Category Archives: Vegetarian MD

Jan’s Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Jan is still on a blended food diet, so she has been making a lot of smoothies. The blueberries help a lot in disguising the dark green of the kale, so today’s smoothie looked quite presentable and tasty.  Jan thought it was delicious.

Jan’s Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Jan’s Blueberry Kale Smoothie

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Jan’s Pomegranate Pond Scum Smoothie

Jan is still on a soft food diet so she has been making smoothies. Last night’s had kale, strawberries and banana, but she does not remember what else she put into it. It looked a bit like chocolate milk. While it tasted nice, you wanted to drink it in the dark. Today’s smoothie looked a bit nicer, but any drink with a lot of ground up kale is going to have presentation issues.  

Jan’s Pomegranate Pond Scum Smoothie

Jan’s Pomegranate Pond Scum Smoothie

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Karl’s Green Bean Salad

I am making Greek lamb for Christmas Eve dinner with my sister, Karen. A lettuce salad does not seem like the right side dish. I thought I would do a cold green bean salad.

Karl’s Green Bean Salad

Karl’s Green Bean Salad

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Karl’s Mock Georgian Shilaplavi with Mushrooms

Adapted from Djurenko.com and 17recipes.com

Georgian Shilaplavi is a rice dish that is described as being like a risotto. I have some diners who prefer little or no starch. I have learned that cauliflower is a versatile and good substitute. It is filling and can be “manipulated” in a number of ways to imitate some starch ingredients.

Karl’s Mock Georgian Shilaplavi with Mushrooms

Karl’s Mock Georgian Shilaplavi with Mushrooms

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Karl’s Caprese Salad II

Jan likes caprese salad, which is tomatoes, mozzarella, onion, olives and basil in a light vinaigrette. Usually I go to La Villa, a very good Italian deli in Willow Glen and pay through the nose for a very small portion. While La Villa makes a good salad, I decided that I could make it cheaper and fresher.

Karl’s Caprese Salad II

Karl’s Caprese Salad II

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Karl’s Cauliflower and Spinach with Garlic au Gratin

I am making a pot roast this week, but my son-in-law is still on his Ketogenic diet and my wife Jan is also watching her starch intake. These restrictions means that I cannot add potatoes to the roast as would be the normal accompaniment to the savory meat. Man does not live on meat alone, but I know a few who have tried.

Karl’s Cauliflower and Spinach with Garlic au Gratin

Karl’s Cauliflower and Spinach
with Garlic au Gratin

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Karl’s Pesto Cauliflower

I was wandering the farmer’s market this weekend and I decided that one day this week I would make a vegetarian meal for Jan and Eilene. I had made some pesto to preserve some of the basil that was burgeoning in our garden. I decided that pesto-something would be the main dish.

Karl’s Pesto Cauliflower

Karl’s Pesto Cauliflower

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Karl’s Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Stir-fry

It is a constant struggle to keep week day meals interesting. My mother, Claudia, was a strict budgeter; with 5 kids to feed she had to be.  However, the result of this budgeting was that frequently you could tell what day it was by what was on the table. I had the same problem when I worked off shore, “If it is Tuesday it must be T-bone steaks.” No matter how good the food is, it gets boring if it is predictable.

Karl’s Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Stir-fry

Karl’s Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Stir-fry

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Karl’s Vegetarian Lasagna

Adapted from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe

A friend of ours had a reoccurrence of her cancer, an all too familiar event in our lives. She is so sick that it is hard for her to cook, so I am making one of my mitzvah lasagnas. When a person is on chemo they tend not to be concerned with eating. I unfortunately know this from personal experience.  This dish is designed to tempt you into eating at least a bite or two to keep body and soul together.

Karl’s Vegetarian Lasagna

Karl’s Vegetarian Lasagna

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Karl’s Tofu, Garlic Stem and Lettuce Stem Stir-fry with Pan-Fried Noodles

Yesterday was Daddy’s Day, so I made beef and beans. Today I am paying the price by making a vegetarian meal for Jan and Eilene. After work, Jan usually goes to the gym to work out and de-stress. Depending on which gym she goes to, the session she is attending, and the traffic she can come home anywhere from 6:45 to 7:15. With a stir-fry you can do all of the prep work and then put the dinner on hold, but ready to go, for easily an hour.  A quick 10 minutes of stir-frying and a hot fresh dinner is on the table.

Karl’s Tofu, Garlic Stem, and Lettuce Stem Stir-fry with Pan Fried Noodles

Karl’s Tofu, Garlic Stem, and Lettuce Stem Stir-fry
with Pan Fried Noodles

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