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Better For You Dip

In Cookbooks, Editorial on February 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm

NJT is not only about vegetarian food but healthy food too.  How many times have you sat in front of a movie or game only to eat a bag of chips?  We know that salsa is a go to snack but if you are eating a bag of fried tortilla chips, you are doing your body a disservice.  You have tried crudite but let’s be real; veggies and dressing is not interesting.  What can you do?

I bought an eggplant and wanted to do something interesting with it.  I looked through a couple of cookbooks and found recipes for roast eggplant dip.  I was skeptical that this could taste good.  I mean most of us eat eggplant fried, smothered in cheese and sauce.  How can roasting it be delicious?  So I did it.

Roast Eggplant Dip

I chose the recipe from “Vegetarian Cooking -A Commonsense Guide”  published by Bay Books.  Surprise, surprise – I loved it!  I really do like it and can see myself eating a bowl of this with a few baked pita chips which are ten times better then eating chips and salsa.  Eating this dip comes without the guilt of French onion dip and chips.  

So the question has come to mind; What are you snacking on?  How good is it for you?  I was so inspired by the recipe that I started to dig down into my mind trying to create fun party food.  On February 20th I will be teaching Vegetarian Party Food cooking class and after the class, I will be posting the recipes for you to try at your next party.

Check out your cookbooks and challenge yourself to snack healthy.


Cookbook: The Veggie Burger

In Cookbooks, meat substitutes, Recipe on February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Porcupine Ball

For most of you veggie burgers are the go to food in your transitional period.  How many veggie burgers have you eaten in the last month?  How many ways can you make a veggie burger?  If you can remember, my first blog post was about the veggie burger “Is my Boca Broken?” 

On one of my cookbook raids, I was fortunate enough to find “The Veggie Burger” published by MorningStar.  I think that is was very appropriate that  published a book about their top-selling item – Grillers. This book has over 50 recipes for your favorite veggie burger.  Recipes include burgers, salads, casseroles and more.

A few Sundays ago, I tested their recipe for porcupine balls.  Porcupine balls are a blend of crumbled veggie burgers, rice and seasoning molded into a meatball.  The recipe was accurate, I didn’t have to adjust anything for the burgers to come together.  I do suggest frying the recipe in a non-stick pan so that they won’t break up.  Were they a favorite?  Not really, maybe I am too much of a carnivore to appreciate a mock meatball but my husband didn’t mind.

Other recipes I can’t wait to try:

  • Portobello Mushroom and Onion Burger
  • Pollo Pomodoro Panini
  • Asian Style Lettuc Wraps
  • Vegan Veggie Burger Lasasna Rolls
  • Tex-mex Enchiladas

Event: Vegetarian Cooking Class – February 20th

In Event on February 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Last Class

Last time, I alerted you too late that I was going to be teaching a cooking class. I take full responsibility for not giving you enough time.  This time the responsibility is all yours. 

Why should you come?

  • Maybe you tried to cook some of the recipes and it didn’t come out right
  • You have questions about certain products or methods
  • You want to try something new, but don’t know where to start.
  • You could use the support in making the transition.

We have a new bonus this month. Not only will there be a demonstration but there will also be a health spotlight where you will be educated about the nutrients and benefits of the ingredients included in the demonstrated recipes.

Classes include:

  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Copies of the Recipes
  • Recipe Tasting

So what is holding you back?  This is your opportunity to take control of your health by cooking something healthy.  This month we are going to have fun by teaching party foods.  Vegetarian food is not boring!  There will be food and prizes; we are going to have a great time. Hope to see you there.

When: Sunday, February 20th, 1:30-3:00pm

Where: Community Seventh Day Adventist Church

                 245 Tenafly Road, Englewood, NJ 07631

Cost $5 per person

Pre-register at  /Walk-ins are welcome

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