altogether), add into the bowl and add in the lemon juice and olive oil.
  5. Add salt to taste and the roasted sesame seeds and toss everything together.

Red Lentil Kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame

Some ingredients are seriously under appreciated. When was the last time you had Kohlrabi for example? or when was the last time you used lentils in a SALAD. Yeah..thought so. That’s why when I saw that Canadian Lentils  are having a ‘lentils recipe revelations challenge’ I immediately knew I want to put the under appreciated […]

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