Thursday Night Nicoise Salad

Thursday Night Nicoise Salad
Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What To Do with a Pound of CARROTS!




Peel

Trim

Shower

Dry

Coarsely grate using a hand held grater

OR much faster, use the grating disk on your food processor

Crack 4 eggs into a bowl and beat lightly with a fork

Add carrots, fresh herbs & chick pea flour plus kosher salt, pepper & spices

Mix

Heat olive oil over medium high heat and drop 1/4 cupfuls of carrot batter into pan, flattening gently

Fry until golden brown and then flip

Drain on layered paper towels and sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt & cayenne while hot

Eat as you go
Serve with a light and lemony arugula salad or any of your favorite greens or fresh herbs
Carrot pancakes!  Easy, delicious, nutritious and just happen to be gluten-free for those of you curbing your gluten intake. I think I will be trying these with everything from cabbage to zucchini and I will be playing around with the spices the whole time. They’re kind of like potato pancakes and very delicious alongside some lemony greens. The chick pea flour adds a hint of falafel-ness (I know it's not a word) and makes me want to go Middle Eastern with the spices. Use this recipe as another KPK springboard and leap off with your own twists. This lovely recipe comes from Bon Appetit’. They suggest serving these little gems with salted yogurt. I’m sure that would be delicious. P.S. If you make them in advance, just reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes to warm through.


Carrot Pancakes

1 lb. of carrots
4 eggs
1/3 cup of fresh cilantro or Italian parsley (handful)
1/4 cup of chick pea (garbanzo) flour
kosher salt & pepper to taste
freshly ground cumin, coriander & cayenne or any combination of your favorite spices
Olive oil, for frying

Follow the step-by-step KPK pictorial above and enjoy. The recipe makes 8 pancakes. Mark and I each ate 4.

Oh, btw, real men eat CARROT PANCAKES
(not just quiche)! LOL

      


If you would like to read about
 the vast nutritional benefits
 of carrots, click here.

Make sure your summer includes an abundance of colorful foods!




LOVE,

Katie

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Roasted Green Beans

So, ok, you know I love to roast vegetables, right? OMG. PUHLEEEZ roast your green beans tonight. Crisp. Chewy. Addictive. Delicious! Here's how easy this is:

1) Wash, trim and dry a bunch of fresh green beans.
2) Toss onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons).
3) Sprinkle with kosher salt and toss around.
4) Pop into a 450 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
5) Toss with tongs and return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until nicely caramelized in spots.
6) Switch oven setting to "convection roast" to speed the process for the last 10 minutes if possible.

Sprinkle with a little more kosher salt while piping hot (just like you would a bunch of french fries!). Since ovens vary, just pay attention and check your bean progress : ) . . . If it's taking a little longer to achieve the level of bean love we're looking for here, feel free to experiment and crank your heat to 475 degrees if you like.

Dig in. I can easily eat the whole batch, no prob.

Hope you're summer is delicious!

Love,

Katie



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Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup
aka "Got-To-Go" Soup, inspired by Louie

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