Entries by julia

Barcelona Kale Salad

Yield: Serves 4-6 This salad was inspired by one that I had a few years ago in Barcelona. Several of the ingredients, sherry vinegar, Manchego cheese and marcona almonds, are evocative of the tastes of Spain. Before adding the almonds, dress the salad and let it sit for about half an hour so that the […]

Kale and White Bean Soup

Yield: Serves 6 Adding a Parmesan cheese rind to a pot of soup gives it great depth of flavor. I save the rinds in a bag in my freezer so I always have one on hand when I need it. If you want to make this dairy free, omit the cheese rind. It will still […]

Chicken Stock

Ingredients 3 ½ lbs. chicken parts with bones, such as backs, legs, wings, feet, carcass or one 3-4 lb. whole chicken, cut up and trimmed of fat. 1 large onion, quartered 1 large carrot, cut into chunks 3 ribs celery, cut into chunks 8 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley with stems 1 Tbs. apple cider […]

Hearty Kale and Lentil Soup

This is a very versatile soup. Don’t have kale? Use collards or chard. Not a big fan of lentils? Add beans or quinoa instead. Pancetta not your thing? Substitute bacon or a good quality sausage (Brown Boar Farm in my favorite). You get the idea! Parmesan cheese rinds are a delicious addition to almost any […]

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds Canola oil 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons real maple syrup Directions 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with canola oil (or rub some on with a paper towel or pastry brush). Spread pumpkin seeds evenly […]

Top o’ the Morning Smoothie

Ingredients 2 cups spinach ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 1 serving protein powder (optional) 1 ¼ cups almond milk 1 banana, chopped (preferably frozen) 4 ice cubes 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs Directions 1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend.

Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

Yield: Serves 4-6 Before cooking, rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Quinoa kernels are coated with saponins, naturally occurring compounds that protect the plant against insects. A quick rinse removes this bitter tasting layer. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Depending on the size of the tomatoes, this will serve between 4-6 people. Ingredients 1 […]

Spicy Butternut Squash and Kale Quesadillas

Yield: Serves 4-6 Often, when planning my weekly menu, I look for foods that can play double duty. Roast a large butternut squash seasoned with cayenne pepper, serving some as a side dish with dinner one night and using the rest the next evening in this delicious main course. Ingredients 2 cups butternut squash, peeled […]

A Taste of Home

Backyard gardens have gained many new devotees in recent years, however, long before it became hip to grow your own food, two South Shore families had already spent decades tending extensive gardens. They not only enjoyed the bounty of their gardens during the season, but through canning and freezing were able to eat much of […]