Ingredients For Delicious Winter Salads

An younf woman eating a warm winter saladFood crops harvested in winter months with the use of hoop houses or hot houses (such as used in California, USA) and other methods that extend the natural growing season, and old-fashioned storage vegetables like cabbages and potatoes all mean that there are plenty of winter produce to choose from.

What winter produce that is available, is sufficient to enjoy delicious winter salads along with great homemade dressings and vinaigrette’s.

The different crops available in the winter months include among others:

Beets: Available in season from fall through spring in temperate climates, and those available during the summer months, are from storage.

Belgian Endive: This leafy green is forced to produce under artificial conditions, making them available year round. Their traditional season, as with all chicories, is late fall through winter.

When grown in open fields they are covered with sand for about 6 months to keep out the light. When grown in hot houses they are placed in darkness for 6 months before shipping to market for purchase.

Read more here about the endive (includes a recipe with video): Endive and Fruit Salad with Chicken

Broccoli: This and all other cruciferous vegetables can be grown year-round in temperate climates, but broccoli tastes best when harvested in the cooler temperatures of fall in most climates.

salad plate with Warm Winter Salad with Apples Spinach Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Warm Winter Salad with Apples Spinach Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Brussels sprouts: These vegetables are part of the cabbage family.  They grow on stalks, and they last somewhat longer than when sold packaged or removed from their stalks.

Cabbage: This vegetable is crispy when raw with bitter flavor, though it mellows and sweetens the longer it’s cooked.

Sweet Potatoes: This root vegetable is often referred too or interchangeable with yams. The two vegetables are different though.

Most yams in the USA are sweet potatoes. Yams are dry and starchy, and grown mainly in Africa and Asia. They can weigh up too 100 pounds.

Sweet potatoes store very well and are available year round in warmer areas. Though their season is from late summer through winter.

Other vegetables available in fall to winter months include, radicchio, radishes, turnips, winter squash, rutabagas, parsnips, chard, collard greens, cress, spinach, kale, carrots, leeks, fennel, and celery among others.

There are also a verity of fruits in season during the winter months that you can enjoy in fruit salads, or as a snack. To view the available in season winter fruits link here: Fruits Info – Seasonal Fruits.

Salads To Enjoy In The Winter Months

Chilly temperatures, and dark winter days are traditionally suited to cheese, meat, and vegetable casseroles, including pastas. A salad filled with raw vegetables may not seem appealing in the cold winter.

But what if you could prepare a warm winter salad, like this one – Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts. This recipe is offered by a professional chef, author, recipe developer, educator and certified health coach at A Food Centric Life.

THE RECIPE

Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

1 large bunch of organic kale (Tuscan, Lacinato or Dinosaur)

a white salad plate with Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Image Credit: A Food Centric Life

1 large shallot

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

Handful of dried cranberries

Small handful of chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar (suggestion: infused balsamic fruit flavored variety like dark cherry)

Salt and pepper, to season

Bring a large pot (5 quart/liter) of water to a boil while you are trimming the kale leaves and slicing the shallot. Trim the ribs out of the center of the kale leaves, and then cut the leaves crosswise into ribbons. Slice the peeled shallot crosswise into thin rings.

When water boils, add 2 teaspoons salt, then drop the kale leaves into the water and cook for 2 minutes (called blanching). Drain well through a sieve and place kale on a clean kitchen towel. Alternatively you can steam your kale for 2-3 minutes, and then proceed with the recipe.

In a medium sauté or fry pan, heat the olive oil over medium low heat until warm. Add the shallot rings, then the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring until softened. Be careful not to let them burn. Add the cranberries, walnuts, and vinegar. Stir and cook for a minute, then add the cooked kale. Toss the kale ribbons to coat and warm, season up with salt and pepper, and then serve.

Make this a even more warm winter salad by either serving the warm salad as a side dish with roasted chicken, as Sally the author of “A Food Centric Life” explains, or as a foundation for roasted salmon. She also suggests placing the warm salad over a bed of quinoa for a vegetarian or vegan entree.

Sally says you can use a fruit flavored infused balsamic vinegar like dark cherry or fig when making the vinaigrette.

Another great warm winter salad you can enjoy is: Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet

2 tablespoons olive oil

salad plate with Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet½ cup onion, diced

Red pepper flakes, to taste

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups sweet potatoes, diced

2 cups fresh shrimp

3 cups trimmed and coarsely chopped kale leaves

Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat a a ceramic coated cast iron pan over medium heat, add olive oil.

Next add onions and red pepper flakes, and saute until onions are soft and browned.

Next add garlic and cook about 30 seconds more.

Next add sweet potato and cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes. If necessary add a 2 or 3 tablespoons of water to help cook the sweet potato.

Next add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they are pink in color.

Turn heat to low and add kale, stirring in until wilted.

Season to taste with salt and pepper (optional).

Plate and serve.

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Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Who invented the Buffalo wings? Wikipedia says, “One of the more prevalent claims is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, by Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the bar along with her husband Frank.”

chicken egg representing spicy - Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

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Wikipedia goes on to say, “A Buffalo wing, Buffalo chicken wing, hot wing, or wing, in the cuisine of the United States, is a chicken wing section that is generally deep-fried, unbreaded, and coated in vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce.”

Our featured chicken wing is more of an Asian style preparation. It does have some cayenne flacks in it, but we promise it will not be real spicy to the palate.

Here is what you will need:

preparing Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

To start you will need five (5) pounds of thawed chicken wings. Next line a 13 X 9 inch glass baking pan with aluminum foil. Place and arrange thawed chicken wings, top side down into prepared baking pan.

In a large measuring cup of medium mixing bowl mix together the following ingredients:

1 ½ cups seedless raspberry jam

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 ½ tsp. crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

I find there is no need to heat the jam to liquefy it. But if it is easier you can do the following:

In a small saucepan, combine jam, vinegar, soy sauce and red pepper over medium heat. Stir until smooth, then add sesame seeds.

Pour raspberry sauce over chicken wings, coating the wings. Make sure your wings are thawed well so that there is no water being add to the sauce while baking.

Place baking pan into a preheated 400 degree oven and bake 30 minutes. After 30 minutes turn chicken wings up and bake another 20 minutes or until wings are 165 degrees internal temperature.

Remove and let cool 5 minutes. Turn wings onto a serving platter.

Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

If you are having a gathering with several other plated foods, place the serving platter of Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings about the other dishes and enjoy.

Oh by the way, if a guest does complain of the wings being spicy, put it out with a small glass of milk.

 

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Peach Teriyaki Buffalo Sirloins and Accompanying Side Dishes

Peach Teriyaki Buffalo Sirloins

The buffalo are a native animal to the North American continent, including Canada and the United States. Buffalo roamed in the millions over 200 years ago. But with the migration of settlers from the east coast of the United States or known territory back in the mid-1880’s, the buffalo began to dwindle in numbers.

As transportation had advanced from horse and wagon to the building of the rail road that connected the east coast with the growing population of the west, and with the ease of travel on the train, more people would immigrate.

The problem that arose, is the migration of the buffalo during certain times of the year, and the train and its tracks would pass along the same path as the buffalo. For what ever reason they had, the United States Congress gave the railroad permission to shot at the roaming buffalo as the train moved down the track through the Midwest on to the West Coast.

The buffalo fell by the thousands and their carcasses would lye there to only rot. There fur and meat would benefit no one as it had for the native people for thousands of years, who only killed the buffalo when in need of food and clothing.

Nothing went to waist when the natives hunted the buffalo, as it did when the then migrating American’s shot them dead where they were stampeding. By the 1860’s it was estimated that only 1000 Bison or buffalo was roaming the Central Plains of then know territories of the growing United States. By 1872 the Bison was protected by a proclamation of Congress of the USA.

The buffalo numbers have grown to only about 30,000 as of the estimation in 2010. 500,000 live on private lands and ranches in the Central Plains and Midwest of the now United States of America.

Buffalo is now raised for slaughter to market as a food staple. They are not feed the same diet as the traditional cow, but a diet that is normal to buffalo as they move about and graze the land.

With that, we come to our featured recipe: Peach Teriyaki Buffalo Sirloins and Accompanying Side Dishes.

Let’s start with the side dish recipes first, Steamed Carrots and Peas with Fresh Ginger, and here’s how to make this simple side dish:

Recipe for Steamed Carrots and Peas with Fresh GingerCarrots and peas are always a great addition to a meat dish, but because our main course plated is marinated with teriyaki, and to stay with the Asian theme, we added the ginger to the vegetables.

Our next side dish is also an Asian tradition, Chopped Asian Salad. Here is to prepare it starting with the dressing.

ingredients for dressing - Asian Chopped Salad

Mix the almond butter and all of the other liquid ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

chopped vegetables for Chopped Asian SaladThe salad ingredients will need:

2 medium carrots, shredded

1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded

3 scallions, chopped

2 celery stalks, diced

1/2 cup slivered almonds

Prepare the vegetables and mix together with the slivered almonds in a large salad bowl. Form a hole in the center of the salad, and pour the dressing the center and mix into the salad until well coated.

Now for the main course: Peach Teriyaki Buffalo Sirloins.

Meat and ingredients to make Peach Teriyaki Buffalo SirloinsYou will need about 40 ounces of buffalo sirloins or about 3 pounds of meat. 3 medium peaches or 2 large ones, peeled and pitted. 1/4 cup of organic local honey, and 3 tablespoons of teriyaki.

Salt (preferably Himalayan salt) and pepper both sides of the sirloins and place them into a zip-lock bag or large bowl.

puree ingredients to marinade buffalo sirloinsPlace peeled and pitted peaches into a food processor along with the honey and teriyaki sauce, and puree. Next pour into the bag or over the meat if you are using a bowl and mix in well. Let the meat marinade at least 1 hour.

You can either choice to broil or BBQ your marinaded buffalo sirloin steaks. During the cooking process, use the marinade to baste the meat as you turn it. Cook sirloins to 160 degrees internal temperature and enjoy meat that is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Your body will thank you for it!!

Plate the buffalo sirloins, add the side dish of Chopped Asian Salad:

Chopped Asian SaladSteamed Carrots and Peas with Fresh Ginger:

vegetable side dish with Peach Teriyaki Buffalo SirloinsEnjoy your Peach Teriyaki Buffalo Sirloins and Accompanying Side Dishes…

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