Roast Pumpkin and Ricotta Crostini

Dec 19, 2012 by

I’ve been fluttering in my cookbooks again. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few borrowed minutes, just to browse and find your next victory. The problem is, there are so many recipes I want to try, and very little time to try them all. I will continue to compete with my family’s schedule and create wonderfully tasting food – even if it’s just for me :-) Today, that’s not the case. This dish is great for a light snack  or even as an appetizer. You decide! It’s always a good idea to serve vegetables in a nice way, especially during the holiday season.

I love bread. Usually most breads will appeal to me if its crusty on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Toasted with butter and some other condiment will also do the trick. I have fond memories of having French Bread as a child growing up in England. It was something that we enjoyed served with a soup or just whenever we felt like having it.

This recipe was adapted from “Cooking Season by Season” – I basically cut the recipe in half to suit my household.

 

Roasted Pumpkin & Ricotta Crostini

 

 

Roast Pumpkin and Ricotta Crostini

Recipe Type: appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Lyn, adapted from Cooking Season By Season
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Pumpkin, peeled seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice + the zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 7 Tbsp Light Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • Crostini:
  • 8 Slices Crusty Baguette
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Brush a foil lined baking sheet with olive oil.
  3. Lay baguette slices on the foil and then brush the top with olive oil
  4. lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack
  7. In a bowl, toss the pumpkin chunks with oil, garlic, lemon zest and rosemary
  8. Season with salt and pepper then roast for 35 minutes until tender and golden
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  10. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, thyme and lemon juice
  11. Add about a tablespoonful of ricotta on each crostini and top with a few chunks of roasted pumpkin, pressing down a little into the ricotta
  12. Serve and enjoy

 

How do you dress up your fall/winter vegetables? I love roasting root veggies. It keeps it simple and tasty.

 

Roasted Pumpkin & Ricotta Crostini-2

Roasted Pumpkin & Ricotta Crostini

 

Enjoy!

~Lyn

 

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Risotto Pie

Nov 30, 2012 by

Today I’m sharing a recipe I tried out of curiosity. I love trying new recipes, and after looking through the ingredients, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I did however add a few items to give some more flavour and of course, a pop of colour. I have made risotto a few times and most definitely enjoy everything about it. The texture, the possibilities, even the technique – I like it. I’ve made risotto the traditional way, by stirring consistently. I’ve also baked risotto, with excellent results. I’ve never made Risotto  Pie, though. Until now.

This recipe is adapted from a cookbook called “Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free” – I want to make everything in this book. The recipes are so easy and delicious looking! I won’t necessarily prepare each recipe based on the exact ingredients (whether it be gluten-free, wheat free or dairy free) but it will be good for my readers to know that it can be adapted to suit your personal preferences and sensitivities. Those are the recipes I enjoy the most!

 

Risotto Pie

 

Risotto Pie

Recipe Type: Main, Lunch
Author: Lyn via cook book “Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free”
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
A savory pie made from risotto, scallions, spinach, mushrooms and corn
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil + Cooking Spray
  • 1 Cup Arborio Risotto Rice
  • 2 Cups (Gluten Free) Low Sodium Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 4 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Cup Sweet Corn
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Using a 9-inch spring form pan, line with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat olive oil.
  4. Add the rice and stir for about a minute. Gradually add about 1/4 cup of broth at a time, stirring often until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. When the rice is tender and all the broth has been used, stir in the coconut milk, scallions and mushrooms.
  6. Season well with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Stir in eggs
  9. Add spinach, parsley and corn, stir to combine.
  10. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan
  11. Smooth the mixture into the pan, then bake for 30 minutes until golden brown
  12. Cut and serve when warm

 

I’m so glad I added the sweet corn and mushrooms. The corn adds a little sweetness to this savory dish. And the mushroom gives that added flavour and texture.

 

Risotto Pie, ready for the oven

 

This pie is quite delicate so care should be taken when transferring to a serving platter.

 

Risotto Pie, made with spinach, scallions, mushrooms, parsley and sweet corn

 

I garnished with some fresh spinach and a few carrot shavings.

 

Risotto Pie

 

This is Risotto after all. But I tried my best to resist adding cheese…for as long as I could.

 

Risotto Pie

 

My husband and I really enjoyed this Risotto Pie. It was different, it was interesting.  I enjoyed my serving with Parmesan cheese! I just couldn’t help myself.

 

Risotto Pie

 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe today!

~Lyn

 

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Quinoa Pasta with Roasted Zucchini and Cheese

Mar 26, 2012 by

Last nights dinner was so very interesting to me. I knew I had to roast some zucchini that was begging to be eaten. I also wanted to try the Quinoa Pasta that I bought a few days ago. I had never seen it before and I wanted give it a try so I could see how it tasted and how the texture compared to regular pasta. And there’s the cheese. I’ve always had a thing for cheese. It’s not something that I will give up easily, so bear with me as you see cheese all over this recipe. I kept it subtle. Promise :-) …Although I purposely avoided measuring how much cheese I used…

It was tasty, meatless and certainly something I intend to have again. My hubby thought it was quite nice. I don’t think I could convince him to have this without some meat though. He is far from a part-time vegetarian, like what I’m on the path to becoming. Baby steps. As I read more about it and find recipes that suit my palate, I’m truly considering reducing my meat consumption.

Here’s the finished result…another freestyle recipe :-)

 

Quinoa Fusilli Pasta & Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan Flakes

 

As for the Quinoa Pasta, I realized that it takes a little longer to cook than regular pasta. The package suggested 13-15 minutes – spot on. Anything before that, it’s still rather firm. Also, you have to eat it right away. I decided to toss it in a cheese mixture in order to make it moist on the outside. I don’t do dry pasta very well. A cream sauce or olive oil is pretty much mandatory. The texture of quinoa pasta is just fine and I would not have noticed the difference at all. I will buy it again, if I come across it. Its Quinoa. I can’t go wrong. Right?

 

Quinoa Pasta - Gluten Free, Corn Free

 

Quinoa Pasta with Roasted Zucchini and Cheese
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4
An easy meal perfect for any day of the week. Quinoa, Zucchini and Cheese.
Ingredients
  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil for bushing the Zucchini
  • Few Tbsp grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 oz Quinoa Pasta (or whatever pasta you prefer)
  • 1 Scallion, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp Cream Cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • 2 Tbsp Chicken Broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. In a medium pot, bring about 4 cups of salted water to a boil
  3. Add quinoa pasta and cook according to package directions
  4. Cut ends off zucchini then slice each into 6 wedges
  5. Grease a rimmed baking tray with olive oil
  6. Place zucchini, skin side down on the greased baking tray
  7. Brush with olive oil then sprinkle with salt, pepper and parmesan
  8. Roast for 20 minutes, until the zucchini is golden brown
  9. In a medium pot, add cream cheese, chicken broth and parmesan
  10. On medium heat, still until melted and combined
  11. When pasta is ready, drain and add to cream cheese mixture
  12. Toss to lightly coat
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste
  14. Cut zucchini into chunks and stir in or serve on the side
  15. Garnish with Scallion and parmesan flakes
Notes

I used Quinoa Pasta but you can use any pasta for this recipe

 

I got my son to eat the zucchini. I had to basically emphasize that it had cheese on it. Not that there was too much, but he needs encouragement to eat “new” veggies. He has lettuce, green beans and broccoli under his belt. He needs to conquer zucchini so I can move on to another vegetable. Goodness rules in my house!

 

Zucchini

 

 

Zucchini, Sliced, oiled, sprinkled with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese

 

Roasted zucchini, fresh out the oven. So fragrant. Even the crispy parmesan stuck to the tray looked good to me.

 

Zucchini, roasted for 20 minutes

 

 

Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan Cheese

 

Zucchini never tasted so good.

 

Dinner is served - Quinoa Pasta & Parmesan Roasted Zucchini

 

What a way to start the week. Happy Monday friends!

~Lyn

 

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Curried Tofu & Green Beans

Jul 11, 2011 by

 

Tofu is a food item that many vegans choose to consume. I am not a vegan however, I do have days where I choose not to eat meat. I got this recipe from Everyday Food, and I was so glad that I tried it. Of course I had to put my own personal spin on it. The original recipe used water instead of broth, and also tomatoes. I didn’t have any tomatoes so I used chickpeas and carrots. I love the taste of curry and this recipe inspired me to try tofu. Since then, I have prepared it for a few family members and shared the recipe too. Preparation of tofu is easy once you know how to do it. Give it a try and leave a comment, or share your experience on my Facebook Page.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Packet Extra Firm Tofu (350g)

2 Tblsp Olive Oil for browning

1 Onion, thinly liced

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Tsp Pimento

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Tsp Oregano

1 1/2 Tblsp Curry Powder

1/2 Cup Light Coconut Milk

1/2 C

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