All posts tagged: Kale

Kale Tabbouleh with Quinoa

Kale Tabbouleh with Quinoa

Fully of bright flavors, this kale tabbouleh is my new salad triumph. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it delivers lots of flavor and textures, and is well… simply GOOD. Super nutritious Tuscan lacinato kale is tossed together with fresh parley and mint, sweet cherry tomatoes, green onion and protein-packed, gluten-free quinoa instead of […]

Barley Risotto with Feta and Kale

Barley Risotto with Feta and Kale

Barley risotto with feta and kale is of course is non-traditional. There’s no parmesan, no white wine, no butter. Instead this is a risotto made with pearl barley, tomatoes, winter greens and Greek feta. The spices used for this recipe are smoked paprika, fresh thyme, bay leaf and red pepper flakes, which add depth and […]

Asian-Style Kale Salad with Brown Rice and Smoked Tofu

Asian-Style Kale Salad with Brown Rice and Smoked Tofu

This Asian-style kale salad recipe is actually more about one of my favorite dressings that I adore with kale. I have so many different versions of this recipe ’cause it’s actually a winter staple that we eat in some variation once or twice a week for the entire Tuscan Lacinto kale season. Which sadly is […]

Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils and Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils & Tahini Dressing

Okay are you ready for it? This kale salad with roasted vegetables, lentils and tahini dressing is my new go-to winter salad. Really it’s the salad of my dreams! It’s influenced by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (what’s not to love about that!?)… which in my mind, I can simply sum up as “extra delicious”. […]

Tuscan Kale Salad with Hokkaido Pumpkin, Cranberries & Feta

Tuscan Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries & Feta

So the thing about this kale salad with roasted pumpkin is that you really need to enjoy a little bit of everything in every bite. This is a salad with sweet, tart, salty and nutty flavors, so it tastes best if you get a mix of two, three or all of these flavors together. There’s […]

Lentil and Greens Soup, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Brown Lentils Recipe

Wintery Lentil and Greens Soup

This is what winter is all about. Warming soups! And here it is, a rustic lentil and greens soup simmered in a rich flavorful broth. This simple lentil soup recipe is made with humble pantry ingredients but also includes hearty winter greens, fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon to give it a bright, fresh […]

Simple Kale Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Simple Kale Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Here’s a simple kale salad for lovers of dark leafy greens! Yep, that’s me! I crave kale salads at this time of year. And as you might be wondering just about now…”is this a raw kale salad?”. It most definitely is. A massaged kale salad with good-for-you ingredients like carrot and beet, which are tossed […]

Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup (Ribollita)

Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup (Ribollita)

If you ask anyone what is a typical Tuscan dish that’s hearty, filling and perfect for a cold winter’s night, you’ll likely get the answer “a traditional Ribollita”, otherwise known as a rustic Tuscan vegetable stew. It’s loaded with dark greens, lots of beans, vegetables and thickened with day-old bread. In my version, which isn’t […]

Healthy Shredded Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing, Vegan, Gluten-free, Coleslaw

Shredded Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Let’s talk about this shredded cabbage salad with tahini-lemon dressing recipe for a minute. Yes, cabbage salad. Or perhaps I should call it a “coleslaw” to make it sound more appealing. It’s a shredded salad. One I often make using kale but sadly, since the season is over, I’ve traded out kale for a mix […]

Vegan Turmeric Ginger Lentil Soup Recipe

Turmeric Ginger Lentil Soup

One pot often translates to soup, soup, soup. So of course, with my don’t-have-a-kitchen-yet dilemna, I turn to soup as a Sunday afternoon solution. A warming and nutrient-rich turmeric ginger lentil soup. It’s a simple soup with a solid base: onions, carrots, garlic, lentils, tomatoes, spices, and broth — oh yeah lets not forget about […]

Puy Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale Recipe, Vegan, Vegetarian, Glutenfree

Puy Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale

So which camp are you in? Love ’em or leave ’em? Well, I love mushrooms. Just like in this Puy lentils with mushrooms and kale dish. There are two sorts here. Dried porcini mushrooms that seem to elevate any mushroom dish and a standard favorite, brown button mushrooms (also known as cremini mushrooms). I think […]

Sage Roasted Potato Wedges with Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Recipe

Sage Roasted Potato Wedges with Lacinato Kale

There are roasted potatoes and then there are crispy sage roasted potato wedges. Oven baked with olive oil and tasty bits of crispy crushed garlic and fresh sage these taters are good enough to stand alone but even better with sautéed shallots and my favorite variety of kale — Italian lacinato kale. Lacinato kale is […]

Grünkern (Spelt)-Lentil Chili with Kale Recipe

Lentil Chili with Grünkern & Kale

Lentil chili is this simple. It requires just one pot (hallelujah!), some basic ingredients, is totally flexible and comes together in less than 1 hour. And most of that time you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine… ahem, I mean cup of tea. Yes, this one-pot wonder is that easy, plus it’s […]

Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Grünkern spelt (similar to Freekah)

Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Kale Salad

This roasted beet and sweet potato kale salad screams healthy! The basic ingredients for this salad are just four: chioggia beets with their candy cane stripes, sweet potato, kale and Germany’s own version of freekeh — a grain called Grünkern. This is a nutrient dense autumn salad that is deceptively simple to prepare. The vegetables […]

Asian Kale Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing‏

Asian Kale Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing‏

Terribly trendy, but oh so good. I love kale salads. Especially a good raw kale salad with a fantastic dressing. This is one of my absolute favorite dressings (or shall I say vinaigrette?) for kale. One that appears on our table a lot! It’s bursting with Asian flavors — roasted sesame oil, Japanese rice vinegar, […]

Kale Chips with Olive Oil and Salt

Homemade Kale Chips

If you find yourself constantly craving chips, then you’re going to be all over this snack recipe. Made with kale and baked instead of fried, these crunchy gems are a much healthier alternative to traditional potato chips. The first time I made kale chips I remember thinking, wow, these are amazing! When baked properly, they […]

Shaved Brussels Sprout Kale Salad with Crispy Prosciutto, Hazelnuts and Parmesan

Shaved Brussels Sprout Kale Salad

Here’s a Brussels sprout kale salad bursting with flavor! All I can say is this combination of “love-em-or-hate-em Brussels sprouts” and “nothing-says-healthy-quite-like-kale” is a game changer. There’s so much to love about this salad: Italian dry-cured prosciutto di Parma, chopped roasted hazelnuts, intensely flavored Parmigiano-Reggiano, a lemony, grainy Dijon and shallot vinaigrette, ribbons of kale […]

Wintery Kale Salad with Venere Black Rice and Roasted Beet Salad with Cranberries and Pine nuts in an Orange Lime Dressing

Wintery Kale Salad with Black Rice and Roasted Beets

I discovered a new type of rice – black rice. A whole grain Chinese hybrid grown in neighboring Italy called Riso Venere. Its color is remarkable – it’s an intense deep purple, so deep it’s almost black. Together in this winter salad with roasted beets and purple kale, it actually gets lost among all the […]

Traditional German Grünkohl with Pinkel and Kochwurst

German Grünkohl

When cooked properly, this typical Northwest German dish has a nice savory taste that complements the robustness of the sausages and potatoes that are served with it. It’s something you often see served at the Christmas markets around Germany. The variety of sausage you’ll get with it depends on the region and depending on where […]

Rutabaga Stew with Quinoa, Kale and Saffron

Rutabaga Stew with Quinoa & Saffron

The more I experiment with simple flavors, the more I realize how enjoyable it is to savor the fresh, intense flavors of fresh, locally harvested foods. As with every autumn, I welcome the arrival pumpkins and winter squash – two of my favorite things for fall soups – but I find myself particularly enamored with […]