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Kale and Zucchini Pie

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Kale is a leafy green vegetable related to mustards, broccoli and collards. It is incredibly packed with vitamins A , C and K, and is considered a great anti-inflammatory. It’s glycemic load is 3 ,This means it will not make your blood sugar spike .
But how does it taste?
It’s zippy and simply yummy in traditional soups and stews but, did you know it can take full center stage in a pie? Well it can! We added thin slices of yellow zucchini and cheese instead of a  pie crust top and presto!  A delicious , nutritious and figure friendly  is born . So from our kitchen to yours to enjoy : Kale and zucchini pie.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped kale
1 onion , chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup part skim ricotta
2 tbls olive oil
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow zucchini or 2 yellow crooked neck squash , thinly sliced
1 pie crust ( bottom only)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Meanwhile in a large skillet, saute the onions with the oil, salt and pepper over medium heat  till slightly brown. Add the chopped kale and saute till slightly wilted. Turn off the heat and add the nutmeg, ricotta and the eggs. Mix lightly till incorporated.

Place the mixture in the bottom pie shell, distributing evenly, sprinkle  with the grated cheese, then top with the thin zucchini slices till all the mixture is covered. You can get as fancy or as simple as you like, stacking in a fan-like fashion or randomly.

Place in the middle rack of the oven and let bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven , let cool slightly, slice and enjoy!

Variation: you can also make individual pies, just adjust cooking time to 25 minutes.


Green Beans, Sausage & Sweet Tomatoes

Are you short on time and want to prepare a wonderful dinner?  As they say necessity is the mother of many inventions,  but don’t let the lack of time deprive you and your family from enjoying a delicious dish! Nowadays you markets have an assortment of chicken sausages. They have less fat than the traditional pork sausage and come in varieties such as apple and spice, smoked paprika, and if you like it spicy andouille and jalapeno!  Use fresh vegetables ( or a shortcut with frozen ones) and inexpensive  Queso Blanco and you’ll make a great  dinner for any time of the year.

Ingredients:

2 cups pole or green beans, blanched ( use frozen for a shortcut)
2 smoked chicken & apple sausages chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 cup Queso fresco diced
2 Tbsp olive oil

Brown the sausage in a skillet with the olive oil, take the sausage out, keep warn.; lower the heat and place the tomatoes and queso in the drippings, stir gingerly till queso starts to melt.

Arrange the beans on a serving dish, layer on top the sausage and the tomato-queso mix. Serve with spicy tortilla chips for a snack, or over whole wheat pasta fir a dinner.

New Year’s good luck black-eyed peas

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If you are a Southerner or a Southerner at heart , black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck.  Tradition says that a dish of peas at New Year’s will bring luck and prosperity for the new year.  If you add greens which symbolize money, you’ll  have a great combination of wealth and prosperity .

And seeing how the economy is going nowadays , we can all use a little help, hey, it can’t hurt to try! You’ll be surprised  by the great smokey earthy flavors, the nutrition is off the charts , but you don’t have to tell your family that, just say  “for good luck and prosperity” . Our version is easy to make  and uses ham instead of  hard to find ham jowl or hock . The result : a tasty and healthy dish to ring in the New Year. ENJOY!

Ingredients:

2 pints fresh black eyed peas or 2 cans cooked black eyed peas, drained
 1/4 cup chopped ham
6 cups water water
1 cup white wine 
3 TBSP olive oil
1/2 pound chopped collard greens, mustard greens or spinach ( either fresh or frozen)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper  to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat  , heat olive oil then add onion and ham, cook till onions are translucent.  Add peas and wine, sauté for 5 minutes turn off heat and cover. Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil in a separate pot. Add greens  and parboil for 2-3 minutes max. Remove at once and place in large serving bowl.  Add pea mixture, salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY your luck for the new year!

Cornbread Stuffing

 

How boring and bland is the boxed stuff ? So why eat it? For years we tried to find a decent, pre-made, store bought version ( just to save time) and wound up having a great bird with great vegetables and awful stuffing.

After tweaking this recipe for years, we found that the key is to start with cornbread instead of regular bread. The result is so decilous, you will want to eat the stuffing on its own!  Cook some in the bird and some extra in a separate dish, you will be asked for more!

Try our very own sundried tomato and chile cornbread for extra zing, or buy it premade to save time.
Ingredients: for 8 to 10 servings

1 cornbread, crumbled
1 lb sausage of your choice, removed from its casing
1 granny apple, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 cup of apple juice or cider
1 tsp ground clove
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown the sausage in a skillet, save the dripping for gravy. In a large bowl, combine the cornbread with the clove and cinnamon, add the apple, celery and the browned sausage. Mix in the apple juice , add a bit of water if too dry and place in oven proof container, or stuff in your bird.
Bake for 40 minutes, serve as a side. Enjoy!

Cebollas Tapas ( Onion tapas)

 

We love this tapas! All it takes are some onions, white wine, spice and herbs! Unlike the cebollas in adobo tapas, it’s done in less than 20 minutes. If you are wondering, there is no need to shed tears; we tried this recipe with fresh onions and then again with frozen pearl onions. Amazingly, the frozen beat the fresh in our taste tests! They are wonderful with bread or serve as we did: with toothpicks. It will double as a side dish if you are in a jam . It’s surprisingly low in carbs,  2/3 of a cup serving has only 3 g of sugar. ENJOY!

Ingredients:

1 14Oz  bag Frozen pearl onion onions ( not chopped onions) 
2 Tbls canola oil
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Chopped parsley for garnish

 

Place a large skillet (preferable not the non-stick type) over med-high heat, and heat the oil.  Add the onions , the salt and the pepper, and cook stirring frequently so the onions caramelize evenly. Once take a nice brown color on a small portion of the outer surface, reduce heat to medium and add the wine. Cook till the liquid reduces to half, stirring frequently. This should take 4 to 5 minutes depending on your cooktop. Test for salt and pepper add if necessary. Place on serving dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Enjoy!