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Appetizer Gluten-Free Poultry Soups

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Chicken

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For those of you freezing your butts off right now, I hope this soup comes at the perfect time. I love one-pot meals and I especially love them on weeknights when I don’t want to do a lot of cleanup.

Because, let’s be real, who has time to scrub multiple pots and pans on a Thursday night when you’re trying to binge ShondaLand?

Not me!

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This Tuscan White Bean Soup couldn’t be easier to prepare. It’s hearty and filling enough to be a main meal thanks to plenty of beans, veggies, and shredded chicken.

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For a vegan version of this soup, leave out the shredded chicken and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth – easy peasy.

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Leftovers were great the next day, so for a larger family, feel free to double the recipe.

 

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ cups chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups kale, stemmed and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 15 oz. can great northern beans, strained and rinsed
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded (Try my Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shaved
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat one Tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and saute for 6-7 minutes, until the onions begin to turn translucent. Add a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  2. Add the second Tablespoon of olive oil to the bottom of the pan, then add the kale and saute for 2 minutes, until the kale breaks down slightly. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and stir into the vegetable mixture.
  3. Add the chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf and beans to the pot. Give the mixture a quick stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rotisserie chicken and allow to simmer for 2 minutes to heat the chicken through.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with shaved parmesan.
 

Appetizer Gluten-Free Salads Vegan

Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Hello friends! I can’t believe it’s Thursday already. This week is flyyyyyying by for me. I was in Boston visiting my family this past weekend and I flew back to LA bright and early on Tuesday morning.

I am finally getting the chance to catch up and say hi to you guys.

Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe -- Little Chef Big Appetite

I am reallllllly excited to share this Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing recipe with you today! Tahini, a ground sesame seed paste, is an essential ingredient in hummus. But in reality, it can be used for so much more: cookies (think of it like peanut butter), dressings, sauces, etc.

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In this recipe, I paired the tahini dressing with a light kale salad made with cucumbers, shredded carrots, celery, and raisins. It would also be delicious with a Greek salad with feta and tomatoes.

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The recipe makes about one cup of dressing, so you’ll have leftovers. It should keep in the fridge for up to one week, but if you know you won’t use it in time, feel free to cut the recipe in half.

Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing Recipe

Enjoy! I know you’re going to love this one!

 

Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Kale Salad
  • 4-6 handfuls shredded kale
  • ½ medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ raisins
Tahini Dressing
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup raw tahini
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey)
  • ½ Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all kale ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid (or use a bowl and whisk). Shake the jar until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Toss the salad with a couple Tablespoons of the tahini dressing to taste.
 

Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie

Monday night I came home from work and our apartment was HOT. I knew Travis wanted a “real” meal for dinner, but cooking was the last thing I felt like doing. I had just picked up lots of fresh produce at the grocery store, and the only thing that sounded appealing to me was a cold, fresh smoothie.

I know, that is so unlike me. I typically would consider a smoothie a pathetic dinner, but I really wanted something refreshing and my body could use the greens.

 

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I threw lots of leafy greens, part of an avocado for creaminess, and fresh fruit into the blender along with some almond milk to get things moving.

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You really don’t taste the kale and spinach in this smoothie because they’re masked by the sweetness of the banana and mango. If you feel the smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, try adding two pitted dates – they add a delicious sweet flavor.

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This smoothie was SO good – I know I will be making it regularly throughout the summer. It’s healthy, vitamin-packed, filling, and so tasty.

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie

 

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Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup fresh kale
  • ¼ cup fresh spinach (optional)
  • ¼ cup avocado
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • 2-3 dates (optional for added sweetness)
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, until desired consistency.
 

 

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Gluten-Free Side Dishes

Spicy Braised Kale with Parmesan

The kale craze isn’t over yet, right? Okay, good, because I have a great recipe for you today!

Spicy Braised Kale with Parmesan Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

This spicy braised kale is everything you want in a side dish: quick, easy, and extremely healthy!

Spicy Braised Kale with Parmesan Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

All you need is kale, extra-virgin olive oil, chicken or vegetable broth, red pepper flakes, and parmesan. I bet you already have a majority of that in your pantry, right?

Spicy Braised Kale with Parmesan Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

This is a great way to eat kale for those of you who struggle to digest it. It is no news that kale leaves are extremely tough, making it very difficult for our stomachs to break down. However, when you braise kale in liquid, like in this recipe, the leaves become soft, and thus a lot easier on our bellies.

Spicy Braised Kale with Parmesan Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

The first time I made this braised kale, I ate it on its own (yes, it was that good!) I know it would be a delicious side dish served with my grilled skirt steak or roasted chicken.

 

Spicy Braised Kale with Parmesan Recipe
 
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb. Tuscan kale, torn and stems removed
  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ cup shaved parmesan
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan over medium-low heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil. Once hot, add the kale in batches (adding an additional handful every 20 seconds or so). Cook until kale begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth to the pan, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for about 12 minutes until the kale is tender and almost all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer the kale to a serving dish. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parmesan. Add a small amount of salt and pepper to taste.
 

Salads Vegetarian Meals

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing

I bet many of you have jumped on the healthy new year bandwagon, so I’m bringing you a delicious AND nutritious kale salad recipe today.

This salad has everything you need – a great balance of flavors, varying textures, and jam-packed flavor in every bite. You can serve it as an appetizer or feel free to add a piece of protein, such as grilled chicken, and make it a meal of its own.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

Pomegranates are SUPER healthy – they’re packed with antioxidants, which help to protect you from heart disease and cancer. I’ll admit, peeling pomegranates is not my favorite activity, but it’s worth it for the delicious sweet crunch you get from each tiny aril. (Don’t be stupid and wear a white shirt while peeling them like I did – you’ll get the juice everywhere!) I know you can buy the arils on their own, but I find that the price tends to be astronomical, so I usually opt to peel the pomegranate myself.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

Pomegranate molasses is something I’ve had in my pantry for years and I’ve talked about it a bunch on the blog. I use it in my Muhammara as well as various chicken recipes. It adds a sweet and tangy punch to whatever you’re making. When adding it to a salad dressing, it adds a more complex acidity than you get from lemon juice or vinegar.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

You can find pomegranate molasses in Middle Eastern supermarkets and I know Whole Foods carries it as well. I actually make my own molasses from pomegranate juice, and I will be sure to share a tutorial on how to do that soon.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing Recipe

 

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
  • 1.5 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Salad
  • 6 cups kale, tough ribs removed
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup roasted, unsalted pistachios (shelled)
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the pomegranate molasses, red wine vinegar, dijon, and honey. Slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl combine the kale, pomegranate arils, pistachios, and parmesan. Toss with about ¼ cup of dressing, or to taste. Season lightly with salt and pepper. The dressed salad will keep for about 24 hours.
 

Main Meal Salads

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Travis and I tried a new (to us) restaurant, The Misfit in Santa Monica recently. We had been there for drinks but never for dinner and after hearing rave reviews from numerous friends we finally decided to tough out the hour-long wait and try it out.

Most items on the menu were served tapas style, so we ordered a bunch of things to share (my favorite kind of meal). The item on the menu we were most impressed by was their shredded kale and quinoa salad. It was OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD. We spent a good 20 minutes (you think I’m exaggerating) trying to figure out every ingredient in the salad so that we could try to recreate it at home.

And that’s precisely what we did.

I read somewhere that it can be good to soak kale in water mixed with some sea salt for a few hours. (If you have never tried it, kale is a very tough green, so it can sometimes be hard for your body to break down…the salt water mixture helps with that).

In the end, I think we did a good job detecting all the flavors in the salad. Our version may not have tasted EXACTLY like The Misfit’s, but I’d say it’s pretty darn close.

I’ve made this three times in the last two weeks, so yeah, it’s THAT good.

Look at me being all vegetarian and whatnot!

P.S. Travis ate this with some grilled chicken on top. I think it is totally filling on its own – up to you!

 

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Salad
  • 3 large bunches kale, soaked in salt water for a few hours and drained, then chopped or shredded
  • ⅓ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • ⅛ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Lemon Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons dijon
  • ½ teaspoon agave
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the lemon vinaigrette to taste.