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In the November issue of Bon Appetite, Anna Jones shares a few “healthy-ish holiday survival” recipes. If you’re not familiar with Anna Jones this is what the magazine has to say about her: “The former food stylist to Jamie Oliver, Jones has a refreshing food sensibility that we can’t get enough of. Her recipes are practical yet creative, and they’re packed with feel-good ingredients that make the finished dishes more-not less-delicious. And guess what? They’re all vegetarian.”
Anna suggests making this Skillet Phyllo Pie with Butternut Squash, Kale & Goat Cheese for dinner on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. That’s some good advice although we enjoyed it very much as a Sunday dinner last weekend. The recipe is highly adaptable. Try it with Swiss chard or spinach in place of kale. Any squash or root vegetable will work in place of the butternut.
We also made a tray of her Seedy Oat Crackers or “the guiltless cracker” which can be made ahead of the holiday craziness (they’ll keep for up to ten days). Seedy Oat Crackers are gluten-free, and have very little fat. Packed with nutrient-dense seeds and oats, these special crackers leave you feeling satisfied.
Skillet Phyllo Pie with Butternut Squash, Kale & Goat Cheese from Bon Appetite November 2016
Serves 4 to 6
3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing
2 medium red onions, finely chopped
1/2 small butternut squash (about 1 lb.) peeled, cut into 3/4″ pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, thinly sliced crosswise
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
3 ounces Parmesan, grated
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
8 ounces frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
4 ounces fresh goat cheese or feta, crumbled
Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 400 F. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 6-8 minutes. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, 8-10 minutes. Mix in thyme and red pepper flakes and transfer to a medium bowl; let cool. Wipe out and reserve skillet.
Add kale, eggs, Parmesan, and lemon zest to squash mixture and gently mix to combine; season with salt and pepper. Layer phyllo sheets inside reserved skillet. Spoon kale-and-squash mixture into phyllo and dot top with goat cheese. Brush edges of phyllo lightly with oil and fold over filling, overlapping slightly, leaving center exposed.
Cook pie over medium heat until bottom of pastry is just golden (carefully lift up on side with a heatproof rubber spatula so that you can take a peek), about 3 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake pie until kale is wilted and tender and phyllo is golden brown and crispy, 20-25 minutes. Let pie cool in skillet at least 15 minutes before slicing into wedges.
Do Ahead: Pie can be baked 6 hours ahead. Let cool; store uncovered at room temperature.
Seedy Oat Crackers “the guiltless cracker” from Bon Appetite November 2016
Makes 8 servings
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup sesame seeds
3 tablespoons chia seeds
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds, and salt in a large bowl to combine. In a separate bowl, stir oil, maple syrup, and 3/4 cup room-temperature water together. Pour over oat mixture; toss until soaked. Let sit 10 minutes to allow mixture to thicken. From into a ball. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, press another sheet of parchment on top, and roll out to 1/8″ thick (the shape doesn’t matter). Remove top layer of parchment. Bake cracker until golden brown around the edges, 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn over cracker; remove parchment. Bake cracker on same sheet until firm and the other side is golden brown around the edges, 15-20 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet, then break into pieces.
We just rolled in from the West Tisbury Farmers Market. I bought a loaf of Oatmeal-Buckwheat bread from Cinnamon Starship, two cold rolls, a cucumber salad, and a lemonade for Gray and I to share for lunch. I unwrapped Gray’s cold roll (packed with noodles, fresh herbs, and tofu) expecting a squeal of excitement but he stared at me and said “I wanted the crispy one.” Back we went, another $5 in my hand, and bought a freshly fried egg roll. He downed it with most of the cucumber salad and the entire lemonade. He may be the only person I know who craves a fried, rich lunch in the humid summer heat but I can’t blame him either – those egg rolls are delicious.
We started our morning with a much cooler, greener meal – our family’s favorite Green Smoothie. Most summer mornings begin with this concoction first in our blender then either poured into jars to go or cups to stay. Today is the warmest day we’ve had yet so we topped our glasses with frozen berries.
Our Favorite Green Smoothie
makes 3 small or 2 large
1 cup frozen mango
2 cups baby spinach or any dark green
1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup unsweetened hemp milk
1 cup water or ice
Handful of frozen berries, optional topping
Simply put everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, top with frozen berries, and serve. If you happen to have extra, pour the leftover smoothie into a Popsicle mold and freeze for an afternoon treat.
If you are not on a January food cleanse you probably know someone who is or has, at the least, made some resolution about food. I have mixed feelings on winter cleanses (I write this while I am on day 4 of one – ha!). The benefits are pretty clear – from reestablishing healthy eating patterns to zapping that steady steam of holiday alcohol consumption. The tough part is that it is winter. Sure, there are fresh vegetables to be found but the offerings pale in comparison to warmer months.
If you are in some eating state between vegan, gluten-free, raw, dairy free, or some creative combination of these, here are my favorite cleanse recipes that fit most programs. But really, when it comes down to it, simply cutting out packaged and processed foods does 95% of the work.
I’m off to make a kale salad and hide the final half bottle of pinot under the sink.
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and leaves separated
2 tablespoons raw hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced
Whisk together lemon zest and juice and mustard in a bowl. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
In another bowl, toss dressing with brussels sprout leaves and pumpkin seeds. Gently stir in avocado, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.
makes 2 small glasses
1/2 a cucumber
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
4 celery stalks
Simply juice the fruits and vegetables according to your juicing machine’s instructions. We start with the softest produce and work our way up to the hardest (typically carrots). Pour into glasses and enjoy.
makes about 15
1 cup quinoa
1/4 flour of your choice
3 tablespoons tahini, almond butter, or peanut butter
1 tablespoon red or white vinegar
1 package (10-ounces) frozen spinach or kale, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup finely grated sweet potato
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper or cayenne pepper
Olive oil, for the baking sheet
Start the quinoa cooking immediately so it can cook white you are prepping the other ingredients. Combine the quinoa and 3 cups water in a pot and boil it until it is soft, about 20 minutes. Drain well.
Transfer the quinoa to your favorite mixing bowl. Add the eggs, flour, tahini, vinegar, spinach, sweet potato, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir, knead, and smoosh all the ingredients together until they are one tight-knit family. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes if you have time.
Preheat the oven to 400 F with the rack in the middle. Oil a baking sheet. To shape the cakes, first wet your hands. For each patty, scoop up 3 to 4 tablespoons of the mixture with your hands and form a 1/2-inch-thick patty, firmly patting it so it stays together (loosie-goosies will fall apart). Arrange the patties on the baking sheet.
Bake until the cakes are lightly browned and crisp, flipping them over once halfway through the baking time, about 25 minutes. Serve warm with a dipping sauce.
5-6 cups kale leaves, stripped off of stalks and torn or chopped into small pieces (1 small bunch)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small red onion, minced (or in my case sliced thin)
1 cup of farro
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, 1 tart apple, diced, or 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries (or any combination)
4 ounces feta cheese
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Wash and spin dry the kale. Chop into small pieces. Add to a large bowl, lightly salt and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil. Vigorously toss and massage the salt and oil into the kale until well coated.
Place farro in a large saucepan and cover with 2 quarts of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 25 to 30 minutes. Farro has a similar texture to barley when cooked, and has a nice toothy texture. Drain well, and combine with the kale. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally.
Chop the onion, dill and parsley, and add to the kale and farro along with the pomegranate seeds, and apple or dried fruit, if using. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and gently toss. Place in a serving bowl or platter and top with the feta cheese.
makes about 4 cups
2 cups classic rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
5 dates, pitted and chopped
Milk (hemp, nut, coconut, cow) or yogurt for serving
Using your hands, simply toss everything together in a large bowl. Be mindful of the sticky dates as they tend to clump together but once everything is in contact with the oats the clumps will loosen up. Muesli can be eaten with milk like a traditional cereal, sprinkled over yogurt, or soaked in milk overnight to soften up its texture. I like it all three ways. For those who like a little sweetness, simply drizzle over some honey or maple syrup.
A large mason jar filled with muesli, tied with a ribbon, and small recipe card attached would make a great gift for those left on your list (especially beloved teachers and neighbors). Because muesli is gluten free (if you purchase certified GF oats), vegan, and easily adapted to be nut free (substitute walnuts for pumpkin or sunflower seeds) it works for everyone. If you want to make a few personal mixes some additions that I especially enjoy are dried unsweetened cherries, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and dried blueberries.
Choose between a sweet or tart green smoothie.
Sweet Green Smoothie
1 pear, roughly chopped
2 cups baby spinach
1/4-1/2 a lemon, peeled (depending on how sour you like it)
1 cup water or coconut water
Tart Green Smoothie
3 ribs of celery, roughly chopped
1-inch piece peeled ginger root
1 grapefruit, peeled and roughly chopped
3-inch piece of cucumber
1 cup water or coconut water
Blend everything together until smooth.
So we are in our second week of school and it has shaken up our dinner routine. Some days I feel like I have more time to cook a fun dinner (only 1 boy underfoot, not 2) and other days our schedule (having gone from 0 to 60) brings us home at 6 pm, tired and lazy. My dinner expectations and aspirations are having to adjust to our new routine. Very simple dinners, pulled from the pantry, are happening now more than ever. Oatmeal is one of those pantry dinners. We usually top it with maple syrup, berries, and nuts but the other night I just wasn’t in the mood for a sweet meal. Then a light bulb went off – why not savory oatmeal? Oats are just a grain like rice and rice makes creamy risotto so…..Green Oatmeal was born. Yes, there were a few bowls of sweet oatmeal on the table but my savory heart is psyched on this new discovery.
The family member with the sweetest of sweet tooths (who clearly opted for the maple syrup topping) has been helping me test new fall recipes. It’s strange to cook fall food full of spice, cranberries, and root vegetables when the September sun is pounding 80-degrees into our kitchen window. But hey, a bubbling fall dessert, even eaten in just underpants, tastes pretty good anytime.
2 cups water
2 cups whole milk
1 cup steel cut oats
1/2 pound baby spinach (or any green you like)
1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for serving
Red pepper flakes
goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 lemon, sliced
First, get the steel cut oats cooking. Bring the water and milk to a boil. Slowly stir in the oats. After 5 minutes, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the oats are cooking saute the spinach and olive oil over medium heat to just wilt the leaves. Sprinkle in some salt.
Serve creamy oats topped with crumbled goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, spinach, fresh lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.