Bitter Greens with Carrots, Turnips, and Oranges

Ingredients

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or Riesling vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • ⅓ cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 3 cups watercress, tough stems removed
  • ½ head of radicchio, halved lengthwise, core removed, leaves separated
  • 6 baby carrots, scrubbed, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 4 baby turnips, preferably Tokyo, tops trimmed to ½ inch, scrubbed, very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 oranges, peel and white pith removed, sliced into rounds, seeds removed
  • ¼ cup kumquats, sliced into rounds, seeds removed (optional)
  • Flaky sea salt (for serving)

Barley, Fennel, and Beet Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked barley (from about ⅔ cup dried)
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 2 small golden beets, thinly sliced
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted almonds
  • ¼ cup torn fresh mint
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Toss barley, fennel bulb, beets, red onion, almonds, and mint in a large bowl with oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper.

Marinated Beets with Pistachios and Tarragon

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby yellow or red beets, trimmed, scrubbed
  • ½ cup Sherry or red wine vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup raw pistachios, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Combine beets, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 Tbsp. oil, and ¼ cup water in a baking dish; season with salt.
  2. Cover with foil and steam until beets are tender, 40–50 minutes. Let cool slightly. Rub off skins with paper towels; cut beets into quarters (or ½” wedges if larger).
  3. Toss beets with shallot, thyme, remaining ¼ cup vinegar, and remaining ¼ cup oil in a large bowl; season with salt. Let sit at least 2 hours.
  4. Toss with pistachios and tarragon just before serving.

Easy Bistro Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
  • 4 chicken thighs (about 1 pound), skinned
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (about1 pound), skinned
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • 2 bay leaves 1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 8 cups hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi Parsley sprigs (optional)

Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium kabocha or 1 butternut squash (about
  • 2 lbs.), halved
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 15-oz. can low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp. sherry vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Place squash cut-side down on prepared baking sheet, and tuck garlic cloves in hollow under squash. Bake 50 minutes, or until tender. Cool 10 minutes. Scoop flesh from shell, and place in large bowl. Peel garlic cloves.
  2.  Heat large pot over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Add onion, and cook 7 minutes, or until translucent. Add ginger, allspice and cinnamon, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in squash, garlic, broth and 3 & 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium low. Partially cover pot, and simmer 25 minutes. Purée in blender or food processor until smooth. Serve hot or cold, and stir in chives and vinegar just before serving.