Have you ever found yourself in a rut – when it comes to your meal-making efforts?
You know, same recipes… week after week… month after month.
It happens to the best of us.
Around here, we had been starting to see a lot of Vegetable-Lentil Soup… Three Bean Chili…
And on those WHAT!-IS-IT-SIX O’CLOCK-ALREADY? days: canned sardines on toasted heavy dark rye bread, topped with sweet onion slices. (That’s a balanced meal… isn’t it? Sort of?)
THIS year, I decided, to “mix it up”. My goal is to introduce into my menu planning one new recipe each week. (I also plan to share the good ones with you!)
I tried a brand new recipe last week. EEK. Please don’t make me talk about it.
But THIS week's recipe is a whole other story!
Introducing. . .
1 whole head garlic
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup tahini
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (half a lemon)
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 tsp maple syrup
¼ sea salt
Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
3 cups coarsely shredded red cabbage
1 head shredded radicchio
4 red or green Belgian endives, trimmed and separated into leaves
1/3 cup walnut halves, toasted (5 -10 minutes @ 350 ͦF.)
½ cup dried goji berries or cherries
First things first. You’ll notice the recipe will call for a whole head of garlic. DON’T freak out. It will be fine.
In fact, it will be more than fine. It will be FINE-TASTIC!!! (I just made that up, tee-hee.)
Garlic, when roasted, has a way of mellowing out like a vacationer…at a Cuban resort… with a Mojito in hand. (We here in northern Saskatchewan just got dumped on with a fresh heap of snow. So, today I’m dreaming of Cuba... Sigh.)
But OMG! The moment you taste this garlic infused dressing, you’ll want to scoop it all into a bowl and gobble it up with a spoon as a dessert. Try to resist.
Here's what you do:
Remove garlic from oven when done. Cool.
When I made this recipe I didn’t have any radicchio and endive in the house, so I omitted it, creating a sophisticated gourmet coleslaw of sorts. It also occurred to me that the dressing would pair well with steamed cauliflower. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination!
Got any favourite recipes? Don’t be too shy to share!