Massaged Kale and Trail Mix Salad August 14, 2017
Kale leaves off of the stalk
1 C of your favorite Trail Mix – I like mixed nuts and seeds w/cranberries
Grape tomatoes, cut in half
Other vegetables or fruit you might have in the fridge
Juice from ½ lemon
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
Tear kale leaves and massage individual leaves in salad bowl before adding other ingredients. When tender, incorporate other ingredients.
Mix avocado, lemon juice and grated ginger in separate bowl. I use my hands to mix this to a creamy consistency. Top salad and enjoy!
Simply Homemade Hummus July 8, 2017
1 can garbonzo beans, drained, reserving ¼-½ cup of the liquid
sunflower seed tahini -½ C sunflower seeds, olive oil to taste
Zest of whole lemon
juice from whole lemon
2 large cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tbls ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tbls of paprika
1 tbls of ground mustard seed
Rinse beans well, making sure all of the foam is gone.
For tahini: grind sunflower seeds in food processor, slowly pour Olive Oil while processor is running for a smooth liquid consistency. The tahini should coat the bottom of the processor.
Combine all ingredients in food processor with the tahini. Blend until smooth adding in the reserved liquid as needed. Spoon into serving bowl and garnish with any choice of the following.
paprika, fresh chopped herbs, lemon zest
Serve with fresh vegetables
Steel Cut Oats Peach Cobbler June 29, 2017
4 C Fresh Local Peaches
⅛ C Organic Sugar
½ C Organic Coconut Oil w/Organic Buttery Flavor
1 C Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
½ C Organic Sugar
1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
¾ C Whole Foods 365 Organic Coconut Milk
Dash of Salt
Peel and slice peaches. Combine with ⅛ C sugar in a bowl, let stand while preparing other ingredients. Melt coconut oil in 12x8x12 baking dish, set aside. Combine oats, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add coconut milk and mix well. Pour batter into melted coconut oil. Do not stir. Pour peaches evenly over batter, but do not stir. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes. Enjoy!
Pair it with some plain Greek Yogurt for a tasty breakfast!
Fajita Lettuce Wraps June 20, 2017
1 lb Chicken Tenders, sliced in strips
1 Sweet Onion, sliced on the side
2-3 Garlic Cloves, peeled and chopped
3 Peppers, different colors, sliced
Juice of ½ Lemon
2-4 Tbsp of my Southwestern Rub Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Romaine Lettuce Hearts
Grape or Pearl Tomatoes diced
Cut onions on the side slice, instead of the rounds or half rounds. Add to saucepan of heated olive oil along with garlic. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let cook for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peppers, lemon juice and ½ of the Southwestern Seasoning. Stir and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Don’t overcook the vegetables. Add the chicken, pinch of salt and
pepper and the rest of the seasoning. Cook all together for 7-8 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
I like Romaine lettuce because it holds up, is easy to manage and gives a bit of crunch -kind of like a taco shell. Serve in a lettuce leaf, topped with avocado and tomato.
Kale and Mixed Green Pesto June 15, 2017
This recipe is a combination of my recipe from cooking school in Italy and a few ideas I’ve gotten from different ways to make pesto. Thought I‘d experiment, and I think it really is a great combination. Feel free to play around with it and make it your own!
8 oz Kale, torn off of the stalk
1 c Arugula and Parsley Leaves, combined
Juice from ½ lemon
½ c Sunflower Seeds or Pine Nuts
2-3 Cloves Garlic, peeled
2-2 ½ c Pecorino Cheese, grated
4 c Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Process all greens in food processor until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients but the olive oil. Process until everything is combined and slowly begin to drizzle olive oil while processing. Continue until everything is mixed and the pesto is smooth. It will be thick at first, but let it rest and the ingredients will pull together and soften.
Note: I use sunflower seeds, but you can also use pine nuts, or both! The most important ingredient, to me, is the Pecorino cheese. It has a more robust flavor than Parmesan, and gives the pesto more flavor. It seems to be the cheese of choice where I was in Italy. Be careful with the salt, because Pecorino is salty.
Raw Date Nut Butter May 22, 2017
1-2 Cups Raw Nuts of your choice
16oz Whole Medjool Dates – I prefer Trader Joe’s, pitted and cut in half
½ Cup Warm Water
Place nuts in food processor. Process until nuts are finely ground. Add dates and pour water over ingredients. Process until smooth. I sometimes add sunflower seeds with the nuts, or you can mix several nuts together. Don’t over process nuts before adding dates.
Caramelized Onions and Carrots May 20, 2017
1 Medium Sweet Onion
2-3 Carrots of Many Colors , grated into thin strips
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp salt
Slice onion in thin rounds. Heat olive oil in skillet. Put onions and carrots in skillet. Pour apple cider vinegar into pan and add salt. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring often. When onions and carrots have cooked down and thickened, they are ready! Pairs well with a full bodied meat of choice.