Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yum yum

I am on a quest to eat more vegetables. I do eat them right now, I just need to eat more. What are your favourite ways to prepare them? Any amazing recipes?

Here is one I am looking forward to trying!

Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

*1 bunch Tuscan kale
*2 thin slices country bread, or two handfuls good, homemade coarse breadcrumbs
*1/2 garlic clove
*1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a pinch
*1/4 cup (or small handful) grated pecorino cheese, plus additional for garnish
*3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for garnish
*Freshly squeezed juice of one lemon (scant 1/4 cup or ~50ml)
*1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
*Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Trim the bottom few inches off the kale stems and discard. Slice the kale into 3/4-inch ribbons. You should have 4 to 5 cups. Place the kale in a large bowl.

If using the bread, toast it until golden brown on both sides and dry throughout. Tear into small pieces and pulse in a food processor until the mixture forms coarse crumbs, or crumbs to your liking.

Using a mortar and pestle or a knife, pound or mince the garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into a paste. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup cheese, 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, pinch of salt, pepper flakes, and black pepper and whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the kale and toss very well (the dressing will be thick and need lots of tossing to coat the leaves).. Let the salad sit for 5 minutes, then serve topped with the bread crumbs, additional cheese, and a drizzle of oil.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 5 min

Adapted from the Raw Tuscan Kale Salad with Chiles and Pecorino recipe in Melissa Clark's In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite.


LatteLisa said...

I love fried vegetables but I also love them raw so...

I'm pretty sure my friend Sigrun has some amazing recipes for you:

Hollie said...

kale chips! Food & wine has a good recipe for them. My go-to veggies are always broccoli or asparagus. This time of year, I steam the broccoli & serve it with lemon wedges. Asparagus is something I love so much I can eat it plain, but it's really good roasted w/olive oil. I threw together a yummy tomato/cucumber/feta salad the other nite. I just chopped everything up & tossed it with a light viniagrette.. so good!

TeiraMarie said...

Yum!! Veggies are my fave! I wish I was more creative with my veg prep. I think there are so many great ways to have them. I like to keep 'em simple so the veggie taste speaks for itself. Honestly just cutting up carrots and broccoli and steaming them leaves me a very happy girl. I think I might try out some vegetarian cook books when I get home for some new ideas! Let me know if you find anything else fabulous.