1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using).
2. Sauté the garlic.
3. Once the garlic starts to cook and is fragrant, add the escarole leaves to the pan. The leaves should still be a little wet from rinsing. They'll sizzle as they hit the pan, but if you add them all at once, the oil shouldn't splatter. Use tongs to turn the escarole over in the pan as it cooks. Sprinkle with a little salt.
4. Wilt the escarole. When it starts to wilt and is barely cooked through, remove from heat and serve.
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, plus 1 teaspoon for garnish
1 lemon, juiced
For the dressing
1. Make the dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or small food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Dressing will keep refrigerated in a covered container up to 5 days.
2. Make the salad. Put the arugula in a large salad bowl or a large serving platter. Top with the remaining salad ingredients and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Toss together gently. Serve with additional dressing on the side.
For the dressing:
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar, honey or maple syrup to taste
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
juice from 1 lime, optional
For the salad:
6 ears corn, shucked
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 red onion
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 avocado, cubed
1 cup spinach
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For the Salad:
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds summer squash (yellow, green or a mix), about 3 large squash per pound
The perfect combination of sweet and savory and ready in 30 minutes.
16 ounces fresh ricotta
3 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large leaves fresh basil, rinsed, patted dry and chiffonaded
4 large ripe summer squash, trimmed and sliced into 1 1/2-inch rounds
1. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and basil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the squash without overcrowding the pan and cook in batches, flipping after about 3 minutes, until both sides are golden brown and squash is just cooked through. Don't overcook or you'll end up with soggy sandwiches.
3. Remove from pan and transfer to a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Allow to cool to at least room temperature. You shouldn't feel any heat or see steam rising from them. If they are too warm, the ricotta stuffing will melt.
4. Make your "oreos" by placing the ricotta mixture on top of one squash round and topping with another squash rouund.
5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Sautéed bok choy is an easy to make and flavorful side dish. It's a 5-ingredient recipe that is made in under 10 minutes.
1 pound baby bok choy
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Half of a lemon, cut into wedges
1. Remove any discolored outer stalks of the bok choy and discard them (or save for stock later). Place the bok choy into a colander and rinse with cool water, rubbing any grit or dirt from between the leaves. 2. Trim the ends then slice each bok choy in half lengthwise. Or if they are large, cut into quarters. Pat dry.Add the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to a wide room-temperature skillet. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil begins to bubble around the garlic, but before the garlic starts to turn light brown.
3. Toss in the boy choy and spread into one layer. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt then cook, without stirring, until the bottom is starting to turn brown, about 2 minutes.
4. Flip then cook another 2 minutes or until the green leaves have wilted and the white bottoms are beginning to soften, but still have some crunch.
5. Transfer to a platter then squeeze 2 lemon wedges on top. A teaspoon or so of olive oil is nice, too. Serve with more lemon wedges on the side.
This recipe is adapted from a Bobby Flay original.
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS
2 cups tightly packed fresh arugula
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup good extra virgin olive oil
handful of walnuts, pine nuts or almonds (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons peeled, finely grated, fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pounds carrots (5 large), scrubbed well, cut into 1/4-inch thick coins
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-fat coconut milk
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh kale with stems removed and leaves chopped
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup sliced pickled beets*
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
*Pickled beets recipes.
Canning method compliments of Janet Baker
4 lbs. beets
3 cups onions, thinly sliced
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp mustard seed
1 tsp whole cloves
3 sticks cinnamon, broken
1 Tbsp whole black pepper
1 bay leaf
1. Wash and drain beets. Place in large pot, cover with boiling water and cook until tender.
2. Let cool until you can skin comfortably. Slice.
3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 mins.
4. Add beets and cook until hot throughout.
6. Remove cinniamon sticks.
7. Pack hot beets into 4 hot pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
8. Ladle hot pickling liquid over beets, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
9 Remove air bubbles. Cap with two-piece caps.
10. Process 30 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Quick pickled beets recipe
Refrigerator Pickled Beets are so easy to make and last up to 6 weeks, so you can always have some available for a side, salad, or healthy snack!
4 medium roasted beets , cooled, peeled, and sliced (<< click that link for how to make roasted beets)
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon (dry) ground mustard
5 whole black peppercorns
1, Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and mustard to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes; take off the heat and allow to cool a bit.
2. Add peppercorns and beets to a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. (This particular recipe fits nicely into a 1 liter sized jar.) Pour the brine in, covering all the beets.
3. Cover and set aside for several hours (or up to 24), then transfer to the refrigerator.
Notes-This particular recipe will keep up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
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