This Week’s Tips:
*Everything can go directly into the fridge except for your sweet onions which can stay on your counter-top. Good idea to give your kale and cilantro a quick hydrating rinse before placing in the crisper.
*ALL HAIL THE KALE: Check out these 47 kale recipes “that go beyond the kale salad”. Some serious deliciousness. Although, what makes you feel better than a kale salad? CLICK HERE. <-------- We love this one!
This Week’s Recipes:
CARMELIZED ONIONS & PEPPERS
• 2-3 yellow onion
• 2 tblspoon olive oil
• 2-3 peppers, julienned
• 1 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tblspoon sherry vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cut the onions in half, and then slice them into 1/8-inch-thick half-rounds.
Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 10-15 minutes. Add the peppers, garlic, vinegar,pepper flakes, salt and pepper and continue cooking until onions are golden brown.
*adapted from 101cookbooks
SAUSAGE, PEPPERS & ONIONS
• 4 Italian sausage links (sweet, hot, or a couple of each)
• 2 Tbsp olive oil
• 3 bell peppers, sliced into 2 to 3 inch long strips
• 4 garlic cloves, sliced into slivers
• 1 large sweet or yellow onion, sliced into 1/4-inch half-moons
• 1 small (15 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
• 1 Tbsp of dried oregano
• 1/2 cup Marsala or red wine (optional)
• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
• Salt to taste
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan that has a lid. When the oil is hot, add the sausages and brown them slowly. If they sizzle and crackle too much, turn the heat down. You want a gentle browning, not a sear. Cook for several minutes, turning them occasionally so they brown on all sides. When the sausages are browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
Increase the heat to high and add the onions and peppers. Toss so they get coated with the oil in the pan and sear them as well as you can, stirring every so often. You want some blackening. Once the onions and peppers soften, sprinkle some salt on them. Once you get some searing on the onions and peppers, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
Add the Marsala or red wine if you are using, and with a wooden spoon scrape the bottom of the pan to release all the browned and blackened bits. Let the wine cook down by half.
Add the tomatoes, oregano and red pepper flakes (if using) and stir well to combine. Add the sausages back in. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the peppers are soft the sausages are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
-Sausage, peppers and onions will keep in the fridge for several days. Serve over polenta, or with penne pasta, or load up in a hoagie roll. Any leftover sauce makes a great sauce for pasta.
*adapted from sunset
CURLY KALE w/ CARMELIZED ONIONS & QUINOA
• 1 bunch kale
• 1 onion, sliced
• 1 chopped pepper
• 1/4 cup red wine
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
• A pinch of crushed red pepper
• 1/2 lemon, juiced
• 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
• Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onions, season with salt, and cook until tender and beginning to caramelize.
Rinse and drain the quinoa. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the rinsed quinoa, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
While the quinoa simmers, rinse the kale and remove the stems from the leaves. Slice the stems as you would a celery stalk. Add the stems and red wine to the onions and sauté until stems begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
Gather the leaves, roll them up, and slice them into ribbons. Add them to the pan, tossing to combine. Once the leaves have wilted slightly (about 4 minutes) add the spices to taste, add the lemon juice, the peppers and toss to combine.
To serve: spoon the cooked quinoa onto your plate, making a well in the middle. Serve the kale and onions on top of the quinoa, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
*adapted form zestfullou
• skinless boneless chicken breast halves (sub steak or shrimp)
• peppers, cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips
• 2-3s onion, sliced
• 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 5 tablespoons olive oil
• Optional Garnishes: sour creme, cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, etc
Using meat mallet, lightly pound chicken between sheets of waxed paper to thickness of 1/2 inch.
Mix 2 tablespoons oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper in large glass baking dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap tortillas in foil. Heat in oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes. Turn oven off. Leave tortillas in oven.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes. Add bell peppers and sauté until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer vegetables to large bowl and tent with foil to keep warm. Do not clean skillet.
Heat 1 tablespoons oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Add chicken to skillet and sauté until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper.
Cut chicken into 1-inch-wide strips. Combine with vegetables. Divide vegetable and chicken mixture among plates. Serve passing tortillas.
*adapted from fiestaeats
ROASTED GARBANZO BEANS w/ GARLIC AND KALE
• 2 cups garbanzo or preferred bean
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• 1 small bay leaves, preferably fresh
• 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed
• 3 small bay leaves, preferably fresh
• 2 shallots, sliced
• 1 bunch kale, center stems cut out, leaves coarsely torn
• 2 cups veg/chicken broth
GARBANZO BEANS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine first 5 ingredients in 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour oil over; cover dish with foil. Roast until garlic is tender, about 45 minutes. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, cover, and chill.
KALE:Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, bay leaves, and shallots. Cover; cook until shallots are tender, about 2 minutes. Uncover; add half of kale. Toss until kale wilts and volume is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add remaining kale. Toss until kale wilts, about 2 minutes. Add broth. Cover and cook until kale is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season kale with salt and pepper. Transfer kale mixture to large sieve set over bowl and drain. DO AHEAD: Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Drain garbanzos and reserve oil; discard bay leaves. Combine garbanzos and kale in large skillet. Add 2 tablespoons oil reserved from garbanzos. Toss over medium heat until warmed through, moistening with more oil by tablespoonfuls if needed, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
*adapted from bonappetit
• 2 green bell peppers
• Multigrain Mexican rice (trader joes)
• 1-6 ounce can of tomato paste
• 1/2 medium white onion (about 1/2 cup), finely chopped
• 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 medium tomato, chopped
• 1 cup of veg broth
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Follow directions on how to make my multigrain Mexican rice. While rice is cooking, prepare the other half of the stuffing by chopping onions, one green bell pepper, tomato, and then mince garlic cloves. Preheat oven to 350.
In a large skillet over a medium-high heat, drizzle pan with olive oil and toss in onions and garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes and then add chopped bellpeppers, tomato, and tomato paste and stir. Add salt and pepper, cover, and cook on low for 5 minutes.
Once rice is done, mix mixture and cooked rice together in a large mixing bowl. The remaining bell peppers can now be prepared for stuffing by chopping off the top of the bell pepper, then removing the stem and the seeds inside. (or cut like the photo above) Place bell peppers into a baking pan standing upright and begin to generously stuff bell peppers with stuffing. Once stuffed, pour 1/4 cup of chicken broth over bell pepper and place into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
*adapted from bonappetit
CARMELIZED ONION & KALE FRITATTA
• 4 large eggs
• 4 large egg whites
• 1/4 cup grated Swiss Cheese
• 1/2 bunch kale, washed well
• 1 large white onion, sliced thin
• 2 tsp light butter
• salt and fresh pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°.
In a medium bowl combine eggs, egg whites, cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Separate the stems from the leaves of the kale. Dice the stem into small pieces. Roll the leaves up and slice into thin ribbons, about an 1/8-inch thick.
Heat a 10-inch skillet on low heat; melt half of the butter and add the onions with a pinch of salt and pepper. Slowly cook the onions, stirring occasionally until the onions become translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Bring the heat up to medium and cook until the onions caramelize. Set the onions aside.
Increase the heat to medium-high, add remaining butter and add the kale stems. Cook about 3-4 minutes. Add the kale leaves to the pan and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to low; pour egg mixture into the skillet and add caramelized onions, salt and pepper and mix well to blend. Reduce heat to low and cook until the edges set, about 6-8 minutes. Once the bottom and edges set, place in the oven and bake until completely set through, about 4-5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place a dish over the pan; flip onto the plate. Cut into wedges and serve.
*adapted from lightchef
SIMPLE ROASTED PEPPERS
• 2-3 peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
• 1 Tablespoon olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
In large bowl, red pepper, garlic, oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.
Arrange vegetables in single layer in 15 1/2- by 10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan. Roast vegetables 20 minutes or until tender.
*adapted from epicurious
ROASTED RED BELL PEPPER HUMMUS
(*or just buy some hummus and use sliced crunchy red pepper as a chip.)
• 15 oz, chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 red bell pepper, chopped
• 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
• 1/4 cup tahini
• 1 tsp. smoked sweet paprika
• 1/4 tsp. toasted ground cumin seed
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• Kosher salt, to taste
• Pita bread or pita chips and crudités for serving
In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, bell pepper, lemon juice, tahini, paprika and cumin and pulse until the mixture just comes together.
With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until incorporated. Season with salt.
Serve with pita bread or pita chips and crudités for dipping. Makes about 3 cups.
*adapted from mideasteats
EZ PAN ROASTED BROCCOLI
- 1.5 lbs broccoli
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 Tbs. water
- Trim and peel the broccoli stems. Cut the florets into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces, and cut the stems on the bias 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick
In a 10-inch (25-cm) French skillet or fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until just golden and fragrant, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the garlic to a small bowl.
Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the broccoli and red pepper flakes, and season with salt and black pepper. Pour in the water. Cover and steam for about 3 minutes. Uncover, stir and continue to cook until the broccoli is lightly browned and crisp-tender and the water has evaporated, 1 to 2 minute more. Scatter the garlic on top and serve immediately. Serves 4.
*adapted from 101cookbooks
1 cup long-grain white rice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove
In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add rice and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until water is absorbed and rice is just tender, 16 to 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a blender, combine cilantro, oil, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water; blend until smooth. Stir into cooked rice, and fluff with a fork.
*adapted from sunsetmag
SOUTHWESTERN QUINOA SALAD
3/4 cup quinoa (rinsed if needed, check the package)
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 red bell pepper, chopped into small dice
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 T fresh-squeezed lime/lemon juice
1 tsp. ground cumin
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Check the quinoa package to see if it needs to be rinsed (it often does) and rinse in a fine-mesh strainer if needed. Combine quinoa, water, and salt and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork and let it cool while you prep other ingredients.
Drain the beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water, until no more foam appears. Let beans drain until they are quite dry (or pat dry with paper towels if you want to speed it up.)
Cut out the stem and remove seeds from the red bell pepper and cut into very small dice (about the size of the black beans.) Slice the green onions into thin slices and wash, dry, and chop the cilantro.
When the quinoa is fairly cool, combine quinoa, black beans, diced red bellpepper, and sliced green onion in a bowl. Add enough dressing to moisten all the ingredients. (You probably won’t need all the dressing, but save the extra to stir into any leftover salad that’s been in the fridge.) Gently stir in the chopped cilantro and serve.
This keeps very well in the fridge for several days. The salad absorbs the dressing when it’s refrigerated, so it’s best with a little more dressing stirred in when you’re eating the leftover salad.
*great to scarf with tortilla chips!
*adapted from bonappetit
6 garlic cloves
1cup fresh cilantro
1/2cup chopped onion
2tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2teaspoon dried oregano
1/2teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2cup extra virgin olive oil
Coarsely ground black pepper
Place garlic in food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cilantro, onion, vinegar, oregano and pepper flakes. Add olive oil in a thin stream and process until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 week. Makes 1 cup.
*OR, use pestal and morter
BLACK BEANS WITH GARLIC, CUMIN, AND CILANTRO
1can black beans
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp.ground cumin
2 tbsp.chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup olive oil
1. Rinse black beans and drain. Chop garlic. In a nonstick skillet cook garlic and cumin in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant.
2. Add black beans, juice or water, and salt and cook, stirring, until beans are heated through. Stir in cilantro. Serves 2.
*adapted from marquitafarm