Grilled Summer Veggie Sandwich

August 4, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, veggies

img_2106What to do with all the good stuff overflowing in your summer garden?

How about an open faced sandie with grilled veggies and hummus? You got it. Yum!!

Grilled zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant at room temp.
Roasted red or green peppers (optional)
Basil leaves
Hummus
Whole grain or sprouted grain bread

Quantities are not listed because you are the architect of this sandwich loaded with green, yellow, purple, red and green goodies.

Start with a lightly toasted slice of bread (I like Ezekial sprouted grain breads) and spread with a nice layer of hummus  (try my Olive-Basil Hummus). Next, place individual basil leaves to cover. Top off with grilled and roasted veggies and you have an open faced delicious summer garden treat!

Creamy “No-Cream” Butternut Squash Soup

February 9, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, What's New, soup

Velvety smooth with just a punch of spice, makes this soup a winner sans the cream. And it’s easy because you don’t have to peel the squash!

While winter is still here, enjoy my version of butternut squash soup on a cold day.

img_12611 butternut squash
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups organic vegetable broth
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

My friend Lisa gave me the best tip to avoid the cumbersome job of peeling a butternut squash. Slice it lengthwise, scoop out the seeds then bake it in the oven in an inch of water (also called a bain-marie) with the flat sides down in a 9 x 13 oven proof glass baking dish. I added another easy step. Add the carrots to the water in the pan before baking so the carrots cook at the same time as the squash.  Cook for approx. 1 hour or when a knife can be easily inserted in the squash. Let cool first then scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Place aside with the cooked carrots.

In a large stock pot, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Stir until softened. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and puree in a blender (I have a high powered blender that purees this soup to it’s extra creamy consistency), food processor or with an immersion blender being extremely careful with the hot liquids. Or let cool first and then puree. Reheat when ready to serve.

Note: Because I use vegetable broth, this recipe is both vegetarian and vegan. I use an organic vegetable base which you can buy at a natural food market. Use 1 teaspoon vegetable base for every 1 cup of boiling water to make a very tasty broth.