To “gratin” a dish means to top it with a crispy baked crust. This is usually made of breadcrumbs or cheese. In this recipe, I use zesty Feta cheese to bake into a crispy top for the creamy spinach mixture. It is the kind of delicious side dish that will often outshine your main course.
Beautifully green and sumptuously creamy, this delicious soup makes an eye-catching dish. I always serve it with lots of warm bread and butter for dunking.
I looked for a long time for a snack option that could be ready quickly, but still be delicious. These muffins have a savory flavor with just a hint of sweetness. They make a perfect afternoon snack, lunch or fast on-the-go breakfast. I usually make a double batch and freeze half in a freezer bag. Just a few minutes in the toaster oven and they are ready.
This fragrant Indian dish is a wonderful way to use fresh organic spinach. Please don’t judge a book by its cover, that green sauce will amaze you with its creaminess and complexity of flavor. The slightly salty Paneer cheese gives this saucy dish a delicious taste and texture.
A wonderful hearty soup that is full of fresh flavors. The small amount of curry powder gives the broth in this dish a beautiful saffron color. I like to make it on the weekend and use it for dinners and lunches during a busy week.
Note vegetarian option.
Shredding kale gives it the perfect texture for a crispy salad. It is a robust green and works very well with a creamy style dressing. Here I have used hummus to give the dressing body and extra flavor.
A Strata is a delicious dish to offer company for brunch. The preparation of the dish the night before, in order for the bread to absorb the custard overnight, leaves nothing left for you to do in the morning but pop it in the oven. This recipe uses spinach, sausage and artichoke hearts for flavor, but you can adapt this recipe for vegetarians by not using sausage or change to your tastes by adding kale, bacon, olives or anything else that appeals to you.
Having the ability to make a flatbread can open up many culinary options for you. They can be sweet or savory, a main course, snack or a side. Many stores these days sell really good pre-made pizza dough that you just roll-out, top and bake. This is a great option if you don’t have the time to make your own. The combination of arugula and basil in this recipe gives you a fantastic bright flavor without being overly strong. I always make a double batch of the pesto. The extra pesto is amazing when used to season salad dressings, as a spread on sandwiches or tossed into warm pasta just before serving.
When you are looking for the ideal mid-week dinner recipe, nothing makes things easier than using your slow cooker. This delicious soup has all of the flavors and textures of a difficult recipe, but it basically makes itself. I am not a morning person, so I like to prepare my ingredients the night before and just add them into the cooker in the morning. One quick step once you arrive home and a healthy dinner is on the table.
The pomegranate juice and berries in this smoothie create a bold fruity flavor that you will love. The yogurt gives it a creamy texture and adds some protein. I always freeze the fruit that I use in my smoothies in freezer bags in advance, so that I don’t water down my drinks with ice.
A well made creamy Carbonara is a dish that is perfect for impressing a date, but is also simple to make and a guaranteed family favorite. The thing that I like most about this dish is that it can be made in just about the time it takes to boil a pot of pasta. The silky sauce, flavorful pancetta and the colorful spinach make it a perfectly rounded meal.
Everybody needs a reliable go-to brunch recipe. This one is delicious and can be easily increased to serve as many people as you like. I love how the roasted asparagus and fresh arugula bring a brightness to the soft-boiled eggs and smoky ham. The only hard part is that your friends are sure to keep inviting themselves back!
Couscous has a rich nutty flavor that pairs well with roasted vegetables. When you pair these two with crisp organic spring mix, you have a perfectly balanced dish. I make this for parties and picnics and always like keeping some leftovers for lunch.
Salty crunchy snacks are hard to put down. These crispy kale chips are an ideal snack. They provide all of the wonderful vitamins you find in kale, yet satisfy that craving for something tasty. Once you make this fun recipe, you can alter it with different spices to try different tastes.
This not-too-sweet smoothie is a wonderful out-the-door breakfast. It is light in texture and will keep you going. I always freeze the fruit that I use in my smoothies in freezer bags in advance, so that I don’t water down my drinks with ice.
Making an omelet is easy when you start with a good nonstick pan. These fluffy eggs filled with delicious flavorful chard, smoky bacon and melted Gruyère are a perfect start to a day. This recipe also works great as a fast scramble!
A delicious batch of these silky, slow cooked greens make a perfect side dish. The smoky flavor of the bacon blends with the vibrancy of the beer and vinegar to give this dish a perfect flavor balance. I like to serve this along side a rack of BBQ pork ribs or a slow roasted chicken.
It is a basic fact, almost everyone loves mac and cheese. We sneak it in as a side in restaurants. We nibble on the leftovers we made for the kids. To make a wonderful thing even better, I have incorporated kale into this recipe, adding texture, color and flavor that will have you making this again and again.
Everyone will ask you for this recipe. Everyone. I know, because my family has been making it for 40 years. They asked my mom, now they ask me. Recently a 7 year old friend of my daughter asked her during lunch at school if she could have me tell her mom how to make it. I get requests for it from my best friend down the street and from across the country in New York. It’s time to pass on the magic.
Some ways of eating your healthy greens are more fun than others. This delicious Ginger Kale Margarita is snappy and refreshing and a great change from the traditional margarita flavors. I have added a chile salt rim, which really enhances the flavors of the cocktail.