Warm Chicken Caesar Bowl

This is so good and healthy!! There will be plenty of dressing left so get some romaine too.

Chicken:

  • 1/4 c lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper

Combine and marinate the chicken for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400 and roast the chicken for 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes then slice thin.

For the bowls:

  • 1 bag of baby kale or spinach or mixture of both
  • 1 c quinoa cooked
  • Salt and pepper
  • caesar dressing (follows)
  • Croutons

Toss the salad greens with some caesar dressing until nicely coated. Divide quinoa among plates, salad, chicken and croutons.

Caesar dressing:

  • 1/4 c grape seed oil
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco to taste
  • 2 tbsp anchovies, minced or paste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • 2/3 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper

Combine oils in a glass measuring cup with spout.

In a food processor combine anchovies, egg yolk and mustard. With the motor on and olive oil drop by drop until an emulsion forms, continue to add oil in a slow stream. Add remaining ingredients until combined.

Serves 4.

Smoky Kale and Haloumi Salad

A quick and filling salad – the smoked paprika really makes it special.

6 oz baby kale

4 oz haloumi, sliced thin

Croutons

2 tomatoes, quartered

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp olive oil

Combine lemon juice, paprika and olive oil in a small jar and shake.

Toss the kale and breadcrumbs in a bowl with dressing. Divide among plates. Add tomatoes.

Heat a non stick pan over medium heat and cook cheese until golden. Divide amount plates.

Serves 2.

Kimchi Pork Chops

Another winner from Melissa Clark.

1 bunch of kale, stems removed, leaves torn

2 tbsp peanut oil

2 pork rib chops

Salt and pepper

1/4 c sake or dry white wine

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tbsp fish sauce

3/4 c kimchi, chopped

3 scallions, sliced thin

Cooked brown rice

Blanch kale and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides about 3 minutes and transfer to a plate.

Add sake or wine to the skillet, scraping up brown bits. Reduce then add sugar, fish sauce, kale and kimchi. Nestle pork into the kale/kimchi mixture and heat until cooked through 3 – 6 minutes.

Divide among plates and garnish with scallions.

Serves 2.

Chile and Ginger Fried Tofu Salad


This one is a quick meal – just be sure to marinate your Tofu.

1 package of firm tofu, patted dry and cut into 8 pieces
1/2 c soy sauce
1/4 c sriracha sauce
1 jalapeño
1/3 c cilantro
6 cloves garlic
1 chuck of ginger, peeled
Peanut oil
5 oz baby kale and spinach
Olive oil
Salt
Scallions, sliced thin
Jalapeño sliced thin
Rice noodles cooked, drained and tossed with toasted sesame oil
Roasted peanuts

Combine soy sauce, sriracha, jalapeño, cilantro, garlic and ginger in a food processor. Processes until smooth. Pour into a shallow dish and add the Tofu. Marinade for at least an hour.

In a large skillet heat the oil and fry the Tofu until crispy. Reserving any extra sauce.

Toss kale and spinach with a little olive oil abs salt.

Place noodles in the bottom of a bowl, top with salad, Tofu, scallions and jalapeño.

Serves 4.

Pasta with Kale, Chiles & Hazelnuts


This is adapted from Diana Henry's recipe. I upped the amount of kale and added some kalamata olives – so good.

6 oz pasta
Salt and pepper
8 oz baby kale
1/4 c olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp chili flakes
Zest of an orange
1/3 c hazelnuts, toasted abs chopped
1 oz flat leaf parsley, minced
Grated Parmesan
1/4 c kalamata olives, minced

Cook pasta according to package. Reserve pasta water.

In a 12 inch skillet heat oil add garlic and peppers and gently sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir in kale and heat heat through. Add pasta, zest, parsley, and nuts. Serves topped with cheese and olives.

Serves 2.

Kale Caesar


Even hubby liked this kale salad. The trick is to massage the kale with the dressing to break it down a little.

Dressing:
1/2 c grated Parmesan
4 anchovies
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Salad:
2 hard boiled eggs
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
6 oz baby kale
Salt and pepper
1/2 c croutons

Toss in a mini food processor and blend until smooth.

Toss a a couple TBSP of dressing with the kale and massage the dressing into the kale. Toss with remaining ingredients and serve.

Serves 2.

Kale Cesar

I love baby kale with a nice Cesar dressing, top it with some grilled chicken and you got a wonderful weeknight meal!

Dressing:
1 egg
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp anchovy paste
1/2 c parmesan
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 c olive oil

Salad:
2 c beead crumbs
16 oz baby kale or romaine
6 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large avocado, chopped
1 lb chicken
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1/4 c parmesan, shaced
1/4 c olives, halved

In a bowl combine 1/4 c olive oil and garlic. Add chicken, toss to coat and refrigerate for 30 minutes – overnight.

In a food processor, add the egg, lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire, red pepper, mustard, anchovy, black pepper and parmesan. Allow to process until frothy. While the food processor add the oil in a slow stream.

Heat the grill on medium high and cook chicken for 5 – 7 min per side. Let rest for 10 then slice thin.

Toss remaining ingredients in a bowl with dressing and divide among plates. Top with chicken and shaved parm.

Serves 4.