Monday, March 28, 2011


Hummus & Indian Sweet Bread
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Sometimes, even the best recipes fall short simply because of the quality of the ingredients.  I've noticed this especially with store-bought hummus.  If you want to save yourself from boring flavor (and a high price tag!), then try out this hummus recipe!

Yields: 24 servings
  • 3 cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Parsley leaves (for garnish)

Combine all ingredients in food processor, and blend until well mixed.
Sprinkle paprika on finished product, plate, and serve with a parsley garnish.

Pairs well with pita bread or chips, or with your favorite vegetable.  Also works as a great spread for sandwiches!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pineapple-Chile Tofu with Craisin Quinoa Salad

Hello everyone, this is going to be the first delicious contribution to the Vehement Vegetarian portion of Aimless Omnivores. This dish was experimental for me, and has taken a couple tries to turn into this amazing vegan delight that it is today. It's very easy to make, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

First of all, I didn't measure anything. I just threw a bunch of stuff together. If I tried to give you measurements I don't know that it would turn out deliciously.

Without further ado, here's the recipe:
Start with extra firm tofu, pressed for about a half hour. For those who haven't pressed tofu, I wrap mine in a bunch of paper towels and place something about the weight of a frying pan on it, and let it sit there for 30 minutes. Then quarter the tofu and marinate it using the following:


* Chili sauce (you will find it in the Asian section at the grocery store, I got a honey chili sauce)
* Crushed Pineapples
* Lemon Juice
* Lime Juice
* Chopped Garlic
* Soy Sauce
* Sherry (optional)-very little
* Mirin (optional)-found in the Asian section at the grocery store

After you've marinated your tofu (or Chicken, honestly that's fine, I won't tell anyone) for about an hour, pan fry it really quick to let it simmer in the juices and then grill it (I used the George Foreman). Throw some sesame seeds on top for extra aesthetic and taste. I threw the remaining marinade on top of my tofu, but you can also save it for future marinating extravaganzas.

Quinoa Salad:

* Cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked quinoa)
* cilantro
* jalapeƱos
* onion
* craisins
* chopped walnuts
* lime/lemon juice

Use your taste buds to find out which amounts work for you. I like a LOT of cilantro, but you might prefer more craisins. ONLY the quinoa is cooked, everything else is fresh (and amazing). Happy eating!

Broiled Mediterranean Salmon

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Tender, aromatic, and flavorful, this broiled salmon recipe brings out the best flavors of Mediterranean cooking. I have detailed some instruction on broiling, since it's easy to burn your food in some ovens. As an alternative, you could probably get away with cooking the salmon for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

For side dishes, we made tabulleh, hummus, and pita bread.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic (pressed or minced)
  • 1 pound of salmon, skin on preferred
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon basil

Preheat your oven's broiler (or set to 500 degrees if it does not broil). Make sure your oven rack is AT LEAST 6 inches from the top.

Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a baking dish.

Place your salmon fillet(s) in the olive oil, being sure to coat both sides.

Rub cilantro and basil on the meat side of the salmon and place back in the baking dish, skin side up. Allow this to marinate while your oven preheats, or for at least 10 minutes.

Now we broil the meat, keeping the skin side up. Depending on your oven, the salmon should stay in for roughly 15 minutes. Use a kitchen timer set for 3 minute intervals. This will help you monitor the fish and keep it from burning. After each interval, be sure to rotate the baking dish, and flip the salmon skin side down after your second or third interval. In my case, the fish was flaky and delicious after about 12 minutes.

Aiming the Aimless

As some of you know, I started Aimless Omnivores as a way to share my favorite recipes with the world. When it began, my recipe choices were, erm, aimless... So, now that we Omnivores are gaining some direction, I'd like to introduce to you a new foray on eating: the Mediterranean diet.

Over the coming months, I will be introducing recipes with a Mediterranean theme. It's quite a shift from our usual food pyramid, and makes for delicious, healthy, and fun cooking!

For those of you who enjoy having an eclectic recipe collection, have no fear! We're taking on cohort chefs to fill in the gaps and make sure we stay on our aimless track. Stay tuned for posts from our pesky pescatarian, our vehement vegetarian, as well as our carnal carnivore. After all, we humans will eat anything!