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September 2014



Massaged Kale and Tuna Salad

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fish, Fruit, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Quick and Easy, Salads, Sides, Vegetables


MassagedKaleTunaSalad-6Sometimes I just need a good salad. Salads are versatile and delicious, but sometimes aren’t hearty enough to be considered a main course. So I like to add a bit of protein so there’s a bit more to it.

For this salad, I chose tuna. Because it’s what I had. Because I like it. I used canned for this one. But, then a few weeks later I discovered fresh tuna at the grocery store, and the leftovers from that dinner would work just as well (maybe better, hello, fresh!).

You could also use chicken, turkey, ham, quinoa, garbonzo beans, or lentils.

‘Cause why not?!


Then there’s the kale. It’s one of my favorite green veggies. But, I also love chard and spinach too. If you don’t have any of these dark green goodies, regular lettuce will work fine too (just don’t do the massaging step). A hearty butter lettuce works great, but use what you have in your fridge.


Kale is tossed with a bit of olive oil and some salt, then massaged for a few minutes. Your hands will turn green. That’s normal.


It will get darker and feel a bit limp, like it does when it’s cooked. I love kale this way. Easier to digest and super yummy.

MassagedKaleTunaSalad-4You can really use whatever dressing you’d like. Although I’d suggest some sort of vinaigrette or something lemony. I just squeezed some lemon and drizzled a bit of balsamic over top. Perfect with the olive oil that was already all over the kale.


I like a lotta crunch in my salads. Usually nuts and carrots do the trick. Sometimes croutons are added. Here I’ve also got apples, because I happened to have some on hand. But, again, use what you have (and what goes well with tuna, or whatever protein you’ve chosen).


At other times, I’ve also used grapes (in season now, so yummy with tuna!), cucumber, apples, cheddar, and almonds. This is one of my favorite combinations. It would go well with a nice butter lettuce, or the massaged kale.


Tomato is also a good addition.

Use what’s in season and what will compliment the other ingredients, and you’re sure to find a winning combination.


However you toss it together, this hearty salad will hold up well prepared the night before for a work or school lunch. But, like most foods, it’s best eaten fresh, right after you’ve made it, standing at the kitchen island, out of the serving bowl… or maybe that’s just me.

Happy Eating!

Massaged Kale and Tuna Salad
Recipe Type: Main, Lunch, Side, Salad, Fish
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
  • Tuna: 1 can tuna, drained (or about 5-6 oz. leftover cooked tuna)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 t olive oil
  • pinch cayenne
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 T green onions, chopped
  • Salad: 3 C kale, torn into small pieces
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/4 C carrot, thinly sliced into rounds (or instead of carrots and green onions, try: grapes, cheddar cheese, cucumber, and apple)
  • 1 apple, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 C roasted and salted almonds, roughly chopped
  • (could also add chopped tomato)
  1. Combine all tuna ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  2. Pour 1 T oil and a bit of salt onto kale. Massage with hands for 2-3 minutes (or until kale looks darker, wiltier, and a bit like it is cooked).
  3. Top kale with tuna and remaining ingredients.




April 2014



Roasted Asparagus with Almonds and Crispy Bacon

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables


What a treat spring’s veggies are. Light and flavorful, they seem to bring a breath of fresh air to the table. I love hearty winter veggies, don’t get me wrong. But, there’s just something about those first crisp, slender, bright green asparagus that makes my heart happy.

Especially when they’re topped with bacon and almonds.

What a simply delightful side for your first spring barbecue.


I read in last week’s Abundant Harvest Organics newsletter that asparagus stalks can grow up to ten inches in a day! What!? Imagine if we grew that much in a day… that would be weird. (Now I’m giggling to myself picturing really tall tall tall skiiiiiiiinny people who don’t fit in their houses… oh dear…)


This recipe is an easy one. You ready? Asparagus is tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.


I love to roast veggies any time of the year, so that’s what I did with the asparagus.



Things get a little bit crispy and nutty in the oven. This is the best part about roasting veggies. I could probably eat a whole pan by myself.



Thick and delicious bacon compliments the asparagus nicely. It goes into a cold pan, which keeps it from curling too much. I’m not sure about the splattering though… sometimes I cover the pan… baking the bacon also works well.


You could be fancy and wrap the bacon around a few stalks of asparagus to roast it. I thought about it, but then I thought that I’m too lazy practical. Chopping distributes the bacon a little better and takes way less time. But, if you’re in need of some serious bacon, or if you want something a little bit fancier, feel free to experiment.

The bacon and the almonds are chopped up in my version.

This was my Oma’s cutting board. I love having things that were once hers. It makes the fact that she’s gone a little more bearable. I have little pieces of her in the kitchen… that sounds weird… you know what I mean.

Oma means Grandma.

Mine was a fabulous cook.

I think she would enjoy the bacon and asparagus combination. Who wouldn’t?! I wonder, if there are any non-asparagus lovers out there, if they might enjoy it all roasted and topped with bacon and almonds.

Worth a try.


Unless you live with me, a hungry food blogger, who might just devour it all and not save you any… Might.


I want to make this again and again, it’s so good, and so easy. At the end, half a lemon is squeezed over the deliciousness. Make it for a spring brunch, an Easter dinner, or just to eat by yourself as you play Words with Friends with your brother.

Happy Eating!

Roasted Asparagus with Almonds and Crispy Bacon
Recipe Type: Side, Dinner, Vegetables, Pork, Bacon, Roasting, Quick and Easy
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2-4
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 almonds (I used roasted and salted), chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425F.
  2. Place bacon strips into a cold skillet. Turn on heat and cook until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. Toss asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes. Turn and roast 5-8 minutes more, or until they are as crispy as you would like.
  4. Top asparagus with bacon and almonds. Pour lemon juice over.
  5. Serve immediately.




December 2012



Autotunesgiving and Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Yams

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Holiday, Nuts, Potatoes, Potlucks, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

I know Thanksgiving is over. I know, I know. But, we had such a fun time with our family and friends that I just want to write about it one more time.

You see, each year, for a long time, Tim has been making a Thanksgiving video. Some years it involves the Turkey being driven around the family farm, other years it features us. He’s so creative.

Normally, you see videos of my cooking show on here. But, I feel like giving you a glimpse of our life, our family, our holidays.

We had Thanksgiving dinner with my Uncle Larry and Aunt Gail, cousins: Ted, Jake, Renée, Gracie, Josiah; Tim’s parents, Terry and Cathy, and our friends, Doris, Brad, Mary, Brian, and Sarah. It was a blast!!

I’d planned to make my Roasted Garlic Yams, but ended up making a variation of them, which you can see below. It would work well for any holiday or regular dinner, so keep this one bookmarked!

Happy the holidays! Enjoy a laugh, on us.

Happy Eating!

Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Yams

Recipe Type: Side, Roasting, Oven, Squash, Winter
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Yams are roasted. Parmesan cheese is grated. Almonds are chopped. They are all combined to make a delicious fall dish.
  • 9 yams, cut into large chunks
  • 1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 to 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cayenne or red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 C garlic infused olive oil (I used Bari’s)
  • 1 C parmesan cheese, grated (1/4 C reserved)
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 1/4 C apple cider
  • 1/2 C roasted almonds, chopped
  1. Toss yams with 1 1/2 T olive oil, and seasonings. Place on 2 or 3 baking sheets (making sure they are not overcrowded). Drizzle cut side of squash with 1/2 T olive oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast at 350F for 60 minutes (at 30 minutes rotate which is on top and bottom oven racks).
  2. Whisk together garlic olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and cider.
  3. When squash is tender, scrape into a bowl, mash a bit, and combine with roasted yams, 3/4 C parmesan cheese, and cider mixture.
  4. Top with remaining 1/4 C cheese and bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve topped with almonds.

This can be made the day before, up thru step 3. The following day, place in an oven proof pan, covered, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Uncover, and bake an additional 20-40 minutes more (or until it’s heated to at least 165F). In last 15 minutes of baking, top with remaining 1/4 C parmesan cheese. Serve topped with almonds.