Saag Murg (Chicken in Spinach Purée)

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Date tried: January 29, 2018
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 40 minutes

I never cease to enjoy the delights of Indian cookery. Prior to beginning this dish I took time to prepare the brown onion paste and the spinach purée from scratch. I steamed the spinach for the purée to avoid too much water and that worked very well. The onion paste is simply browned onion slices puréed with a very little water.

I also reversed the order of the instructions and browned the chicken pieces first thing, so they would be ready to add to the spinach with no delay. And I really appreciated the result. Excellent!

Saag Murg (Chicken in Spinach Purée)

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Black Bean Piquante Sauce

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: January 13, 2018
Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/2 quarts)
Time needed: 3 hours if beginning with dried beans

This makes a large quantity of sauce and I think 6 servings is an underestimate. The final simmering is best done in a slow cooker so, starting with dried beans and the necessary pre-soaking as well as the time to cook the beans, then 4 or more hours in the slow cooker, one needs to plan for a two-day project.

Out of that possibly only 20 minutes is active preparation.

The resulting sauce is quite pleasant though. I think I will find plenty of uses for it.

Black Bean Sauce on noodles and rice

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Enchilada Bake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 5, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

This is a very good dish. Increase the chili powder to taste. I had only 6 tortillas and could have used more. One change I would make is to substitute sour cream for the ricotta cheese. But, of coarse, ricotta is much lower in fat.

Note, these are not enchiladas as such, but a casserole made with typical enchilada ingredients, and very tasty.

Enchilada Bake

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Lentil and Potato Soup

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date: December 11, 2017
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

This is truly a lovely soup, especially on a cold day. If you don’t have a very large soup pot, you may have to cut the recipe in half to fit whatever pot is available. If you have no spiced butter on hand, make some a day or two before making the soup. (Recipe below)

Lentil and Potato Soup

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Winter Tomato Sauce

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried:November 3, 2017
Yield: 4 cups
Time needed: 1 hour

As the author says: “When fresh ripe tomatoes are out of season, this is the sauce to make.” It is the sauce my daughter remembers as comfort food from her childhood. The actual preparation takes only a few minutes. Most of the time is to let the sauce simmer to the desired thickness.

Winter Tomato Sauce

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