Eggplant and Mushroom Sauce

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

 

 

This dish is the result of wanting to make eggplant without breading or frying it. I usually serve it with pasta, quinoa or polenta and it is a dish we really enjoy.

Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, sliced to ½” to ¼” thick
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced (any type you like)
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream (I use vegan sour cream or fat-free will work)
  • fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • salt
Directions
  1. Spread eggplant on cookie sheets and salt. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes then wipe water and excess salt from eggplant.
  2. In a large stockpot on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and onion. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Next add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and eggplant. Sauté for about 20 minutes until eggplant in almost cooked.
  4. Then add the last Tbsp of olive oil and the mushrooms. Sauté for about 10 minutes until mushrooms are cooked.
  5. Finally, add sour cream, tomato paste and pepper and combine.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

*This dish actually tastes better the next day.

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White Bean & Mushroom Soup

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

We so rarely have rain in southern California. Whenever it rains I start planning all the soups and stews I want to make. Yesterday was the perfect day for soup but unfortunately I did not have time. Of course, today is a sunny and warm day. Despite the warm weather, I still want my soup fix.

This soup is simple to make and is full of vegetables and fiber. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

* 2 Tbsp olive oil

* 1 sweet onion, diced

* 1 pound mushrooms, trimmed & sliced

* 1 pound new potatoes, chopped

* 4 celery stalks, diced

* 3-15 oz cans white beans (cannellini), drained & rinsed

* 1 garlic clove, diced

* 2 bay leaves

* 16oz low-sodium vegetable broth

* 1 lemon, juiced

* 1 ½ cup almond milk (any milk you like)

* salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add in onions. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Then add mushrooms, potatoes and celery. Mix to combine and cook for 7-10 minutes more with a lid.
  3. Add beans, garlic and bay leaves. Combine and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Add milk and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and mix in lemon juice. Serve.

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