Thursday, February 6, 2014

Roasted Garlic & Feta Ranch

For the cauliflower "wings" we had this past Sunday, I wanted bleu cheese dip because 1) match made in heaven and 2) bleu cheese is probably from heaven.  Well, Louis isn't too keen on it; a little bit in something is ok, but that's it.  So I decided to make a ranch.  I still wanted cheese and feta seemed like a nice salty foil to the tangy spice of the cauliflower.

Roasted Garlic & Feta Ranch
2 Tbsp mayo
1/2 small container plain Greek yogurt (~2 oz)
1/4 C buttermilk*
1/4 C crumbled feta
1 Tbsp freshly chopped dill
2 tsp roasted garlic
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients.
Makes about 1 C.

*Use more or less buttermilk to get the constancy you would like.  This is a relatively thick dressing as is; for a salad, I would add another splash to make pouring/drizzling easier.
Note:  It is perfectly acceptable to use lowfat versions of all these things.  I used olive oil mayo, fat free greek yogurt (I wanted 2%, but the store was out of small containers), lowfat buttermilk, and full fat feta... I don't cut corners with cheese.  But feta is one of the cheese that is ok as lowfat, just please, don't use fat-free cheese.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Super Bowl" Sunday Menu

We don't like football.  I actually kind of hate it; I have my whole life.  I would rather watch 24 hours of Billy Mays infomercials than watch a football game.  I've always been like this, I can't help it.

I do love a "game day" menu though.  A few weeks ago, when all the TV specials about game day food were on, and the internet started spewing food lists, I began to craaaave junk foods.  I wanted all the fried mozzerella, wings, and dips my body could handle.  Well, I decided to take a bit of a healthier approach, and try some recipes I'd been eyeing for a while for a Firefly marathon.  It was entirely vegetarian, with several vegan dishes, but it was so hearty and delicious you couldn't possibly miss the meat.

BBQ Tofu Nachos--I didn't follow this recipe exactly, because I didn't feel like making another trip to the grocery story. (vegan if you don't add cheese)

Better Jalapeno Poppers-- Again, improvised with what I had, so my version wasn't this exact recipe.

Cauliflower "Wings" w/ Roasted Garlic & Feta Ranch--  I may start eating all my vegetables buffalo style.  I was leery about the ketchup addition to the wing sauce, but it somehow worked and is delicious.  I don't think I broke my califlower into large enough pieces.  They were really good, but a little overcooked following this recipe.  I wanted some crunch left.  Next time, I will probably do ten minutes and ten minutes (instead of 20 and 10.)  Depending on your wing sauce, the cauliflower is vegan.  (Ranch recipe tomorrow.)

Baked Veggie Eggrolls--Super simple and easy, vegan as long as your wrappers don't have egg.  (The ones I can find at my store all have egg, so it's just vegetarian.)  Recipe later this week.