POMEGRANATE KALE SALAD
1 bunch kale, washed, stems removed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon white miso paste
1 Tablespoon pomegranate molasses (if you prefer, balsamic vinegar works well here too)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 Tablespoon vegetable broth
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional toppings: pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries, dried cherries, sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, chickpeas
Place the prepared kale in a large salad bowl. Add the olive oil, toss around with your hands and massage the leaves for 2–3 minutes. The leaves will actually start to shrink a bit, as your break down the tough fibers.
In a small bowl, whisk together the miso paste, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, broth, and pepper. Taste for any desired seasoning adjustments. Pour over the kale and toss well. Add toppings of choice (ie. pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds) and some more freshly ground pepper on top. Makes 6 side-dish servings. Any leftovers make a delicious lunch with some protein on top!
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place egg substitute, milk, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until well-blended. Blend in the 3/4 cup cheese and set aside.
Place a medium nonstick skillet (or cast iron) over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and heat pan for 2–3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 3–4 minutes. Add spinach and artichoke and continue to cook for 5–6 minutes, or until artichokes are slightly browned. Season with pepper to taste.
Give the egg mixture another whisk and pour over the vegetables. Stir with a rubber spatula briefly to combine and evenly distribute the eggs and veggies across the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of cheese. Cook for a few minutes, or until the edges of the frittata turn a little lighter in color. Carefully transfer the pan to the preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes, until the eggs are puffed and the center jiggles just a bit when you give it a gentle shake. Remove the frittata from the oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes. Sliced into 8 pieces. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and serve.
Other combo options: mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese; broccoli, cheddar, turkey bacon; tomatoes, mozzarella, basil; zucchini, eggplant, mozzarella.
MAMA’S COFFEE AND KAHLUA
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup nonfat milk (or milk of choice)
1 teaspoon lemon zest (about the zest of one lemon)
1 cup strawberries, washed, cored and sliced into about 6 pieces each
3/4 cup fresh blueberries, washed and destemmed
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks
Optional: 1 teaspoon brown sugar and/or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, and using your clean hands, combine the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and lemon zest. Add to the batter, and combine well (likely you will need to use your hands again). Add the strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate. Mix gently and combine into a ball, though some of the fruit will remain in the bowl (this is okay, as we will add the extra shortly). Place on the prepared baking sheet and pat into an 8-inch round. Add any extra bits of fruit from the mixing bowl (yes, kinda messy, so just do your best). Option to sprinkle with brown sugar for a little crunch, and cinnamon. Cut into 8 wedges and using a narrow spatula (and/or, those clean hands again) separate the wedges by about 1 inch, so they do not spread together when baking. Place the tray in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve. Makes 8 scones, and 8 -16 servings if you are sharing😎.
THE REBELLIOUS RD
As a longtime promoter of healthy cooking and eating, Amy's focus is on plant-based eating, with a rebellious twist - that she and no one, needs to be perfect.