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Check out the new links to “101 Cookbooks,” “Elana’s Pantry,” and “Two Peas and their Pod” in the links column.

I am especially impressed with how you can search for recipes on “101 Cookbooks” – by ingredient, season, or dietary needs.  I found this blog because of a link to her carrot fries recipe, which I thought you all might enjoy.  There is also an amazing Kale/Avocado/Fennel salad, which you should keep in mind when we start harvesting fennel in a couple weeks!

The “Elana’s Pantry” blog has been a favorite site for me as I’ve moved away from eating grains over the past couple years.  It is filled with amazing gluten-free recipes, with baked goods that feature almond flour.  The link I put up is to her vegetable recipe index, but do look around at some of her other recipes, especially if you are looking for a low-carb sweet-tooth fix!  (I was introduced to this blog from a friend who loaned me Elana’s almond-flour cookbook, which I quickly bought a copy for myself.)

For “Two Peas and their Pod” make sure to check out the zucchini fries recipe, especially in a month or so when the zukes start ripening by the bucket full!  A friend shared this blog with me because of the Kale / Sweet Potato Pizza recipe, which she loves.

Enjoy!

Technically I think this would be called a Frittata, not a Quiche, since there is no crust.

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 medium to large onion, chopped
  • 2-6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound greens, such as kale or spinach. Fresh or frozen.
  • (optional) 1 pound spiced meat, such as hot italian sausage, chorizo, italian or breakfast ground pork, venison or beef. If starting with unseasoned ground meat, add in some dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, hot pepper flakes or cayenne powder, fennel seed, black pepper, etc.
  • (optional) approx. 1 cup sweet peppers, chopped. Fresh or frozen.
  • (optional) dried tomatoes, broken into quarter-sized pieces
  • (optional) 1/2 – 2 cups grated or cubed cheese, such as parmesan, cheddar, or mozzarella.
  • (optional) fresh herbs you need to use up, like basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, etc.
  • salt and pepper

As of this writing, I have made this four times and had consistently great results with this method:

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9×9 pan with butter or coconut oil.
  3. Using butter or coconut oil, saute onions, garlic, (optional) sweet peppers and (optional) sausage or ground meat until onions are soft and meat is browned.
  4. (optional) add in chopped dehyrated/sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. Add about 1 pound of coarsely chopped greens like kale or spinach.  If using frozen, either thaw and squeeze off extra water, or in a pinch just cook off the extra moisture in the pan.  Only cook until bright green (or until enough moisture is gone) since they will be getting more cooking in the oven too.
  6. Crack 12 eggs into a bowl, EXCEPT! for 3-6 eggs first separate the whites into a different bowl.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and 1/2 can of coconut milk to the yolks & eggs, and beat with a fork or whisk until well scrambled.
  8. With the separated egg whites, beat or whisk until frothy and foamy. [This helps the quiche to be light and fluffy.]
  9. Pour the frothy egg whites into the yolky egg mixture, and gently stir together a bit.
  10. Pour the eggs into the 9×9 pan.
  11. Add the onions/meat/greens/etc.
  12. (optional) Add grated or cubed cheese like parmesan, cheddar, or mozzarella.
  13. (optional) Add any fresh herbs you are trying to use up.
  14. Gently stir or poke the added ingredients under the eggs, so they don’t burn while baking.
  15. Bake at 350 until knife inserted in center comes out clean. This takes 30-60 minutes??  Usually the quiche will be beautifully puffed up in the oven, but will collapse as it cools.  This is normal, don’t worry.  Also, if it is not quite done in the middle but the top is getting so browned you have to take it out, that’s OK. It will firm up a bit more as it sits in the pan on the counter to cool.  Or, in a pinch, when you get to that piece in the middle that still has runny egg, just microwave to re-heat and finish off the cooking at the same time!
  16. Eat hot right away, or cold throughout the week as a quick grab-and-go healthy meal!  This is a super satisfying meal in that it is nutritious, does not spike your blood sugar, and keeps you full for a long time. It is what I refer to as “long-burning fuel.”

I love love LOVE this soup!  It is satisfying, creamy, umami, with TONS of nutrition.  It is also a great way to use up A LOT of greens.  You could even make this soup when there are too many greens, freeze it in pint jars, and bring it to work for lunch throughout the year!

I originally heard about it on the Splendid Table.  I have copied it below, and made note of my changes…  Also, I usually only follow a recipe the first time, and then customize from there.  However, what is written down below is SO GOOD that I have made multiple batches following the exact same steps.  While I was visiting a friend I made it with olive oil instead of coconut oil and basmati rice instead of arborio rice.  It was good, but it didn’t have the same creamy and super satisfying mouth-feel as it does when I make it at home.  So, for best results, spring for the specialized ingredients listed below!

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Basic Green Soup

Reprinted from Eating Well by Anna Thomas. © 2011 Eating Well, Inc. Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 servings

To make ahead: Prepare through Step 4 (omitting the lemon), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Season with lemon just before serving.

This kale, chard and spinach soup gets complex flavor from slowly cooked onions and lemon juice, while a sprinkle of rice gives it body and a velvety texture. Serve with a swirl of fruity, fragrant extra-virgin olive oil for richness.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish [I USE COCONUT OIL INSTEAD. IT IS A HEALTHIER COOKING OIL AND MAKES IT TASTE RICHER & MORE UMAMI. Unrefined coconut oil tastes and smells coconutty, while the refined coconut oil does not taste nor smell. Both are healthy high temperature oils and either will work well in this recipe. Save the olive oil for garnish & dipping bread in.]
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 cup arborio rice (the kind used to make creamy risotto)
  • GREENS.  Aim for 1.75 -  2 pounds total, which is:
    • one (=~1/2#) bunch of KALE.  I recommend the Dino/Lacinato variety, which has more slender & darker leaves than the frilly kinds. It has the most nutrition of any kind of kale. Here is a nice article about the amazingness of Kale.
    • one (=~1/2#) bunch of CHARD (stems removed) or BEET GREENS
    • and ~14 cups  (=~3/4#) gently packed SPINACH leaves (tough stems removed).  For price and convenience, I recommend buying a bag of frozen spinach, which at my co.op comes already in the needed 12oz size, without any tough stems included.
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, store-bought or homemade [I USE CHICKEN BROTH, WHICH AGAIN MAKES IT TASTE RICHER AND MORE UMAMI.]
  • Big pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a generous 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, add 2 tablespoons water and cover. Cook, stirring frequently until the pan cools down, and then occasionally, always covering the pan again, until the onions are greatly reduced and have a deep caramel color, 25 to 30 minutes. [They basically turn into onion jelly, and add a lovely deep flavor to the soup.]
  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 3 cups water and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a soup pot or Dutch oven; add 1/4 cup arborio rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Trim the central rib out of the chard and kale leaves.
  5. Coarsely chop the thicker chard and kale greens.
  6. Coarsely chop the spinach leaves [if using fresh] and leave in a separate pile from the other greens. [If using frozen, you can skip this step and just be ready to open the bag and empty the contents into the pot later.]
  7. When the rice has cooked for 15 minutes, stir in the chard and kale greens. Return to a simmer; cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. When the onions are caramelized, stir a little water or some of the simmering liquid into them, loosening the scrapings on the bottom of the pan;
  9. To the pot of rice/kale/chard add the onions, 12 oz. spinach, 4 cups broth and the big pinch of cayenne.
  10. Return to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring once, until the spinach is tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes more.
  11. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender until perfectly smooth (or carefully use a regular blender and do it in batches). Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Taste and add more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish each bowl of soup with a drizzle of olive oil.
  12. FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS SOUP!

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