|"You don't have to worry about cooking, Mom. Those doggie treats look 5-star to us."|
What do you do when your stove meets an untimely end and you're without a range for 15 days? You could go out to eat every day but not if you have dietary restrictions like mine.
You just have to get creative. Suddenly, your barbecue and all those appliances you've kept tucked away in the cupboards become essential. So, that's how I've been cooking for what has seemed like eternity.
Not a lot of great entrees have emerged from my kitchen these past two weeks. But my dehydrator helped me turn a lot of veggies from the garden (Tuscan kale, zucchini, onions, radicchio, carrots) into tasty Veggie Medley Chips.
These chips make healthy everyday snacks plus great hiking/backpacking food. Grind some up and you have a convenient veggie broth powder without all the unpleasant ingredients found in instant, store-bought bouillon.
Here's what you need for Veggie Medley Chips:
1 bunch of Tuscan kale
1/4 head of radicchio (or substitute red cabbage)
1/2 red onion
2 large carrots
4 zucchini (use green and yellow for a more colorful chip medley)
2 T. organic tahini
1/2 tsp. garlic granules
salt and pepper
juice of 1 lemon
|Veggie medley chips ready for dehydrating|
Here's what you do:
Wash all your veggies. Remove Tuscan kale leaves from stems and discard the stems. Cut the red onion into thin slices and chop the radicchio. Use a potato peeler to make carrot and zucchini ribbons. Place all the prepared veggies in a large bowl.
Make a tahini dressing by mixing tahini, lemon juice, garlic granules, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Add other spices, herbs or even vegan parmesan cheese, if desired. Pour the dressing on the veggies and toss to distribute evenly.
Spread veggies on parchment paper-lined racks in your food processor. Use your veggie setting and start dehydrating. Start checking the veggies after 4-5 hours. The kale will get done first.
Recipe contributed to: http://www.rickiheller.com/2013/08/wellness-weekend-august-29-september-2-2013/#more-20516