Spicy Chopped Raw Salad

I’m trying some raw salads for lunch and loving them! This one is so good! And it keeps dressed without getting soggy! Perfect for lunch!

Filling:

  • 1/2 c raw almonds
  • 1/2 c raw walnuts
  • 4 tbsp shredded carrot
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp cilantro

Toss in a food processor and pulse till chopped.

Serve on romaine lettuce topped with chopped avocado.

Serves 2.

Grilled Eggplant with Almond Salsa

This is a riff of a recipe I found in the NYT. If you are vegan leave swap out vegan mozzarella and vegan yogurt. Melt the mozzarella on the eggplant in the broiler for a minute or two.

  • 3 small or 2 medium Italian eggplant
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus more for serving
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • Black pepper
  • ⅔ cup roughly chopped almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 Fresno or Serrano pepper, minced
  • 8 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced
  • Pita bread, for serving

Line a colander with paper towels or a clean dishcloth. Slice the eggplant into 3/4- to 1-inch rounds, place in the colander and sprinkle with salt. Set aside for 20 to 30 minutes, until water beads on top of the eggplant.

In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt with the lemon juice, 2 garlic clove, 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tbsp of the torn mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Place the nuts in medium bowl, then add the red-wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, minced garlic clove and Fresno pepper. Mix and season with salt to taste.

Heat a grill over high heat and spray with olive oil. Cook the eggplant and cheese about 3 -4 min pee side until nicely charred.

To serve, spread some on the yogurt mixture on a plate, top with eggplant and cheese and drill with almond salsa.

Serves 4.

Fig and Almond Gratin

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This one comes from Patricia Well’s The Paris Cookbook, she never disappoints! Fresh figs, almonds, creme fraiche – what’s not to love, I did cut the sugar down a bit – hey figs are pretty sweet on their own. This one is best served warm, but ya can always give it a quick warm up in the oven.

Ingredients:
2/3 c cream fraiche or heavy creme
4 springs thyme
4 eggs
1/3 c sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 c ground almonds
2 lb figs, stemmed and a “X” cut halfway through
Thyme Sugar:
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Spray or butter a 10 1/2 inch round baking dish.

In a small sauce pan, combine creme fraiche and thyme over moderate heat until tiny bubbles form around the edge. Stir, remove from heat and allow to steep for an hour.

In a bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk, beat eggs, sugar and salt at high speed until thick about 2 minutes. Stir in almonds, extract and thyme cream.

Pour 1/2 in the pan. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Arrange figs over the batter. Pour remaining batter over figs and bake 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine sugar and thyme in a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder.

Scatter thyme sugar over the gratin and bake for 10 more minutes until golden brown.

Remove from oven. Serve warm.

Serves 8.

Fig, Almond, Chocolate and Honey Bites

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These little bites are amazing – and healthy. Another home run from my favorite cook book author, Patricia Wells.

Ingredients:
4 oz almonds, toasted and ground
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, broken
3 TBSP honey
2 TBSP water
Zest of one lemon
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 oz dried figs, finely chopped

In a small saucepan combine chocolate, water and honey over medium low heat until smooth. Stir in zest, salt, cinnamon, figs and ground almonds.

Spoon into a mini muffin pan lined with mini muffin wrappers. Chill for 30
Minutes. Store in fridge in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 24.

Lemon Cake with Raspberries and Almonds

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This recipe is inspired by Bon Appetit – I made a few minor changes, used coconut palm sugar, swapped almonds for pistachios and used a little whole wheat flour. Make sure the olive oil you use is fruity.

Ingredients:
1 c flour
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 large eggs
3/4 c coconut palm sugar plus 2 TBSP sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP finely grated lemon zest
1 TBSP lemon juice
¾ c olive oil
1 c raspberries
3 TBSP slivered, almonds
Lemon Syrup
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c coconut palm sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9” diameter cake pan with nonstick spray.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and 3/4 c sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With mixer running, add vanilla and 1 TBSP lemon juice, then gradually add oil, mixing just until combined. Fold in lemon zest and dry ingredients.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Scatter berries over cake, then almonds and 2 TBSP sugar.

Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45–55 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring remaining ¼ c sugar and remaining ¼ c lemon juice to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar; let lemon syrup cool.

Transfer hot cake (still in pan) to a wire rack and immediately brush with lemon syrup (use all of it). Let cake cool completely in pan.

Serves 8 – 10.

California Almond Shortbread Cookies

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This recipe is from Heritage of America Cookbook. I needed to come up with something for heritage week at my sons school, thank god I held on to this book. Our family is a Heinz 57 of European heritage so I got creative. My boys are both 5th generation Californians – so that’s the route I took. This almond shortbread cookies are perfect with a drizzle of chocolate.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c ground almonds
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c sugar
1 c butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 c chocolate chips
1 tsp canola oil

Preheat to 325.

In a food processor combine flour, sugar and ground almonds. Add butter and pulse until it resembles course meal. Pulse until the mixture comes together is smooth.

Divide the dough in half. On an I greased cookie sheet roll half the dough into a 9x5x1 inch rectangle. Repeat.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the bottom starts to brown.

Cool 5 minutes the. Cut into sticks.

Melt the chocolate and canola oil into the microwave at 30% power for 40 seconds, stir, and repeat until melted. Drizzle over cookies.

Makes about 30 cookies.

Strawberry Salad

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This was inspired by a recipe on thedailymeal, I added some goat cheese and swapped arugula for spinach. Yum yum!!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 TBSP champagne vinegar
1/2 TBSP strawberry jam
1/2 tsp grapeseed oil
4 oz goat cheese
3 c arugula
1 c halved strawberries
1/4 c, sliced dry roasted almonds

Combine jam, vinegar and oil in a small jar – shake until combined.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, toss with dressing.

Serves 2.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

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This is my favorite salad! Ok it is probably the strawberry balsamic that I love! I switch up the nuts, lettuce, with what I have on hand.

Ingredients:
3 – 5 c lettuce, Arugala, etc
4 TBSP toasted nuts
1 c fresh strawberries
2 TBSP strawberry balsamic
4 oz goat cheese crumbled
2 tsp olive oil

Toss greens with olive oil and balsamic. Toss in the rest of the ingredients.

Serves 2 as a main course, 4 as a side.

Orange Chocolate Cookies

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I swear every single time I go to quit a magazine, they have some amazing recipe that unjust have to make, which turn out so great I have to re-up my subscription! For these I swapped out the butter for applesauce to make them healthier. I also baked them in the bunny whoopie pie pan I bought last year. Sunset recommended a muffin pan. I added more zest and put little dots in for bunny eyes. Next time I’m doubling the recipe!

Ingredients:
1/2 c almond meal
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
Zest of one orange
1/4 c apple sauce
2 egg white divided
1/2 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP butter
1 oz semisweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease pan – muffin, whoopie pie, etc.

Stir together almond meal, powdered sugar, cocoa, zest, and apple sauce.

Beat egg whites until medium peaks are formed. Fold in the cocoa mixture. Spoon into pan or muffin tins.

Bake for 8 – 12 minutes until the tops look dry. Turn out of pan on a wire rack.

Microwave 1 TBSP butter with chocolate until melted, drizzle over cookies.

Makes 16 cookies
1 WW PP per cookie

Broccolini with Paprika, Garlic & Almonds

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This weekend I found the most beautiful broccolini at the farmers market and wanted to do something special with it. The smokiness of the paprika really adds something special to this dish – thanks to Epicurious for the inspiration.

Ingredients:
TBSP olive oil, divided
1/4 c toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt
2 pounds broccolini, rinsed
1/3 c water
1 to 2 tsp Sherry wine vinegar

Preparation
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add almonds. Stir until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and paprika. Sprinkle with coarse salt; sauté 1 minute. Add broccolini; sprinkle with coarse salt. Add 1/3 cup water. Cover and boil until crisp-tender and still bright green, about 4 minutes. Pour off any water. Season to taste with coarse salt and pepper. Mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons vinegar. Transfer broccolini to bowl and serve.

4 servings.
3 WW PP per serving.