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Tomato and Chopped Spinach Salad

Chop some spinach in this salad for a healthy and tasty dish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • olives
  • capers
  • half of a small red onion, chopped
  • as much spinach as you like
  • oregano
  • olive oil

Chop and mix, sprinkle olive oil and enjoy!

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Μπάμιες! (Okras) with Tomato Sauce!

This is one of our all time favorite! Every week we visit the farmer’s market with desperation to find organic, sweet, delightful μπάμιες!

We use fresh ones, but using frozen ones will save you so much time.   Keep the recipe until you can find fresh ones!

You will need

  • 1 kilogram of okras/Μπάμιες
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 juicy tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • cumin
  • olive oil
  • vinegar

This is how I did it and they were not slimey, they were delicious!

Wearing gloves, I washed them well. Then.. off with their heads! With a knife i chopped all of their hats off because I don’t adore biting into it when I eat them. Slime is oozing out of them but fear not, for you will make it disappear! Put the clean μπάμιες in a bowl and drizzle vinegar on them. Leave them in it for about 30 to 50 minutes and you will have yourselves perfect μπάμιες!

Put the tomatoes in α blender (we used a Vitamix) with a half tablespoon of sugar, a dash of cumin, salt and pepper accordingly ( to your health and taste, not necessarily in that order) and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well. This is your sauce.

Assuming you left them in the vinegar (which I hope you did!!), it is now time to coat a large pot with olive oil, set it on medium heat and sizzle the chopped onion and garlic. When they get a bit of color, it is time to throw the μπάμιες inside. All the vinegar will evaporate at this point and no one will understand the flavor. I know this guy who hates vinegar but loves this food so it works. (What she says is true!)

For a few minutes sizzle the μπάμιες to make them soft and make the vinegar evaporate. When they start sounding too dry, add the tomato sauce and enough water to cover them, stir. Cover with the lid οn medium-low heat and stir carefully to avoid mashing the μπάμιες!

As you cook the food, the μπάμιες will drink up the tomato sauce and the water while being cooked. If the water has evaporated before the μπάμιες are soft, add some more water. If you add too much water, take the lid off and let them cook for quite some time. I think the secret is to keep your cool and let the tomato sauce become thick allowing the μπάμιες to absorb most of it.

Don’t be afraid of the μπάμιες, they don’t look fabulous, but they sure taste great!

Vegan Pasta Sauce

Coat the bottom of a large and deep frying pan (that has a cover) with olive oil. Place the pan over medium-low heat on the stove. Once the olive oil is hot enough add these ingredients in the following order and saute them (stirring occasionally):

  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) of chopped or diced red onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 small eggplants, chopped (split vertically 4 times then chopped horizontally into small chunks)
  • 1/2 cup (100 ml) of diced green peppers
  • 1 cup (200 ml) of chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Saute these until eggplants are soft

Next, in a mixer or blender:

  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 juicy medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of basil – dried
  • 1 Tablespoon of oregano – dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley – dried

Blend these ingredients until smooth, then pour the blended tomato mixture into the frying pan. Keep frying pan on medium-low heat and cover the pan (the tomato juice will begin to “jump” out of the pan once it heats up. Stir this occasionally for 15 to 20 minutes. That’s all there is to it! It’s delicious and worth the effort!

Rocket Salad with Vegan Parmesan Cheese

The plant’s name is Arugula or Salad Rocket! It has an intense flavor that is complimented perfectly by sun dried tomatoes and vegan Parmesan cheese!

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • 3 green onions
  • 3 tomatoes
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • olives
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar ( if you are into it)
  • sea salt
  • vegan Parmesan cheese

Wash the vegetables and chop them in a large bowl, mix well together with your hands so that the ingredients get spread evenly.  If you like it, make a balsamic sauce with agave or maple syrup, and spray on top with a sprinkle of salt! Otherwise, some simple olive oil works just as well with a light sprinkle of salt. Last but not least sprinkle some vegan Parmesan cheese on top of the salad!

To learn how to make your own vegan Parmesan cheese click here!