Category Archives: Basil

Sweet and Savory Vegetable Soup

2 TBS olive oil
3 cups onion, diced
1 TBS garlic, chopped
3 cups sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 large)
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 large kale leaves, chopped
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
4 cups vegetable broth
1 TBS paprika
1 1/2 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat oil in a large stock pot. Add onion, garlic, sweet potato, celery, kale and mushrooms. Sauté five minutes.
Stir in spices. Sauté 3 more minutes. Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans and vegetable stock and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve.

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Chunky Bean and Tomato Salad

¾ lb. yellow beans, trimmed
½ tsp. salt
¾ lb. green beans, trimmed
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes
½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
? cup crumbled feta cheese
1 Tbsp. olive oil

In a large saucepan, cook beans in boiling water 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a bowl, stir together tomatoes, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Divide the beans evenly among 8 plates, top with ¼ cup
tomato mixture, then 1 Tbsp. basil and about 2 tsp. feta cheese. Serve chilled.

Serves 8. Per serving: 70 calories, 3 g fat, 3 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 220 mg sodium

Roasted Eggplant Dip

2 medium or 1 large eggplant, halved lengthwise
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
kosher salt and black pepper
vegetable chips, for serving

Heat oven to 400° F. Place the eggplants cut-side down on a rimmed
baking sheet and roast until very soft, 30 to 40 minutes; let cool. Scoop
out the flesh from the eggplants and roughly chop.
In a medium bowl, stir together the eggplant, onion, basil, oil, vinegar, ¾
teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Serve with the vegetable chips.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil-Olive Sauce

4 cloves garlic, crushed
10 large basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (or walnuts)
1 pound seeded, chopped tomatoes (about 4 medium)
3 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
2 TBS pitted green olives
4 TBS freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 pound pasta

Puree all ingredients except pasta. Cook pasta in lots of salted, boiling water; drain and toss with sauce.

Mozzarella Sandwiches

8 slices sourdough bread, toasted
8 thin slices cucumber
¼ cup wasabi mayonnaise
4 thin slices sweet onion
4 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese, sliced 8 fresh basil leaves
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
Spread toast with mayonnaise. On four slices, layer the remaining ingredients; top with remaining slices.

Serves 4. Per serving: 560 calories, 18 g fat,
23 g protein, 77 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber,
1080 mg sodium

Kyle’s Dal Curry

6 TBS olive oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp tumeric
1/4 to 1/2 tsp chili powder
3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups red lentils, rinsed
2 tsp cumin
1/2 can coconut milk
Salt & pepper to taste

Bring broth to a simmer and add lentils. Simmer until lentils are soft. In a separate skillet add olive oil and sauté onions until translucent. Add all spices and cook for 3 minutes. Combine cooked lentils, seasoned onions, and coconut milk together. This will produce a chunky texture. If you prefer a smoother consis- tency, you can blend in a food processor.
Options: For a simple version, add fresh diced tomatoes and cilantro, and serve over rice. OR include more vegetables: Steam or boil a variety of vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, summer squash, swiss chard, fresh basil, beans, etc.). Top cooked vegetables with the curry. The possibilities are endless. I usually make a double batch of the curry, and freeze half. It makes a great, fast, easy meal. Just add vegetables or rice and serve. Or just eat with pita bread.

Grilled Bread with Zucchini, Basil and Ricotta

4 1/2-inch-thick slices country bread
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 small zucchini (about 2 pounds), thinly sliced lengthwise
1 cup fresh basil, leaves torn
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
kosher salt
1 cup fresh ricotta
Heat grill to medium-high. Brush the bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil and grill until golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to plates.
Grill the zucchini until tender and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Toss the zucchini in a large bowl with the basil, garlic, red pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon of oil.
Top the bread with the zucchini and ricotta.

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

2 TBS plus 1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 TBS minced fresh parsley
1 TBS minced fresh basil
1 tsp minced garlic
3 zucchinis, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1 lb. skinless chicken breast (4 breasts)
1 cup vegetable stock
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together 2 TBS olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, parsley, basil and garlic. Add vegetables, mix well and arrange in a casserole dish. Mix 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1 tsp oil; brush the mixture over the chicken breasts, place chicken on vegetables. Bake about 20 minutes then add 1 cup of vegetable stock. Bake 25 more minutes more or until chicken is cooked and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Serves about 4 (1 cup/serving). Per 1 serving:
240 calories, 11 g fat, 26 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 890 mg sodium

Fettuccine with vegetables in a light tomato sauce

from Serving Up the Harvest

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups blanched, julienned vegetables, such as artichokes, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, broccoli rabe, carrots, cauliflower, kale, chard, corn, Belgian endives, fennel, leeks, peas, beans, spinach, summer squash, alone or in any combination
1/4 cup chopped or torn fresh herbs (basil, mint, oregano, parsley, alone or in any combination)
2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced, or 1 1/2 cups halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, or 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
1 pound fettuccine
1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
Directions: Begin heating a large pot of salted water for the pasta. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the vegetables and sauté until heated through, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the herbs, tomatoes, and broth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain briefly. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl. Add the vegetable mixture and toss to coat. Add the cheese and toss again. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve hot, passing additional cheese at the table.

Swordfish with Tomatoes and Capers

1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
1 cup chopped fennel (1 bulb)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 cups diced tomatoes, drained
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chicken stock
2 tablespoons good dry white wine
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 (1-inch-thick) swordfish fillets (about 2 1/2 pounds)
Directions: For the sauce, cook the onions and fennel in the oil in a large sauté pan on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the drained tomatoes, smashing them in the pan with a fork, plus the salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Add the chicken stock and white wine and simmer for 10 more minutes to reduce the liquid. Add the basil, capers, and butter and cook for 1 minute more.
Prepare a grill with hot coals. Brush the swordfish with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on high heat for 5 minutes on each side until the center is no longer raw. Do not overcook. Place the sauce on the bottom of a plate, arrange the swordfish on top, and garnish with basil leaves. Serve hot or at room temperature.