Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto

This Kale pesto is an extremely healthy and a delicious version of a traditional green herb pesto.

What is a pesto exactly?

Pesto is simply a puree of greens that is emulsified with olive oil. It can be great with some pasta or as a sauce with roasted veggies. I’ve even been know to eat this Kale pesto as a dip with some veggie sticks or crackers.

And, as with all my recipes – It’s simple and quick and don’t forget to taste as you go!

This recipe uses the puree technique of emulsifying.

As with all of me recipes, this is a guideline and should be adjusted to your liking. Feel free to play as you go and ALWAYS cook with your senses!

If you like this kale pesto recipe, you should also try my Arugula Parsley Pesto Puree as well

Kale Pesto
Kale Pesto
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This Kale pesto is an extremely healthy and a delicious version of a traditional green herb pesto. Pesto is simply a puree of greens that is emulsified with olive oil. It can be great with some pasta or as a sauce with roasted veggies. I've even been know to eat this Kale pesto as a dip with some veggie sticks or crackers.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Kale Pesto
Kale Pesto
Print Recipe
This Kale pesto is an extremely healthy and a delicious version of a traditional green herb pesto. Pesto is simply a puree of greens that is emulsified with olive oil. It can be great with some pasta or as a sauce with roasted veggies. I've even been know to eat this Kale pesto as a dip with some veggie sticks or crackers.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Clean Kale by removing leaves from the stem.
  2. Add all ingredients, except Olive Oil into your food processor. (If it doesn't fit, add it to a bowl and them process it in 2 parts.)
  3. Start the food processor and add the oil slowly until the pesto is a thick consistency. Then add a bit more oil, all while blending.
  4. Season with a good amount of salt and pepper and buzz once more to incorporate.
  5. You can serve over pasta or as a sauce with chicken or roasted veggies.
Recipe Notes

Ingredients to prep ahead: EVERYTHING! This is great made and then can be frozen in portions to use on a chaotic day! Pro Tip:

  • This Kale pesto recipe is great with the optional ingredients, but is still delicious if you don’t have them on hand.  You can also swap the sunflower seeds for a nut. (walnuts, pecans, almonds etc)
  • This pesto is great with pasta, added to chicken or steak, or even just with some crackers.
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Lemon Chicken

  • Using the BRAISING method, this is the perfect one pot meal.

It requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention. That means it’s great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It’s also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot.

I used to make this recipe for family meal when I worked for David Burke in his UES restaurants. It was always a hit and a welcomed variation from the mundane, slapped together meals we were used to scarfing down as busy cooks.

This recipe was nicknamed “Long Island Chicken” because it’s a riff off of  the Lemon Chicken my grandma used to make me as a kid. I don’t have many childhood dishes, but this is definitely one of them.

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!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

Lemon Chicken

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Using the method BRAISING, it's this is the perfect one pot meal.

This dish requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention, which means it's great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It's also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot. 

Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes

Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes

Lemon Chicken

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Using the method BRAISING, it's this is the perfect one pot meal.

This dish requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention, which means it's great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It's also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot. 

Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes

Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes

Ingredients


Servings: people

Instructions
  1. Coat chicken in Paprika, salt & pepper

  2. Sear off in a hot pan to brown

    (Remember that you need high heat to sear. You can turn it down once the chicken goes in the pan. Spices will brown quickly, but don't worry about burning.)

  3. Removed seared chicken & set aside.

  4. Add onion, garlic, pepper, thyme & cook until lightly browned.
    Feel free to add a little oil if you need to.

  5. Add lemons, juice and halves pieces.
    Throw it all in there! 🙂

  6. Add chicken back into pot & add stock until ¾ of the way up the chicken

  7. Add butter & simmer on low until chicken is cooked through

  8. Finish with Kale and chopped parsley at the very end and cook 3-4 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepped ahead:

  • Cut veggies and herbs
  • half and juice lemons

Pro Tip: When storing prepped veggies, store them based on the stage that they are added in the recipe. If you are adding a bunch of veggies together in 1 step, they can be stored together.

  • store onion/garlic/peppers/thyme together
  • halve and squeeze you lemons into a container and save for cook time. Then you just need to dump and move on.

 

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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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Turkey Brine – Orange Coriander

turkey brine

This Orange Coriander Brine will leave you with a moist turkey and brighten it’s flavor through the use of citrus. Your Thanksgiving turkey this year will be the best you’ve ever had.

What is a brine?  A brine is a salty solution that will add moisture to any lean meat.

If you like this flavor combo, you can also check out our Orange Coriander Marinade to try on veggies or other meats throughout the year.

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!

turkey brine
Orange Coriander Turkey Brine
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This Orange Coriander Brine add not only moisture to your Turkey, but brightens it's flavor through the use of citrus. Your Thanksgiving turkey this year will be the best you've ever had. This recipe will give you enough brine for a 12-20 lbs turkey.
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
turkey brine
Orange Coriander Turkey Brine
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This Orange Coriander Brine add not only moisture to your Turkey, but brightens it's flavor through the use of citrus. Your Thanksgiving turkey this year will be the best you've ever had. This recipe will give you enough brine for a 12-20 lbs turkey.
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except water to a large stock pot *be sure to add the whole citrus and juice in with the liquid Bring to a boil and stir Pour in ice water & let cool Once cooled, add turkey and let sit for 24-48 hours. Be sure to turn turkey every 12 hours if not fully submerged.
  2. Bring all items to a boil.
  3. Add ice water and cool
  4. Add turkey to the brine and let soak for 24-48 hours
Recipe Notes

Pro Tip: If your turkey is too big for a stock pot, use a cooler or clean 5 gallon paint bucket to keep the turkey/brine in.

If there is no room in your fridge, you can keep it outside in the cold. Be sure to keep the liquid iced & keep the top locked in some way by putting something heavy on top.

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Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies

Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies
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This will be your go to dinner recipe. MINIMAL prep & so delicious. You can also use whatever veggies you like, the mentioned are just ideas.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies
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This will be your go to dinner recipe. MINIMAL prep & so delicious. You can also use whatever veggies you like, the mentioned are just ideas.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 Whole chicken
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1-2 heads garlic cut lengthwise
  • 1 Onion cut in 4
  • 1/4 bunch Thyme
  • 1/4 bottle White wine
  • Turnips no quantity is mentioned because you can put as many or as little as can fit in your pan
  • Sweet Potatoes no quantity is mentioned because you can put as many or as little as can fit in your pan
  • Carrots no quantity is mentioned because you can put as many or as little as can fit in your pan
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450
  2. Dry skin of chicken with a paper towel & season liberally with salt & pepper
  3. Stuff chicken with chopped onion, garlic, thyme & 1 lemon
  4. Chop veggies (cut them large; be sure they are around the same size)
  5. Season veggies liberally with salt & pepper and add to a roasting pan
  6. Place chicken on roasting pan & pour a small amount of white wine (or beer) at the bottom of the pan (approx. ½-1 cup, just eyeball it)
  7. Cook chicken in the oven until the flesh is firm & skin is brown. (approx. 40min) If the skin is browning too fast, you can cover the chicken with some foil to stop the browning, while it continues to cook.
Recipe Notes

Remember: Your meat must rest before cutting.  Let the chicken sit on your countertop for at least 15min before cutting into it!

How do you know when your chicken is done? The juices should run clear. Take your knife and cut the chicken between the thigh and breast.  You won’t be cutting through meat, but mostly breaking the skin between the dark and light meat of the bird.  If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked.  If the juice is still pink, keep it in the oven for another 10-15min.

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