Conscious Eating

Published on May 30th, 2013 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

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Fresh on the Grill

Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza

Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent.

Yields 4 servings

1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough
¼ cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling
4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced
8 kale leaves
Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack
8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional)
½ cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts)
Coarse freshly ground black pepper

Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat.

Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or gluten-free flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza.
Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside.

Brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet.

Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on one-fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale.
Sprinkle toppings of sausage and green onion. Drizzle a bit more overall olive oil and season with pepper.

Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.

Baja Fish TacosCE_0613_BajaFishTacos

Fresh fish tacos with a twist are a healthy treat. Tip: Assemble the raw slaw ingredients before grilling the cabbage, which cooks simultaneously with the fish.

Yields 4 servings

Grilled Napa Cabbage Slaw Taco Topping

1  large head Napa cabbage, cut in  half lengthwise
Grapeseed oil, for brushing
1 cup assorted baby greens, such as spinach, oak leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce
8 green onions, chopped (white and green parts)
¼ cup tarragon vinegar
¼ cup sour cream
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp fine kosher or sea salt

Baja Fish

1½ lbs mahi mahi, catfish, halibut or other mild, non-farmed, white fish (about ¾-inch thick)
¼ cup blackened seasoning or other  barbecue spice mixture
8 whole-wheat flour tortillas, for serving
8 lemon wedges, for serving
1½ cups of a favorite salsa, for serving

Prepare a hot fire in the grill.

Brush the cut sides of the Napa cabbage halves with oil. Coat the fish fillets with the blackened seasoning or other selected spice mix.

Grill the cabbage, cut-side down, directly over the fire for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cabbage shows good grill marks, then remove from heat.

Grill the “flesh”, or cut side, of fish fillets first (not the skin side, which is darker because it is more delicate) directly over the fire for 3 to 4 minutes.

Turn the fish only once, and finish cooking with the skin side against the grate another 3 to 4 minutes, for 10 total minutes per inch of thickness (most fish fillets are about ¾-inch thick).  Note: The skin side is last because it has more connective tissue and holds together better on the grill.

Finish assembling the slaw. Thinly slice the grilled cabbage and place in a large bowl. Stir in the greens and green onions. Having earlier combined and mixed the vinegar, sour cream, lemon juice and salt for the slaw dressing in a small bowl, now pour it over the greens mixture. Toss to blend.

Assemble the tacos by placing some of the grilled fish on each tortilla. Top each with about one-third cup of the slaw and roll up, soft taco-style. Serve with a lemon wedge and a small ramekin of salsa.

Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm GremolataCE_0613_GrilledPeaches

This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better.

Yields 4 servings

¼ cup packed lemon balm leaves or 1 Tbsp packed mint leaves
½ tsp lemon zest
Pinch kosher or sea salt
4 peaches, halved and pitted

Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.

Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl.

Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered.

To serve, place two peach halves in each guest’s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them.

Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill.

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