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Jim's Vegetable Soup

Caramelize the onions in oil, then add garlic and chopped mushrooms & cook til soft. Add potatoes,  turnips and stock and cook til  soft.
Use a stick blender to puree this soup base.

Add the rest and simmer 2 hours. 


    12 cups vegetable broth
    5 cups potatoes, diced
     2 cups turnips, diced
    1/2 cup onions, diced
    1 garlic clove, diced
    1 1/2 cups mushrooms
1 Tbsp olive oil
     tsp balsamic vinegar
     1 Tbsp fresh dill
     2 cups frozen peas and carrots
     salt and pepper as needed



In food processor, puree all til well blended and smooth.

16 oz cans chickpeas, drained
    2 tsp
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 lemon,  juiced
tsp sea salt
    1 cup greek beans
(see below)

Potato Leek Soup


Caramelize the leeks in butter and oil, then add all ingredients except seasonings and cook in crock pot on high for 5 hours.

Add the seasonings and cook 30 minutes more

    3 large leeks (3 cups  chopped)
    1 Tbsp olive oil  
    2 Tbsp butter
    4 cups vegetable broth
    2 lbs potatoes (Yukon gold),    
        peeled, diced
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    Pinch of dried basil
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
     Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
    1/2 tsp black pepper

Quinoa Salad


1 Boil water. Rinse quinoa well. Simmer in hot water 15 minutes and let cool.

2 Mix all ingredients together and let chill overnight


    1 1/2 cups quinoa (dry)
    3 cups water
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    2 fresh lemons, squeezed
    1 tsp crushed fresh garlic
    3/4 cup scallions
    1/3 cup olive oil
    1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 cucumber, peeled, seeded 
          and diced
    Tbsp dried basil
    15.5 oz garbanzo beans,

Scalloped Potatoes


  Preheat oven to 350F.
    In a large sauce pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
    Add the flour and gently stir, making a roux. Cook over medium heat until there is no raw flour taste, about 5 minutes; do not allow the roux to darken.
    While stirring constantly, add the milk a little at a time, allowing the sauce to thicken slowly. Whisk in the paprika and 2 tablespoons salt. Whisk in
    1 1/4 cups of the cheese, little by little, allowing the cheese to emulsify. Once all of the cheese has been incorporated, remove the pot from the heat.
    Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
    Line the bottom of the baking dish with a third of the sliced potatoes, allowing them to overlap a bit.  Spread a third of the cheese sauce over the layered potatoes and top with 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers until you have three total layers, ending with 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese.
    Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake until brown and bubbly, about 1 1/2 hours.

    1 cup unsalted butter
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    6 cups half n half
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    2 tablespoons salt
    2  cups shredded cheddar
         cheese, divided (1 1/4 cups
         for sauce, 3/4 cup for layers)
    8 pounds gold potatoes,
       peeled and sliced



Combine rice, 1 egg, garlic, salt and onion powder, Mix well. Press into 9" pie plate sprayed with non-stick coating.

Chose vegetable filling and spread over crust. Mix quiche filling and pour over everything.

Bake 325* 45 minutes or until custard is set (knife inserted comes out clean).


rice crust:
2 cups cooked rice
1 egg
tsp each onion and garlic   
1/2 tsp salt

vegetable fillings

    2 cups baby spinach
    and 2 Tbsp bacos


   1 cup onions
   1 cup chopped mushrooms
   both fried in tsp olive oil

quiche filling:
3 jumbo eggs
1 cup half n half
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
pinch cayenne pepper



Cook dates, water and bananas till thick (10 minutes) and mash well. Add extract.

Put all dry ingredients in a large bowl, and pour cooked mixture over. Mix well.
Spread on 2 huge cookie sheets.
Bake at 275*, turning every 10 minutes, for 40-50 minutes, until the bottom starts to turn golden.

Store in airtight container.


1 pound dates, pitted
1 cup water
3 ripe bananas

tsp almond extract
42 oz rolled oats
2 cups sliced almonds
2 tsps nutmeg
tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Oil Vinaigrette Dressing


Add all together and
 let stand 24 hours.

    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil.
    3 Tbsp red wine vinegar   
    2 cloves garlic,  minced
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    1 tsp each basil and oregano
    1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Greek Beans


In 5 quart pot, mix soaked beans, onion, carrot, celery, basil, oregano. Simmer for 4 hours until beans are tender. Add oil, salt and paprika.

1 lb bag navy beans
-soaked 12 hours
1 diced onion
1 diced celery stalk
1 diced carrot
1/2 TSP each basil, oregano
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 TSP each salt, paprika

White Bean Soup


Caramelize the onions in oil,
then add garlic, carrots, celery, browning for 3 minutes.

Add the rest and simmer 4 hours.

2.5 TSP fennel seeds
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
.25 TSP paprika

1 pound dry navy beans,            
    soaked for 24 hours and
    cooked for 3 hours 
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
2 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP Better Than Bullion         Roasted Garlic
8 cups water
1 TBSP dried basil
1 TSP dried rosemary
1 TSP dried thyme
1 TSP salt
1.5 TSP sausage seasoning
1 drop liquid smoke

Andy's off-the-shelf
Vegetable Lasagne

9 X 13 lasagna pan

Pre-heat oven to 375
In a bowl, combine ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella and parmigiano.  Stir well.  Pour 1 cup sauce on bottom of pan and spread evenly
Top with 3 sheets of oven ready lasagna. Pour 1 c sauce and 3/4 c cheese mixture on first layer, top with 1/4 mozzarella.  Scatter chopped spinach over all. 
Continue for 3 more layers
Top layer  3 sheets of oven ready lasagna, pour remaining sauce, top with remaining cheese mixture and mozzarella.
Cover with foil and place  in pre-heated oven, bake for 25 minutes.

Remove foil for the final 5 minutes.  Let rest 15 minutes


2 jars  -  Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce   tomato puree (water, tomato paste), diced tomatoes in juice (tomatoes, tomato juice, citric acid, calcium chloride),  2% or less:  olive oil, onions, salt, basil, garlic, spices, natural flavor

Barilla Oven-Ready Lasagna   semolina wheat, durum wheat flour, eggs, niacin, iron (ferrous lactate), thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid

Parmigiana Reggiano cheese  - 1/2 c grated

Mozzarella cheese 4 c shredded

Ricotta Cheese - 15 oz container

Chopped spinach about 2 c. cooked

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