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Kohlrabi Slaw with Harissa Dressing

From: Food & Wine Magazine
Yield: 6 Cups

4           Kohlrabi, peeled/julienne (1¼ lbs)
½ Sm    Red cabbage, finely shred (4 C)
2 Lg    Carrots, peeled/grated
½          Small red onion, finely chopped
⅓ C       Chopped cilantro, leaves and stems
½ C       Kewpie mayonnaise

2 Tbsp    Unseasoned rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp    Harissa
1 Tbsp    Red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp    Sugar
Kosher Salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat. Season with salt. The kohlrabi slaw can be refrigerated overnight.

Mexican Chicken & Rice With Black Beans

Serves: 6
From: Cuisine At Home Magazine

1 Tbsp    Each, Chili powder and ground cumin
1 tsp    Each, Ground coriander and kosher salt
½ tsp    Black pepper, freshly ground
1½ Lb    Chicken thighs, boneless/skinless, cubed
3 Tbsp    Olive oil, divided
½ C    Each, Diced Onion and yellow bell pepper
1 Tbsp    Each, Minced garlic and serrano chile
1½ C    Dry basmati rice
2¾ C    Low sodium chicken broth
1 Lb    Cooked, black beans
¼ C    Minced, fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp    Fresh lime juice
Radishes, roma tomato, serrano, & cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)

Combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium until shimmering. Add chicken and brown on all sides, 5-6 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Heat remaining Tbsp oil in same skillet over medium. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and minced serrano; cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in rice and cook 1 minute. Add broth, scraping up any brown bits, and bring to a boil. Return chicken to skillet, cover, reduce heat to low and cook until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in beans, minced cilantro, and lime juice. Garnish chicken and rice with radishes, tomato, sliced serranos, and cilantro leaves.

Italian Chickpea Soup

Serves 6 (about 11 cups)
From: Cuisine At Home Magazine #115

1 C        Dry ditalini pasta
3 oz      Pancetta, diced
2 Tbsp  Olive oil
1½ C      Onion, diced
½ C        Each, Carrot and celery, diced
2 Tbsp   Tomato paste
1 Tbsp    Each, Minced garlic, rosemary, sage
1 tsp       Anchovy paste
½ tsp     Red pepper flakes
½ C        Dry white wine
3 C         Low-sodium chicken broth
2 Lb       Cooked chickpeas
1 Can      Diced tomatoes in juice (28 oz)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in oil in a large pot or saute pan over medium heat until crisp, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 2 Tbsp drippings.

Sweat onions, carrot and celery and drippings in same pot, covered over medium heat until vegetables soften, 5-8 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, sage, anchovy paste, and red pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Deglaze pot with wine, scraping up any brown bits. Cook until wine nearly evaporates, 3-5 minutes. Add broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, & pasta water. Bring to boil; reduce to medium low and simmer 15 mins. 

Transfer 2 cups* to a food processor or blender; carefully puree and return to pot. Stir pasta into soup; cook until warmed through, 3-5 minutes. Season soup with salt and black pepper; top servings with Parmesan and pancetta.

*This gives thickness and body to your soup. You can avoid this step if you like a thinner soup, or add more if you prefer a thicker soup.

QUINOA & BLACK BEAN SALAD

Serves: 4-6

1 2/3 C    water
1 C    red quinoa
1/4 C    red onion
1 Tbsp    extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp    kosher salt
1 lb    cooked black beans
2    plum tomatoes, diced

Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 12 minutes or untill quinoa is tender. Fluff gently with a fork to seperate the grains. Add remainder of ingredients and combine well.