Delicious Salad Dressing

If you need a delicious salad dressing here’s a recipe for you!

6 TBS rice wine vinager
6 TBS veg oil (I use sesame oil)
5 TBS creamy peanut butter
3 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS minced ginger
1 1/2 TBS garlic

Put this dressing on your favorite greens, cabbage, or??  Thanks Lisa!

Parsnip Chips

I had not used my parsnips from last week and I got more today so the motivation is to use parsnips. In deciding what I want to do with them I’m thinking about what I want them to go with, I have a couple of bean burgers left over. This is not your grandma’s burger and fries.


Pre-heat oven to 450. Thinly slice parsnips. Rinse, drain and then soak in cold lemon/vinegared salt water. After 10 minutes I tasted the raw parsnips and liked them more than I have ever liked raw parsnips before. While soaking prepare an oil rub.

                      Parsnip Rub
1 teaspoon fennel seed
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to fit
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

Place all ingredients in a molcajete or mortar and pestle and grind into a paste.  Drain parsnips and blot dry. Pat the rub all over the parsnips and place on cookie sheets. The oven temperature is high, so pay close attention, the timing will vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the cut. I cooked this batch about 30 minutes turning twice. FYI, parsnips do not get as crisp as potatoes. I’m a new fan and will make these again.


In Health,
The Natural Cook Studio of Bend

Roasted Pear Salad with Raw Pear Vinaigrette

Itʼs a rainy day today and a good day to play in the kitchen. Today’s rain rendered a great recipe. I thought about calling it OMG Pears Salad. First I played with making a pear dressing. What I
know about making a salad dressing or what I refer to as a cold sauces for vegetables is… you need at least one thing from each of these food categories. A fat/oil, a liquid, some of which is acidic,
salt and some herb/spices or personality. Pears were my focus and they make a great emulsifier in dressings.

Pear Vinaigrette
1⁄4 cup sesame oil
1⁄4 cup white balsamic
1 lemon juiced
1 Pear
1Tbl Honey
1 Tbl Dijon Mustard
1-2 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp sea salt

Blend all ingredients hold the oil out for last. Pour the oil in slowly at the end. You may want to add more or use less oil depending on the desired texture. This should probably be done first but I was focused on the dressing.

1 Pear
Romaine Lettuce
Embellishing idea’s were, but are not limited to: Carrots, Red Cabbage, Walnuts, Goat Cheese
Pear Rub
Sea Salt

Heat oven to 350. Slice the pears into 8 pieces. Place even amount of the rub ingredients into the palm of your hand. Mix them into a paste and rub that all over the sliced pears. Place on cookie sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes turning midway. Check for desired texture with a toothpick. While the pears are roasting prepare the rest of the salad in serving bowls.

If you would like your walnuts warmed add them to the pear sheet for the last 5 minutes. Cool pears for 5 minutes before plating. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Feel free to mix and match ingredients and let me know what you did and what you thought of it.

I wish you all health and happiness!
Bon Appetite

Lisa F. Ehlers CN.,CH
The Natural Cook Studio of Bend

Tahini Garlic Kale

When I picked up my food share I asked Laurie, AC’s volunteer at the East Village Baker, what should I write about this week and she quickly said Kale. I told her I would, so I am. I first tried Tahini Garlic Kale at Whole Foods and thought it was good. It must be popular because they sell the dressing separately. I did read the ingredients and thought I could do it with fewer items. Depending if you want to make the sauce to fit just one dish or you would like to make it to keep for other dishes it would make a difference on what “1 part” would be. If you want left overs 1 part would be ¼ cup. 4tbs = ¼ cup

Ingredients for sauce
1 part apple cider vinegar (accent liquid)
1 part tamari or shoyu (salt seasoning)
4 parts tahini (fat)
4-6 parts water (liquid)
Garlic cloves to fit you taste.
I recommend going to your higher limits on this. (herb/spice)
Coconut Oil

Tear the kale into bite size pieces and rinse. Add all ingredients for the sauce together in a blender or food processor. If using a food processor you should chop your garlic first. If using a blender you should manually chop your garlic before adding. Blend and taste. Itʼs a sauce so itʼs supposed to be strong!

To cook the Kale, heat a stir fry pan til itʼs smokin hot. Add oil, then quickly add the Kale. Stir continually for 3-4 minutes. Pour a little cold water along the side of your pan for a quick steam. Your pan should be really hot so the water will be gone immediately. Pull out one green and taste. Is it done enough for you. If not keep cooking for another minute. Then add sauce and serve over rice or as a side dish.