Justin Kouri

Justin Kouri

  • Posted Roasted Fall Vegetables to Dish with Gracie
    Recipe by Chef Al King Photo by Justin Kouri If it's cold in Texas, we're willing to bet it's cold where you are! Warm up with some roasted veggies. The some zesty gremolata, makes this recipe one of our favorites! Serves 8 Ingredients 1 pound carrots, peeled, halved & cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pound parsnips, peeled, halved & cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pound turnips, cut into 1-inch wedges 1¼ pound brussel sprouts, halved ½ pound shallots, quatered 3 tablespoon grape seed oil ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, destemmed & minced 1 garlic clove, minced ¾ cup pecans, coarsely ground ¼ cup Romano pecorino cheese, grated 1 lemon, zested & juiced 1 tablespoon grape seed oil 2 tablespoon grape seed oil, for garnish 1 tablespoon lemon juice, for garnish Procedure Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line...
  • Posted Garden Pesto to Dish with Gracie
    Swing by Hope Farms this weekend to purchase some lovely greens. We'll show you how to make a veggie packed pesto, which can be frozen for flavor loaded additional to your favorite fall and winter dishes!!! Garden Pesto Photo & Recipe by Justin Kouri Yield: 1 cup Ingredients 1 cup basil ½ cup arugula (or other greens) 2 tablespoons oregano 2 cloves garlic ¼ cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped ¼ cup parmesan, finely grated 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 1 lemon, juiced To taste salt & pepper 1 cup olive oil Procedure Combine basil, arugula, oregano, garlic and walnuts in a food processor. Pulse until fine. Add parmesan, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until incorporated. While food processor is running, stream in olive oil until emulsified. Use pesto on pasta, sauteed vegetables or in...
  • Posted Happy Healthy Halloween Treats to Dish with Gracie
    Charred Long Beans Recipe & Photo by Justin Kouri These long beans look like witch's fingers. But if you can't get your hangs on long beans, green beans work just as well. Have a fun and healthy Halloween! Ingredients 1 pound long beans, trimmed & halved 5 cloves garlic, smashed 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons grape seed oil ½ cup yogurt 2 tablespoons sirracha 1 teaspoon ginger, peeled & grated 1 lime, juiced Procedure Preheat oven to 500F. In a large mixing bowl, combine long beans, garlic, soy sauce and grape seed oil. Toss to evenly coat. Transfer to a parchment paper lined sheet tray. Roast for 15-20, or until bean become darken and shrivel. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, sirracha, ginger and lime juice in a small mixing bowl....
  • Posted Kale Chips to Dish with Gracie
    Kale Chips Photo & Recipe by Justin Kouri Yields: About 4 cups Ingredients 1 bunch kale, destemmed and torn into 1-2" pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 lemon, zested Procedure Preheat oven to 350F. Place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Transfer kale to a parchment paper lined sheet tray. Season kale with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove kale chips from the oven. Zest lemon over kale chips immediately. Enjoy!...
  • Posted Lunchbox Side to Dish with Gracie
    Pool Side Veggie Dip Recipe & Photo by Justin Kouri Yield: 2 cups Ingredient 2 cups summer greens (spinach, tetragonia and/or amaranth) 2 lemons, juiced 1 clove garlic 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 8 ounces cream cheese, softened Procedure Combine greens, lemon juice, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Pulse until greens are finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Be sure to periodically scrape down the sides. Add cream cheese to the processor with the greens and continue to pulse for another minute. Transfer to a bowl and serve with crudity, pita bread or tortilla chips. Enjoy! *Note: Can be made ahead and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week....
  • Posted Eggplant Street Tacos to Dish with Gracie
    Eggplant Taco Filling Recipe by Justin Kouri Yields: 4-6 servings Sometimes we want a vegetarian taco! Try using eggplant. This easy recipe cooks in the oven giving you time to prep the other fixings. Ingredients 2 eggplants, 1" cubes 1 onion, cut into 1/8s 3 cloves garlic 1 tomato, cut into 1/8s 1 jalapeno, cored and deseeded 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 2 tablesppons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt Procedure Preheat oven to 450F. Combine eggplant, onion, garlic, tomato, jalapeno, cumin and coriander in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over eggplant mixture, toss to coat. Season with salt. Transfer eggplant mixture to a parchment lined sheet tray and pop into the oven. Roast for 15 minutes or until vegetables are nicely browned. Remove eggplant mixture from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a...
  • Posted Back to School to Dish with Gracie
    Tired of leftovers yet? Send the kids to school with what's sure to be the coolest sandwich in the cafeteria. Maybe pack an extra for your lunch too! Hot Turkey Sandwich Yields 4 servings Additional Cost: $4.32 Ingredients 8 slices whole wheat bread 2 cups leftover turkey breast, sliced thinly 8 slices provolone cheese ½ cup leftover cranberry sauce 1 cup arugula 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard Procedure 1.) Preheat oven to 350F. 2.) Place 8 slices of bread on a sheet tray, 1 inch apart. Each sandwich will be comprised of 2 slices of bread. 3.) Put sliced turkey on top of 4 slices of bread. Make sure to cover the slices evenly. Each of these 4 slices will be the base of a sandwich. 4.) Arrange 2 slices of cheese on top of sliced turkey. 4 slices of bread...
  • Posted Start 2017 by Vegging Out! to Dish with Gracie
    It's good for your mind to take what you did in 2016 into 2017. It's good for your health to VegOut! Start the new year right and download the app! Take the challenge! www.vegoutwithrfs.org A New Beginning Frittata Yields 4 servings Additional Cost: $1.30 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup left over turkey 1 cup left over Brussels spouts 6 eggs Salt and pepper, to taste Procedure 1.) Start your oven's broiler. It will take 10-15 minutes for it to heat completely. Position one of your oven rack's just below the coils/flame. 2.) In a medium non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. 3.) When oil begins to simmer, add turkey and Brussels sprouts. Cook until completely warmed. 4.) Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. 5.) When leftovers are warm, add egg...
  • Posted A Hip Goodbye to 2016 to Dish with Gracie
    Celebrate 2016 by taking your tastes buds on a journey of epic proportions! (They don't need to know you didn't spend an epic amount!) Holiday Ramen Yields 4 servings Additional Cost: $2.88 Ingredients 8 cups homemade turkey stock 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons ginger, ground 2 teaspoons black pepper, ground 1 pound dried rice noodles 4 button mushrooms, sliced thinly 1 cup leftover turkey, sliced 2 eggs, hardboiled, peeled and halved lengthwise ¼ cup green onion, sliced thinly 1 lime, quartered (for garnish) Procedure 1.) Prepare the broth by combining stock, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger and pepper in a medium pot. 2.) Bring stock mixture to a boil and reduce until 6 cups of liquid are left. Remove from heat. 3.) Drop dried rice noodles into the stock liquid, cover pot for 5-10...
  • Posted Heart Warming Turkey Soup to Dish with Gracie
    This soup doesn't require a lot of attention nor additional cash. We bet you can find the change in your sofa cushions after your family leaves. Turkey & Vegetable Soup Yields 4 servings Additional Cost: $1.23 Ingredients 6 cups homemade turkey stock 2 cups leftover dark turkey meat 2 carrots, reserved from roasting the turkey 2 stalks celery, sliced thinly 8 ounces canned white beans ½ cup brown rice, cooked ¼ cup parsley leaves Salt & pepper, to taste Procedure 1.) Pour turkey stock in a large pot and heat over high heat. Cook until reduced to 4 cups. 2.) Add turkey meat, carrots, celery, beans and brown rice to the reduce turkey stock. 3.) Continue cooking until soup contents are warmed. 4.) Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. 5.) Divide among bowls. ENJOY!...
  • Posted Some Healthy Holiday Southern Comfort to Dish with Gracie
    Keep the holiday cheer going with this rich rendition of a southern classic. It might look like a million bucks, but we're sure your pocket book will thank us! Sweet Potato Biscuits & Gravy Yields 4 servings Additional Cost: $2.45 Ingredient Biscuits 1 cup leftover sweet potato puree 2 eggs 1 lemon, juiced 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Gravy 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 button mushrooms, sliced thinly 1 cup homemade turkey stock 1 cup leftover gravy Salt and pepper, to taste Procedure Biscuits 1.) Preheat the oven to 350F. 2.) Combine sweet potato puree, eggs and lemon juice in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir until smooth. 3.) In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. 4.) Add half of the dry...
  • Posted What's A Bird Without Some Sides? to Dish with Gracie
    While your turkey is resting and your gravy is simmering, it is the perfect time to crank up the oven and quickly roast some Brussels sprouts. We like to prepare all our vegetable the night before, so when it's show time, all we have to do is pop them in the oven! We've even taken it a step further - the cranberry sauce can be prepared the night before, as well as roasting the veg for the sweet potato puree. Blitzing the potatoes with piping hot stock brings them back to life! Citrus Roasted Brussels Sprouts Yields 4 servings plus leftovers (about 8 cups) Cost: $7.66 Ingredients 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 4 slices uncured bacon, sliced thinly 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 1 orange, zested Procedure 1.) Preheat the oven to 450F....
  • Posted Oh SNAP! Budget Friendly Holiday Recipes to Dish with Gracie
    Oh SNAP! It's the holidays! You've already spent a small fortune on gifts for friends, family, coworkers and everyone else. Now you need to spend even more to feed everyone?! Don't worry. We have tons of recipes for a feast and leftovers, making sure you don't break the bank this holiday. Follow our posts, cook along with us and let us know what you think! We're going to get started with the heavy hitters. Here's our recipe for a Roasted Turkey. Happy Holidays!!! Simple Roasted Turkey & Gravy Yields 4 servings, plus leftovers Cost: $16.31 We know it looks like a lot of ingredients and it is - we're making a feast! The stuffing and roast are playing several roles: they're keeping the bird moist, creating the base for our gravy and providing us with perfectly roasted vegetables to...
  • Posted Meet Vareck Herrera to Dish with Gracie
    Congratulations to Vareck Herrera, our Volunteer of the Month for December. Driven by his desire to offer his culinary and hospitality experience to help feed and educate our local community, Vareck joined the Recipe for Success volunteer team. As a Bartender Extraordinaire at the Art of Food event, Vareck quickly integrated himself into the action, displaying a willingness to take on any task and engaging key guests throughout the evening. "The entire night was a blast!" Vareck remembers. A few days later, he brought his infectious enthusiasm and energy to volunteer at the Texas Contemporary Arts Fair. Vareck was intrigued by Recipe for Success because the Seed-to-Plate Nutrition EducationTM program emphasizes the importance of healthy sustainable foods. He believes children can not only gain knowledge and skills in art, reading, math, and science while learning about plate presentation, recipes, weight...
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