It’s All Good

I recently checked out the new cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow at the library.  SO many yummy sounding recipes!  I highly recommend checking this book out for yourselves.  The recipes are healthy (many vegetarian) and keep the whole body in mind (body, mind, spirit).

Its All Good

One of the recipes that intrigued me was the pickled jalapenos.  I liked the idea of making a “refrigerator” version that you don’t have to actually “can” in a hot water bath.  (Of course you could do that…)

pickled jalepenos

What you’ll need:

3/4 cup white wine vinegar

3/4 cup water

1 TBS coarse sea salt

pinch of celery seed ( I omitted this since I didn’t have any)

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp black peppercorns (I omitted this too)

8 LARGE jalapenos, sliced thinly ( this varies depending on size:  I used more like 12-ish)

1 bay leaf

1 garlic clove (I LOVE garlic.  I sliced about 5 cloves!)

1 pint-ish sized jar (new or recycled)

Technique:

Combine the vinegar, water, salt, celery seed, coriander and pepper in a small saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil and turn off heat.  Meanwhile, pack your jar with the jalapenos, layering the garlic among the peppers.  Pour the vinegar mix over the peppers, making sure that all the seeds get in there.  Let the jar cool to room temp, then put in the fridge.  As she says in the recipe:  “The peppers are good to go after a week, but they keep up to a year in the refrigerator–seriously!”

I made 5 jars and they are fantastic!  (I’m sure the extra garlic made them extra-special.)  Gwyneth suggests eating them on sandwiches, tacos and salads.

Here’s a “recipe” for a QUINOA SALAD I have been throwing these peppers on:

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and boiled until tender (about 15 min)

about 1/3 cup toasted pepitas

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Juice of 2 limes or more to taste

1/4 C olive oil

sea salt to taste

fresh chopped garlic to taste

chipotle powder, optional (or cayenne)

1/2 red onion, chopped (or 1/2 bunch green onions)

Make a dressing with the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper and garlic.  (Make it to your liking, as these measurements are approximations).  Mix everything else together in a big bowl, then add dressing and toss.  Sprinkle jalapenos on top!

Have fun making these!  There are tons of jalapenos at the farmer’s markets right now, so take advantage!

jalepanos

You can purchase Gwyneth’s book here:  It’s All Good

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