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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.



March 2014



BLT Salad

Written by , Posted in Condiments, Fruit, Inspired By, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Salads, Toasting, Vegetables



You’re welcome. I’ll just say it. I mean, if I were you, I’d be thanking me for this post. Because, when it comes to bacon and croutons, I can’t get enough. 😉

For example, today, after I’d finished taking pictures, I ate the salad right out of the bowl. All of it. Didn’t share. After dumping the bowl in the sink (in hopes that the dishes fairy will come while I’m typing this for you), I stood at fridge with the dressing whisk and serving spoon to make sure I got any remaining dressing off of them, while eating the leftover bacon and croutons (that are meant for something else). I continued to stand there eating bacon and croutons even after the dressing was gone.


I did not give up bacon for Lent. Fact. You might not have been wondering.

I have bacon planned for 3 more meals in the next 7 days. It’s been a while since we’ve had bacon.

I’m so distracted by the photos of croutons and bacon that are on the other screen.


And then there’s that dressing. It’s really just a few things that I think you have in your fridge and pantry right now: mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic. Oh the garlic… Garlic is good for you.


You will want to choose a sturdy lettuce. It will be less likely to get soggy. If you don’t, that’s cool too. Just dress the salad right before serving and make sure there are no leftovers.


You may want to take a moment, after you consume this salad, to give thanks for bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and bread… seriously. This is good stuff. Also, being thankful is important. Sooooo, yeah.


The dishes fairy has not yet arrived.

Happy Eating!

BLT Salad
Recipe Type: Salad, Main, Meat, Bread
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
It’s like you chopped up your BLT and poured dressing over it.
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 C bread, torn into crouton sized pieces
  • olive oil
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • dressing: 1 T mayo
  • 2 T Greek (or plain) yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic (optional), minced
  • 1/4 t dijon mustard
  • 1/2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salad: 2-4 C lettuce, torn
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  1. Cook bacon. Drain and let cool on paper towel lined plate. Crumble.
  2. Toss bread with a splash of olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Bake at 350F for about 10-15 minutes, or until crispy.
  3. Whisk mayo through pepper. Whisk while streaming in olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  4. Top lettuce with tomato, bacon, croutons, and dressing. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.
If cooking bacon in the oven, heat to 350F, place bacon on a cooling rack on a baking sheet (so it won’t sit in its grease). Bake for about 25-35 minutes, or until cooked to desired crispiness. Baking in the oven increases cooking time.




February 2014



Winter Frittata

Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Leftovers, Lunch, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Potatoes, Quick and Easy, Vegetables, Vegetarian


When I have a lot of produce to use up, I usually make soup. But, another great way to get those veggies into a dish: FRITTATA!!

I like to change things up sometimes, and have breakfast-y foods for dinner. Last night we had this super frittata with some roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower, that were drizzled with honey… mmm mmmmm… let’s not get distracted here, we’re all about the frittata right now… ooh, but you could add brussels and cauliflower to it too!

Back to what I was saying. Ahem… I like breakfast for dinner. It’s fun. It’s different. It’s easy.

Easy go-to’s are pancakes, french toast, bacon and eggs. You know, the usual. Sometimes I forget about the simple frittata.

It’s not an omelet, because there’s no flipping. It’s not a quiche, because there’s no crust. What it is: simple deliciousness.


Veggies are sautéed. I chose seasonal produce, so used broccoli, black spanish radish, spinach, onion, garlic, and potato. I also used some not in season tomato, and some mushrooms. You could use whatever veggies you think would taste good together and with eggs.

Make it a mix and match kinda dish.

Just broccoli and spinach would be great, if you want to simplify. Once the spring veggies are here, asparagus could be substituted for broccoli. Kale, chard, collards, or mustard greens could be used instead of the spinach. Any kind of radish would be great.

Let’s get creative!


My favorite eggs around are from Burroughs Family Farms. Thick brown shells and golden yolks. Best best best.


Almond milk is added. You can use whatever kind of milk you prefer. And if you don’t want to use milk, water will work just fine too.


Basil is cut into thin ribbons, or a chiffonade. If you don’t want to do this, chop chop chop it up.


This frittata is full of veggies that are held together by some eggy goodness. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Leftovers can be halved and eaten on toast with some cheese, or frozen for another week.

If you hate leftovers, invite some friends over and share a meal. You could serve the Winter Frittata with some crostini topped with Parmesan cheese and honey, some slices of ripe melon, and some crispy bacon (if you’re so inclined).


Happy Eating!

Winter Frittata
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Quick and Easy
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Serves: 6-8
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 C broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C radish, grated
  • 6 mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 C potatoes, cooked* and cubed (I used leftovers)
  • 1 stalk green garlic, chopped
  • 1 stalk spring onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 t fresh parsley
  • 1/4 t dried thyme
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2-3 C spinach (or kale, chard, collards, mustard greens), roughly chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • fresh basil, chiffonade-style or chopped, for topping
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Heat an ovenproof skillet. When it’s hot, add oil. (*If using raw potatoes cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally, until they are fork tender, then proceed with next steps.) When oil is hot add onion through mushrooms and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add potatoes through thyme and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add vinegar, tomato, and greens and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  5. Whisk eggs and milk together with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour eggs into skillet and stir. Cook for a minute or two, stir again, and cook for about 5 minutes more, or until eggs are beginning to set.
  6. Transfer skillet to oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until eggs are set and have come to an internal temperature of 160F.
  7. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve topped with basil.




September 2013



Veggies and Beef – Taco Salad

Written by , Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Salads, Vegetables


Are you ever too lazy to wash lettuce? Right. Me neither… It’s never a problem. That’s false. I don’t know why washing lettuce is a bother. It’s not like it takes all that long. And, I have a salad spinner, so I’m not even washing by hand. Sheesh, I say. Sheesh.


We have 3 heads of lettuce in our fridge right now. And while I’m cool with using any that gets a little past its prime in vegetable stock, I’d much rather eat it raw. (Plus, I’m making vegetable stock right now, a lot of vegetable stock, and I may never have room in my freezer for anything else, let alone MORE vegetable stock… good thing it’s almost soup season.)

So let’s talk about lettuce for a minute. There are so many different varieties. I don’t know if I have a favorite. I tend to prefer the not so bitter ones, but other than that, not too picky. I have noticed that certain varieties (the less heavy leaves) don’t stand up as well to being prepared in advance and can get soggy if they’re not dried properly or if they’re dressed too soon. Simple solution: dry the lettuce well and dress it right before eating. Ok, that was easy.

I’ve never made anything like lettuce soup (is that a thing?). The craziest I get with lettuce is putting it on a sandwich or in a salad. Of all the salads, I’d say the Taco Salad is my favorite. I love it with any combination of the following: beans, beef, shredded chicken, chips, corn, shredded carrot, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, chives, cheese, Greek yogurt, salsa, guacamole… anything else? Oh ya, and lettuce, duh.

Taco Salad is one of two or three salads that Husband considers a meal. He’s not picky when it comes to food, but has mentioned this particular preference (he also doesn’t prefer overcooked asparagus and some squash, but he usually eats without complaint and sometimes the dog just gets a little more to clean off the plate ;)).




Today, I don’t have any beans cooked (I tend to use dried beans, which require overnight soaking and then hours of cooking – definitely a time investment, but quite simple when I plan ahead… today I did not). So I’m going with what would be a regular old taco, in salad version. Almost regular. I’m definitely going to add zucchini and broccoli. And while I might be fine with that on a taco, I know that someone else in this household might not prefer it (but I think he would still eat it… after asking if there really was broccoli on it). There will be ground beef, bell peppers, tomato, corn chips, chives, Greek yogurt and salsa for dressing, and cheddar cheese.

I’m ready. Let’s eat!


Taco Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

Taco Salad


  • 1/4 to 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t smoked paprika
  • 1/4 t sweet paprika
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch salt
  • pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 C lettuce, torn
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 C zucchini, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 C broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 T chives, chopped
  • 1/4 C cheddar cheese, grated
  • corn chips, crumbled slightly, if desired
  • Greek yogurt
  • salsa


  1. Cook beef with seasonings. Drain and discard fat. Set aside.
  2. Divide lettuce into two bowls and top with remaining veggies, chives, cheese, yogurt, and salsa.

Happy Eating!