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Monday, August 15, 2011

Recipe Review 8/8/11

It was a weekend of Adventures!  On Saturday, Team Shakti (myself, S, J, and the Husband) rode the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Ride, an organized bike ride (not a race) from Chisholm, MN, to Grand Rapids, MN.  We did this last year and had such a good time we went back.  This ride is a bit more...complicated, than other organized rides in that we have to get our bikes to the Start point the night before.  Last year the guys rode up the night before and I ran shuttle.  This year due to questionable weather we all drove up the night before to drop off the bike.

Glen Godfrey Pit - Ironworld/Chisholm
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The day of we made our way to Grand Rapids bright and early, leaving our place at 6a. The shuttle bus left right at 8 and we were on the trail by 10.  It was a cool start, slightly overcast but quickly clearing to become an absolutely gorgeous day. 

It is a very interesting trail, making it's way through a landscape shaped by man.  We wind around old mine pits now filled with aqua colored water and rimmed with aspen, huff and puff our way over old piles of discarded rock, wiggle through towns that were once thriving from the mining industry, and pass rusting abandoned mining equipment.  S and J rode the 50 miles in 3:15, the Husband and I finished in 3:30. 

And on Sunday, we rested....

The recipes from last week are:

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches  (Ckng Light August 2011)
I thought this was a great summer sandwich that uses items readily found in the garden.  For example, I used a yellow squash in stead of zucchini.  I think herbs could be swapped out too - a sprinkling of fresh oregano or thyme.  Don't feel like buying fresh mozzarella?  Substitute provolone or some goat cheese.  I also served these open faced. 


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1 medium zucchini, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 6 slices
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil,
divided 1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 (2-ounce) ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
8 large fresh basil leaves
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Place zucchini in a shallow dish. Add 2 teaspoons oil and garlic; toss to coat. Arrange zucchini in grill pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Cut each zucchini piece in half crosswise. Return zucchini to shallow dish. Drizzle with vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

2. Brush bottom halves of rolls with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Top evenly with zucchini, basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella.

3. Brush cut side of roll tops with remaining liquid from shallow dish, and place on sandwiches. Heat the sandwiches in pan until warm.

Jackie Newgent, Cooking Light

Rice Noodle Salad  (Ckng Lght, August 2011)
I'm still on a bit of a pad thai kick, and this recipe was rather similar.  My alterations are noted below, a few omissions and a couple substitutions.  This turned out pretty good.  I did over cook the noodles a bit (drat!), but I liked the flavors.  It made good leftovers for lunches.

8 ounces uncooked wide rice sticks (banh pho)
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
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1/2 cup organic vegetable broth 6 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
8 ounces tempeh, tofu, [drained and pressed for 30 minutes] cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
6 3 garlic cloves, minced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups fresh bean sprouts  (skipped - sprouts turned into compost)
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced English cucumber  summer squash
5 thinly sliced green onions
1 1/2 cups matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
12 lime wedges


1. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss with 1 teaspoon sesame oil.

2. Combine broth and the next 4 ingredients (through Sriracha), stirring with a whisk.

3a.  Cook tofu until lightly browned, set aside.  Cook eggs until done, set aside.
3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; swirl to coat. Add tempeh, and stir-fry 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic and shallots; stir-fry 1 minute or until shallots begin to soften. Add eggs; stir-fry for 30 seconds or until soft-scrambled, stirring constantly. Add soy sauce mixture, and bring to a boil. Add noodles and bean sprouts; toss gently to coat. Cook 1 minute or until sauce is thickened.  {Add in tofu and egg.}

4. Remove from heat, and top with cucumber and the next 5 ingredients (through fresh cilantro). Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon dry-roasted peanuts and the juice from 2 lime wedges.

Sally Swift, Cooking Light

1 comment:

Dee - JustD2Me said...

Congratulations on the ride. Sounds tiring, but FUN!

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