Squash With Chili Yogurt and Cilantro Sauce washington post

  • 1 large butteyumrnut squash (3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 ounces cilantro, leaves and stems, plus more leaves for garnish
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup regular or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha (may substitute another savory chili sauce), plus more as needed

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 425 degrees. Have two rimmed baking sheets at hand.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Discard the seeds, then cut the flesh into wedges 3/4 inch wide and about 2 3/4 inches long, leaving the skin on. Place in a large bowl with the cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper. Mix well so that the squash is evenly coated. Place the squash pieces on the baking sheets skin side down and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until soft and starting to color on top. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

To make the herb paste, combine the cilantro, garlic, the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil and a generous pinch of salt in a mini food processor; puree to form a smooth paste.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and roast for 6 to 8 minutes. Their outer skins will pop open, and the seeds will become light and crispy. Let them cool.

To serve, swirl together the yogurt and Sriracha sauce. Lay the squash wedges on a platter and drizzle the spicy yogurt sauce, then the herb paste, over the top. (Or swirl the yogurt sauce and herb paste together if you like.) Scatter the pumpkin seeds on top, followed by the extra cilantro leaves and additional Sriracha, if desired, and serve.

 

Massaged Kale Salad – Aarti Sequeira, 2010


If using baby or tender kale DO NOT massage it as it will disappear to nothing
1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and
discarded, leaves thinly sliced

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

Kosher salt

2 teaspoons honey

Freshly ground black pepper

1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)

Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), about 2 rounded tablespoons

In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.  Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve. Serves 4