Zucchini Spaghetti w/ Collard Green Salsa Verde A quick, healthy, fun and delicious way to get your veggies in without really thinking about it. I’m a kitchen gadgets guy. I don’t have a lot of them (not sure my wife would agree), because I’m picky. I need my gadgets to be simple with high utility….
I’ve been listening to Anderson Paak’s latest album, “Oxnard” which by design has something for any mood, vibe, tone, etc. you prefer. It’s a wonderful album, my favorite of 2018, and each time I listen it moves up my list of best things I’ve heard. Cauliflower is having it’s day and has been a long time favorite for me, but It’s always bothered me that most recipes didn’t put cauliflower front and center. Instead it’s typically the vessel to feature sauces and other meal enhancers. Most don’t think to roast an entire head of cauliflower, but I’ve been putting in work to perfect cooking such a wonderful vegetable. Enjoy this cooking tutorial along with the accompanying recipes. Find one that fits you or be inspired to create you own “Yes Lawd!”
Sundays mean meal prep for me, which pretty much always means making 2-3 sauces for the week. As I tend to keep things on the simple end during my always busy week, having reliable, delicious and versatile sauce on hand allow me to elevate any basic dish whether its pasta, grilled chicken, or roasted potatoes. This collard green salsa verde qualifies as one of those do it all type sauces. It definitely skews on the healthier side, but in no way skimps on flavor. Besides the taste and versatility I find it’s an easy way to get the nutritional benefits provided by collard greens on a daily basis without the labor of cooking up a big ole pot of collards. JUST keep things simple with the recipe and you’ll love it as a condiment/meal enhancer.
For most Thanksgiving Dinner is about the turkey, but for me it’s about dessert; that last dish that puts you over the edge right into that food induced coma. My dessert of choice is a rich, silky smooth sweet potato pie, not to be confused with the traditional Pumpkin Pie. I take mine on the couch in front of the TV as I fight the Itis off trying to stay awake for the NFL games. I think I’m 0 for my last 5 staying awake. Sweet Potato Pie is kind of a big deal, right there with potato salad at a barbecue. No half step-in aloud. I keep my version pretty traditional but elevate the flavor via use of brown butter and whole nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.
For a nice change-up to sweet potato Thanksgiving recipes try this simple, low prep hasselback sweet potatoes dish. This doesn’t have to be a special occasion dish, as it easily works for a weeknight side. I’ve been experimenting more with ghee (claried butter) lately in some of my dishes. Ghee is a great cooking oil that I jokingly refer to as super butter since its both lactose and casein free, has a high smoke point (aka you can cook it at high heat levels without it browning/burning), and is rich and complex in flavor. Celebrate the life of the great Roy Hargrove with me by cooking to my favorite track “Strasbourg/St. Denis” which is my favorite song by his quintet.
This balanced vegan roasted red pepper sauce is my go to sauce. Easy to make, a wonderful blend of different flavors, and ubiquitous in its application across foods. Part of my Sunday meal prep ritual is to make up 2-3 sauces for the week or longer, especially if I’m anticipating one of those weeks…