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Recipe: Kale Salad with Bacon, Cranberries, and Goat Cheese by Melissa McKinnon

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices thick-sliced bacon, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp. bacon grease, reserved from frying
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 c. chopped fresh kale leaves (discard stems)
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. slivered almonds
  • 1/4 c. crumbled (honeyed or plain) goat cheese (about 2 oz.)
Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Fresh Basil; Kale Salad with Crackers

Kale Salad with Crackers, served as a side with

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Fresh Basil

Instructions:

1. Cook thick-sliced bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and pat dry with paper towels. Crumble bacon. Let bacon grease cool slightly (pour 3 Tbsp. grease into a glass bowl to help it cool faster, if desired–just don’t let it burn).

2. Prepare kale. I buy the pre-washed, pre-chopped bag of kale, but if you buy fresh, whole kale from your grocery store or farmers’ market, wash thoroughly (I recommend triple washing to remove all the grit), pat (or spin) dry, remove stems and chop as finely as desired. Set aside.

3. Whisk together vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Carefully pour warm grease into vinegar mixture; whisk to combine. (I do this step in the serving bowl to cut down on clean-up.)

4. Toss kale in dressing. Make sure leaves are evenly coated with dressing (use your hands–just don’t burn yourself). Then add crumbled bacon, goat cheese, cranberries and almonds and toss.

5. Serve as an appetizer, a side salad, or as dip with crackers. The combination of crunchy and creamy, tangy and sweet is fantastic! This is definitely a new family favorite! Bon Appetit!

Note: You could also add 2 Tbsp. of finely chopped red onions or scallions for a nice touch.

As an alternative, I made some this week and switched out the cranberries for some finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, added juice from half a lemon to the dressing, and used plain goat cheese, along with the almonds and crumbled bacon, and it was a big hit! So whether you go savory or sweet, bon appetit!

Recipe: Citrus Chicken with Roasted Peaches

Citrus Chicken with Roasted Peaches, served with Mixed Greens Salad topped with Goat Cheese, Walnuts, and Sliced Plums

Recipe: Citrus Chicken with Roasted Peaches

by Melissa McKinnon

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons raspberry blush balsamic vinegar (or any sweeter vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons organic olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2-4 large peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1 small whole organic chicken, separated (2 wings, 2 legs, 2 boneless breasts, 2 thighs; or you could use boneless, skinless chicken breast)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together all ingredients (except peaches and chicken). Place chicken and peaches on baking stone (or oiled baking pan) and brush with citrus dressing. Bake for 20-30 minutes (or until chicken is white throughout but still moist); you may need to flip the chicken and peaches half way through baking.
Note: If you have leftover roasted peaches, they would go perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

 

All Wrapped Up!

This past weekend, we tried out the new Brown Rice Bar for one of our dinners. See the spread here. There was a good bit of leftover veggies, so I decided to toss them in a Sundried Tomato Wrap with some kalamata olives, Green Garlic dressing, and goat cheese. Yum!

You could use any freshly diced veggies for this! Feta would also be nice!

All wrapped up!