Tomato, Basil and Mayonnaise on Olive Oil Grilled Whole Wheat!
I remember growing up in my European immigrant family with great food.
Some from Italy and some from Eastern Europe but all of it driven by the freshest ingredients and much of it, meatless.
My grandmas and aunts always had their own gardens and were “putting up” or canning something at any given time.
For me summertime always means tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches.
These were not gourmet growing up.
They were just any bread with mayo, fresh tomato and “crunchy” salt on top.
I spruced these up a little by grilling artisan whole grain bread with olive oil to give crunch and texture to the bread and I’ve also added big fleshy leaves of basil for that peppery edge that basil can give.
Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is my favorite with this sandwich.
Even a few slices of avocado would be delish!
Get creative and keep it meatless. The possibilities are endless for a tasty, light and nutritious meal that says, “Summertime” in every bight!
Posted in: Food on a Budget, Garden, Green Living, Healthy, Ingredients, Inspirations
Tags: basil, easy meal, Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, Kosher salt, mayonnaise, Meatless Monday, olive oil, sandwich, sea salt, tomato, vegetarian snack, whole grain bread, whole wheat bread
Super Food Kaniwa with Corn, Beans, Red Pepper, Green Onion, Avocado and Lime Juice!
Kaniwa from Roland Products, pronounced “Ka-nyi-wa”, is a staple grain of the ancient Aztec and Incan cultures whhich has been cultivated for thousands of years throughout South America.
The crunchy, earthy grain is loaded with protein and makes a complete meal when mixed with vegetables.
Roland Foods offers a wide variety of specialty foods from around the globe and was kind enough to send me this box of Kaniwa to try at home.
I have cooked with Quinoa in the past and I love it.
Kaniwa is similar to quinoa but seems to feel hardier and denser.
I gathered all the vegetables I could find and chopped them to equal size.
1 package of Grape tomatoes cut in half, 7 green onions, 1/2 of a red onion, 1 can of pinto beans, 2 cups of corn, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a English cucumber, 1 bunch of cilantro,the juice of 3 limes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt to taste.
I garnished with avocado.
I put all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl, cooked the 12 oz. box ( about 2 cups ) of Kaniwa and added to the veggies.
I added it hot to the vegetables to bring them to peak flavor.
I find that adding hot grains to the veggies gives off just enough heat to liven the flavors.
I mixed everything then added the olive oil and the lime juice.
Serve and garnish with half an avocado.
Add salt to taste.
This was fantastic.
Everyone loved this vegan, protein rich meal which could also be great as a side dish with grilled salmon.
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Spinach Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Basil Pesto!
Spinach fettuccine with sauteed baby portobello mushrooms, pesto and shaved parmesan makes a great meatless, filling and nutritious meal.
Along with this beautiful salad of fresh yellow peppers and avocados our vegetarian meal satisfies everyone.
Annie’s Green Goddess dressing makes this salad heaven!
Boil spinach fettuccine, al dente.
Sautee the mushrooms with olive oil and garlic slices.
And mix in your favorites. I love basil pesto which I make myself.
I make it vegan and fresh!
Shaved parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil make this fantastic!
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Grilled Ciabatta with Veggies, Avocado and Fresh Mozzarella Quite Possibly the Best Sandwich Ever!
It all starts with the bread.
With bread this amazing you really can’t make a bad sandwich.
Ciabatta sliced in half and drizzeled with olive oil is placed under the broiler until golden.
I opened up a bag of frozen veggies and sauteed until soft.
The secret sauce makes this fantastic!
We discovered this at our favorite restaurant in town and the waitress was gracious enough to share the recipe with us!
And now we eat it on everything!
Avocado makes this creamy and delicious
The ciabatta bread is mana from heaven!
Toast it just right with lots of good olive oil.
Add some balsamic vinegar.
I loaded this sandwich with fresh mozzarella….
Lots of veggies…..
The secret sauce…..
And lots of love!
Posted in: Green Living, Healthy, Ingredients
Tags: avocado, balsamic vinegar, ciabatta bread, fresh mozzarella, Hellman's Real Mayonnaise, mayonnaise, olive oil, sandwich, spicy mayonnasie, srirancha, vegetable recipes, vegetable sandwich, vegetarian sandwich
Dinner with Michelle Bernstein at Sra. Martinez in Miami!
Michelle Bernstein chef/owner of Sra. Martinez and Michy’s in Miami was kind enough to spend some time with us at Sra. Martinez.
Bernstein was previously a co-host of the Food Network series Melting Pot and was once in a battle on Iron Chef America versus Bobby Flay, from which she emerged victorious. She has since appeared on numerous shows, including as a guest judge on Top Chef.
Going over the menu was serious business. The birthday girl ordered for all of us…she’s a pro!
Beautiful and simple. The most delicious olive oil and warm bread…some of the best bread all weekend.
Long Stem Chokes, Lemon-Coriander Dipping sauce was fantastic; crispy, flavorful and delicious!
I had my doubts about the raisin bread with Manchego. I was pleasantly surprised. The best combination ever.
The bread and cheese were irresistable.
Yellowfin tuna and this amazing Cuban toast. Something like a savory doughnut is the best way that I could describe this incredible dish.
Crispy Eggplant Miel, Sea Salt. Tasty! Delightful and addictive!
Ciabatta, Fresh Tomato, LEstornell . Crazy great! Michelle can get the most amazing flavor from the simplest of foods.
The cauliflower steak with Marcona almonds and raisins…..Inspired! I have a whole new love for cauliflower!
Of course, there was dessert! Bannana, ice cream, Churros, chocolate sauce; Girl Heaven!
The chocolate sauce was spicy and creamy. The churros were fried to perfection.
This was one of the most memorable and wonderful dining experiences of all time.
It was the friends, the love and Michelle Bernstein’s genius.
A perfect storm for a perfect night!
Posted in: Chefs and Restaurants, Indulgences
Tags: artichokes, bread, cauliflower, female chef, fried artichokes, Iron Chef, Latin food, Latina Chef, Manchego, Miami, Miami Chef, Miami food, Miami restaurant, Miami Restaurants, Michelle Bernstein, Michey's, Michy's, olive oil, Sra. Martinez, tomato, Top Chef