Monday, November 22, 2010

Locavore Challenge - Day 7

Breakfast -  apple and coffee

Lunch - meatballs, kale, sweet potatoes and caramelized onions
(I should have been reading, but I NEEDED to cook. You know that feeling of needing to get an idea out of your body - some people need to write, paint, draw, sing... I sometimes get it for cooking. I had this idea for baked meatballs with kale. I dreamt about it. I needed to making it. So I stopped fighting it and did. It turned out better than I thought it would have.)

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
~1/4 lb. kale, washed, destemmed and finely chopped
1 tsp zatar spice
1 tbsp ground cumin
1-2 tsp ground garlic
1 tbsp allepo chili flakes
salt - be generous
1 egg, beaten

1. Saute the onion in the oil till it begins to soften.
2. Add in the chopped kale.
3. Cook till the kale starts to wilt. Pull of the heat.
4. Combine all other ingredients and mix well.
5. Add in the onions and the kale.
6. Form in to meatballs and place on a baking dish/jelly roll pan (something with sides).
7. Bake at 400F till meat is cooked through - flip once during cooking so you get delicious brown crusts on at least two sides.

While the meatballs are baking...

Sweet potato and kale (its not pasta, but it goes well with meatballs)
1lb kale, cleaned and chopped
1/2 onion sliced
1 sweet potato diced
1tbsp oil

1. In a skillet, saute the onion in the oil till it begins to caramelize.
2. Add in the sweet potato and cook over high heat, charring the edges.
3. When the sweet potato becomes soft, add in the kale and stir over high heat till the kale wilts.
4. Season with salt.

Serve meatballs atop kale and sweet potatoes.
Enjoy the fact that hodge-podge last minute, lets-use-up-food cooking turned out something decent.
Go speed read before class.

Afternoon Snack - coffee and half an apple

Dinner - left over chili and first batch of cornbread (I froze it)

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