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Massaged Kale Salad

Why bother massaging kale? Raw kale is super fibrous and tough to digest. Massaging it breaks down the tough leaves, transforming them into a smooth, delicate texture. Each leaf will hold more flavor from the salad dressing too. BEFORE: AFTER:   MASSAGED KALE SALAD Makes 4 servings.  1 bunch kale, any kind 1 teaspoon salt ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar DRESSING 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons honey ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper SALAD ADD-INS ½ cup radishes, thinly sliced ¼ cup carrots, thinly sliced ½ cup apples, chopped into ¼” pieces Wash and dry each kale leaf. Remove the leaf from the stems by holding the stem end in the left hand, while pulling the leaf away with your right hand. Reserve the stems for another meal or make Steam Sautéed Kale Stems. Place all the kale leaves into a Read More

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Radishes with Garlic Avocado Spread

Throughout the fall/winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th!  12 fresh radishes 1 ripe avocado 1 ⅓  tbsp whole roasted garlic ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper To roast the garlic, use a whole bulb and slice off the very tops of the cloves. Coat with one teaspoon olive oil, wrap in foil and roast for 30 minutes at 400°F. In a bowl, mash the avocado and garlic together with a fork until well incorporated. Stir in the salt. Set aside. Slice small slits into each radish. Use a paring knife to hollow out each one to make more room for the spread. Stuff each radish with the Read More

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Winter Squash Salad with Mixed Greens & Cranberry Vinaigrette

Throughout the fall/winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th!  1 medium-sized delicata squash 2 tsp coconut oil ½ tsp salt 1 cup lacinato kale – stems removed 1 cup arugula 1 cup radicchio – leaves separated ¼ cup dried cranberries Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing 1/4 cup olive oil  3 ½ tbsp pure cranberry juice 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp water 2 tsp honey ½ tsp yellow mustard ¼ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp salt dash of pepper Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel squash and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and set aside. Slice squash into ¼ inch half moons. Toss in 1 teaspoon coconut oil and ¼ Read More

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Cucumber Orange Salad

4 cups cucumber – seeded and chopped into 1” pieces 2 oranges – peeled, segmented and chopped 1 ½ cups jicama – julienned 1 cup red onion – chopped ¼ cup fennel – shaved 3 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp orange zest ½ tsp salt Prepare all the vegetables and oranges. Combine everything into a large mixing bowl and toss together until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for one to two hours, allowing the flavors to blend into each other. Serve with grilled salmon or steak. Enjoy!

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Corn Fritter Salad Stack with Tomato & Zucchini

Ever get your CSA share, take a look inside and have no idea how you’re going to make the ingredients into a meal? Well that was my challenge this week. Local Roots NYC gifted me a lovely array of fresh vegetables for their Local Roots Cooking Challenge. I joined several food bloggers and photographers in an attempt to turn the ingredients below into a tasty dish. Ingredient included: 2 ears of corn 2 zucchini 2 tomatoes 1 bunch of savory herb 1 bunch of green leaf kale My recipe creation: Corn Fritter Salad Stack with marinated Tomato & Zucchini topped with Savory Herb Aioli All vegetables came from Bloominghill Farm in Blooming Grove, New York.   Corn Fritter Salad Stack with Tomato & Zucchini Corn Fritters 2 cups cooked corn ½ cup+ 1 tbsp cornmeal  2 medium eggs 1 tbsp coconut flour ½ tsp salt 1-2 tbsp lard or coconut Read More

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Spicy Green Goddess Salad

Makes 4 servings. 6 cups mixed salad greens 1 red onion – thinly sliced DRESSING Makes 1 cup. ½ cup fresh arugula ½ cup fresh spinach 1 tsp anchovy paste ½ cup plain coconut yogurt ¼ avocado 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp garlic – minced ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper Add all dressing ingredients to a food processor. Pulse for three minutes until thoroughly combined. Toss the dressing with the greens and onion. Serve immediately. Enjoy!