Radish Greens and Clementine Salad

Radish Greens and Clementine Salad

If you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing salad to serve, grab a bunch of radishes and start chopping away. Radishes are usually sold with their greens still attached – have you ever tried eating these greens? They’re delicious! They have a slightly peppery flavor and pair well with a bit of fruit or some fruit-infused balsamic vinegar. If you pick up a bunch of spring radishes, you pretty much have a salad in your grocery basket. It just needs to be washed and chopped. Ingredients Salad 1 bunch radish greens 2 clementines, peeled and separated into segments 2-4 radishes, sliced into matchsticks Vinaigrette 1 Tbsp lemon infused olive oil 1 1/2 tsp strawberry infused balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp chives, green onions or shallots, minced 1 pinch sea salt Directions 1. Trim radish greens, wash and spin dry. Peel clementines and separate into segments. Wash the radishes and slice into matchsticks.  2. Combine radish greens, clementine segments and radishes. 3. Whisk together ingredients for the vinaigrette. If you don’t have an infused olive oil to use, you can add a tsp or so of lemon juice. Pour over your salad and enjoy! Soundtrack: Laura by Scissor Sisters...
My Heart Beets for You.

My Heart Beets for You.

I confess – I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, I do celebrate amazing food. And I do that everyday. At least three times – usually more. And what better way to celebrate deliciousness than to make a fun appetizer?? So, today I did just that. Beets are all around awesome. They contain high amounts of antioxidants, phytochemicals, iron, magnesium and fiber. Recent scientific studies have even shown that beets are high in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This helps maintain blood vessel elasticity and lower blood pressure. Cashews are high in protein and heart healthy fats. Neither contain any cholesterol. More importantly, they are both delicious. Ingredients 1 large beet 1 dash extra virgin olive oil 1 pinch sea salt 1/3 c raw cashews, soaked overnight 2-3 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp freshly minced thyme 1 tsp white miso, or nutritional yeast 1 tsp minced chives for garnish Directions 1. Slice off both ends of the beet. Thinly slice into rounds either with a Japanese mandolin, or by hand. Then, cut the beet slices into heart shapes. (Dinosaur shapes would be pretty neat too.) You can use a cookie cutter, or free hand your heart. I free handed my heart with a paring knife, then used the first beet as a guide to cutting the rest of my beet slices. 2. Drizzle a teensy bit of olive oil over the hearts and add a dash of sea salt. Carefully massage the olive oil and sea salt into your hearts until they are slightly softened. This step is not to be confused with open...
Collard Greens and Crispy Chickpeas

Collard Greens and Crispy Chickpeas

Living in New York City, I took up the habit of cooking greens for breakfast on my days off – those rare days when I wasn’t running to catch a train and could spend a bit of time in my tiny kitchen. I loved how energized those breakfasts made me feel. So energized, in fact, that I’ve kept up the habit here in Denver. Today I chose collard greens. Typically used in Southern cooking and paired with a salty meat, I added smoked paprika chickpeas for a similar flavor and a bit of crunch. This chickpea recipe makes extra chickpeas. Store them in a glass, airtight container with a bit of rice to keep them from getting soggy. Then, put them on everything you make this week. You will want to, I promise. In the same family as kale, collard greens provide an abundance of phytonutrients, fiber and Vitamin E. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are anti-inflammatory agents. Not to mention that chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, provide an excellent source of fiber and protein. Hello, powerhouse breakfast. Ingredients Crispy Chickpeas 2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained. I defrosted a previously cooked jar from my freezer 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp cayenne, or more to taste 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt, or more to taste 1/2 tsp onion powder Collard Greens 1 bunch collard greens 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste 1 dash freshly ground black peppercorns Juice of 1/2 a lemon...