Monday, November 11, 2013

Th Eat to Live Cookbook Project: Italian Stuffer

I have to admit, I did not follow the instructions for this recipe. I read through the ingredients and I got this idea in my head for what to do with them that had nothing to do with what the recipe specified, but I couldn't stop myself.

Specifically, the recipe said to stir together the chopped ingredients and then stuff them into a whole wheat wrap or pita. But something was calling me to make a pate out of the rehydrated dried tomatoes, parsley, walnuts, Italian seasoning, tomato paste and garlic using my high powered blender (you could also use a food processor). I spread this pate onto a whole wheat tortilla from Trader Joe's, then layered the sliced raw red onion and spears of romaine lettuce and rolled it up.

On day two, I even added some yellow pepper spears, and am totally convinced that this wrap could even get better with more raw veggies loaded in. But it was outstanding as it was. A real keeper.

Edited to note: I used this recipe to make a homemade Italian Seasoning blend. I made a double batch figuring that it might be called for in more than one recipe in the Eat to Live Cookbook, and in fact, I'm using it again tonight in the Broccoli Fra Diavlo.

Italian Stuffer
from The Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, p. 258

Did I like it? Yes

Was it easy to make with readily available ingredients? So easy! A great weeknight dinner or weekend lunch when you are on the run. You just have to make sure that you have fresh parsley in your fridge.

What specifically did I like about the recipe? Great flavors and crunch. Very satisfying (although I have to admit that with my appetite, two wraps is required).

What specifically didn't I like about the recipe? My only hesitation is the raw red onion. While I am able to tolerate raw onion in food, it's a pretty strong sensation for some people to handle. Use with caution!

Did my husband like it? He loved it.

Did my teenage daughter like it? I asked her to try it, she declined.

Did my eight or five year old try it? No

Would I make it again? Yes. I've already made a double batch and that's almost gone. I'll make another double batch this week for more fast and easy dinners.

Is there anything I would do to improve on it if I made it again? I would stuff more veggies into it! Raw tomato, cucumber, and peppers would all be perfect in this wrap.

Overall Grade (completely unscientific, I admit): A+

Have you made Dr. Fuhrman's Italian Stuffer? What were your impressions? Leave a comment below.

Still don't have the book? What are you waiting for? These recipes are amazing.



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