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1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 Tbsp curry powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small onion, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
2 carrots, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/4 cups vegetable broth (or water)
1 cup lentils
1 small bunch parsley (or cilantro), roughly chopped
1 pomegranate, seeded
Lemon juice, for garnish
Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Toss cauliflower florets with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, curry powder, salt, and black pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan and roast for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crispy.
3. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Saute the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes.
4. Add broth (or water) and lentils to the pot. Bring to a rapid simmer and then reduce to a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Stir in the parsley (or cilantro).
5. To plate, place lentils on plate or in bowl. Top with curried cauliflower, drizzle with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil, and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Hopefully this recipe tests well the second time around, because it was ridiculously delicious, filling, and terribly healthy.

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A very very loose recipe, which should be adapted to your taste.

2-3 cloves garlic
1 small bunch fresh oregano, rough chop
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, rough chop
1 bunch fresh parsley, rough chop
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt, to taste

1. Combine herbs, red pepper flakes and red wine vinegar in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
2. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil.
3. Season with salt, to taste.

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Serve atop grilled skirt steak and you will be happy happy happy.

6 servings of cooked couscous
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small hothouse cucumber, deseeded and chopped
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1 small bunch dill, roughly chopped
1 small bunch mint, roughly chopped (I didn’t have any on hand but think it would complete the dish)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and pepper

1. Cook 6 servings of couscous (I used whole wheat) according to the package’s directions.
2. Combine the couscous with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

This paired wonderfully with baked salmon topped with cucumber yogurt sauce:

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And here it is, the final component to the perfect roasted chicken. Okay, so it has nothing to do with the actual roasting process. But I guarantee* that this is such a magical addition, it will become an essential part of the dish.

We’re talking about gremolata, typically a combination of garlic, herbs and zest. In this version, finely minced garlic is combined with finely chopped fresh parsley, minced lemon and orange zests, S & P.

*This is based on nothing. In fact, I don’t really guarantee anything. You may not even like the thing. It doesn’t really matter, because if you don’t like it, it’s safe to say that I don’t like you.

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten something healthy for dinner. I blame you. Instead of sulking around, complaining that you continue to force me to indulge, I helped myself to a healthy dose of radicchio and herbs.

I used fresh tarragon, dill and parsley for greenery, and a vinaigrette of mustard, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and S & P. Though simple to prepare and minimal in ingredients, this salad is bold. For some, it may be “too herby” (you know who you are), for others the radicchio may be too bitter. But if you’re looking for a salad that is easy, healthy, and gutsy, this is it.

Plus, you’ll feel so good about yourself after eating it, you’ll wanna strut around in your underwear.