Chicken with Kale and White Beans

October 5, 2016
by Mimi Holtz

Kale in Comfort Food

A "Bou-Kale" from San Miguel Produce

National Kale Day!  It’s Today!

If you didn’t know that today is National Kale Day,  you know now!  I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of it either, until I received this gorgeous “Bou-Kale” from San Miguel Produce of Oxnard, California.  They’ve been planning for this special day for a long time!   In fact, if you happen to be in the Ventura area on Oct. 5, 2016 you could receive some free kale!   At various sites in Ventura county and in Malibu  in Los Angeles county,  people will be handing out bunches of kale to celebrate  the day.

San Miguel Produce has been growing and processing  kale for 20 years, and selling under their “Cut ‘n Clean Greens”  brand.

“When we first started growing kale, no one wanted to eat it. It was used as decoration on the salad bar or for your pets. It’s exciting to see how kale has grown in popularity and now have a day dedicated to celebrating its health benefits and versatility,” Jan Berk, chief operating officer of San Miguel Produce, said in a news release. “San Miguel Produce hopes their campaign will help get kale into more homes and onto the plates of Americans both young and old.”

I remember seeing fields of greens on road trips when I was a child in Vermont and asking my dad what was growing.  He would say, “That’s kale!  They feed it to cows!”   If he were alive today he would appreciate how many people enjoy eating kale.  He used to pick dandelion greens every spring and ask my mother to cook them for dinner.   “Eat your greens!”   We didn’t get fresh greens all year long then,  as most of our vegetables came from our garden or the neighbor’s farm stand.

Kale Is Related to Cabbage!

Kale has been cultivated for over 2000 years, and since it is resistent to frost it has been a preferred green leafy vegetable through the ages.  In fact, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are all the same species of plant.

ready to eat kale

I was thrilled to receive several bags of ready-to-eat Kale from Cut ‘n Clean Greens too!   Each bag is a different variety and has suggestions for serving on the bag.  The kale is triple washed and already cup up to be used in salads or recipes.  In fact, these special bags of kale can even be frozen and used without thawing.

adding kale to meat sauce

There’s Kale in the Lasagna!

I happened to be making lasagna on the day the kale arrived, so I just put some into the meat sauce for the lasagna.   Just mix it right into the sauce and let it cook for a few minutes.

lasagna with kaleThen build the lasagna as you normally would.  It’s a great way to get some green leafy vegetables into the meal,  and makes the lasagna into a one-pot healthy supper.

Chicken with Kale and White Beans

Chicken with Kale and White Beans

Tonight I’m cooking chicken thighs with kale and white beans.  I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and cooked them with onions, garlic, fresh thyme and a little chicken stock and white wine.  When the chicken was tender,  I chopped it up and added fresh ready-to-eat Lacinato Kate from Cut ‘N Clean Greens and a can of white beans.  Seasoned it with salt and pepper,  optional red pepper flakes.   I added some fresh lemon zest and grated parmesan cheese just before serving.

Chicken with Kale and White Beans

Disclosure:   I received a gift box of ready-to-eat kale and a “Bou-Kale” from San Miguel Produce.  I was not required to write a blog post and I was not compensated.   All opinions and experiences are mine. 

Do you eat kale in salads or cook with it?  I’d love to know how you use kale in your family meals!

Cheesy No-Knead Bread

October 4, 2016
by Mimi Holtz

Easy Cheesy Bread: Fool Proof No-Knead Recipe

Cheesy No-Knead Bread

Bake Easy Cheesy Bread!

Want to be the world’s most popular mom and wife?  Cheesy Bread!   Want to have your grown kids flocking to your house,   hanging out in the kitchen with you,  and spending extra time at your kitchen table?  Cheesy Bread!   Those of us who are are empty-nest moms  never stop missing those days when our kitchen was filled with kids and food.

This week I discovered a new way to make  memories in my kitchen with my family.   Make fresh homemade bread!  The grown-up kids and their father will smell that fresh baked bread before they even get past the front door!   You’ll hear “oohs” and “ahs”  and “wow, Mom, this is so good!” again!

But wait — before you stop reading because you think baking bread is too much work,  or you think you need to buy a bread machine —  THIS IS SO EASY!   A fool proof recipe Continue Reading →

The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

September 9, 2016
by Mimi Holtz

Book Review: The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection by Robyn Webb

The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to a new cookbook that will be coming out this month: The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection by Robyn Webb.   Although it is written to help people with diabetes,  the recipes are appealing for anyone who wants to prepare foods with great flavor,  serve healthy meals, and simplify the process of meal planning.

The concept of the book is brilliant.   Just choose one  of the  nine basic recipes: stir fry, lasagna, meatloaf, burgers, tacos, chicken, soups, main dish salads, and pasta.  Follow the simple instructions to learn each technique. Then try a few of Robyn’s variations on the basic techniques. Continue Reading →

Roasted Corn and Bean Salad

September 5, 2016
by Mimi Holtz

Roasted Corn Salad

Roasted Corn Salad

On Labor Day I’m sharing this easy roasted corn salad!  It’s sweet and refreshing with just a little kick!

We celebrated our son’s 30th birthday today with a simple family lunch outside on the patio.  Yesterday I made a big pot of pulled pork,  and this salad was the perfect side dish, along with some fresh local green beans and California cantaloupe.   Use corn tortillas to make pulled pork tacos and add this salad on top like a salsa! Continue Reading →

Mimi Avocado and Lori Rice at IFBC

August 26, 2016
by Mimi Holtz
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Downtown Sacramento: Walking Distance Restaurants at IFBC

capital of California

Disclosure:  I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference in downtown Sacramento, CA  in July 2016 at a reduced rate for “citizen bloggers and social media experts” who would write three posts about their experience at the conference.  This is my third post in a series,  which highlights the the eateries I visitied during the weekend, within walking distance of the state capital building and the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  All opinions are mine. 

When I found out that the  2016 International Food Bloggers Conference would be held in Sacramento, CA,  I registered immediately.   Even though I had never spent any time in Sacramento,  I knew that the organizers were planning tours and sessions highlighting California’s agriculture and America’s Farm to Fork Capital.  And best of all, I’d have a chance to see old friends, make new ones, and explore some of the eateries in downtown Sacramento. Continue Reading →

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