Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mixed Winter Vegetables in Papillote

Well, I have had more than enough people express their concern over my use of the word "cure" in the title of my blog.  Either change the name or put a disclaimer on my blog they have told me so I think I will choose the later.  And of course I cannot guaranty a cure if you eat the foods in my recipes.  But I can guaranty you will feel better if you eat a vegan diet, stop eating processed foods, stop eating sugar, stop eating white flour, stop eating white rice, stop eating wheat pasta and exercise for at least 1/2 hour 5 days a week.  You will feel better guaranteed!  Then on top of all of that start drinking green tea at least once a day.  Drink plenty of water. Juice at least once a day.  Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.  Take supplements as needed.  And with all of this I promise that you will feel more alive than ever.  The trick is discipline!  And instead of grabbing that bag of Doritos or that can of coke, grab a handful of nuts and wash it down with some fresh squeezed OJ. And the next time your planning a nice dinner with some friends come to my blog and pick out one of the many delicious recipes. Like todays recipe "Mixed Winter Vegetables in Papillote".  Last night we went out to Palma for San Sebastian.  A great street festival that is free to the public.  The city provides huge barbecue grill for everyone to cook their food on.  They also provide live music with something like 10 stages around different plazas in Palma.  Just about everyone brings meat to throw on the grill but we brought "Mixed Winter Vegetables in Papillote".  Several people asked what was in the aluminum and we told them vegis.  Some thought it was great and others like this big gypsy man laughed at me and said I needed meat and threw a big thick slab of bacon on my paper plate, which I slyly slipped back on the grill without him noticing.  It was a night of great music, great food with great friends.

This is what I had in my vegetable drawer.
Use whatever vegis you have lying around.

Chop it up as small as possible.

Mix with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon and parsley.

Place in the middle half of a large rectangular
piece of parchment paper.

Fold the paper over.

Make small folds to create a tightly closed semi-circle.

Take a peek and make sure they are done.

Cut open and pour onto plate.
We ate this with brown wild rice.

Mixed Winter Vegetables in Papillote
by Jeff Harter
Prep Time: 1/2 hour
Cook Time: 1/2 hour
Keywords: bake steam appetizer entree side nut-free soy-free sugar-free vegan vegetarian

This is a great way to cook those leftover vegetables in your fridge. I used the ones I had in my vegetable drawer for this recipe but you can use whatever you have lying around. The trick is to cut them up small in about the same size.
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 med. carrot
  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1/4 small zucchini
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 eggplant
  • small amount of cabbage
  • small amount butternut squash
  • small amount celery root
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • juice of one lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Cut all the vegetables into tiny little pieces.
  • Place vegis in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients and toss well.
  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  • Cut out large rectangular pieces of parchment paper and fold in half.
  • Next divide the vegis between each piece of parchment paper by placing a large scoup of the vegis in the lower half of the parchment paper. Then start in one corner and work your way around and make small folds until you have gone all the way around. Make sure that it is well sealed because you want the vegis to be steamed in the little packets.
  • Place on sheet pan and put in the preheated oven for about 30 mins.
  • Cut open and pour onto 4 plates.

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