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Creamy Kale-fredo

In my pantry today:

  • 2 c mezze penne pasta
  • 1 c minced, marinated* kale
  • 1/2 c cashew butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 c chicken broth (for equitable option, use veggie broth)
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • dash turmeric

kalefredoAll the creaminess of an Alfredo with none of the cream! This is not to say I was gunning for an Alfredo sauce when I started, but the richness and flavor reaped by cashew butter is a worthy replacement for actual cream. Start this whole shebang by mincing your garlic and letting it simmer in a pot on M for a few minutes (I washed dishes).

Upon your return to the stove, smack the cashew butter up in that pot. Add broth slowly; stir to meld the two. Heck, go on and stir in all the seasonings while you’re at it. Once everything has made friends with one another, introduce the lemon juice and kale; cover and simmer on L for a few minutes while you cook the pasta. Drain it and add to the sauce pot. Toss everything together and let it sit on L for at least 5m (let the pasta saturate itself in flavortown) before digging in. 5 spoons!

kale*The equation I use for making marinated kale is: KALE (- STEMS + A FEW DROPS OIL) + FOOD PROCESSOR x 15 MINUTE WAIT = “MARINATED” KALE

Cashew Butter(scotch) Blondies & Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies

Thanks for coming back! Though I’ve had a-whole-lotta life goings on, I certainly didn’t go without cooking all this time… but blogging about it?

Eh, priorities.

Merry Christmas Eve — I am baking gluten-free for a New Year’s transition into giving glutenless living a try. I am baking diabetic-friendly* on top of that. This doesn’t mean that I’m retracting flavor.darkchocorangecookies

Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies

  • 1 c almond flour
  • 3 tbsp golden flax
  • 3/4 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c xylitol
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
  • 6 drops doTerra® wild orange essential oil

1. Cream butter and sugars. I’ve found that the food processor works great for this because at the very end I’ll ultimately get smaller pieces of chocolate chips in these almost classic lace cookies.

2. Add egg and orange oil; blend.

3. Add dry ingredients, then chips. Blend.

4. Bake at 350° for 5-7m — let cool before removing from pan. If you can cool them overnight, they’ll solidify a little better for traveling.

Cashew Butter(scotch) Blondies

  • 1 1/2 c white beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c cashew butter
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • level 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c xylitol
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c ground golden flax
  • 1/4 c toffee bits
  • 1/4 c butterscotch chips

1. Make cashew butter by using the food processor to grind 1/3 c or so of roasted cashews. Or by buying it. No judgement.

2. Once you’ve measured the right amount of cashew butter, throw everything else BUT your chips in the food processor and blend until a smooth paste.

3. Then throw in the toffee/butterscotch chips and pulse the food processor until blended, but not decimated.

4. Pour into foil or parchment paper-lined 8×8″ pan and bake at preheated 350° oven for 30m.

blondies5. Do not be alarmed when they emerge looking burnt. Let cool several hours (if not overnight) before slicing.

 *They’re friendly, but not like best-friends-for-life friendly; please use your judgement on sweetening levels.

Chard & Mango Salad (or, “Chard Day’s Night”)

In my pantry today:

  • 1.5 c kaleidoscope chard, chopped
  • 1 c spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 c parsley, minced
  • 1/3 c mango, diced
  • 1/2 c walnuts, toasted
  • 1/3 c sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled or whatever
  • 1/3 c-ish vinaigrette of choice

chardmangosaladChop, mince, dice and toast! Once the prep is out of your way, these are all handy-licious things to grab out of the fridge and throw together. I might have overdone it on those walnuts, but who doesn’t love their healthy Omegas?

Proof is in the Photo …pudding?

Fruit-marinated and apple/cabbage-topped pork loin

Fruit-marinated and apple/cabbage-topped pork loin

I have been only slightly below average at remembering to take photos of things I am proud to have cooked and dreadful at remembering to write down actual lists of ingredients or recipe instructions. Please take kindly this generalized optical offering of my recent wares.

Lemon-pepper papardelle with garlic-wilted spinach

Lemon-pepper papardelle with garlic-wilted spinach

Makin' a pizza with whole-wheat crust

Makin’ a pizza with whole-wheat crust

Farfalle with... chicken and carrots?

Farfalle with… chicken and carrots? I don’t remember.

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Thai Me Up! (Or, “An On-Hand Attempt at Recreating a Proper Peanut Sauce”)

In my pantry today:

  • 4 c rice noodles
  • 1 c peanut butter
  • 3/4 c lite coconut milk
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 1 c cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp carrot sticks, sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp gyoza sauce
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

P1110492Ok, this is in stages. But completely worthwhile stages. In fact, to simplify this otherwise daunting-sounding rip off of an otherwise respectable Thai dish:

1. Put sliced garlic and onions in 2 tsp olive / 1/2 tsp sesame oil warming to ML. Let cook until garlic begins edge-goldening. Prep anything else while this goes on.

2. In separate pan, put remaining oil in on M. Lay cabbage and carrots in oil and toss delicately with 1 tsp soy sauce. Cover the pan and turn off the burner. Let sit until mealtime.

3. Spoon peanut butter into garlic pan and let melt. Turn up to M and throw in remaining seasonings along with gyoza sauce, coconut milk, lime juice and remaining soy sauce. Stir until the first boilin’ bubble appears, then turn burner to L.

4. Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain and, while hot, mix into the peanut sauce. Serve topped with cabbage and carrots. Garnish with a

5. Spoons! 

Papardelle-icious to Vegetarians and Carnivores

In my pantry today:

  • 1 package Trader Joes® lemon-pepper papardelle
  • 2 c fresh spinach
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Parmesan to top

P1110468Yum. And an easy “yum” at that. So easy that though I didn’t have time yesterday to write down the ingredients today they are still simple to keep emblazoned in the senses. If you haven’t cooked papardelle before, try it out and learn how it got its name from the Italian verb “pappare” (to gobble up).

P1110447Fry your garlic on ML until just the edges begin to turn golden, then remove the pan from heat and sprinkle on the seasonings. Let that sit while boiling papardelle to the perfect al dente and chopping spinach. When the pasta gets drained, turn off the burner. Mix spinach into the oil/garlic/ and move that pan back to the burner you just turned off (don’t turn it back on). Cover the pan for 1m, then uncover and stir until the spinach is wilted to your taste. Mix in the papardelle and ensure everything is properly coated. Sprinkle with Parmasean. Between the papardelle, spinach (and Parmesan), this vegetarian dish will have more protein – and visual interest – than eating a chicken breast. Of course that doesn’t mean you couldn’t add meat if you want, or skip the cheese for an easy vegan dish. 5 well-deserving spoons!

Put a Bowtie on That Chicken

In my pantry today:

  • 1 12 oz can chicken breast meat
  • 1.5 c bowtie pasta, cooked
  • 2 c cabbage, cut small
  • 1/2 c carrots, cut small
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 c Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • dash asafoetida

IMAG0443This is as easy on the wallet as it is on your palette. Drain the can of chicken and rinse thoroughly; set aside. Cook pasta; set aside. Saute garlic in butter and oil over ML for as long as you can stand to — I went about 20m, which wasn’t tough on time since the pasta requires time to cook and the chicken needs rinsing. Turn heat up to M and stir-fry carrots and cabbage for a minute then reduce heat back to the M side of ML and add seasonings, chicken and broth. Let everything simmer while you stir in Parmesan to thicken the broth. Right before serving, mix pasta with sauce/cabbage. Set aside logic and sprinkle a little Parmasean on top for 5 spoons of simplicious!

Chocolate and White Wine for Dinner

In my pantry today:

  • 12 oz butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 c sweet white wine
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • dash asafoetida
  • 1-2 c cooked Basmati rice

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Sorry if you feel tricked after the title by now reading something about black beans and butternut squash… technically, I do not feel ethically bound to do more than reassure you that both things mentioned in the title of this post are in this meal. Stick with me though, sad faces — I will not disappoint!

P1110177 copyGrapeseed oil has a very nice, light nutty flavor that comes across a lot more chaste than extra virgin olive oil. Turn the stove onto ML and let the onions/garlic cook for about 10m, then reduce heat to L, add the mustard seeds and walk away for an hour. Ready and set out the rest of your ingredients, wash some dishes, tidy the downstairs bathroom… you know, normal weekend stuff.

When everything has paled in the pan, increase heat to M. Add all spices (except cocoa powder) when mustard seeds begin to crackle and mush everything together. Add a splash of water to create a friendly mash then add in the squash. Mix-toss that junk over M heat for a few minutes, scraping the pan and adding nominal splashes of water when needed. When you might need to add a second or third splash of water, go ahead and substitute that undrained can of beans and 1/2 c white wine (Sauvignon Blanc used). Mix in the cocoa, bring everything to a light boil then reduce heat to L, cover and leave for 30-60m (depending on how tender you like your squash). When you come back to see a more liquidy sauce than you’d expected, fear not! Smash some of the squash cubes and mix to thicken the sauce. Serve over Basmati rice for 4 spoons of spicy, sweet savoriness.

Spicy Kale-sadilla

In my pantry today:

  • 2 large whole wheat tortillas
  • 6 oz refried beans
  • 1/3 c kale, minced
  • 3 oz monterey jack, shredded
  • 2 oz extra sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 2.5 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • dash asafoetida
  • salsa/sour cream to taste

P1100876So I’ve been hanging out for the last week with my good friend Rhinovirus, who brought along his girlfriend Anosmia. By the time I could yank my snotty face up out of bed, there was nothing left to smell. I probably don’t need to reiterate what a bad idea cooking without smelling is; probably more for whomever is cooked for, but fortunately I was pliable enough in illness to allow more prepackaged food into my kitchen than I might want to for the next six months.

Tonight I’m stepping gingerly back onto the stovefront with something so simple not even an anosmic monkey could fail.

P1100860Start by slicing your garlic very thinly and letting it simmer in 2 tsp on ML for 15m or so while you mince that kale. After mincing, sprinkle with  and cayenne then rub 1/2 tsp olive oil into your palms and grab the whole bunch. Massage then transfer to a ziplock bag for more massaging. Set aside for at least 15m, but for an hour or more if’n you got it.

P1100860tShred and mix cheeses. Mix refried beans into olive oil/garlic mix and let everything congeal together on L for at least 20m, but for an hour or more if’m you got it. When kale-sadilla time happens at last, lightly oil a pan heated to the M side of ML. While the heating is going on, spread some beans on a tortilla and sprinkle on a bit of kale for good measure since it will stick with a purpose to the beans and not get all over the counter or stove. Put the open tortilla in the pan, sprinkle in cheese and fold it closed. Flip it every 15-30 seconds until cheese begins to show, melted, around its edges. Serve with sour cream and salsa if’n you desire. This turns out to be a great way to sneak kale into a meal without knowing you’re chomping the superfood!  4 spoons, says my wife, who has all of her nasal faculties intact.

Cabbage, Corn and [K]ale Cream Cheese Casserole (or, “An Alliterative Affair”)

In my pantry today:

  • 2 c chopped red cabbage
  • 1/2 c chopped kale
  • 1/2 c corn kernels
  • 1/2 small sweet onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 14 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 oz cream cheese, in chunks
  • 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 c fried onions
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • dash asafoetida

P1100650Ok, so you’re going to need to do a couple of things first: blanch the kale for 5-9m (taste test it for chewability-without-suspicion) then add cabbage to the boiling water. Taste test for texture; I went about 3m. Drain everything well then line the bottom of a 8×6″ glass baking dish with the strainer contents and corn.

P1100610Now that everything is done boiling, you can use the same pot to start garlic and onions in the oil/ghee. After cooking on ML for 5-10m, add the chunks of cream cheese and smoosh them all around until melted. Sprinkle on seasonings and mix in with the can of cream of mushroom soup. Pour mixture over vegetables, spreading until even. Once you’ve adorned it further with panko and french fried onions let it bake at 350° for 40m. This would have been great served over rice or alongside other dishes at a dinner table, but we ate it almost directly out of the pan. 4 spoons for not entirely knowing its consistency (5 in my heart).