Category Archives: Vegan

Karl’s Moroccan Kale and Mushrooms

I usually try to make three dishes for my Sunday feasts. I am trying to work around peoples whose diets are completely at odds with each other. Some diners are starch eaters, other are low or no starch eaters. Some people want lots of meat, others want lots of vegetables. I make three dishes so that everyone may balance their meal to their own satisfaction.

Karl’s Moroccan Kale and Mushrooms

Karl’s Moroccan Kale and Mushrooms

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Karl’s Roasted Green Bean Salad

I usually serve a simple green salad when I make cioppino. Today I decided to do something special for Jan’s birthday. I picked up some nice green beans at yesterday’s farmers market. She also likes roasted vegetables and Big Paws Mission Fig balsamic vinegar. I thought I would combine all of these things into a cold salad to go with the fish stew.

Karl’s Roasted Green Bean Salad

Karl’s Roasted Green Bean Salad

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Karl’s Orange and Pear Spinach Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

I decided that I needed some greens to go with my salmon and soup that I am serving to my sister. A spinach salad seemed like a good idea, but plain leaves and dressing did not seem like enough. I have been doing a lot of cooking lately and I have several “left over ingredients” on hand. 

Karl’s Orange and Pear Spinach Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Karl’s Orange and Pear Spinach Salad
with Lime Vinaigrette

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Karl’s Herbed Barley

I need a starch dish to go with my chicken and pears. Noodles did not seem right. Potatoes or rice did not fit the hole in my head either. Since my dish is sort of French influenced, I had considered couscous to make it a bit Algerian. I tried searching for chicken and pear recipes and found several for soups with barley. That was the one that sounded right.

Karl’s Herbed Barley

Karl’s Herbed Barley

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Karl’s Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

Pat and Barbara are visiting and I decided that I needed a green veg to go with the chicken and pears that I am making for dinner. Pat wanted Brussels sprouts and Barbara wanted broccoli. Since I have been making a lot of Brussels sprouts lately I sided with Barbara.

Karl’s Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

Karl’s Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

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Karl’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tomatoes

Since wife Jan is limiting her carb intake I knew that she would want something in addition to a pasta dish. I had bought a tomato, thinking I would add it to my pesto dish, but I changed my mind. I had bought some small Brussels sprouts, one of Jan’s favorite vegetables, at the farmer’s market on Saturday. However, I had only bought a half a pound, not quite enough for a full side dish. Putting these two things together and roasting them seemed like a good idea.

Karl’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tomatoes

Karl’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tomatoes

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Karl’s Spinach Side Salad

My sweet pepper and fennel soup was a bit shy on green vegetables. I did not want to add them to the soup, because it would muddle the flavors. I decided that I needed a small side salad. Some baby spinach, some sweet red onion that I happen to have on hand and maybe a sprinkle of parmesan with a balsamic/vinaigrette would be nice.

Karl’s Spinach Side Salad

Karl’s Spinach Side Salad

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Karl’s Garlic Thyme Green Beans II

I am always experimenting with quick ways to spruce up plain steamed green beans. Even when I am using most of the same ingredients I will switch up cooking techniques. This technique uses one fewer pans. I made this side dish to go with my broiled salmon.

Karl’s Garlic Thyme Green Beans II

Karl’s Garlic Thyme Green Beans II

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Karl’s Banana Bread with Crystallized Ginger

We had some overripe bananas in the bowl, so it is banana bread or throw them out. If you have been reading my blog, you know how I feel about wasting food. I decided that today I would make the high fat version of my banana bread, but I still have to add something I have never tried before.

Karl's Banana Bread with Crystallized Ginger

Karl’s Banana Bread with Crystallized Ginger

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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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