Recipes: greens

Soupa Green

By Gina Caputo

Soupa Green
Rainy spring days have me wanting healthy soups. Not the dense soups of Fall but something both warm and bright. Enter SOUPA GREEN! A vegan Spring soup that uses the veggies of the season that just all happen to be green. Note - the peas and the splash of lemon juice MAKE this soup. I add beans for protein and some bite, you could also add a small pasta in this soup if you'd like to make it even heartier.

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Shrimp & Asparagus Salad

By Gina Caputo

Shrimp & Asparagus Salad
When asparagus is in season, this salad is a MUST. The bitter of the arugula goes so spectacularly with asparagus and the lemon makes every ingredient in here pop. Shrimp is a super easy protein to prepare, is amazing with avocado and has a lot of bang for its buck. Vegan friends can use a can of rinsed garbanzo beans and it’s an amazing, hearty salad for all! 

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Can't Beet It

By Gina Caputo

Can't Beet It
This is a riff on a favorite recipe of mine that I make every week. Sometimes I change up the legume or the greens, other times I change up the grain. This version uses barley, a high-fiber (with decent protein!) grain that is most commonly used in soups but has a nutty flavor that makes it amazing in salads. These salads feel like "shoulder season" salads to me, where I'm ready to move out of the heavier foods of winter but not quite ready for the light salads of summer.

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Pesto with Super Greens

By Gina Caputo

Pesto with Super Greens
Pesto has been a family fave for decades but two ways I've kicked it up over the years are the addition of lemon juice which adds a bright and welcome sour kick to the salty, herbacious pesto, giving it a little more lightness and the addition of a Hulk sized portion of super greens to kick up the vitamin profile of pesto!

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Cauliflower Kale Chicken Bowl

By Gina Caputo

Cauliflower Kale Chicken Bowl

This bowl hits all the marks of being satisfying, healthy, easy, delicious and even gluten-free. Cauliflower rice is sautéed in coconut oil and combined with massaged kale for a strong veggie base. Add rotisserie chicken (or leave it off for a vegan version!) for a protein boost and then add the party of apples, cranberries and almonds. I added some cayenne-spiked date syrup to my usual balsamic dressing for this one but that may be hard to find. Consider adding a dash or two of cayenne powder to your dressing for a similar effect!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed or 2-3 cooked chicken breasts (roasted, sautéed, grilled, etc)
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ chopped almonds
  • Balsamic vinaigrette + add optional dash of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Grate the head of cauliflower on a box grater or similar
  2. Remove the center rib of the kale and chop into bite sized pieces
  3. Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces
  4. Dice the apple
  5. Chop almonds
  6. Prepare your dressing and add cayenne pepper if desired
  7. Place the kale in a large salad bowl and toss or massage with two tablespoons of the balsamic dressing
  8. Sautee the grated cauliflower in a large skillet over medium heat, stir frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the cauliflower to the kale, add the chicken chunks and toss. Add as much dressing as desired.
  10. Add the apples, cranberries and almonds and a pinch of sea salt.
  11. Toss well and serve!

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Ground Control

By Gina Caputo

Ground Control
This One Bowl Wonder is perfect for a Meatless Monday. Beets are high in important vitamins and minerals, are thought to support athletic performance, are high in fiber and may support brain health! And French Lentils with quinoa is an excellent source of plant protein!

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Turn Up The Beet

By Gina Caputo

Turn Up The Beet
Beets bring some of that Earth energy to Fall - its time to get grounded! Beets are high in important vitamins and minerals, are thought to support athletic performance, are high in fiber and may support brain health! This One Bowl Wonder by Gina Caputo features the best of beets along with apples, dates and garbanzo beans!

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Summertime Protein Power

By Gina Caputo

Summertime Protein Power
While I didn't originally intend to make this a One Bowl Wonder post, it go so much action on Instagram that I'm putting it here after all! It's a kicked up caprese salad that uses chickpea pasta AND chickpeas as well as that inimitable summertime fresh corn. Vegetarian protein at its best!

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