Deep green color…great ruffled texture…amazing versatility and ,wait for it,   good    for   you.  Who knew this powerhouse of the leafy greens possessed an unending list of benefits… vitamins and minerals, anti-inflammatory properties, Omega 3’s…and on. If you haven’t been cooking with Kale, start with something simple like this Lemony Kale Salad. The ingredient list is shorter than short…Kale, shaved Parm and Hazelnuts…and the dressing is a simplequietmodern basic…lemon juice and olive oil. You can’t beat it for keeping on track with your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, look better, live longer.kale3Fhzlntz2FlmnyKALEsld2FlmnyKALEsldF

 For the Martha Stewart recipe go here, http://www.marthastewart.com/342168/lemony-kale-salad 

and for the complete list of the incredible health benefits of Kale, go here http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

Presto…pesto

July 26, 2012

Well, I love pesto. On pasta hot or cold…on pizza…even in potato salad. But, I’ve never had arugula pesto. How did this happen? I love arugula too and yet this had somehow missed my plate. When I found this recipe , which couldn’t be simpler, and tweaked it based on what was at hand…I had a hit. The simple ingredients provided a great lemony mix…fresh. There was no waiting  for a pizza or focaccia dough to rise so I split a small Syrian wood baked loaf, spread the pesto and topped it with some bocconcini  mozzarella…simple…perfect.

What’s for lunch?

June 28, 2012

Like a lot of people I’ve been eating less and less red meat and chicken these days. So, then, what’s for lunch? Today I’ve whipped up a substantial salad that is fresh and satisfying and best of all…simple. Starting with a base of Trader Joe’s Brown rice medley ( which includes black barley and daikon radish seeds ) I’ve added  red bell pepper, green onion, sugar snap peas and toasted walnuts and dressed it with my “go to” vinaigrette of olive oil and lemon juice with a touch of garlic. While your grains are cooling to room temp you can prep your vegetables and mix up your dressing. The best part of this salad it the texture…C R U N C H Y…from the daikon seeds to the sugar snaps to the celery to the walnuts. OK…now I’m hungry. Is it time to break yet?

You say potato…

March 10, 2012

I say I can’t wait for summer. I need a fix now! Gather up a few redskins, some spring onions, a couple of hard boiled eggs, celery and radishes. You are all set my friend…while the potaoes are boiling you can prep  your vegetables and mix up that dressing. Toss it all together and you’ve got potato salad…winter for me is now officially over, no matter what the calendar says. SIMPLE. I love this alone for lunch…but hey, did someone say ribs???