This recipe was recently taught in our Mosaic of Flavors Series, a partnership between City Market and The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. The instructor, Maha Akkeh, explained that traditional Syrian tabbouleh has far less bulgur wheat than what is typically prepared here in the United States. Couscous could be substituted for bulgur wheat, if desired.
The tart-sweet flavors of this salad and dressing complement rich and earthy main dishes and chewy hearth breads. Substitute baby spinach or mesclun mix for the baby greens or use feta in place of the goat cheese. Refrigerate any unused dressing for later use.
This Indian dish is delicious served hot over basmati rice with a side of naan; garnish with fresh cilantro or chopped peanuts for color and crunch. Add cubed tofu, paneer or cooked chicken at the same time as the frozen vegetables for a heartier version. Substitute cream for the coconut milk if desired.
Delicious with a side of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, couscous, risotto or a baby greens salad. If serving the chicken breasts whole, brush lightly with oil and sprinkle them with shredded cheese and paprika (or other herbs and spices of your choice) before baking. Substitute ricotta cheese for the chevre if desired.
Serve on a bed of steaming hot jasmine or japonica rice or alongside sesame-seasoned udon or soba noodles. Add baby salad greens or shredded cabbage and roll in a warmed whole-wheat tortilla for an Asian wrap. Substitute sriracha or gochujang for the crushed red pepper flakes if desired.
This recipe was submitted by Anna Mays in our 2015 We ♥ Local Beans Recipe Contest. Anna says, “Who would guess that beans are the secret to the fudgy, gooey, chocolatey goodness of these decadent brownies? Rather than use a lot of saturated fats, processed sugar and dairy to create richness, this recipe uses beans, the natural sweetness of oats, and maple-sweetened cocoa to create a healthy and super easy dessert. Packed with fiber from the beans, oats and flax, these brownies are healthy, tasty, simple to make and can be enjoyed by those following gluten-free and vegan diets. Also neat to see that the beans, oats, flax and sweetener can all be sourced from Vermont. Don’t mention the secret ingredient and people will never guess!”
This recipe was submitted by Amanda Kolifrath and was the winner in our 2015 We ♥ Local Beans Recipe Contest. Amanda says, “The variety of beans with the mixture of spices and the sweetness of the cocoa powder make for an interesting flavor. This meal is perfect for cold winter nights when you want to eat healthy but desire comfort food.”
This recipe was submitted by Erica Green in our 2015 We ♥ Local Beans Recipe Contest. Erica says, “This recipe is a great alternative to a veggie burger and can be part of a vegetarian main dish. This yummy fritter is full of lots of good stuff from the Swiss chard and beans. The cheese and flour act as the "glue" - once cooked to a golden brown with a little bit of crisp, they are delicious!”