Category Archives: Vegan

Karl’s Slow Roasted Harcourt Verts with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

I was making my birthday dinner and I wanted side dishes to go with my barbecued lamb. I looked on-line for ideas. I decided to have green beans as one of my dishes. I adapted a recipe from Spruce Eats to suit my tastes and needs.

Karl’s Slow Roasted Harcourt Verts with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

Karl’s Slow Roasted Harcourt Verts with Za’atar Breadcrumbs

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Karl’s Trader Joe’s Falafels

Covid19 has restricted my buying habits to a great extent—I can no longer shop multiple ethnic stores to get just the right ingredients. As a result, I have been making mostly “old favorites” that have easily obtained ingredients. This dish has become an almost weekly meal in my house—and not just because it takes only about ten minutes to put on the table. This dish is not so much a recipe, but an assembly of ingredients—the only “cooking” required is a few minutes in the microwave to soften the pita bread and to warm up the falafel balls.

Karl’s Trader Joe’s Falafels

Karl’s Trader Joe’s Falafels

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Karl’s Caldo Verde (Green Soup) without Garlic and Onions

Caldo verde is a traditional Portuguese soup—caldo: broth/soup and verde: green. I have made this soup before, but various food issues with my family have prevented me from making it “authentically.” In its simplest form it is just greens, potatoes, onions, garlic, pepper, and chicken broth. Last time, I had to make this soup without potatoes and this time I need to eliminate the garlic and onions. I am not sure I can still call this a “Portuguese” caldo verde, because—even though it will still be a “green soup”—I am eliminating three of the six basic ingredients.

Karl’s Caldo Verde (Green Soup) without Garlic and Onions

Karl’s Caldo Verde (Green Soup) without Garlic and Onions

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Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

My family loves salt and pepper chicken wings. I wondered if I could make a vegetarian version with meaty tasting mushrooms. Daughter Miriam would love it— daughter Eilene won’t touch it.

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

Karl’s Salt and Pepper Mushrooms

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Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

For wife Jan’s birthday, I am making carrot salad. Daughter Miriam is having trouble chewing and eating carrots might be a bit hard for her. I decided to make a tomato and cucumber salad with tender greens just for her.

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

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Karl’s Farro Salad

One of my preferred salads at Safeway is their orzo salad. I had decided to make an Italian dinner, so I thought I would make something similar using the Italian grain farro. Daughter Miriam always wants things vegetable forward. As I planned my salad, I added more and more vegetables.

Karl’s Farro Salad

Karl’s Farro Salad

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Karl’s Oi Bokkeum

I am doing a barbecued bulgogi tri-tip for our Sunday meal. To go with the Korean main dish, I decided to make a potato salad with napa cabbage kimchi as my starchy dish. I decided I needed another vegetable dish and I found a recipe for oi bokkeum—stir fried cucumbers. I first had fried cucumbers in China, so I thought I would create my own Korean stir fry sauce.

Karl’s Oi Bokkeum

Karl’s Oi Bokkeum

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Karl’s Pistachio Tabbouleh for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making instant meals for her group. Last year, I made three camp meals—saag pilau, za’atar orzo, and pancakes. This year I added two more—mashed potatoes and tabbouleh. Bulgur—the main ingredient in tabbouleh—is wheat that has been steamed and then dehydrated, so it does not need to be cooked a second time.

Karl’s Mint Pistachio Tabbouleh for Burning Man

Karl’s Mint Pistachio Tabbouleh
for Burning Man

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Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man

Wife Jan is going off to Burning Man again. Last year she broke her arm, I hope she comes back in one piece this year. As usual, I am making quick cooking camp meals for her group.

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts for Burning Man

Karl’s Za’atar Orzo with Pine Nuts
for Burning Man

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Karl’s International Six Chile Chili Powder for Burning Man

Wife Jan is headed for Burning Man again. Last year I sent some of my four chile chili powder. This year, I thought to make a unique blend for the event. Over time, I have collected several chile powders from around the world. Balancing the heat and flavors I ended up with a six chile blend.

Karl’s International Six Chile Chili Powder for Burning Man

Karl’s International Six Chile Chili Powder for Burning Man

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