Party Food for Party People! #springbreakers #gameon #foodstagram

Party Food for Party People! #springbreakers #gameon #foodstagram

Warm #croissant + #apricot jam. A gloriously indulgent early start to our vacation. Thank you to the French people for figuring out how to suspend so much butter in such a small vehicle.

Warm #croissant + #apricot jam. A gloriously indulgent early start to our vacation. Thank you to the French people for figuring out how to suspend so much butter in such a small vehicle.

Simple supper of #arugula #lentil #parmesan #salad and side of #roasted #potatoes. #organic #local #summerland #dinner

Simple supper of #arugula #lentil #parmesan #salad and side of #roasted #potatoes. #organic #local #summerland #dinner

Honestly, nothing else will do right now. #tgif #breakfasttacos #organic #local #cholula

Honestly, nothing else will do right now. #tgif #breakfasttacos #organic #local #cholula

Awesome Brown Rice & Kale Casserole

Ingredients

1 cup (uncooked) brown rice

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 shallots, chopped  (1 shallot reserved for later)

1 clove of garlic, chopped

2 tsp grapeseed oil

4 packed cups of baby kale, chard, or any mix of dark, leafy greens

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup of shredded grass-fed cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, combine rice with 1 3/4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Cover pot and reduce to a simmer. Cook until water is absorbed and rice is soft but still firm in the center. Let rest for 10 minutes then transfer to an 8x8 casserole dish. 

Meanwhile, in a large pan or dutch oven, sauté carrots, pepper, shallot, and garlic in grapeseed oil until they begin to brown and become fragrant. Add the kale or leafy greens and mix until greens just become wilted. Add this mix to the rice and stir until combined.  

In the same pan, melt 2 tbsp butter with remaining shallot and cook until shallots begin to turn translucent.  Add flour and red pepper flakes and cook another minute.  Add coconut milk and stir until mix just begins to thicken slightly and reduces, approximately 3-5 minutes.  

Add the milk sauce to rice and kale and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper and top with cheddar cheese.  Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese is brown and rice mix is bubbly.

Serve with a bitter green or arugula salad topped with honey mustard vinaigrette!  

For Vinaigrette:

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp dijon mustard

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

2 tsp cider vinegar

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake until combined.  Enjoy!

God bless leftovers.

God bless leftovers.

Hey @bonappetitmag! Well done on the fast simple #fish #stew in the new issue. It’s such a clever deconstruction of fish sticks with #tartarsauce. We loved it!

Hey @bonappetitmag! Well done on the fast simple #fish #stew in the new issue. It’s such a clever deconstruction of fish sticks with #tartarsauce. We loved it!

My kind of gem.  #littlegem #maggiesfarm #local #organic

My kind of gem. #littlegem #maggiesfarm #local #organic

The original Edible Arrangement. #lavender #basil #fennel #rosemary

The original Edible Arrangement. #lavender #basil #fennel #rosemary

You must go the distance for what you love. In today’s case, that’s 3 markets and 2 shops. Worth it.

You must go the distance for what you love. In today’s case, that’s 3 markets and 2 shops. Worth it.

Didn’t know I’d be so thoroughly pleased with this accidental #brownrice #casserole and never bothered to take a proper picture until we got halfway through! I’ve frantically written the recipe and will share to the blog later this week… Really worth it! #foodporn

Didn’t know I’d be so thoroughly pleased with this accidental #brownrice #casserole and never bothered to take a proper picture until we got halfway through! I’ve frantically written the recipe and will share to the blog later this week… Really worth it! #foodporn

It wasn’t a dream after all. #santaritahills #daisylandranch #jozonenorth #piedrasassi #moretti #lavie #zotovich #elrey #pinotheaven

It wasn’t a dream after all. #santaritahills #daisylandranch #jozonenorth #piedrasassi #moretti #lavie #zotovich #elrey #pinotheaven

Daisyland Ranchhands. #winecountry #paradise #thislandisjoesland (at Daisyland Ranch)

Daisyland Ranchhands. #winecountry #paradise #thislandisjoesland (at Daisyland Ranch)

How to eat dinner. @josephejerome @ryjarred @eltopo @liezelmunez #ricebowl (at Rice Bowl)

How to eat dinner. @josephejerome @ryjarred @eltopo @liezelmunez #ricebowl (at Rice Bowl)

Fig Mtn Starter Kit. #buellton #octoberfest #favebeer #groundzero  (at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company)

Fig Mtn Starter Kit. #buellton #octoberfest #favebeer #groundzero (at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company)