Radish Top and Parsley Stem Pesto (Pesto di Cime di Ravanelli e Gambi di Prezzemolo)

No waste!  It’s satisfying to make a meal out of what is so often thrown away, especially one that tastes really good:).  All those green leaves attached to organic radishes and flavorful parsley stems should not be bound for the garbage!  I am all for “whole foods” cooking*, which means eating entire entities for optimal nutrition, and this recipe is no exception.

I use less oil than most people use when making pestos, as the oil can dilute flavor, make the pesto too runny and, not to mention, it’s expensive!.  Also, I prefer to get a greater proportion of fats from whole sources.  That means olives instead of olive oil, walnuts instead of walnut oil, etc.  This is because eating foods in their naturally occurring state promotes balanced nutrition.  When you eat a whole walnut, for example, you have a balance of fiber, oil and vitamins/minerals.  Eating walnut oil, on the other hand, just gives you the fat, which has been treated by manufacturing with heat, fissure, etc.  With theses processes, the oil’s delicate healthy chemical compounds (a.k.a. “phytonutrients”) have likely been destroyed or altered.

To clarify, I understand the need to use oils and other slightly processed items in cooking to make food taste good, but it’s best to use these in moderation and try to use their whole alternatives where possible.

This pesto is vegan, but you wouldn’t know it!  Miso and walnuts offer a “cheesy” umami flavor and the umeboshi vinegar and lemon give some salty tang.  It’s kind of addictive, actually.

*If you’re interested in the theory behind “whole foods” nutrition, I suggest reading “Food and Healing” by Annemarie Colbin.

What you need:

90 grams (about 2 bunches, picked over) radish tops, well rinsed

12 grams (about 3 cloves) garlic, minced

60 grams (one bunch) parsley stems, rinsed and torn

10 grams (1 1/2 teaspoons) yellow or chickpea miso

70 grams (3/4 cup) walnuts

1 1/2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) black pepper

23 grams (2 teaspoons) lemon juice

15-20 grams (3-4 teaspoons) umeboshi vinegar

45 grams (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil

What to do:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and run until smooth.  Store in fridge or serve immediately with pasta or other grain, spread on a sandwich or add a dollop to soup.

Radish Top and Parsley Stem Pesto (L) - The Clean Gourmet

Pesto di Cime di Ravanelli e Gambi di Prezzemolo:

Cosa serve:

90 grammi (circa 2 grappoli) di cime di ravanelli, ben sciacquate

12 grammi (circa 3 spicchi) d’aglio, tritato

60 grammi (un grappolo) di gambi di prezzemolo, sciacquati e strappati a grandi pezzi

10 grammi (1 1/2 cucchiaini) di miso giallo

70 grammi di noci

1 1/2 grammi (1/2 cucchiaino) di pepe nero

23 grammi (2 cucchiaini) di succo di limone

15-20 grammi (3-4 cucchiaini) di aceto d’umeboshi

45 grammi (60 millilitri) di olio extra vergine d’oliva

Cosa fare:

Mettete tutti gli ingredienti nel frullatore o nel robot da cucina e fate frullare finché non abbia una consistenza cremosa.  Conservate in frigo o servite subito con della pasta o altri cereali, su un panino o mettete un goccio nella zuppa.


Simple Nights: Garlicky Arugula and Shaved Vegetable Salad with Poached Egg (Sere Semplici: Insalata di Rucola e Verdura Affettata all’Aglio con Uovo in Camicia)

Woo life got crazy!   Culinary school, work and exercise dominate my days, but I’m having the time of my life!  New York is amazing and I’m loving the people I get to see every day.  Indeed, I no longer dread Mondays :).

Dinners lately often consist of practicing recipes from school or utilizing leftovers from class to make new dishes.  I’ll also whip up something simple like tonight’s dinner.

Raw garlic, radish and celery are very cleansing and are a refreshing way to start the week.  Also, using a mandolin makes prep go twice as fast and makes cuts look beautiful without fail.  (I love OXO’s Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer, because it’s small and light, but you get three settings and it locks for safe storage.)  If you are vegan and don’t eat eggs, I would recommend some white beans cooked with minced fresh rosemary and black pepper.

Proportions are not terribly important here, but I’ve put suggested amounts based on what I used tonight.  Feel free to switch up the veg as well!

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

For the Garlicky Arugula and Shaved Vegetable Salad:

4-5 cloves garlic

juice of 1 medium lemon

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

pinch salt

arugula

1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced*

1 6-inch piece daikon radish, peeled and thinly sliced*

3 red radishes, thinly sliced*

2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal*

1 large stalk celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal*

freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

For the poached eggs:

egg(s) (as many as you and whoever is with you prefers)

apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar

salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Organic whole wheat English muffin or whole grain bread, toasted

What to do:

Whisk together raw garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and salt.  Set aside.

Assemble the arugula, cucumber, daikon, red radish, carrot and celery on each plate.

Carefully crack eggs into individual cups, ensuring that the yolks don’t break.

Bring a small to medium pot (depending on how many eggs you’re poaching) of water to a boil.  Add a splash of vinegar and a pinch of salt.  Turn flame under water down to a low simmer and slowly lower eggs into water.   Use a spoon to gather the whites around their yolks.  Simmer 3-4 minutes, until whites are set.  Scoop eggs out with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel-lined plate in order to drain excess water.

Prepare toast and set on plates.  Top with poached egg and season with salt.  Give the dressing another whisk and drizzle over salad and egg.  Finish with some cracked black pepper.

*Use a mandolin to quickly make consistent and beautiful thin slices.

Garlicky Arugula and Shaved Vegetable Salad with Poached Egg - The Clean Gourmet

Insalata di Rucola e Verdura Affettata all’Aglio con Uovo in Camicia:

(2-3 porzioni)

Ingredienti:

Per l’Insalata di Rucola con Verdura Affettata all’Aglio:

4-5 spicchi d’aglio

succo di un limone

1-2 cucchiai d’olio di oliva extra vergine (aggiustate secondo le vostre preferenze)

pizzico di sale

rucola

1 cetriolo, pelato e tagliato a fette sottili*

1 pezzo di ravanello daikon, pelato e tagliato a fette sottili*

3 ravanelli, tagliati a fette sottili*

2 carote medie, pelate e tagliate a fette sottili al diagonale*

1 gambo di sedano, tagliato a fette sottili al diagonale*

pepe nero, a piacere

Per le uova in camicia:

uovo(a) (quante ne servono secondo gli appetiti)

aceto di mele o di vino bianco

sale e pepe nero, a piacere

pane integrale, tostato

Cosa fare:

Battete insieme l’aglio crudo, il succo di limone, l’olio d’oliva e il sale.  Mettetelo da parte.

Montate della rucola, del cetriolo, del ravanello daikon, del ravanello, della carota e del sedano su ogni piatto.

Delicatamente aprite le uova dentro tazze separate, facendo cura di non rompere i tuorli.

Fate bollire dell’acqua in una pentola piccola o media (secondo quante uova fate).  Aggiungete un goccio d’aceto e un pizzico di sale.  Abbassate il fuoco sotto l’acqua, giusto che si faccia poche bollicine.  Abbassate le uova e usate un cucchiaio per radunare gli albumi intorno ai propri tuorli.   Lasciate cuocere 3-4 minute, finché gli albumi non siano sodi.  Usate una mestola perforata per rimuovere le uova e fatele scolare su un panno da cucina pulito.

Tostate il pane e mettete una o due fette su ogni piatto con sopra le uova.  Metteteci del sale a piacere.  Battete l’olio e l’aceto all’aglio un’altra volta e gocciolatelo sull’insalata e sulle uova.  Finite con del pepe nero fresco a piacere.

*Usate il mandolino per fare velocemente le fette consistenti e belle.

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Winter Citrus and Escarole Salad (Insalata Invernale di Agrumi e Scarola)

This is a result of healthy/seasonal food cravings after having an heavy lunch this past Sunday.  It completely hit the spot…If you want to be “fancy” you can serve at as in the picture, but feel free to chop up the escarole and orange for easier communal serving.

This is a good side to accompany a white fish, cannellini beans or marinated tempeh.  I like the balance of multiple acids, which is why I use lemon juice over oranges with a touch of apple cider vinegar to balance the lemon.  However, if you don’t have any good apple cider vinegar on hand, I recommend you just use more lemon juice in its place.

I highly recommend that you mix the dressing before preparing the vegetables to allow the flavors to marry and to allow the dried mint to open up in the liquid.  Also, be sure to rinse the escarole well as it can be quite sandy.

I hope you enjoy my first NY recipe!

What you need:

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons walnut or extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or more lemon juice)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

juice from 1 tablespoon grated ginger (simply squeeze it in the palm of your hand or through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag and discard the fiber)

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (about 1 shallot)

1/2 teaspoon dried mint

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

1 head escarole, leaves removed from core, well rinsed and dried in a salad spinner or on a clean dish towel

1 orange, peel and pith removed with your knife and sliced into 1/4″ slices

5 radishes, thinly sliced

chia seeds, for sprinkling

What to do:

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Assembly:*

Arrange in layers: escarole leaf, orange slice, radish slice.  Repeat three times per plate.

Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle chia seeds.

*You can also chop the escarole leaves and quarter the orange slices to toss in a communal bowl with the radish slices, dressing and chia seeds.

Insalata Invernale di Agrumi e Scarola:

Cosa serve:

Per la salsa:

2 cucchiai di succo di limone

2 cucchiai d’olio di noce o extra vergine d’oliva

1 cucchiaio d’aceto di mele

1 cucchiaio di sciroppo d’acero

succo d’un cucchiaio di zenzero grattugiato (semplicemente stringetelo tra i palmi e raccogliete il succo, scartando le fibre)

2 cucchiai di scalogno, tritato (circa un scalogno)

1/2 cucchiaino di menta essiccata

1/2 cucchiaino di sale marino

pepe nero macinato

Per l’insalata:

1 grappolo di scarola, foglie separate dal torsolo e ben lavate ed asciugate (consiglio di asciugarle in una centrifuga scolaverdure o in uno strofinaccio)

1 arancia, pelata (inclusa la parte fibrosa) e tagliata in fette da circa un centimetro

5 ravanelli, affettate sottilmente

semi di cia, per cospargere

Cosa fare:

Frustate gli ingredienti per la salsa in una scodella piccola e mettete da parte.

Preparazione:*

Mettete in strati su ogni piatto: una foglia di scarola, una fetta d’arancia ed una fetta di ravanello.  Ripetete tre volte per ogni piatto.

Fate cadere gocce di salsa e cospargete i semi di cia sulla verdura.

*Potete anche servire in un’insalatiera grande, tagliando la scarola e facendo pezzetti d’arancia per unire al ravanello, la salsa ed i semi di cia.

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