Caramelized Onion, Kale, and Chevre Pizza
Here's a basic pizza recipe that is easy and tastes amazing! The baby kale would be amazing on this - and I don't think you would even need to pre-cook it since it's already soft enough to eat.
1 onion, sliced
several cloves of garlic
1 shallot if you have it, minced
around 10-12 leaves of kale stripped from stalk and chopped into ribbons
Riley's cheese, grated
crushed red pepper
Preheat the oven to 425F. Stretch your pizza dough with well floured hands and place on baking sheet, let rest.
Heat a skillet, and add olive oil to coat. Add the onion and cover and simmer first on medium for around 5 minutes. Add youur shallots (if using) and garlic and saute a bit more til these soften but don't brown, and then remove to a plate.
In same skillet, toss in a bit more oil, some water, and the chopped kale and saute the kale til it softens. Steam will help achieve this and might take 5 mins. Then turn off.
Build pizza. Start with a smear of olive oil on the crust. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Riley's cheese and spread over crust. Then the kale. Next give your pizza a good sprinkling of oregano, crushed red pepper, and a bit of salt.
Bake for 10-15 mins until bottom is nicely baked and top comes together. Remove to a rack, slice and enjoy.
Salsa Verde Pizza with goat cheese and bacon
I never thought to put tomatillo salsa on a pizza but this sounds excellent.
1 pizza dough
A fewtablespoons good quality olive oil
2/3cup Tomatillo Salsa
A couple of very thin slices of red onion
4 ounces goat cheese, coarsely crumbled into roughly 1/2-inch pieces
3 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and coarsely crumbled OR 4 ounces Mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed and cooked thoroughly
2 tablespoons grated Mexican queso anejo, Romano or Parmesan
A Handful of cilantro leaves
Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Generously oil a 13 x 18 rimmed baking sheet; use a rubber spatula to gently deflate the dough and scrape it out onto the baking sheet. Gently coax the dough—nudging and tugging—into an even rectangle about 9 by 13 inches.
Spread on the sauce, leaving a 1-inch border around the outside. Scatter on the bacon, sliced onion and crumbled goat cheese. Bake in the middle of the oven until puffy and brown, about 25 minutes.
Sprinkle with queso anejo and cilantro leaves.
Creamy, light butternut squash macaroni and cheese
This recipe was a hit with the kids. This week's squash is larger than the one called for in this recipe so you won't need to use the whole thing.
3 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 [1-pound] squash)
1 1/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1 pound uncooked cavatappi
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine squash, broth, milk, and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place the hot squash mixture in a blender. Add salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt. Remove the center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Place blended squash mixture in a bowl; stir in Gruyère, pecorino Romano, and 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano. Stir until combined.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Add pasta to squash mixture, and stir until combined. Spread mixture evenly into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add panko, and cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Sprinkle evenly over the hot pasta mixture. Lightly coat topping with cooking spray.
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve immediately.
Brussel Leaf and Spinach Saute
Peeling the sprouts is a little time consuming, but once that's over the dish comes together quickly. I believe this weeks' claytonia would be an excellent substitute for the spinach called for in this recipe. Give it a try and let me know how it works out! Recipe from Epicurious, October 2012.
1 pound brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine or champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
4 cups baby spinach
2 generous pinches of sea salt
1/2 cup Marcona almonds
Working with one brussels sprout at a time, peel each individual leaf, starting from the outside and working toward the middle. Continue to peel until you get to the tough core where it is just too tight to pull any more leaves. Discard the core and put the leaves in a big bowl. Repeat with the remaining brussels sprouts.
Over medium heat, warm the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add all of the brussels leaves and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add the vinegar and maple syrup and toss to coat. Add the spinach to the pan and toss until it is just barely wilted. It is better just slightly underdone in this case, as it will continue to cook in its own heat.
Sprinkle with the salt and Marcona almonds and serve immediately.
Penne Pasta in a Roasted Beet Sauce
I stumbled upon this recipe and thought it looked awesome! Isn't it gorgeous? I would recommend roasting the garlic along with the beets before blending all together. Serves 2.
3 medium-sized beets, cleaned and cut into a small dice
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 sprigs thyme
3 cloves garlic
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. vermouth
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish, or Riley's coat cheese
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup cream or milk
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 pound penne pasta
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Tbs. poppy seeds
mint leaves, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400.
On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the diced beets with 1 Tbs. oil, thyme sprigs and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes. Check for doneness at the 30-minute mark.
Transfer beets to a food processor. Add the garlic, balsamic vinegar, vermouth, half of the cheese and the 2 remaining Tbs. oil. Pulse until it’s as smooth as you can get it.
Transfer beet mixture to a small saucepan. Add the stock and cream and bring to a light simmer. Add the sugar, remaining cheese and another pinch of salt. Simmer on medium-low while you prepare the rest of the meal.
Toast the poppy seeds in a small skillet until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Cook the penne until al dente. Drain and return to skillet. Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss to combine. Season accordingly. Serve pasta garnished with a good sprinkle of the poppy seeds, the mint leaves and more cheese.
A little sugar softens the edge of the vinegar here and complements the natural sweetness of the beets. Keep these on hand for healthy snacks, or add to salads.
1 bunch beets
1/3 cup red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
Salt to taste
2 garlic cloves, cut in half
2 teaspoons sugar
Place the beets in a saucepan, cover with water, add 1/4 cup of the vinegar and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until tender, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. Remove from the heat, add the garlic to the pot and set aside to cool.
Remove the beets from the pot (do not drain), slip off the skins and cut in wedges.
Combine the remaining vinegar and the sugar. When the sugar has dissolved in the vinegar, stir in 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid from the beets. Toss with the beets and the garlic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then remove the garlic from the marinade. Remove the beets from the marinade with a slotted spoon to serve.
Braised Butternut Squash with Indian Spices
Here's an interesting twist on butternut squash. This recipe is a good way to spice up your squash and give it some flare.
3lb Butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/4 c oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp each cumin, coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt, to taste
1 c water
1 tomato, diced (frozen works great)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, black pepper blend)
Chopped cilantro for garnish, optional
Heat oil in a dutch oven and saute onion, garlic, ginger, spices and mustard seeds. Cook until the seeds start to pop around. Add the salt, water, tomato maple syrup and squash. Simmer until squash is tender, covered for the first 15 minutes. Stir in the garam masala and cilantro, mashing the squash a bit if you'd like.
Butternut Squash PIzza with Hazelnut Dough
I think this pizza would taste just as good on our dough. Try out the hazelnut crust if you're ambitious!
1 cup very thinly sliced peeled, halved butternut squash
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1/4 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
1 ball Hazelnut Pizza Dough
6 to 10 small or torn sage leaves
1 to 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Garnish: hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
Preheat oven, preferably convection, to 500 degrees. Drizzle squash with oil, and season with salt; toss.
Spread cornmeal on a baking sheet. Stretch dough into a 9 1/2-inch round; transfer to baking sheet. Drizzle dough with oil, and arrange squash on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Bake for 6 minutes (10 minutes if not using convection oven). Meanwhile toss sage with garlic, and drizzle with oil to coat. Sprinkle sage mixture over pizza. Bake until crust is golden brown and cooked through, 6 minutes more (10 minutes more if not using convection oven). Garnish with hazelnuts, and drizzle with oil.
Hazelnut Pizza Dough
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one 1/4-ounce envelope)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface and hands
1/2 cup roasted hazelnut meal
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
Lightly oil a medium bowl. Stir together water and yeast in a large bowl; let stand until foamy. Stir in oil. Add flour, hazelnut meal, sage, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; stir until dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead with floured hands until smooth.
Transfer to oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Divide dough into 2 balls.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
These carrots are a great way to get some veggies into breakfast!
5.6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
Dash of ground ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups finely grated carrot (about 1 pound)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and next 4 ingredients (through eggs); add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in 2 cups carrot.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Spoon 4 (1/4 cup) batter mounds onto pan, spreading with a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 1 minute or until bottoms are lightly browned. Repeat procedure twice with remaining batter. Combine butter and honey in a small bowl; serve with pancakes.