Edamame: A food that sounds like a video game/Recipes/Kosher

There was a time not so long ago that the soy bean was an ingredient that was relegated to the soy sauce or tofu ingredient in our recipes. Some enterprising chef realized that the soy bean in its fresh form AKA Edamame is a fabulous food in its own natural form and voila, a new food craze is off and running.

Edamame (or the soy bean) is a green vegetable that is jam packed full of protein and is a wonderful source for calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamin, foliate and iron. These large beans come in a pod that looks like a pea pod only bigger. They are harvested early in their growth cycle so the beans are still tender and green and haven’t matured. The best way to use the edamame is to parboiled in lightly salted water, rinse, drain and cool and then remove the bean from the pod. When shopping for your fresh edamame choose pods that are plump, firm and don’t have any spots of blemishes. You can keep the fresh edamame in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days and the frozen stuff is just fine for 3 or 4 months in the freezer.

Edamame is so very versatile it’s great eaten all by itself or in salads, soups, stir fry, pasta dishes and any kind of casseroles into which you want to add some protein.  Fresh edamame is usually found at natural and higher end produce sections or at farmers markets. You can find the frozen stuff in most grocery freezer sections.

At this point you know as much as I do about our friend the edamame and you’re ready to try some of the new recipes you’ll find below.

 

HOISIN BEEF AND EDAMAME (meat)

 

1/2 lb cooked and drained whole wheat spaghetti

3 tablespoons lime juice

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons sesame oil

8 ounces  steak, trimmed, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 10-ounce package frozen shelled edamame, (about 2 cups), thawed

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

 

In a bowl combine the lime juice, hoisin sauce, garlic and cornstarch. Whisk to combine.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the steak and cook, stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes or until it’s done the way you like it. Immediately transfer the steak to a plate using tongs but don’t clean the pan. Add bell pepper to in the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add edamame and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the sauce mixture and beef to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the noodles; toss to coat. Top with cilantro. Serves 4

 

Tip: Freezing the flank steak for about 20 minutes will make it easier to thinly slice.

 

From EatingWell January/February 2007

GARLIC EDAMAME (pareve)

 

1/2 cup water

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 (16 ounce) packages frozen edamame

1/2 cup teriyaki or soy sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 to 1 lb angel hair pasta, cooked, drained

 

Bring the water and garlic to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Stir in the edamame, and cook until the edamame are hot, and the liquid has nearly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and sesame oil. Stir constantly until the sauce has thickened and coats the edamame, about 4 minutes. Add the cooked pasta, toss to combine and place the mixture in a serving bowl. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds and serve. Serves 6 as a side dish 4 as a main course.

 

Submitted by Jore Cardase Chicago IL

EDAMAME AND CORN SALAD (pareve)

 

1 package (16 ounces) frozen shelled edamame

2 cups fresh or frozen corn, cooked and kernels

1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

4 green onions, thinly sliced

4 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 cup chopped black olives

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

 

dressing:

 

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1 small tomato, seeded and diced small

1 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

 

 

Bring 2 quarts water to boil in medium saucepan on high heat. Add edamame; cook 4 minutes or until edamame are bright green and tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a large salad bowl and whisk to combine.  Add edamame, corn, red bell pepper, green onions, celery, black olives and parsley; toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Toss before serving.

 

Modified by me from mccormick.com

 

SESAME CHICKEN EDAMAME (meat)

 

2 teaspoons oil

1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh lemongrass

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 cups frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)

2 cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry mix

2 tablespoons  soy sauce

1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut green onions

2 teaspoons dark sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the ginger, lemongrass, and garlic and sauté 1 minute or just until mixture begins to brown. Add the chicken and cook for about 2 minutes. Add edamame and stir-fry mix and cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.  In a bowl combine the soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and cornstarch and whisk to combine. Add the liquid to the pan and cook for about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the onions, sesame seeds, and salt. Mix to combine and serve over rice or noodles. Serves 6 to 8

 

Modified from Cooking Light MARCH 2006

 

PEPPERS EDAMAME AND QUINOA (pareve)

 

1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup shelled frozen edamame, thawed

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 red onion, chopped

3 stalks of celery, chopped

2/3 cup golden raisins

8 to 12 bib lettuce leaves

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 clove of garlic, minced

 

In a bowl combine the garlic, honey, soy sauce and vinegar. Whisk to combine and set aside.  In a large bowl combine the quinoa, edamame, pepper, raisins and onion and mix to combine.  Pour the sauce over the quinoa and mix together until the mixture is completely coated. To serve, place 2 leaves on each serving plate and spoon some of the quinoa mixture into it. Serves 4 to 6.

 

From my files, source unknown

 

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Oodles of Noodles

When my son discovered that the money train AKA his parents credit card had left when he entered grad school he quickly discovered the joys of pasta, or more specifically, ramen noodles. Left to his own devices (and given his limited time to spend in the kitchen) this staple in his pantry would have been the entree of choice. I convinced him, though a little culinary magic, a few simple recipes and a $50 gift card to Kroger have to try a few different types of noodles to kick up his menu variety.

Created in China (not Italy as most people believe) noodles were an integral part of the Chinese diet from as early as 200 B.C There are several kinds of noodles in Chinese cuisine, mien noodles (egg), rice noodles, wheat noodles and bean noodles. In northern China,
wheat noodle are eaten more regularly than rice or rice noodles. Rice noodles are considered a southern Chinese staple. I told my son that while there were nice inexpensive “Americanized” alternatives to the Asian noodles (lets not forget Japan here) that the originals were actually tastier and more interesting.

The first noodle I introduced him to was the Soba noodle. A Soba noodle is made with wheat flour and buckwheat. It’s high in fiber and has a nutty full bodied flavor. The higher the buckwheat content the more expensive the noodle. Soba noodles are typically served in soups or with a plain with a dipping sauce. Less expensive alternative: whole wheat spaghetti or linguini.

He already knew about Ramen but for the uninformed, Ramen are thin and skinny curly dried egg noodles that are typically sold in an instant soup form. There is usually a packet of flavored instant soup powder in the package. My son has eaten it for years and has added veggies and left over chicken or turkey. There isn’t really a less expensive alternative as they are cheap cheap cheap but regular spaghetti noodles are pretty close.

Rice noodles are round or flat, thin and slightly translucent white noodles made from rice flour and water. They kinda have zero flavor of their own (just a great squishy texture) and they pair with just about any strong meat of fish flavor. You can substitute vermicelli, linguine, or fettuccine but it’s not really a close match.

Bean thread, cellophane or mung bean noodles are very thin noodles that are semi-transparent noodles made from the starch of mung beans. Bean threads become very slippery when cooked. Their subtle flavor is the perfect complement to any meat or fish dish. I would suggest rice noodles or vermicelli as a substitute but they are sort of a one of a kind noodle.

For most the tried and true method of cooking noodles is to boil the and then add them to the other ingredients, pour sauce over them or add ingredients to the pot they were cooked in. I really don’t have much to add to that for my column other than don’t over cook them and read the instructions on the package.

If possible try and buy fresh noodles as opposed to the dried variety. Fresh noodles should be soft but not limp, sticky, or brittle. Fresh will keep for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator and for 1 month in the freezer. Dried noodles can be kept until just about the next ice age in a cool, dry, dark place.

One final “noodle note” those ‘chow mein’ found in most Chinese restaurants are an American invention so if you’re looking for “authentic” pass the up and get yourself the real stuff. For those of you that don’t eat shell fish you can always substitute chicken or fish.

SLEEPING DRAGON NOODLE SALAD

1/4 cup sesame oil

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

2 carrots julienned

1/4 cup chopped celery

4 radishes julienned

2 cups shredded Chinese cabbage

4 packages ramen egg noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons black or toasted sesame seeds

 

In a large
salad bowl combine the sesame oil, hot sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar,
sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the noodles and toss to
coat. Add shredded cabbage and toss to coat. Add the green onions, carrot,
celery and radishes. Toss to combine and top with sesame seeds before serving.
Serves 8.

 

SHRIMP NOODLE STIR FRY

2 teaspoon cornstarch

2 egg whites

1/3 to 1/2 lb shelled shrimp (raw) cut in half

3/4 lb noodles (any kind will work but I like soba noodle with this)

salt

3 tablespoons sesame oil

3 to 4 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon ginger

1 1/2 tablespoon white wine

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

 

In a bowl mix the cornstarch and ginger with the egg white and whisk to combine. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside. Cook the noodles in boiling salted water for about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Heat the 3 tablespoons sesame oil in a skillet. Add the green onion, and shrimp and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add the soy sauce, wine and sugar and mix to combine. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the noodles and mix to combine. Continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes and just before you’re finished add 1 teaspoon sesame oil, cook
for 30 seconds, stirring constantly and serve. Serves then add the sesame seed oil just before serving. Serves 2 to 4

Modified from a recipe submitted by Carlie Smyth Chicago IL

 

HOT AND SPICEY PORTABELLA AND EDAMAME WITH NOODLES

For sauce

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 teaspoons Wasabi paste (this is hot, you can use less)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 cup oil

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced garlic

10 ounces portabella mushrooms, chopped into small pieces

8 cups shredded Napa cabbage

6 green onions, thinly sliced

8 to 9 ounces soba

1 cup frozen shelled edamame

3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

 

In a bowl combine the water, soy sauce, Wasabi and brown sugar and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Set the sauce aside.  Heat the
oil in skillet then add the ginger and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the portabellas and saute, stirring frequently for 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat and add cabbage and 2/3’s of the green onions (save a tablespoon for garnish) and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer 2 minutes.

 

While cabbage is cooking, cook the soba and edamame together in a pasta pot of boiling salted water until the noodles are just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the noodles and edamame in a colander and rinse with cool water. Place the noodles and edamame in a large bowl and add the vegetable mixture. Mix to combine. Serve sprinkled with remaining green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

 

BOTH SIDES BROWNED NOODLES

Kind of like a noodle pancake

1 pound fresh or dried egg noodles

2 tablespoon sesame oil

2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil (or more if needed)

In a large stock pot, add enough water to cover the noodles and bring the water to a boil. Add the noodles, stirring to separate. Cook until the noodles almost done, tender, but still firm. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place the noodles back into the pot and add the sesame oil and toss to coat. In a frying pan or a wok, heat 2 tablespoons oil over a high heat. Add the noodles. Spread the noodles out to the edges of the pan, and then let them cook, without stirring, until they are browned on the bottom (6 to 8 minutes). Flip over and brown the other side. You can do this by placing a plate over the top of the pan, flipping the noodles out onto it and then sliding them back into the pan. You may need to add a little more oil to keep them from sticking. Cook on the second side until crispy, 4 to 5 more minutes. Remove the fried noodle pancake to a serving plate.  Cut into wedges and serve with stir fried vegetables or grilled meat. Serves 4 to 6.

 

Submitted byTony Easteron River GroveIL

WARM GINGER AND PEANUT NOODLE SALAD

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon wasabi

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound uncooked angle hair pasta or linguini

1 1/2 cups shredded carrot

1/3 to 1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise

1 cup thin strips red or yellow bell pepper

3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

1 can sliced water chestnuts

1/2 to 3/4 cup honey roasted peanuts

 

In a large
bowl combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil,
Wasabi and garlic. Whisk to combine and set aside. Cook the pasta according to
the directions on the box. When the noodles are al dente (still a little
crunchy) turn off the heat and add the carrot and snow peas. Let the mixture
sit for 2 minutes then drain, saving 1/4 cup of the liquid. Add the drained
pasta and noodles to the salad dressing in the salad bowl. Toss to coat. Add
the bell pepper, water chestnuts and onions. Toss to coat. Add the pasta water
and toss to coat. Sprinkle the honey roasted peanuts on top and serve warm.
Serves 4. This recipe can be doubled or tripled

 

SPICY CASHEW NOODLE SALAD

8 oz dried linguini, spaghetti, or soba noodles

2 cups broccoli florets cut small

1/4 pound pea pods, sliced in 1/3’s

1 carrot, peeled, julienned

1/2 red onion chopped fine

3 tablespoons sesame oil

2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoon soy sauce

3 tablespoons lime juice (fresh is best)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

3 green onions, sliced

1 large tomato seeded and chopped

1/2 cup red pepper, julienned

1 cup toasted cashews

 

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse and drain again and then set it
aside. Steam the broccoli, pea pods, and carrots for about 2 minutes, making
sure they are still crisp. Rinse them in cold water and set them aside. Heat 1
tablespoon of the sesame oil in a frying pan, add onion, ginger and garlic and
saute for 2 to 3 minutes until just soft. Add the green onions, tomato and red
pepper. Mix to combine and cook for about 2 minutes. In a bowl combine the lime
juice, remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, soy sauce. Add the sauteed onion
mixture to the sauce and mix to combine. Add the noodles and steamed vegetables
to the sauce. Toss to coat the pasta. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before
serving. Great at room temperature or served cold. Before serving sprinkle the
pine nuts on the top. Serves 6.

 

SALSA SHRIMP AND NOODLE SOUP

1 lb shrimp, peeled and divined

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

5 cups water

2 packages  flavored Ramen Noodles (use 1 packet of seasoning)

2 cups salsa

1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained

1 can corn

1 green onion thinly sliced

 

In a medium bowl combine the lemon juice chili powder, cumin, and pepper. Mix to combine
and add the shrimp. Toss to coat and let sit for 1/2 hour. In a large sauce pan
bring water to boil, stir in 1 ramen flavor packet, break the ramen noodles
into pieces and add them to the saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil cook for 1
minute. Add shrimp, salsa, beans, corn, and green onion and then reduce the
soup to a simmer. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
Serves 4.

 

Submitted by Lenore Hentz Trenton NJ

 

ASPARAGUS AND NOODLE STIR FRY

3 oz. pkg. oriental or shrimp flavor ramen noodle soup mix

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 lb. asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 red onion chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 lb. sea scallops cut in half or talapia cut into pieces

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Cook and drain ramen noodles as directed on the package and set them aside. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in wok or large skillet. Add the asparagus, bell pepper, onion and garlic. Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the scallops and stir-fry until they are white and firm. Add the ramen seasoning packet, soy sauce, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and hot sauce and stir into scallop mixture. Stir in the cooked noodles. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes until everything is hot throughout. Serves 4 to 6.

Modified from about.com

 

 

Pepper is Sexy

       In the movie version of my life, when asked which way I prefer my pepper served, my James Bond-ish kind of answer isn’t the “shaken not stirred” Sean Connery quip but rather the cracked not ground bon mot. Alas, Hollywood hasn’t been knocking on my door and I’ll have to take my over the top spice fantasies down a notch or two.

I am not a food snob, but, if the only pepper you’ve ever used is the pre ground stuff your taste buds will thank you once they’ve tried the freshly ground stuff.  The outer shell of the peppercorn seals in the pungent bite of its flavor.  Freshly grinding your peppercorn cracks the outer shell and releases the flavor. Once the peppercorn is ground the sharpness of its bite starts to decay within an hour or two. So, if you’re going to be seasoning a dish with freshly ground pepper, wait until the last possible moment to add it.

Pepper comes from the berries of the Piper nigrum plant. Black, red, white and green peppercorns are actually the same fruit; they’re just harvested at different points in the ripening process and processed differently. The most commonly used pepper in the US is the black peppercorn. Black peppercorns are picked when they are just about to turn red. They are dried (they shrivel up and become dark) and either sold whole or ground. Green peppercorns are picked while still unripe and green. White peppercorns are picked when the berry is ripe and then soaked in a brine to remove the dark outer shell. Pink peppercorns, on the other hand are not actually peppers but the taste is close enough that they are lumped into the pepper category.

So bottom line, some recipes call for cracking pepper, others call for grinding, which is better? The answer is neither is better, it’s a matter of taste. Grinding produces a finer powdery consistency and cracking is a coarser consistency. So much depends on what you’re making and on what type of grinder you’re using. In the world of fresh ground pepper the following semi accurate equivalents should give you approximate measurements:

 

1/8 teaspoon = 4 to 5 rotations
1/4 teaspoon = 8 to 10 rotations
1/2 teaspoon = 19 to 22 rotations
1 teaspoon = 35 to 40 rotations

CRACKED PEPPER DRESSING

You can use low or no fat mayonnaise and sour cream if you’re looking for a lower calorie version.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons milk
4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoon ground cracked pepper
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion salt

In a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to combine. Makes approx 1 cup.

PEPPER BURGERS

2 pounds ground beef
1 to 2 tablespoons minced onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground pepper  
2 teaspoons soy sauce

6 Kaiser rolls

lettuce, tomato, pickles (optional)

In a bowl combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, pepper and soy sauce. Make 6 patties. Heat a grill pan and fry the patties or 6 to 7 minutes per side or until your desired level of cooking. Serve immediately on Kaiser rolls with tomato, lettuce and pickles. Makes 6 patties

PEPPERED MIXED NUTS

1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg white
3 cups mixed almonds, cashews, and pecans

Preheat oven to 250. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set it aside.  In a bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  In another bowl whisk the egg white until it’s foamy.  Add the nuts into the egg white mixture and toss to coat well.  Add the spice mixture to the nuts and toss to coat. Spread the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool slightly and break any clumps apart.  Cool completely and store in airtight container. Makes 3 cups.

PEPPERED CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons oil

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1-1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5 Spice powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound ground chicken

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 can (5 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onions

12 Bibb or leaf lettuce

Sauce

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons oil

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

In a bowl combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, oil, onion, brown sugar, garlic, five spice powder, pepper and salt in large bowl. Add the chicken to the sauce. Stir in mushrooms and water chestnuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to cook.

Heat large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat.  Add the chicken mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked throughout. Remove the mixture from the heat. Top with green onions. Serve in a lettuce leaf with a drizzle of the Sweet Sauce.

Sweet Sauce
In a bowl combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Modified from spiceisland.com

LEMON PEPPER VEGETABLE PASTA

1/2 lb uncooked bow tie pasta
1/4 cup olive  oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 pound asparagus, cut into 1inch pieces

8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 can (15 oz size) garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. In a large skillet heat the oil. Saute the bell pepper, mushrooms, asparagus, lemon peel, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are warm but still crisp. Stir in the lemon juice, green onions and beans into the vegetable mixture. Cook until beans are hot. Add pasta; toss and season with pepper to taste. Serves 4.
PEPPER AND GARLIC SHRIMP SALAD
3 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
25 to 30 large cooked and peeled shrimp
2 large avocados
2 large seeded and diced tomatoes
3 green onions, chopped

1 red pepper diced
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
salt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

White Wine Vinaigrette
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/4 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Season the shrimp with the pepper and salt, and allow to sit for a few minutes. Prepare the vinaigrette by combining all the ingredients and whisking vigorously. Rinse the lettuce and dry in a salad spinner. Place an equal amount of lettuce on a couple of large dinner plates. Slice the avocado and arrange it on each plate, then toss in the tomatoes. Add the chopped green onions, then set the plates aside.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and carefully cook for about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until they are completely pink and have begun to curl. Serve on individual plates or in a salad bowl. Serves 6

Submitted by Katie Karston Detroit MI modified from sunset.com

PEPPERED CHICKEN WITH VODKA

I have no idea where I got this recipe but we love it at our house. It’s simple and delicious and when at a loss as to what to make this is the recipe that most often comes to mind.

1 large whole chicken, cut up

salt and fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and sliced thin

1 bunch fresh thyme

 (1/3 cup) pepper vodka (easy to find)

Preheat the oven to 450. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive in a Dutch oven. Sear the chicken in the olive oil, When browned but not cooked throughout, pour the pepper vodka over the top of the chicken and light it (yes, light it). When the alcohol is all burned off add the onion, carrot and thyme, stir to coat, and place in the oven. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Serves 4

Modified from Cooking With Booze by George Bone

PEPPERED SALMON

2/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

6 to 8 salmon fillets

1/3 cup coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

In resealable plastic bag combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. Place salmon in the marinade, shake to coat, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a bowl combine the pepper and breadcrumbs. Place pepper mixture on a flat plate. Remove salmon from marinade (don’t dry it off) and press top of each fillet into the pepper. Place the salmon, skin side down on the on the oil. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until firm to touch but not dry. Serves 6 to 8.

Keeping The Planet Green One Bean At A Time

Green is the color of the day. Green planet, green energy and most of all green vegetables. We all know you gotta have green vegetables in your diet every day, it’s the law (mom’s law). Most green vegetables are great as stand alone side dishes. The green bean, however, seems to stand head and shoulders (as if they had them) above the rest. In fact, with green beans you can add just one or two ingredients and have a fantastic side or main dish.

Commonly referred to as the string beans, these bright green and crunchy veggies are available at your local market throughout the year; they are in season from late summer through fall when they are at their best and the least expensive. Green beans vary in size they average about four inches in length. Green beans are low in calories (just 43 calories in a whole cup) and green beans are also a great source of vitamin C, A and K, foliate, iron and manganese. (Yum, just can’t get enough of that magnesium)

Look for beans that have smooth feel and have a vibrant emerald green color, and that are free from brown spots or bruises. They should have a firm texture and ‘snap’ when broken. You should store your unwashed fresh beans in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Stored this way they should keep for about a week.

Lots of recipes call for blanching beans before using them. Easy to do. Heat a pot of water to a boil, adding a teaspoon of salt per quart of water (salt will help preserve the green color of the beans in addition to seasoning them). For a crisper texture, figure a cooking time of about 2 minutes from the time the boil resumes after you add the green beans. Drain them immediately and then submerge them in cold water to stop the cooking.

Fresh green beans are always best but frozen green beans will work just fine for the following recipes if you can’t get the fresh. In my opinion, however, you should never, ever use canned green beans except as a last resort, unless the world is coming to an end and there is no other alternative, but, even then, I’d think about it.

GRILLED GREEN BEAN AND EGGPLANT SALAD
2 to 3 Japanese eggplants
1 1/2 lb fresh green beans, blanched
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 large red bell peppers, julienned
2 to 3 cups mixed salad greens
3 tablespoons minced red onion
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Slice eggplants into rounds 1/4″ thick. In a large bowl toss with green beans with the 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar. Grill the eggplant slices (on a grill or grill pan) 8 to 10 minutes, turning frequently. In a large salad bowl, toss together bell peppers, greens, onions, olive oil, lemon juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain the green beans and then arrange grilled eggplant and green beans on top of the salad. Serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8
SHANGHAI STIR FRY GREEN BEANS
 
1 lb fresh green beans, blanched
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 1/2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over moderate heat. Remove when seeds begin to pop. In a bowl combine the sugar, rice wine vinegar, white pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil and whisk to combine.

Put a wok on very high heat. When very hot, add oil, salt and then the beans and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the oil mixture and stir-fry for another minute. Add sesame seeds and blend well. Transfer to serving platter and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

 DILLED GREEN BEAN AND PASTA SALAD

dressing:
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dill
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper

salad:

5 oz (2 cups) rotini or bow tie pasta
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup cut 1″ fresh green beans
1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
4 green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
4 to 6 oz cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese (1/2 to 2/3 cup)

In a jar, combine the vinegar, olive oil, dill, salt mustard and pepper and shake well. Cook pasta in 3 quarts boiling water to desired doneness, adding carrots and green beans during the last 2 to 4 minutes or pasta cooking time. Drain. Rinse thoroughly with cold water to cool rapidly. In a large serving bowl, combine cooled pasta mixture and the peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumber and mozzarella. Mix to combine. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently, cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour for the flavors to combine. Serves 4 to 6.

GARLIC GREEN BEAN AND RICE PILAF
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups brown rice
8 large garlic cloves, pressed
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup yellow crookneck squash, cubed
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup fresh corn kernels or frozen, thawed
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
2 teaspoon soy sauce

Heat oil heavy large skillet over low heat. Add onion; saute until golden and tender, about 10 minutes. Add rice and garlic; saute 1 minute. Add 3 cups water and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly and cook until rice is tender and almost all liquid is absorbed, about 35 minutes; do not stir. Uncover skillet and place green beans, squash, broccoli, corn and carrot evenly over surface of rice. Cover and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in red bell pepper and sesame seeds. Mix in soy sauce. Toss to coat. Serve immediately. Serves 8.

TROPICAL GREEN BEANS
 
4 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb fresh green beans, cleaned, cut and dried
1 small onion, cut into rings
6 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 to 5 stalks hearts of palm, cut into 1/2″ rings
1/3 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Brush a large baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Put green beans, onion, and garlic in dish, drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring beans at least 3 times. When tender, remove beans from oven and transfer to bowl. Immediately drizzle with vinegar. Add the hearts of palm, tomatoes, pine nits and pepper to taste and toss. Serves 4.

DILLED GREEN BEANS AND NEW POTATOES
 
1 lb small new potatoes, quartered
1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed, broken into 2″ pieces
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic

In medium saucepan, bring about 2 cups water to a boil. Add potatoes and green beans; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 9-11 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, dill, salt, pepper olive oil and garlic and blend well. Drain vegetables; rinse with cold water to cool slightly. Place the veggiesf in serving bowl. Add sour cream mixture, toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time. Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings.

GREEN BEANS AND PEPPERS

1 lb green beans, cooked
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 small onion, halved and sliced thin
2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

zest of 1 orange
salt and pepper

Melt butter or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add cooked green beans, peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook slowly, stirring, until peppers are crisp tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add orange rind, salt and pepper to taste. Serves 6 to 8.

GREEK GREEN BEANS AND TOMATOES

1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths, blanched
1/2 cup vegetable stock
1 onion, chopped or thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup peeled, seeded, and diced tomato
1 tablespoon tomato puree (optional)
salt and pepper
Lemon wedges, for garnish

Bring the veggie stock to a boil in a large saute pan. Add the onion and simmer, covered, until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and optional tomato puree and simmer about 5 minutes.  Add the green beans and simmer until tender and some of the sauce is absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges. Serves 6 to 8

BALSAMIC PEPPERS AND GREEN BEANS

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed, blanched
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
grated Parmesan cheese
In a small frying pan over medium heat, saute red bell pepper in olive oil until tender. Add garlic, partially cooked green beans, white wine, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Heat until beans are warmed. Transfer to a serving platter, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8

BARBEQUE GREEN BEANS

2 to 4 slices bacon

1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon minced garlic

4 to 5 cups fresh green beans

1 to 2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 cup prepared hickory barbeque sauce
Preheat oven to 325. Cook bacon until crisp in a heavy skillet. Remove the bacon but don’t drain the pan. Cool the bacon on paper towels then crumble and set aside. Sauté onion and garlic in the bacon drippings for about 3 minutes (they still should be crispy but starting to wilt). Lightly grease a 3 quart casserole dish. In the dish combine the green beans, bacon, onions, garlic, season salt and barbeque sauce. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Serves 4 to 6. This recipe can be doubled or tripled