Best Ever Strawberry Spinach Salad from theslowroasteditalian.com

Candied Pecan Ingredients
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pecan halves
pinch salt

Dressing Ingredients
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup extra light tasting olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Salad Ingredients
10 ounces fresh baby spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 small red onion sliced
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 avocado, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 (5 ounce) package blue cheese crumbles

Place a silpat mat or a sheet of parchment paper on the counter top to dry the pecans.

In a small skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add pecans, sugar and salt. Stir until pecans are well coated. Stir until the sugar caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes.

Spread onto silpat or parchment paper. Separate pecans. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile: in a pint size mason jar combine dressing ingredients. Seal and shake until well combined. Set aside on the counter.

In a large bowl combine the spinach, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Pour about 1/2 of dressing over salad, and toss. Top with avocado, cheese and candied nuts. Serve remaining dressing on the side.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving (or serve immediately).

Serve with the remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Curry Mee from thewoksoflife.com/

      2 tablespoons oil
      1 onion, minced
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      1 tablespoon minced ginger
      1 tablespoon minced lemongrass
      1 tablespoon red curry paste
      3 tablespoons curry powder
      ½ teaspoon turmeric
      1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
      4 cups veggie stock
      3 tablespoons fish sauce (optional for vegetarians)
      1 teaspoon sugar
      8 ounces egg noodles
      salt, to taste
      2 handfuls raw bean sprouts, washed and trimmed
      Cilantro leaves, for garnish
      1 lime, cut into wedges

Heat the oil in a pot over medium high heat and add the onion, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. Cook for about 6 minutes, until softened and fragrant. Stir in the red curry paste.

  • Turn the heat up to high and add the chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken turns opaque. Add the curry powder, turmeric, coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package directions. Divide between 2 soup bowls and set aside.
  • Taste the soup and season with salt to taste. Divide the soup among your 2 bowls of noodles, and garnish with raw bean sprouts, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

 

15-minute coconut curry noodle soup from thewoksoflife.com/

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 6 oz. dried rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Sliced red onion, red chilis, cilantro, scallions to garnish

In a large pot over medium heat, add the oil, garlic, ginger, and Thai red curry paste. Fry for 5 minutes, until fragrant.

Add the veggie broth, water, fish sauce, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. At this point, taste the broth for salt and adjust seasoning accordingly (add salt if needed, or if it’s too salty, add a bit of water).

Pour the boiling soup over the dried vermicelli noodles in your serving bowls, add a squeeze of lime juice and your garnishes, and serve. The noodles will be ready to eat in a couple minutes.

(Alternatively, you can add the noodles to the boiling broth to cook them, and then divide among serving bowls).

Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Baked Cod and Vegetables from wineandglue.com

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 12 oz chopped broccoli (about 3 cups)
  • 8 oz chopped asparagus (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 pound cod filets (not frozen, see note)
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the lemon juice, butter, salt, paprika, and lemon pepper.
  3. Place cod in the middle of the parchment paper. Surround with the chopped asparagus and broccoli. Pour the butter and lemon juice mixture over the top. Top with chopped parsley.
  4. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the cod is no longer translucent, be cautious not to bake too long as the fish will dry out.

Notes:  It is best to thaw frozen cod in the refrigerator overnight.

 

Soft Pretzel Recipe from fifteenspatulas.com

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 2.25 tsp instant quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 12.5 oz all purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  1. Combine the yeast, warm water, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. This indicates the yeast is alive and working. Add the flour and salt. Mix with the dough hook by hand for a few seconds to roughly combine, then fit the hook and bowl on the mixer and knead on medium low for 5 minutes. The dough should feel soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
  2. Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. You could use parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Place the dough onto a lightly oiled countertop. Divide the dough into 8 pieces (just cut it with a knife).
  5. Whisk to combine the warm water and baking soda and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. FYI it’s not going to dissolve completely, and that’s okay.
  6. Roll each of the eight pieces into a long rope, and shape each one into a pretzel (see the step-by-step photos on the blog post to see how to do this). Dip each pretzel into the soda wash and place onto the greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then let them rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown. Brush the pretzels with the melted butter while they are hot out of the oven. Enjoy while they are hot, and keep in mind these don’t taste as amazing the next day. Enjoy!

 

Creamy Pasta Salad from barefeetinthekitchen.com/

salad:
8 ounces salad macaroni or ditalini pasta
1 cup tiny broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup very thinly sliced green onion
dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons white wine or plain vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. Just before the noodles are done cooking, add the broccoli to the pot. Let the broccoli boil for about 30 seconds and then drain everything into a large colander. Rinse well with cold water.

 Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the bowl and stir well to coat. Add the cucumber, pepper, and onions and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. Enjoy!

If you forget to toss the broccoli in the boiling water at the end of the pasta’s cooking time, you can also steam it in the microwave. Place the broccoli in a glass bowl along with a tablespoon of water. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, until the broccoli is bright green and barely softened.

Spaghetti Puttanesca, seriouseats.com

  • 4 to 6 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons; 20–30ml chopped anchovy)
  • Large pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and chopped (about 2 ounces; 60g) (see note above)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted black olives (about 2 ounces; 60g) (see note above)
  • 1 cup (225g) whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, roughly broken up by hand (about half a 14 ounce can)
  • Small handful minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 ounce (30g) finely grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place spaghetti in a large skillet, sauté pan, or saucepan and cover with water. Add a small pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent pasta from sticking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, combine 4 tablespoons (60ml) oil, garlic, anchovies, and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until garlic is very lightly golden, about 5 minutes. (Adjust heat as necessary to keep it gently sizzling.) Add capers and olives and stir to combine.
  3. Add tomatoes, stir to combine, and bring to a bare simmer. Continue to simmer until pasta is cooked to just under al dente (about 1 minute less than the package recommends).

    4.  Using tongs, transfer pasta to sauce. Alternatively, drain pasta through a colander, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Add drained pasta to sauce.

    5.  Add a few tablespoons of pasta water to sauce and increase heat to bring pasta and sauce to a vigorous simmer. Cook, stirring and shaking the pan and adding more pasta water as necessary to keep sauce loose, until pasta is perfectly al dente, 1 to 2 minutes longer. (The pasta will cook more slowly in the sauce than it did in the water.) Stir in remaining olive oil, parsley, and cheese.

    6.  Season with salt and pepper. (Be generous with the pepper and scant with the salt—the dish will be plenty salty from the other ingredients.) If using, stir in canned tuna and break it up with a fork. Serve immediately with more grated cheese at the table.

Pesto Cauliflower Bowl

cauliflower rice :
  • 1/2 head cauliflower (cored, cut into small florets)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
swiss chard pesto :
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 2 cups chopped swiss chard leaves (packed)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (plus shaved for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup flat parsley leaves (plus leaves for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • For the Cauliflower Rice: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, add the cauliflower florets, and pulse until finely chopped. In a large skillet pan over high heat, add olive oil and cauliflower and cook for about 3 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • For the Swiss Chard Pesto: Clean the bowl of the food processor and blade attachment and add the garlic into the clean bowl. Pulse garlic to chop. Add swiss chard, walnuts, grated parmesan, and parsley and pulse until finely chopped. Scrape down the inside of the bowl with a rubber spatula. With the food processor running, add the oil, salt and pepper and process until smooth.
  • To Assemble: Pour the pesto over the cauliflower rice and mix together in the skillet. Remove the cauliflower to a serving platter. Garnish with shaved parmesan and parsley leaves.
  • Tip: Prep the recipe in advance! Cut the cauliflower, make the pesto, and salt the chicken the day before to make for a quick and easy meal the next day!

Shaved Radish Salad with Tarragon and Blue Cheese

2 cups radishes (thinly shaved)
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1/4 cup tarragon leaves
1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)

dijion mustard vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 lemon (juiced)
1 shallot (peeled, finely diced)
1/2 cup olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

In a large bowl, add the radishes, parsley leaves, tarragon leaves and toss to combine.

For the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, add the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, shallot and olive oil and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle the dressing around the outer rim of the bowl, add the cheese to the salad and toss to combine until the salad is lightly coated.

Tip: Make your vinaigrette in a mason jar for easy mixing and storing!

Cauliflower Curry Samosas

SAMOSA DOUGH:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • canola oil (for frying)
CAULIFLOWER FILLING :
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (roughly chopped)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
MINT YOGURT SAUCE :
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mint (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the Samosa Dough: In a large bowl sift together the flour and salt. Add the oil and gently rub into the flour mixture until flaky dough starts to form and the oil is completely coated in the flour mixture. Begin adding the water and mix to combine until a stiff dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is shiny and elastic but not wet and sticky.
  • Cover with plastic and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls. Roll each ball of dough out into a 6-inch circle then cut in half. Brush the straight edge with water, fold it in half, and align the two straight sides so they overlap to form a cone shape. Pinch the edges together to make a tight seal. Place some of the filling inside each cone, leaving the top edge clean. Moisten the inside top rim of the cone and press the edges together to make another tight seal. Place the samosas on a tray until ready to fry. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the frying oil to 360ºF. Line a plate or baking sheet with paper towels. Place the samosas in the Dutch oven and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • For the Cauliflower Filling: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, boil the potatoes until just tender, about 10-12 minutes. When cooled, cut the potatoes into a small dice and set aside.
  • Preheat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the cauliflower and curry. Allow to cook until softened and lightly golden, about 5-6 minutes. Add the potato and cayenne and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the golden raisins and coconut milk, stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the cashews, season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature before filling.
  • For the Mint Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl add the yogurt and mint and whisk to combine. Add the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and serve with samosas.
  • Tips: 1. Make the samosa filling and dough the day before to reduce prep time. Bring the dough to room temperature before assembling the samosas. Dough will keep in the fridge for 1 week.
  • 2. To toast the curry powder, place in a dry pan over medium-low heat until aromatic, about 2-3 minutes.