This a guest post from Natasha of The Feisty Kitchen.
Broccoli Salad. I know this isn’t quite something you’d think of for the middle of January, but I got it stuck in my head, and had to make it. So there’s that. My version has a few twists in it but still reminds you of that classic Broccoli Salad that your aunt or somebody would bring over to the summer potluck!
I don’t care for raisins. Like not one bit, so I subbed in organic dried goji berries and still achieved that little hint of sweetness in the dish. Raw red onions are another one of those things I just can’t do. Luckily I do like raw shallots, so that was a perfect substitution in this recipe and I opted to add it in minced in the dressing portion rather than in a dice in the salad, so it’s just a hint. I also don’t care for sugar and soybean oil filled mayos. Gross. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some new Paleo Approved Mayo by Mark Sisson’s Primal Kitchen Foods… It’s sooo yummilicious! It’s made using avocado oil, cage free eggs, and it’s free of sugar, soy and canola! It’s amazing!
It’s easy to associate cooking a turkey with a long, laborious process and a huge amount of meat. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner for only 1 or 2 people, or you’re looking for an easier way to cook turkey so you can banish processed deli turkey from your life, this recipe for Crock-Pot turkey breast is what you need.
Turkey breasts on the bone are sold in most grocery stores year round. Crock-Pots are known for keeping meat moist and tender over a long, slow cooking time and turkey breast is no exception. Rub the bird down with herbs and butter (or just season liberally with spices), leave it alone for 7 hours, and return to a house that smells like Thanksgiving – even if it’s the middle of summer. No fuss, no muss.
Chorizo vinaigrette doesn’t have a lot of eye appeal, but the garlicky pork flavor is even better than bacon on a spinach salad. Add mushrooms, hard boiled egg and warm caramelized red onion to wilt the greens and the salad is plenty appetizing, even without a gorgeous dressing.
While it’s not a good idea to dress every salad with vinaigrette made from cured meat, this recipe only uses 2 ounces of high-quality salami and delivers a whole lot of flavor. If you’re spinach adverse, or vegetable adverse for that matter, maybe a drizzle of chorizo vinaigrette will help the veggies go down. Chorizo vinaigrette is also delicious over roasted vegetables, sautéed greens of any kind (and grilled seafood).
Smoked sea salt adds a gentle, smoky flavor to anything you sprinkle it on. Meat, seafood, cooked vegetables or even salad…it’s all more delicious when finished with smoked salt. You’ve probably seen smoked sea salt in gourmet food stores but the truth is, it’s nothing fancy. You can make a batch of smoked sea salt right now simply using your charcoal grill.
Light the lump charcoal, cover it with soaked wood chips and set a foil pan filled with sea salt on the grill grates. Cover the grill and let the smoke work its magic on the salt for an hour. That’s pretty much it. Smoked salt keeps forever in a glass jar, in the unlikely event that you don’t go through it much faster. Do keep in mind that just a pinch of sea salt punches up the flavor of food a lot, so there’s no need to be heavy handed. But there’s also no need to be fearful of salt.
If you’ve ever tried to make a cauliflower pizza crust and liked the flavor but not the soggy doesn’t-really-hold-together texture, then cauliflower muffin bites are the way to go. Easier to make and much more likely to hold together, these mini muffins make a nice snack, side dish or appetizer.
In fact, there’s no reason you can’t turn these into “pizza muffin bites” by adding grated cheese, olives and pepperoni. Think of this recipe for cauliflower muffins as a template that you can add all sorts of different flavors to.
If you want a beautiful side dish to set on the table, this tomato and eggplant gratin is it. Especially when made with colorful heirloom tomatoes. It tastes rich and decadent but is actually quite healthy when you take into account the antioxidants from the tomatoes and eggplant, potential health benefits of full fat dairy and protein from eggs.
Did you know that eggplant has high levels potent antioxidants? And as most people know, so do tomatoes. Healthwise and flavorwise they make a good team. But enough about all the healthy stuff. Plain and simple, this tomato and eggplant gratin is delicious. Really, delicious. Make it in the summer with perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes or make it in the winter and serve it as a holiday side dish.