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MAIN DISH FAVORITES and Dressings

MAIN DISH FAVORITES

New Orleans-Style GUMBO

 

Gumbo is definitely one to add to your list of soups! Unique to its rich complexity is a gumbo roux, file*, and okra. Variations on this meal are endless- chicken, shrimp and chicken, okra and seafood can all be added to this dish. Make it your own by adding your favorite proteins. This is a special soup traditionally served during Mardi Gras. Now you can have an authentic New Orleans Gumbo experience anytime with Vegetable Kingdom’s Gumbo.

 

Our gumbo is classic New Orleans style, which means we start with a roux, add  the trinity of bell pepper, onion and celery, then okra and a hint of file*. There are many ways to enjoy Gumbo; coastal folk typically throw in seafood but chicken gumbo is just as fine. Any protein or protein substitutes will be delicious. See "Gumbo Variations" in "Recipes" section below.

 

  

NGREDIENTS 

Tomatoes, onions, peppers, celery, okra, water, parsley, garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, wheat flour, non -GMO canola oil, vinegar, molasses, anchovies, cloves, tamarind extract, chili pepper extract, salt, pepper, spices, file*, citric acid. Contains wheat & fish (anchovies).


Easy one pot meal:

Saute sausage and chicken, pour in Gumbo, add seafood before serving over rice.


Any kind of meat, fowl, or seafood may be added, alone or in combination.

Also delicious with tofu and vegetable protein meat substitutes

Serve with bread and salad for a hearty soup meal your family will love.


*File (fee lay) is made from the dried, ground leaves of the sassafras tree.

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BRUNSWICK STEW

Looking for a quick and healthy dinner that your kids will love and your baby sitter can prepare?


Well you've found it! Our Brunswick Stew is loaded with freshly cooked corn, baby lima beans, potatoes and tomatoes in a yummy sauce that is palate pleasing to all ages. 


Directions: Pour contents of jar into cooking pot, adding 1/2 jar of stock, tomato juice or water and meat substitutes or cooked meats- chicken, pork, ground beef, or game. Simmer stirring often. Serve over cooked rice if desired. Season to taste and enjoy.


Ingredients: 

Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, water, lima beans, corn, vinegar, anchovies, cloves, tamarind extract, chili pepper extract, lemon juice, non-GMO canola oil, salt, pepper, spices, citric acid. 


Contains fish (anchovies).

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MASSAMAN CURRY

Want to know why Massaman Curry ranks as one of the most popular dishes in the world?

Try ours and you'll find out. With fresh vegetables and exotic spices cooked in creamy coconut milk, Massaman Curry is easy to love. Thick, rich, and delicious, when you're in the mood for a bowl of Thai comfort, you will find this truly satisfying.

Directions: Pour contents of jar into pot. Add your choice of cooked meat, meat substitutes, or vegetables. Serve with rice and garnish with cilantro if desired.

Vegetable Kingdom’s Massaman Curry:

  • is savory and enjoyable alone over rice
  • suits any combination of protein and vegetables for a robust curry dinner
  • complements perfectly with our Mango Chutney
  • is delightful garnished with toasted nuts and cilantro 

INGREDIENTS 

Potato, carrot, onion, water, ginger, coconut milk, garlic, lime, sugar, fish sauce, coconut oil, tamarind, celery, lemongrass, cilantro, spices. 

Contains fish, soy.


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Creole Sauce (Vegetarian)

Looking for something new for dinner? Try our Creole sauce. Creole sauce typically used with shrimp over rice, may also be prepared with chicken, sausage and red beans, or with vegetables alone.


It’s one of the best ways to serve up a hearty and satisfying meal, full of the vibrancy and vitamin C that make tomatoes a perennial favorite flavor. 


This robust red sauce has many uses. 

You can use it when cooking homemade vegetable soup and stews. 


Even more ideas:

•easy to make chicken tomato soup, add rice and chunk of veggie

add vodka and cream for a special pink penne sauce

• for red beans and rice (see recipe page)

•for a manhattan style chowder add clams and potatoes

•for a delicious pasta sauce add mushrooms, oregano, basil, and thyme; serve over linguini or spaghetti squash with grated parmesan and meatballs if desired

• spread on pizza crust or bruschetta , add toppings of your choice

use as a dip for grilled toast or flatbread

•with eggplant and zucchini as a ratatouille

•enjoy alone as a homemade tomato soup- simply add a pat of butter and a little fresh basil


INGREDIENTS 

Tomatoes, onions, peppers, celery, water, parsley, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, wheat flour, non-GMO canola oil, spices, salt.

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Dressings

French Style Mustard Vinaigrette

Originally called Dee's Diamond Dressing (adapted from VK friend, DeeAnn's recipe) this is a classic sharp vinaigrette in the French style. Perfect on any variation of a lettuce and tomato salad, it's especially good on Dee's Salad, find the recipe below.

It is also an excellent chicken and seafood marinade.

Ingredients:   

Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mustard,  non-GMO Canola Oil, Water, Garlic, Salt, Pepper.  This tangy vinaigrette is delicious on any green salad. Also great for marinating tofu, meat, seafood, vegetables and grains. See recipe section.

The recipe on the label is a quick and delicious "go to" salad. VK friend Dee shared this recipe and her beautiful salad directions as well. Thanks Dee!

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Greek Style Feta Dressing

Yummy on salads and with much more:

- on steamed vegetables

-grilled meats

-wraps and sandwiches

-egg dishes


Ingredients: 

Water, non-GMO Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Feta Cheese, Lemon, Non-Fat Milk, Egg, Vinegar, Onion, Garlic, Dill, Parsley, Spices.

This rich dressing is delicious on salads, grilled meats and plant protein. Try on steamed vegetables and with eggs.

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Japanese Style Tofu Dressing

We are pretty sure you didn't know that tofu could taste this good! Turn your salad into a complete, tummy-filling meal. The protein of tofu combined with the richness of extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs are sure to convince you to change your mind about tofu.


Tofu Dressing turns a salad into a meal. Build a healthy one using your favorite greens and toppings. Add Tofu Dressing and tuck in! The protein rich tofu and extra virgin olive oil will satisfy your taste buds and your appetite.


Ingredients: Tofu, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Onion, Vinegar, Soy, Water, Garlic, Basil, Xanthan.

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Any of Our Jars + Your Desired Protein = Deliciousness

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What if comfort food sped up and fast food fell behind?

  

We know there’s a huge demand for convenience foods but we don’t think you should have to sacrifice so much in the way of quality and nutrition just to have food you can eat in a hurry.


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Cast Your Vote to Bring Back Home Cooked Favorites!

 

Everyone in the family likes what you serve when you add your desired protein to the contents of a VK jar. Because eating well is living well. No one has the time or the inclination for making a home cooked meal every day; but the days that you don’t are the days you need that comfort the most—and that is why we do what we do by making main dish favorites accessible for everyone. When you open a jar there is grandmotherly love waiting to hop into your bowl. We do that on purpose!

We all have memories and feelings associated with what we eat, how it was prepared and enjoyed. 

Because eating well is living well.

Recipes

Nana's Creole Red Beans & Rice

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1 - 32 oz  jar of VK Creole Sauce

1 cup onion

1 cup celery

1 cup green pepper

1/4 cup garlic

Olive oil

1lb sausage cut up

2 cans of red beans

2 T parsley

2 bay leaves

Instructions:

In a large soup pot, saute 1 cup each onions, celery, and green pepper, plus 1/4 cup garlic in 2-3 T olive oil.

Add 1 lb sausage cut up.

Add jar of VK Creole sauce, 2 cans of red beans, 2 T parsley, and 2 bay leaves.

Cook until flavors blend, stirring. Serve over rice and garnish with parsley.

Crispy Tofu & Sweet Potato Curry

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1 32 oz jar Massaman Curry

1 package firm Tofu.

1 peeled sweet potato

1/4 cup peanut oil

cooked rice


Cut sweet potato into thin strips.  Place on an oiled baking pan and place into a 350 degree oven.  Bake until soft.  


While the potato is baking, dry the tofu and cut it into thin rectangular strips.

Place peanut oil in frying pan and heat to frying temperature.

Place tofu strips into the hot oil and cook until golden brown.  Remove tofu onto a bed of paper towels to soak off excess oil.  Heat Massaman Curry in a sauce pan until hot.  Place cooked rice into bowls.  Pour Massaman Curry over rice.  Add crispy tofu and roasted sweet potato.  Serve with a parsley garnish.



Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with Variations

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 Easy one pot meal:

Saute sausage and chicken, pour in Gumbo, add seafood before serving over rice.

Any kind of meat, fowl, or seafood may be added, alone or in combination.

Also delicious with tofu and vegetable protein meat substitutes

Serve with bread and salad for a hearty meal your family will love.


Many more recipes can be found in our Blog at the end of the web site below.

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Swiss Cheese and Mustard Vinaigrette

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Roasted beets

Apples

Swiss cheese

Toasted walnuts

Greens of your choice

Instructions

Chop equal amounts of roasted beets and apple into similar size pieces.

Mince swiss cheese

Combine beets with Vegetable Kingdom's Mustard Vinaigrette

Add in the apples and cheese

Arrange on greens and sprinkle walnuts over top

Super Simple Kale and Beet Green Chips with Mustard Vinaigrette

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Preheat to 250.

Wash and spin or towel dry kale and etc of your choosing.

Place in large mixing bowl.

For each large handful you will need 2-3 t Dee's, depending on absorbency of the leaf. Pour dressing over greens and toss gently. (A glove is good for this.)

Make sure each piece is thinly coated but not soaked. Place on oiled cookie sheet in single layer.

Bake 30 minutes, checking after 20. If you mix types of greens, they will bake at varying times so remove any that become crisp to a rack.

Turn the remaining and bake another 15 min, or until crisp.

Fresh from the Winter Garden plus Mustard Vinaigrette

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Super simple fresh- from- the- garden -salad with assorted lettuce, green onion tops, baby asparagus, carrots, and radishes...YUM!

Fresh from the Summer Garden plus Mustard Vinaigrette

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You got your lettuce, string beans, purple onion and yellow tomato, with croutons and an egg on top!

Pizza with Creole Sauce

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Our Creole Sauce is cooked with onion, garlic, peppers, herbs and spices so it's the perfect sauce to underpin some of your favorite toppings.

Make a Salad a Meal

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With the protein from tofu and the richness from the extra virgin olive oil, you will feel satisfied and happy from your main dish salad.

Romaine as The Main

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Grab a large salad bowl. Tear one head of washed romaine into bite-sized pieces. Add Feta Dressing and gently toss. Add croutons and shredded parmesan. Dig in!

Leeks Marinated in Mustard Vinaigrette

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Leeks, the royalty of the onion family are delicious in a salad or as a side dish. Steam well-cleaned leeks in steamer basket until just tender. Drain and add dressing. Mix and serve.

Beet and Apple Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

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Roast or boil cleaned beets until tender. Peel and slice. Add to apples. Toss with dressing. Add walnuts and enjoy.

Beet and Toasted Barley Salad with Feta Dressing

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Separate beets and tops. Cook and peel beets. Wash tops thoroughly. Cook barley according to package direction, then spread on sheet pan and toast in 350 oven. Pass the Feta Dressing.

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(843) 441-3339 / (843) 473-5149

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