Blooming Saffron or Saffron Tea

Saffron Tea and Simple Syrup

Recipe excerpt from:
Saffron
by Emily Brooke Sandor and Christina Xenos

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 ½ cup hot water
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads

Optional: honey for tea

  • Combine hot water and saffron threads and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • If serving as a tea, simply add honey to taste and serve. If using bloomed saffron for a recipe, pour saffron liquid into a glass jar, seal, and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Store the jar of bloomed saffron in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Saffron Honey Simple Syrup

Saffron Tea and Simple Syrup

Recipe excerpt from:
Saffron
by Emily Brooke Sandor and Christina Xenos

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • ½ cup honey
  1. Combine water, sugar, and saffron threads over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the honey.
  3. Allow the mixture to steep in the pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour Saffron Honey Simple Syrup into a glass jar, seal, and allow syrup to cool to room temperature before using or storing.
  5. Store the jar of syrup in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Thai-Inspired Lettuce Wraps

Thai Inspired Lettuce Wraps by MJ Hong

Recipe excerpt from:
The One-Pan College Cookbook: 80 Easy Recipes for Quick, Good Food
by MJ Hong

Fresh and tangy flavors paired with crunchy vegetables make for a satisfying bite in these refreshing lettuce wraps. Use your favorite ground meat or omit it altogether and double up on the vegetables. You can also make this into a bowl and serve it over chopped fresh lettuce or cooked rice.

Serves 2
Prep TIme: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken, turkey, pork, or beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 carrot, diced or grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or any nut butter
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves
  1. In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the meat and cook, using a wooden spoon to break it up, for about 3 minutes, or until no longer pink.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, carrot, bell pepper, hoisin sauce, and peanut butter and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the scallion, cilantro, and lime juice.
  4. To serve, separate the lettuce leaves and place on a plate. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the filling into the center of each leaf and eat taco-style.

REMIX TIP: For a Korean-inspired flavor, omit the hoisin sauce and peanut butter and instead add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. For spice, add 1 tablespoon of gochujang (Korean red chili paste).

Sheet Pan Chickpea and Broccoli Dinner

Sheet Pan Chickpea and Broccoli Dinner by Michelle Duidash

Recipe excerpt from:
Clean Eating Kitchen: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook
by Michelle Dudash

”You should make this for people,” my husband announced after eating my rendition of this dish. It’s easy to swap out different vegetables for whatever you have on hand, too. I have made this recipe with a variety of vegetable swaps depending on what I have on hand. My version here offers a Mediterranean flavor profile. We love them all.

  • 1 can (15-ounce) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small broccoli crown, chopped to the size of the chickpeas
  • 1 package (8-ounce) mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1⁄2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1⁄2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1⁄4 cup parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Diced avocado

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F convection.

Place the chickpeas, broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper, onion, garlic, liquid aminos, paprika, coriander, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Toss to coat everything evenly. Spread on a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss with two spatulas. Bake until the broccoli begins to brown, about 10 more minutes. Drizzle with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the parsley. Toss again.

Spoon into shallow bowls and top with the diced avocado.

Variations • If you don’t have a bell pepper on hand, I’ve swapped that with a large diced carrot—delish.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 1 Hour • Yield: 4 Servings

Per Serving: 183 Calories, 22 G Carbohydrate (6 G Fiber, 0 G Added Sugars, 16 G Net Carbs), 8 G Protein, 9 G Fat, 730 MG Sodium.

Mini Bell Peppers stuffed with Turkey and Pistachios

Mini Bell Peppers stuffed with Turkey and Pistachios by Michelle Dudash

Recipe excerpt from:
Clean Eating Kitchen: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook
by Michelle Dudash

I love those raw sweet mini bell peppers for snacking. Just wash and eat! They also look adorable stuffed with ground turkey and roasted as little appetizers. You can prep these a day in advance and pop them into the oven right before party time.

  • 1 (1-pound) bag mini bell peppers (about 16)
  • 3/4 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 1⁄3 cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander (see Recipe Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut off the tops of the peppers right between the straight sides and the rounded shoulders. Pull out the seeds and membranes using your fingers or dislodge with a paring knife. Poke a hole into the pointy tips of the peppers, making an air gap to allow for easier stuffing.

In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, pistachios (reserving 2 tablespoons for later), vinegar, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, coriander, cinnamon, and pepper. Using a small spoon or butter knife, stuff the peppers with the turkey, leaving a nice rounded top protruding out a bit at the top of the peppers. Gently roll the meat ends of the peppers into the reserved pistachios. Place the peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Bake until the largest peppers are blistered and tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Suggestions and Variations
For a pepper-free version, you can shape the turkey into small patties and sauté in a bit of olive oil over medium heat.

Recipe Note
My preferred way to buy coriander is as whole seeds and then grinding only the amount I need in a mortar and pestle. It adds texture to the dish, where a fine powder can’t. And the aroma is dreamy. It’s one of my favorite spices, and I use it in Asian-style stir-fries, chili, and meat rubs.

Total prep and cook time: 30 minutes • Yield: 16 Servings, 1 Pepper Each

Per Serving: 57 Calories, 2 G Carbohydrate (1 G Fiber, 0 G Added Sugars, 1 G Net Carbs), 5 G Protein, 4 G Fat, 85 MG Sodium.

Zucchini And Corn Pancakes with Cilantro Crema

Zucchini And Corn Pancakes by Jonathan Bardzik

Recipe excerpt from:
Simple Summer: a recipe for joy and connection (Second Edition)
by Jonathan Bardzik

Serves 6

Zucchini and corn pancakes – think latkes – are sweet and savory, crisp on the outside and creamy inside with the corn kernels popping as you bite into them. The refreshing cilantro crema perfectly balances the warm, summery flavors of the pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups grated zucchini, about 2 medium
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 2 tbs fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 tsp Spanish paprika*
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 3-4 tbs olive oil
  • Cream

*Spanish paprika has a wonderful smoky flavor. You can substitute Hungarian paprika.

Cilantro Crema:

  • 1 cup créme fraîche
  • 2 tbs cream or buttermilk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

Prepare zucchini: Place grated zucchini in colander, sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and leave for 15-20 minutes to drain. Wrap zucchini in a tea towel and squeeze out as much water as you can.

Make pancake batter: Place zucchini in large bowl with corn, egg, basil, garlic, parmesan, paprika, pepper and potato starch. Mix. If the batter is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of cream.

Make crema: place crème fraîche, cream, garlic and cilantro in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook pancakes: Cook over medium-low heat in 1/4 cup pancakes, turning once. The low heat allows the outsides to get crispy and brown, while the centers remain creamy.

Serve pancakes with cilantro crema and, if desired, a drizzle of honey over the top.

TIP: When first mixing the batter leave it a little dry. The zucchini will release some water while you make the crema.

TIP: The batter will seem a bit loose with the corn falling away. Never fear, just shape them into a pancake in the skillet and they will hold together with the right delicate texture when cooked

French Potato and Tomato Salad

French Potato and Tomato Salad by Jonathan Bardzik

Recipe excerpt from:
Simple Summer: a recipe for joy and connection (Second Edition)
by Jonathan Bardzik

Serves 6-8

With summer’s smoky, rich, grilled meats, breads and starchy vegetables like corn, skip the mayo and use a light vinaigrette for pasta and potato salads. It holds up better under outdoor heat too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fingerling potatoes
  • 4 tbs chopped herbs like tarragon, basil, parsley and chives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

For dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup olive oil – the good stuff!

Directions:

Boil potatoes in salted water. When you can easily pierce them with a knife, with just a little resistance remaining in the center, drain and rest while starting your vinaigrette.

Make dressing: Sprinkle garlic generously with coarse salt and mash into a paste by dragging it across your cutting board with the flat side of a chef’s knife. Place garlic paste in a medium bowl with vinegar and mustard. Season with pepper and whisk to combine. Set aside and let rest for 15-20 minutes while flavors combine. Drizzle oil into vinegar mixture, while whisking, to form a creamy emulsion.

Assemble salad: When potatoes are just cool enough to handle, cut into 1” pieces. Add to large bowl with herbs and garlic and toss together. Let rest for five minutes while the hot potatoes release flavorful oils from the garlic and herbs, then dress your salad to coat with 2/3 cup vinaigrette. Set potatoes aside for 15-20 minutes to absorb dressing.

Toss tomatoes into salad and add additional dressing as needed. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional fresh herbs as desired.

TIP: If you can’t find fingerlings, use another low-starch potato like baby reds or Yukon Gold.

Sweet Challah Rolls with Apple Currant Filling

Sweet Challah Rolls by Beth A Lee

Recipe excerpt from:
The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook
by Beth Lee

Dairy-free, Nut-free, Pareve

Prep Time: 40 minutes Inactive Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 27 minutes

Challah rolls filled with apples and currants are the ideal sweet baked good for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I originally developed this recipe for a High Holidays cooking class, but these little gems are perfect all year round. Ready faster than a traditional challah recipe, these rolls are also versatile: Leave the filling out, make one loaf instead of individual rolls, or double the recipe and freeze some for another day. Makes 8 rolls

For the dough

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (7 grams/1 packet) active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 3 ½ cups (438 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • ¼ cup (47 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (235 grams) warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

For the filling

  • 1 cup (118 grams) chopped and peeled sweet firm apple
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (36 grams) currants or raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For egg wash

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  1. Mix: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the yeast, flour, and sugar. Add the warm water, egg, oil, and salt.
  2. Knead: Using the stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, knead on medium-low speed for 3 to 4 minutes, making sure the dough is thoroughly combined and scraping down the sides as necessary. Once kneaded, the dough should be smooth and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is overly sticky, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, as necessary.
  3. First rise: Remove the dough from the bowl, form it into a round, and place it on a sheet of parchment paper. Use your finger to poke a 1-inch hole through the center of the dough. Cover the dough loosely with a kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Make filling: While the dough is resting, in a medium bowl, combine the chopped apple, lemon juice, currants, cinnamon, and sugar. Set aside.
  5. Prep: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Fill and shape: Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Flatten a piece into a roughly 6-by-4-inch rectangle and spread a heaping tablespoon of filling down the center. Close the dough up around the filling and gently roll it out with your hands to a roughly 9-inch rope. Loosely coil the rope, tuck the end under, and pinch to seal. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough to create 8 rolls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Second rise: Loosely cover the challah rolls with a kitchen towel, set in a warm location, and let rise for about 30 minutes, or until the dough slowly springs back when poked with your finger.
  8. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  9. Egg wash: Whisk together the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to coat each roll with the egg wash, getting into all the nooks and crannies.
  10. Bake: Bake the rolls for 5 minutes at 375°F, then lower the heat to 350°F and cook for about 22 minutes longer. Transfer to a wire rack and cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai recipe by Katie Chin

Recipe excerpt from:
Katie Chin’s Global Family Cookbook – Internationally-Inspired Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love!
by Katie Chin

Serves 4

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with my easy and delicious Pad Thai recipe!! This is the Pad Thai you’ve been waiting for because it’s so easy to make and everything in this recipe you can find at almost any well stocked grocery store. Traditional Pad Thai recipes call for tamarind concentrate which can only be found at Asian markets or on-line. A great way to recreate the flavors of tamarind is by using brown sugar and lime juice to mimic its sweet tart signature taste. All the sweet, salty and sour flavors you’ve come to love from your favorite dish can now be whipped up within minutes. Perfect for a Sunday night dinner or any night of the week!

  • 8 ounces dried rice stick noodles
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon sambal olek or sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded
  • 6 ounces firm tofu, drained, patted dry with paper towels and cubed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Garnishes:

  • Matchstick carrots
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Beansprouts
  • Crushed roasted peanuts

Bring a pot of water to a boil in a large pot. Turn off heat. Place dried rice noodles in the water and let sit for 10-15 minutes, breaking apart with tongs. Rinse with cool water and drain. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, chicken broth, sambal olek or sriracha sauce, soy sauce, corn starch and paprika. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Add the tofu and egg and stir-fry for about 1 minute, until egg is scrambled. Add the reserved rice noodles and sauce mixture and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, tossing so ingredients are evenly coated.

Transfer to a platter and garnish with small piles of bean sprouts, carrot and red cabbage on the sides of the platter. Sprinkle with the peanuts and minced cilantro over the top. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Hatch Enchiladas Suizas

Melissa's Hatch Chile Enchilada Suiza

Recipe excerpt from:
Melissa’s Hatch Pepper Cookbook
by Ida Rodriguez
Melissa’s World Variety Produce

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. Shredded Chicken Breast, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 6 ea. Tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ Diced Yellow Onion 
  • ½ Green Bell pepper, Diced 
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 roasted hot hatch peppers, diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup salad oil

Directions
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the tomatillos, garlic, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and hatch peppers until softened.

Add the chicken broth and cook until vegetables are tender.
In a blender, blend the vegetables until smooth.  Strain through fine strainer. Return the sauce to the saucepot and bring to a simmer.  

Add heavy cream and allow to reduce for 5 minutes

Finish with sour cream and season with salt and pepper. (Yield 1 quart)

Heat the salad oil in a sauté pan.  Soak the tortillas on both sides for a second to soften and set aside.
In a mixing bowl add the shredded chicken and 1-½ cups of the salsa verde; stir until all the chicken is moistened with sauce.

Fill the tortillas with 1 oz of shredded chicken mixture, cheese and roll into enchilada.
In a baking dish place the rolled enchiladas.  Top with sauce and cheese.  Place in 350º oven and heat for 10 minutes.  

Remove from oven and serve. 

YIELD: 12 ENCHILADAS