-½ c. green lentils
-3 T. olive oil, divided
-½ bu. greens, such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, dandelions…, bottom stems trimmed
-Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
-1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
-4 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large (or sub something seasonal)
-1 T. Parmesan or sharp cheddar, cut into small dice
-1 lemon, halved
Cook lentils in a medium pot of salted water until tender, 10–15 minutes; drain and let cool.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and bright green, about 3 min.
Season with salt and pepper. Combine lentils, chickpeas, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Divide among 2 bowls and top with greens, tomatoes, and Parmesan. Squeeze lemon over. Enjoy!
-1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
-2 T. white miso
-3 T. tahini
-1/2 c. water
-3 T. fresh lemon juice
-5 oz. baby Asian salad mixed greens with mizuna (or use your mizuna with lettuce and/or other greens)
-1 sm. radish, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
-1 carrot, cut into 2-inch-long slender sticks
-2 green onions (white part only), chopped
For the dressing, place ginger, miso, tahini, water and lemon juice in a blender and blend until completely smooth. The consistency should be similar to cream.
Strain the dressing through a fine sieve to remove ginger fibers.
For the salad, divide greens among serving plates. Arrange radish and carrot on top, then sprinkle with scallions.
Drizzle one to two tablespoons of dressing over each salad and serve. Enjoy!
-1 sm./med. bunch of kale rabe
-2 T. olive oil, or more if you like
-3 or more cloves garlic, sliced
-a couple of pinches of red pepper flakes
-a couple of squeezes of lemon (about a 1/2 lemon)
-1/4 cup chicken/vegetable broth (ideally homemade)
Rinse and chop your rabe. If there are any woody stems, remove them. Stems should be tender and green and flowers/leaves vibrant and not yellowing from age.
Start the olive oil in a heavy saute pan over medium heat. Add your garlic slices and red pepper, and saute them just enough to flavor the oil, but not to brown the garlic.
Add your chopped rabe, a couple handfuls at a time (add flowers last) and stir to mix with oil and flavorants. Add a few splashes of broth now and again to keep greens moist. You do not want the greens to brown, but sort of steam/braise. We’re talking about 10 minutes total here. Sometimes I put the lid on for a bit at this point to soften them further, then remove to reduce liquid.
Squeeze lemon and stir a few more times. Add salt to taste. Serve. Enjoy!
-1/2 c. mayonnaise
-2 T.Dijon mustard
-1 T. fresh lemon juice
-2 T. chopped parsley
-1 lb. celery root – quartered, peeled, and coarsely grated just before mixing
-1/2 tart green apple, peeled, cored & julienned
-Salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and parsley in a medium-sized bowl. Fold in the celery root and apple and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Enjoy!
-1 lb. beets, peeled and cut into matchsticks
-2 med. onions, sliced into half-moons
-2 lg. carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
-3/4 lb. green cabbage, cut thinly into shreds
-2 T. olive oil
-5 c. vegetable stock
-Juice of 1/2 a lemon
-Salt to taste
-Coarsely ground black pepper
-Sour cream (optional, omit for vegan soup)
-Finely chopped parsley or chives (optional, for garnish)
Peel and cut the onions, carrots, and beets (alternatively, shred the carrots and beets using the shredding blade of a food processor) and sauté over medium heat in the olive oil with a pinch of salt in a large soup pot. Reserve a small amount of beet to grate and add near the end to enliven the color.
In the meantime, bring the vegetable stock to a boil. When the vegetables are soft (about 5 minutes), add the shredded cabbage and the hot stock. Bring to a boil and simmer 15-25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
With a few minutes left, add the reserved grated beet. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then squeeze in the lemon juice, aiming for a pleasing but subtle sour taste. Serve with freshly grated black pepper, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped parsley, if desired. Enjoy!
Serves 12 as a side
-3/4 c. finely chopped parsley
-1 1/2 t. minced garlic plus 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves
-1 T. finely grated lemon zest plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
-1/2 c. plus 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
-4 shallots, halved and thinly sliced (3/4 cup)
-1 1/2 lb. green cabbage, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick (9 cups)
-1 1/2 lb. collard greens, stems discarded, leaves sliced
1/4 inch thick (12 cups)
-3/4 t. crushed red pepper
In a small bowl, combine the parsley, minced garlic, lemon zest, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice and 6 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper and mix well.
In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the shallots and sliced garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until light golden, about 5 minutes.
Add the green cabbage, collard greens and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.
Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the collards and cabbage are wilted and crisp-tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the crushed red pepper and the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Transfer the greens to a platter, top with the gremolata and serve. Enjoy!
-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!
For the roasted pears:
3 large firm pears, peeled*, quartered and cored
2 T. butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 c. good quality honey
2 large sprigs of rosemary, cut in half
1 cinnamon stick
Strips of lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
For the whipped crème fraîche:
1 6-oz. container of crème fraîche
1 t. honey
Good quality aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
Prepare the roasted pears:
Preheat oven to 450°. Place the pears in a baking dish at least 8 x 8-inch in size. Add the rest of the ingredients and roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the pears are just tender and caramelized, basting occasionally with the honey juices. Remove from the oven and serve warm with the whipped crème fraîche.
Prepare the whipped crème fraîche:
Beat the crème fraîche and honey together with a mixer until fluffy and a soft whipped texture. Do not over-whip. Refrigerate until needed.
Place two pear quarters on each plate, spoon a dollop of the whipped crème fraîche on top and drizzle with the extra honey syrup from the roasting dish and balsamic vinegar.
* If you enjoy the pear skins, feel free to leave them on, as they take on a beautiful deep-amber glaze when roasted.
-2 med. beets, roasted peeled, halved & cut in thin half-moons
-2 med. fennel bulbs (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs.), trimmed, quartered, cored & sliced very thin across the grain
-1 navel orange, peeled, pith cut away, & cut in thin rounds or sections
-2 T. chopped fresh mint
-1 T. chopped cilantro
-2 T. lemon or lime juice
-¼ t. sugar
-½ t. lightly toasted cumin seeds, crushed
-Salt to taste
-1 sm. garlic clove, puréed (optional)
-¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
Combine beets, fennel, orange slices or medallions, mint and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
Whisk together lemon or lime juice, sugar, cumin, salt, optional garlic and olive oil.
Toss with the salad and serve. Enjoy!
-1 lg. bu. kale, rinse, dry and remove stems
-1 sm. head radicchio, rinse, remove outer leaves and core
-1 ½ c. farro (or other favorite whole grain)
-3 c. water
-1 t. salt
-1 lg. garlic clove, minced
-¼ c. lemon juice, fresh squeezed
-1 t. miso paste, white or yellow
-¼ c. + 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
-¼ t. ground pepper
-½ t. fine sea salt
-¾ c. grated Parmesan cheese
-½ c. raw walnuts, chopped
Combine the farro in a medium saucepan with the water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer covered until the farro is tender, 20 – 45 minutes. Cooking time depends on if you are using pearled farro or whole farro. I prefer whole farro and am patient with the 45 minutes. It’s hard to overcook farro.
Drain the farro and transfer to a large bowl to cool. Once cool, cover and refrigerate.
Chop the kale into bite size pieces. Place the kale in a large salad bowl. Whisk together the garlic, lemon juice, miso, ¼ cup olive oil, ground pepper and salt. Pour this dressing over the kale. With clean hands massage the dressing into the kale.
Chop the radicchio and toss into the salad along with ½ cup Parmesan, walnuts and farro. Taste and drizzle with additional olive oil or salt if needed. Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Top with remaining Parmesan prior to serving. Enjoy!