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Can you top this?

Cooked Topping for Salad, or fish, or chicken

Olive oil cooking spray

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

1 onion sliced into thin slices

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup corn kernels

Spray large skillet with cooking spray and heat on med-high heat. Saute tomatoes and onions until they soften, add garlic and corn kernels and continue to cook until corn kernels have a slightly roasted look. The entire cooking time is less than 5 minutes.

Serve warm or cold on top of mixed greens, kale, fish, chicken

Enjoy! Makes about 3 cups. IMG_2306 (1).JPG

 

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pH(yllo) Balanced

Some of my favorite recipes happen when I am looking to use ingredients I already have on hand. This recipe evolved as I was cooking it.

Phyllo Tart

8 sheets phyllo (filo) dough (buy in the freezer section), thawed

1 large onion, rough chop

8 oz baby bella mushrooms, rough chop

10 oz package, frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

6 oz sausages (Italian (sweet or spicy), chicken and apple, chicken and broccoli rabe) of your choice. Slice sausages and cut slices into quarters.*

1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Filling: In a large skillet, heat about 2 T oil on medium high. Add onions and saute until they wilt, then add mushrooms and sausages and cook until sausage is cooked through and mushrooms and onions are golden. Add spinach and continue cooking just a few minutes more until all of the liquid is evaporated. Stir in 1/8 cup of the cheese.

Lightly oil an 8″ square baking dish or pie plate. Lay 1/2 the phyllo dough on the bottom of the dish. Note: if phyllo cracks when laying it in or on top of the baking dish, no problem, just piece it together. Top with the filling and spread evenly. Place 1 sheet of the remaining dough on top, sprinkle with a bit of the remaining cheese and repeat this until all the dough is used.

Lightly oil a piece of foil large enough to cover the tart. Press the foil oil side down on the tart and compress the tart. Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake another 20 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.

Serves 2-4 as a main dish or 8-10 as an appetizer

*Firm tofu that has been drained of all liquid can be substituted for sausages.


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Vacation Tuna

I call this post “Vacation Tuna” because whenever I taste it, I feel as if I am on vacation. It’s delicious on crusty bread or if you’d like to pulse the results in a food processor, it makes a great hors d’oeuvres spread. I have also used it as a topping for baked potatoes.

Tuna with Olives, Lemon and Capers

8 oz tuna packed in olive oil, partially drained. (I recommend Ortiz Bonito del Norte if you can get it)
small clove of garlic, minced
zest of ~ 1/2 lemon
Juice of about 1/3 lemon
1/8 cup finely chopped onion
1/8 cup green olives, chopped
1 T capers (chop if capers are large)

Mix all the ingredients together breaking up the tuna as you go. You can chop this more finely in the food processor if you wish. Makes enough for 2 large sandwiches.


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Easy as Tomato Pie

Got an abundance of tomatoes? Try this very easy and delicious baked tomato salad pie.

Tomato Salad Pie

6-8 plum tomatoes or the equivalent of other tomatoes, sliced no thicker than 1/4″ thick

1-2 onions, preferably Vidalia, sliced no thicker than 1/8″ thick

1 small head of fennel, sliced no thicker than 1/8″ thick

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  In a shallow baking dish (stoneware works best) (either 8″ x 8″ or pie plate) start with tomatoes, then onions, then fennel, layer single layers of the slices of each vegetable ending with onion. Bake for approximately 1 hour until onions on top start to crisp up. 

Serve hot or at room temperature. Serves 4-6 as a side dish. 

Note: If the tomatoes you have are very juicy, you may want to seed them to maintain the integrity of the pie.