Brussels Sprout Rösti*

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

• 4 egg whites

• 1 tbsp. lemon juice, plus more for serving

• 4 c. lightly packed finely shredded Brussels sprouts (about 12 oz.) (used food processor on whole sprouts)

• 1 medium onion, finely chopped in processor

• 2 garlic cloves, minced

• 3/4 c. flour or chickpea flour

• Kosher salt and black pepper

• 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

• Flavorless oil, for frying

• Balsamic Dijon Yogurt (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites and lemon juice. Add the Brussels sprouts, onion and garlic, and stir to combine. Stir in the flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, a lot of turns of black pepper, and a few pinches of red pepper flakes.

In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop about one-eighth of the Brussels sprout mixture into the pan, and use a spatula to pat it out into a pancake. Cook on both sides until browned, 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Place on a plate lined with paper towels, sprinkle with salt and a squeeze of lemon, and serve with Balsamic Dijon Yogurt.

 

Balsamic Dijon Yogurt

Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

 

• 1 c. plain full-fat Greek yogurt

• 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

• 2 tbsp. honey

• 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

• 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Directions

In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt, mustard, honey, vinegar and salt.

 

Steamed Green Beans with Lemon-Mint Dressing+

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves (tarragon or basil are also good options)
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Steam green beans 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.

2. Combine mint and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add green beans to bowl, and toss to coat.

Yield: serves 4 (1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 84
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.1g
  • Fiber: 3.3g

Rustic Butternut Squash Tart

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced into rings and separated
  • 1/4 small butternut squash (about 1/2 lb), peeled, seeded and very thinly sliced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme (1 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (1 c)
  • 1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, toss onion, squash, thyme, oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; fold in the cheese.

Working on a piece of parchment, roll the pie crust into a 14″ circle.  Slide the paper (and crust) onto a baking sheet.  Spoon squash mixture onto pie crust, leaving a 2″ border. Fold the border of the crust over the squash mixture.

Brush crust with the egg.  Bake until crust is golden brown and vegetables are tender, 20-25 minutes. (Cover edges with foil if crust is getting dark). Serve with a salad, as desired.

Roasted Squash Stuffed with Corn Bread Dressing*

  • Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed squash half)

Ingredients

  • 7 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed Maple Corn Bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 5 acorn squash (about 1 pound each)
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Arrange corn bread cubes in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until corn bread is toasted, stirring twice. Set aside.

Decrease oven temperature to 350°.

Cut each squash in half lengthwise, and discard the seeds and membranes. Place the squash, cut sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Coat the squash with cooking spray. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over squash. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove the squash from pan.

Place cranberries, currants, and 2 cups boiling water in a bowl. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 5 minutes. Add celery, carrot, sage, and garlic; saute 3 minutes.

Combine toasted corn bread cubes, cranberry mixture, onion mixture, broth, and remaining ingredients in a bowl, tossing to coat.

Spoon about 1 1/2 cups dressing mixture into each squash half. Place the squash halves in pan, cut sides up.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the tip of a knife pierces squash easily.

Totals include Maple Corn Bread.

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 398
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 10.2g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 74.2g
  • Fiber: 7.7g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg
  • Iron: 3.8mg
  • Sodium: 732mg
  • Calcium: 198mg

Curried Parsnips+

Another recipe from “Clean Food

I have been basically cutting this in half.

  • 2 lbs. parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4″ or so)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large leek, quartered (how do you do that?) and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (we use the tube)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp mirin (I have not been using this…)
  • 1 tsp curry powder

Steam sliced parsnips until not quite tender (time will vary depending on how thick you’ve sliced your parsnips).  Remove from heat and set aside.

In large pan over medium heat, saute leek, ginger, garlic and mirin in oil until leeks are tender.  Add curry powder and parsnips and saute until parsnips start to brown.  Deglaze pan with a little water, releasing any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Season to taste with salt.

Serves 4.

Colorful Kale with Peppers+

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • a handful of small red and yellow sweet peppers, sliced
  • 5-6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Set a large pot of water to boil.  In a large skillet, saute the shallots and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes in oil.  Add in the peppers and eventually the mushrooms – don’t overcook since you’ll add the kale in for a final few minutes.

Submerge the kale leaves in the boiling water and let cook for 2-3 minutes.  They turn a lovely bright shade of green.  Remove from water and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Add to shallot mix and saute for a few minutes.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Kale with Carmelized Shallots+

From the book: Clean Food, by Terry Walters.

My niece gave me this book for Christmas – it is FULL of healthy recipes designed to use what is in season, thus the “cleaner” aspect.  I was excited to see recipes for vegetables I’ve never prepared before.  We really liked this recipe and I was inspired to create my own, Colorful Kale and Peppers.  Kale is a nice mix between the “cookability” of brussel sprouts and spinach.  It is quick to prepare, but I don’t think you risk the sprout’s bitterness if you overcook the leaves; and they don’t wilt so dramatically as spinach, so you still have something to fork up and chew.  I reduced the amount of oil in the original recipe – it seemed like too much.

  • 2 bunches kale
  • 6 large shallots
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp coarse sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute shallots in olive oil for 6-8 minutes or until very soft and caramelized.   Add lemon juice and saute another 2-3 minutes to brown.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Bring large pot of water to boil.  Cut and remove dried stems ends from kale and submerge whole leaves in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until tender and bright green.  Remove from heat, drain water and cut leaves into bite-sized pieces.  Add kale to pan with shallots and saute 1 minute.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

 

I served this with gnocchi and used the hot water to cook the gnocchi.  Clean and green.