Shaved yellow beets & fennel salad

I love trying new kinds of salads, but shaved fennel and yellow beets are my all time favorite and with a mandolin it takes less than 15 minutes to create.

With this salad, I start with fennel and beets, but this salad is also great if you add other shaved root vegetables and some cucumber as well. Some additions I’ve tried include: cucumber, carrots, red beets, candy cane beets, radishes, kohlrabi, celery. They’re all great!

The thing that makes this salad is, (as usual) the dressing. I usually encourage substitutions, but this dijon vinaigrette is a MUST have.

If you like our shaved fennel and yellow beet salad, you should also try our: Tabouli Recipe.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Shaved yellow beets & fennel salad
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With this salad, I start with fennel and beets, but this salad is also great if you add other shaved root vegetables and some cucumber as well. Some additions I've tried include: cucumber, carrots, red beets, candy cane beets, radishes, kohlrabi, celery. They're all great! The thing that makes this salad is, (as usual) the dressing. I usually encourage substitutions, but this dijon vinaigrette is a MUST have.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Shaved yellow beets & fennel salad
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With this salad, I start with fennel and beets, but this salad is also great if you add other shaved root vegetables and some cucumber as well. Some additions I've tried include: cucumber, carrots, red beets, candy cane beets, radishes, kohlrabi, celery. They're all great! The thing that makes this salad is, (as usual) the dressing. I usually encourage substitutions, but this dijon vinaigrette is a MUST have.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Ingredients
Salad
Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
Salad
  1. After washing the beets thoroughly, use a mandolin (or sharp knife) to shave thin and add to a bowl. No need to shave the beets - leave the skin on.
  2. Cut the tops off the fennel and shave thin using a mandolin (or sharp knife) If the outer layer of fennel is tough and dry - remove and discard first.
  3. Chop parsley & pick fennel leaves and add to salad.
  4. Season with salt & pepper
Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
  1. To a mason jar or sealable container - Add all ingredients.
  2. Season heavily with kosher salt & pepper. Seal & shake.
  3. Taste to ensure that the dressing is not too tart or too oily. Adjust as needed.
Recipe Notes

Be sure to season at every step and taste as you go!

This dressing can be made in a large batch and kept in the fridge (virtually forever). Then you can enjoy it on this and other salads.

I also love this dressing on roasted veggies as well!

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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

cranberry side for your Thanksgiving turkey

This easy and fast cranberry sauce recipe will be the star of your Thanksgiving meal. It brightens and balances all the heavy food that typically comes with Thanksgiving and will open up your taste buds to the flavors of all the other dishes on your plate.

Remember that cranberry sauce in a can growing up? This is NOT that. 🙂  It’s my FAVORITE thing every year and I used to hate “cranberry sauce”.

This recipe will leave with plenty for Thanksgiving and leftovers. Because let’s face it – there’s nothing better than a second Thanksgiving pate after the kids have gone to bed and everyone has left the building. 🙂

If you are looking to moisten up your Turkey this year – check out our Orange Coriander Turkey Brine!

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

cranberry side for your Thanksgiving turkey

Cranberry Sauce

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This insanely easy and fast cranberry sauce will be the star of your Thanksgiving meal. It brightens and balances all the heavy food that typically comes with Thanksgiving and will open up your taste buds to the flavors of all the other dishes on your plate.

It's my FAVORITE thing every year and I used to hate "cranberry sauce". This recipe will leave with plenty for Thanksgiving and leftovers.

Servings Prep Time
10 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Servings Prep Time
10 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

cranberry side for your Thanksgiving turkey

Cranberry Sauce

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This insanely easy and fast cranberry sauce will be the star of your Thanksgiving meal. It brightens and balances all the heavy food that typically comes with Thanksgiving and will open up your taste buds to the flavors of all the other dishes on your plate.

It's my FAVORITE thing every year and I used to hate "cranberry sauce". This recipe will leave with plenty for Thanksgiving and leftovers.

Servings Prep Time
10 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Servings Prep Time
10 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes

Ingredients


Servings: people

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a pot and cook at a simmer for 15-20 minutes until all cranberries have burst and sauce begins to thicken.
    *You shouldn't have to worry about it not being thick enough. Remember that it thickens as it cools as well.

  2. Taste as you go.
    Sauce should be tart with a slight sweetness and hints of the cinnamon and star anise

Recipe Notes

Flavor Adjustments:
If sauce is too tart, you can add more sugar.
If sauce is too bitter, add more orange juice and then some sugar if necessary.

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Cream Biscuits & Jam

There is not much better than warm biscuits and homemade jam. This recipe biscuit recipe

Cream Biscuits
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If you want warm, fresh, delicious biscuits with out any fuss - these are it. This recipe is perfect to make with kids because it's 1 bowl and you don't have to worry about butter melting too fast or over mixing. It's forgiving and minimal ingredients! This recipe is from thekitchn.com
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cream Biscuits
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If you want warm, fresh, delicious biscuits with out any fuss - these are it. This recipe is perfect to make with kids because it's 1 bowl and you don't have to worry about butter melting too fast or over mixing. It's forgiving and minimal ingredients! This recipe is from thekitchn.com
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 bicuits 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Biscuits
Strawberry Jam
Servings: bicuits
Instructions
Cream Biscuits
  1. Place a layer of parchment paper across the bottom and up 2 sides of an 8x8-inch pan. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until combined.
  3. Pour in all but 1/4 cup of the cream.
  4. Stir until the dough is shaggy, then add the remaining cream and stir to combine.
  5. Knead the dough: Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead the dough for about 30 seconds, just until it all comes together.
  6. Shape dough into a rectangle, about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide.
  7. Cut it in half lengthwise, then cut each piece into 4 pieces horizontally. Place each of the pieces in the prepared pan.
  8. Transfer the pan to the oven, and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden
Strawberry Jam
  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan
  2. Heat on medium heat and stir occasionally
  3. Cook berries 20-25 minutes. Strawberries will begin to stew and cook down. You will notice more liquid in the pot as the berries cook.
  4. Taste your strawberries. You are looking for a strong flavor. If it seems a bit bland and not full flavor, they may need to cook a bit more.
  5. Once strawberries are soft and flavorful they are ready. Remove from heat and blend with a blender or food processor until desired smoothness. (Some people like it a bit chunky, others enjoy a completely smooth jam)
  6. Optional: strain through a mess strainer
  7. Let cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

[recipe]For time efficiency - I would get the jam started first and then work on the biscuits. This way the jam can stew while you make and bake the biscuits.

The jam is going to be a little non-traditional because it calls for WAY less sugar than a traditional jam. It will be full flavored non-the-less. However, don't be alarmed by a more loose consistency than usual store bought jam.

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is perfect to make with kids because it’s 1 bowl and you don’t have to worry about butter melting too fast or over mixing. It’s forgiving and minimal ingredients!

 

 

Biscuit recipe is from thekitchn.com

Mediterranean Summer Tabouli

Tabouli is a great snack to pack for picnics or bring for your next pot luck. It’s super simple and quick to make.

Typically Tabouli is made with bulgar wheat, but this version utilizes QUINOA to make it gluten free and protein packed.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

For some more ideas on how to utilize Quinoa – check out this Marinaded Veggie Recipe.

Tabouli
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Enjoy this simple, finely chopped salad with tons of parsley. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats. To achieve the right tabouli texture, you will need to chop the vegetables as finely as possible. (Be sure to use firm tomatoes!)
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Tabouli
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Enjoy this simple, finely chopped salad with tons of parsley. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats. To achieve the right tabouli texture, you will need to chop the vegetables as finely as possible. (Be sure to use firm tomatoes!)
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Boil quinoa in salted water until tender. Strain well & let cool
  2. Finely chop mint, parsley and scallion. Use the whole scallion (greens and white)
  3. Very small dice cucumbers and tomato
  4. Mix all ingredients with lime juice & olive oil. Season well with salt & pepper
  5. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats.
Recipe Notes

Pro Tips:

  1. Be sure not to use too much Quinoa when you mix up the salad.  The idea is to have a little quinoa with the salad, not a little salad with your quinoa.
  2. If you are making ahead and have the time - strain your tomatoes to separate eliminate the seeds and juice. This will keep your tabouli dry and not too wet as it sits.

 

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Corn Salsa

I love this corn salsa, especially in the summertime! It’s a really bright and fun flavor, with great texture from the sweet corn kernels. It’s a perfect side for grilled foods and tastes even better the day after it’ made.

If you’re not a big fan or cilantro, feel free to change it up for a different herb! I’ve had success using mint, basil, even tarragon instead.

If you can’t get your hands on fresh corn, frozen (thawed) or canned corn kernels will work as a substitute.

This corn salsa is a great side to bring to a potluck party. We often will serve it with Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa

Corn Salsa
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Corn Salsa
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Grill corn & cut off the cob.
  2. If you’d like to roast the peppers: place the whole pepper over a direct flame until the outside is completely charred. Place in a covered bowl or plastic bag for 5 min to sweat. Peel off charred skin and discard. Julienne or slice peppers.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix.
  4. Season with Salt & Pepper
Recipe Notes

***This salsa is great served with steak, chicken, ribs….anything!

It's even better the day after it's made, so it's a perfect a make-ahead option for a cookout with friends. We'll also serve this corn salsa on the side with tacos.

If you can't get your hands on fresh corn, frozen (thawed) or canned corn kernels will work as a substitute.

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