Curly Kale Salad and Hummus on Lavash/Flatbread

This is a busy day for the family as we have birthday parties and two basketball competitions that require our participation. We need a delicious but satisfying lunch. A crispy lavash/flatbread painted with lemon hummus and topped with a flavor packed curly kale salad.

Ingredients

Lavash

1 lavash(9 inches by 12 inches)

1 T olive oil

1/2 – 2/3 C hummus

Salad

1 bunch curly kale

Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil

5 garlic cloves minced

1/3 cup Parmesan Reggiano grated plus 1/4 cup  set aside

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 t Dijon mustard

6 ounces fresh raspberries or blackberries¹

1/3 C spiced pecansSugar Spiced Pecans

Salt and pepper

Directions

Serves 2 or 4.

Preheat oven to 420º F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Salad Dressing

Pour into bowl,  lemon juice, minced garlic, mustard and cheese and combine. Stream in olive oil while vigorously whisking until emulsified. Pour into salad bottle and set aside.

Kale Prep

Remove kale ribs, wash and spin and tear into bite size pieces or if in a hurry rough chop. Transfer to large bowl.

Flatbread Prep

Place flatbread on baking sheet and paint both sides lightly with olive oil.

Transfer to oven and bake about 2- 3 minutes per side and remove from oven and cool.

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Assemble

Salad

In large bowl containing kale, add salad dressing and toss to coat kale leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Then add 1/3 C parmesan and gently toss.

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Spread flatbread with hummus.

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Top hummus with salad.

Dress with berries, pecans, and cheese.

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Serves two or four.

 

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Notes:

¹I use the berries in the salad that are on sale.

Organic kale and berries are in season now. There is such an abundance that most of the markets have fresh produce on sale regularly.

 

Roasted Beets*

Roasted beets have beauty and sweetness–a great combination for any meal. They are especially good in salads. They also are a good source of minerals and vitamins.

Ingredients

4 beets small size

3 beets medium size

1/3 C olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375º F.  Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut greens about two inches above top of beet.

Gently clean the skin in water and then dry.

Paint with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Brushing the olive oil on reduces wasted use of olive oil in the bottom of the pan.

Wrap each beet individually in foil.

For Small Beets:

Bake for about 35-40 minutes.

For Medium Beets:

Roast for 55-60 minutes.

Test for doneness by sticking knife or fork into beet. If the beets puncture easily, they are done.

Remove from oven and rest for 10 minutes.

Using paper towel remove skin.

Ready to serve as vegetable or in a salad.

Notes

*This is not a roasted carmelized beet.

To boil or roast is the debate for best flavor. I have done both — boiled beets with stems on and roasted beets. I have not been able to discern a taste or texture difference between the two ways of cooking, My grandmother taught me to leave the whole beet intact before boiling. I boiled beets using her technique and I did have some bleeding.  To me, roasting is less messy, and I have barely any bleeding. Either way I get al dente, sweet flavored beets.

 

 

 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasting brussel sprouts turns them from a bitter despised vegetable into a delicious carmelized vegetable. They are sweet with some crunchy leaves. 

Ingredients

2 C sliced brussel sprouts

3 T olive oil

Salt and pepper.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice and 1 t lemon zest(optional)

Directions

Preheat oven 400º F. Foil cover baking sheet. Serves 4

Rinse and dry brussel sprouts. Cut off the tip end and remove outer layer of leaves. Slice in half and place on baking sheet. Pour olive oil over them and toss until all sides are coated  in oil.*

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in oven. Roast 8-10 minutes then toss and roast another 8-10 minutes on other side until outer surfaces are carmelized. Remove, add lemon juice and zest. Toss and serve.

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Note:

*This step could be done in a bowl.

Lemon adds brightness to the dish.

Brussel sprouts have become the favorite vegetable of out family and our guests. We enjoy them year round. In the warm months when we have the grill going, this is an easy to grill vegetable.

 

Romaine, Pear, and Manchego Salad

An easy to make salad with few ingredients that delivers a crunchy texture with sweet and salty flavors. It goes well with meat, fish, and pasta dishes.

The salad ingredients below are for a two-person salad.  Increase the salad ingredents for a larger salad with more servings.

Salad Ingredients

2 small  bunches romaine lettuce

1 pear

1/3 C Manchego cheese shaved

Dressing Ingredients

1/2 C olive oil

1/4 C lime juice

4 t maple syrup(real)

1/2 C Fromage Blanc or sour cream

1/2 t cumin

1/4 t red pepper flakes

Directions

Wash and dry 6 whole romaine leaves.  Line salad bowl with 6 romaine leaves.  You may need more romaine leaves for a larger bowl.

Chop remaining lettuce and place in bowl.

Make a light dressing such as a the dressing above or use a vinaigrette.

Toss lettuce with dressing.

Add Manchego and pears. Drizzle light amount of dressing over the top and serve.

How to Serve

We served this salad as part of an easy-to-fix meal with grilled steak, roasted fingerlings, lemon sorbet and fresh blueberries. Big flavors, little cleanup.

Notes

Use firm pears to add more texture.  The Manchego should be an aged manchego that easily slices.

The dressing was made with Fromage Blanc which is a fresh cheese.  Sour cream may be substituted, but will increase acidity.  Balance acidity with more or less maple syrup.

Alaska Cod Burger with Spicy Slaw

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A spicy cumin-infused cole slaw served with Alaska beer-battered cod filets on a pretzel bun. The dressing add southwestern flair to a classic buttermilk dressing. 

Ingredients

5 C  red cabbage

3/4 t sea salt

1/2 C carrot ribbons

1/2 large shallot diced

1/3 C cultured buttermilk (2% milk fat)

1 1/2 T mayonnaise

1 1/2 T sour cream

1/2 t Dijon mustard

1 1/2 t ground cumin

1 t Sriricha (or other hot pepper sauce, preferably one with garlic)

1/4 t cayennne

1 T sugar

2 T lemon champagne vinegar

Salt and pepper

4 cod filets

4 pretzel buns

1/2 C rough chopped dry roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions

Serves 4- 6

Using mandolin with thin slicer blade, slice cabbage. Hand slice remaining cabbage. (Careful not to cut your hands.)

Place sliced cabbage in colander and toss with sea salt. Place colander on top of bowl to catch extracted water. Let cabbage sit for 1 to 4 hours. Discard excess water in bowl.  Cabbage will have softened and crunchy texture.

Rinse the slaw in cold water and drain Pat dry on layer of paper towels or clean cloth.

Add shallots and carrot grated ribs to cabbage. Add dressing with chopped peanuts and gently toss.

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Serve.

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Notes 

Red cabbage is a sweeter variety for cole slaw.

Purging the excess water from the cabbage is an extra step, but you get a slaw that is not swimming in dressing or watery. The other option is slice the cabbage dress and eat immediately, but the cabbage does not absorb as much flavor.

Southwestern dressings are good with tacos, grilled chicken, and fish or chicken filets.

Use remaining dressing and slaw to dress  filets and buns for big flavor boost. Or as a side dip.

 

 

 

 

 

Tzatziki Sauce

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Chunky tzatziki sauce with dill and lemon. With 2% low fat greek yogurt, this dip is low calorie and big-flavored.

Ingredients 

1 C Greek yogurt plain

1/2 cucumber de seeded, grated or diced*

1 garlic clove grated

2 t lemon zest

1 T lemon juice

1 T white wine vinegar

1 T dill chopped

1/2 t salt

Pepper to taste

Directions

Place double layer of paper towels in small bowl. Place yogurt on paper towels to de water for 30 minutes. At same time de water cucumbers by placing in double layer of paper towels.

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and adjust seasoning. Cover and rest for 4 hours to over night. Ready to serve with pita, vegetable sticks, topping for vegetables, fish, or chicken.

Note

* Cucumbers can be peeled

Spicy Green Beans Roasted

Ingredients 

1 pound green beans 

4 garlic cloves minced

1/4 C seasoned mirin

1/4 C sweet mirin

1/4 C peanut oil

1 T sesame oil

1/4 C soy sauce

1/4 C black bean garlic sauce

2 t red pepper flakes

2 t Sichuan crushed pepper corns

2 t rooster sauce or Sriricha sauce

1/2 C dry roasted salted peanuts.*

Directions

Oven temperature 410º F

Destem, wash, and dry green beans.

Combine remaining ingredients except peanuts and pour into flat sided dish or gallon plastic bag. Marinate for 4 hours. Remove and place beans on foil lined 13″ by 18″ baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining marinade and roast for 8-10 minutes.  Toss them half way through and add additional marinade if needed. Remove and plate. Sprinkle peanuts on top and serve.

Note: 

Peanuts can be deleted for people with nut allergies.

 

 

 

Pita Pockets with Boca Chic’n Veggie Patties

Vegetarian burgers with salad and a pita pocket.  A great way to eat fast, healthy, and vegetarian.

Ingredients

2 pitas sliced in half

4 slices of pepper jack cheese

4 Boca chic’n patties

3 C chopped salad including lettuce or slaw, spinach,tomato, peppers, broccoli, onion, celery, carrots, black olives,and cucumbers.*

1 sliced avacado

Paul Newman’s® Sesame Ginger Dressing

Directions

Heat oven to 410º

Place 4 patties on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes and then turn them over and bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Insert  slice of cheese per half pocket and place them on baking sheet. Place them in oven about 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese.

While patties cooking make a chopped salad and slice the avacado.

Remove patties and pitas from oven. Place a pattie in each pocket and liberally stuff them with chopped salad and avacado.  I like salad pouring out of the pitas.

Serve with Paul Newman’s Sesame Ginger Dressing

Notes:

* Salad can be made with any vegetables on hand.

*Another dressing to try is Paul Newman’s® Lite Raspberry & Walnut Salad Dressing.

 

 

Ericka’s Carrot Waffels

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 t baking powder

1/4 t cinnamon

1 T sugar

Pinch of salt

4 ounces of fresh squeezed carrot juice*

2 eggs *

2 T butter melted

2 T Greek yogurt 

3 T flax seeds (optional)

Directions

Preheat waffel iron.*

Melt butter in microwave.

Mix dry ingredients together in small bowl.

In separate bowl whisk eggs and carrot juice then add in yogurt and melted butter.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. If using flax seeds add in this step.

Spray waffel iron with Pam. Spoon batter into heated waffel iron. Close lid and bake until golden brown. Makes 4 waffels.

 

Serve hot with fresh fruit or maple syrup.

*Fresh juiced carrots best. Can add residual pulp to batter if desired. (I don’t)Have also made them with carrot beet juice combination . (Not as tasty)Bottled carrot juice from grocery store not as flavorful. 

* I do not beat the egg whites like a tradional waffel recipe. 

*Can be made in Belgian or regular waffel iron.

Note:  My friends child does not enjoy vegetables and he enjoys these waffels carrots and all.