Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Broccoli and tahini

Steamed broccoli gets super tasty with a simple lemon tahini dressing.  This makes a great side dish or you could add some roasted or grilled chicken or fish for a helping of protein.

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli cut into even sizes (I love the stalks too – cut into the same size as florets for even cooking)
1-2 Tbsp of tahini
1 Tbsp of water
Juice of half a lemon
Few pinches of Malton sea salt
Few pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)

Steam broccoli in whatever contraption you have until the broccoli is cooked thru but still has some bite to it.

To make the dressing – mix tahini, water, and lemon juice together and season with the salt and red pepper flakes.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Roasted Spiced Carrot, Parsnip, and Cauliflower Soup

spiced carrot and cauliflower soup

Some of my favorite meals have come transforming leftovers into a completely new dish.  The spiced roasted carrots and cauliflower from the last post are great in a salad, added to an omelette, or in this case blended into a creamy soup.  I love my low sodium vegetable bouillon cubes and with a cup of boiling water and my immersion blender I had everything I needed to make this delicious bowl.  You can control the consistency by adding as much or as little broth as you like.  The spices from the vegetables were the perfect amount of seasoning but you can adjust salt and pepper if needed.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Roasted Spiced Carrots, Parsnips, and Cauliflower with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

Roasted carrots and cauliflower

I love Bobby Flay’s restaurant Gato and this recipe is inspired by his roasted carrot dish.  I simplified the method and slightly altered the ingredients but it still has that Spanish flavor from the spices and makes for an amazing side dish that would pair perfectly with a roast chicken, grilled fish, or simply on its own.

For the yogurt dressing:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp harissa
1 tsp olive oil
few pinches of lemon zest
few pinches of Maldon sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and allow to sit in the fridge so the flavors develop.

For the roasted spiced vegetables:

Ingredients:

3 carrots, peeled and chopped into coins
3 parsnips peeled and chopped into coins
1/2 head of cauliflower chopped into florets
A few garlic cloves, smashed
Olive oil (a few tablespoons)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground mustard seed
1/4 tsp ground fennel seed
Few pinches Maldon sea salt

Preheat oven to 425F.  Place cut veggies and garlic on a baking sheet (one large or split between 2 small – you don’t want the veggies to be crowded as they bake).  Drizzle a little olive oil over the veggies – just enough so they are all lightly coated and won’t stick to the baking sheet.  Then in a bowl measure out all of the spices and a few pinches of the sea salt.  Throw in all of the veggies into the bowl with the spices and mix until evenly coated.  Place veggies in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until they are nicely browned and cooked through.  I recommend checking on them halfway thru and mixing them around with a spoon on the baking sheet to ensure even cooking.

Serve with a dollop of harissa yogurt sauce.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Tuna Salad with Arugula

Tuna salad

This tuna salad is dressed with leftovers from my ranch dip.  It makes the most delicious tuna salad that is great on it’s own, on a bed of arugula, in a sandwich, on toast…you get the idea.  Try it – this is so delicious!

See recipe for the ranch dip here.

I used one can of tuna and a few spoonfuls of the ranch dip.  You can control the ratio of dip/tuna depending on your preferences.  Season with salt/pepper as needed.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Yogurt Ranch Dip with Crudités

Ranch dip

For a recent dinner party I wanted to feature something inspiring the tastes of Spring as it’s (hopefully) right around the corner.

Crudités is a little retro but with a delicious dip and some interesting vegetables it can be updated to make for a delicious and beautiful appetizer.  I opted for radishes, fennel, jicama, and baby carrots and for the dip I experimented to come up with a simple and clean version of a ranch dip.

This is such a versatile dip that can also be used as a dressing for salads or condiment with fish (would be great in lieu of tartar sauce).  I’ll be repurposing this dip in a future post so stay tuned for more!

Ingredients:

1 cup yogurt either low fat or full fat for best flavor (I used 1/2 Greek and 1/2 regular)
3/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp fresh dill
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and allow to sit in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors develop.  Prep veggies and if making well in advance store cut veggies in water in the fridge so they stay crisp and fresh.

You can add other fresh herbs of choice – chives, basil, parsley would all be delicious as well if you don’t care for dill.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Quinoa Flakes and Hemp Seeds

coffee and cookie

I am REALLY excited about this recipe.  I have a major sweet tooth and I’ve been doing lots of browsing online to find something that would give me my fix.  I was inspired to try a recipe from @talesofakitchen.  The recipe is so simple and I made a few modifications that turned out deliciously well!  I still can’t believe that there is no dairy or egg in this recipe – banana is a great binder.  Who knew!?  I love a salty/sweet combo so I omitted the sweetener and added sea salt, vanilla, almond extract and hemp seeds.  I also added some almond butter for extra richness.  The result is a saltier, richer, moister cookie with only the subtlest hint of banana.  The chocolate chips add just a touch of sweetness.

A few notes: I’d never used quinoa flakes before and you can find them in the cereal aisle among the oats and porridge (at least that’s where my Whole Foods Market kept it).  The sweetness from the chocolate chips was enough for me but if you like it sweeter feel free to add something.  The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:

Makes 15 cookies

1 ripe banana, smashed
1 cup quinoa flakes
1/3 cup ground almond
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup hemp seed hearts
3 Tbsp almond butter
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (more or less depending on your preferred batter/chips ratio)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix everything together in a bowl and roll into 1-2 inch balls.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and press each ball to flatten slightly.  Bake for 15 minutes in a 350F oven.  These do not rise so you don’t have to worry about them melting into each other on the baking sheet.

cookies

Enjoy!

Gxo

Kale Quinoa Avocado Turkey Bowl

Turkey bowl

A few hours prepping on the weekend saves so much time!  I am taking advantage of a break in travel to eat healthy home cooked food this week.  Here’s the bowl I created today – it’s the second in my lunch series: roasted kale, quinoa, avocado, organic pea sprouts, and roasted sliced turkey lightly dressed with lemon juice, garlic infused olive oil and salt and pepper and fresh oregano.  The pea sprouts add a nice refreshing crunchy texture to salads.

See previous post if you want additional info on ingredient prep.

Enjoy!

Gxo

Mushroom Kale and Quinoa Bowl

Mushroom and veg bowlI am seriously craving clean food after a lot of eating out and work travel these last few weeks!  I spent a lovely afternoon doing lots of veggie prep this weekend so I can put together quick and easy lunches all week.  Here’s the first in my lunch series for this week: quinoa, sautéed mushrooms, organic pea sprouts, roasted garlicky kale and a simple dressing of truffle olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Seasoned with just a few pinches of flakey Maldon sea salt and a crushed red pepper flakes.  Perfection!

Roasted Kale: Spread chopped tuscan kale and chopped garlic on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and a few pinches of salt (optional: pinch of red pepper flakes) – roast at 425F for about 10 minutes or so.

Sautéed mushrooms: In a pan over medium heat add a tablespoon or two of your oil of choice, add mushrooms and sauté, add chopped garlic when mushrooms are close to cooked thru.  Season with salt and fresh herbs to finish – I used fresh oregano.

Quinoa – I just followed package instructions: bringing 2 cups of water with 1 cup of quinoa to a boil and then simmer until all water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked thru. Dressing was a few drizzles of truffle infused olive oil, the juice of half a lemon squeezed over the bowl and a few pinches of Maldon sea salt and red pepper flakes.

There are endless combos of these bowls – please share your creations!

Enjoy!

Gxo

Raw Kale Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

Kale saladLast month I was in Chicago for a girls weekend that was filled with amazing people, food, and fun times (ladies, you know who you are).  One of the meals we had that I wanted to try to replicate was this raw kale salad.  It’s delicious and a great make-ahead dish if you plan to entertain as the kale benefits from marinating in the dressing.

Ingredients:

Dressing:
2 Tbsp Tahini
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/8 Tsp Celtic sea salt
1 clove garlic (grate with microplane)

Salad:

4 leaves of organic curly kale
A handful of brussel sprouts
A small handful of slivered almonds
Optional – a few pinches of Maldon Sea Salt flakes if you like the crunch of a little extra saltiness

Make the dressing and set aside.  Wash the kale and strip the center rib away from the rest of the leaf, bunch the leaves together and slice the kale into thin strips.  Next wash the brussel sprouts and cut off the ends and discard the outer bruised leaves – cut brussel sprouts into thin slices.  Add the kale and brussel sprouts to a mixing bowl and add the dressing – mix well and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or 2 – even over night.  Add the almond slivers (and Maldon sea salt flakes if you choose) just before serving.

Enjoy!  Gxo

Brownies with Coconut Flour and Sea Salt

browniesI have been trying to eat gluten-free for over a year now and I still regard most gluten-free recipes with skepticism but I have to say these are pretty good.  Coconut flour has a distinct flavor and texture that I really love.  This recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients.  Texture is important in brownies and I would describe these as somewhere between fudge and cake-like but closer to the cake side.  There is a healthy amount of butter – I haven’t gotten savvy enough to figure out the best substitutes when baking but I will keep you posted on updated versions.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup coconut flour
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
1/2 Cup butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 Cup maple syrup (or more if you like sweeter brownies)
1 Tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt plus more for sprinkling on top of the baked brownies
Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper if you like a touch of heat  

Preheat oven to 300F and grease a 9X9 baking dish.  Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into the baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow them to cool before cutting.

Enjoy!

Gxo