2 bunches fresh organic kale, leaves stripped from stems, washed and chopped
1 large cooking onion, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (60 mL) bread crumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup (60 mL) heavy cream (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Heat oil in a medium pot. Saut onion in pot until tender. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add kale leaves, season and stir, reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook for 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally until tender.
Heat oven to 375 F (190 C). Transfer kale mixture to a shallow ovenproof dish. If mixture looks dry you can add a bit of water or vegetable stock. For a richer flavour, add 1/4 cup (60 mL) 35 percent whipping cream. Top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven until mixture is bubbling and topping is browned.
source: "Kale to the Rescue," alive #302, December 2007
Licorice-flavoured fennel, tart apple, and a hint of pleasant bitterness from radicchio combines with a touch of sweet dressing for a refreshingly delicious salad. Fennel contains a number of vitamins and minerals known to be involved in digestion, including vitamin C, manganese, and niacin which helps transform the food you eat into energy. Apple adds sweet crunch and all-important fibre. Know your fennel The fennel bulb we buy at the market is a cultivar variety known as Florence fennel. Fennel seeds, which are sometimes eaten after a meal to ease digestion, and which are also used for cooking, come from the common fennel, which grows wild in southern Europe, Australia, and parts of the US.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.