Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Roasted Fennel, Brussels Sprouts & Green Beans with Orange & Almonds

This is a great side dish!  So fresh and tasty!  Try it with cauliflower too!

1 lb French Green Beans, Trimmed
1 lb Brussels Sprouts, Quartered
2 Large Fennel Bulbs, Cut into 1/2 inch wedges, Reserve 1/2 C Fronds
1/4 C Olive Oil
Coarse Salt & Pepper
Zest & Juice of 2 Oranges
1/2 C Sliced Almonds
Heat oven to 450 degrees with rack in lower third.  In a bowl, toss green beans, fennel, & Brussels sprouts with olive oil, half the orange juice and zest, season with salt & pepper.  Arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet.  Roast for 15 minutes, then turn and roast for 10 more minutes until the vegetables are tender crisp.  Transfer to serving platter and drizzle with remaining orange juice, zest and almonds.  Enjoy! xo

Chickpea Tagine

A tagine is a North African dish that often combines sweet and savory to work with the spices in them.  I had the pleasure of cooking for The Power Camp ladies last week and the group loved this dish.  I add seasonal vegetables and butternut squash or chopped sweet potatoes.  Feel free to add your favorite veggies. I also found an organic bean trio, that I add to make it a bit heartier.  The   I served it with a brown rice, red quinoa combination, and a salad!  They loved it! 

Serves 8

1 T Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, Diced
4 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
2 T Fresh Ginger, Chopped Fine or 3 T Ground Ginger
2 t Ground Cumin
2 t Ground Corriander
2 t Ground Cinnamon
2 t Garahm Masala
2 t Red Pepper Flakes
1 15 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes with Juice
2 C Chicken or Vegetable Broth
2 15 oz Cans Chick Peas or Garbanzo Beans
2 C Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato, Diced
1 C Pitted Dates, Chopped
1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar
1 C Cilantro, Roughly Chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste.

Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat.  Add onion, and cook for 10 minutes.  Add garlic, ginger and spices.  Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add tomatoes, broth, chickpeas, sweet potato, dates, & vinegar.  Simmer until butternut squash is tender.  Add cilantro.  Check flavor for seasoning.  Serve over rice or cous cous. Enjoy! xo