Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Collard Greens and Roasted Beets in a Balsamic Reduction

Whisked Foodie

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Cook Time: 2 hours

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 bunch of beets (about 5), peeled and chopped into 1” chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, seeds, stem and veins removed, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch collard greens, chopped

Start your reduction several hours before you plan to serve, or make ahead of time. Bring 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil in a saucepan and reduce to low heat, simmering until thickened and reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 1 ½ hours.
To roast beets, preheat oven to 375˚F and line a sheet pan with foil. Arrange beet pieces in an even, single layer and roast until slightly shrunken and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Heat oil in a large, high-edged skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, and green pepper until soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in roasted beets, salt, and pepper. Add chopped greens, tossing to combine. Cover and cook until wilted and tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Drizzle individual servings with balsamic reduction before serving.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Guilt-Free Pizza Bites (Cauliflower Pizza Bites)
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I have only recently started enjoying cauliflower and this recipe is one of the reasons! Granted, we may need more cauliflower to make these, but they're worth it!

Guilt-Free Pizza Bites (Cauliflower Pizza Bites)

Prep time: 10 Minutes - Cook time: 25-30 Minutes
Yield: Makes 24 Cauliflower Pizza Bites
  • 2 Cups Grated Cauliflower (washed, dried and grated using a food processor or cheese grater by hand until rice-like or thinner – Note – Approximately one head of cauliflower)
  • 1/4 Cup Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup 1% Cottage Cheese (drained)
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 2 Tsp Parsley
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Optional)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce (Optional)
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 F.
  2. Using a healthy cooking oil spray your mini muffin tin.
  3. In a hot frying stir fry the “cauliflower rice” until the cauliflower is slightly translucent (about 6-8 minutes). Place in a bowl and let cool.
  4. Place all other ingredients the food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. In a bowl combine both the “cauliflower rice” and blended ingredients. Mix completely.
  6. Evenly spoon mixture into your muffin tin molds. Press pizza dough down evenly and firmly (*The pressing down firmly is very important to make sure these stick together).
  7. Place in your oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pizza bites from the oven and let set until cool (This is also very important – let these pizza bites set in their pan for 5 – 10 minutes before removing – If you take them out while they are too hot they will break).
  9. Once cool remove from muffin tin (either by tipping them out OR by running a thin knife down along the side and popping them out).
  10. Use organic, natural pizza or pasta sauce for dipping (or make your own sauce)
  11. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dandelion Greens Salad with Strawberries and Balsamic-Caramelized Onions

Serious Eats

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-wide rings or half moons
10 ripe strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
1 bunch dandelion greens (about 4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium frying pan. Add the sliced onions along with a good pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft, lightly brown, and reduced to about 1/3 of their raw volume. You may need to reduce the heat gradually as the onions shrink. This is a slow process that could take 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, toss the strawberry slices with 1 teaspoon of the balsamic vinegar. Wash the dandelion greens in several changes of water and dry thoroughly.

When the onions are nearly done, add the remaining 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar to the pan and continue cooking until it has thickened slightly, a minute or two. Remove the onions from the heat and stir in the Dijon mustard.

In a salad bowl, combine the greens, onions and strawberries with all their juices, scraping down the onion pan with a rubber spatula to incorporate all the oil and vinegar into the salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss. Divide between two plates and serve.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Roasted Garlic Cauli-Broccoflower

Taste of Home

2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
1 head cauliflower (1 1/2 pounds), separated into small florets
1 head broccoflower (1 1/2 pounds), separated into small florets
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
Freshly ground black pepper to taste 
1 bunch chopped fresh parsley 

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil a roasting pan or casserole dish. 

Place the garlic and olive oil in a very large glass, ceramic or metal mixing bowl (if you use plastic, the garlic scent will permeate the bowl). Add cauliflower and broccoflower and stir to mix well, using 2 large spoons. Add Parmesan and black pepper and stir again to mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Garnish with chopped parsley if you like. 

Serves 6.