Spinach, Sprout, and Turkey Bacon Winter Salad

Spinach, Sprout, and Turkey Bacon Winter Salad

This nutritious spinach, sprout, and turkey bacon winter salad will delight the taste buds. It offers a nutrient-rich, fresh-tasting, crunchy option for lunch or dinner.

Servings:  4-6

Ingredients:

    • 8 ounces of fresh Spinach Leaves
    • 4 ounces of Bean Sprouts
    • 1 can Water Chestnuts, sliced
    • 2 grated hard-boiled Eggs
    • 6 slices of baked Turkey Bacon, crumbled (follow the directions on the packaging)

Dressing:

(Makes enough dressing for two of these salad meals and keeps in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.)

      • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
      • 1/3 cup Ketchup
      • 1/3 cup Honey (you can substitute Sugar in place of the Honey)
      • 1 small grated Onion
      • Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh Spinach
Chocolate Chips
Instructions:
  1. Wash, drain, and break spinach into bite-size pieces. 
  2. Add sliced water chestnuts and gently combine.
  3. Mix together and shake to combine all dressing ingredients in a separate container thoroughly.
  4. Toss the salad with half of the dressing, reserving the remainder of the salad dressing for another salad.  
  5. Sprinkle two grated hard-boiled eggs, crumbled turkey bacon, and bean sprouts on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
    Chef Yvonne Dwyer

    Recipe compliments of OPL Master Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

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    Nutrient-Rich Roasted Veggie Bowl Recipe

    Nutrient-Rich Roasted Veggie Bowl Recipe

    This comforting, nutrient-rich roasted veggie bowl is a perfect meal for any season. Get creative with this vegan recipe and roast whatever vegetables you have on hand – brussels sprouts, celeriac, or other root vegetables, and any winter squash varieties would all work well. For an added flavor boost, choose homegrown, locally available, or in-season produce.

    Vegan, Dairy-free

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 25 min
    Total Time: 40 min

    Ingredients:

    • 1 head of cauliflower and/or broccoli, cut into florets
    • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1 inch chunks
    • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1 inch chunks
    • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2 tsp paprika, divided
    • 2 tsp garlic powder, divided
    • 1 tsp ground cumin, divided
    • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
    • ½ tsp black pepper, divided
    • 1 cup dry quinoa
    • 2 cups of vegetable broth
    • 4 cups of kale, chopped
    • ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
    • 1 avocado, sliced

    Tahini Lemon Dressing:

    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 Tbsp tahini (or 3 Tbsp hummus, in a pinch)
    • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • ½ tsp curry powder
    • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
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      Spices

      Directions:

      1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
      2. Toss carrots and sweet potatoes with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper.  Place on a rimmed baking pan. 
      3. Using the same bowl, toss cauliflower and broccoli with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper.  Place the broccoli and cauliflower on another sheet pan. 
      4. Place both sheet pans in the oven, roasting the carrots and sweet potatoes for 30 minutes, and the broccoli and cauliflower for 20 minutes.
      5. Meanwhile, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.  Fluff the quinoa with a fork, then stir in the chopped kale and remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve; the kale will wilt while staying warm in the pot.
      6. Prepare the Lemon Tahini Dressing: Combine lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, vinegar, honey, curry powder, turmeric, sea salt, and black pepper, and whisk vigorously until dressing is smooth.
      7. Assemble the bowls by spooning the quinoa and kale mixture first, then arranging roasted vegetables and avocado slices on top.  Drizzle with the tahini dressing, and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds. 
      Kristina Shane

      This recipe is from of Home Chef and OPL Community member Kristina Shane.

       

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      Hearty and Savory Vegetable Stew

      Hearty and Savory Vegetable Stew

      The colder weather makes me yearn for delicious, warm, and comforting food like this hearty and savory vegetable stew. This vegan stew recipe is terrifically easy. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making this dish more than once in the months ahead!

      Servings:  8

      Ingredients:

      • 1/2 cup water or vegetable stock
      • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
      • 1 onion, chopped 
      • 1 red bell pepper, diced
      • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
      • 4 cups peeled and diced winter squash (Butternut, Delicata, or Kabocha)
      • 1 15-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
      • 1 cup water
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
      • 1 teaspoon chili powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
      • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
      • 1 15-ounce can of red kidney beans (see note)
      • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet corn
      Dark Roast Coffee Grounds
      Chocolate Chips
      Instructions:
      1. Heat water and soy sauce in a large pot. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until the onion is translucent and most of the water has evaporated.
      2. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds, then peel it and cut it into 1/2-inch cubes.
      3. Add the squash to the onions and chopped tomatoes, water, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and pepper.
      4. Cover and simmer until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.
      5. Add the kidney beans with their liquid and the sweet corn. Cook for another 5 minutes.

      Note:

      You can use canned kidney beans for this recipe. However, if you have the time, it is recommended to use dried beans that have been soaked and cooked, as they lend a richer flavor to the dish. Choosing dried beans over canned is also more economical: 1 can of kidney beans is around $2.79, and one pound of dried beans can make approximately 5-6 cans worth of beans for about the same price. Not interested in soaking and cooking beans every time you need them?  Save prep time by soaking and cooking the full pound of beans, then freeze them in 15 oz increments for future use.  Be sure to freeze beans within four days of preparing.

      How to Quick Soak and Cook Dried Red Kidney Beans:

      • Sort beans, discarding any shriveled, broken beans, stones, or debris. Rinse the beans well in cold running water.
      • For every 1 pound of beans, add 10 cups of hot water.
      • Bring water to a rapid boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes.
      • Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
      • Drain and rinse the beans with cool water.

      Cooking Instructions:

      • Add 6 cups of water to the drained and rinsed beans in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
      • Place a lid on the pot and simmer gently until desired tenderness, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours. The kidney bean should be easy to mash against the side of the sauce pot with a fork. 
      • Add salt and pepper to taste, and use them in your favorite recipe!
      Chef Yvonne Dwyer

      Recipe compliments of OPL Master Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

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      Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce

      Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce

      This easy meal of roasted cauliflower steaks with romesco sauce checks all the boxes: warm, comforting, plant-powered, and delicious. My husband’s favorite part of this meal is the romesco sauce, which brings a flavorful, smokey brightness to the dish. Serve it with a salad of lentils, warm kale, and brussels sprouts to complete the meal.  Adapted from Feasting From Home.

      Vegan, Gluten-free

      Serves 3-4
      Prep Time: 20 min
      Cook Time: 35 min
      Total Time: 55 min

      Ingredients:

      For the lentils:

      • 1 cup of dried lentils
      • 6 cups of water
      • 1 teaspoon of salt
      • ½ of a small onion, quartered
      • 2 bay leaves
      • 2 garlic cloves

      For the sheet pan:

      • 1 cauliflower, sliced vertically about ¾” thick
      • 1 bell pepper (any color), halved with seeds removed
      • ½ onion, sliced in ½” rings
      • 4 garlic cloves

      For the marinade:

      • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
      • 1 tsp smoked paprika
      • 1 tsp cumin
      • 1 tsp coriander
      • ¾ tsp salt
      • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

      For the romesco sauce:

      • ½ cup slivered almonds (or another nut of your choice), toasted
      • 2 tsp smoked paprika
      • 1 tsp cumin
      • ½ tsp each of salt and pepper
      • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
      • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
      • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar (can substitute red wine vinegar)
      • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

      For the salad:

        • 1 cup of brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
        • 2 bunches of kale, leafy pieces removed from stems and roughly chopped
        • 1 Tbsp olive oil
        • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
        • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
        • Salt and pepper to taste
        • 1 Tbsp balsamic glaze, for garnish (optional)
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        Directions:

        1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
        2. Place the lentils, water, salt, and aromatics (onion, bay leaves, garlic) into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer gently until lentils are tender about 20 minutes.
        3. Take a whole cauliflower without removing the leaves, and make vertical cuts about ¾” apart.  Trim the leaves, leaving the stems – doing it this way helps the steaks stay together.  Place sliced steaks (and any extra florets) on a large-rimmed roasting pan, along with the sliced onions and quartered bell pepper.  Take garlic cloves, add a touch of olive oil, and wrap them in aluminum foil; place on the sheet pan as well.  In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients and brush liberally on both sides of the cauliflower, as well as on the onions and peppers.
        4. Bake in the oven until the cauliflower steaks are fork tender, about 35 minutes.
        5. While the steaks are roasting, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large lidded skillet or wok.  Add sliced onions and saute until translucent, then add garlic, cooking another minute longer.  Add the shaved brussels sprouts and saute for 3 minutes.  Add the chopped kale, then add 3 tablespoons of water and cover.  Cook undisturbed for 5-6 minutes, allowing the kale to wilt, then saute another minute until the salad is fully combined.  Set aside.  
        6. Place the toasted almonds in a food processor, along with the roasted peppers, onions, and garlic from the sheet pan.  Pulse until well chopped.  Add paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, cayenne, tomato paste, vinegar, and olive oil, and about a tablespoon or two of water.  Pulse again until smooth.  You may add a couple more tablespoons of water if you prefer a thinner consistency.  Taste and adjust salt and heat levels to your liking.
        7. Assemble the lentils and kale in a plate or bowl, then top with the cauliflower and romesco sauce.  Garnish with fresh parsley and any additional toasted almonds, and enjoy!

        Notes:

        This recipe is adaptable to whatever pantry staples you have.  Get creative and experiment with different sides to accompany your cauliflower steaks: quinoa, purple rice, roasted broccoli, carrots, or whatever roasting veggies you have on hand.  

         Short on time and looking to avoid dirtying another pan?  Skip the sauteed kale and serve the cauliflower steaks over a chopped salad of your choice instead!  This recipe would play well with any vinaigrette or citrus-based salad dressing.

        Kristina Shane

        This recipe is from of Home Chef and OPL Community member Kristina Shane.

         

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        Chocolate Chip and Coffee Biscotti

        Chocolate Chip and Coffee Biscotti

        If you have any coffee lovers in your circle, this chocolate chip and coffee biscotti is a great go-to cookie for just about any activity.  Whether sitting on the patio or by the fireside with a good book and a hot drink, you will enjoy this crunchy, semi-sweet biscotti.

        Recipe adapted from the Dirty Gourmet.

        Servings:  Makes about 20 -24 cookies

        Ingredients:

        • 2- 3/4 cup King Arthur’s all-purpose flour
        • 1 cup granulated sugar
        • 2 tsps. baking powder
        • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
        • 1/4 tsp salt
        • 2 tbsps. finely ground dark roast coffee
        • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
        • 2 tbsps. unsalted butter 
        • 2 tsps. vanilla extract
        • 3 large eggs
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        Chocolate Chips
        Instructions:
        1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a silicon mat, or coat with baking spray.
        2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ground coffee, and chocolate chips in a mixing bowl.
        3. In a separate large bowl, combine oil, vanilla, and eggs.
        4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until well blended.  The dough will be quite dry.  With your hands, knead the dough just until it comes together.   
        5. Divide the dough in half and shape each portion into a log, about 8 inches long, flattening the log to about 1 inch thick.  Place the logs several inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
        6. Bake for 35 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.  Remove the logs from the baking sheet and cool for about 5 minutes.  Brush the logs lightly with water and let them cool for another 5 minutes.
        7. On a cutting board, with a serrated knife, cut the biscotti into 3/4-inch slices.  Arrange the slices, cut-side down on the baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes.  Turn the slices over, and bake for another 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool. The biscotti will be slightly soft until they cool completely.
        Chef Yvonne Dwyer

        Recipe compliments of OPL Master Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

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        Aromatic Ginger and Spice Hermit Cookies

        Aromatic Ginger and Spice Hermit Cookies

        These hermit cookies smell like a sweet childhood memory. While baking, the cookies infuse your home with spicy ginger aromas. Wrap a few in parchment paper along with the recipe on an index card and tie it closed with a twine bow and give them as a gift. Hermit cookies are perfect to take along on winter hikes with a thermos of hot chocolate to keep warm and nourished while out on the trail.

        Original recipe from Cooks Illustrated Holiday Baking Magazine 2012

        Servings: Makes about 18 cookies

        Ingredients:

        • 1 cup raisins
        • 2 tbsps finely chopped crystallized ginger
        • 8 tbsps unsalted butter
        • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
        • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
        • 2 cups King Arthur’s all-purpose flour
        • 1/2 tsp baking soda
        • 1/2 tsp salt
        • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar *see note
        • 1/2 cup molasses
        • 2 large eggs

        Glaze

        Ingredients:

         

        • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
        • 1-1/2 tbsps orange juice
        Raisins
        Orange Peel
        Instructions:
        1. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
        2. Process raisins and ginger in a food processor until the mixture sticks together and only small pieces remain, about 10 seconds.  Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
        3. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until nutty brown in color, about 10 minutes.  Stir in cinnamon and allspice and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds.  Stir butter mixture into raisin mixture until well combined; let cool to room temperature.
        4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.  Stir in brown sugar, molasses, and eggs into a cooled butter-raisin mixture until incorporated.  Fold in flour mixture (dough will be very sticky) and refrigerate, covered, until firm, at least 1-1/2 hours or up to 24 hours.
        5. Divide dough into quarters.  Transfer 1 piece of dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it into a 10-inch log.  Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and use a ruler to neatly square off sides.  (Each sheet will contain 2 logs.) Repeat with the remaining dough.
        6. Bake until only shallow indentation remains on edges when touched (center will appear slightly soft), 15 -20 minutes, switching and rotating baking sheets halfway through baking.  Let cook on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer parchment to wire racks and let cool completely.
        7. Drizzle the baked hermits with glaze.

        Glaze:

        1. Whisk orange juice and confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl until smooth.  Drizzle glaze onto cooled logs and let sit until glaze hardens about 15 minutes.  Cut logs into 2-inch bars.  Serve.  (Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.)

        * Note: If you find yourself short of dark brown sugar, simply take one cup of white sugar and add 1-2 tablespoons of molasses.  For flavor preference, less molasses added will produce a lighter flavor whereas more molasses added will have a stronger taste.  Whisk together till all the white sugar is completely covered with molasses.  If you have dark brown sugar left over, put it in a container with a tight-fitting lid to help keep it soft.

        Chef Yvonne Dwyer

        Recipe compliments of OPL Master Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

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        Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you and the planet.  Find more delicious OPL-recommended plant-rich recipes here.

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