Claudia MeDeiros from Livro de Receitas http://claudiarecipes.blogspot.com/ has contributed this menu saying: I'm … considering 100% what you wrote on your post : " delicious, homestyle and seasonal food with cheap ingredients ... " This is exactly how I use to cook for my family, as I have to do it every single day, specially for lunch time :)
We are lucky enough to have her recipes too. And yum. I would love to see this menu at the YamDaisy Café! I had to make one of the dishes so I could put up a photo, and O life is hard sometimes! I made the vegetable casserole and the tabbouli salad and it was such a delicious meal.
Soup: RADISH TOP SOUP a Kaiser Roll would accompany this beautifully.
vegetable oil or butter
chopped radish tops
vegetable stock or water
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the onion in oil or butter until soft, add the potato and radish tops, stir until coated in oil/butter. Add the stock and bring to the boil, simmer until the potato is soft, whiz in a blender until creamy, add milk to loosen, add salt and pepper to taste.
Main Dish 1: VEGETABLE CASSEROLE: with a light tabbouli salad.
1/4 c Melted butter
1/4 c Flour
2 c Milk
8 oz. Cream cheese
Cauliflower, broccoli, onion, and carrots
1/2 c Grated cheese
Melt butter, add flour and cook until bubbly. Add 2 cups milk and 8 ounces cream cheese. Cook until thick. Parboil cauliflower, broccoli, onion, and carrots. Put in a casserole dish and cover with white sauce. Sprinkle grated cheese over top of casserole. Bake at 350 until bubbly; about 30 minutes.
Main meal 2: OKRA WITH GRILLED CHICKEN AND RICE:
This is a cheap and nutritive meal.
Claudia’s Okra Recipe
30 okras , 1 white onion , 1 clove of garlic , 4 ripe tomatoes , salt , soy oil , spices at your taste .
Wash the okras well and slice them (thin slices).
Preheat a pan with half cup of soy oil and sauté the okra during 15 minutes ( it must be completely without slime ! ) , then add sliced onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes .
Add the diced tomatoes, stir.
Add the spices at your taste (you can use dried or fresh herbs). Mix them well and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Finally, add salt at your taste and cook for more 5 minutes.
Serve it with white rice and grilled chicken.
A pineapple juice is always welcome, too!
Note: Okra is low in calories and is a good source of many nutrients including vitamin B6 and C, fiber , calcium and folic acid . It is effective for the prevention of neural tube defects in developing fetuses mainly due to its high content of vitamin B6, calcium, fiber and folic acid.
P.S: You can also substitute eggplant or zucchini for okra.
Fruit Dessert: TROPICAL MANGO MOUSSE
2 Mangos - peeled, seeded, and cubed
2/3 cup Nonfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons Honey
6 cubes Ice
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
In a blender combine mangoes, bananas, yogurt, honey, ice cubes, and vanilla extract until smooth. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Pour into individual dishes and serve.