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Tomatillo Salsa

While I am making another batch of the Sweet Potato Tomatillo Soup, this time to freeze it, I am trying to catch-up with posting recipes.

Here is another tomatillo inspired recipe: Tomatillo Salsa. Not only had I never made salsa before, I also had never made Tomatillo Salsa before. The recipe is super-simple to make. We took some to a Halloween Potluck and everybody liked it.


1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and quartered
small piece of jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 large white onion, cut into 4 wedges
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
salt, to taste

Coarsely purée tomatillos, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, and water in a blender. Transfer to a large heavy skillet, this is when I added the lemon juice (as I used a lemon cube). Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature and salt to taste.
Make sure to chill and then enjoy with organic tortilla chips.

Note: We also jarred some of the hot salsa into canning jars for later use, see steps on how to can salsa below.

Super delicious Tomatillo Salsa

Super delicious Tomatillo Salsa


Recipe inspired by

Note: You can find two options for storing salsa here:

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Superleckere Vegetarische Lasagne (“Superdelicous veggie lasagna” recipe in German)

Wir lieben Lasagne, aber wer auch nicht?! =)  Es ist einfach zu kochen und es macht auch richtig Spass Lasagne zu kreieren. Zusaetzlich kann man es als Hauptgericht anbieten, wenn Gaeste kommen…oder die uebriggebliebene Lasagne halt spaeter geniessen. Diese uebriggebliebenen Portionen sind ideal als Mittagessen oder man kann sie einfrieren und spaeter geniessen. Je nach der Jahreszeit oder der Vorliebe fuer bestimmte Gemuesesorten kann man die Zutaten anpassen.

Fuer dieses Gericht haben wir gekaufte Pastasosse benutzt. Aber wir haben die Nudeln selbstgemacht.

Zutaten fuer die Lasagne Nudeln
100 g Griessmehl
100 g Allzweck-Mehl
2 Eier, erwaermt zu Zimmertemperatur
gegebenfals Milch, um den Teig zu binden

Zubereitung der Lasagne Nudeln:
1. Vermische das Mehl und die Eier (geht am besten in einer Küchenmaschine), bis der Teig weich und einfach zum Knetten ist. Falls die Eier klein sind or der Teig nicht richtig zusammenkommt, versuche ein bisschen Milch zuzugeben.
2. Wenn der Teig weich und nicht zu klebrig ist (wenn zu klebrig versuche etwas Mehl hinzuzugeben), benutze die Küchenmaschine um den Nudelteig flach zurollen. (Man kann auch ein Nudelholz benutzen, aber es wird länger dauern den Teig gleichförmig und dünn auszurollen). Rolle den Teig in 6 Streifen, so dass Du daraus 2 Lasagneschichten machen kannst.
(Du kannst auch gekaufte Lasagne Nudeln benutzen. Koche diese Nudeln für dieses Rezept laut Anleitung vor.)

Zutaten für das Gemüse:
1-2 Esslöffel Olivenöl
1 Zwiebel, geschnitten
2 Regenbogenmöhren (oder normale orange Möhren), geschnitten
2 Zucchini, in Würfel geschnitten
3 Tomaten, in Würfel geschnitten
1 gelbe Paprika in Würfel geschnitten
½ Esslöffel getrockneter Basilikum
½ Esslöffel getrockneter Oregano
Salz, Pfeffer, rote Pfefferflocken je nach Geschmack

Zubereitung des Gemüses:
1. Erwärme das Öl in einer grossen Pfanne. Gebe die Zwiebel hinzu und erwärme sie für ungefähr 5 Minuten, bis die Zwiebel weich ist. Gebe die Möhren hinzu und erwärme fuer ungefähr 5 Minuten.
2. Gebe die Zucchini, gelben Paprika, Tomaten, und Gewürze hinzu. Koche alles bis das Gemüse weich ist. Sei vorsichtig das Gemüse nicht zu überkochen, da sie noch im Backofen gebacken werden.

Tomatensosse (Wir haben gekaufte Tomatensosse benutzt.)
Geraspelter Käse (Wir haben eine Käsemischung mit 6 verschiedenen Käsesorten benutzt.)

Die Lasagneschichten:
1. Schmiere ein bissen Butter in die Lasagneform (Amerikanische Lasagneform misst 33 x 22 cm). Verteile 2-3 Esslöffel Tomatensosse sehr dünn auf den Boden der Lasagneform. (Das verhindert das Anbacken der Lasagne Nudeln.)
2. Lege drei ungekochte Lasagne Nudeln (siehe oben) auf die Tomatensosse. Verteile die Hälfte des Gemüses gleichmässig auf die Nudeln. Verteile die Hälfte der Tomatensosse gleichmässig auf das Gemüse. Bestreue alles mit Käse. Wiederhole die Nudel-, Gemüse, Tomatensosse- und Käseschichte.
3. Backe die Lasagne im vorgeheizten Backoven (ungefähr 204 Celcius) für ungefähr 30 Minuten. Überprüfe ob die Nudeln fertig sind mit einer Gabel. Geniesse mit frischgebackenem Brot.

Lasagne--auf die Plaetze-fertig-essen!!!

Lasagne–auf die Plaetze-fertig-essen!!!


Lasagne Nudel Rezept angepasst von

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Superdelicous veggie lasagna

We love lasagna, but who doesn’t?! =)  It is very easy to make and it is so much fun to make it. Also it makes a full meal if you plan on having dinner guests or without dinner guest you end up with leftovers. These leftovers are ideal delicious lunches or you can freeze the leftovers and enjoy later. Depending on the season or veggie preferences, the ingredients can be adjusted, which is another great benefit of making home-made lasagna.

For this particular recipe, we did not make the tomato sauce from scratch. It was store-bought. However, we did make the lasagna noodles from scratch.

Ingredients for lasagna noodles:
100 g Semolina flour
100 g All-purpose flour
2 eggs, at room temperature
milk if necessary to make the dough

Preparation of lasagna noodles:
1. Add flour and eggs to the KitchenAid and mix until it makes soft pliable dough. If the eggs are small or the dough does not seem to come together, try adding a bit of milk.
2. Once dough is soft but not too sticky (if too sticky, add a tiny bit more flour), run it through the pasta-press attachment. You will likely have to run it through a couple of times until the pasta has the desired thickness. Keep in mind that you do not want the pasta noodles too thin or too thick. Place the pasta noodles to the side. Make 6 noodles (similar in size to the store-bought lasagna noodles), enough to make two layers in the lasagna dish.

Ingredients for the vegetables:
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 rainbow carrots, peeled and sliced
2 zucchini, cubed 3 tomatoes, cubed
1 yellow pepper, cubed
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste

Preparation of the vegetables:
1. Heat olive oil in large pan. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add carrots and continue cooking over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.
2. Add zucchini, yellow pepper, tomatoes and spices. Continue cooking until all vegetables are tender. Be careful to not over cook the vegetables, as they will still be baked with the lasagna. Pasta sauce (we used store-bought pasta sauce, 26 ounce jar) You could use home-made marinara sauce, see the following link for a suggestion:
Shredded cheese (we used shredded 6 cheese Italian blend)

How to assemble the lasagna:
1. Lightly spray lasagna dish (13 x 9 inches, 3 qt) with vegetable cooking spray. Spread 2-3 tablespoons of pasta sauce very thinly on the bottom of the lasagna dish. (This prevents the lasagna noodles from sticking to the lasagna dish.)
2. Layer three uncooked lasagna noodles on top of the pasta sauce. Layer half of the vegetable mixture on top of the lasagna plates and spread evenly. Spread of the pasta sauce on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with cheese. 3. Repeat layering with another three uncooked noodles, pasta sauce, and cheese.
4. Bake lasagna uncovered in preheated oven (400 F) for approximately 30 minutes. Check for doneness of pasta noodles with fork. Enjoy with fresh baked bread =)




Pasta noodle recipe adapted from

You can use store-bought lasagna noodles. Make sure to pre-cook them following the box instructions. You may have to increase the baking time a bit. Check with a fork testing for doneness of the pasta.
This dish freezes well. Just cut into portion-sized pieces and freeze in separate containers. When you want “fresh” lasagna, just pull one of the containers out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge overnight. Simply heat in microwave and enjoy =)

Health benefits of this recipe * By not adding a ricotta cheese, egg, and parmesan mixture layer, we are able to reduce the amount of calories considerably. * The various vegetables contribute a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

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Uncream My Broccoli Soup

If you have not already been able to tell, I love soups. So I am always interested in discovering a new delicious soup recipe. Preferably one that is healthy, allows for easy modification, and stores well. Here is a recipe for super-delicious broccoli soup that even Hans eats. It is “creamy” without actually having any dairy added.

(Adapted from Eating Well)

Ingredients (Makes 6 large servings):
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Add a bit more for extra kick)
2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth (Alternatively use 2 veggie bouillon cubes and 4 cups of water)
16 ounces (1 lb) broccoli crowns (see Ingredient note), cut into 1-inch pieces, stems and florets separated (average broccoli weighs 1 to 1.5 lb)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation (Preparation time approximately 30-40 minutes)
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery; cook, stirring often, until the onion and celery soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add potato and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour, dry mustard and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

2. Add broth and broccoli stems; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the salt. Stir in florets; simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes more. Transfer to blender and puree, until desired consistency.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Celery, rainbow carrots, garlic, and onion

Celery, rainbow carrots, garlic, and onion

Red potato, Yukon Gold potato, and broccoli

Red potato, Yukon Gold potato, and broccoli

Ingredients  prior to the blender

Ingredients prior to the blender

Broccoli soup

Broccoli soup

Healthful benefits:
* The amount of calories is much lower than broccoli soup that is dairy-based.
* Broccoli is rich in vitamins C. E, and B5. It also contains high amounts of beta carotene, folate, iron, zinc, potassium, and calcium.
* The soup also allows the addition of one carrot, celery stick, onion, and potato. So it is a bit of a vegetable soup, sneaky, right?! Don’t tell anyone.