My Unprocessed Chopped Kitchen

23 Oct

My friend Leslie and I have started a fun new game: playing the Food Network’s “Chopped” at home! She brings over three random, weird ingredients with which I have to create a 3-course meal, from scratch, off the top of my head. Check out our recipes from the summer.

The theme this time was “unprocessed.” With my October Unprocessed challenge, and her current cleanse diet, it was the perfect opportunity to put to the test my clean cooking skills! The result was an amazingly delicious vegetarian, whole foods meal. And a lot of laughs 🙂 I didn’t measure anything in the process, but have made my best guess at ingredient amounts, so if you want to recreate my dishes, go ahead!

My Unprocessed Chopped Kitchen

The three ingredients were slivered almonds, V8 tomato juice with black pepper, and plain hummus.

The ingredients were: slivered almonds, V8 tomato juice with black pepper, and plain hummus. The almonds went into the appetizer perfectly. The tomato juice was reduced down to create a sauce. And the hummus….was a fail. I tried making a chocolate batter dip, and that didn’t work. Then we tried adding baking ingredients and threw it in the oven. But that still didn’t work. Lesson learned: do not use garlicky hummus in a dessert. But, I’ll be making the almond cheddar oat patties again – that’s certain.

My Unprocessed Chopped Kitchen

Almond Cheddar Oat Patties were the appetizer.

Almond Cheddar Oat Patties

Makes 6 2″ wide patties

  • 1 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 package slivered almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 block sharp cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1/4 C unsweetened soy milk, or non dairy milk
  • olive oil to pan-fry

Grind oats and almonds in a food processor. Add chopped garlic, cheese and milk and grind until it reaches a dough-like consistency. If it seems a bit wet, add some more oats. If it seems too dry, add a splash more milk.

Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a small frying pan. Form dough into small patties. Cook 3 at a time, a few minutes on each side. Transfer to serving plate. Add a splash more oil, and cook the other 3 patties.

Eat hot! These are a fun finger food to munch on and could even be served with tomato soup as an alternative to grilled cheese sandwiches.

My Unprocessed Chopped Kitchen

Broccoli Pasta with Asian Fusion V-8 Reduction

Broccoli Pasta with Asian Fusion V-8 Reduction

Serves 4

  • 2 C V-8 tomato juice with black pepper
  • splash of reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark molasses
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed wasabi peas
  • 1/2 package whole wheat spaghetti, or pasta of your choice
  • water for boiling pasta
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 1 head fresh broccoli, or 1/2 package of frozen broccoli, chopped

Pour tomato juice into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow to reduce down, stirring constantly.

In the meantime, heat white wine vinegar in a frying pan and saute onion and broccoli until well cooked. Add the olive oil and keep stirring. Once the broccoli begins to char, turn the heat down to remain warm.

Bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.

By this point, the tomato juice should be a thicker consistency. Add the soy sauce, molasses and wasabi pea dust to the juice and stir. Keep reducing and stirring. Taste and adjust to your liking as necessary.

Here’s when everything comes together: drain the pasta once it’s done cooking. Serve into 4 bowls. Divide the sautéed veggies and serve on top of the pasta. Spoon the thickened tomato juice sauce on top of each bowl. Eat!

My Unprocessed Chopped Kitchen

Snotty Bananas – aka Bananas Foster

Snotty Bananas (to replace Hummus Chocolate Cakes), inspired by Alton Brown’s Bananas Foster

Serves 2-4

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 under ripe bananas
  • 1/4 C dark rum
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange zest

Heat oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over low heat. Add maple syrup, honey, nutmeg and cinnamon and stir. Bring sauce to simmer.

Slice the bananas lengthwise and add to the pan. Cook for 1 minute on each side. Spoon sauce over bananas as they cook.

Remove bananas from pan to a serving dish. Bring sauce to a simmer and carefully add the rum. Continue cooking to thicken the sauce. Add orange zest and stir to combine.

Immediately spoon the sauce over the bananas and serve hot.

What would YOU have made with these ingredients?

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  1. Baked Sweet Potato Oat Patties | Eat, Drink, Be Healthy! - November 8, 2013

    […] scale it back on the cloves if that’s not for you. But enjoy! And if you like this, try the almond cheese oat patties I whipped up in a Chopped challenge […]

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