You know your kids are going to have way too much candy on Halloween, so here’s a healthy snack idea for a change. Added bonus: Because kids like the idea of eating this helpless guy’s “bones” (ewww!?), they just may eat more veggies than usual. A healthy snack with entertainment value. A keeper!
Head–lettuce leaves, sliced olives, veggie dip in a small bowl
Body–celery, baby carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers
Arrange the veggies on a platter in the shape of a skeleton, top with an appropriate sized bowl of veggie dip for the head. (I’m sure your presentation will look better than mine. Note to self: skip the waxed paper next time. I’m not really sure WHY I used it in the first place.)
Take a picture of your final Veggie Man, print it up, then let your kids recreate him with the left-over veggies the next day.
I found this vegetable skeleton idea on the internet last year, but I’ll be darned if I can find it now to give appropriate credit.
A flavour-packed, unusual salad that’s delicious warm or cold – works really well as part of a buffet
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into long pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 250g pearl barley
- 300g Tenderstem broccoli, cut into medium-size pieces
- 100g SunBlush tomato, sliced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp small capers, rinsed
- 15 black olives, pitted
- 20g pack basil, chopped
For the dressing
- 5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the squash on a baking tray and toss with olive oil. Roast for 20 mins. Meanwhile, boil the barley for about 25 mins in salted water until tender, but al dente. While this is happening, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Drain the barley, then tip it into a bowl and pour over the dressing. Mix well and let it cool.
2. Boil the broccoli in salted water until just tender, then drain and rinse in cold water. Drain and pat dry. Add the broccoli and remaining ingredients to the barley and mix well. This will keep for 3 days in the fridge and is delicious warm or cold.
PREP: 40 MINS
COOK: 25 MINS
MAKES ABOUT 4 X 450G JARS
What will you do with your courgette glut? Make the most of them in a fruity chutney with ginger, apples, sultanas and shallots
- 1½ kg/3lb 5 oz marrow, peeled and deseeded
- 225g shallot, sliced
- 225g apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- 225g sultana
- 2cm piece ginger, finely chopped
- 225g demerara sugar
- 850ml malt vinegar
- 12 black peppercorns
1. Cut the marrow into small pieces, put in a bowl and sprinkle liberally with 2 tbsp salt. Cover and leave for 12 hrs.
2. Rinse and drain the marrow, then place in a preserving pan or large saucepan with the shallots, apples, sultanas, ginger, sugar and vinegar. Tie the peppercorns in muslin (or put into a small enclosed tea strainer) and place in the pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring from time to time, until the consistency is thick.
3. Leave to settle for 10 mins, then spoon into sterilised jars (see tip below), put on the lids and label. Will keep for a year in a cool, dark place.
Italy may have their Eggplant Parmesan but the Philippines has their Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette. The word “torta” has many meanings in the Latin based language. In Italy and other countries whose language is rooted in latin it usually means cake or pie. In Mexico it refers to a sandwhich. In Spain it can mean either a cake or an omelette.
The Philippines was under Spanish rule for about 500 years. Much of its language, customs, and cuisine is adapted from the Spanish culture. Hence many favorite Filipino dishes include Arroz Valenciana or Paella, Arroz Caldo, Pastel de Lengua, Menudo, Chorizo, and Torta, just to name a few.
The word “tortang” is derived from the Spanish word “Torta”. In the Philippines when they refer to something as “tortang” it means that it is made like a torta, which in this case mean omelette. So Tortang Talong means Eggplant Omelette since Talong is the Filipino name for Eggplant.
Tortang Talong is a simple yet tasty way to eat eggplant. It uses the long Asian eggplant instead of the large round eggplant normally used in the Italian Eggplant Parmesan. The eggplant is cooked, usually over an open fire or grill, flattened, dipped in beaten eggs, then fried. There are many versions of this Filipino dish, some of which include ground meat. In my family we usually make it without as it’s pretty filling without meat. I make it at home for our meatless dinner nights. Served with a tossed salad and some olives and pickles on the side it’s simply delicious!
You can roast the eggplant up to a day in advance. Leave the skin on and store in the fridge until ready to use. Depending on the size of the eggplant you can either make one to share or smaller individual ones. I usually make 2 and that feeds around 4 people.
1 Asian Long Eggplant
1/2 Tsp. Minced Garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Roast or broil the eggplant with the skin on. You will know the eggplant is cooked when it is soft and the skin is a bit wrinkled and has turned brownish in color.
Peel cooked eggplant. You can do this by holding the stem and gently pulling off the skin with your fingers. The meat may stick to the skin so be careful peeling it so that you don’t take the eggplant meat with the skin. Do not remove the stem.
Place peeled eggplant on a flat plate and gently flatten with a fork. You should end up with eggplant meat fanning out from the top stem.
Beat eggs, garlic, salt & pepper together in a shallow dish.
Place about 1/2 tsp. oil in a large frying pan and heat.
Place eggplant in egg mixture. Use the fork to gently immerse eggplant (but not the stem) in the egg mixture. Allow the eggplant to absorb as much of the egg mixture as possible.
Holding the eggplant by the stem gently place it in the hot oil. You can pour some more egg mixture over the eggplant in the pan so that the eggplant is completely covered.
Cook until the bottom starts to turn golden brown and the egg mixture on the top starts to get a bit dry.
Gently flip the eggplant over and cook until that side turns golden brown.
Slide finished omelette onto a serving dish and serve.
My husband always talks about how his mother used to pickle green tomatoes when he was growing up in the Middle East. He said pickled green tomatoes are delicious.
I’m sure they. It’s also a great way to use the loads of tomatoes we grown in our backyard. So here’s how we pickle green tomatoes. First off you’ll want to make sure you pick them while they’re green. It doesn’t really matter what type of tomato, we use cherry tomatoes as well as the large varieties, just as long as they’re still green and not ripe.
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Pickled Green Tomatoes
Mason Jars with Lids – I use the 64 oz. jars but you can use any size you like
Large Stock Pot – I use my Le Creuset 20 Qt. Stock Pot
Tongs or Jar Lifters
Green Tomatoes – cut cherry tomatoes in half, large tomatoes can be cut in half or quarters
2 Large Jalapeno Peppers cut in half (optional)
4 Small hot peppers whole (optional)
1 Lemon – quartered
2 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Salt
Wash and dry Green tomatoes and peppers – set aside.
Wash jars and lids with soap and water.
Boil a large pot of water.
Submerge jars and lids in boiling water for 5 minutes.
Remove jars and lids from water and drain.
Place jars upside down on paper towels and let dry.
When jars are dry place them right side up on baking sheet.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place jars in oven for 10 minutes. (Not lids).
Turn off oven but leave jars inside.
Boil water, vinegar, and salt in pot and boil until salt dissolves. Turn off heat.
Remove jar or jars from oven and arrange tomatoes, peppers, and lemon inside quickly. Jars and water mixture must both be hot.
Pour liquid over tomatoes.
Cover with plastic wrap and let cool down.
When they have cooled down put lids on and store in a cool dark place for about 6 weeks for tomatoes to pickle.
Once you’ve opened the jar store in the fridge. I will keep for about 2 months.
Use them however you use pickles.