Sheet Pan Chicken with Zaatar, Carrots, and Avocado

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick on the diagonal
1/2 large red onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons za’atar
1 lemon, zest and juice reserved
1 pinch kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons honey
4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 ounces feta, crumbled or thinly sliced
1/4 cup pistachios, finely chopped/crushed into irregular pieces with a knife
1 teaspoon sumac (optional)
1 cup watercress, arugula, or spinach
1 large ripe avocado, sliced

Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a parchment-lined sheet pan in the oven while it heats.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, carrots, onions, za’atar, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, pepper, honey, and 4 tablespoons olive oil. Toss well with hands to evenly coat the chicken and vegetables in the olive oil and seasonings. (This step can be done 6 to 8 hours in advance; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.)

Working quickly, empty the contents of the bowl on the hot sheet pan, then arrange the ingredients in a single, even layer. (Careful, the pan will be hot!)
Roast for 12 minutes, then flip the chicken and stir the carrots. Roast for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest piece). Remove from oven.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the feta, pistachios, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Set aside.

Heat the broiler with an oven rack about 4 to 5 inches from the heating element. Broil the chicken and carrots for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they’re starting to brown and crisp around the edges.
Immediately out of the oven, squeeze the juice from half the lemon, and sprinkle the sumac (if using) over the entire dish.

Let cool for about 5 minutes, then toss in the watercress, feta and pistachios, and avocado. Serve warm.

Tarter Sauce

1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons roughly chopped cornichon pickles
2 tablespoons roughly chopped capers
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or white wine vinegar

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months.

Streusel Topping

250 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
250 grams (2 1/2 cups) hazelnut flour
250 grams (1 1/4 cups) granulated sugar
6 grams (1 1/2 teaspoons) fleur de sel
250 grams (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Make the streusel dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a spatula), combine the all-purpose flour, hazelnut flour, sugar, and fleur de sel. Add the butter and mix to combine. Using your fingers, break up the streusel dough into pieces about the size of marbles. (Alternatively, push the dough through the holes of a wire rack to get pieces of a more uniform size.)

Bake the streusel: Spread the streusel over the prepared pan and bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. The edges should be crunchy and the inside still soft. Let cool completely.

If you can’t find hazelnut flour, pulse 250 grams (3 cups) whole hazelnuts in a food processor or blender until finely ground. You can also substitute almond, pistachio, or walnut flour.

1-2-3 Miso Dressing

1 part white miso (shiro miso)
1 part honey
1 part apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir with a fork or whisk until smooth, and adjust to taste. This will keep in the fridge for quite awhile—check the expiration date on the miso as a guideline.

If you’re serving the dressing with something super salty, bump up the honey. With something super rich, bump up the vinegar.

This dressing would be happy to spruce up any vegetable, whether it’s crunchy romaine, massaged kale, sautéed spinach, or quick-blanched peas. You could also spoon it on top of a grain bowl. Or make a cold noodle salad. Or drizzle it onto pan-seared chicken, fish, beef, or tofu. All of which to say, it’s hard to go wrong

Pasta with Corn and Coconut Milk

1 pound orecchiette (or your favorite pasta)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined)
2 large shallots, finely chopped (about 3/4 to 1 cup in total)
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or substitute cayenne or red chile flakes, to taste)
4 cups coarsely chopped greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, or mature spinach, stems and tough ribs removed (see author note for substituting baby greens)
2 cups to 2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 3 ears of corn)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
Finely grated zest + juice from 1 lime

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente according to package directions.

In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, thyme, Aleppo, and a big pinch of salt. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, or until starting to soften.

Add the greens to the skillet, tossing to coat in the oil. Saute for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until nearly tender. Add the corn, a big pinch or two of salt, and the curry powder (if using) and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and lime zest, and bring to a simmer. Maintain a gentle simmer for a few minutes, during which time the coconut milk should start to nicely thicken from the starches in the corn. (If the pasta isn’t ready, remove the skillet from the heat.)

Drain the pasta, and toss it with the creamed corn and greens. Add lime juice, starting with 1 teaspoon and adding more to taste. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Divide among plates. Serve warm.