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Wheat Germ & Herb Biscuits and a Super Food Giveaway!

Wheat Germ and Herb Biscuits

Recently, I was offered a free jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to try and also a jar to giveaway on my blog, which is really great but honestly, I already knew about the awesomeness of wheat germ. I’ve been a fan for awhile and use it all the time for coating chicken, adding to granola and cereals and even baking. Did you know that you could do all of that with wheat germ? Well, you can.

And also, wheat germ is a super food. It’s an excellent source of nutrients including vitamin E, the B vitamins, and folic acid. Wheat germ can easily be a substitute for breadcrumbs for coatings and toppings and, like I’ve done in this recipe, it can be used to replace some of the flour in a recipe for an extra nutritional boost! And speaking of these biscuits, they turned out really well — flaky and herb-y, they’d be a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal. And if you need more inspiration, there’s a lot of recipe’s right here.

Wheat Germ and Herb Biscuits
All of this…can be yours (well, just the coupon).

So, want to try some Kretschmer . . . → Read More: Wheat Germ & Herb Biscuits and a Super Food Giveaway!

FFwD: Cafe Style Grated Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is Cafe Style Grated Carrot Salad and it is going to be a super quick post — not because it doesn’t deserve more review but because it is so amazingly hot upstairs that I don’t want to be up here very long.

Notes:
1. I used golden raisins, pecans and cilantro in my salad.
2. I halved the recipe.
3. It was very good and a nice, cool dinner along with a chicken and herb sandwich.

Here’s a link to everyone’s posts and a couple of photos.

Carrot Salad
Making the dressing.

Carrot Salad
After grating the carrots…I used my food processor grating attachment for the first time and it worked . . . → Read More: FFwD: Cafe Style Grated Carrot Salad

Summer Side Dish: Grilled Zucchini with Garlic and Lemon Butter Baste

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This was a side dish that worked really well with some grilled albacore tuna steaks. For the fish, I made a quick topping of kalamata olives, green olives, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice and feta cheese. So, it was a Mediterranean kind of a thing (one of my favorite kinds of things).

The zucchini grilled while the fish rested. I think the scores in the zucchini are to let the buttery goodness soak in. This recipe is easily halved or even quartered. I did the later with 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 tbsp lemon, 1/4 tsp each of the spices and a pinch of curry. Oh and yes — there was cheese!

Grilled Zucchini with Garlic and Lemon Butter Baste
recipe adapted from Bon App├ętit magazine
8 medium zucchini (about 2 1/2 pounds), trimmed, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp powder
grated Parmesan cheese (optional? no, not really…)

Preheat barbecue (medium heat). Alternately, heat up a grill pan over medium-high heat. Score cut side of zucchini halves diagonally about 1/4 inch deep at 1-inch intervals.

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Melt butter with lemon juice, lemon-pepper seasoning, garlic . . . → Read More: Summer Side Dish: Grilled Zucchini with Garlic and Lemon Butter Baste

Super Foods Friday#6: Feta and Pumpkin Casserole

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Super Foods count here is three. Not too bad. This turned into a very successful experiment. jwa was a bit skeptical, as he is with all things that involve pumpkin. Although, once I told him I was using butternut squash as a substitute, he relaxed. He has some kind of weird pumpkin phobia that strikes in the Fall and doesn’t leave until Spring.

I changed this a bit from the original — I added olive oil, the sausage and the roux. I also used chicken broth in this version (mahahahaha, Vegetarian Times!) rendering it meat-laced and definitely un-vegetarian. You can use vegetable broth if you’d like.

Feta-Pumpkin (Squash) Casserole
Based on a recipe in The Vegetarian Times
1 tbsp olive oil (plus a little extra for the pan, if desired)
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 small white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 medium butternut squash (or small sugar pumpkin), peeled and cubed
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 vegetarian sausages (I used apple-sage veggie sausage but hey, you could omit the sausage or use chicken, turkey, pork or lamb sausage)
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup . . . → Read More: Super Foods Friday#6: Feta and Pumpkin Casserole

Super Foods Friday #5: Turkey Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Walnuts with a Blueberry-Port Sauce

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Edited because I forgot about the spinach. Oops!.
Three. Four. Count ‘em, three four super foods: turkey, walnuts, blueberries and spinach. Woohoo. I saw a recipe for a blueberry-port sauce which I thought looked very good (originally, it was alongside a pork tenderloin) but instead, I decided to pair it up with a stuffed chicken breast.

But — hold the phone, there. Swap the chicken for turkey and add some walnuts and spinach to the goat cheese and hey! It’s a Super Foods meal.

The idea for the turkey is almost exactly like the stuffed chicken breast I have been known to make on occasion. Pound it out between layers of plastic wrap, spread it with a little goat cheese and walnuts (or some kind of tasty stuffing), roll it up, cook and voila. This is just like that.

Turkey Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Walnuts with a Blueberry-Port Sauce
4 turkey tenderloins, pounded flat
4 oz goat cheese, softened
1/2 cup frozen spinach, defrosted
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup port wine
2 tbsp minced shallots
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups blueberries (I used frozen)
salt & . . . → Read More: Super Foods Friday #5: Turkey Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Walnuts with a Blueberry-Port Sauce