Weeks 14 and 15: 10 Recipes for Autumn!

The air is chilling, the first batch of applesauce is cooking and we are eagerly looking forward to winter squash. Soup is the most frequent thing on the stove and we’re soaking up every bit of the sun as it sets earlier and earlier.

In our house, the flavors and kitchen decisions start to turn a bit towards casseroles, stews and roasted veggies. It just feels appropriate, almost all of a sudden!

TKB - Potato Soup

Easy Potato Soup
Recipe Credit: The Kitchen Beet

1 – 1.5 cups diced white onion or leeks
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
6 larger new or yukon gold potatoes, diced large (This is about 4 cups once diced; please note you could use russet too!)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 – 5 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cup milk
1 TBSP arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
2 TBSP finely diced celery leaves or parsley
1/4 cup half-and-half
scallions (or chives), to garnish
freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, to garnish

Saute onions/leeks, carrots and celery for 8 – 10 minutes, until starting to soften. Add potatoes and season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Stir and saute for another 5 minutes or so. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and let it cook for about 10 – 12 minutes. The potatoes should be tender at this point. (I usually remove a potato and eat it to test, burning my mouth in the process. Very technical over here.) If the potatoes are not tender, keep simmering, checking every couple of minutes.

Slowly add the milk, stirring as you go. Add the arrowroot powder and mix it in. This will help to thicken your soup. If you have an immersion blender, now is the time to safely move your soup pot to a spot where you can use it. Please be careful, so you don’t splatter and burn yourself. If you don’t have an immersion blender, no problem. Safely blend somewhere between half and three-quarters of the soup in a regular blender, and return to the pot.

Add your celery leaves and half-and-half and give it one final stir. A note about the celery leaves – this is for those vibrant green leaves with amazing flavor that you get from the farmer’s market (or your lovely CSA, Groundswell!). If your celery doesn’t have leaves, parsley would be a great alternative! If needed, add a little more salt and pepper.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with scallions or chives, and a sprinkle (or in my case, giant handful) of sharp cheddar cheese. Happy soup season!

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Vegan Coconut Curry Lentil Soup with Kale
Recipe Credit: Dula Notes

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils, washed and picked over
  • 2-3 teaspoons of fine sea salt
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 bunch of kale, leaves removed from stalk and chopped
  1. In a large pot, add the coconut oil, onion, garlic, curry powder, tumeric, chile flakes and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and heat over medium heat. Once the onions start sizzling, turn the heat to low and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until onions are soft.
  2. Add 8 cups of water, lentils and 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Turn heat to medium low. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits of onion or seasoning that started to stick to the bottom of the pot. Put the lid on the pot and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are soft. Taste to see if additional salt is needed.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and chopped kale. Cook until the coconut milk is heated and kale has wilted a bit. Taste again for seasoning and adjust with salt if necessary.

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Crispy Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic
Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen

1 pound fresh broccoli
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
A few pinches of pepper flakes, to taste
Finely grated zest of half a lemon, or more to taste
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
Juice of half a lemon, or more to taste, to finish

Heat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Prep your broccoli: Wash broccoli well — seriously, there is always a stem-colored worm hidden in the florets when I buy organic or from a farmer’s market, hooray for fewer pesticides! — and pat dry. Slice straight through the broccoli stem(s) as close to the crown of florets as possible. The crown should naturally break into several large florets, and you can cut these down into more manageable chunks. I find that less mess is made and less broccoli rubble is lost when I cut not down through the florets tops to halve chunks but up through the attached stems. (See 2nd photo above.) After cutting through the stem, I use my hands to break the floret the rest of the way in two. Don’t let the stems go to waste. I peel off the tough outer skin and knots and cut the stems into 1/2-inch segments; they cook up wonderfully this way, and at the same speed as the florets.

Drizzle the first tablespoon of oil over your baking sheet or roasting pan and brush or roll it around so it’s evenly coated. In a large bowl, toss prepared florets and stems with remaining olive oil, garlic, pepper flakes, salt and lemon zest until they’re evenly coated. Spread broccoli in an even layer in prepared pan.

Roast for 20 minutes, then use a spatula to flip and move pieces around for even cooking. Roast another 10 to 15 minutes, checking every 5, until broccoli is toasty and as crisp as you like it. (As you can see, we like a serious char on ours.)

From the oven, taste a floret for seasoning and add more salt and pepper flakes if needed. Shower with fresh lemon juice and eat immediately.

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Winter Vegetable Chowder with Crispy Cabbage, Lemon and Mustard
Recipe Credit: The First Mess

chowder ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large cooking onion, small dice (1 3/4 cups)
1 leek, small dice (white + light green part only)
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
4-5 thyme sprigs, leaves removed and chopped
1-2 parsnips, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 celery root, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 heaped cups of small-chopped cauliflower florets
1 1/2 tbsp grainy mustard
salt + pepper to taste
2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 1/2 cups vegetable stock

crispy cabbage ingredients:
1/4 head of a green cabbage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 tsp olive oil
salt + pepper
optional seasonings: Old Bay, celery salt, caraway seeds, nigella seeds, za’atar etc.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add the diced onions to the pot and sauté until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the leeks and continue to sauté until the leeks are soft, about 4 minutes more. Add the minced garlic and thyme to the pot and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the chopped parsnips, celery root, and cauliflower florets to the pot and stir to coat in the oil. Add the grainy mustard, salt + pepper to taste, and Old Bay. Stir to coat all the vegetables in spice. Add the lmeon juice to the pot and stir. Add the vegetable stock to the pot, stir again, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the lid and lower heat to simmer. Let the chowder cook and bubble until the parsnips and celery root pieces are tender, about 15-18 minutes.

Ladle half of the chowder into an upright blender and carefully purée until smooth. Pour puréed portion of chowder back into the soup pot and bring it back to a boil. Check the chowder for seasoning, adjust and serve hot.

While the chowder is simmering/cooking, make the crispy cabbage. Place the sliced cabbage onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Pour the 2 tsp of olive oil over top, season with salt and pepper and add any spices you like. Toss lightly to combine and spread cabbage out evenly on the baking sheet. Slide the sheet into the oven and roast the cabbage for 13-17 minutes, or until browned on the edges and crispy in parts. You’ll have to flip the cabbage around a few times while it’s roasting. Serve warm cabbage on top of the dreamy winter vegetable chowder.

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Roasted Tomato Soup
Recipe Credit: Sprouted Kitchen

ROASTED TOMATO SOUP // Serve 2 as an entree, 4 as a side

1 1/4 lb. Ripe Tomatoes (about 4 Large Tomatoes)
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp. Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley
1 1/2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable or Chicken Broth
1 Tbsp. Organic Tomato Paste
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream or Half and Half, optional
Fresh Oregano + Basil for garnish
Fresh Grainy Bread

1. Preheat the oven to 350′. Cut the tomatoes and the half of an onion into wedges. Use your finger to push out some of the seedy parts of the tomatoes, but this is not a huge deal, just get out the big seedy parts, a bit intact is fine. Spread them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle the salt, a generous amount of pepper, the chopped parsley and gently toss it with your hands. Tuck the garlic cloves somewhere in a tomato, so they don’t burn. Roast on the middle rack for 30-40 minutes until the tomatoes have broken down and reduced to about half their size. Remove and cool slightly.
2. Warm the broth and stir in the tomato paste to dissolve. Add the all of the ingredients from the roasting pan into the broth and let it gently simmer for 5-10 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the bowl, or with a food processor or blender. The soup should be smooth, with some texture. If you don’t like any texture at all, you could run it through a fine mesh sieve. Return it back to the pot, and add the cream to taste, if using. Taste for salt and pepper.
3. Serve with some toasted bread, or broil a few slices with a piece of mozzarella on top. Garnish with fresh chopped basil and oregano.

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Eggplant Spread
Recipe Credit: Seven Spoons

Canola oil or other neutral oil
1 medium eggplant (aubergine)
1 large onion, cut lengthways then into thin half moons
2 teaspoons ginger, grated (see note)
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 small green chili, sliced finely
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
salt to taste

Use a few drops of canola oil to lightly grease the skin of the eggplant. Over the dying coals of a charcoal fire, place the whole eggplant on the grill. Cook, turning occasionally, until the eggplant has shrivelled and blackened. The flesh should yield easily to pressure, and most of its moisture will have cooked away. Do not panic if the skin splits while cooking, this is perfectly fine. Remove from the heat and set the eggplant aside to cool.

In a medium saucepan, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for about 10-15 minutes or until the onions are translucent and the garlic is sweet. Add the green chili and cilantro, cooking for 5 minutes more.

Using a spoon or your fingers, peel away the skin from the eggplant. Scoop the flesh into the pan with the aromatics, breaking it up and stirring to combine. Season lightly with salt. Increase the heat to medium and cook the eggplant for 10 more minutes, or until it begins to slightly darken in colour and any residual moisture has dissipated. Check for seasoning and serve.

Makes about 1 cup.

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tempeh, brown rice + millet veggie burger
Recipe Credit: The First Mess

special equipment:
a food processor
serves: 6-8
notes: I leave a lot of room for mods here because I know everyone’s spice/ingredient needs are different. Also, I would highly recommend refrigerating the patties for at least an hour before cooking them to let them set up all proper. I haven’t tried grilling these, but I feel like that would be unsuccessful. Sauté all the way. (If you try baking or grilling or some other method, let me know how it goes)

patty ingredients:
1/2 cup millet
1/2 cup brown basmati rice
1/2 cup nuts + seeds (I used walnuts + sunflower seeds)
1 clove of garlic, peeled
3/4 cup roughly chopped red onion
1/2 cup grated vegetables (I used carrots + golden beets)
3/4 cup roughly chopped tempeh
1.5 tbsp tamari soy sauce
2 tbsp GF flour blend (or wholewheat, spelt etc)
2 tsp organic, non-GMO corn starch OR arrowroot powder
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1.5 tbsp ground spices (I used za’atar, ancho chili powder + Old Bay seasoning)
1/4 cup chopped herbs/greens (I used thyme + arugula)
salt + pepper
1-2 tbsp water

assembly ingredients:
grapeseed/coconut oil for sautéeing
1-2 heads of butter/bibb lettuce, washed and leaves separated
sriracha
sliced ripe mango
red onion slivers
pea shoots/other sprouts
+ anything else you like!

Combine the millet and brown rice with 2 1/2 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt. Bring this mix to a boil and simmer until all of the water is absorbed  about 15 minutes. The grains will still be quite chewy. Scrape the cooked grains into a large bowl and allow them to cool a bit.

In a food processor, combine the nuts/seeds, garlic, chopped onion, grated vegetables and tempeh. Pulse the mixture a few times until a moist + chunky paste forms (doesn’t that sound great?!?). Scrape this mixture into the large bowl with the cooked millet and brown rice.

Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl except for the water. Stir everything together until thoroughly combined and the mix resembles a thick paste. It should hold together when you pinch it with your fingers. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if necessary to bind it at this point and mix one more time.

Form the mixture into 6-8 patties with your hands. Place them on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet, cover them in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge for at least an hour. If you want to freeze these babies, place the covered tray in the freezer for an hour or two to firm the patties up. Then individually wrap them/place all of the patties in a large zippy bag for maximum storage capacity.

To cook: Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Cover the bottom with grapeseed/other neutral oil (like a 1/4-1/3 inch? you could also spray the pan with oil if you have a misto thing). Gently transfer 2-3 patties to the pan and sauté until golden on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the patties over and cook until golden on the other side, another 3 minutes. I kind of nudged the patties up against the sides of the pan to brown them all over as well. Repeat with remaining patties, while you keep the cooked ones warm.

Serve the hot veggie patties with lettuce wraps, toppings etc.

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Roasted Beet Soup with Crème Fraiche
Recipe Credit: Epicurious

  • 1/2 pound red beets (about 3 medium)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 leek (white and pale green parts only), chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 1 fresh parsley sprig
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap beets in foil and roast until tender when pierced with fork, about 1 hour. Cool. Peel beets. Cut 1/4 of 1 beet into 1/4-inch cubes; reserve for garnish. Cut remaining beets into 1/2-inch pieces.

Melt butter with oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek, onion, and celery and cook until beginning to brown, stirring frequently, about 13 minutes. Stir in ginger, allspice, white pepper, and 1/2-inch beet pieces. Cook until vegetables begin to stick to bottom of pot, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Add 2 cups water, bay leaf, thyme sprig, and parsley sprig. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 25 minutes. Remove bay leaf, thyme sprig, and parsley sprig. Cool soup slightly. Working in batches, puree soup in blender with cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, cover, and refrigerate.)

Gently rewarm soup (do not boil). Divide between 2 bowls. Garnish each with 1 tablespoon crème fraîche. Sprinkle with reserved beet cubes.

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One-Pot Farro with Tomatoes
Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen

2 cups water
1 cup (updated) semi-pearled farro (see Note above for farro types)
1/2 large onion (I usually use a white one, for mildness)
2 cloves garlic
9 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt
Up to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Few basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons
Grated parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Place water and farro in a medium saucepan to presoak (I find just 5 to 10 minutes sufficient) while you prepare the other ingredients. Adding each ingredient to the pot as you finish preparing it, cut onion in half again, and very thinly slice it into quarter-moons. Thinly slice garlic cloves as well. Halve or quarter tomatoes. Add salt, pepper flakes (to taste) and 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan, and set a timer for 30 minutes. Bring uncovered pan (no lid necessary) up to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. When the timer rings, the farro should be perfectly cooked (tender but with a meaty chew), seasoned and the cooking water should be almost completely absorbed. If needed, though I’ve never found it necessary, cook it for 5 additional minutes, until farro is more tender.

Transfer to a wide serving bowl. If there’s enough leftover cooking liquid to be bothersome, simply use a slotted spoon to leave the amount you wish to behind. Drizzle farro lightly with additional olive oil, scatter with basil and parmesan. Eat immediately. Repeat tomorrow.

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Citrus Beet Salad with Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing
Recipe Credit: Oh She Glows

For the salad
  • 3 medium/large red beets
  • 3 medium/large golden beets
  • 2 navel oranges (or any variety)
  • 1 grapefruit (Ruby suggested), optional
  • Greens of choice (I used a mix of baby romaine and blanched beet greens)
  • Avocado Lime Dressing
For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup avocado flesh
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream (the cream from the top of the can)
  • 5 tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp grapefruit juice (optional)
  • tiny pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Trim both ends of each beet and wash well. Place a few beets on a large piece of tin foil. Drizzle with oil and wrap up. Do the same for the other 3 beets on another sheet of foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 45-75 minutes, until a fork pricks through fairly easy. Check beets after 30 mins of roasting, and every 15 minutes thereafter. Cooking time will depend on the size…mine took 60-75 minutes.
  2. With oven mitts on, carefully open the tin foil and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Now peel off the skin and discard. Slice beets into wedges.
  3. While the beets roast, prepare the citrus. De-pith and slice into segments. Set aside. Reserve the scraps of juicy flesh as you can use this to squeeze into your dressing.
  4. Blend the dressing ingredients together in a processor. I used my mini processor and it worked well. Adjust seasonings to taste, adding more sweetener, juice, or salt if desired.
  5. To assemble, add greens (I used a mix of blanched beet greens and baby romaine), followed by the beets and citrus segments, top with nuts, seeds, and/or cooked grains, and finally the dressing.

Weeks 12 and 13: 10 New Recipes, Pinterest Edition!

Happy Labor Day! I hope you all are enjoying the weekend. Thank you for your patience with getting these recipes. Between school starting, sports starting and having family visiting from out of state,  it’s been a busy pace around here! Today, I’m including 10 of my favorite recipes I’ve found or pinned on Pinterest. If you also like to pin, feel free to come say hi!

CSA/Farmer’s Market Skillet
Recipe Credit: Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and sliced (or half a large one)
  • 2 ears sweet corn, kernels cut off the cob (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 green onions
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 vine-ripened tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped basil
  • For the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette:
    • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
    • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1-1/2 Tablespoons honey
    • 1 garlic clove, microplaned or finely minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add rinsed quinoa and place a lid on top, turn the heat down to medium-low, then cook until the broth is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 25 minutes. Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette in a jar or bowl, then shake or whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add zucchini, sweet corn, and green onions, season with salt and pepper, then saute until barely tender, about 4 minutes. Add cooked quinoa and half the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette, then stir and cook for 1 more minute.*
  4. Add remaining vinaigrette, tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil to the skillet. Stir well, taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Ratatouille’s Ratatouille
Recipe Credit: Smitten Kitchen

1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1 cup tomato puree (such as Pomi)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small eggplant
1 smallish zucchini
1 smallish yellow squash
1 longish red bell pepper
Few sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
Few tablespoons soft goat cheese, for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Pour tomato puree into bottom of an oval baking dish, approximately 10 inches across the long way. Drop the sliced garlic cloves and chopped onion into the sauce, stir in one tablespoon of the olive oil and season the sauce generously with salt and pepper.

Trim the ends off the eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash. As carefully as you can, trim the ends off the red pepper and remove the core, leaving the edges intact, like a tube.

On a mandoline, adjustable-blade slicer or with a very sharp knife, cut the eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper into very thin slices, approximately 1/16-inch thick.

Atop the tomato sauce, arrange slices of prepared vegetables concentrically from the outer edge to the inside of the baking dish, overlapping so just a smidgen of each flat surface is visible, alternating vegetables. You may have a handful leftover that do not fit.

Drizzle the remaining tablespoon olive oil over the vegetables and season them generously with salt and pepper. Remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs with your fingertips, running them down the stem. Sprinkle the fresh thyme over the dish.

Cover dish with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside. (Tricky, I know, but the hardest thing about this.)

Bake for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, until vegetables have released their liquid and are clearly cooked, but with some structure left so they are not totally limp. They should not be brown at the edges, and you should see that the tomato sauce is bubbling up around them.

Serve with a dab of soft goat cheese on top, alone, or with some crusty French bread, atop polenta, couscous, or your choice of grain.

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Risotto Primavera
Recipe Credit: Pioneer Woman

  • 5 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 whole Large Yellow Onion Finely Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Peeled And Finely Diced
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli Pieces
  • 1 whole Yellow Squash, Finely Diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (additional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (additional)
  • 1-1/2 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1-1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt (additional), More To Taste
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas
  • 4 ounces, weight Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Dill, For Garnish
  • Optional Vegetables To Substitute For Any Of The Above: Mushrooms, Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Asparagus Pieces

Pour chicken broth into a small saucepan. Heat to a simmer.

In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter. Add diced onions and diced carrots. Stir and cook for a minute or two. Add cauliflower and cook for a minute. Add broccoli and cook for 30 seconds. Add squash and cook for 30 seconds. Sprinkle in salt and stir. Remove from pan and put on a plate. Set aside.

Add 1 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to the same pan. Heat over medium-low heat. Add rice and stir, cooking for 1 minute. Add half the wine and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt. Stir and cook until liquid is absorbed. Over the next 30 to 45 minutes, add 1 cup of simmering broth at a time, stirring and cooking until each addition of broth has absorbed. Add other half of wine and cook until absorbed. Add green onions and peas, stirring to combine. Taste to make sure rice is the right texture; add another helping of broth if rice has too much bite to it. Check salt content and add more salt if necessary.

Once rice is cooked, remove from heat. Stir in goat cheese, Parmesan, and vegetables until all goat cheese is combined.

Serve on a plate with a sprig of dill.

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Kale Market Salad
Recipe Credit: 101 Cookbooks

Green Garlic Dressing:
2 stalks green garlic (or scallions), rinsed and chopped (~1/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons ripe avocado
1 teaspoon honey, or to taste
fresh pepper to taste

1/2 bunch kale, destemmed, torn into pieces
1 cup / 5.5 oz cooked farro or wheat berries (semi-pearled or whole)
4-5 farmers’ market carrots, very thinly sliced
1 small bulb of fennel, transparently sliced
1 avocado, cut into small cubes
a big handful of almond slices, toasted

Make the dressing by using a hand blender or food processor to puree the green garlic, salt, lemon juice, olive oil, avocado, honey, and pepper until smooth. Taste, and adjust with more salt, or honey, or lemon juice.

Before you’re ready to serve, combine the kale with about half of the dressing in a large bowl use your hands to work the dressing into the kale, softening up the kale a bit in the process. Add the farro, carrots, and fennel, more dressing, and a couple pinches of salt, and toss again. Taste, and add the last of the dressing if needed. This is a salad I like quite heavily dressed. Add the avocados and almonds and give one last gentle toss.

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Golden Beet Salad with Shallots, Parsley and Orange Miso Dressing
Recipe Credit: Oh She Glows

3-4 medium golden beets
10 small shallots
1 cup uncooked rainbow quinoa
1.5 cups vegetable broth
2 small seedless navel oranges, segmented and chopped (see note)
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
handful finely chopped pistachios, for garnish (optional)

Orange Miso Dressing: (makes: ~1/3 cup)

1/3 cup orange juice
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (or olive oil)
1-2 tbsp light miso dressing (I used 2 tbsp chickpea miso), to taste
1 medium garlic clove, peeled
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cane sugar (or maple syrup), or to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot with a piece of parchment paper.
2. Trim beet greens, leaving 2-3 inches of the stem on the beet (this prevents the beet from drying out while roasting). Note: If you buy loose beets without stems this is fine too. Use what you can find. Reserve beet greens for sautéing, if desired. Wash beets, but do not peel them.
3. Place beets inside the pot. Drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll around the beets to coat.
4. Soak shallots in a bowl of water for a few minutes. This helps to loosen the skin. Slice both ends off the shallots and then peel all the skin off each. Place a piece of tin foil on the counter (about 1 square foot) and place the shallots on top. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Rub the shallots to combine. Gather the tin foil at each side and crinkle it upward to seal the top. Place shallots in the pot along with the beets.
5. Place lid on pot and roast beets and shallots for about 1 hour at 375F.
6. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and place it into a pot along with 1.5 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to low-medium, and cover with tight fitting lid. Simmer for 17-20 minutes covered, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
7. Prepare the dressing by processing together all the dressing ingredients. I like to use a mini processor for my dressings because the clean-up is minimal. You could also whisk everything together by hand too.
8. After 1 hour, remove pot from the oven to check on things. Remove the shallots and set aside on the counter (keep the tin foil on so they stay warm). Carefully, prick the largest beet with a fork. If it slides easily through, it’s ready. If your fork feels resistance, it needs more time in the oven. I had to cook my beets for about 1 hour and 25 minutes, so don’t be alarmed if it takes you more time.
9. Remove beets from oven, remove lid, and allow beets to cool until they can be handled. Trim both ends of the beet and discard. Run water over beets and peel the skin off with your fingers (the skin should slide off fairly easily) and then slice beets into bite-sized pieces for the salad.
10. To assemble the salad: Toss together the cooked quinoa, chopped parsley, Herbamare or sea salt, and a couple tablespoons of the dressing. Gently fold in the shallots, segmented oranges, and beets. Drizzle on the rest of the dressing, sprinkle on pistachios (optional), and serve immediately.

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Spicy Roasted Vegetable Cheddar Cheese
Recipe Credit: The Comfort of Cooking

1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into small chunks
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 yellow squash, quartered and diced
10 baby carrots, sliced thinly
2 cups whole wheat pasta (elbow macaroni, rotini, penne, etc.)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set a medium pot of salted water to boil. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating with a little olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Toss broccoli, red pepper, squash and carrots onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Remove from oven and set aside.

Once water is boiling, lower heat slightly and add pasta, cooking according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until well distributed and melted. Add red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Add macaroni and vegetables.

Place mixture in a large casserole dish and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Place under the broiler in your oven (500 degrees) for 3-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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Quinoa and Brown Rice with Vegetables and Tahini
Recipe Credit: Food and Wine

1 cup long-grain brown rice
1 cup red quinoa
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
1 carrot, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
Salt
1 head of broccoli—stems peeled and sliced into coins, heads cut into small florets
One 12-ounce bunch kale, large stems discarded
1/4 cup tahini, at room temperature
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons warm water
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cup mung bean sprouts

  1.  In a medium saucepan, cover the brown rice with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is just tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and return the rice to the saucepan; keep covered.
  2.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and simmer over low heat until the quinoa is tender and all of the water has been absorbed, 20 minutes.
  3.  In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the carrot and cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the shiitake, cover and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the zucchini, season with salt and cook, stirring a few times, until tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  4.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Add the broccoli, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until deep green, 5 minutes. Add the kale, cover and cook, stirring a few times, until the broccoli and kale are just tender, 4 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in the other vegetables.
  5.  In a small bowl, whisk the tahini with the lemon juice, garlic, warm water and crushed red pepper. Season with salt.
  6.  Transfer the brown rice and quinoa to bowls. Top with the cooked vegetables, diced avocado and bean sprouts. Serve, passing the tahini sauce at the table.

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Garden Tomato Basil Soup
Recipe Credit: Season with Spice

6 ripe tomatoes – cut into chunks
3 carrots – peeled and sliced into discs
1 green or red bell pepper – cut into chunks
1 yellow onion – cut into chunks
5 cloves of garlic – halved
6-8 fresh basil leaves
2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
2 tsp of sweet paprika
Dash of chili powder
Dash of dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Salt to taste
1/2 cup milk
Dab of butter
Olive oil

Process:
1. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil into a deep frying pan, and heat on high. When hot, toss in the garlic and onion and sauté until lightly browned. Then add in the carrot and sauté until lightly browned.
2. Add in another tablespoon of olive oil, along with the bell pepper and tomatoes. Cook on medium fire until tomatoes are softened. Turn heat off and let cool while completing next step.
3. In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, paprika, smoked serrano, thyme, and black pepper. Heat on low.
4. Add the cooked veggies into a blender, along with the fresh basil leaves. Blend on low speed to desired texture.
5. Add the blended mixture into the large pot, stir well with the broth, and cook on medium fire until soup thickens to desired texture. Then stir in butter and milk, add in more salt if needed, and cook a few more minutes.
6. Serve hot, and garnish with shredded fresh basil leaves and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy with a side of toast or a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Ginger Beef, Mushroom and Kale Stir-Fry
Recipe Credit: Gimme Some Oven

MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (if making gluten-free, be sure to use GF soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)
  • 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper

STIR-FRY INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 ounces baby portobello or button mushrooms, halved
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE MARINADE:

Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour marinade into a large bowl or ziplock bag, then add in the steak and gently toss to combine. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

TO MAKE THE STIR-FRY:

Once steak has marinated, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade, and add to saute pan with garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove steak with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add mushrooms, kale, and reserved marinade to saute pan, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the kale is wilted, the sauce has thickened, and the mushrooms have cooked, stirring regularly so that sauce does not burn. Add in the steak, and toss to combine.

Serve immediately over rice or quinoa, garnished with chopped green onions.

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Sweet and Spicy Poblano-Corn Chowder
Recipe Credit: The Kitchen Beet

The Kitchen Beet - Poblano Corn Chowder

In the Blender:
2 cups fresh corn kernels, cooked for 5 min and cut off the cob
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup heavy cream

In the Soup Pot/Dutch Oven:
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 cup white onion, diced
1 cup sweet red pepper, diced (about 1 pepper)
1 cup poblano pepper, diced (about 2 peppers)
2 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 cup zucchini, diced (about 1 small)
1 tsp salt
2 cups fresh corn kernels, cooked for 5 min and cut off the cob
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup tomatoes, diced
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

To Garnish:
scallions
avocado
cilantro

As I mentioned above, start by cooking your corn for 5 minutes, then removing from the pot. Set aside until it has cooled enough to handle. While it’s cooling, start chopping! You’ll want to have your onion, red pepper, poblano pepper, garlic and zucchini cut before you warm the coconut oil in the pot.

In your large soup pot or dutch oven, warm 2 TBSP of coconut oil over medium heat until just melted. Add your white onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes. Next, you’ll add your red pepper, poblano pepper and garlic. Let that saute, again stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add your zucchini and salt and saute for another 2 – 4 minutes. I always sneak pieces of pepper and zucchini around the 2-minute mark to see if it’s tender, or needs another minute. (Note: while the sautéing is happening, this is a good time to cut all the corn off the cob and blend half of it with milk and cream in your blender!)

Add your cooked corn (2 cups) that was NOT blended with the milk+cream, vegetable broth, sugar and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer (not a boil, just a gentle roll) and let it all simmer in the pot for 5 minutes, giving an occasional stir. If you haven’t already, take this opportunity to cut your tomatoes into small pieces and shred your pepper jack cheese.

Stir in your pureed corn (the lovely corn-milk-cream mixture). Add the tomatoes and pepper jack cheese, and let it cook for 2 – 3 minutes so the pureed corn can heat up, and the cheese can melt. Serve immediately, and top generously with scallions, avocado and cilantro.

Week Five: Greens! Beets! Scallions! Radishes!

Happy Holiday weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July and all the amazing weather we had. We road tripped to Wisconsin to stay with friends at their farm for a few days. It was wonderful, and we were glad to be back to our side of Lake Michigan tonight. This week’s post brings a great beet salad, a kale salad that uses broccoli, carrots and radishes (in addition to other vegetables), scallion pancakes, garlic scape-white bean dip to use with kohlrabi sticks, carrots sticks, sugar snap peas and more, and pasta with pesto and greens.

The Kitchen Beet - Beet Salad

Beets and Blackberries Salad
recipe credit: The Kitchen Beet

salad
6 medium-sized beets, tops removed and scrubbed
4 oz organic blackberries
5 oz greens (any kind!)
large handful slivered almonds or chopped pecans
4 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled

dijon-shallot dressing
1/4 c good olive oil
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
2 shallots
2 tsp dijon mustard
sea salt + freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the beets individually in aluminum foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast them for 45 – 55 min. A small, sharp knife inserted in the middle will indicate they are tender. Unwrap each beet and set aside for 10 minutes, until they are cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, saute the shallots in a little olive oil over medium heat until just caramelized – about 5 minutes. Mix the shallots with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and about 2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of freshly ground pepper. Whisk until emulsified, then set aside.

You should be able to very easily peel the skin off of the beets. After you peel them, cut into cubes and place in a large bowl. Pour half of the dressing over the beets, and mix to coat completely. Add the arugula, and mix again. Top with the blackberries, almonds and goat cheese. Drizzle a little more dressing over the top, and add salt and pepper if needed.

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Scallion Pancakes
recipe credit:The Kitchn

2 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup warm water
Oil for the pancakes, such as vegetable, sesame, or shortening
Coarse kosher salt
1 bunch scallions
High smoke point oil for the pan, such as vegetable, canola, or peanut oil

1. Make the dough and let it rest: Mix 2 1/2 cups flour with 1 cup water until it forms a smooth dough. Knead by doubling the dough over and pressing it down repeatedly, until the dough is even more smooth and very elastic. Coat this ball of dough lightly in oil and put it back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.

2. Roll out the dough: Cut the dough into 4 equal parts. Lightly oil the back of a large metal baking sheet (or a smooth stone countertop or pastry board). Roll out one part of the dough on the back of the baking sheet. Roll until it is a thin rectangle at least 12 x 9 inches.

3. Chop the scallions: Finely chop the bunch of scallions. (I usually use the green tops and just the very top of the white parts.) Set them on your work surface along with a small bowl of kosher salt.

4. Top the dough: Lightly brush the top of the dough with oil, then sprinkle it evenly with chopped scallions and kosher salt.

5. Roll up the dough: Starting from the long end, roll the dough up tightly, creating one long snake of rolled-up dough.

6. Cut in half: Cut the dough snake in two equal parts.

7. Coil the dough and let it rest: Take one of these halves and coil into a round dough bundle. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes and ideally longer, while you repeat this process with the rest of the dough.

8. Roll out the coil: Pat a coiled dough bundle into a flat, smooth, round pancake. You can do this with a rolling pin or with your hands.

9. Cook the pancake for 2 minutes: Heat a 10-inch heavy skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, and oil it with a drizzle of canola, vegetable, or peanut oil. When the oil shimmers, pick up the pancake dough and lay it gently in the pan. It should sizzle, but not burn. Cook for 2 minutes on one side.

10. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes: Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side, or until golden brown. Repeat steps 9-11 with the rest of the pancake dough coils.

Cut the pancake into wedges with a pair of kitchen scissors, and serve immediately with soy sauce or another dipping sauce.

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Garlic Scape and White Bean Dip
recipe credit: The New York Times

1/3 cup sliced garlic scapes (3 to 4)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, more to taste
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, more to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling.

1. In a food processor, process garlic scapes with lemon juice, salt and pepper until finely chopped. Add cannellini beans and process to a rough purée.

2. With motor running, slowly drizzle olive oil through feed tube and process until fairly smooth. Pulse in 2 or 3 tablespoons water, or more, until mixture is the consistency of a dip. Add more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice, if desired.

3. Spread out dip on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with more salt.

Dip some of your CSA veggies in the dip – sugar snap peas, carrots sticks, kohlrabi sticks…we have so many wonderful options!

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My Favorite Kale Salad with Lemon-Dijon Dressing
recipe credit: The Kitchen Beet 

kale salad with chopped raw veggies, cranberries and sunflower seeds
1 bunch of mixed kale (approximately 10 leaves), cut into thin ribbons
1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into small pieces, florets only
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces, florets only
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces, florets only
3 medium radishes, very thinly sliced into half moons
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. dried cranberries or cherries
parsley to garnish (optional)

lemon-dijon dressing
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 TBSP dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
generous amount of freshly ground pepper
sea salt
2/3 c. olive oil

Prepare dressing by gently whisking all ingredients except olive oil in a small mixing bowl with a pour spout. Add olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until dressing is emulsified.

Wash and dry all veggies. Remove the stem from each kale leaf, then stack a couple of leaves at a time and cut into thin kale ribbons. Add kale to a large bowl, then massage with just enough dressing to coat leaves. Let the kale tenderize with the dressing while you prepare the rest of the salad. Chop broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and carrots into very small pieces. Cut radishes in half after you remove tops, then slice as thin as possible. Add veggies to kale, top with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries/cherries and drizzle with as much of the dressing as desired. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to garnish.

Note: If you are saving some for lunch the next day, don’t add the extra dressing until then. Kale Yeah!

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Brazil Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta
recipe credit: Deliciously Ella Cookbook

scant 1 c. brazil nuts
1/3 c. pine nuts
1 1/2 avocados
2 big handfuls of arugula
big handful of basil leaves
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
1/2 c. olive oil, plus extra for veggies
salt and pepper
1 pound pasta of your choice (regular, whole wheat, brown rice, other gluten free)
2 zucchini
1 head of broccoli
1 2/3 c. of shelled peas

Put brazil nuts and since nuts in food processor and pulse for about a minute until completely crushed. Add avocado flesh, arugula, basil leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper. Blend again until you have a smooth, creamy pesto.

Next, cook pasta.

While pasta cooks, chop zucchini into thin slices and broccoli into bite-sized pieces and place together in a frying pan with a little olive oil and salt and paper. Saute for 5 – 7 minutes and just tender.

While these cook, place peas into a saucepan of cold water and cook them until the water boils, then drain them.

Once pasta is cooked and drained, toss it with pesto, peas and sautéed veggies. Enjoy!

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Brusselprocity

Hello members, welcome to week 18! We have another brussels sprouts recipe, beet risotto, two soups, and a sweet potato salad recipe for you.

Pear and Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, halved
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 pears, sliced and chopped
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper to taste.  Without stirring, cook covered for 7 minutes.
  3. Uncover and add walnuts and pears, stirring.  Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add blue cheese crumbles, serve warm.

Sweet Potato Salad

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 cup of onion, diced
  • 1-2 Tbsp granulated garlic (or 1-2 cloves diced)
  • 2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 dash of pepper
  • 4-6 collard greens, optional
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, cook the chopped sweet potatoes 3-5 minutes. Drain sweet potatoes and place in a large bowl, cool in the refrigerator.
  2. Add celery and onion to the bowl.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add garlic, apple cider vinegar, tahini, lemon, mustard, olive oil, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Stir well.
  4. Pour tahini dressing over the large bowl, serve chilled.
  5. Optional, wash collard greens and remove the ends of the stems. Lightly fillet back of collards with a small knife to cut down the stem on the neck.  Add a few spoonfuls of sweet potato salad and roll up.

Potato Leek Soup

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups of sliced leeks (tender parts only, from about 3)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 qt. of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook leeks, stirring often until softened, about 5 minutes. Measure out 1/4 cup leeks and set aside. Add garlic to remaining leeks in pot, cook for about 2 minutes, increase heat to high, add broth and potatoes and cook covered 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add half and half and salt.
  2. Working in batches, whirl the soup in a blender to puree (or use an immersion blender).
  3. Divide soup among 4 bowls, top each with 1 Tbsp reserved leeks.

Cauliflower Chowder

Serves 6

  • 4 slices of bacon, diced (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley leaves
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, 6-8 minutes.  Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, carrots and celery.  Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes.  Stir in cauliflower and bay leaf, cook another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, until cauliflower are tender, about 12-15 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  If chowder is too thick add more milk.
  5. Serve with bacon and parsley garnishes.

Roasted Beet Risotto

We’ve included the stovetop directions for this recipe.  If you have a pressure cooker, check out the link for pressure cooker directions.

Serves 6

  • 3 cups peeled and diced beets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 oz thinly sliced beet greens
  • 2 oz soft goat cheese
  • 2-4 oz grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Roast the diced beets for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Bring broth to a steady simmer in a sauce pan on the stove.
  3. In a 4 qt. pot, heat the oil, add the onion and cook until translucent.  Add the rice and stir, stir in the beets and thyme.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add wine and stir.  Return pan to the burner.  When the liquid is mostly absorbed, begin adding the broth, 1 cup at a time. Wait for the broth to be mostly absorbed before adding more.  Stir constantly.
  5. When you add the final cup of broth, add the beet greens and butter.  When the liquid is almost absorbed, remove from heat and stir in the cheeses until melted.

Quick and Tasty Fall Dishes

It is harvest time and I am preserving every fresh vegetable I can get my hands on!   In my world, that means canning and freezing.  With a preservation frenzy in full swing, there is not a lot of time for fixing big elaborate dinners in my kitchen.  I am more likely to prepare a few salads/dishes that can be made on the weekend and then quickly pulled out and served during the week.  Here are a few of my favorites.

This Apple Fennel salad is magnificent!  Lots of great flavors and don’t forget the goat cheese at the end!

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Apple and Fennel Salad with Goat Cheese
(serves 4)

Dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (olive oil if you prefer)
2 Tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp salt

2 fennel bulbs, stems removed and bulbs thinly sliced
2 apples (galas are my favorite for this, but any sweet red apple will do) cored and chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped fine
1/2 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts or almonds
3-4 sprigs of mint, rinsed, leaves removed and sliced thin
4 oz of goat cheese, crumbled

  • Whisk all dressing ingredients together and adjust to your taste. Set aside.
  • Place the fennel, apples, jalapeno, dates, nuts and mint in a bowl and toss. Drizzle the dressing on top and toss until well coated.
  • Place in fridge for at least an hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Toss salad again before serving and top with crumbled goat cheese. Enjoy!

Who doesn’t enjoy a big ole’ pot of sweet and tangy baked beans on an autumn afternoon? We do! What if you could get a healthy dose of greens in there too? This is our favorite recipe for baked beans with the addition of kale.   The best part is it makes a super easy leftover for a second dinner; just reheat on low in a saucepan (w/lid) with a little water to keep it from sticking to the bottom…dinner is served!

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Kale/Swiss Chard and BBQ Baked Beans
adapted from Great American Recipes
(serves 6)

8 slices of bacon (certainly can be omitted if you are not a meat eater)
2 cups onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cans (15 oz. each) pinto beans
15-20 leaves of kale/swiss chard, destemmed and chopped fine

Sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

  • Place all sauce ingredients into a medium size bowl and whisk till smooth. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 and move racks far enough down to accommodate a large baking pot with lid, such as a dutch oven or Le crueset pot.
  • On the stove top, preheat large dutch oven or Le crueset to medium high, lay in bacon strips and cook, turning occasionally, till crisp. Remove and place on paper towel, leaving bacon fat in the pot. Add the onions and garlic, sautéing for a few minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Meanwhile, place the beans in a colander and rinse thoroughly, drain and then add to the onion/garlic mixture. Chop the bacon and also add.  Then add the kale and stir to mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour the sauce on top, mix to fully coat and put the lid on the pot. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the top begins to look carmelized and darker in color. Don’t let it burn! Remove and serve with tortilla chips for dipping, keeping in mind that it will be screaming hot for another 30 minutes so do be careful!

What to do with all the eggplant, right? Here is a simple and absolutely delicious combination, using eggplant and those beautiful red peppers. If you are really trying to eat seasonally you will notice there are some windows of opportunity for certain combinations of veggies that you simply cannot wait to arrive. We have been enjoying this dish for years and anxiously await the season!

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Roasted Eggplant Spread
adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa’s Cookbook
serves 4, as an appetizer

1 medium eggplant, not peeled (I used 3 of the skinner purple ones last week and it was the perfect amount)
2 small red bell peppers, seeded
1 red onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbs olive oil
1-1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs tomato paste (open a small can, scoop out the 1 Tbs and put the rest on a wax paper and into the freezer

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the eggplant, bell pepper and onion into 1-inch cubes.
    Toss them in a large bowl with the garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned and soft, tossing once during cooking. Cool slightly.
  • Place the vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the tomato paste, and pulse 3 or 4 times to blend. It should still be chunky but in small enough pieces to spread on crackers or pita bread.
  • Adjust seasonings (salt and pepper). Serve with your favorite pita chips, tortilla chips, or crackers.

Most nights I give my son a choice between two vegetables, one that I want him to try and one that I know he doesn’t like, (a Mama has to have a few tricks!).  Either way it is beneficial, because he usually ends up liking a new one or at least we get a second shot at a prior rejected veggie. One night, my son declared he would try the cauliflower, chosen over mushrooms, (okay, I was really desperate to get him to try the cauliflower).  But he promised, “Mama, I know I won’t like it.” After eating a second helping, I gently reminded him of the Green Eggs and Ham story (Dr. Suess), with Sam, who swore he wouldn’t like those green eggs and ham….until he finally tried them!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon/ Tahini Sauce
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
(serves 4)

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into 1″ florets
4 tsp of olive oil, divided
2 cloves of garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
2 Tbs tahini
1 Tbs lemon juice
5 Tbs of water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs chopped parsley
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

  • Place oven rack in top position. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Toss cauliflower with 2 tsp olive oil, and season with salt. Spread on large cookie sheet, and bake on top rack for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork-tender and slightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tsp olive oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic in oil 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Stir in tahini, lemon juice, 5 Tbs water and salt. Simmer over low heat 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Divide cauliflower among plates. Whisk sauce, then spoon over cauliflower. Sprinkle with parsley and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Funny thing about Swiss Chard/Kale…it looks like a whole big pile of green stuff, until you cook it and it transforms into a tiny little pile of green stuff!  If this recipe looks familiar, that would be because I posted the same combination for pizza in the beginning of the season. I am including it again, but in a sandwich format, because it works so well with the weekly kale/swiss chard pickup and has turned out to be one of our favorites, especially with my 4-year-old!

In order to make 2 sandwiches each for 3 people (6 sandwiches total), you need 20 leaves of greens, so I stock-pile and after two weeks of pickup I am ready to make them. Yes, greens can be left unwashed (for some reason they last longer this way) and wrapped in a ziplock bag, for 2 weeks.

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Swiss Chard, Cheddar and BBQ sauce on Sourdough
(serves 3, two sandwiches each)

– 20 leaves of swiss chard, stems removed, chopped fine
– salt
– 1 Tbs bacon fat or olive oil
– 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce (you can use your favorite, but if you don’t have a favorite you can use mine (listed below this recipe).   I am sure once you try it, you will be hooked.  This is the kind of Q-sauce that makes an old shoe edible!
cheddar cheese, sliced (enough for your preference, I do two slices per sandwich)
– good sourdough bread, thickly sliced and buttered on one side (I use Nantucket Bakery or Wealthy Street Bakery for sourdough, but in a pinch you can get garlic bread loaves at Costco that work pretty good too)

  • Heat a large iron skillet to medium and add the bacon fat or olive oil. Heat to medium, add the finely chopped swiss chard/kale and mix to thoroughly coat with the oil. Cook for about 4 minutes, occasionally stirring so it doesn’t burn or stick to the skillet.
  • Meanwhile, fill a small saucepan with BBQ sauce, and turn on low. 
  • Remove the kale from the skillet and scrape into the saucepan with the BBQ sauce. Stir and heat for a minute, until warm and bubbly, but not boiling. Turn off the burner and move the BBQ/kale mixture to the side.
  • Clean out the same skillet, heat to medium and butter well. Place four slices of bread in the skillet, butter side down.
  • Layer on the cheese and put a lid on the skillet for just a minute or two, until the cheese melts. The lid helps the cheese melt, but you have to make sure your skillet is not up too high which would cause the bottom of the bread to burn.  When the cheese is melted, use a metal spatula to remove each piece of bread to a plate.
  • Place the matching pieces of bread into the skillet, butter side down. Spread a heaping spoonful of the BBQ/Kale mixture on top of each piece of bread.   Place the corresponding cheese/bread slice on top, making it a complete sandwich.
  • This method of constructing the sandwich helps you avoid trying to flip the sandwiches, which is tricky once you add the BBQ/Kale mixture.
  • Allow the underside of the bread to cook till browned, remove and serve. These will be screaming hot, so don’t dive in until they have cooled a few minutes. Enjoy!

BBQ Sauce
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 Tbs minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (you can buy these at Meijer in the International aisle.

  • Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat until bubbly on sides of the saucepan. Remove, cool, store in a mason jar in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Enjoy the last couple weeks of the summer CSA pickup.  If you wish to continue on with your veggies, don’t forget to sign up for the Winter CSA, which runs from November thru mid December! 
Lisa McLean

Fall Vegetables

Just like I enjoy the season changes, I also enjoy the produce changes. A tomato or peach in the middle of winter from the grocery store bears absolutely no resemblance to what we have been enjoying for the last month. When we received brussels sprouts last week I was quite excited to eat one of our standard fall dishes. When you read the next two recipes, you will realize that they aren’t the healthiest brussels sprouts recipes ever but the brussels sprouts are so delicious and we eat them so infrequently that I just don’t care. Both of my kids will eat brussels sprouts prepared this way versus roasted or steamed. To me the secret is cooking them slightly longer than you think you should cook them so that they are heading past golden brown but not all the way to burned. They are then carmelized perfection.

Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup
4 Tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds brussls sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh maple syrup
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
1 Tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
.5 Tablespoons sliced fresh chives
Heat 2 Tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in 2 batches and adding more oil between batches. cook brussels sprouts cut side down in a single layer in a skillet until golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Season brussels sprouts with salt and pepper. Toss and cook until tender about 4 minutes longer. Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining brussels sprouts. Remove skillet from heat. Add syrup, butter and herbs to pan. When the butter has melted, return brussels sprouts to pan and toss to coat.

Brussels Sprouts (recipe from Salt of the Earth in Fennville)
.5 pounds bacon
2 pounds brussels sprouts
Sea Salt
Balsamic vinegar for drizzling
Lay slices of bacon in a cold skillet and cook over medium. When done set the bacon aside for another use. What you need is the bacon grease. In that hot bacon grease, cook the brussels sprouts cut side down for about 4 to 5 minutes or until just past golden brown. Season the brussels sprouts with seas salt. Toss and cook until tender, about 5 minutes more. Just before serving drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Don’t do this too early as it will gum up in the pan.

This was a find from several years ago when I received spaghetti squash in the weekly CSA distribution. I tried the just cook it and and serve it with spaghetti sauce method and that was not much of a hit in our house. So I had to find something else. My husband and I will gobble this down. If I omit the meat, my daughter will eat it, maybe not gobble but alas we have to start somewhere.
Spaghetti Squash with Sausage Filling (adapted from Bon Appetit)
1 3.75-4 pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeded
1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1.5 cups marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan
Cut squash in half. Remove the seeds. Put on half cut side down in a microwaveable baking dish with about 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of dish. Cover and microwave for about 10 minutes or until tenderon high. Repeat with other half. Cool. Meanwhile, saute sausage, bell pepper, onion and garlic in heavy large skillet over medium high heat until sausage browns and veggies are tender, breaking up sausage with back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Mix in marinara.
Using fork, pull out squash strands from shells leaving shells intact. Mix squash into sausage mix. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into shells. Can be made one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange squash halves on baking sheet. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake uncovered until heated through, about 20 minutes.

I’m not sure where I found this recipe years ago but I love it because it is delicious, it uses almost any veggies that you have and it gets gobbled up around here by everyone. When I have parsnips, corn or green beans, they can easily be thrown in and other vegetables can be omitted. This recipe is quite forgiving. I often freeze some of it to enjoy later for dinner or in a kid’s lunch.

Beef and Barley Soup
1/4 cup butter
2 cups onions, chopped
1 cup peeled turnip, chopped
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup chopped yams
1 cup chopped potatoes
1 cup chopped celery
5 cups beef stock
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup pearl barley
1.5 Tablespoon thyme
1.5 Tablespoon oregano
1.5 pounds steak cut into .5″ pieces
1/4 cup parsley
Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add vegetables. Saute 10 minutes. Add both stocks and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. Add barley, thyme and oregano. Simmer until barley is tender stirring occasionally for about 35 minutes. This soup can be made ahead of time and chilled. Just return the soup to a simmer before you continue.
Add beef to soup. Simmer just until beef is cooked, about 10 minutes. Mix in parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Around my house fajitas are always met with excitement. We always put bell peppers and onions in ours but really there you could put in squash or anything sauteed or roasted with the right seasoning and it will work. This recipe calls for chicken but you can do it with any kind of protein.

Fajitas
Juice of 4 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Ground pepper
Kosher Salt
1.5 pounds boneless chicken breasts
2 large onions, halved and cut into thin slivers
2 large bell peppers cut into strips
Tortillas
Whatever toppings you like. For us that is guacamole, salsa, monterey jack, refried beans, sour cream,chopped tomatoes and cilantro.
Combine the lime juice, olive oil, oregano and salt and pepper in a glass bowl. Mix well and add the chicken breasts. Cover and let marinade. Prepare the grill. In a small skillet, combine the onions and pepper strips and the marinade. Simmer at low heat for about 30 minutes. Grill the chicken breasts for about 8-10 minutes turning halfway through. Slice the chicken into strips about 1/2″ wide. Wrap tortillas in a damp clean dish towel and heat tortillas in microwave for about 30 seconds until warm and more pliable. Put out platters with chicken, tortillas and vegetables and all of your toppings.

This is a handy little recipe to make and throw in the freezer and save for later, just like pesto. And just like pesto, it can take so many things from sandwiches to dips to pasta from good to sublime. Enjoy!
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil. This is crucial or you will have a heckuva a mess later. Depending on the size of the tomato you are using, this step will be a little different. If you are using something roughly the size of a Roma, cut it in half and lay it on the cookie sheet cut side up. If the tomatoes are bigger cut them into slices that are about 3/4 – 1″ thick. Lay them on the cookie sheet. Don’t overlap tomatoes but you can get a lot on the pan. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Put in the oven and let the magic begin. Nothing happens for about 45 minutes and then they will slowly start to collapse. The last time I did this last week, I cooked them for about 3 hours. You want them to start to carmelize but not burn and that is a fine line once they really start to cook. Once they are done and have cooled. I pop them in a freezer safe container and save them for the winter when they will spice up just about anything.

The Bibimbap is oh, so Bibimgood!

This dish is my favorite recipe this summer, hands down. Bibimbap is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Traditionally it is served as a bowl of white rice topped with sautéed vegetables, chili paste and sometimes beef or another meat. The whole dish is then topped with a runny fried egg. It is a creative way to use your “leftover” veggies and meat of the week in a most tasty dish! This recipe is a vegan version, but you can be as creative as you wish (using brown rice instead of white, or adding tofu, cooked meat and/or a fried egg on top).

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Vegan Bibimbap with Spicy Greens and Zucchini
adapted from Food and Wine
(serves 4)

quick-pickled cucumbers (can be done the night before)
2 Tbs rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2 small/medium cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger, divided
1/2 tsp salt

1-1/2 cups basmati rice
4 Tbs peanut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
 2 large Portobello mushroom caps, chopped into 1/2″ pieces (you can also shiitakes)
1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
25 kale leaves, stems removed and chopped fine (use any spicy green or combination of whatever cooking greens you have on hand)
2 small/medium size zucchini, cut into matchstick pieces
2 Tbs of soy sauce
1 tsp of molasses
4 scallions, thinly sliced, for serving
 Sriracha, for serving

  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar with the sugar, salt and 1tsp ginger, toss with cucumbers and set aside in fridge to marinate.
  • In a medium saucepan, cook the basmati rice per the instructions, until tender. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, fluff with a fork.
  • In an iron skillet or nonstick skillet, heat 2 Tbs of the peanut oil. Add the garlic, and portabellos, season with salt and cook over high heat, stirring, until browned, about 6 minutes. Scrape onto a large plate.
  • Heat 1 Tbs of the peanut oil and add the remaining 1 tsp of grated ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the sesame oil and the spicy greens, season with salt and cook until the greens are wilted and just tender, about 4 minutes. Scrape the greens out onto the plate with the mushrooms, keeping them separated.
  • Heat the remaining 1 Tbs of oil in the skillet, add the zucchini and cook over high heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the mixture of soy and molasses and cook until the zucchini is glazed, 2 minutes. Scrape the zucchini onto the platter.
  • Mound the rice into individual bowls, and arrange the cooked vegetables in separate piles. Using a slotted spoon, add the pickled cucumbers to the bowls. Garnish with the scallions and a couple squirts of Sriracha. Serve and enjoy!!

Another fantastic dish that plays with sweet and savory! This is a great way to use up your red cabbage and it is easy to prep beforehand. The dressing can be made the night before as well as the toasted nuts.  You can also add fresh apples or pears, cut into bite size pieces, to get a seasonal fruit into your diet!

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Red Cabbage Slaw
adapted from The Cleaner Plate Club, by Beth Bader & Ali Benjamin
(serves 4-6)

Dressing
1/3 cup walnut oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon orange marmalade ( I used apricot, any citrusy jam will work)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium head of red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (I do it by knife, even though the food processor shreds it doesn’t cut the cabbage into small enough manageable pieces for a toddler/young child)
3/4 cup of dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots; whatever you have on hand
3/4 cup of pecans, walnuts or almonds, toasted
scallions, finely chopped, for garnish

  • To make the dressing, whisk together the walnut oil, vinegar, honey and marmalade in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the cabbage, dried fruit and nuts in a large bowl, pour the dressing over, and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least a few hours, or for as long as overnight.
  • Keep in mind that the dried fruit will hydrate a bit so it will be softer and less hard and chewy. I have a funny “texture thing” about partially rehydrated fruit so I always wait until I am ready to serve the dish before adding the dried fruit. That way it remains texturally as I enjoy it most.

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Green Beans, Bacon and Blue Cheese w/Apple Cider Dijon Dressing
adapted from Vegetable Magic
(serves 4 as a side dish)

1 lb fresh green beans, washed, destemmed and left whole
water bath: medium size bowl filled with water and ice
4 strips thick-sliced bacon
4 oz. blue cheese or Roquefort cheese, crumbled

Dressing
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup grapeseed oil (you can use olive oil if you prefer)
1 Tbs finely chopped shallots

  • Place all dressing ingredients into small bowl and whisk until well emulsified.
  • Heat an iron skillet to medium and add the bacon slices. Cook over medium heat until well cooked. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a wood cutting board. Set aside till cool enough to chop up into small pieces.
  • Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, and add the beans. Simmer for about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Do not overcook! Drain and immediately submerge in the water bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  • Toss the beans with the dressing. Sprinkle the bacon and blue cheese crumbles on the beans, toss and serve.

Who doesn’t love the comfort of a warm, cheesy serving of lasagna? This lasagna dish is sooooo delicious, gluten-free and much lower in calories than the typical pasta recipe. It only takes 30 minutes to bake and the cabbage, sauce and cheese can all be prepped the day before to make assembly a cinch. This recipe is an absolute winner!

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Cabbage Lasagna Casserole
adapted from Weight Watchers
(serves 6)

1 large head of green cabbage, sliced thinly to 3/4″
4 Tbs butter
salt and pepper

2 quarts of your favorite tomato sauce, (a sauce that is thick and meaty is particularly good!)
1 large block of mozzarella cheese, grated
 fresh basil leaves, washed and spun dry
1 pint of cherry tomatoes washed and sliced in halves
Parmesan cheese, grated

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat the butter until melted in a large iron skillet. Add the cabbage and stir to coat with the butter. Cover, lower the heat and cook gently for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender. Season lightly with the salt and pepper. Pour into a large rectangular 9″ x 13″ pyrex and spread evenly.
  • Pour the sauce over top and then sprinkle with the mozzarella. Place in preheated oven and back for 25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cherry tomatoes and grated parmesan cheese, bake for another 5 minutes just to heat the cherry tomatoes and melt the parmesan. Remove from oven and toss the basil leaves on top. Serve immediately and enjoy

In our house, we call this next one “Cheesy Soup in a Mug” because it looks cheesy and we make it fun by serving it in big mugs! The catch is…no cheese in the recipe and the secret is the carrots. The best part is that one full mug contains your quota of veggies for any given meal and serving veggies as “cheese soup” is a total winner with the kids! Yes, moms around the world, you can now relax knowing that you have gotten veggies down the hatch!  (my photo is of the soup in a bowl, forgot to take it in the mugs…we ate it too fast!)

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Sunshine Soup (known in our house as Cheesy Soup in a Mug!)
by Deanna Robbins
(serves 5)

1 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs dried tarragon
1 medium size head of cauliflower, coarsely chopped
2-3 large carrots, chopped (try to use the orange ones, they tend to be sweeter when cooked like this whereas the purple and yellow ones tend to work better roasted in the oven)
1/2+ tsp chipotle adobe pepper, finely chopped (found at Meijer in the International Foods aisle)
1/2+ tsp curry powder
cashews for topping, lightly toasted (optional
sour cream for topping (optional)
tortilla chips for serving (optional)

  • In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil, add the tarragon and allow to cook for a minute.
  • Add the chopped carrots, cauliflower, curry and pepper, fill with water just until covered. Raise the heat to medium/high and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer 15 minutes, until vegetables are just tender.
  • Turn off the heat and set aside for a couple of minutes to release some heat. VERY CAREFULLY puree in blender until creamy. Serve with toasted cashews or a dollop of sour cream and tortillas on the side to dip!

Hope you enjoy your veggies this week!

Lisa McLean

Not in love with Kohlrabi or Broccoli yet?

I have a habit of collecting kohlrabi’s in my crisper. They just hang out there until I am finally in need of the precious crisper “real estate” and they must move on. I confess, I am not in love with kohlrabi. So, this week I pulled a kohlrabi out of the crisper with the intent of improving our relationship. What a delicious and super easy recipe! The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it tastes; good news for leftovers the next day!

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Carrot-Kohlrabi Slaw with Raisins
(adapted from The Cleaner Plate Club, by Beth Bader and ALi Benjamin)
makes 4-6 servings

4 large carrots (about 3/4 lb) grated with your food processor
1 cup (1 fist size kohlrabi) peeled and grated in the food processor
1/2 cup raisins (you can add more or less)
sesame seeds, toasted or toasted unsalted peanuts

Dressing:
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs orange juice
1 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs grapeseed oil or canola oil
2 Tbs honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Combine the lemon juice, orange juice, white balsamic vinegar, grapeseed oil, honey, salt and pepper and whisk good to get if fully incorporated. Taste it to make sure you like it and adjust the seasonings as needed.

You can grate the carrots and kohlrabi by hand; I chose to do them with my food processor, using the grating disc. Place them in a large bowl and toss to mix. Add the dressing and toss well. You have a choice here: You can add the raisins now and they will absorb the dressing and plump out. If you like your raisins firm and chewy, don’t add them until you are ready to serve.

Cover and refrigerate for a few hours to chill and allow the flavors to blend.
Before serving, toss the salad to redistribute the dressing and sprinkle on the sesame seeds or peanuts. Enjoy!

Almost every nut tastes better when toasted. The heat brings out the flavor and makes them crunchier as well. Once you start toasting nuts you will not go back to eating them without toasting first!

Toasting Sesame Seeds
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring often until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove seeds from pan and allow to cool. Note: Don’t walk away as they toast quickly and will burn!
Toasting Peanuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place peanuts in a single layer in a shallow pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking time. Cook until slightly underdone, as they will continue to cook after you pull them out. Remove the peanuts to a plate and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. DO NOT try to pop one in your mouth until at least 10 minutes of cooling time has passed, as they will burn your tongue!

While I LOVE broccoli cooked a number of different ways, I have not historically been a big fan of RAW broccoli. However, everything has changed, now that I have this recipe in my arsenal! This is a super easy recipe because it can all be prepped in stages as time permits. AND it tastes great on the second day so you can combine and serve whenever you want.

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Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad
(adapted from The Cleaner Plate Club, by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin)
makes 6 servings

Dressing:
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbs soy sauce

Nut Topping:
2 Tbs honey
3/4 cup unsalted cashews
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
butter, for rubbing on the pan and also on a cooling plate

Salad ingredients:
1/2 lb of bacon, or turkey bacon strips
1 large head of broccoli ( the original recipe called for a mix of raw broccoli and raw cauliflower, which I would have tried but no cauliflower yet!)
1 small red onion, chopped finely (or use the wonderful red scallions we have been getting!)

To make the nuts:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Wipe the inside of a medium size bowl, a spoon, and metal spatula and a sheet pan with oil, to lightly coat. Pull out a plate and wipe a stick of butter around it to coat it with butter, set aside. Combine the nut topping ingredients and mix with the spoon that has been oiled (to keep the honey from sticking). Pour the nut mixture onto the prepped pan and spread out in one layer. Bake for 8 minutes. Pull out and using the metal spatula that has been oiled, flip the nut mixture off the pan and onto the buttered plate. This may seem like a lot to do, but believe me the taste of these nuts is out of this world and you just simplified your cleanup, BIG TIME!!

Next, fry the bacon in a pan over medium heat (save the drippings in the fridge for the quiche crust we are going to make in a couple weeks!) or lay the strips out on a pan and cook along with the nuts for about 15 minutes, until crisp and browned. Then set the strips on paper towel to absorb excess oil and set aside.

Cut the broccoli into florets, (save the stems for a stir-fry). Combine the florets with the onion in a large bowl and crumble in the bacon.

Mix the dressing ingredients with a whisk and pour over top of the broccoli mixture. Toss well and refrigerate.
When ready to serve, toss well again to redistribute the dressing and sprinkle with the cashews.
Now, tell me you still don’t like broccoli?!!
See you in the first week of August!
Lisa McLean

Week 21: Cool weather comforts

Pumpkin Puree
Great for storing in the freezer. Think pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie, pumpkin waffles (see recipe below)…1 large pumpkin makes about 2 cups puree. 
Cut the pumpkin in half. With a spoon or a scoop, scrape out the seeds and pulp from the center.
Place pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet (face up or face down; I’ve done both) and roast in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes, or until pumpkin is fork-tender.
Peel off the skin. If you have a food processor use it to puree the pumpkin until smooth. You could also use a food mill or blender. 
Note: this method also works for squash. 
 
Pumpkin Waffles
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of ground cloves
2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and allspice in a large bowl. In another bowl combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs in a bowl. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist.
Coat a preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle onto hot iron. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until green light goes on (as my iron does anyway). Repeat procedure with remaining batter.
Suggested additions: I LOVE adding Chocolate Chips to this recipe! Also pureed squash may be substituted. 
 
Egg Roll and/or Pot Stickers
not a meat eater? No worries, sub more vegetables for the pork! 
1 cup chopped Chinese cabbage
1 cup chopped Asian Greens
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
3/4 lb ground pork
24 round wonton wrappers or 12 egg roll wrappers
1 tablespoon  oil, divided
2 cups  chicken  or vegetable broth, divided
Preheat oven to 400 degrees if using egg roll wrappers
Combine cabbage through pork in a bowl. Working with 1 wonton wrapper or egg roll wrapper at a time , spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon filling into the center of each won ton wrapper or about 2heaping teaspoons into center of egg roll wrapper. Follow directions on back of package for folding directions. Place dumpling, seam side up, on a platter. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet.
If making egg rolls: In a large saute pan cook filling mixture until meat is cooked through and vegetables have softened a bit but still have a bite.  Place egg rolls on a baking sheet brushed with peanut oil. Brush tops of egg rolls with oil also. Bake 12-14 minuted or until golden brown and center is cooked through. 
Arrange 12 pot stickers, seam sides up, in pan, and cook until browned. Add 1 cup of chicken broth to pan; cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook about 1 minute or until liquid evaporates. Remove the pot stickers from pan; cover and keep warm. Repeat procedure with the remaining  oil, pot stickers, and broth. 
 
Pickled Daikon and Carrot
2 large daikon, peeled julienne fine
2 large carrots, peeled and julienned
1 tsp salt
place the vegetables in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt.  let sit for 30 minutes. Strain in a sieve and rinse with cold water. 
In a half pint mason jar, pack the vegetables and pour 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 tsp-2 tsp sugar. Let stand 1 hour in the fridge. Serve with the pot stickers. 
 
Stock Making 101:
There are many ways to make home made stock! Here is my go-to no fail recipe:
 
2 chicken carcasses (if making chicken stock) OR 1 package white mushrooms (if making vegetable)
about 1 large onion, chopped (I leave the peel on)
about 3 large carrots, chopped (I lave the peel on)
about 3 stalks celery, chopped
bay leaf, 2 cloves, 1 garlic clove, about 6 peppercorns
sprig of thyme
small handful parsley
4 oz white wine or squirt of lemon juice 
8-12 cups cold water
 
Place all in a stock pot. Bring to a simmer (not a rolling boil!). Skim off scum that floats to the top. Simmer 4 hours or until flavors deepen. Strain vegetables and seasonings. Cool. Skim Fat from top. Freeze or use within a few days. 
 
Roasted Fall Vegetables over Cheesy Polenta
For the Vegetables:
1 head cauliflower, floret part cut into large chunks
2 red peppers, cut into large chunks
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 butternut squash, peeled seeded and chopped into small cubes
2 potatoes, diced
Olive oil
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp rosemary, chopped
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place vegetables on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rosemary. Cook 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender and cooked through. 
 
For the polenta
4 cups broth or water
3/4 cup course cornmeal
salt, pepper
1/2 cup cheese diced (optional)
Bring the water to a boil. Slowly rain in the cornmeal, whisking constantly. Simmer over very low heat for 40 minutes, whisking occasionally.  When the texture is creamy and the polenta has thickened slightly, stir in cheese and remove from heat. 
 
Serve roasted vegetables over the polenta.
 
Portobello Kale Onion Saute
Great as a side dish or main dish. Great on a toasted bun with a little cream cheese. Also great over or under grilled pork or chicken. 
 
2 large portobellos or 4 baby bellas, sliced 1/2 inch slices
1 large onion, sliced thin
10 leaves kale (or more if desired), thick stems removed and course chopped
dash worcestershire sauce
dash soy sauce
sprinkle of brown sugar (about 1 tsp)
Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a saute pan. Add the onions and cook until light golden brown over moderate heat for about 15 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to release their juice (about 4-5 minutes). Add the kale and saute another 5 minutes or until the wilted. Sprinkle in sauces and brown sugar and salt. Stir and adjust seasoning. 
 
 
 
 

Week 13: late summer recipes

 
Grilled Vegetable Lasagna
1 eggplant, cut into 1/4 in slices
1 zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 summer squash, cut into 1/4 inch slices
4 portabello mushrooms
2 bell peppers, preferably sweet red, cut in half
olive oil
salt, pepper
8 oz ricotta cheese
1/2 cup basil pesto 
1 egg
7 lasagna noodles
3 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store bought
fresh oregano, chopped
1.5 cups mozzarella or cheese of your preference
 
Coat veggies with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place veggies on the grill, red peppers cut side down. Zucchini, summer squash and eggplant will only take a couple minutes on each side. Grill Red Peppers until they begin to char on the skin. Grill mushrooms until they are cooked through. Place red peppers in a baggie and seal. After a couple of minutes, remove the red pepper from the bag and peel the charred skin off. Slice the red pepper into strips. Cut the mushrooms into slices. 
Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions. 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Make the pesto or if it is made already, place it in the bowl of a food processor. Add the ricotta cheese and whirl to combine. Stir in the fresh oregano. 
Spread 1/4 cup sauce on the bottom of an 8×8 oven safe pan. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles (cut to fit) over the sauce. Top with 1/2 veggies and 1/2 ricotta mixture and 1/2 cup marinara sauce. Sprinkle with 1/3 the cheese. Arrange 1/3 more noodles, 1/2 cup sauce, rest of the veggies and the rest of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the remaining cheese. Cover with remaining noodles. Spoon remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. 
Bake 375 degrees for 1 hour or until cheese is bubbly and lasagna is cooked through. 
 
 
Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry
Basmati Rice, cooked
2 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 serrano chili pepper
1 cup red lentils
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp curry powder, I like to use a mild curry powder blend
salt, pepper to taste
1 can coconut milk
1 head cauliflower florets
fresh lime juice, or lemon juice
 
Melt butter in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for a few minutes. Add ginger, coriander and mustard seeds and saute for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add lentils and spices and 1.5 cups water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the coconut milk and cauliflower florets. Simmer 7-10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
Serve over rice with a little lime juice. 
 
Tahini Curly Kale Salad
I actually received the tahini dressing from a friend, but I imagine it is simple to whip one up. Store bought tahini dressing may also be used here. 
 
10 curly kale leaves, stems removed and discarded, leaves torn into large pieces
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4-1/3 cup Tahini Dressing
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
 
Place the kale leaves in a bowl. Pour some tahini dressing over the kale and toss to combine, making sure all is covered with the dressing. Add the cherry tomatoes and sesame seeds and drizzle with a little more dressing. 
You can serve this right away, but I like it best after it has chilled overnight in the fridge. 
 
Peasant Soup
10 leaves Swiss Chard, remove thick stems and dice small, stack roll and cut leaves thick, separate 
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
olive oil
3 cups beef broth
1.5-2 cups diced potato (I used fingerling)
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
 
In a medium sized sauce pan, add a swirl of olive oil (about 1/2 tbsp). Add onions and Chard stems and saute 5-7 minutes. Add garlic clove, saute 1 minute. Add beef broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Add Chard leaves and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Simmer just until the Chard leaves wilt. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite crusty bread for dipping. 
 
Zapple Sauce
Like applesauce but with zucchini. I like to use this in muffins and quick breads. Freezes well!
Recipe from Serving up the Harvest
 
4 cups peeled, and diced Zucchini
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
 
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally for 30-40 minutes until slightly thickened and very soft. Let cool.
 
For the muffins:
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 18 muffin cups with butter.
Sift flour baking powder, soda, salt, and nutmeg into a large bowl. 
Beat butter and sugar in another bowl . Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour, alternating with the buttermilk just until smooth. Stir in zapple sauce just until evenly distributed.  
Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups. 
Bake 25-3 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
Cool on a wire rack. 
 
Baked Carrot Zucchini Fritters
2 medium zucchini
1 medium summer squash
1 bunch carrots
2 scallions, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
3 eggs
1/4-1/2 cup flour
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp coriander powder
splash of hot sauce
hot pepper cheese, or your favorite cheese, shredded (optional)
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grate the zucchini and summer squash into a sieve or strainer set over a bowl. Sprinkle wiht salt and let stand for about 10 minutes. Grate the carrots into another medium sized bowl. Drain zucchini by squeezing out the moisture. Add to the carrot bowl, along with the green onions and parsley. Toss to combine.  Add eggs and stir to combine. Add enough of the flour to create a loose paste that will stick together. 
Drizzle a baking sheet with oil. Scoop about 1/4 cup portions onto a baking sheet and flatten into a round pancake shape. 
Bake until golden brown, flip, top with cheese and bake until cheese is melted. 
 
 
Red Russian Kale Salad w/Red Wine Vin
7 leaves Red Russian Kale (the one with purple veins), thick stems removed, leaves hand torn
blender red wine vin (see recipe below)
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Pine nuts, toasted
 
Place kale, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts in a bowl. When ready to serve top with red wine vinaigrette. 
 
Blender Red Wine Vinaigrette 
When I make a big batch of vinaigrette, sometimes I like to start the emulsion in the blender, this way the oil and vinegar will stay emulsified for several weeks in the fridge. 
 
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar (I like to use Chianti Wine Vinegar)
1 1/2 cups oil (I used olive, but others could be substituted)
Combine mustard and vinegar in a blender and blend for 30 seconds. With machine running, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of oil. Pour this mixture into a bowl. Now slowly whisk in remaining cup of oil. 
 
Stuffed Peppers
Great Served with Tomatillo Salsa (see recipe below)
This makes enough steak spanish rice to take some as leftovers for lunches. 
 
2 cups beef stock
1 3/4 cup water
2 cups brown basmati rice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs steak 
salt and pepper
1 large onion, chopped (red or white)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 sweet pepper, chopped 
4 cups diced tomatoes
2 tsp ground cumin
chipotle chili powder, cayenne pepper, fajita seasoning mix, to taste, optional
hot sauce
5 stuffing peppers, any large pepper you want to stuff hot or sweet 
Hot pepper Cheese, or your cheese of choice, shredded
 
Heat stock and water to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat and simmer 40-50 minutes until water is absorbed. 
Heat oil in a skillet, Add beef cubes and brown. Add onion and pepper, saute until tender. Add all remaining ingredients except stuffing peppers. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Mix in Rice. 
Cut the peppers in half and discard seeds. Grill the peppers about 4-5 minutes per side. Place peppers on a baking sheet. Pile rice mixture in each half. Top with cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted. 
 
 
Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Verde
2 cups tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 jalapeno
1 tsp cumin
1/2 cup cilantro
1 garlic clove
1 tsp oil
juice of 1/2 lime
salt
 
Place tomatillos and jalapeno in a small saucepan. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until soft about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes. Drain. 
Place tomatillos, jalapeno, cumin, garlic, and cilantro in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. 
Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add tomatillo mixture. Simmer until slightly thickened. Stir in lime juice and salt. Remove from heat. Serve. 

Tom, Katie and Groundswell Community Farm Crew ~ THANKS FOR THE GOOD EATS! YOU GUYS ROCK! 

carrots in the soil

baby summer squash and blossom

 
 
 
 
 

garlic strung up and drying

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