Roasted Kale, Broccolini and Chickpea Salad

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So I’ve been making this for the past few weeks….fine tuning the flavors each time.  Garbanzo/chickpeas are not a regular thing in my kitchen, but I absolutely love this salad/side dish and had to share!

What you will Need:

  • 1 bunch broccolini, or broccoli, cut into long florets
  • 1 bunch Tuscan or Lacinato kale, stemmed (if large) and torn
  • 1½ cups/240 g cooked chickpeas (see below) or canned, drained
  • 1 clove garlic,chrushed
  • ¼ cup/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus for drizzling
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Chili Powder
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • A few VERY thin slices of Black radish
    • OPTIONAL: fresh ricotta cheese

How it’s Done:

Preheat the broiler to high.

place the Chickpeas on a cooking sheet, sprinkle with Chili powder, roast them on their own for 5-8 min.

Toss the broccolini, kale, onions, and garlic with the olive oil. Season lightly with sea salt, pepper and add red pepper flakes to taste (I like a decent amount) and spread on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Broil the sheet, tossing halfway through cooking, until the kale is crispy and the broccoli just tender and charred but still bright green, about 5 minutes.  Add bacon, radish slices, and squeeze the juice from two lemon wedges all over the top and toss together.

 Plate the salad and top each with a dollop of ricotta. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Orginal idea from: http://edibleliving.blogspot.com

Salted Carmel Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

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Attention: All of my “Real Food” friends need to look away for this one! 

I spoke at a local High School recently and wanted to bring some sort of “sweet treat” that the kids could identify, but still be visually interesting for them to photograph.  This is what came out of my kitchen…and while I can’t really recommend making this again.  I can say that it was everything a rice krispie treat should be AND more!  

Recipe from: http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2014/01/salted-caramel-chocolate-rice-krispie-treats.html

What you will need:

Salted Carmel

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2.5 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • Coarse salt for topping

Rice Krispie Treats

  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 c Rice Krispies

Chocolate Ganache Topping

  • 3/4 c heavy cream
  • 2 c chocolate chips

 

How it’s done:

  • For Salted Caramel: In a medium sauce pan set to medium-high heat, combine sugar and water. Do not stir. Watch carefully until mixture turns a deep amber color. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, cream and salt. Set aside.
  • For Rice Krispie Treats: In a large pot set to medium heat, melt marshmallows, butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth and add salted caramel. Stir in Rice Krispies until well combined. Pour mixture into a lined and greased 13×9 (or 8×8 for thicker treats) pan. Flatten using a buttered rubber spatula. Chill pan in refrigerator while you make the ganache.
  • For Chocolate Ganache Topping: In a small pot over medium heat, heat cream until almost boiling. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until smooth. Let ganache cool for 10 minutes then pour over Rice Krispies, tilting the pan to distribute evenly. Let set for 5 minutes then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Refrigerate to set before cutting, at least 2 hours. Slice into squares and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Roasted Cumin-Lime Carrots

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What you will need:

  • 1 pound baby carrots with fresh green tops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice and fresh grated zest of 1 lime  (I used extra, but I LOVE lime)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

How it’s Done:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Trim the tops off the carrots. Toss them on a baking sheet with the olive oil, and zest, honey, salt and spices.
  3. Roast about 20 minutes, depending on size, until the carrots are just tender and beginning to deepen in color. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with the fresh Lime Juice and serve!

 

Concept Credit goes to: http://familystylefood.com/2011/03/roasted-cumin-lime-carrots/

Fried Mozzarella

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You know, sometimes, there comes a day when you just want to fry some cheese.  When those days come along, I say go for it!

What you will need:

  • Olive Oil or Coconut oil
  • 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella (dried with a paper towel) and cut into bite size pieces
  • Salt
  • 3 eggs
  • Coconut Flour or All purpose Flour
  • Gluten Free Breadcrumbs or Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Optional additions: Homemade Marinara, fresh basil, fried bell peppers.

How it’s done:

  1. Dredge the mozzarella in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs (I like them really crunchy, so I do this step twice) Set them aside.
  2. Heat oil on medium in a pan.  Once oil is hot add the mozzarella and lightly brown all sides.  Takes about 2 min. 
  3. Serve immediately