Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Pasta

Sausage, Kale and White Bean Pasta

Kale, the trendy “superfood” pops up in my basket quite a bit. I don’t love it, but it gives me an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. This dish is inspired by sausage, kale, and white bean soup and will take you halfway across the world to a trattoria in the Tuscan Countryside. Continue reading “Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Pasta”

Veggie scramble


I really need a protein rich breakfast to get my day started. One of the easiest and healthiest protein breakfasts is for me to scramble up some eggs. This is a great recipe to use up a variety of vegetables and it is fast so it is perfect for weekday mornings. I will pretty much use whatever I have on hand but some of my favorites are tomatoes, spinach, kale, onion, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, leeks, and potatoes. Continue reading “Veggie scramble”

Zuppa Bountifulla

 

This recipe was modeled after Zuppa Toscana, from Olive Garden. I wanted to lower the fat and salt content of this recipe, make it lactose free, and use more nutritious ingredients. Changing the original potatoes to white yams, gives this soup a completely different flavor than the original. I also add additional veggies, more garlic, more spice, less water, and use low sodium broth.
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Karmen – Pizza and a Movie

As I planned for this pizza blog post, I started to think about making a breakfast pizza.  Breakfast for dinner is totally acceptable in my household, in fact, we eat breakfast for dinner weekly.  I knew that I could load a breakfast pizza up with veggies so I went to my fridge for inspiration.  Instead of a pizza dough, the crust of the pizza is made with my biscuit recipe.
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Rustic Italian Soup

 

A hearty soup full of Bountiful Basket goodness!

 

Rustic Italian Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 green onions (diced)
  • 1 tbsp dried basil (if using fresh basil reduce by 1/2 and add when the soup is done)
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow squash
  • 1 cup spaghetti squash
  • 14 oz crushed peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cup. kale (cut into ribbons)
  • 1 cup. lentils
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Romano cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot saute saute carrots and green onions in coconut oil just until onions wilt slightly.
  2. Add sausage and cook until almost browned.
  3. Sprinkle in basil and add zucchini, squash,spaghetti squash, tomatoes, kale, lentils and stock.
  4. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Cook over medium heat approx. 30-45min. or until veggies have reached desired texture.
  6. Serve with hot bread.
  7. Garnish with grated Romano cheese.

 

Parmesan-Kale Popcorn

Parmesan-Kale Popcorn

Ingredients

  • Kale Chips (if baking for this recipe use less oil to make sure they are VERY dry)
  • Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Popcorn
  • Butter (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Pop enough popcorn to feed your family (I LOVE my air-popper)
  2. If using an unseasoned popcorn you may want to drizzle it with butter but it is not necessary.
  3. Finely grind crispy Kale chips into a powder. I do this in my "Ninja" but a coffee grinder, mortar and pestle, or even a Ziploc and a rolling pin would work.
  4. Mix the kale powder with your desired amount of parmesan cheese powder and sprinkle over the popcorn. Enjoy!

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • Kale
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Tear the kale into small pieces setting the thick ribs and stems aside.
  2. Lightly toss the kale with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  3. Spread the kale pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 300 for about 10-15 mins. Watch them closely. You want them crispy but if they turn brown they will taste bitter.
  5. Remove from the oven and enjoy!