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Fresh spinach and asparagus? [Feb. 2nd, 2014|11:14 pm]
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[princess_aleera]
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I used to hate asparagus and spinach as a kid, but now, I've suddenly begun to like them! So I bought a bunch of both a couple of days ago and, them being fresh, I need to cook the rest of them soon. Do any of you have any easy-yummy recipes with loads of spinach and asparagus? I've got peppers(paprikas), tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and garlic, a bunch of pasta, and some greek natural yoghurt as well.

Any takers? :D
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[User Picture]From: mahasin
2014-02-02 11:16 pm (UTC)
Cream of asparagus soup

I like this recipe: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/07/crockpot-cream-of-asparagus-soup.html

for Spinach I usually just saute with garlic, feta cheese and top with salt and pepper.
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[User Picture]From: princess_aleera
2014-02-02 11:21 pm (UTC)
Nice! I like the soup - unfortunately I don't have a blender://

I love the idea of sautéing the spinach with garlic and feta cheese, though! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: mahasin
2014-02-02 11:25 pm (UTC)
Iv'e done it before where I didn't use a blender so it wasn't a smooth cream of asparagus soup, but a chunky one with potatoes and I think I added carrots to go along with the asparagus bits.
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[User Picture]From: princess_aleera
2014-02-02 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that definitely sounds more doable. I'm allergic to carrots, but I can add some more potatoes and lentils instead:D
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[User Picture]From: leatherfemme
2014-02-02 11:27 pm (UTC)
Clean and dice the peppers, tomatoes, onions and asparagus into roughly equal sizes (onions slightly smaller). Toss with a bit of olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper, place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 until things start to turn brown, stirring occasionally. While that is cooking, clean and hand-tear your spinach (unless it's baby spinach) and cook up the pasta. Toss the spinach in with the pasta right after you drain it and toss well. When veggies are done toss in with the pasta. Feel free to add in some yogurt for a little tangy/creamy if you want. Or you can grate, salt and drain the cucumber, toss with the yogurt, add a little minced garlic and some salt (some fresh dill or mint would be best if you have it but not required) and you have tzatziki. If you still have some spinach you can make a salad with that and the tsatziki.
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[User Picture]From: princess_aleera
2014-02-03 12:01 am (UTC)
O.o

Oh, nom. That sounds delicious. I'll definitely give your first one a try, thanks a bunch! :D
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[User Picture]From: asparagusmama
2014-02-03 12:01 am (UTC)
Spinach is lovely in a lasagne - layered with a nice tomato sauce (home made of jar). I chop lots steamed spinach finally and mix with smoked or marinated tofu, but I adapted it from a friend's recipe, and he used goats cheese, feta or mozzella. Top with a nice (soya) cheesy bechamel.

Also, spinach is fantastic in all sorts of Indian curries - it goes particular well with potatoes, daal (red lentil or moong) and chick peas. Ask me if you would like any of the recipes.

I just love asparagus as it is - steamed with lots of melted vegan marg (yum). it's a nice started, and can be topped with a poached egg (if you do eggs). Bit cannabilsitic, I know ;)
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[User Picture]From: princess_aleera
2014-02-03 12:06 am (UTC)
These sound really interesting! I've recently vowed to start cooking again, not just eat take-out, and since asparagus is my new yum-food, I might tak you up on your offer at some point:D

I'm not actually a vegetarian or vegan - at least not full-time, hehe. I just have meat-weeks and meat-free weeks, so yeah, I do recipes with eggs in them. :P
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[User Picture]From: asparagusmama
2014-02-03 12:12 am (UTC)
You'd be very welcome - but you might have to be a bit patient with a reply, as I have really bad phases will my health :(

I'm only 95% meat free myself. I used to be vegan, but my daughter and I are also coeliacs, and having ME/CFS I have to resort to eggs to bind things and sometimes a bit of meat or fish is a simple massive dose of protein for energy when I'm ill.
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[User Picture]From: princess_aleera
2014-02-03 12:19 am (UTC)
Of course! It won't be a rush, just me trying out this neat, new thing called 'a recipe'... :P

Yeah, I can see how that would make veganism a little difficult. I'm mostly lazy myself, and I have several odd food allergies and intolerances I have to weave my way through. :3

(I have a similar thng with iron - I don't take up iron from pills properly, so I have to eat meat; especially during ~certain parts of the month~, hurr.)
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[User Picture]From: asparagusmama
2014-02-03 12:29 am (UTC)
As long as I'm around and up to it I'll try to help out with recipes. I dream one day of writing a recipe book - gluten free, dairy free easy veggie food :)

Going without dairy is easy, but no eggs and no gluten makes baking impossible!

I know what you mean about certain times of the month, that is when I go