Recipes and Ideas
Charred Broccoli with Almonds and Dried Cherries
1 pound of broccoli (stems and florets)
6 T. extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 t. kosher salt
1/3 c. sliced almonds
2 t. minced garlic
2/3 c. whole-milk plain yogurt
1/2 c. dried cherries
Position an oven rack in the lowest position and preheat broiler to high. Toss broccoli with 1 T oil and salt in large bowl. Spread evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast on the lowest rack until tender and charred in spots, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the strength of your broiler.
Combine almonds and garlic with the remaining 5 T of oil in a small skillet. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until just starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a serving a bowl. Stir in yogurt and cherries.
Add broccoli and stir to coat with the dressing. Serve room temperature or cold.
(source: Eating Well)
Asian Pear Green Salad
2 tsp. olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
3 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 Tbs. honey
6 cups salad mix and/or head lettuce
1 medium Asian pear, cored and cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz.)
3 Tbs. shelled, toasted pistachios, chopped
Heat oil in small non-stick skillet over low heat. Add shallot, and sauté 4 minutes, or until soft. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar and honey. Divide salad among four salad plates. Top each serving with Asian pear matchsticks, cheese, and pistachios, and drizzle with dressing.
Roasted Delicata Squash - Delicata are a favorite because you can eat the skin, flesh and the seeds! Once the squash is roasted, we add to salads or simply enjoy as a side dish.
1 delicata squash, depending on size
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Clean the delicata squash by running under warm water and scrubbing away dirt with your hands. If there are any hard spots on the squash, you can scrape them off with a butter knife.
With a sharp knife, cut delicata in half lengthwise. With a spoon scoop out the seeds and discard (you can save these and prepare them like pumpkin seeds if you wish). Cut each delicata half into 1/2 inch segments, creating moon-shaped pieces that have slight bumps around the curve.
Add oil, salt and pepper to the pan. Toss squash into oil to coat. Arrange the pieces in a single layer on a baking pan. Place in oven and roast 10 minutes. Turn once and continue roasting, turning every 7-10 minutes until both sides of the squash pieces are golden brown and the texture is creamy to the teeth all the way through, about 25-30 minutes.