Grilled Romanesco Salad

This salad is so good I love the combo of hot and cool and soft and crunchy.

  • 3 c parsley sprigs
  • 1 c basil sprigs

• 1/3 c plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin • 3 cups loosely packed parsley sprigs

  • 1 cup loosely packed basil sprigs

• 1/3 olive oil

  • Salt  andPepper
  • 2 c 1 1/2-inch Romanesco florets
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, leaves torn
  • 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium, firm-ripe Hass avocado, diced

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Tie the parsley and basil together with kitchen string to make a bouquet. Drizzle with
1 tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl, toss the Romanesco with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the Romanesco over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender and charred in spots, 8 to 10 minutes; return to the bowl.

Grill the herb bouquet, turning often, until charred in spots, about 2 minutes. Transfer the bouquet to a work surface, discard the string and stems and chop the charred leaves.

In a large bowl, combine the chopped herbs with the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice. Whisk in 1/3 c of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the Romanesco, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado to the bowl and toss to coat; serve.

Serves 6.

Honey Pork Loin

My kids love pork and chicken, so I’m always looking for a new recipe. This one is great.

  • 4 lb pork loin
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Dijon
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • Lemon, juiced

Place pork in a slow cooker. Whisk together Dijon, mustard and lemon juice. Pour over pork, add rosemary and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Use forks to shred and serve.

Serves 8.

Cumin Roasted Eggplant with Chickpeas, Walnuts and Dates

This almost vegan dish packs a ton of flavor! It comes together pretty easily so it is good for a weeknight meal.

  • 1 lb Eggplant
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tsp Aleppo pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp date syrup
  • 5 dates, chopped
  • 1/4 walnuts, chopped and toasted

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove, garlic crushed
  • 1/4 c Greek yogurt
  • Lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine dressing in a small food processor with 3 tbsp water add more water if too thick, set aside.

Cut Eggplant into 3/4 inch slices. Slice the onion 3/4 inch slices. Toss onions and eggplant with 5 tbsp olive oil cumin and aleppo. Roast for 35 – 40 minutes.

Add 2 tbsp oil to a pan and cook Chickpeas until crunch.

Combine eggplant, onions, chickpeas, lemon juice in a bowl and drizzle with dressing.

Serves 4.

Broccoli with Harissa & Cilantro Gremolata

This is so good – spicy roasted broccoli!

  • 3/4 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp Harissa
  • Salt
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
  • Zest of 2 limes

Preheat oven to 425.

Toss florets with a little olive oil. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes until browned. Stirring a couple times.

Combine butter, harissa, lime juice and a pinch of salt.

Combine garlic, cilantro and zest.

Toss the hot broccoli with the butter. Top with cilantro, garlic and zest mixture.

Serves 6.

Crepes with Mushrooms

This recipe is from F&W – it’s a bit of work, and so worth it! The cream sauce is amazing!

FILLING:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb wild mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 garlic clove

• 1 tbsp chopped parsley

  • Salt & Pepper

SAUCE

• 1 tbsp butter

• 1 tbsp flour

• 1 c heavy cream, divided

• 1/4 tsp nutmeg

• Sea salt

CRÊPES

• 4 leggs

• 1 c milk

• 1 c flour

• Butter

• 1 tsp salt

• Salad

Make the filling:

In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over moderately high heat. Add mushrooms, thyme, and garlic. Cook until mushrooms are tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Make the sauce:

In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tbsp butter over moderate heat. Whisk in flour until combined. Gradually whisk in 1/2 c cream and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 c cream, nutmeg, and 1/2 c of the mushroom filling. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until no floury taste remains, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Return sauce to pan and season with salt. Keep warm.

Make the crêpes:

In a medium bowl, whisk 4 eggs, milk, bread flour, melted butter, and kosher salt until smooth. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet or crêpe pan over moderate heat; brush with melted butter. Add one-fourth of the batter, swirling to coat the pan evenly. Cook until lightly browned on bottom, about 2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip crêpe and cook until browned.

Transfer to a plate and top with 1/4 mushrooms and salad greens. Drizzle with some mushroom sauce, and garnish with thyme, salt, and pepper. Repeat procedure to make 3 more crepes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Poached Egg Taco Bowl

This is one of those recipes that comes about at the end of the week when you are two tired to cooks. You could also fry the egg. This is more of a guide than a recipe.

  • 1 c rice
  • 1 4 oz can green chilies
  • 1 head of romaine, chopped
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • Tomatillo salsa
  • Red salsa
  • 2 eggs poached

Cook rice according to package, stir in chilies at the end.

Divide rice on half the plate, romaine on the other top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Serves 2.

Spicy Kimchi Stew

This is a great weeknights meal – if you are vegan leave our pork belly. This is adapted from Food & Wine.

  • 1/2 lb pork belly, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb jar kimchi, drained, 1/4 c liquid reserved
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • Salt
  • One 14-ounce container silken tofu
  • Steamed short-grain rice, for serving

In a medium-size nonreactive pot, cook the pork belly pieces over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is
sizzling and the pork is light golden, about 8 minutes. Add the kimchi and the onion, and cook, stirring occasionally,
until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the reserved kimchi
liquid, mushrooms, gochujang, gochugaru, and 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook over moderately low heat for 10 minutes.

Season stew with salt. Stir in tofu, breaking up and bring to a boil. Stir in spinach just before serving. Serve with rice.

Serves 4.

Shrimp Tacos

These are so simple and so good. I used Lucky Dogs Year of the Dog Sauce, sriracha would make a fine substitute.

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • I pineapple cores and sliced into rounds
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeños, sliced thin,
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Cabbage slaw
  • Shredded carrots
  • 2 limes juiced

Heat broiler on medium. Spray a pan with olive oil and spray pineapple slices. Broil until edges lightly charred about 5 min. Flip and cook 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven the chop.

Toss onions with juice of 1 lime, set aside.

Toss shrimp with hot sauce and 1 tbsp oil. Place on baking sheet and cook 3 -5 minutes until cooked through.

Combine slaw, carrots and lime juice with 1 tsp oil – toss to combine.

Heat tortillas in microwave wrapped in moist towel for 1 minute.

Diced amount plates, top with slaw, pineapple, avocado, jalapeños, shrimp and cilantro.

Serves 4

Chicken and Chopped Salad

This recipe is inspired by Skinny Taste. This one takes a bit more work, but it is worth it! The sauce is so good!

Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Pri Pri Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt

Couscous:

  • 1 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c uncooked couscous

Chopped Salad

  • 2 c chopped cucumber
  • 1 c chopped tomato
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Feta
  • Salt and pepper

For chicken: combine ingredients in a bowl and marinade chicken for at least an hour.

Then heat a grill on medium high and grill for 3 – 4 min per side until cooked through.

For Pri Pri sauce:

Combine ingredients in a blender and chill.

For CousCous:

Heat chicken stock until boiling, stir in olive oil and couscous and set aside for 20 min, use a work to fluff.

For Salad:

Combine lemon juice, oil and parsley in a small jar, shake to combine. Toss remaining ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with dressing tossing to combine.

To serve: divide couscous, salad and chicken among plates and serve with sauce.

Serves 4