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Charred Squash Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds assorted summer squash (such as zucchini and summer squash), halved lengthwise

  • 1 large fresh red onion, halved

  • Cooking spray

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves

  • 1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves

  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat grill to high.

  2. Coat cut sides of squash and onion with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Arrange squash and onion, cut side down, on grill; cover and grill 5 minutes. Rotate vegetables; cover and grill 3 minutes. Turn vegetables over; grill 2 minutes. Remove squash from grill. Continue grilling onion 4 minutes; remove from grill.

  4. Cool to room temperature.

Sautéed Kale with Tahini Sauce Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound kale, well rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • Salt

  • 4 tablespoons tahini (use tahini made with toasted sesame seeds, not raw)

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3-4 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish

PREPARATION:

  1. Remove kale ribs, slice kale: Using a sharp paring knife, cut out the rib of each kale leaf. Discard or compost. Slice the leaves roughly 1/2-inch thick.

  2. Cook onion and garlic: Heat olive oil on medium high heat in a large sauté pan. When hot, add the chopped onion. Cook for a couple of minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.

  3. Add kale to the onions: Add the kale to the sauté pan. Even if you have a pretty large pan, the kale will be practically falling out of it. Put in as much as you can and use tongs to turn over and mix with the oil and onions. After a couple minutes the kale should wilt a bit so you can add the rest of the raw kale. Cook, turning the kale leaves over occasionally until the kales leaves have wilted and are tender. Sprinkle a little salt over the kale leaves while cooking.

  4. Make tahini sauce: While the kale is cooking, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and dark sesame oil. Add more salt and sesame oil to taste.

  5. Toss cooked kale with sauce: Once the kale is done, toss in the sauce, reserving a little to drizzle on top.Serve, topped with a little sauce and toasted sesame seeds.

Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard Quiche

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole wheat pie crust, chilled

  • 2 yellow onions, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 bunch Swiss chard, ribs removed, leaves chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup half and half

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning

  • 1 pinch fresh ground nutmeg

PREPARATION:

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan to medium high and add chopped onions. Cook until browned but not burnt, about 6 minutes. Add a tablespoon of butter, the fresh thyme, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium and continue to stir while cooking. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter when the onions become dry and start sticking to the pan, about another 5 minutes.

  2. Once the onions are evenly caramelized, about another 5 minutes, add the chopped chard and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

  3. Preheat to 425°F. In a medium bowl, whisk the half and half, beaten eggs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together.

  4. Mix in cooled onion and chard mixture. Pour filling into crust. Place the quiche on a baking sheet to make it easier to transport and in case the filling overflows in the oven.

  5. Bake quiche for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake until filling is puffed and just set in center, about 10-15 minutes longer. Transfer to rack and cool 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

  6. You can freeze the quiche after it has cooled. To reheat, place in a preheated 350°F oven for about 30 minutes, until heated through.

Acorn Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 acorn squash (peeled, seeded and cut into large cubes)

  • 1 onion (diced)

  • 2 carrots (sliced)

  • chili flakes (to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 5 cups water (plus more if needed)

  • creme fraiche (to serve)

  • chives (minced, to serve)

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

  • extra-virgin olive oil

PREPARATION:

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add about 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the squash, onion, carrot, chili flakes, nutmeg, and season with a generous pinch of salt. Cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables have broken down a bit and are soft. 

  2. Add the garlic and cook for one minute longer. Add the water and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes more. 

  3. Blend the soup until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning. 

  4. Serve with a drizzle of good olive oil, a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of chives.

Lemon & Dill Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (1-1¼ pounds)

  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons flour

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

PREPARATION:

  1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.