Monthly Archives: August 2016

14 August 2016: Tuscan Kale Salad

Here in the Northeast, local farmers have had a lot of difficulty bringing greens to market 2016-Aug-14_kalesalad_1194throughout this prolonged drought. So when I scored some kale at this week’s market, I wasn’t too particular whether or not it was Tuscan, Lacinto, or any other tasty variety; I was just happy to be able to purchase some locally grown greens! 

This tasty salad comes from Melissa Clark, a contributor to the New York Times Cooking Column. The original recipe can be found here and downloaded from the Times on the web. The only change I would make is a personal one: both of us found the lemon juice a bit overpowering. Our adjustment would be to use the juice of half a lemon, but keep all the other proportions the same.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale (or any other variety you enjoy)
  • 1 slice country bread OR 1/4 cup homemade bread crumbs (coarse)
  • 1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely grated pecorino cheese, more for garnish
  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (more for garnish if desired)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon (see above suggestion to halve this amount)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Trim bottom 2 inches off kale stems and discard. Slice kale, including ribs, into 3/4-inch-wide ribbons. You should have 4 to 5 cups. Place kale in a large bowl.
  2. If using bread, toast it until golden on both sides. Tear it into small pieces and grind in a food processor until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  3. Using a mortar and pestle OR with the back of a knife, pound garlic into a paste. Transfer garlic to a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup cheese, 3 TBSP oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper flacks and black pepper, and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over kale and toss very well to thoroughly combine (dressing will be thick and need lots of tossing to coat leaves).
  4. Let salad sit for 5 minutes, then serve topped with bread crumbs, additional cheese and a drizzle of oil.
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02 August 2016 Curried Carrot Soup

Adapted from Mayo Clinic Diet2016-Aug-02_FourNightsAWeek_soup.

I love the combination of spices in this carrot soup – and with just 80 calories per 1 1/2 cups it is a perfect way to counteract the food treats I experienced at the Lowell Folk Festival this past weekend.  This tasty soup comes from the Mayo Clinic recipe resources. Most of the spices I already had in my stash, so it was one tasty meal that came together quickly and with minimal shopping.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil (substituted coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 TBSP fresh ginger + 1 tsp (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 medium jalepeno pepper, seeded
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 5 cups chick stock or vegetable stock/broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (save some leaves for garnish if desired)
  • 2 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt (omitted)
  • 3 TBSP sour cream, light or fat-free (I used fat-free plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 lime (grate the zest + use the juice in last steps)

Method

  1. In large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mustard seed. When the seeds just start to pop (after about 1 minute), add the onion and saute until soft and translucent (about 4 minutes). Add the carrots, ginger, jalepeno and curry powder and saute until the seasonings are fragrant (about 3 minutes).
  2. Add 3 cups of the stock, raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the carrots are tender (about 6 minutes).
  3. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth and return to saucepan. Here’s where I make use of my immersion blender. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of stock. Return the soup to medium heat and reheat gently. Just before serving, stir in the chopped cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt if desired.
  4. Ladle into warmed individual bowls. Garnish with a drizzle of yogurt, a sprinkle of the lime zest and additional cilantro leaves.

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