Category Archives: Parsley

Pasta with Leeks & Butternut Squash

2 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 medium leeks (about 1 cup), cut lengthwise, rinsed well and thinly sliced
1-2 cloves of garlic
Sea salt
1 small to medium butternut squash (about 4-5 cups), halved, seeded, peeled and diced
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup rice milk (or regular milk)
1 pound pasta (we used spirals, but penne, or fettuccine would work well)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
Directions: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic and a pinch of salt and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add squash and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring frequently, 5 to 6 minutes. Add stock and milk and season lightly with salt. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until squash is quite soft, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook just until tender to the bite, about 10 minutes. While pasta cooks, transfer squash and leek mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Return to skillet and simmer over low heat 2 to 3 minutes. Drain pasta; do not rinse. Toss with sauce and minced parsley and serve immediately.

Broccoli Cauliflower Slaw

1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1 red onion, minced
2 carrots, shredded
1 cup chopped cabbage
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. salt substitute
4 tsp red wine vinegar.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

Serves 4. Per serving: 50 calories, 0 g fat,
3 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber,
45 mg sodium

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

Wild Blend® with Butternut Squash and Apples

from the Lundberg rice website
1 1/2 cups Lundberg Wild Blend®
3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups 1/2 inch cubed butternut squash (from 1-1/2 pound squash)
2 apples, unpeeled, cored, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 Tablespoon dried thyme
1 cup chicken broth or water
1/2 cup walnut pieces
Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F. 9 X 13 inch well buttered baking dish. Combine water and Lundberg wild blend in a large saucepan with lid. Bring water to boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook 50 minutes, remove from heat with lid on and steam 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté onion over medium-high heat until translucent. Add butternut squash, apples, and thyme and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in broth. Combine rice and onion/butternut squash/apple mixture and pour into a buttered 9X13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle walnuts over the top. Bake 425°F for 20-25 minutes. until heated through and squash is tender.

Serves 10-12. Nutritionals: Serving size 1 cup, Calories 120, Calories from Fat 40, Total Fat 4.5g (Sat. Fat .05g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 60mg, Total Carbohydrates 20g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 3g, Protein 3g.

Green Surprise Dip

1 cup steamed kale, swiss chard, or spinach
2 green onions (chopped)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 TBS lemon juice or to taste
1 cup cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 cup mayonnaise
A few sprigs of fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic
Directions: Puree in a blender or food processor.

Tabouli Salad with Feta

2 cups cracked wheat (bulgur)
2 cups very hot water
½ cup fresh chopped mint
1 cucumber, chopped
2 cups fresh chopped parsley
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 small package of chopped feta cheese

Dressing
½ cup fresh lemon juice
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pepper
Directions: Soak the cracked wheat in the hot water until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Drain any excess water, if necessary, and squeeze dry. Combine the salad ingredients, including wheat, in a medium bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients together and stir into the salad mixture. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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.

Pesto Dressing

2 cups packed basil leaves
½ cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
Directions: In a blender or food processor, combine the basil, parsley, ricotta, Parmesan, garlic and pepper; puree. Transfer to a small bowl with a tight-fitting lid; stir in the yogurt. Refrigerate, covered, until the flavors are blended, at least 2 hours. Stir again before serving.

Serves 4. Per serving: 50 calories, 2.5 g fat,
5 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber,
85 mg sodium

Creamy Vegetable Pasta

adapted from Simply in Season

1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
1-2 cloves garlic (depending on your love of garlic)
2 TBS fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
2 TBS fresh parsley, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp salt

Stir above together in a bowl and set aside. Or for a smooth texture, puree in a blender.

12 ounces pasta

In a large soup pot (with about 7 cups of water), start cooking according to package directions.

1 cup carrots, sliced thinly
2 cups zucchini or summer squash sliced
1 cup green beans, sliced
1 cup peas (frozen is fine)
1/4 cup leeks, chopped

Stir in carrots 6 minutes before pasta is done; boil 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and green beans slowly; boil 2 minutes. Stir in peas and leeks slowly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Drain well and return to pot.

2 TBS butter

Toss butter with pasta and vegetables until melted. Add cottage cheese mixture; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately and
sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.

You can substitute a variety of vegetables in this
recipe. Try broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus,
spinach, chard, etc.

Spicy Potato Sausage and Greens Soup

From Asparagus to Zucchini

1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion, or more to taste
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups thinly sliced potatoes (slice with skins on)
4 cups water
2 cups packed torn fresh kale, spinach, chard or other greens
1/3 cup whipping cream
salt and pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
Directions: Heat soup pot over medium flame. Add sausage and onions and cook until meat is no longer pink. Add broth, potatoes, and 4 cups water. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes. Stir in
greens; cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve right away, or, for more developed flavor, let cool, then chill and reheat later or the next day. Top soup with chopped parsley. Makes 8-12 servings.