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A Recipe From Chef Rachel

The Everlasting Salad 

I know the weather’s getting chillier and some of you may be swearing off salads in favor of more cooked vegetables. Still many of you will probably keep consuming salads throughout the winter, paired with warm soups, stews, roasts, or grilled meats. I didn’t want to miss the chance to shear a cool salad recipe and time-saving technique with you.

Healthy eating just got easier

Are you looking for a way to make it more convenient to get vegetables into your daily diet? Do you rush out the door in the morning with a pack lunch that’s missing vegetables? Do you come home at night and want to get dinner on the table more quickly? Great leftovers are the key to packing great lunches and assembling low maintenance dinners.

Cook ahead

If you’ve read my cookbook, The Garden of Eating, or attended my cooking classes you know I encourage people to Shop Ahead, Chop Ahead, and Cook Ahead. I’m a fan of the “cook once, eat twice,” or “cook once, eat thrice,” motto. I almost always cook with two or three meals or days in mind. I cook extra portions of fish, poultry, or meat, hard boil extra eggs. I roast, bake, grill, or blanch vegetables and make soups with multiple meals in mind. Those planned-overs made it easy for me to assemble breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in a dash.

But what about green salads? Have you ever made a salad, dressed it, then stashed the leftovers in a  covered bowl and found it wilted, watery, and unappealing the next day? They don’t always work, particularly if your dressing contains salt or vinegar.

Salad keeping secret

Would you like to make a green salad today and have it look and taste just as delicious tomorrow and the next day? This summer I discovered a way to make green salads that last for several days and still look and taste great. Actually, my dear friend, Don, hit on this idea with no prompting from me. He shared his secret with me and let me taste some of the salads he concocted using his newfound technique. I made many batches this summer, changing the mix-ins from week to week, depending on what I had in the house and what sounded like it would go well with whatever main and side dishes I had on hand.

Olives and raisins together?

If you’ve never added olives and raisins to the same salad try it. It’s really delicious. You can experiment with different dried fruits, different salad veggies, and combinations of ingredients. If you add grated carrots, try using the super tiny hole on a standard box grater for an entirely different effect (more tender bites of carrot that spread throughout the salad). You can add a sprinkle of toasted nuts or seeds if you like.

Spice it up

If you want to spice up the salad at the table, you can peel, finely grate and squeeze fresh ginger juice or add a few drops of hot sauce to your portion of salad (not the whole salad) at the table.

So don’t be shy, give the recipe and variations a try and let me know what you think.

Tonight’s the night to get cooking with Chef Rachel!  Here is one of her recipes to get you started.

The Everlasting Salad 

Prep: 15 minutes/ Cooking: 0 /   Yield: 4 to 6 servings  
I don’t consider a bowl of lettuce or baby greens a salad. It’s a start, but it needs color and texture. My friend Don shared this cool tip with me for making a green salad that will keep well for three days in the fridge. It’s super convenient and easy to make.

The trick is to coat the veggies with olive or avocado oil and to avoid adding vinegar, lemon juice, or salt to the salad. You can salt and other things at the table if you like. All measurements are approximate. You can vary the type of lettuce (romaine’s the most durable) and the colorful mix-ins. I like to start with a 4 quart bowl. I figure about 2 cups of salad per person per meal/day.

Ingredients:

6 to 8 cups lettuce, washed well, spun dry, and cut or torn into bite-size pieces:

      romaine, red leaf, green leaf, oak leaf, Boston, buttercrunch, bib, lollo rosso lettuce, or some combination of 2 or more mild lettuces

1/2 small or medium red onion or 1 bunch scallions (green onions), sliced paper thin

1/2 cup red radish, halved and thinly sliced

1/2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced or 3 stalks sliced celery, optional

1 or 2 medium carrot, peeled and grated very, very finely, optional

1/2 cup pitted black olives, thinly sliced into rounds or strips, optional

1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins, optional

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (essential!)

1.   Layer vegetables in a 3- or 4-quart bowl.  Toss gently with olive oil  to coat. Cover and refrigerate whatever you don’t plan to use right away.

2.   When ready to eat, you can lightly season your portion with sea salt, pepper, or lemon juice as you like or toss with feta.

3.   Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Use within about 3 days.

Variations:

*    Experiment with different vegetables and combinations.

 

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins or Bread Loaf

Here’s what I’m bringing to Ladies Night….The girls are taking over the gym. NO BOYS ALLOWED. See you tomorrow evening (Friday 4/23) at 7pm. Ladies: Don’t  forget to bring a Paleo friendly dish to share.

Ingredients:
2 cups Almond Meal
1/4 cup of ground Flax Seed
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
5 Ripe Banana’s (smashed)
2 tsp Honey
4 tsp Cinnamon
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Walnut Halves
2 Cups Blueberries

Directions:
- Heat oven to 375 degrees
– Use 2 bowls. 1 for the dry ingredients and 1 for the wet.
– Use a mixer if you have one or stir until combined (if you don’t use a mixer, be sure to really smash the bananas)
– Use Olive Oil as needed to grease the pan and/or muffin tray
– Makes 24 muffins (or) 12 muffins and a Banana Bread Loaf
– Bake the muffins for 22-24 minutes and the Banana Bread Loaf for 30 minutes
– Store in the refrigerator for longer lasting muffins

Enjoy…and post modifications to comments

Coach Naj

A Recipe from Paleo Chef Rachel

Make sure to reserve your spot for the Paleo Cooking Class with Chef Rachel April 30th at  CrossFit Scottsdale from 6pm-9pm.  Paleo Challenge Participants get 3 bonus points! Here is one of her recipes to get you started:

Steak with Cumin & Mustard Rub      

Prep: 10 minutes/ Cooking: 8 to 25 minutes/Yield: 4-6 servings

This is my favorite way to season and cook steak. It combines three great spices that add immense flavor and antioxidants. I like to leave any visible fat on the steaks. It adds moisture, particularly with lean cuts of meat. (The fat in beef is preferable, from a health standpoint, to the fat in vegetable oils.) I round out the meal with cooked leafy greens or a crisp green salad with a side of fresh fruit.

For a smaller piece of meat, reduce seasonings and cooking time as needed. I used an 8-ounce buffalo steak, which took only about 2 or 3 minutes per side to come out rare.

Press Test: To test meat, hang your hand by your side. Rare meat will feel flaccid, like the web between your thumb and forefinger. Make a a loose fist and press again; that’s medium-rare. Make a tight fist and press into the web; that’s what well-done (really overdone) feels like.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds boneless or 2 pounds bone-in beef or bison/buffalo steak (at least 1-inch thick): sirloin, tenderloin, fillet, NY strip, top loin, round tip, flank, London Broil, rib-eye, T-bone, porterhouse, club or sandwich steak, or other cut        

1 to 1 tablespoon melted avocado oil, or extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

1 teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt, or to taste, optional

1 to 2 tablespoon ground cumin, or as needed to coat

1 to 2 tablespoons ground dry mustard (powder), or as needed to coat

1.   Preheat a medium-hot gas grill or preheat broiler. If using broiler, position a broiling rack 2 to 3 inches from heat source for 3/4-inch thick steaks, 3 to 4 inches for 1- to 1 1/2-inch thick steaks, 4 to 6 inches for 1 1/2- to 2-inch thick steaks.

2.   Pat steaks dry, then rub with olive or avocado oil. Lightly sprinkle both sides with sea salt and pepper; rub seasonings in with the back of a spoon. Liberally sprinkle one side with cumin and rub in with the back of a spoon. Turn and repeat with mustard on the second side. If time permits, let meat rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, or cover loosely with parchment and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

3.   If using an electric oven or toaster oven, add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the broiler pan (elevate the meat on the tray above). The liquid should not touch the bottom of the meat rack. During cooking, leave the door of an electric oven ajar. If grilling, place meat on hot grill.

4.  Grill or broil steaks, turning them after the halfway point. To test for doneness, make a small slit in the steak and check the center. The interior should be slighlty less done than desired; the steaks will continue cooking after you remove them from the heat.

Skip's Crustless Quiche

“Discipline is what gives us an edge”

Skip’s Crustless Quiche

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Ingredients:
8-10 eggs
1 cup cooked spinach
6-8 slices of nitrate free, low sodium bacon
6-8 ounces cooked and chopped chicken breast
Any other vegetables

Directions:
Pre cook  bacon, chicken and spinach.  Beat eggs.  Add all ingredients to beaten eggs.  Place in a glass pie dish brushed with olive oil.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until eggs are cooked throughout.  Top may brown a bit but that’s okay. 

Great to make so that you have leftovers for the week!

Spring Break = Time to Bake

In the last month or so, inspired by the gamers and some of my other fellow CrossFitters, I have tried to work towards eating a livable Paleo diet.  My personal struggles with Paleo come in the form of dairy and desserts.  So this week while I have had some time off I have been playing with some recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Here is the easy pseudo Paleo Berry Crisp:

 Ingredients:

2 packages of frozen berries of your choice
¼ c honey
¾ c almond meal (can be purchased at Trader Joe’s)
½ c cashew meal (made my own in my food processor, can omit and just use almond meal)
¾ tsp cinnamon
½ c butter

Put frozen berries in a square glass dish and drizzle a little bit of honey on top.  In a bowl combine the honey, nut meal and cinnamon.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly; then scatter over fruit.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees 45 minutes – 1 hour or until berries are bubbly and topping is crisp.  Enjoy without guilt, the CrossFit Scottsdale Coaching team did on Monday night during our staff meeting :)

Coach Katie

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