Vegetarian Moussaka

Vegetarian Moussaka.

Well, I just started following the Forbiddenriceblog.  There is so much good information on her blog and I love it.  Once I read today how she made the carrot apple drink I love so much I was sold.  She puts grapes in her drink, I think I will give it a try.  After all, it looks good.

Anywhoooooo, she made a vegetarian Moussaka, which I had never heard of but it looked so good I had to try it.  I went out to my local grocery to buy all the items that I did not have on hand for this wonderful meal tonight.

I used her instructions but she did not tell when to put in the tomato paste so I added it.  Now, let’s get started….

Vegetarian Moussaka (this is from the forbiddenriceblog)

Ingredients:

For the red sauce:
½ cup currants, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
¼ cup olive oil
1½ medium onions, diced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 pkg. Gimme Lean ground sausage ( I only used one)
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. ground allspice
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. tomato paste
one 28-oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes
1 cup red wine
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Prepare the red sauce:
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and minced garlic. Cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are tender and translucent. Add in the Gimme Lean sausage, breaking it up into crumbles. Stir to combine with the onions and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until lightly browned all over.

Stir in the diced bell pepper, soaked (and drained) currants, and all the spices. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the bell pepper just begins to soften. Add in the canned tomatoes, including the juice. Use a wooden spoon to mash the tomatoes apart into bite-sized chunks, (at this point I added the tomato paste).  Stir to evenly combine all the ingredients. Stir in the red wine, then salt and pepper to your liking. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the fake sausage, and the mixture thickens. *I actually cooked my sauce for nearly two and a half hours. It won’t hurt the sauce and in fact deepens the flavors a bit.

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This is the Onions, garlic, and sausage

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Getting it all brown

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Added the peppers

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Adding all the spices

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Adding the tomatoes and paste

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Adding the red wine, salt and pepper

Prepare the eggplant: 

While the red sauce is cooking, slice off the top and bottom ends of each eggplant. Cut the eggplant lengthwise, into slabs about ¼-inch thick. Sprinkle each slice, on both sides, with sea salt. Set in a colander in the sink for 30-40 minutes, allowing the eggplant to sweat. (This removes the bitterness from the eggplant.) After the vegetable has had time to sweat, rinse well under cold running water. Pat dry with a dish towel or paper towels.

Preheat your oven to 500°F. Lightly brush each side of the eggplant with oil before lightly sprinkling with salt and pepper. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet or two. Bake for 12-14 minutes, turning halfway through, to achieve a nice dry char on both sides of each eggplant slice. Remove to a cooling rack until the eggplant comes to room temperature.

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Mine did not come out as well.  I was very disappointed that it was not cooking as it should.

Prepare the potatoes: 
Slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/8-inch thick. Heat enough oil in a large frying pan to reach a depth of about ¼-inch. Fry the potatoes in single-layered batches over medium-high heat, for 7-8 minutes until they’re tender but still pale in color. Remove from the oil to paper towels to drain. Continue doing this until all the potatoes have been cooked. Increase the heat to high and fry the potatoes until crisp and golden brown on each side (30-60 seconds). Drain well on paper towels again.

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For the béchamel sauce:
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 bay leaf
¼ medium onion
2 whole cloves
1/8 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
3 egg yolks
½ cup goat cheese
the zest from one whole lemon
salt and white pepper, to taste

For the moussaka:
2 pounds large globe eggplant (about 3 small eggplants)
sea salt
olive oil
3 medium sized russet potatoes, peeled
1 cup shredded parmesan and/or romano cheese

So this really does take a long time  I was very tired by the end.  Here is my completed dish

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I think my pan was to big

 

As you can see, mine does not look all that good but for the first time making it I think I did good

As you can see, mine does not look all that good but for the first time making it I think I did good

It is too late to have it for dinner tonight so we will have it tomorrow.  I will let you know how it taste.

 

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Weight update 02/23/13

Since we got this juicer I’ve been trying to juice every day, failed……..hahahahaha

It is so hard not to enjoy a freshly made glass of vegetables or fruit juice in the morning.  My husband gets up to a cup of coffee but I have a lively glass of fresh juice.  I love that there are no additives to my juice.  No extra sugar, water, or things I can’t name. 🙂  I’ve experimented with different combinations over the last few weeks.  I must say anything with carrots in it has become my fav.  Carrot juice is so sweet and creamy that I will have a glass three times a week.

Carrots are so sweet and unlike green and some other vegetables, they are not overbearing in the juice.  Carrots have so many good benefits for our health.  I am sure  you have been told how good they are for the eyes but did you know there is so much more to carrots?  Carrots work to help keep your digestive tract clean, your liver, and it has vitamin A, D, C, E, B6 and B1.

When the body is deficient in these important vitamins it is noticed by frequent colds, lack of appetite and vigor, eye infections, poor vision, night blindness, bad teeth and gums, scaly and dry skin, weakened sense of smell and hearing (I’m not a doctor so seek medical help if you experience any of these).  1

Applies are high in potassium and it can improv intestine function.  It can also help lower cholesterol.  This juice is not hard to drink, not something you will need to get use to..  hahahahaha  The kids will enjoy it and you can make it into a shake.

Take some time today and have a great glass of carrots 🙂

Carrots and apple juice with ice

Carrots and apple juice with ice

 

Repent……Really? You don’t know what I’ve done

Man has wondered this very question for many generations. Today, you may ask this very question. There may be some sin in your life that you feel is much to deep for God to reach. I know, I’ve been there many times in my life. 1 Kings 8:33, 32 tells us this is NEVER true.
We have a part we must play in this to obtain His mercy.

When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their father. 

If you are like me, often the words we read in the Bible don’t mean much to me. After all, it says, Israel…….Yea, that is just how the enemy wants you to think. Listen, try this. Read the passage as if it was God talking to you.

When (your name) be (what ever has happened) down before the enemy because (your name) sinned against thee……….I find this helps me to see how much love God has for me. I can than understand how much He desires to save me and how NOTHING I do can EVER separate His love for me.

Take time today to pray. Seek the forgiveness you so disparately need from God and then, and this is so important forgive yourself. Dona’t allow the enemy to hold you in this state of unforgiveness It is the only play he has were by he can kill you. Allow the light of God to come in and take hold of you and show you the light. I know this because I’ve been there so many times.

Know that God Loves (your name).

 

I’m going to make this as soon as I can find the flour. I’ve had Seitan before but never made my own. You can make so many wonderful recipes with it. I am going to make sweet and sour chicken tonight for dinner with some that I brought from the store. I will take pictures and post them.

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Don’t be scared. What is this plate of spongy looking stuff?! Why is it on your food blog?! I know. It’s a little freaky looking. It’s seitan: a vegetarian “meat” product, made from the proteins (gluten) of wheat. I told Craig there’s no way I can photograph this stuff to make it look appetizing. I considered photographing fried seitan, or even a recipe containing it. But really I want to post this recipe, bare as it is, because the end product is so versatile. You can use it in various dishes, but the included recipe is just to create a basic batch of seitan; what you do with it is up to you.

When cooking meat at home became a non-option, I went crazy with trying numerous vegetarian “meat” alternatives: tofu, tempeh, beans, grains, seitan. I’ve always enjoyed tofu. I’ve learned to enjoy tempeh. Beans and grains are staples for…

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Auto Insurance

Help me out with something.  We pay for auto insurance for when we get into an accident, that is what they are for, right?  They fix your car, isn’t that the point of paying?  Then help me understand why is it that when you have an accident your auto insurance penalizes you for repairing your car?  isn’t that the reason that i pay my monthly premium to have insurance fix my care when I have an accident?  So why is it that when I need them, they increase my rates?

One woman told me at Progressive that she would have to prove if my version of the accident was true, she said “I am working to prove the other driver” and I said, shouldn’t you be working to prove me to be in the right not the other person?  She said ” well, yes that is what I meant…..really?

I switch to USAA and I must say I’ve never been happier.  They don’t treat me like i am their paycheck but their client.  How do you feel about your auto insurance

 

How Food Companies Exploit Americans – 100 Days of Real Food

I’ve long struggle with my weight and I’ve always felt part of the problem was the foods I eat. Having something quick is always been my go to. Being a Nursing Student, I don’t have a lot time to cook dinner and have a meal that will add in my health and diet. After reading this, I can’t see myself not finding the time to stay healthy. Thanks so much for this research you put into this article.

How Food Companies Exploit Americans – 100 Days of Real Food.

Weight update #2

Well, it has been a while since my last update but let me say for the first time I am feeling good.  I met with a Nutritionist who was able to give me some really good tips on how to do this without feeling as if I am being deprived.

I am walking 2 miles a day

I do step aerobics in my backyard on my back step.  (no cost on my budget) 🙂

I also eat small snack like meals throughout the day.  This keeps me from over eating.  I have a granola bar for breakfast, a lite salad for lunch and banana for snack, another granola bar, and a very light dinner.  This is working for me because I feel as if I am eating too much.  Oh yeah, I snack on trail mix if I feel a need to eat.

I have lost some weight but it is more in inches than in pounds but it is all good for me.   I love watching my dress size go down.

Being back in school has also helped me a lot.  I don’t have time to eat and I’m not sitting around with nothing to do and I don’t watch TV, there’s no time.  🙂

I’m feeling much happier and I have more energy.  This is a win win for me 🙂  I’m still juicing but not as much as I was, I don’t have the time.  But, I love my juice when I can get one in.