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Brilliant Sauteed Broccoli

I am a little spoiled when it comes to vegetables: in Brazil we have a big variety and all vegetables taste wonderful. I think broccoli in the US doesn’t have any taste … but I found out that baby broccoli tastes much better. So I am using it in this recipe. You may think baby broccoli is expensive but in the end, I think the cost ends up being the same as the regular broccoli, because you pay for the super thick stems. With baby broccoli you use everything.

This method of cooking (blanching/shocking) is very good: the final consistency of the broccoli is very nice and its color, awesome! Instead of brown sugar and red pepper flakes I just added some garlic powder when sauteing. I didn’t use Parmesan cheese either. See the original recipe here.

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I never paid attention to parsnips before so it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that I found out that this wonderful root is delicious and versatile. They are great for making chips, fries, puree etc.

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Kale Chips

I found this recipe at the James Beard Foundation site. I used lacinato kale (or Tuscan), which is very delicate so I didn’t remove the stems or chopped the leaves. You can make this recipe with any kind of dark greens, such as kale or collard greens. I skipped the cayenne pepper.

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Lamb chops were on sale and they looked delicious, so we bought a rack. I just sprinkled them with kosher salt and pepper, some onion and garlic powder. Then let them come to room temperature and grill them for 4 minutes each side, covered with a foil or the grill cover, for medium rare. Cook 6 minutes each side for medium. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

I served the lamb with yucca puree and broccoli rice. If you would like more information on how to cook yucca root, please let me know. Sometimes I find it at the grocery store then I buy it right away.

Broccoli rice is a favorite at my parent’s house in Brazil, specially to go with “bacalhau” (salted cod). Everybody loves it. There was never enough. Its obvious Portuguese flavors goes well with fish or meat. Note: a very good olive oil is important for the success of this dish. I also used purified water and Himalayan salt.

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These pancakes were delicious! I made half the recipe but I should have made a whole one, as my husband came looking for seconds, and there was none left!

I used coconut oil instead of olive oil and skipped the chili and the curry. No zucchini flowers either. I served it with the Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger (see the recipe here), which has a lot of flavor, so I seasoned it with just a bit of garlic powder and some chopped cilantro in place of the garam masala.

If you are serving this dish “standalone”, I recommend that you use all the spices (except the chili and curry, if you are doing the elimination diet).

This recipe is very versatile, I think it should be really good with carrots or other vegetables and any combination of spices and herbs. Besides the burger, I also served it with some chopped red cabbage and carrot salad.

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I just wanted something to go with the Chicken Tagine. You may have noticed I am in my red quinoa phase. LOL, I go through phases with one ingredient then I forget about it for a long time. I also used some left over black lentils but these are totally optional. Garbanzos sound like a good match to quinoa, and what about something “green”… zucchini perhaps?

Since the Chicken Tagine is very rich in flavors, I wanted a dish that tasted almost “neutral”, so I decided not to add any herbs or spices, just a pinch of cinnamon. But if you are making this dish “standalone” I would recommend adding some lime, lime rind, parsley and cilantro.

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I skipped the coconut part of the recipe, just baked thin slices of plantain. But I think the coconut would taste really good, it just wouldn’t pair well with the food I am serving it with.

I served it with Steamed Fish with Lime and Black Beans and brown rice.

For the fish, I followed the recipe for Steamed Fish with Lemon and Capers over Zucchini Strips but skipped the capers, parsley and zucchini. For the Beans, I followed this recipe.

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