Rapini with garlic and hot peppers

Rapini - Ladylean's recipes

Ingredients: • 1 bunch rapini, ends removed • ¼ cup water • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon hot peppers in oil, chopped small • salt and pepper       Directions: 1. Put water and rapini in a large pan, cover, and boil hard for 2 minutes. 2. Uncover and drain liquid. […]

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Simple spaghetti squash

A simple pairing for meatballs or bolognese. Ingredients: • 1 medium spaghetti squash • 1 tablespoon olive oil • salt and pepper Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Cut squash in half, lengthwise and scoop out seeds. 3. Rub olive oil into flesh and season. Place face-down on baking sheet. 4. Roast 30 minutes. 5. Serve 1/2 cup […]

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Roasted fennel with chili flakes

A perfect pairing for fish. Ingredients: • 1 medium fennel, fronds and stem removed • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 teaspoons chili flakes • salt and pepper Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Cut fennel into quarters, place on baking sheet. 3. Toss with olive oil, chili flakes, salt and pepper. 4. Roast for 30 minutes. 5. […]

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Crispy brussel sprouts with pecans

Although I have an affinity for bacon with my brussel sprouts, this is an enticing, vegetarian-friendly, baconless way to serve them. Ingredients: • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 small onion, chopped • 3 garlic gloves, thinly sliced • 4 cups Brussels sprouts, halved and thinly sliced • ½ cup chicken broth/ vegetable broth • salt and pepper • ¼ […]

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Zucchini pasta ribbons

This is one of my favourite two minute vegetable sides. Ingredients: – 2 large yellow or green zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into thin long strips – 1 tablespoon olive oil or pesto – salt and pepper Directions: In a large fry pan over medium heat, toss zucchini with oil or pesto, until wilted, but not mushy. Serve zucchini pasta […]

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Smoky Tomato, Fennel Soup

A bit of pancetta, peppery fennel, and a few drops of liquid smoke add a kick to a classic tomato soup. Ingredients:                                                                             […]

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Fennel Soup with Pancetta

This has almost the same ingredients as the Smokey Tomato and Fennel soup – minus the tomato and the smoke. I had never made a fennel soup before. After this one, I’m sold – as were my adventurous guests. The pancetta creates a delightful and distinct flavour. – 1 tbsp. olive oil – 1 large onion, finely chopped – 2 […]

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Good green soup

I came up with this simple soup after many a conversation about how we could get more greens into the day. Why not drink green soup for a snack? We spend a fortune on green juices these days. Why not make our own home made version for much cheaper price? Bring this soup in a jar and drink it – hot […]

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup

There is nothing like curry spices to warm up your insides. This soup combines three ingredients that compliment one another perfectly – sweet potatoes, curry seasoning, and coconut milk. If you don’t have curry powder, you can combine cumin, turmeric, and ginger. With the coconut milk, a little goes a long way – a half cup adds a significant amount […]

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Spicy Tomato Sauce

This sauce has a kick, but leave out the hot peppers if you prefer it mild. It helps make a quick meal out of fish, shrimp, sausage or meat. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 3 cans whole San Marzano tomatoes 1/2 cup dry white wine 1-3 tsp hot pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste   Directions: […]

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Sweet Potato, Ginger and Apple Soup

This simple soup has six ingredients. It makes for a light lunch, with a swirl of Greek yogurt. Ingredients: 1 tsbp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 medium apple, peeled and diced 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock   Directions: In medium pot, sauté […]

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Colourful Crunchy Salad

This salad is delightful. Ingredients: 1 head radicchio, thinly sliced 3 cups baby arugula 4 radishes, thinly sliced 2 heart of palm, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts 1 Bosc pear, thinly sliced 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced diagonally Dressing: 1 tbsp each – olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon salt and pepper to taste. Directions: In […]

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Crunchy Celery Salad with Dates and Parmesan

This is a blend of various textures – each so different. It complements chicken nicely. Ingredients: 4 celery stalks, washed and thinly sliced on a diagonal (a mandolin works best) 2 large dates, pit removed, halved and sliced thin 2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds juice of 1/2 lemon (1-2 tbsp) 1 tbsp fruity olive oil salt, pepper, and a pinch […]

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Sweet Pea Soup

Celery and zucchini make this pea soup a little less dense than a traditional pea soup. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 large garlic clove, minced  1 large celery stalk, diced 1 medium zucchini, diced salt and pepper 4 cups chicken stock 2 cups sweet peas salt and pepper, and a dash of cumin or chilli […]

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Chicken Curry

This is the quickest curry you’ll ever make. Use tons of curry powder and make a paste with warm water. To keep in line with lighter fare, there are no potatoes, but plenty of onions and peppers. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 onions, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces 2 peppers – red […]

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Cod with Olives and Capers

Cod is cheap and easy – neither refined nor finicky, both of which put it at the top of my list. This one is a mess-less meal – laid out on a sheet of foil, garnished, wrapped, and baked for 20 minutes. Ingredients: 12 oz -thick piece of cod 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp capers 1/4 onion, thinly sliced […]

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Fried Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes with Feta

Crispy green beans, roasted cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta – such a simple and mouth watering combination. Fish pairs well with this dish, as does lamb or pork. Ingredients: 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp olive oil 1.5 – 2 cups green beans, ends trimmed 1 cup cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp firm feta cheese Directions: 1. Heat pan over medium-high […]

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Broccolini with Anchovies and Garlic

Even if you aren’t an anchovy fan, you will like this one. The flavour is intense and the salty kick of the fish pairs well with the bitter greens. Have it with roasted cod or halibut. Ingredients: 1 bunch broccolini splash of water 1 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp pine nuts 3 preserved anchovies, cut […]

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