Makes 8 servings
-2 10 oz. packages whole-leaf frozen spinach (do not thaw) OR use spinach in the box with another bunch that you purchase
-4 T. butter, additional for buttering pan
-2 T. all-purpose flour
-2 T. chopped onion
-1 clove garlic, minced
-½ c. evaporated milk
-¾ t. celery salt
-6 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, cut into cubes
-1 pickled or fresh jalapeño pepper, chopped, or more to taste
-½ c. soft buttered bread crumbs*
Heat oven to 300°. Meanwhile, cook spinach according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of liquid, and chop finely.
Butter a shallow 8-inch-square casserole dish or other shallow 4- to 6-cup baking dish.
Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan and add flour.
Blend and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Do not brown. Add onion and garlic.
Add the spinach liquid slowly, and then add evaporated milk, some black pepper, celery salt and cheese. Mix well and add jalapeño and spinach. Cook until all is blended.
Turn into the casserole dish, top with buttered bread crumbs and bake until lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Enjoy!
*To make buttered bread crumbs, combine 1/2 cup fresh soft bread crumbs with 1 to 2 tablespoons melted better and toss well.
-3 med. beets, washed & peeled, chopped into bite size pieces
-Half a sweet onion, chopped
-2 T. organic coconut oil or grapeseed oil
-6 lg. kale leaves, washed, remove from stems, ripped into pieces
-1/2 c. hemp seeds or cooked quinoa
-1 T. balsamic vinegar
-1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
-Sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
-Goat cheese, sprinkled on top just before serving, optional
Preheat oven to 350°. Place beets and onion on a baking dish. Mix with the oil and season with sea salt and pepper.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until fork tender. Check at 45 minutes to make sure you don’t overcook it.
When the beets are almost done, place the kale onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes at 350°.
Once all your ingredients are cooked, place them into a large bowl and mix together. Sprinkle with cooked quinoa (great to use leftovers) or hemp seeds. Enjoy!
-1 lb. Yellow Finn potatoes, cut into ¼ inch slices
-1 ½ lb. green cabbage (or red), cut into ribbons
-Sea salt and black pepper
-¼ c. unsalted butter
-3 T. fresh sage leaves, chopped
-3-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1 1/3 c. milk of choice
-½ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
-1/3 c. flour of choice
Pre-heat oven to 350°.
Bring a gallon of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and boil until nearly tender (~ 6 minutes). Remove from boiling water with a
slotted spoon. Set aside.
Add the cabbage to the water and boil for about 5 minutes. Drain and dry in a kitchen towel.
Combine the potatoes, cabbage, salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
Melt the butter in a small skillet and add the sage and garlic. Cook for a few minutes. Toss with the potatoes and garlic and transfer to a baking dish.
Combine the remaining ingredients whisking well. Pour over the vegetables and bake for about 50 minutes.
Let cool before serving and cut into squares.
-3 c. cauliflower florets
-1 sm. fennel bulb
-1 1/2 T. olive oil, divided
-Zest from 1/2 lemon
-1/4 t. sea salt
-1/4 t. pepper
-1/2 c. chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned
-1 t. capers, chopped
-1 T. lemon juice
-2 t. fresh dill, minced
-1/2 recipe for polenta or cooked grain (like quinoa)
Preheat oven to 425˚. Break cauliflower into small pieces and chop the fennel bulb into medium pieces.
Place in a roasting pan and drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss together until cauliflower is well coated.
Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until the cauliflower is tender and starting to brown.
Once the cauliflower is tender, remove the pan from the oven and add in the chickpeas, capers, lemon juice, dill, and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir to combine everything.
Serve the mixture over polenta or tossed together with a grain. Enjoy!
-1 head of cauliflower
-Fresh thyme, to your liking
-2 bay leaves
-4 c. vegetable or chicken stock, more or less, depending on the size of the cauliflower
-1/3 c. melted butter
-Fresh cracked pepper
Preheat your oven to 400°. Trim the bottom of the cauli- flower and remove all the leaves and the stem, but with- out breaking apart. Give it a quick rinse and pat dry.
Place the cauliflower in a pot and cover with stock, add fresh thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 12 minutes.
Drain and transfer the cauliflower head in a cast iron skillet or any oven proof pan. Ladle a little of the cooking stock over the cauliflower then drizzle with melted butter on top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and pepper.
Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cauliflower, until golden. Baste with cooking juice from time to time.
Check with a knife, if it slides in easily, then it’s cooked. You can broil for an extra 2 minutes if you want to give it a bit more color, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Slice, and serve with an extra drizzle of the buttery cooking juices. Enjoy!
Makes 2 cups
-3 c. fresh basil (tightly packed), gently rinsed and dried (experiment with various kinds of basil)
-4-6 cloves garlic
-1/2 c. pine nuts (or walnuts or pecans)
-1/2-3/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
-2-3 T. freshly grated Romano cheese
-2/3 c. olive oil, or more
Grind basil and garlic.
Add nuts and cheeses, then slowly add the olive oil.
Blend to the desired consistency, adding more olive oil if desired.
Spoon into small jars and seal with melted butter. Freezes well. Enjoy!… Read the rest
-8 c. (packed) kale, center ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped (~ 1 1/2 lbs. of kale)
-2 T. olive oil, divided
-3/4 c. chopped onion
-1/4 to 1/2 t. sweet or hot smoked paprika
-generous pinch of dried crushed red pepper
Cook kale in large pot of boiling salted water until wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to colander; drain.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika and crushed red pepper; sprinkle with salt.
Add kale and sauté until heated through, about 4 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and more smoked paprika, if desired.
Transfer to serving bowl; drizzle with remaining 1tablespoon oil and serve. Enjoy!
Serves 4 to 6
-2 T. (1/4 stick) butter
-1 lb. carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
-1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
-1/4 c. water
-1 T. minced fresh dill
-Salt and pepper
Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
Add carrots and sauté until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
Add bell pepper and water. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
-1 Kabocha squash
-4 T. coconut oil, melted
-1 T. curry powder
-1 T. brown sugar
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-Freshly grated Parmigiano
-Fried sage (look online if you have never done this)
Prep and fry sage and set aside.
Next scrub the outside of the Kabocha squash and then with a very sharp knife carefully cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.
Lay the squash halves on their flat side and again with a sharp knife, cut them into wedges.
Place squash on a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with melted coconut oil, salt, pepper, curry and dust the top with brown sugar.
Roast in oven at 400 ° for a total of 30 minutes. Turn wedges over half way through.
When done, top with freshly grated Parmigiano and fried sage. Enjoy!