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Vegetable Ramen Recipe

By Ashley Beck | April 29, 2013

vegetables, ramen, vegetarian, meatless monday
vegetables, ramen, vegetarian, meatless monday

This soothing vegetarian ramen is a great way to eat your vegetables. (Photo: Renée s. Suen)

This ramen is packed with a rainbow of vegetables providing you with a great amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients. The perfect remedy if you’re battling a cold, a hangover, fatigue, or just want a smorgasbord of vegetables in a delectable broth. Often times we forget that fresh wholesome ingredients are what our body needs to repair itself. Okay, so the last thing you want when your hungover is vegetables, but combined with this umami-filled broth, you may just change your mind. So skip the pills, tonics, energy drinks and hair of the dog. And in 30 short minutes, see if this ramen isn’t the key ingredient to bring you back to life.

Another reason I love this recipe is because it combines so many different textures. I add some vegetables at the beginning to give the ramen a deeper flavor, and some at the end to remind you of the freshness of the veggies. The lovely resiliency of the mushrooms, the pop of the corn and the crunch of the cabbage. I also like to add the zucchini a bit after the celery, onion, carrot and garlic so that it doesn’t get mushy and retains its beautiful green color. And in this particular ramen, the broth can be made with either vegetable or chicken stock, depending on your preferences. It’s the white wine and soy sauce that will give this ramen its umami comfort.

The recipe calls for vegetables I find most delicious in this dish. However, this recipe can also be a great opportunity to get creative, so feel free to ad-lib on the veggies. Throw in whatever suits your mood, or what you already have on hand. The important thing is to add some vegetables in the beginning as part of the mirepoix, or broth starter, and some near the end so you still get those delightfully different textures.

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Summer Fusilli with Zucchini Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 27, 2012

zuchinni fusilli

We’re reaching that time of year where you’re either totally fed up with zucchini and summer squash and bemoaning the fact that you have to think of new ways to cook them at least until after labor day (ugh how imposing can they be!).

Or you’re already mourning their sure-to-be imminent disappearance from the farmer’s market, never mind that summer truly does seem like it’s here to stay.

Either way, this is the dish for you. I know, pasta with summer squash and zucchini has been done before, many times over, so while it may seem like I’m not really reinventing the wheel here, I have to say that this recipe is something special.  The zucchini is grated rather than diced or chopped so that it kind of melts in with the pasta and all you really end up tasting is the bright fresh flavor of summer with a dash of parmesan.  It’s perfect no matter which side of the zucchini love/hate spectrum you happen to fall on this week.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Pasta with Cranberry Beans & Artichokes Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 13, 2012

cranberry beans

While I try to be super PC about most things in my life, I have a confession to make: I occasionally judge my beans by their pod color. (Oops.)

But when they are just so vibrantly magenta and pretty-in-pink, can you really blame me? I didn’t think so. Fresh cranberry beans are just too pretty to pass up, and the good news is that their beauty is not only skin deep…they are delicious as well. They taste largely like white beans, but with a little less mushiness to them, and happen to meld perfectly with artichokes and zucchini in this pasta dish. Unfortunately the beans lose their color after cooking, making the finished dish seem a little ho-hum in comparison to its starting ingredients, but I can promise you that what it lacks in color, it makes up for in flavor.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Zucchini, Edamame & Mozzarella Pasta Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 4, 2012

Zucchini, Edamame and Mozzarella Pasta Salad

I like to bathe my pasta salads in a sea of green. There is no hue too verdant, no amount of vegetables or herbs too many, so that every bite tastes like it’s fresh from the garden. Lush, vibrant, and life-affirming in a way. This pasta salad is the epitome of that, pairing the unlikely combination of zucchini and edamame, tossing them with strozzapreti (or any short tubular pasta you can get your hands on), and smothering them in a brightly flavored basil parsley puree.

A bit of buffalo mozzarella is added for richness, but the overall flavor profile is crisp, refreshing and oh-so-satisfying. It is the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal although it can also be served on its own as a main, especially when you inevitably eat so much of it, it becomes its own course.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Raw Zucchini Summer Salad Recipe

By Allana Mortell | July 26, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Jules:stonesoup

Anytime the temperature scorches above 75 degrees and you’re in the kitchen cooking, the last thing you want to do is crank up the oven or turn on the stove. However, without the use of sauteing, roasting or even boiling, the options for dinner slightly decrease. In order to spice things up in the kitchen, we want to share with you a different take on the traditional dinner salad that not only screams “summer,” but through flavor and execution, transforms itself into a filling, refreshing meal.

Zucchini, when you look closely, seems to be a cucumber in disguise with its bright green color, oblong shape and scaly texture. In reality, it is a hybrid of the ‘cuke or a summer squash with a mild flavor and endless preparation options, like this simple shaved zucchini summer salad. (Try saying that five times fast!)

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Elk Chili

Photo: Marla Meridith

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