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May 2015



Customizable Panzanella Salad

Written by , Posted in Beans, Beef, Bread, Cheese, Condiments, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Eggs, Fish, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grains, Herbs, Legumes, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Nuts, Pork, Poultry, Quick and Easy, Quinoa, Salads, Sides, Toasting, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


There are so many things that this salad can be. It can be vegan, paleo, low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein… It all depends on what you add to it.


I made some baguettes a few weeks ago that I wasn’t thrilled with. They’re prefect for croutons though. If you prefer to avoid bread, quinoa or tofu would be great bread replacers. Or, if you’re eating gluten-free, your best gluten-free bread will be just perfect.


To make up the bulk of this salad, I opened this week’s Abundant Harvest Organics box then pulled a few things from the produce drawer. But this is where there are so many ways you can make this salad your own.

Beyond tons of veggie options, here are a few ways you could adapt this dish:

Protein a Plenty: Add beans, quinoa (instead of or alongside the bread), tofu, hard boiled eggs, meat (tuna, beef, chicken, turkey, pork), nuts, cheese.

Paleo: Add eggs, meat, and nuts instead of the bread.

Vegan: Leave as is, or add quinoa or tofu.

Gluten-Free: Use your favorite gluten-free bread, or swap out the bread for quinoa.

All the Veggies: I used nopales, onion, carrot, green beans, radish, and summer squash. You could also add: snap peas, greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, eggplant, cucumber… or any other veggies that are in season and you think would taste great.


I love the combination of a really good quality olive oil like Bari’s along with balsamic vinegar. But, a mixture of red wine vinegar and lemon juice, or balsamic and lemon juice would also be great. Customize it to make it your own!


Riiiiiight before serving add the bread. Or to really avoid soggy bread, put the bread on the plate and top it with salad, letting the dressing soak in slowly. The lesson I learned today: only add as much bread as you’re going to eat. The leftovers will get way soggy (#freetofail).


This is one of my favorite ways to welcome summer. But, come fall or winter, just trade the summer veggies for some roasted winter ones and you’ve got a winner all year round.

Happy Eating!

Customizable Panzanella Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Customizable Panzanella Salad


  • 3-4 C stale bread (any kind - or could sub 2-3 C quinoa or tofu), cubed
  • 1 t olive oil
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C balsamic or red wine vinegar (or half vinegar half lemon juice)*
  • 1 1/2 t dijon mustard
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 T to 1/4 C olive oil*
  • 3-4 T fresh herbs (basil, parsley, chives, oregano, thyme), chopped
  • 4-6 C any of the following (cubed, chopped, grated, or torn): summer squash, nopales, snap peas, green beans, greens, radishes, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, red onions, nuts, hard boiled eggs, nuts, chicken, beef, tuna, pork, mozzarella, parmesan, cannellini beans, garbonzo beans)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Toss bread with 1 t olive oil, salt, and pepper, Place on a baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for about 5 minutes more (or until they're golden and toasty).
  2. Whisk balsamic vinegar through pepper. Stream in oil as you whisk. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  3. Toss salad contents (except bread, if using quinoa or tofu, add it now) with dressing. Add bread just before serving.



November 2012



Roasted Garlic Yams

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Meat, Pork, Potatoes, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. You know this. I know this. Are you prepared? We’re having Thanksgiving dinner with a mixture of Husband’s family, my family, and good friends. I’m excited. I think my excitement is a tie between the company and the food. Good thing there will be both.

My job, my dish, my instructions were: Rachel, can you bring the yams? Perfect, because I have yams. As I write this early on Monday (so that I can have a mini vacation for the rest of the week), I’m trying to think of what I want to do with them. I have lots of ideas. Scalloped Yams could be fun, Roasted Garlic Yam are great (I made them two years ago and we loved them), traditional Yams with Marshmallows are fine, Winter Veggie Salad is delicious… but I want to be creative, which usually means making something up. This is one of my favorite things to do.

Thanksgiving is the one meal, however, where I kinda like the traditional classics. Turkey, Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Yams, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Rolls. Mmmmmm, I can’t wait to eat!! So I have some thinking to do regarding these yams… I’m thinking… I’m thinking… I think I’m going to use my recipe for Roasted Garlic Yams. They were good. They have bacon. They have garlic. They have parmesan cheese. Winner.

Thinking about the day after, if you need some ideas for what to do with your leftovers, here are some from this year and last.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Roasted Garlic Yams
Recipe Type: Side, Thanksgiving, Fall, Winter, Savory
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 6
Roasted garlic and yams are mashed together then topped with bacon. A perfect side to your Thanksgiving turkey, or for any day really.
  • 4 sweet potatoes(yams), cubed
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • pinch cayenne
  • pepper
  • 1/2 t all spice
  • salt (to taste)
  • olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon
  1. Slice tips off garlic, place on tin foil, drizzle with olive oil, wrap with foil. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Cook bacon. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. Cool and crumble.
  3. Add about an inch of water under steamer basket and steam yams until fork tender. Mash with garlic, milk, seasoning, and vinegar.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with bacon and serve.
To make this vegan: Substitute chopped almonds for bacon, almond milk for cow’s milk, and omit parmesan cheese.