This is Jen’s new go-to snack and meal course. There are tons of variations on this, but this one is ours. If eating the garnish doesn’t seem appealing, it didn’t to me either, but this salad really is quite good. It also holds up in the fridge very well.
Video of me prep chefing the veggies.
- Zest of one lemon
- Juice of one lemon (~50-60 mL)
- 1tsp honey (we go heavy on the honey)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
- 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Shake, whisk, or blend.
- 1 bunch Kale (or half bag) finely chopped and dried
- 3 medium carrots diced
- 2 large celery stalks diced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries coarsely chopped
- 1/4 pine nuts (toasted is awesome)
- Place kale in a large bowl and massage dressing into kale.
- Add rest of the ingredients and toss.
- Top with a few more pine nuts for a more appealing presentation.
The lemon and honey go together amazingly well. I’m surprised that that particular combination is not more widely used…oh. Never mind.
You can substitute pistachios or almonds for pine nuts, as pine nuts seem to be worth their weight in gold. Costco has the cheapest ones we can find.
You really want to chop that kale finely, or else your jaw will get a superset workout.
You can add other stuff if you like, such as bell peppers or cheese, but we like it simple.
We got this recipe from Jen’s mom who found it in a cookbook in her library, but has never been able to find it again. They are surprisingly good considering they have evil sucralose in them.
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, unsalted, softened
- 1 cup sucralose (only use 3/4 cup if using sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup Sucanat (“natural cane sugar” dehydrated)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (use 1 tsp vanilla extract if using unflavored)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 330° F
- In electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy, then add sucralose and sugar and cream until smooth.
- Add eggs beating each one at a time
- Add vanilla (if using)
- In a second bowl, mix the coconut, protein powder, and baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to butter/sugar mixture in 3-4 doses making sure each addition is completely integrated before adding the next dose.
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray or use a parchment paper (silicone) liner. Drop or scoop cookie dough (approx 2 tablespoon)
- Cook for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.
- Makes 32 cookies; with 167 calories each, 11g fat, 6g protein, 12g carbohydrate, 1g fiber.
- Sucralose is the bulk granulated stuff, not little packets of Splenda. It comes in different concentrations. You should use the 1:1 (same sweetness as regular sugar)
- Refrigerate the dough on the cookie sheet before cooking if it spreads too much. (It seems as though it spreads more when we use sweetened coconut.)
- If they seem to moist or gooey, we dry them in a dehydrator, and they will get really crispy.
- Coconut seems to pull water out of the air, so if they get too moist after a few days, put them back in the dehydrator to crisp them up.
Many people are intimidated by guacamole. Here’s the Heymanator, sure-fire method of getting awesome guacamole every time.
- Start with good avocados, typically Haas, and they should be ripe (i.e., soft). We have had great luck with Costco avocados.
- Half the avocados, seed them, and scoop them into a bowl with a flat surface.
- Mash them up until they are relatively smooth. I like to use a potato masher (hence the flat bottom).
- Here’s the secret. Add lime juice, more than you think you’ll need; salt, more than you think you need, and freshly ground pepper. Mix well and taste. Your avocados should be seasoned to taste before you add any other ingredients.
- Add in minced onion and small diced tomatoes. (You can rinse the onions under water to deflame them and get rid of that hot raw onion taste.) For two avocados, I usually add half a medium onion and one medium tomato. You want the ripest, most flavorful tomato possible.
- Taste again and add more lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Cilantro: some people love it
- Mayonnaise: helps make it smoother, but it’s not necessary if you followed step 1 and 3.
- Other spices: garlic, cumin, coriander, diced jalapeño, diced serranos, cayenne pepper, whatever
Oh, and please use fresh lime juice from real (small, thin-skinned) limes whenever possible.
This little concoction is the product of Jen’s experimentation with Thai curry paste. It’s quite flavorful and with a light, fresh taste, and unusual vegetable composition.
- 1 can coconut milk (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/2 tsp curry paste (available from most Asian food stores; we have used yellow and panang paste with good results
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 6 tbsp peanut butter (or 4 1/2 tbsp peanut butter powder plus 1 1/2 tbsp water)
- 1 tbsp salt (more to taste if you like)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1-2 tbsp fresh ginger (sliced or minced) or 1 tsp ginger powder
- 3/4 bunch of cilantro (stalks included)
- 1/4 tsp red or cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add salt if necessary.
- 1 pound ground pork (we’ve tried chicken, turkey, and ground beef, but pork is the best tasting)
- 1 onion diced
- 1 sweet potato diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 cup broccoli florets cut small
- 1 bell pepper diced (we prefer red)
- 1 squash or zucchni diced
Should be about five cups of vegetables total when diced.
Heat saute pan over medium heat. Place small amount of coconut oil in pan and brown pork with a pinch or two of salt. Dump meat in a bowl, and add a little more oil. Place harder vegetables in the pan (carrots and sweet potato) and add pinch of salt. Saute until they just begin to soften. Dump in bowl with meat. Repeat the process with broccoli and squash. Then repeat again with celery, onion, and peppers.
Place pork and all vegetables back in the pan and pour curry sauce over the meat/vegetable mixture. Stir occasionally until warmed through. Serve over jasmine rice.
This is an adaptation of Alton Brown’s Lemon-Ginger Frozen Yogurt Recipe. You can use store bought yogurt, but that’s expensive, so I make my own.
Step 1: Make Yogurt
- Pour 2 quarts of milk into a 3 quart container and add one packet of dry powdered milk (enough to make one quart).
- Turn oven on for two minutes
- Microwave milk until it is 120 degrees (about 6-8 minutes)
- Cool milk until it is 110 degrees
- Add 1 cup live culture yogurt and stir
- Place container in oven
- You’ll need to monitor the temperature of the mixture. You want to try and keep it between 100 and 115 degrees. (Turning the oven on for two minutes every two hours does the trick for me. Helps if you have a probe thermometer.)
- Remove when done 4 -8 hours. The longer you leave it the gellier it will be but the tarter it will be.
Step 2: Make Yogurt Cheese
- Pour Yogurt into a colander lined with cheese cloth. Place a weight plate and small weight on top (can of soup works).
- Place colander over large bowl and refrigerate over night.
- In the morning, the bowl will have whey which you can use for protein shakes
- The colander will contain the yogurt cheese (add some chives and garlic powder, and you have an awesome dip.
- But we’re going to use ours to make frozen yogurt.
Step 3: Make Frozen Yogurt
- Empty yogurt cheese into a large bowl and add
- 4 Cups Yogurt Cheese
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup agave nectar (or Light Corn Syrup)
- 1/2 cup passion fruit juice (about 10 fruits worth)
- Whisk to combine and add to your ice cream maker.
- Eat yogurt
Everyone loves chili. Here’s my original take on the stuff. I now make my own chili powder according to Alton Brown’s Homemade Chili Powder recipe. This chili is mean mean not because it’s hot, but because it’s so good you can never go back. The recipe is very flexible and can give you anything from a non spicy stew all the way to inferno hot.
- 1 – 1.5 lb ground beef (to make veggie chili, just leave this ingredient out)
- 0 – 4 cans beans to taste (I like to use 2 cans of kidney and 2 cans of black beans)
- 4 – 8 garlic cloves thinly sliced or minced
- 2 medium to large onions
- 10 Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
- 6-8 Tomatillos
- 6 – 10 Bell peppers (use any combination of colors you feel like)
- 3 – 5 jalapeño peppers
- optional peppers*
- Spices: chili powder, cloves, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon
- Dice all veggies. Seed the bell peppers. (Seed hot peppers and remove membrane if you don’t want it too spicy.)
- In a large pot or dutch oven, sweat the garlic in small amount of oil
- Add meat and brown meat with salt, black pepper and 1 tbsp chili powder; drain (or not)
- Add all veggies and beans to pot and mix thoroughly.
- Begin to heat the mixture on a medium-low setting. (You don’t need to add any liquid, as the veggies will release their water providing the liquid, but don’t turn up the heat too quickly or it will scorch.)
- Add spices to taste. Here’s my suggestions:
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of Chili powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tablespoon cummin
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon black pepper
- dash of cinammon
- When chili begins to bubble, turn down the heat; cover, simmer for 1 – 2 hours. Taste. I like it like this, but Jen thinks it’s too concentrated and prefers add some water to thin it back out.
Congratulations. You have just made Mean Mean Pat Chili. Serve with cheese and your choice of bread, corn bread, crackers.
Notes: You can also use additional peppers. One of my favorites is to add in an habanero pepper.
Notes: Nowadays, I make my own Chili Powder according to Alton Brown’s recipe.