bowl full o spring

It’s time to shake things up in our house.
The recent dump of snow has thrown a damp blanket on any hope that spring has sprung and sadly moral is at an all time low.
I’m craving a fresh lightness, soft shades of yellow and green, a warm sun that will stream through our windows and the delicate crisp crunch of new vegetables.  Time to put away the heavy comfort flavours of garlic and roasted turkey paste and bring out the springy zings of lemon, yogurt and Za’atar.
The Lebanese believe that za’atar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, gives strength and clears the mind.
Perhaps it will clear our winter blahs away as well!

Let me know how it works for you.

kale rice bowl recipe 101 cookbooks
Kale Rice Bowl Recipe from 101 Cookbooks

olive oil or clarified butter

1 bunch of kale, destemmed, chopped/shredded…You can use any green veg here as well.  Chinese spinach (very close substitute)  OR Swiss chard OR sorrel OR spinach OR mustard greens OR turnip greens (Discard the stems first) OR collard greens…you get the idea

~3 cups cooked brown rice

To serve:

– capers, rinsed, dried, and pan-fried until blistered in butter (chopped pan fried olives would be great too)
– a poached egg
– a dollop of salted greek yogurt
– a big drizzle of good extra-virgin olive oil
– lots of za’atar  [There is nothing worse than stale za’atar so make sure it’s fresh and vibrant]
– toasted sesame seeds

In a large skillet or pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the kale and a couple pinches of salt. Saute until the kale softens a bit and brightens, just a minute or so. Stir in the rice, and cook until the rice is hot. If your rice is on the dry side, you might have to add a small splash of water.

Serve the kale rice topped with (preferably) all of the following: the capers, poached egg, yogurt drizzled with olive oil, and plenty of za’atar.  – I also like to add a squeeze of lemon to balance out the salty rich burst of the capers/olives

Serves 2-3.

Prep time: 5 min – Cook time: 5 min

Original recipe here – 101 cookbooks Kale and Rice Bowl
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2 thoughts on “bowl full o spring

  1. Liz says:

    What’s za’atar?

    • renovationslave says:

      It’s an amazing fresh tasting spice blend. You can pick it up anyplace with middle eastern food (great shop in Kensington) or make your own using the recipe in the post!

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