Today’s Ingredient(s) Mon. 11-19-2018

GOT THE GOODS

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At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

INGREDIENTS:

1- Pace Mild Chunky Salsa

2- GOYA Black Beans

3- Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce

Guess you know what I’ll be making with this! What? The Salsa gave it away?


CRANBERRY APPLE SALSA 2

APPLE CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA

It’s Thanksgiving or any other holiday, so why not ratchet up your old favorites with a twist of new? Cranberry and apple in salsa?  Why not? Take this dip with you to any gathering. Volunteer for the dip detail. You will change people’s taste buds forever. From now on they will expect the cranberries and apple in their salsa. They will, in fact, demand it. Where’re the cranberries? They don’t have them in the summer. Yes, they do. All year round in every grocery. Where’s the apple? Didn’t know you wanted apple. What??!! Everybody wants apple in their salsa. Where have you BEEN? Serve with any tortilla chips that strike you as appropriate; we’ll take care of everything else!

The only fat is in the chips.

Makes 5-1/2 cups






 

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Today’s Ingredient(s) Thu. 11-15-2018

GOT THE GOODS

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TODAY’S INGREDIENT: FANTA Orange Soda

Hey, soda isn’t just for drinking. It can enhance various recipes with its flavor an effervescence qualities. Salad dressing is one of those categories. Today we made a special dressing for Thanksgiving that’s animal- gluten- soy- and fat-free. Hope you like it!

FANTA ORANGE SODA SALAD DRESSING fat free

with sun-dried tomato, garlic and fresh orange – fat-free. A refreshing change in the way you dress your salads!

Makes 6 cups






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Mon. 10-15-2018

GOT THE GOODS

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Today’s Ingredient: beetology vacuumed packed whole beets

This is now my favorite way to buy beets. So easy. No peeling. They’re already cooked. Perfect texture. Use as you would any other beet form in any recipe calling for them. Slice, dice, shred.

PICKLED BEETS fat-free

You don’t have to go through the entire canning process to make pickled beets. Prep, cook, place in a jar and refrigerate to use as wanted. Here we add sweet onion strips and sweet red pepper. Then as we use the beets, we add other ingredients to the pickling jar, such as matchstick carrots and/or kidney beans (washed and drained). It makes a tasty salad by itself or as a side dish! 

Makes 6 cups






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Sat. 11-17-2018

GOT THE GOODS

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CANNED CRANBERRY SAUCE – one jellied and one whole.

Two brands: Ocean Spray and Our Family – both worked great by the way – together as it turns out!

Here we go:

SMOKY CRANBERRY ORANGE GRAVY fat free

If you’re looking for something different and familiar this is it! Plus you combine the cranberry and gravy into one dish, saving time and money. Did I mention how off-the-planet exciting cranberries can be when you recognize their potential? They’re just waiting to be explored!

Makes 3 cups


And what do we pour the gravy over? In this instance ROASTED YAM STEAKS, but why not try mashed potatoes, or stuffing? Put it over everything.

ROASTED YAM STEAKS – fat free

Tired of the same old mashed yams? Or the cubed and roasted style? Me too. Steve doesn’t like the texture. So what do I do with yams on sale? Try something new. Yam steaks! Pour the SMOKY CRANBERRY ORANGE GRAVY over, top with some pine nuts and a wonderful main dish event emerges to take over the table! I’m in. And Steve? Well, he ate the whole portion. Except for the pine nuts this dish is fat-free

Serves 6-8









Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 11-16-2018

GOT THE GOODS

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INGREDIENT: BLUE DIAMOND SMOKEHOUSE ALMONDS makes a perfect Smokehouse Almond Crumble

Sprinkle over salads, veggies, even dessert (minus the garlic of course).


SMOKED ALMOND GARLIC GREEN BEANS

Not your typical green beans almondine. Better. Easy to make. I could make a main dish out of these beans and feel like I had a complete meal. Yet they go well with other main dishes, especially holiday ones. If you’re serving a crowd, this is a perfect side dish vegetable, requiring little effort!

Serves 6-8






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Thu. 11-11-2018

GOT THE GOODS

Be looking in a couple days for the recipe(s) links right here kiddo. Made from the ingredients on display by YOU KNOW WHO!

You know where to come for the best!

At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

  1. Persian Saffron (aka Golden Saffron)


SAFFRON APRICOT WALNUT POCKETS fat free

These little pockets look like they took a while to make, but they didn’t. Complexity is the impression; simplicity is the reality! Wonderfully rich bites. The perfect dessert to savor with tea, coffee or wine! 

Makes as many as you want

Visit AFC GLOBAL for additional Saffron Recipes






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Sun. 11-04-2018

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At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

1 – RED FORK ASPARAGUS SKILLET SAUCE

2 – WOODSTOCK Frozen Whole Baby Asparagus

3 – WOODSTOCK Frozen Shelled Edamame

ASPARAGUS AND EDAMAME FRIED RICE

Red and white rice pan-fried with red onion and celery. Mixed with RED FORK Asparagus Skillet Sauce, then tossed with asparagus and edamame. Served with a Smoky Russian Dressing!

Makes 9-1/2 cups


I’ve bought frozen edamame before and the package instructions always recommended less time than it actually required to cook them till tender. I don’t understand why, but with WOODSTOCK brand that issue did not present itself. I like that. They cooked up quickly and tender, not mushy.

The same with the asparagus. I was surprised to see spears. I must not have been paying attention when Steve brought them home and I photographed them. Usually, I buy cuts. The spears were great. I just cut off an inch from the bottom of each stalk and discarded it after cooking them. Good flavor, good texture, good color. I’ll buy them again.

The asparagus sauce was a big surprise. Generally, I don’t buy packaged sauces; l make my own, but this was high quality like I’d get at an upscale restaurant. Impressive. Next time I’ll do the asparagus in the skillet recipe. But it worked well with this fried rice dish, and there was asparagus in the rice, so I didn’t veer too much from the original purpose of the sauce. Well done.






 

Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 2 November 2018

GOT THE GOODS

Be looking in a couple days for the recipe(s) links right here kiddo. Made from the ingredients on display by YOU KNOW WHO!

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At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

1- Wishbone Russian Dressing

2- Almond Breeze unsweetened original Almondmilk

3- House Of Herbs Hickory Liquid Smoke

 

SMOKY RUSSIAN DRESSING low-fat

Steve likes bottled dressing and sometimes so do I. Wishbone Russian is one of them. To reduce the calories this time, I add a low calorie unsweetened Almondmilk by Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze), a few drops of liquid smoke, a little garlic powder, salt, then whisk till smooth. Perfect! I love the transformation to creamy!

Makes 1-3/4 cups

1 c. bottled Wishbone Russian Dressing

3/4 c. Almond Breeze AlmondMilk – unsweetened 30 calories per 8 oz.

sev. drops liquid smoke to taste

1/2 t. garlic powder

salt to taste


Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk till evenly dispersed and smooth.

Use over green leaf and cabbage salads or serve with fried rice dishes, heated.

Serve heated or chilled, whatever your preference.


Notes: Wishbone Russian is Steve’s go-to salad dressing for work. To reduce the calories he drizzles the dressing over the salad, then drizzles Balsamic vinegar around the edges of the salad, without mixing the two. He gets the benefit of the full-strength Russian without using as much of it. And, he likes how the Russian dressing mutes the acidity of the Balsamic vinegar, when the two collide on the plate. Perfect again!

Add the amount of Almondmilk that suits the thickness you want for the dressing. I prefer mine on the thin side, while still creamy-textured.

To increase the protein content in one of the salads I used with this dressing, I sliced a chilled veggie hot dog and tossed with lettuce, tomato, onion, carrot cabbage and red pepper. Tasted great for lunch!






Today’s Ingredient(s) Fri. 19 October 2018

GOT THE GOODS

Be looking in a couple days for the recipe(s) links right here kiddo. Made from the ingredients on display by YOU KNOW WHO!

You know where to come for the best!

At CHEF SHARON’S Animal-Free Kitchen! That’s where it all happens!

1. MINUTE MAID LIMEADE

2. LUCKY’S PINEAPPLE SLICES

3. BUSH’S BEAN POT VEGETARIAN FAT-FREE BAKED BEANS

 

MINUTE MAID LIMEADE DRESSING fat-free

Minute Maid Limeade combined with pineapple explodes onto your greens like no other dressing. Use as dressing for any salad you like or over cooked veggies or as a dipper for fried tofu!

Makes approx. 5 cups





 

COLLARDS IN MUSTARD CIDER SAUCE 1

COLLARDS IN MUSTARD CIDER SAUCE fat-free

There aren’t many sauces you can make fat-free that will stand up against the fatted version. This is one of them. All added flavors and textures compliment the greens and vice versa. I just happened to have cider on hand, because it’s Fall in America where I happily live. My status means nothing. Location, location, location is everything. I don’t want anybody’s life, money or fame. I can get my own in my own way on my own terms. I don’t buck the system or game it, or corrupt it. I work with it. Everybody wants a free pass with nothing to offer. Not me. I raise myself. I don’t need somebody else to do it for me. 

Enjoy this unique way of serving collard greens. Holidays are coming up. Surprise family and guests with something familiar yet different! Serve over a combination of white and sweet mashed potatoes, or seasoned long grain rice. You decide!

Makes 9-1/2 cups