A few months ago a nonprofit food pantry approached me, wondering if I could help them develop some easy, meat-free recipes for their clients. Meat can be pricey, so they asked me if I could combine beans and rice, together a complete protein, into a tasty, inexpensive dish. This challenge was right up my alley. I came up with this Garden Vegetable Medley, a delicious, low-calorie, gluten-free one-pot meal. On its own, it’s a vegan dish; if you don’t mind adding dairy, top it with some shredded cheddar cheese for extra yumminess. Garden Vegetable Medley recipe
I’m a big fan of Moroccan Paprika Fish. It’s a simple, versatile fish dish that is super easy to prepare. Sometimes I like to play around with the basic concept and add some new flavors to the mix. In this variation, I substituted smoked paprika for regular and added carrots to the pan for sweetness. I also threw in some crushed red pepper flakes to make it a little bit spicy. The result is smoky, sweet, and spicy with a rich red sauce… a delicious, simple, and healthy dish that is so easy to prepare, anybody can do it. Smoked Paprika Fish recipe
Tzatziki is an awesome Middle Eastern mezze that compliments many dishes. It’s a fragrant and luscious dip-slash-condiment-slash-sauce. I usually serve it with meatless meals or as an accompaniment to fish. Tzatziki goes great with flatbread, pita bread, falafel, grilled veggies, stuffed grape leaves, grilled fish, or as a fresh vegetable dip. There are many, many more possibilities. It adds a lot of flavor to whatever you put it on, and it’s really healthy too! Healthy and yummy? You bet! Tzatziki recipe
Tori Avey is a food writer, cooking personality and founder of The Shiksa in the Kitchen. Her blog explores the story behind the food… why we eat what we eat, how cultural foods have evolved, and how yesterday’s food can inspire us in the kitchen today. She researches the history of every dish her blog covers, putting recipes within the context of the time period, ethnicity and family traditions from which they evolved. Although the original impetus for Tori's blog was her exploration of Jewish cuisine as an outgrowth of her conversion to Judaism, The Shiksa in the Kitchen has expanded into an anthropological celebration of food, winning her a community of new and avid followers. Recently named the 2012 IACP People’s Choice Award winner for Best Culinary Website, here Tori shares three original recipes with Spry readers and the stories behind them.
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