For Valentine’s Day I prepared a heart healthy meal for my husband and I. From the January 2022 issue of “Charleston Magazine,” there was a delicious recipe for Warm Lentil, Roasted Carrot & Herb Salad from chef Cynthia Groseclose. Ms. Groseclose is a plant-based chef and owner of Plant Pâstissiére in Charleston, SC.
I’m still eating summer tomatoes on sliced Delicious Orchards English muffin bread with Duke’s mayonnaise. My husband and I are still snacking on cubed watermelon that has been so sweet and delicious this summer. I blanched six ears of New Jersey white sweet corn to have during the cold winter months. Last night, I made grilled peach, romaine, chicken and blue cheese salad.
I found this recipe many years ago in a Penzeys Spice catalogue. Recipes that appear in the catalogue are submitted by Penzeys customers and use their spices and seasonings.
The recipe is done in three parts. Chicken breasts can either be cooked in slow cooker or roasted in a low oven for approximately three hours. I chose the oven method yesterday. The chicken is seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and salt to taste. What I especially liked about this recipe is that the romaine and peaches are grilled for several minutes giving it lovey charred taste. The grilling brings out the natural sweetness of the peaches. The salad also has sliced red onion, olive oil, blue cheese crumbles and nuts.
In a recent weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was a recipe for charred romaine with flank steak and olive tapenade. The recipe appeared in the column called “Slow Fast Food” with a recipe by Chef Caroline Glover. Ms. Glover’s owns the restaurant Annette in Aurora, Colorado. What appealed to me in this recipe was the cut of beef and the simplicity of the recipe.
The flank steak in this recipe is merely season with salt and pepper and grilled 5-6 minutes per side. One of the things that makes this recipe quite good is the accompanying charred romaine lettuce that has a nice smokey flavor and the roasted shallot dressing that goes over the romaine.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.