Posted by: GlutenFreeGypsy | October 29, 2009

Little Dinner Parties

I was thrilled to have my friends Bridget and farmer Angela journey to Portsmouth the other evening.  Angela and I are always bound and determined to cook one of the vegetables she received from the farm.  Our mission this past Tuesday was rutabagas. During production of the meal, Bridget jumped on the internet to determine that the rutabaga is indeed also the turnip.  I really had no idea.  Those crazy veggies…And Angela had discovered that the lowly rutabaga is none other than a superfood!  Surprises all around.

So enough of the vegetable surprises… The meal consisted of:

Roast Chicken

Roasted Root Veggies(parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga)

Roasted Asparagus

Kale Salad

And I honestly was impressed with the turnout.  I have a tendency to always mess up some aspect of a dinner.  But it went ok!  When I was on the Celiac Retreat last month we had an awesome quinoa kale salad that became my inspiration.

Kale Salad:

1 bunch kale, cleaned, stems removed

2 c cooked lentil

1/4 c olive oil

1/8 c vinegar

bunch marjoram (or any herb)

1 red pepper diced

1 head broccoli, florets chopped

1/4 c toasted sunflower seeds

1/4 c roasted pumpkin seeds

Sea salt to taste

1.  Combine cooked lentils with the olive oil, vinegar, herbs, seeds and red pepper. (I bought pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s)

2.  Put kale in large bowl, add a small amount of olive oil, sea salt, and lemon juice (wine also works if it’s all you have).  Massage the kale until it softens.  I know this sounds bizarre but it works!

3.  Add softened kale and broccoli to the lentil mix, combine and salt to taste.

Angela was so kind as to bring over an after dinner cocktail of Patron XO.  Quite classy we know.  We shared stories as only girl time will allow.  The Vegetarian Foodie (aka wonderful roommate Maggie) came home just in time to enjoy some food and chat with us.  Oh and for dessert, homemade apple crisp! Only Matt enjoyed this part of the meal.  All in all, a delightful evening!


  1. mmmm I loved the kale salad I am definitely making it!

  2. it was so good! you got be back on the kale train and i’m officially obsessed 😉

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