FOOD fit for a Rockstar

Deena Kamm's recipe book and always evolving food philosophy

Orzo Salad

May4

This was a quick salad I made with random items in the fridge (where 50% of my ideas come from) when my mother in law was over and I hadn’t planned out any food because I too busy with the Whopping Cough.  Suddenly I realized it was the middle of the day and there was nothing to eat for lunch.  So I threw this big pasta salad together with fresh veggies and pantry stuff in about 15 minutes.  Super easy and it was so good I made it the following weekend for a BBQ we were invited to.  Here’s what I did:

Boil one package of Orzo Pasta, drain, rinse, throw in a big salad bowl.

While the pasta is boiling, put a steamer pot over the water and quickly steamed cut up carrots (2 or 3 medium), and broccoli (about 1 cup cut up small)… throw those in.  (or steam them separately – cut them small, thin, and evenly so they cook fast)

One cut-up yellow (red, green, whatever) bell pepper

3/4 cup chopped Kalamata Olives

Cheese of your choice – I used low fat string cheese because that’s what I had in the house – I just cut it into bite sized rounds.  about 1 cup or so.  Whatever ratio you like.  It’s a salad – who cares?

2-3 leaves of finely cut up Kale.  Health it up – you won’t even taste it and it looks great!!

mix together with some olive oil and red wine vinegar.  I also added sea salt, and Braggs 24 seasoning (love that stuff).

The longer it sits the better.  Overnight is great, but eat it cold or right after you make it when it’s still slightly warm. The thing is – put whatever you want or like in this, and do whatever you want with it.  It’s salad.  Be adventurous.  Great replacements are vegan cheese or Ume Plum vinegar, Sesame Oil, rice pasta… the list goes on.  I imagine every time I make it will be a slightly different dish.  But the above ingredients worked great the first time!!

Remember: ALWAYS USE ORGANIC EVERYTHING!!!  If you have the money to buy diet pills, fancy face creams, detox powders and $150 jogging shoes, you can buy organic food.  It’s more important for your health than anything else you will spend money on!!!

Husband Rating 5 star:  gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star “Yum.”

so I don’t forget what inspried me…

November30

I used this Giada recipe the other night to make what turned out to be a great dish!
Giada’s Pasta Primavera

Giadas Pasta Primavera

Giada's Pasta Primavera

It was a huge hit. I didn’t use the tomatoes because I forgot, but I did roast the veggies and use Brown Rice Pasta from TJ’S. Yum. Zeke made his famous Stuffed Pizza and I made a simple salad with Ann Gentry’s Vegan Ranch Dressing. (that’s another post. It’s so good!! You’ll never go back) My whole family was happy and full. Hard to do considering they are convinced that everything we eat is weird and gross.

Husband Rating 4 stars: gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star “It’s-a guud.”

Quick Lunch Casserole – just threw it together

September18

So I just made this casserol strictly because I didn’t want to leave the house or make a big deal out of cooking a big lunch. I was also secretly hoping it would be good enough and big enough that I didn’t have to also cook dinner tonight. It worked – we will be eating this again in about four or five hours from now for dinner.

pasta-casserole
Here’s what I did:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • boiled 3/4 package of Trader Joes Organic Brown Rice Spiral Pasta
  • heat olive oil in sautée pan and then sautéed one small red onion – chopped in easy big pieces
  • before the onions were done I threw in about 7 Dino Kale leaves chipped up (I cut out the fat part of the stem first)
  • transfered the onion and Kale to a casserole dish and used the same pan for…
  • one package of vacuum packed tofu cubed and sautéed in more olive oil – cooked until brown on outside (or chicken, sausage – whatever meat you like to eat in a casserole)
  • rinsed cooked pasta in cold water and threw it in the dish
  • mixed all ingredients in dish with about 3/4 jar of Trader Joes Organic Marninara
  • Threw the Tofu on top of that and mixed in a handful of shredded Organic Mozzarella Cheese (TJ’s – of course)
  • Then added the rest of the mozzarella package to the top of the casserole and baked it for 30 minutes at 350.
  • let is rest for about 15 minutes and then dive in.
  • You can add salt before or after but it needs it – along with some ground pepper to taste.

The whole thing took me about 30 minutes to make. Super easy one. Pretty healthy too.

Husband Rating 5 star: gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star “Perfect combination of flavors, textures, and happiness!”

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