Grilled Vegetarian Cuban Sandwich

4 ciabatta rolls
Dijon mustard
Sour cream, about ¼ cup with smoked paprika mixed in
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 to 1.5 bag spinach and/or power greens
Olive oil
Kalamata olives, chopped (about 10)
Cheddar cheese slices (4)
Dill pickles thinly sliced into “boards”

Heat up grill. Sautee red pepper in some olive oil. When soft add spinach/power greens in batches. Take off heat. Take some bread out of the top half of rolls to make a well. Spread the mustard on the bottom side of a rolls and sour cream on the top. On the bottom halves place pickles slices and cheese. In the top halves put spinach/red pepper mix. Sprinkle on some olives and place top halves on bottoms. Cook on grill until toasty and cheese melts. (Can also bake in the oven.)


Grilled Margherita Pizza Sandwich

¼ C Lemonaise Light
2 t Dijon mustard
Lemon juice (about 2-3 T)
French baguette
Olive oil
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Basil
Fresh mozzarella (or burata)

Cut baguette longwise and then each half cut in two. Put tomatoes on skewers, drizzle with olive oil. Mix together the mayo, mustard and lemon juice. Cook bread and tomatoes on grill. Don’t over toast the bread. Take off grill. Take tomatoes off skewers and chop up a bit. Tear apart the cheese and add it to the bread. Return to grill to melt cheese; then take off grill. Add some mayo mix, basil leaves and tomatoes.

By: K2


K2’s Chicken Salad

Chicken cooked how you like. I used TJ’s Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken (precooked)
Dill pickles
Lemonaise Light (or mayo of your choice)
Dijon mustard
Lemon juice
Wholegrain sourdough bread, toasted
Optional: sliced grape tomatoes or arugula

I used one package of TJ’s lemon chicken. You can microwave it, but I cook it in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes. Let cool and then shred. Dice some dill pickle, about ¼ cup or a little more. Mix together some Lemonaise Light (about 1/4 cup), a little Dijon mustard and lemon juice (about 1 lemon). Serve on toasted bread, open face style. Sprinkle on some tomatoes or arugula.

By: K2


Left Over Tortillas Soup

Grape seed oil
Chile powder
Epazote
Black pepper
1 larger jar roasted red pepper
A few pickled jalapenos and some brine
1 box low sodium chicken broth
8 left-over cooked corn tortillas
1 cup frozen corn
1 box no-salt black beans
1 can hominy
Cotija cheese and more jalapenos for serving

Heat oil in pot; add spices and herbs. Blend red peppers and jalapeno pickles in food processor. Add mixture to pot with chicken broth. Cook about ten minutes. Crunch up tortillas and add to pot. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Let sit until almost ready to serve. Then return to heat and add corn, black beans and hominy. Add water if needed. Cook until heated through. Serve with cotija and extra pickled jalepenos.

By: K2


Vegetable Soup with Ginger and Turmeric

Fresh ginger, grated (1-2T)
½ t turmeric
Chicken broth (4-6 C)
Olive oil
1 T chopped rosemary
1 T chopped thyme
3 carrots diced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 C cherry tomatoes, rough chopped
1 zucchini, diced
1 box no-salt cannellini beans

Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add ginger, turmeric, vegetables; cook about 3-5 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme and broth. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer; cook for 20-30 minutes.

By: K2


Dal with Spinach and Cilantro

1 cup Masoor dal (red)
About 4 cups of water
Curry powder (turmeric based)
Some ground pepper
1 knob ginger, grated
1 box baby spinach, chopped if not real small
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 tomato, grated (I use a box grater and do not add the skin to recipe)
Cooked basmati rice

Cook lentils, curry and ginger in water for about 20 minutes. Add more water if necessary. Take off heat. Add spinach, cilantro and grated tomato. When ready to serve re-heat gently. Pour over warm cooked basmati rice (can microwave to heat up if made earlier). Can add extra cilantro on top if desire.

By: K2


Grilled Ratatouille Sandwich

2 zucchini
2 red bell peppers
Multi-colored cherry or grape tomatoes
Fresh oregano, chopped
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Dried herbs such as oregano, thyme, basil, and some salt and black pepper, a wee bit of garlic powder
Hummus
Fresh basil
Ciabatta rolls
Optional: feta cheese

Cut zucchini is half long-ways. Core red pepper and cut them in half. Add these and tomatoes into a bowl. Add herbs and spices followed by oil and some balsamic vinegar – mix well and let sit. Fire-up grill. Thread tomatoes onto skewers. Grill veggies. Once done lightly toast ciabatta rolls. Once veggies are cooled somewhat, cut up into smaller pieces in a bowl or serving platter. Assemble sandwich: Spread hummus on roll followed by basil leaves. Add veggie mixture. Add a sprinkle of feta if you want. Splash a little extra vinegar on, and top with the other half of bun. Ready to go!

By: K2


Best Vegetarian Chili

Olive oil
1 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, process in food processor or chop fine
¼ cup chili powder
3 tablespoons dried oregano
1-2 teaspoons coriander seed
Black pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
2 15-ounce cans black beans (no or low sodium)
A couple of pickled jalapeno slices (or more if you want it hotter) cut up fine
1 cup bulgur wheat
¾ cup frozen corn
Some broth or water as needed (if too dry)

Garnishes:
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Cilantro
Hot sauce

In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the spices and cook for a minute or two. Add roasted red pepper puree; sauté about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix to combine. If necessary, add a bit of broth or water to make sure everything is covered. Bring to a boil; simmer until the bulgur is soft. Serve with garnishes of choice.

By K2


Grilled Burrito Bowls

2 zucchinis
2 red bell pepper
Dried oregano
Black pepper
Olive oil
1-2 cups cooked brown rice (used Trader Joe’s frozen and heated)
1 box/can black beans, drained
1-2 t. chili powder
1 t.  ground cumin
1 t. coriander seed
Haloumi cheese, slice into three thick pieces (longwise)

Garnishes:
Bunch of cilantro, chopped
Chives, chopped
Tomatillo sauce
Limes
Sour cream

Chop up zucchini and red pepper. Put veggies on skewers (I use wooden). Sprinkle with olive oil, oregano and freshly ground black pepper. Grill until the vegetables are cooked with a slight char. At the same time place the cheese on the grill and cook until grill marks appear (both sides).

Put beans in a bowl with cumin, chili powder, coriander and black pepper. Place in a saucepan or microwave in a bowl and heat up. Smash beans a bit with a fork. Add rice and mix.

Take veggies off skewers and cut up more if need. Cut cheese into bite sized cubes.  Place beans and rice into individual serving bowls. Top with veggies and cheese and any of the garnishes of your choice.

By: K2


Tostadas with Black Beans and Pickled Vegetables

1 carton no-salt black beans
Cumin to taste
Coriander to taste
Pepper to taste
12 corn tortillas
Reduced fat cheddar cheese brick (I like Cabot’s), shredded
Pickled veggies (Trader Joe’s are good), cut smaller if needed
Cilantro, a small bunch chopped
Guacamole e.g., TJ’s
Yogurt, plain, 0 fat Greek

Add beans to a bowl and mash. Add cumin, coriander and some pepper. Heat it up (e.g., microwave). Place tortillas on baking sheets. Add bean mixture followed by pickled veggies and then cheese. Bake 350 degrees until tortillas are crisp. Add some of the guacamole to 1 C yogurt and stir (I do this to cut the guacamole but there is extra for those that like it as is). Serve tostadas with guac/yogurt and cilantro.