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1 tablespoon canola oil
1 leek (or 1 small onion, or 2-3 shallots), thinly sliced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 heart of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
1 cup brown rice, prepared according to package directions
1 bag kimchi
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (omit to make it vegan)
1 teaspoon soy sauce (or Tamari, to make it gluten-free)

1. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute leeks and celery until soft, about 5 minutes.
2. Add romaine lettuce and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until just wilted.
3. Add brown rice, kimchi, frozen peas and cook until heated through, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Stir in fish sauce and soy sauce and serve alongside fish, or alone as an entree. (I served it with tuna, which I encrusted with homemade gomasio–a seasoning of ground sesame seeds and salt–and seared.) Alternately you can top with a fried or poached egg for a savory, umami-rich breakfast or brunch (this is what I did with the leftovers).

Notes: YUM. Maybe add edamame, or garnish with sesame seeds.

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2 tsp olive oil
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 medium leek, finely chopped (or 1 small onion)
3 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 slices white bread
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
3 Tbsp Parmesan, grated
1 pound ground meat (lean turkey or beef)
1/2 cup ketchup

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Heat oil over medium heat in a pan and add the carrots, celery, leek, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Cool and add to a medium bowl.
3. Soak the bread in warm water until the bread is very soft. Gently squeeze, leaving a good amount of water in the bread. Place in the bowl.
4. Add the egg, thyme, oregano and Parmesan to the bowl and stir.
5. Add the meat to the bowl and gently mix with your hands until just combined (do not overmix).
6. Form into a loaf on a sheet pan, or place into a loaf pan.
7. Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and cover pan with foil.
8. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Serve with sauteed hearty greens and mashed cauliflower.

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Note: this recipe was adapted from a recipe my parents made. Theirs, as they claim, was perfectly moist; mine was a bit dried out. I forgot to add tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce, for which I was reprimanded by my mother. I estimate you will need 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Will try it again soon!

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
juice of 1 lime, divided
1 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 tsp chili pepper powder (or cayenne) or sriracha
2 cloves garlic
1/2 pound fresh tuna steaks
1 small leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
Kosher salt
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
10 oz cremini mushrooms
2 bunches kale, torn

1. Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, half the lime juice, ginger, and chili pepper powder in a shallow pan.
2. Grate one of the garlic cloves into the pan and whisk together ingredients.
3. Place the tuna steaks into the pan and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour, flipping halfway.
4. Combine the leeks and the remaining lime juice and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
6. Remove tuna from marinade and shake off excess, removing any bits of garlic or ginger.
7. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
8. Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a non-stick pan over high heat until the first whisp of smoke.
9. Add the tuna to the pan and sear for 1 minute on each side. Remove and keep warm in the oven.
10. Heat the remaining 2 tsp olive oil over medium high in a separate pan.
11. Add mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
12. Mince the remaining clove of garlic and add to the pan. Sauté for about 30 seconds.
13. Add kale to the pan one handful at a time. Season with salt and pepper and cook until wilted.
14. Plate the greens and top with the seared tuna.
15. Garnish with marinated leeks and a dash of chili pepper powder, if desired.

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