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Spanish Swiss Chard

1 Yellow Onion [small, halved + sliced thinly]
1 bunch Swiss Chard [center ribs removed + leaves torn to 2″ pieces.]
1/2 cup Raisins +/- Dried Apricots [chopped]
1/4 cup Almonds [raw, coarsely chopped]
2 Tbs Water
Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Smoked Spanish Paprika

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan with a lid. Saute onions, lightly salted, for 5 minutes over medium heat until softened. Add paprika to onions, stir, then add in chard leaves. Saute for a couple minutes till leaves begin to wilt. Add raisins +/- apricots and water. Cover and cook till leaves are tender. Stir in chopped almonds and season with salt.

4 side dish servings.

Arugula Pesto

5 oz Arugula
2 Garlic Cloves [smashed + peeled]
1 Lemon [juice only]
6 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper to Taste
2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
1/4 cup Pine Nuts [toasted]

Blend all in a food processor till smooth.

Seared Sesame Seed Albacore

1  Albacore Tuna Loin [approx. .75 – 1 lb.]
2 Tbs. Black Sesame Seeds [or a mixture of black + white]
Fine Grain Sea Salt + Finely Ground Black Pepper [the finer, the better]
1 kohlrabi [medium, peeled and sliced into 1/8″ slices]

Wasabi Sauce:
1 Tbs. Water
1 Tbs. Wasabi Powder
1 Tbs. Sesame Oil [dark, toasted]
1 Tbs. Soy Sauce

Preheat a large saute pan over medium high heat. Spread sesame seeds on a plate in a single layer.
Rinse tuna + pat dry. Season all sides lightly with salt + pepper. Press into sesame seeds to evenly and fully coat all sides of fish. Place tuna in hot pan, allow each side to quickly sear (1 – 2 minutes per side).
Remove from pan, slice into 1/2″ pieces and serve next to sliced kohlrabi, drizzled with a bit of wasabi sauce.

Serves 2.

Spring Bagels

A brunch of spring themed bagel toppings:

Pesto + Arugula

Wasabi Mayo + Green Onion + Black Sesame Seeds + Smoked Salmon

Hummus + Radishes

Tofu [with Miso + Tahini] Spread + Smoked Salmon + Red Onion + Capers


3 cups Basil
3 Garlic Cloves
1/2 cup Pine Nuts
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
Lemon Zest [1/2 small lemon]
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper [plenty, to taste]
1/2 cup Olive Oil [+/-]

Process all in a food processor, adding olive oil last and slowly till desired consistency.

Mint Spiced Bulgur Pilaf

1/2 c. Bulgur wheat
1 c. Water
1/4 c. Raisins
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice [cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom – any combo you like.]
1/4 c. Almonds [chopped]
1Tbs. + Mint [Fresh, chopped]
Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Bring water to a boil. Stir in bulgur & raisins. Turn off heat. Leave covered to sit until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. 10 minutes in, stir in cumin and spices. Once all the water is absorbed, stir in almonds and mint, season with salt & pepper.

Serve with winter squash, boiled and buttered or as a cup to stuff.

Serves 2 as a side.

Roasted Beets + Apples with Poppy Seed Butter

4 Beets  [peeled & chopped]
1 Apple [cored & chopped]
2 tsp. Poppy Seeds
3 Tbs. Butter
2 Servings of wide egg pasta

Roast the beets and apples in a dish with 1/2 inch of water for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta.

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add poppy seeds and cook for 2-5 minutes till butter is lightly brown.  Add beets, apples & pasta to butter pan.  Toss together in the hot skillet.

Serves 2.

Beet Green Salad

1 bunch Beet Greens [stems larger than 1/4” trimmed]
1 small Kohlrabi [halved, then sliced in 1/8” thick slices]
1 small Apple [pink skin, 1/8” thick slices]
1/4 c. Raw Almonds [walnuts are a great substitute]
2 Tbs. Red Onion [sliced paper thin]

Raspberry Dressing made one of these ways:
–       Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar + Extra Virgin Olive oil +Shallots + Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper + Honey  [Tangy]
–       Lemon Juice + Extra Virgin Olive Oil + a bit of raspberry jam + Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper  [Sweet]
–       Poured from your favorite prepared bottle [Easy]

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Cilantro Pesto

1 lb. Butternut Squash [halved, seeds and strings removed]
1 Onion [small, chopped finely]
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
Cayenne Pepper [just a dash]
Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Roast the squash face down in a glass baking pan for 1/2 an hour at 375F. Flip over and roast until browning around the edges, about 10 minutes more. Scoop out meat from squash and mash till smooth. Meanwhile, sauté the onions until just beginning to brown, then add garlic and cook till tender, about another 2 minutes. Add onions + garlic to mashed squash and season with salt, pepper and cayenne.

1/2 c. Cilantro Leaves [packed]
1 Tbs. Squash Seeds [toasted and hulled pumpkin seeds or your butternut squash seeds if you have time and patience to hull them yourself!]
1 Tbs. Almonds [toasted]
1 Garlic Clove
3 tsp . Lemon Juice [squeeze 1/2 a fresh lemon]
2 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Combine all in a small food processor or blender and puree till well minced.

1 1/2 c. Semolina Flour
2 Eggs [free range, beaten]
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Tbs. Water
1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Add salt to flour, then eggs, water and olive oil. Kneed till smooth and elastic. Let rest for 10+ minutes. Roll out fine sheets using a pasta maker. Lay pasta flat and place 1 tablespoon of filling ever inch or so. Cover with another layer of pasta and press pasta together around filling, cut apart leaving about a 1/2 inch border on each ravioli. Gently press edges of ravioli together with a fork.

Boil in a single layer in salted water for about 3 minutes or until the ravioli float. Serve with a small spoonful of pesto on top of each ravioli.

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