Oct 022013
 
Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Sometimes I just want to be a little naughty.

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

I am not an individual that suffers from celiac disease or even a wheat sensitivity.  I just choose, the majority of the time, not to eat wheat. My daughter has a wheat allergy – so I rarely eat it around her.

The other night though, my husband and I were invited to a party.  A no-children-allowed party.

I giggled mischievously.

I would be making something with a glorious loaf of crusty bread.

(For anyone that is gluten free – try this gloriously crusty gluten free bread! and To replace the eggs click here.)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

I whipped up some of my favorite ingredients all in one bowl.  Crisp romaine, tender baby lettuces, juicy tomatoes, tart-sweet sun dried tomato, crunchy red cabbage, nutty pine nuts and flavor-punched red onion just to name a few.  Then I cut generous slices of bread and toasted them – but not too much – just so they had a nice crust but were still soft inside.  I sprayed them with a bit of olive oil, coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper and sliced them into hearty 1 inch cubes. Easy as pie.

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

To dress this salad simply I used a FCC version of my all time favorite plant based-oil free dressing. The 3-2-1 dressing from my beloved Forks Over Knives Handbook. The recipes is comprised of the 3-2-1 ratio of balsamic, mustard and maple syrup and then I added in some fresh garlic. I also made a version with oil and I was happy to say that the oil free version went first – in fact it looked like someone licked the bowl. This one turned out so well it has landed in the “favorites” department. Enjoy!

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Fresh and Bold Italian Panzanella (Toasty Bread Salad)

Serves 10 – 12 (Serving size varies by size of veggies but it is a generous amount.)
Vegan, Gluten Free Option
Printable Recipe
Dressing inspired by 3-2-1 dressing from Forks Over Knives Handbook
**On Sale now at Native Sun Natural Foods Market, Sept 7 – Oct 6, 2013

Ingredients

1 crusty multigrain bread loaf cut into 1 inch slices
Olive oil spray (I use an olive oil mister.)
1/4 tsp Coarse sea salt, 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper or to taste, plus some to season bread
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
4  cups baby lettuce mix
1 English cucumber
1/2 sliced red onion
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 cup sliced red cabbage
1/3 cup julienned sundried tomato
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped finely
6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar**
4 Tbsp olive oil (optional)**
1 to3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp course ground prepared mustard
2 Tbsp REAL 100% pure maple syrup

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place bread slices on baking sheet; bake 5 minutes or until top is lightly browned, flip and bake an additional 3 minutes or until lightly browned and center is still soft. Remove from oven, spray olive oil and season with a bit of salt and pepper. (Save the larger amount for salad) Set aside to cool. Slice into 1 inch cubes when cool.

2. Mix lettuce through parsley in a large bowl; mix balsamic through maple syrup in a small bowl. Top lettuce mixture with bread cubes and just before serving pour dressing.

Nutrition Facts
12 Servings
Amount Per Serving
(Without optional olive oil.
When added, add an additional 40 cals per serving and 5 grams fat)

Calories 173.3
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 422.9 mg
Potassium 168.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 29.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 5.5 g

Vitamin A 28.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.9 %
Vitamin C 26.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.8 %
Calcium 2.3 %
Copper 4.1 %
Folate 7.7 %
Iron 6.9 %
Magnesium 4.0 %
Manganese 29.2 %
Niacin 2.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.2 %
Phosphorus 3.9 %
Riboflavin 2.3 %
Selenium 0.4 %
Thiamin 3.0 %
Zinc 3.3 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nov 102012
 

Yesterday was our FIRST delivery of the CSA season and what a great start!

In our bags we got squash, onions, broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach, bok choy, peppers, radishes, beans, lettuce, purple kale and more.

Kohlrabi, Broccoli Rabe, Radishes

To celebrate – by popular request, I am posting my very first video on how to store and prep kale and lettuce! Please keep in mind I was at work at 6:30AM, worked through lunch, got my daughter, ran straight to the farm to grab my veggies, got home, took photos and then started dinner and made this video.  Since this is my normal life, I decided the videos are going to be really spontaneous.  Real life! My hair and makeup won’t be perfect and these won’t be scripted or edited.

Store those wrapped greens in the fridge and simply remove the amount you want for each dish!

What came of this spontaneous video was one of the most delicious salads I’ve had in a long time.  I have fallen in love with the new line of dressings that KyV Farm is carrying and the one I tried last night was Tomato Basil.

Vidalia Valley Dressings

Think of the best homemade tomato sauce you ever had and turn that into a dressing.  A perfect balance of sweet, acid, tart and aromatic basil.  I remember enjoying Outback Steakhouse’s tangy tomato – and it doesn’t hold a candle to this organic blend.  I’ve had three servings since yesterday.

Hiding underneath that dressing is the tart sun dried tomatoes, red onions with a bite, crunchy nuts, and even Mila, nature’s healthiest whole raw food, decides to join the party on top of this blend of purple kale and lettuce. 

Purple Kale and Sun dried Tomato Salad

 Raw kale? 

Yes! This tender kale can be eaten raw! And isn’t that almost always the best way to eat a vegetable?

Purple Kale and Sun dried Tomato Salad

 Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

4 cups chopped purple kale, KyV Farm
4 cups chopped lettuce, KyV Farm
4 Tbsp Mila 
4 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
4 plum tomatoes, quartered
1/3 cup mixed whole nuts
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 green onion, chopped
8 Tbsp Vidalia Valley Tomato Basil Dressing (Buy some right at KyV!)

Directions

1. Place 1 cup kale, 1 cup lettuce,  1 Tbsp Mila, 1 Tbsp sun dried tomato and one tomato on each of four plates; add the nuts, red onion and green onion over evenly. Top each with 2 Tbsp dressing. 

Nutrition Facts (not including dressing)
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  

Calories 149.0
Total Fat 8.0
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 106.3 mg
Potassium 680.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.6 g
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Sugars 2.9 g
Protein 7.1 g


Vitamin A 383.9 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.4 %
Vitamin C 113.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 9.8 %
Calcium 16.5 %
Copper 20.1 %
Folate 25.1 %
Iron 16.7 %
Magnesium 14.1 %
Manganese 63.4 %
Niacin 8.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.5 %
Phosphorus 17.3 %
Riboflavin 10.8 %
Selenium 2.1 %
Thiamin 10.9 %
Zinc 6.1 % 

 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Oct 182012
 

Pear Apple Salad

You don’t eat meat or dairy?  What DO you eat? 

Even though it has now been about a year, I am still asked this question regularly. Folks still think that when animal food are cut out, that there is nothing to eat or whatever is left is cardboard!

Does this salad look like cardboard?  Heck no!

Pear Apple Salad

  This salad features crunchy apples, sweet pears, toasted sunflower seeds and a dressing that is out of this world – creamy, sweet and salty.

This dressing would also be great on a sort of ambrosia salad – it is VERY versatile and super easy to throw together!

Pear Apple Salad

Crisp Fruited Salad with Maple-Yogurt Dressing

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipes
**Items on sale at Native Sun Natural Foods Market Oct 7 through Nov 6, 2012

Ingredients

4 cups chopped romaine
2 fresh Bartlett pears, cored and chopped**
2 apples, cored and chopped**
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1 cup vanilla soy yogurt
2 Tbsp maple syrup (Tree of life)**
1/4 tsp coarse ground sea salt

Directions

1. Place 1 cup chopped romaine on each plate; add 1/4 of the pears and 1/4 of the apples to each.  Top with 1 Tbsp each shredded coconut and sunflower seeds.

2. Mix yogurt, maple syrup and salt in a small bowl.  Top each salad with  2 Tbsp dressing.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 339.0
Total Fat 18.3 g
Saturated Fat 8.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 157.9 mg
Potassium 466.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42.3 g
Dietary Fiber 8.7 g
Sugars 18.7 g
Protein 6.7 g

Vitamin A 30.0 %
Vitamin B-6 9.7 %
Vitamin C 32.5 %
Vitamin E 43.8 %
Calcium 15.0 %
Copper 21.1 %
Folate 30.1 %
Iron 11.0 %
Magnesium 8.1 %
Manganese 55.0 %
Niacin 7.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 13.1 %
Phosphorus 22.2 %
Riboflavin 7.7 %
Selenium 19.6 %
Thiamin 6.4 %
Zinc 10.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sep 052012
 
I find cabbage to be a bit intimidating and I’m not sure why.  Kohlrabi and daikon radish have had no problems making it to my plate, but that darn cabbage will reside in its refrigerator drawer, giving me a sneer every time I open the door.
Ha!  You don’t know WHAT to do with me!
It’s time to take the bull by the horns and start simple.
It doesn’t get much more effortless than this salad.  When mixed with romaine and avocado, that cabbage just doesn’t seem as menacing – in fact, it adds a nice hearty crunch that is really satisfying against the creamy avocado.
At first I wasn’t going to post this recipe because it is so simple, it almost seems like cheating.  But then I thought, why not?  When I’m looking for a recipe to use with a particular ingredient, I’m not necessarily looking for a 30 ingredient Emeril recipe.  Why not stick to the fact that simple can also be delicious?
Purple Cabbage and Creamy  Avocado Salad
Purple Cabbage and Creamy Avocado Salad
Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1/4 red onion, sliced
1 avocado, seed removed and sliced
1/2 cup dressing of choice, I used a vegan, gluten free dressing I whipped up
Directions
1. Layer 1 cup romaine, 1/2 cup shredded cabbage, 1/4 avocado and 2 Tbsp dressing.
Nutrition Facts (BEFORE DRESSING)
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 96.5
Total Fat 6.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 20.2 mg
Potassium 500.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.9 g
Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
Sugars 1.9 g
Protein 2.5 g

Vitamin A 40.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.6 %
Vitamin C 71.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 4.4 %
Calcium 4.7 %
Copper 5.3 %
Folate 31.0 %
Iron 6.9 %
Magnesium 5.9 %
Manganese 26.9 %
Niacin 6.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 8.0 %
Phosphorus 6.4 %
Riboflavin 8.8 %
Selenium 0.8 %
Thiamin 8.0 %
Zinc 3.6 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jul 102012
 
Seven Layer Bean Dip with Mila
Greetings!  I just got back from our camping trip to St Augustine.  Yes I am crazy and yes, it was definitely hot and yes, there was mosquitoes the size of Texas. But you know what?  I’m a camper and I love it. Ok so I do have AC in my trailer but I still consider it camping.  Hey I know what it’s like….I tented for many years and I’ve ventured three times into the deserts of Arizona with a tent for two weeks at a time.  No running water and scorpions.
This time we spent the days staying as cool as we could.  First thing in the morning we hit our favorite zoological park, the  Alligator Farm, then right afterwards we hit a nice splash park, we ate lunches out and visited the farmers market. In the evenings we enjoyed a few glasses of wine and my daughter roasted up some marshmallows.  This was an all girls trip – no boys allowed!

Here are just a few pics from our adventure. This is where my daughter takes over for the photography.

I was ordered to BE SILLY.
Lunch! Present Moment Cafe offers raw and vegan options.

Here is my daughter trying to roast marshmallows over our smoke signal fire.  It wasn’t me. The wood must have been wet.

And finally we get to the recipe.  I bought this to a 4th of July celebration and it got rave reviews.  Especially the cashew sour cream.  No one could believe it wasn’t regular sour cream!  To me it tastes like a cross between cream cheese and sour cream.  Spread this on your bagels and you won’t miss the other white stuff one bit.

What is Mila?
Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia seed that is cold pressed and sliced to make it more bio-available. 
It is RAW, GLUTEN FREE, AND VEGAN, perfect for cooking and baking.
It is super high in OMEGA 3s – equal to 6 to 10 fish oil pills per serving.  
A single serving also has FIVE GRAMS OF FIBER, more antioxidants than blueberries, more iron than spinach and many more benefits.
This little seed has anti-inflammatory properties, is excellent for brain function, energy, elimination, sleep and the best part?  It’s a FOOD!

Sound good?  Try some for yourself and see!

***To prepare this dish be sure to soak the raw cashews ahead of time!

Vegan Layered Bean Dip with Cashew Sour Cream and Mila
Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients
Layer 1
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup chopped red and green onion
1/4 tsp Adobo seasoning
Layer 2
1 14.5 oz can black beans
1 scoop Mila
1/4 tsp Adobo seasoning
Layer 3
1 can light, low sodium refried beans (I used Eden Organic)
Juice 1/4 lime
Layer 4
1 to 2 cups fresh salsa (or salsa of choice)
Layer 5
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
Layer 6
1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese (I used Daiya)
1 cup cashew sour cream: (1 cup raw cashews, soaked a few hours or overnight), 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt – blend until smooth, adding water if needed.
Layer 7
3 to 4 cups chopped lettuce

Directions

1. Mix the ingredients of each layer, one at a time, in a medium bowl.

2. Press each layer gently into a trifle bowl.  Serve with hearty organic corn chips.

Dec 202011
 
First we brought to you the tale of Old McFrancisco had a Farm.


And now my three year old and I bring to you….the Twelve Veggies of Christmas.

Happy Holidays from FCC!

On the first day of Christmas, right from KYV,

A Wonderful Kohlrabi. 

The second day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.

The third day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.
On the fourth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.
  
On the fifth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi. 

On the sixth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.

On the seventh day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Seven Chinese Broccoli, Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi. 

On the eighth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Eight Kale-a-Cooking, Seven Chinese Broccoli, Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi. 

On the ninth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Nine (water)Melon Radish, Eight Kale-a-Cooking, Seven Chinese Broccoli, Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.

On the tenth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Ten Beans-a-Pickling, Nine (water)Melon Radish, Eight Kale-a-Cooking, Seven Chinese Broccoli, Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, right from KYV,
Eleven Tender Lettuce, Ten Beans-a-Pickling, Nine (water)Melon Radish, Eight Kale-a-Cooking, Seven Chinese Broccoli, Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums and a Wonderful Kohlrabi.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, right from KYV,
twelve Fresh Root Veggies, Eleven Tender Lettuce, Ten Beans-a-Pickling, Nine (water)Melon Radish, Eight Kale-a-Cooking, Seven Chinese Broccoli, Six Long Green Onions,
Five Broccoliiiiiii,
Four Collard Greens, Three Red Beets, Two Yum Yums
and a Wonderful Kohlrabiiiiiiii.
Nov 272011
 
My goodness I’m running behind with my posting! I hope you can forgive me…life has been crazy lately.  Before I get to my FABULOUS “turkey” tempeh I made for Thanksgiving I’ll share some of the photos from our weekend trip to the Keys right before the holiday.
We stay at a wonderful place called the Islander in Islamorada but next time I go down I vowed to be camping!

Sunset at Lorelei
Day trip to Key West to visit the Butterfly Conservatory.



Lunch at El Meson de Pepe in Mallory Square.
This appetizer of Cuban bread and two dips that seemed to be sort of  a marinade were my favorite part.  There was an amazing garlic one and a spicy tomato based one.
Back at the hotel I made dinner in our room.
It has a wonderful kitchen in each of the rooms which is perfect if you have kids!


I made a lovely makeshift salad from some fresh lettuce from KYV, onions I caramelized with apple juice and white wine, fresh strawberries, sautéed green beans and some of my fish left over from the previous night’s dinner. 
View at dawn from the room.
My daughter and I visited Theater of the Sea in Islamorada.  If you are there I HIGHLY suggest going.  It was a great deal.
Here is a trainer feeding and petting nurse sharks!

They had a parrot show that was wonderful but I wanted to tell the guy to put some shoes on.
This was my favorite part….the dolphin show was seriously this close.  Everyone in the audience that wanted to pet or kiss a dolphin got to!
The Sea Lion show was really cute.
The last night we ate at my favorite restaurant in Islamorada called Morada Bay. 
I’m so lucky to live close enough to the Keys to take a short trip like this!
The night I created my makeshift salad that utilzed our CSA green beans and fresh lettuces was spontaneous but delicious.  I used only what I had on hand so there was no oil or seasonings, but the Bolthouse Farms balsamic vinaigrette I had bought added plenty of flavor without tons of fat.
Strawberry, Green Bean and Caramelized Onion Salad
Serves 2

Ingredients

1 head lettuce
5 to 8 strawberries, sliced
Handful fresh green beans
1 red onion, thinly sliced
Splash of apple juice
Splash of wine
Balsamic vinaigrette

Crispy fish fillet (optional)

Directions

1. Heat a small amount of apple juice in a skillet over medium low heat; add thinly sliced onions and green beans and cook down, stirring regularly, about 20 minutes, alternately adding a bit of wine, apple juice and balsamic vinaigrette to prevent sticking, until caramelized.

2. Arrange lettuce, strawberries, onions and green beans on a plate; top with balsamic vinaigrette and crispy fish (if using).