Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spicy Cauliflower and Kale Chips

Cara McAvoy, sous chef at San Francisco's Chiaroscuro is here to help you learn to love your vegetables:

The New Year is a time when outrageous resolutions are made and sadly, food and drink are often at the top of the list of things to go. This does not need to be so! Eat more of the fruits and veggies that are good for you, and enjoy the hell out of your small indulgences. Savor a single glass of wine. And when it's time to entertain guests, whip up the following healthy and savory recipes:

Spicy Sauteed Cauliflower
1 head of cauliflower
1 clove garlic (optional)
olive oil
salt & pepper
chili flakes
freshly grated parmesean cheese (optional)

Cauliflower has a lot of flavor and all you need to do to bring it out is get a little color on it in a saute pan.
1. Cut cauliflower in half and cut out the hard core.
2. Slice each floret into slices about 1/8 inch wide.
3. If you want a little garlic flavor, rub the outside of each floret with the garlic clove before you slice it
4. Heat oil over medium heat (just enough out to generously coat the bottom of the pan).
5. Add cauliflower, season with salt and pepper and cook about 3 minutes per side or until nice and brown, turning to avoid burning.
6. Right before it's done, sprinkle with chili flakes - let the chili flakes open up their flavor in the oil but do not let them burn.
7. Sprinkle with parmesean or pecorino cheese and serve

Kale Chips

My friends and I are crazy about kale chips. They have to be the healthiest thing on earth that comes in chip form. And they're a snap to make!

1 bunch kale
olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 325F.
2.With a small pairing knife, cut the leaves of kale off the stem.
3. Arrange kale on sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil (use your hands to rub the leaves and make sure the leaves are all covered in oil!)
4. Season with salt and pepper
5. Throw em' in the oven for 10-20 minutes. The timing all depends on the water content of the kale, just keep an eye on it and check every five minutes, when the leaves are dried out....they are ready!! Enjoy!

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