In Season

  • Greek-Style Kale Salad

    3/4 pound kale leaves
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    Salt and pepper
    1/2 cup grape tomatoes
    1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted
    2 ounches crumbled feta

    1. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch kale leaves until just tender, about 1 minute. Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.

    2. Transfer kale to a clean kitchen towel, and press dry. Fluff up the leaves, coarsely chop, and transfer to a large bowl.

    3. In another bowl, combine olive oil with 1lemon juice,  crushed red pepper, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and crumbled feta to the kale.

    4. Add the dressing, and toss to coat. Great by itself, or chop finely and use as a stuffing for roasted red bell peppers.

  • Steamed Sesame Kale

    1 large leek, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
    1 head of kale, chopped into small pieces
    1 to 2 tablespoons extra-vigin olive oil
    2 tablespoons seasame seeds, toasted
    Tamari or soy sauce
    2 teaspoons ume plum vinegar or lemon juice
    Salt to taste

    1. In a large steamer, place  leek. Steam until translucent, mixing occasionally; then add one head of chopped kale. Steam just long enough so that kale is tender, but not soggy.

    2. Remove, and toss in bowl with extra-virgin olive oil, toasted sesame seeds, a few splashes of tamari or soy sauce, and ume plum vinegar or lemon juice. Salt to taste.

  • No-Cook Massaged Kale

    1 bunch of kale, finely chopped
    2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    Tomato, avacado, chili powder (optional)

    In a large bowl, combine kale, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt. Using your hands, massage all the ingredients together—tenderizing the greens without having to cook them. Add tomato, avocado, and chili powder for a Mexican flair.

  • In Season: Kale

    If kale’s rough texture and earthy flavor intimidate you, consider one more reason to step out of your comfort zone: This wild cabbage has more nutritional value in fewer calories than most foods you’ll find in the produce aisle. Rich in calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K, kale also has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and 10 times more lutein.

  • Zesty Parfait

    1 tablespoon orange peel, finely grated
    2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
    1 teaspoon agave nectar
    1/4 cup organic yogurt
    Orange
    Blackberies
    Fresh mint

    In a small bowl, combine orange peel, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and agave nectar with organic yogurt. Drizzle over a fruit salad of blood orange segments and defrosted blackberries; garnish with fresh mint.

  • Cranberry-Orange Quinoa

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    1 tablespoon grated orange peel
    1 tablespoons dried cranberries
    2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
    2 cups quinoa, cooked
    1/4 cup red onion, finely minced
    1 orange, cubed

    Add grated orange peel, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts to cooked quinoa; add finely minced red onion and cubed segments of one orange

  • Cranberry-Orange Quinoa

    1 tablespoon grated orange peel
    1 tablespoons dried cranberries
    2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
    2 cups quinoa, cooked
    1/4 cup red onion, finely minced
    1 orange, cubed

    Add grated orange peel, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts to cooked quinoa; add inely minced red onion and cubed segments of one orange

  • Cranberry-Orange Quinoa

    1 tablespoon grated orange peel
    1 tablespoon dried cranberries
    2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
    2 cups quinoa, cooked
    1/4 cup red onion, finely minced
    1 orange, cubed

    Add grated orange peel, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts to cooked quinoa; add inely minced red onion and cubed segments of one orange

  • In Season: Oranges

    Despite its leathery skin, an orange is actually a type of berry, which helps explain its juicy sweetness and long list of health-promoting nutrients. A medium orange contains 62 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and nearly 120 percent of the daily value of immune-boosting vitamin C.

    By Lisa Turner
  • Sweet and Spicy Salad Dressing

    1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
    1 tablespoon each of grated orange peel
    Ginger
    Sesame oil
    Rice vinegar
    Cilantro, minced
    1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil.

    In a small jar, combine orange juice, grated orange peel, finely grated ginger, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and minced cilantro, and toasted sesame oil. Shake well to blend, season with salt and pepper, and serve over a salad of cold soba noodles, grated carrot, snow peas, and black sesame seeds.