Greek-Style Watermelon Salad (Mediterranean Diet Friendly)

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   I saw this recipe in the NY Times. It’s featured in Watermelon All Day Long. The beautiful colors caught my eye, but after reading the ingredients I decided it was weird. I looked again because it was rated quite high by those who made it. I decided to give it a try since I had everything to make it on hand. What a surprise! I served it to four people and everyone loved it! I did NOT add the mint. I used just a drizzle of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Very low in calories and so flavorful. Try it!

The Times says: “It’s not an immediately obvious combination – watermelon, cucumber, olives and feta – but one bite will leave you convinced that this savory-sweet summer salad is something truly special. The astringent punch of the olives and feta provides a sophisticated counterpoint to the watery mellowness of the melon and cucumber. With a hunk of bread, it’s a lovely light lunch; with practically any grilled meat or fish, it’s an ideal summer supper.”

INGREDIENTS
• 3 cups cubed watermelon
• 2 large ripe tomatoes
• 1 medium cucumber
• 1 small red onion
• ⅓ cup pitted kalamata olives
• ⅓ cup crumbled feta
• Some chopped parsley and mint (I omitted the mint)
• Olive oil and red-wine vinegar (or Balsamic vinegar)
• Salt and pepper

PREPARATION
I let the cubed watermelon and tomatoes sit in a strainer for about 10 minutes while I was doing the other prep to let some water drain.

In a large bowl combine 3 cups cubed watermelon; 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped; 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped; 1 small red onion, sliced; 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives; 1/3 cup crumbled feta; and some chopped parsley and mint. Drizzle with olive oil and red-wine vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss and serve.

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Hamburger Skillet Casserole

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Today we have another quick dinner contributed by my long-time friend Sharon Knapp Geisenhof.  Sharon states that this one-skillet dinner is quick, and is much healthier for your family than boxed dinners.  I think when I make this I might add some peas.  Yummy!  Thank you, Sharon!

Ingredients:

1# ground beef

1/2 large sweet onion sliced

1 large or 2 small cans mushrooms

1 tbs minced garlic

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 c pasta water with 1 tbs Better than Bullion dissolved in it

1# whole wheat pasta

2 tbs evoo

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1c plain Greek yogurt

1c shredded cheddar

1c shredded Colby

 

PREPARATION:

Sauté onions in evoo for a few minutes then add mushrooms and garlic.

Sauté  5 minutes then add ground beef, Worcestershire, and cayenne.

When beef is browned add pasta/bullion water, mix in cheese then add yogurt and heat through, then add pasta. So good!

By Sharon Knapp Geisenhof for Chew Wanna Eat?

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Cheesy Broccoli and Rice with Chicken and Bacon

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     My newest Westover Leftover was created with one piece of leftover Chicken, a little Rice, some crumbled Bacon, and all the Vegetables that I thought sounded good.  It was a “raid the refrigerator and pantry day!”  If you’d like to prepare this without the Chicken and Bacon, feel free.  I think leftover Pork would also be very good.

 

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 5-6 PORTIONS

1 piece of Chicken, cooked (about 2 cups)

½ cup Jasmine Rice (or other rice)

2 Carrots, thick sliced

½ cup Mushrooms, sliced

½ cup Snow Peas

½ cup frozen Broccoli (rinsed to remove ice)

¾ cup Onions, sliced

3 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 can Chicken Broth (divided)

Drizzle of Olive Oil

1 ¼ cup Cheese, shredded (I used Sharp, Cooper, Havarti, Muenster)

 

PREPARATION:

Preheat a large skillet (one with a lid) and drizzle a little Olive Oil in the bottom.  Cook the rice for a few minutes over low/medium heat, stirring constantly.

Add the vegetables that will take the longest to cook.  You’ll see that I added the carrots first, and 2 minutes later I added the mushrooms.  Cook 2 minutes.  Add 1 cup Chicken Broth, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Add Snow Peas, Onions, and Broccoli.  Cover and simmer 2 minutes.  Add chopped Chicken.  Add remaining Chicken Broth and begin to slowly add Cheeses.  I love using a variety.  Stir constantly.  Once the Cheese is melted and you have a smooth sauce, it’s done.

Place in a serving bowl, garnish with Crumbled Bacon and serve.

 

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Roasted Carrot Hummus (Mediterranean Style Friendly)

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I’ve been a little lax on the hummus-making lately, so Bob had to make his own.  It’s delicious!  Good job!

INGREDIENTS:  Yields 2 Cups Hummus

1 can (15 oz) Chickpeas

3 TBSP Olive Oil, divided

4 Medium or 3 Large Carrots, peeled and rough chopped

4 TBSP fresh squeezed Lemon Juice

¼ cup Tahini Paste (recipe for home made below)

1 TBSP Garlic, rough chopped

¼ tsp Sugar

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION:

Drain chickpeas, but reserve liquid.

Place Chickpeas and Chopped Carrots in a small bowl (one that has a lid).  Add 1 TBSP Olive oil.  Place lid on the bowl and shake to distribute the oil.

Evenly distribute Chickpeas and chopped Carrots on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400° F for 25-30 minutes or until carrots are tender.

Place Carrots and Chickpeas in a food processor with reserved Chickpea Liquid.  Add 2 TBSP Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Tahini Paste, Garlic, Sugar, and Seasonings.  Process until smooth.  Add a little extra Olive Oil or Water if you want the end result to be thinner.

Serve with additional Olive Oil and Siracha Sauce.

 

TAHINI PASTE

½ cup Sesame Seeds

2 TBSP Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil

Water to thin to desired consistency

Dash Salt

 

PREPARATION

Toast Sesame Seeds in a dry skillet until they are just turning lightly brown.  Stir constantly over medium heat.  This only takes a few minutes.

Place Toasted Sesame Seeds in a small food processor and process until you end up with a smooth mixture.

Add Oil, Salt and process until well combined.  Add water as necessary to get the consistency you want.

By Bob, for Chew Wanna Eat?  2018

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