Braised Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Brown Rice and Roasted Tomatoes

Don`t have much to say, but this is super simple and again a good make-ahead candidate as the kale can take some time to braise. You could make it in advance, but I did it all at once. And it is healthy and super flavorful. To cut time, sub the kale for spinach. I had some lacinato kale (aka flat or dinosaur kale) and this seemed as good of place as any to use it. If kale is not your bag, mix it with either spinach or use regular kale – lacinato kale ┬áis very kale-y. Also, this is pretty low cal.

This has totes picture fail, but whatever.


Don`t skip the simple salad!


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Spinach and Sundried Tomato Spaghetti Cake with Kale Caesar Salad

Since it is New Year I am starting with something I found at the beginning of 2011 when I started my ban on take out. Of course it is a Jamie Oliver recipe because he was my starting point for finding new recipes. Prior I was only cooking from my head and looked at cooking blogs as inspiration, but to follow a recipe – I thought that it meant that I couldn`t cook. Yeah, it is stupid. To pair, I am doing a bit fancier than my standard simple salad and making this kale caesar that my friend David made for xmas eve dinner that I thought was pretty great. Luckily he texted me the recipe – a term I am using loosely here – about a half hour before I was about to start.

We also have a 1993 reserve Veuve Cliquot to drink that we have been holding and it is time. I was too sick to drink it on xmas, and last night we stuck with reserve cava as we were going out drinking at the bar with a friend so it seemed wrong to open at 8:30 and slug prior to going out. Our pre-night out meal was cheese plate, spanish almonds and the cava which we shared with my friend Delphine who we spent the holiday festivities with us.

I admit to making an almost total error in making this tonight, but luckily quickly caught it and was able to correct. Also, I modified it to lighten the calorie load by using skim milk. I also swapped 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg, but that was only because I had used 2 yolks in the dressing and didn`t want to trash them.


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