Pan-Roasted Broccolini with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes

Charred Spicy Broccolini

Yield: 2 servings

 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 large bunch broccolini, rinsed

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 large garlic clove, minced

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ cup of water

 

Add olive oil to a medium sauté pan and place over high heat. Heat until oil shimmers, approximately 1 minute.

Carefully add the broccolini to the sauté pan using tongs.

Season with salt and pepper and cook, rotating every 15 seconds with tongs, until slightly charred, approximately 2 minutes.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.

Add ¼ cup of water and cover the sauté pan with a lid. Let cook, undisturbed, until the water evaporates, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

 

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Radicchio & Ricotta Linguine

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Radicchio & Ricotta Linguine

Enjoy this recipe recently featured in Clean Eating Magazine! Photo by Ronald Tsang.

 

Yield: 4 servings

1½ tablespoons + ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

½ pound whole wheat linguini

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

5 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced (2 tablespoons)

4 large shallots, peeled and diced small (3/4 cup)

1½ teaspoons ground fennel

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 cup whole milk ricotta

½ cup packed freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving (1.75 ounces)

½ small head of radicchio, cored and sliced into 1/8-inch thick slices (2 packed cups) (5-ounces)

½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped roughly

½ cup packed roughly chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley

 

Bring a small pot of water and 1½ tablespoons of salt to a rolling boil. Once the water has come to a rolling boil, stir the linguini into the boiling salted water and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente (almost done, or “to the tooth”). Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining. When pasta is done, turn off heat, drain pasta and return to the original pot and cover with a lid to keep warm.

Meanwhile, while the pasta is cooking, in a medium saucepan, add the olive oil, garlic and shallots and place over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots just begin to brown, approximately 5 minutes. Add the fennel and black pepper and stir continuously for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and carefully stir in ¾ cups of the reserved pasta water. Add the lemon juice, cream, ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Whisk until ricotta is fully incorporated.

Add the sauce to the cooked pasta followed by the radicchio, walnuts and parsley. Stir until sauce thickens slightly and all the linguini is well coated. If the sauce is too thick, loosen with the remaining ¼ cup reserved pasta water. Divide onto plates, top with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve immediately.

Matcha Vanilla Custard

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Enjoy this delicious dessert recently featured in Clean Eating Magazine! Photo by Ronald Tsang.

Matcha Vanilla Custard

Yield: 6 servings

5 large egg yolks

6 tbsp raw honey, divided

2 tbsp arrowroot

2 tbsp matcha powder

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

3 cups half-and-half cream

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup organic unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 oz 70% dark chocolate, shaved with a vegetable peeler

1/2 cup toasted unsalted walnut pieces, optional

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, optional

 

In a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk egg yolks, 2 tbsp honey, arrowroot, matcha and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan on medium, heat cream, remaining 1/4 cup honey and salt. Stir occasionally with a rubber spatula, scraping bottom of pan, until liquid just starts to simmer. Turn off heat.

Very slowly, drizzle hot cream mixture into matcha mixture, whisking continuously.

Transfer matcha mixture back to saucepan. Turn heat to medium. Cook, whisking continuously, until liquid has thickened, approximately 1 to 2 minutes (it’s fine if the mixture bubbles slightly). Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla.

Divide custard among 6 small bowls or ramekins. Garnish with chocolate, walnuts and pomegranate seeds (if using). Serve chilled.

 

Wild Rice Salad with Diced Apples, Oranges, and Toasted Pecans

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Wild Rice Salad with Diced Apples, Oranges, and Toasted Pecans

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

 

Wild Rice:

4 cups water or vegetable stock

1 cup wild rice, rinsed with cold water and drained

Salad:

2 small oranges

2 large apples, such as Braeburn, Fuji, or Honeycrisp, unpeeled, cored and diced small (4 cups)

2 cups toasted pecan halves, chopped roughly

1 cup dried black currants or dried cranberries

3 stalks celery, diced small (1½ cups)

⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions (green part only)

Kosher salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Vinaigrette:

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (from the oranges)

6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

 

In a large saucepan, bring the water or vegetable stock to a boil. Add the wild rice, stir and cover. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the wild rice pops open and is tender to the bite, 45 minutes. Transfer to a colander, rinse with cold water to cool, and drain well.

Cut the peel and pith off the oranges, then segment them by cutting between the dividers. Discard any seeds, but reserve the juice for the vinaigrette.

In a medium container with a tight fitting lid, combine the vinaigrette ingredients, close the lid tightly, and shake well to combine. Or, whisk to combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

Add the diced apple, orange segments, drained wild rice, pecans, cranberries, and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Sorbet with Homemade Magic Shell

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Mmmmmm. A new chocolatey recipe created with my favorite chocolate – TCHO Chocolate!

 

Yields: 3½ cups

 

Sorbet

¼ cup (70 grams) raspberry preserves

2¼ cups boiling water, divided

½ cup (42 grams) TCHO natural cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar

8 1/8-ounces (230 grams) TCHO 81% chocolate, finely chopped

 

Mix the raspberry preserves and ¼ cup of the boiling water in a small bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine.

Put the cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Strain the raspberry preserves/water mixture through a fine mesh strainer into the medium bowl with the cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth.

Add the vanilla extract, sugar and chopped chocolate the remaining 2 cups of boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth in texture and sugar and chocolate have dissolved, approximately 2 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a blender and blend on low for 1 minute.

Transfer to a metal bowl and refrigerate until chilled, approximately 2 hours, or overnight.

Transfer the chilled mixture into an ice cream machine and process. Then, transfer sorbet to a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap (pressing the film directly against the surface of the sorbet) and freeze until firm.

To serve, scoop sorbet into bowl and top with magic shell. Add your favorite toppings, such as sea salt, chopped hazelnuts and/or fresh raspberries.

 

Magic Shell

8-ounces (230 grams) TCHO 81% chocolate

2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

Place chocolate in a double boiler. Add coconut oil. Stir until melted.

Store at room temperature and reheat for service.

Frisee and Traviso Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

Salad Blood Orange Evoo

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

 

1 large shallot, peeled and diced small

2 tablespoons aged sherry vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 small heads of frisee, cored and leaves cut in half, lengthwise

1 head traviso, cut into 1/3 inch slices on a bias

kosher salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8 medjool dates, pitted and quartered

3-ounces chevre, torn into small pieces

½ cup pomegranate seeds

½ cup marcona almonds

 

In a small container with a tight fitting lid, combine the shallot, sherry vinegar and olive oil, close the lid tightly, and shake well to combine. Or, whisk to combine the ingredients in a small bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine the frisee, traviso and vinaigrette. Mix together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the salad equally among plates. Equally divide the dates, chevre, pomegranate seeds and marcona almonds among the plates.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Pomegranate Seeds

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

1 (3½-4 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, then cut into 1-inch cubes

½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling

2 large yellow onions, peeled and diced small (3 cups)

⅛ teaspoon crushed red chile pepper (chile flakes), or to taste

1 teaspoon yellow curry powder

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

3 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped roughly (1 tablespoon)

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped roughly, for serving

Crème fraîche, for serving

Pomegranate seeds, for serving

 

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 475ºF.

Add the squash, salt, a few good cranks of pepper and a healthy drizzle of olive oil (enough to fully coat all the squash) to a large bowl and mix well.

Spread the seasoned squash in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and roast, uncovered, for approximately 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, until nicely caramelized and cooked through. Remove from the oven and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the onions, chile flakes, curry powder and thyme to a small pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

Add the cinnamon, roasted squash and stock to the caramelized onions. Cover, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and orange juice and purée with an immersion blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley, a dollop of crème fraîche, and some pomegranate seeds.