Week Six: The Moosewood Edition

During a road trip this past weekend, I had the opportunity to eat at Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY. I’ve been a fan of their cookbooks for a long time, so it was pretty amazing to be in their restaurant space and eat their delicious, flavorful and unpretentious food. I picked up another one of their cookbooks, so this week’s recipes will include four from their collection, and a Chard Burger that sounds great from Farmer Tom!

Sugar Snap Peas and Radishes with Orange & Mustard
Coconut oil
Sugar Snap Peas
Radishes
Freshly squeezed orange juice
Orange zest
Dijon mustard
Scallions
Salt and Pepper

Using whatever amounts you have on hand, stir together orange juice, orange zest, Dijon mustard and salt. Saute sugar snap peas (or snow peas) and sliced radishes in coconut oil for a minute. Add some water and cook until just tender. Drain and add the orange juice, zest and mustard. Top with scallions, and season with salt and pepper to your tastes.

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Chopped Broccoli Salad
4 cups chopped broccoli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. maple syrup
4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 c. currants
1 c. seeded and finely chopped bell pepper
2 TBSP sliced scallions or snipped fresh chives

Slice off thick bottoms of broccoli. Finely chop the forest and small step shoots. Cut larger stems lengthwise into halves or quarters and then thinly slice.

In a medium serving bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sweetener, vinegar, salt and black pepper. Fold in the broccoli, currants, bell peppers and scallions.chives. Set aside to allow flavors to meld for at least 30 minutes.

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Asian Slaw
3 cups thinly sliced cabbage (pick your favorite – Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy, Green)
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped scallions

Dressing
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 tsp. dark sesame oil
2 TBSP vinegar (rice, white or apple cider)
1 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 TBSP soy sauce
2 tsp. brown sugar
dash of chili oil or Chinese Chili Paste

Combine cabbage, carrots and scallions in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss well. As a variation, you could wilt the slaw just a bit by heating the oil up and tossing it over the vegetables with the rest of the dressing ingredients.

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Pasta Primavera
1 pound pasta (such as penne)
1 TBSP olive oil
6 garlic cloves or garlic scapes
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 small carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
2 small zucchini, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. salt
1 cup freshly shelled peas
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano

Boil water for the pasta. In a large skillet or pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic, red onion and carrot sticks. Saute for a minute or two, stirring. Add the bell peppers and zucchini and continue to saute for a few minutes.

Start cooking your pasta if you haven’t already!

Add the tomatoes and wine, which will quickly bubble and steam. Add the salt and finish cooking the veggies until just tender. Stir in the peas and basil. Season with black pepper and salt, if needed.

When the pasta is al dente, drain it, reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking water. In a large bowl, toss pasta with half the grated cheese and reserved cooking water. Drizzle the pasta with a little olive oil. Top the pasta with the vegetables and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese. Enjoy!

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Farmer Tom’s Chard Burgers
I love this great idea from our wonderful farmers:

1. Saute one bunch of chopped chard stems for 10 minutes.  Add chard leaves and saute 10 more minutes.
2. Mix 1 lb.beef hamburger, thawed, with cooked chard, 2 T salsa and 1 T refried beans
3. Add 1 tsp each of oregano, black pepper, turmeric, cumin & salt or your favorite spices
4. Thinly coat bottom of pan with oil to fry each batch of burgers (the added ingredients make them stick without oil)
5. Fry at medium heat
Picky kids will love this!  Our 3-year-old son has a strict “no leaf” policy, but gobbles these up.

Squash and “Oc-tuber” Delights

Hello members, welcome to week 20! The ides of October are more auspicious than the ides of March. We have a tutorial on making your own pumpkin puree. We found six good recipes, all in pairs, and we couldn’t “pare” them down, so here are the pairs: a pair of pumpkin recipes, a pair of delicata squash recipes, and a pair of root vegetable mashes (parsnips and celeriac).  Pairs all around!

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Tutorial (works for other squash that you want to puree as well)

  1. Wash pumpkin, snap off the stem.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut pumpkin in half horizontally.
  3. Scrape out guts with a large metal serving spoon.
  4. Separate the seeds from the guts to make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds.  Discard the guts (compost if you can).
  5. Cut pumpkin halves into 1-2 inch cubes.
  6. In a large pot, place 1 inch of water on the stove over medium heat.  Lightly salt and add pumpkin cubes.  Bring to a simmer and reduce to medium low. Put the lid slightly ajar and allow pumpkin to steam for about 15 minutes or until tender.
  7. Remove pot from heat, drain using a colander, let pumpkin cool.  Remove the rind from each pumpkin cube using a fork. Discard the rind.
  8. Puree the pumpkin meat in a food processor until smooth.  Return the puree to the same pot and simmer on medium low until liquid has cooked off, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  9. May be frozen if not using immediately.

Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves coarsely chopped
  1. Combine pumpkin puree, cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl or a glass jar. Whisk well to combine.
  2. Add olive oil slowly in a thin stream, whisking continually.
  3. Add fresh thyme and stir well.  Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Pumpkin Honey Cornbread

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir butter, sugar, and honey together.  Whisk in the egg.  Whisk in the baking soda, buttermilk, and pumpkin puree.  Add salt, cornmeal and flour.  Do not overmix.
  3. Add batter to a greased 8 inch baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.  Serve with additional honey and butter if desired.

 

Kale Stuffed Delicata Squash

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Serves 4

  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 2 delicata squashes, medium to large, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch of kale, rinsed, thick stems removed, and shredded
  • 2 leeks, medium to large (or onions), white and light green parts only, split in half lengthwise, sliced into 1/4 inch half moons
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp EVOO
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 8 small cubes
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat 375 degrees. Rub squash with 1 Tbsp oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.  Then lay on a baking dish. If squash halved do not sit flat, use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip or two away from the bottom so that squash lays flat. Bake until flesh is tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing.  Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until shimmering.  Add apples and leeks, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, raisins, and thyme, cook another 1-2 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium, add kale, cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes until kale is mostly wilted. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and let cool slightly.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add cottage cheese, eggs, bread crumbs and parmesan. Mix well.  Remove squash from oven, divide filling equally among four halves.  Sprinkle squash with additional bread crumbs and parmesan, and dot each squash half with 2 cubes of butter.  Any leftover stuffing can be baked in a grease baking dish alongside. Bake until squash is tender, and stuffing is lightly browned.

Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry

Serves 4

  • 1 delicata squash, halved, seeded, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 8 cups of kale or chard, tough stems removed
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 14 oz package of extra firm tofu
  • 14 oz can light coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp canola oil

*Delicata squash skin is thin and tender when cooked, so no need to peel it.

  1. Combine curry powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Blot tofu dry with paper towel, cut into 1 inch cubes. Toss tofu in a medium bowl with 1 tsp of the spice mixture.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add tofu and cook, stirring every 2 minutes until browned, 6-8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium high heat. Add squash, onion, ginger, and remaining spice mixture.  Cook until vegetables are lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.  Add coconut milk and brown sugar, bring to a boil. Add half the kale or chard and cook until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the rest of the greens and cook another minute.  Return tofu to the pan, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until squash and greens are tender, 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Recommended: serve with quinoa or brown rice.

Garlic Mashed Parsnips

  • 1 lb. parsnips
  • 1/3-1/2 cup canned coconut milk (or dairy milk if you have that on hand)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or fresh garlic)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (or fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and chop the parsnip like you would a carrot.
  2. Boil the parsnips until tender, then drain.  Add in the other ingredients and mash, using an immersion blender, hand masher, processor, or your favorite method of pulverization.
  3. Serve with butter or olive oil.

Celeriac and Parsnip Mash

  • 1 medium celeriac, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth (see the previous posts about how to make your own vegetable broth/stock!)
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 Tbsp low-fat or non-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  1. Place celeriac and parsnips in a large sauce pan and cover with lightly salted water.  Place potato in a medium sauce pan and cover with lightly salted water.  Bring both sauce pans to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently, about 20 minutes for the potato and 30-40 for the celeriac and parsnips.
  2. When potato is tender, drain and transfer to a large bowl.  Mash with a masher and covered with foil. When the celeriac and parsnips are tender, drain and transfer to a food processor, blend until smooth.  Add the puree to the mashed potato.
  3. Meanwhile, combine broth and oil in a sauce pan.  Heat on the stove until steaming.  Stir in the puree along with 2 Tbsp chives, yogurt, mustard, salt and pepper.  Stir in parmesan, garnish with remaining 1 Tbsp of chives.

Brussel Up Some Grub

Hello members, welcome to week 17! This week’s share gave us a stalk of Brussels sprouts and parsley root, and if you haven’t cooked with these vegetables very much, we have recipes for frying and roasting them.  We have a potato salad recipe, now that potatoes, celery, and onions are all in season together, and roasted breakfast potatoes that also call for bell peppers. If you used celery to make stock and still have some leftover, try the Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Celery. Enjoy!

Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

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Serves 2

  • 1 stalk of Brussels Sprouts
  • 2-3 Tbsp of cooking oil or bacon grease (or a mixture of the two)
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  1. Pop the Brussels sprouts off the stalk and rinse in a colander.  You may spin them in a salad spinner to dry them if you wish.  Slice the sprouts in half.
  2. Heat oil or bacon grease over medium-high heat in a large cast iron skillet or frying pan.  When drops of water sizzle in the oil, add the sprouts.  If you have mad spatula flipping skills, flip all the sprouts so they are cut side down (but don’t burn your fingers! Safety first!).
  3. Let the sprouts fry for approximately 10 minutes then flip and stir with a spatula. Stirring the sprouts too often will cause the pan to lose heat, so I try to flip them only once while cooking.
  4. Fry them another 5-7 minutes, turn the stove off and add mustard and syrup, stir to mix, spoon onto plates, and devour.  Then count the days until the next CSA pickup or farmer’s market where you can buy more brussels sprouts and make this dish again.

Classic Mustard Potato Salad

We doubled this recipe when we made it, that way there is leftovers for lunch. We boiled the potatoes about 8-10 minutes which gave them a good texture, not too hard or too mushy.  We also didn’t wait the full 3 hours to chill it, it was too good!

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  • 2 cups of potatoes, cooked, peeled, and diced into one inch cubes
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled, and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onions, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced, about 2 stalks
  • 1/4 cup dill pickles, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of mayo or vegan mayo
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  1. In a large bowl, combine the onion, celery, pickles, mayo, mustard, pickle juice, salt, pepper, sugar. Stir well to combine.
  2. Add in potatoes and eggs. Stir gently until well coated.  Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Celery or Dip

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries, chopped
  • Celery stalks
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)
  1. Combine cheese, pecans, and cranberries.
  2. Spread on celery stalks, top with black pepper.
  3. If your celery stalks are on the narrow side, use them as dipping tools.  That’s right, homo sapiens uses food to scoop up other food. Human ingenuity at its finest.

Parsley Root Fries

Serves 2-3

  • 3 large parsley roots (or about 1.5 lbs.)
  • 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • rosemary (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel the parsley roots (or wash them very well) and chop into french fry-sized sticks.  The thinner the sticks, the crispier they will get.  Toss with oil, a dash of salt and pepper, and rosemary if desired.
  3. Roast on a baking tray for 20 minutes, toss, and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until golden on the edges with crispy edges and a tender center.

Breakfast Potatoes

Serves 5

  • 2.5 lbs. potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, copped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients.
  3. Pour potatoes onto a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing twice.
  4. Raise the heat to 500 degrees, bake until crisp and brown, 10-15 more minutes, tossing twice.

Waitin’ For A “Soup-er”man

Hello members, welcome to week 15!  This week’s title comes from a Flaming Lips song called “Waitin’ For A Superman.” I suggest you check it out on Youtube. The arrival of celery in the share last week inspired us to find a vegetable stock recipe, and two simple soups that you can then use the stock with.  We also found an Autumn themed salad that calls for Michigan pears, and some mini omelettes that are great for using up leftover veggies.

 

Vegetable Stock

This recipe comes from a cooking class I took on soups and stocks.  Chef Jim LaPerriere was the teacher, and his recipe credits the CIA Professional Chef Book.  There are many variations you can make on vegetable stock, and because veggies yield their flavor sooner than meat bones, you can make vegetable stock in about an hour. That means you can try several stocks in an afternoon and freeze them for winter soup later.

Yield: 1 quart veggie stock, consider double or triple the recipe if making stock to freeze.

  • 2 fl. oz. vegetable oil
  • 4 oz. sliced onions
  • 4 oz. chopped leeks
  • 2 oz. celery
  • 2 oz. green cabbage
  • 2 oz chopped carrots
  • 2 oz. chopped tomato
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 qt. cold water
  • Herb sachet: place 2-3 parsley stems, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp fennel seeds in a section of cheesecloth, wrap into a pouch and tie with baker’s twine
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot, and add vegetables.
  2. Cover and sweat the vegetables 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the water and sachet; simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Strain the stock.  It is ready for soup-making now, or you may cool it and freeze for later use.
  5. Try variations: use parsnips in place of carrots, try more or less celery, add fennel fronds or ginger to herbs.  Also try roasting veggies first before simmering with water for a roasted flavor.

Autumn Chopped Salad

Serves 4-6

  • 6-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (or whatever is on hand from the share)
  • 2 medium pears chopped (look for Michigan pears at the farmer’s market soon)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cupped chopped pecans
  • 8 slices of bacon, crisped and crumbled
  • 4-6 oz feta cheese
  • For the dressing: try a combination of 2/3 cup poppyseed and 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette.
  1. In  a large bowl, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon, and feta.
  2. Drizzle generously with dressing.
  3. Serve in fancy salad bowls if you’re feeling fancy, or regular bowls work fine too.

Muffin Tin Omelettes

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  • 6 eggs
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped (or greens you have on hand)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • add other veggies of your choice: diced tomatoes, potatoes, summer squash/zucchini, broccoli
  • shredded or crumbled cheese, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Chop all vegetables, saute in a skillet with the olive oil, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Whisk eggs together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Pour vegetables into egg mixture (and cheese if using).
  5. Pour mixture into muffin tin cells.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until liquid is cooked off the eggs.
  7.  Enjoy warm or put into freezer bag for convenient meals later.  If freezing, microwave omelettes for 2 minutes to reheat.

Classic Creamy Carrot Soup

This recipe calls for 2 lbs. of carrots, which is about 2 bunches from CSA pickup.  If you are short, consider halving the recipe. Or head on down to Holland or Fulton St Market and get some more Groundswell carrots.  Each rainbow bunch is lovingly crafted by a hardworking Groundswell employee.

  • 2 lbs. of carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 32 oz. chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • 2 strips precooked bacon (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  1. Place oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, and rosemary.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes until carrots are fork tender.
  4. Remove herb sprigs, transfer vegetables to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree.
  5. Add broth, continue to puree.
  6. Transfer to large saucepan over medium heat, add bacon strips.
  7. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce.  Simmer until ready to serve. Serves 6.

Creamy Thai Carrot Soup

  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped, about 4 cups
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups veggie stock plus 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • For toppings: fresh basil, cilantro, or mint, coconut milk, brown sugar or agave. And Sriracha hot sauce for an extra kick.
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Dice onion and garlic, add to pot with 1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil. Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, add veggie stock and water, stir.
  4. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  5. Transfer to blender or use an immersion blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
  6. Add peanut butter and chili garlic sauce, blend.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You may add brown sugar or agave for sweetness.
  8. Serve with fresh basil or herbs of your choice. Drizzle with coconut milk, or add Sriracha sauce for extra heat.

Easy Back-to-School, Labor Day Recipes

Hello members, welcome to week 14.  This week we have a pork roast with salsa verde, but also four recipes that are vegetarian/vegan friendly.  Two recipes make use of slow cookers, and one is a “all-in-one-pot” recipe for families who will be starting school this week.  Enjoy!

Zucchini Hummus

  • 1.5 lbs zucchin, grilled or roasted
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs: mint, parsley, or both (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil for garnish
  1. Grill or roast the zucchini in strips ahead of time, about 15 minutes cooking time. Wrap them in foil after done to steam them for a few more minutes.
  2. When cooled, place zucchini, along with other ingredients in a food processor. Puree until relatively smooth.  Transfer to a serving bowl, make a little well with a spoon in the middle to drizzle the olive oil into.  Serve with sliced veggies, pita chips, or more zucchini strips (so meta!).

Chili Verde Tacos

  • 2 lb pork roast
  • 6 tomatillos
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 7 oz can of salsa verde (store bought or home made)
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • soft taco shells
  • toppings: cilantro and chopped onion, cheese and sour cream, your choice
  1. Spray a medium size crock pot with cooking oil.  Place the roast in crock pot, season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium saucepan heat 2 Tbsp oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until transparent.
  3. Add salsa verde and oregano to pan, stir.
  4. Put tomatillos in blender with just enough water to cover them, blend until liquified.
  5. Pour the onion, salsa, oregano mixture over the pork roast. Pour the blended tomatillos over the park roast.
  6. Cook on high for one hour, then change to low for 6 hours.
  7. Shred pork with a fork and cook on low for one more hour.
  8. Serve pok in your favorite taco shells with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce (The Tom Carey Method) For Freezing

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When I used to work at Groundswell, Tom and I would discuss the finer points of life, including how to make tomato sauce.  Tom told me you can put whole tomatoes in a slow cooker overnight without the lid on.  At first I didn’t believe him, and said “No way!” and he said “Way! Now get back to work!” I think is how the exchange went.  So that night I went home, took some tomatoes, and a slow cooker, and made my first batch of tomato sauce that I would freeze.

  • 5 lbs. of tomatoes, or however many you have on hand
  • one slow cooker
  • one hand mixer, processor or blender
  1. wash the tomatoes, peel or cut any bad spots out, and  the core if you want.
  2. Place the tomatoes in the slow cooker, stacking as many as you can.
  3. Turn the slow cooker on low, with the lid off, and leave overnight.
  4. In the morning you can mash the tomatoes with a masher and leave them to cook more, or transfer the tomatoes to a stock pot on the stove.
  5. Cook the tomatoes down on either the slow cooker or stove top. Use a hand mixer to blend up the skins and seeds, or put the sauce in the blender/processor to blend up the skins/seeds.  When you have a sauce consistency you like, let it cool for a few minutes, then  pour into quart bags, close carefully, and freeze.
  6. This winter, when you need tomato sauce, grab a bag of frozen sauce, reheat, add dried herbs, and enjoy!

When I told Tom the slow cooker method worked really well, he said “Of course it did! Try it with a bunch of cherry tomatoes! Now get back to work!”

(Editor’s note: Tom Carey is a great guy and encourages employees and only uses positive reinforcement when encouraging employees to be more productive.)

Green Bean, Cherry Tomato, and Cheddar Salad

(credit: cabotcheese.coop/legacy)

  • 4 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder, or 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese, cut in small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp chopped basil
  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil.  Add green beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Whisk yogurt, mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper, and garlic in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the green beans, tomatoes, and cheddar to dressing bowl, toss.
  4. Serve with chopped basil.

Amazing One Pot Pasta

  • 16 oz box of linguini, or your favorite pasta
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 bunch of spinach (or salad greens)
  • grated parmesan cheese for serving
  1. In a large pot, bring all ingredients (except for basil, spinach, and parmesan) to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
  2. Continue to boil pasta until al dente, about 9 minutes for linguini. Stir often.
  3. Add basil and spinach, cook one more minute until greens begin to wilt.
  4. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Serve in bowls, garnish with parmesan and more basil.

 

 

1 Potato, 2 potato

Greetings members, did you enjoy the bag of potatoes in the share last week?  We included 2 potato recipes this week.  Did you enjoy all the bell peppers in the share last week?  We’ve included a stuffed bell pepper recipe.  Also, a tomatillo salsa recipe that calls for sweet corn, and a kale salad variation that uses tomatoes.

Baked Potato And Greens Soup (From Veganomicon by Moskowitz/Romero)

Serves 6

  • 6 baking potatoes (or any kind of Groundswell potato), about 2 lbs. worth
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion (or scallions) chopped into thin, long strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or more broth if you prefer)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups of kale, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened soy or almond milk
  1. Bake the potatoes, preferably the night before: preheat oven to 350 degrees, poke potatoes with a fork a few times, wrap in tinfoil and bake for one hour or until easily pierced with a fork. Let cool, place in fridge.  The day of soup making get them out and slice into 3/4 inch chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onions and cook until brown.  Then add garlic, fennel, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.  Cook for 2 more minutes, then add wine to deglaze the pan.
  3. Add the potatoes and broth, cover, and lower the heat.  Bring to a low boil.  Mix in the kale, cook 15 to 20 more minutes.
  4. Use a potato masher to mush up half the soup, but do not use an immersion blender.  Add the soy milk and stir.  Ladle into bowls and enjoy.

Oven Fries

Lately I have found that preheating the baking sheets helps give a crispy texture to the potatoes while also preventing them from sticking to the pan.  I learned about this at a cooking class from Jim LaPierre, a chef from the Saugatuck area.

Makes a decent serving for 2 people and 2 servings for lunch

  • 2-3 lbs. of potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage, your choice
  1. Wash and slic the potatoes into wedge/fry shapes.  Soak in a mixing bowl with water for 10-15 minutes.  While soaking the potatoes, put 2 baking sheets into the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  2. When the potatoes have soaked, pour them out and spin dry in a salad spinner or pat dry with a towel.  Toss them in a new mixing bowl (or dry the other one and re use it) with olive or grapeseed oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and crumble 1/2-1 tsp of dried herbs over them.
  3. When the oven has preheated, put your oven mitts on like you are Muhammad Ali  getting ready for a fight.  Quickly take the heated baking sheets out and place on the stovetop.  Transfer the potatoes, half to each sheet.  They will sizzle! That’s ok.  Put them back in the oven as fast as you can.
  4. Roast them for about 20 minutes.  In our oven the tray in the middle is usually done, and I put the top tray on the middle rack and roast it another 5 minutes.
  5. Divide one tray’s potatoes between two plates, add ketchup in the preferred method (pool on the side or Jackson Pollock painting) and enjoy.
  6. Put the second tray’s potatoes into leftover containers, eat them the next day while thanking our ancestors for finding starchy root vegetables.

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

This recipe has some ingredients you can leave out (celery and greens) or substitute, or make again when Groundswell celery comes in! Also consider substituting Groundswell tomatoes for canned.

  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ribs of celery chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin (or less, depending on your feelings about cumin)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of spinach or salad greens, chopped
  • 2 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes, liquid reserved
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup of quinoa
  • 4 large red bell peppers, or their equivalent in small, medium, purple, green, etc. Cut in half with seeds removed.
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in pan.  Add the onion and celery, cook 5 minutes. Add cumin and garlic, cook 1 minute. Add greens and tomatoes, cook 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  2. Add black beans, quinoa, and 2 cups of water. Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium low.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked. Optional: add 1 cup of cheese.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Pour liquid from tomato cans into a baking dish.  Scoop about 3/4 cup of quinoa into each pepper and place in baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.  Remove foil, sprinkle 1 tbsp of cheese on each pepper if desired.  Bake 15 minutes or until pepper tops look browned.  Remove peppers, let stand 5 minutes, and serve.

Warm Kale Salad With Honey and Lemon

  • 8-10 cups of kale, washed and dried
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 large sweet bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1.  Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until soft.
  2. Add lemon juice, zest, honey, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the bell pepper, cook for 1-2 minutes to reduce the lemon juice slightly.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook only until they are warm (keep them from bursting)
  5. Add the kale, toss in the pan, remove from heat after 1 minute or when kale has begun wilting.  Serve with crumbled feta.

 Fresh Corn and Tomatillo Salsa

  • 1 1/2 cups husked and chopped tomatillos
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 6 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped Jalapeno chile, seeds removed (or seeds in for more spice)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  1. Place tomatillos in microwavable bowl, microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Put in freezer 10 minutes to cool.
  2. Coat non-stick skillet with cooking spray, cook corn over medium high heat for 2 minutes.  Transfer to bowl, put in freezer 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Combine cilantro, Jalapeno, and lime juice in a bowl.  Add tomatillos and corn, mix well.  Salt and pepper to taste, serve with tortilla chips.

 

Tio Tommy and the Tomatillos!

Indie bands take note: This blog title can be used for a band name, exclamation point included.  Tomatillos are new-er to the share, and may be new vegetables to some members.  This week we’ve included 2 tomatillo recipes, a vegan beet dessert (double the recipe to use more beets!), and variations on summer salads that would be great at upcoming Labor Day picnics.

 

Carrot Salad With Pineapple

Serves 6-8

  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 cups grated carrots
  • 1 20-oz can of crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of pecans, coarsely chopped
  1. In a small mixing bowl add mayo, lemon juice, salt and sugar.  Whisk until well combined.
  2. In a medium serving bowl add the carrots, pineapple, raisins, and pecans.  Pour dressing mixture over and toss until well combine.

Orange-Teriyaki Spinach Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente (usually one minute less than suggested time on box).
  • 8 oz of Spinach, or salad greens, chinese cabbage, bok choy, etc.
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained but save the liquid
  • 1 can (4 oz) water chestnuts, drained (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts (or raw, or walnuts, or pecans)
  • Options to add from the share, try one cup of: grated carrots,  grated radishes, chopped scallions, etc.

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (or 1/4 cup honey)
  • 1/4 cup of liquid reserved from mandarin oranges
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a blender or processor until thoroughly mixed.  Pour over just finished pasta, cover and allow to rest a few minutes.  The dressing will stick to warm pasta better than cold.
  2. Add spinach (or other chopped greens) to mixture and let sit a few minutes.  The warm pasta and dressing will lightly wilt the spinach, soaking in the flavor.
  3. Add the mandarin oranges, nuts, chestnuts, carrots or radishes and toss.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.

Creamy Tomatillo Dip

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  • 8 oz of tomatillos, husks removed
  • 2 serrano peppers, seeds removed (or hot pepper of your choice, or bell pepper if you’re feeling mild)
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/4 chopped cilantro
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • dipping ingredients: tortilla chips, pretzels, sliced carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, etc.
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Toss tomatillos, peppers, and garlic in the olive oil with 1 tsp of salt.  Transfer to foil pan, roast for 20 minutes or until the skin of tomatillos and peppers begins to blister. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Transfer the roasted veggies to a blender or processor, or a large mixing bowl with an immersion blender.  Blend/pulse until pureed.
  4. Add cilantro and goat cheese, blend/pulse to incorporate.
  5. season with salt and pepper if needed, serve with dipping media.

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

Makes 2 cups

  • 2 cups of tomatillos, husked, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, serve with tortilla chips.

Note: We recommend you taste a tomatillo raw before starting this recipe.  Some people find un-roasted tomatillos to be very tart.  If this is the case, you can roast your tomatillos, which will change their texture but decrease their tartness.  Also, if you’re low  on tomatillos you can supplement with salad tomatoes.

Fudgy Beet Cupcakes (vegan!)

Makes 10 cupcakes

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp white or cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola or melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 1 heaping Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • scant 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + more for topping
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Remove the stem and tail from the beets, wash until clean.
  2. Wrap beets in aluminum foil, drizzle a little oil over them, wrap tightly and roast for 1 hour or until tender when prodded with a knife.  Set in bowl in refrigerator to cool.
  3. Once cooled, either finely grate or puree beets in a blender (add water or orange juice to encourage mixing). Measure out 1/2 cup and set aside.
  4. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  5. Whisk together almond milk and vinegar, set aside for several minutes to curdle. Add sugar, oil, and 1/2 cup beets and beat until foamy.
  6. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a sifter.  Slowly sift into wet ingredients while mixing with a hand-held or standing mixer. Beat until no large clumps remain.
  7. Pour batter into liners, filling to 3/4 full. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake come out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Do not try to unwrap them or they’ll stick to the wrapper.
  8. Once cooled, dust with cocoa powder and store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

 

Easy, Caprese

CSA Week 10

Here are four easy recipes to make, and a Caprese salad recipe to get excited about tomatoes that are starting to come in. Beans, zucchini, tomatoes, the share just keeps getting better!

4 (or more!) Color Salad

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This salad would also work with other fruits, canned (pineapple) or fresh (whatever is coming into season at the farmers market)

Serves 4 (or more if you add more ingredients of your choosing)

  • 1 head of green lettuce
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of raspberries
  • half of a 15 oz can of mandarin oranges (or one small can)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of walnuts
  • optional: chopped red onion
  • optional: thinly sliced cooked chicken breast, goat cheese, chickpeas, etc for protein
  1. Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add blueberries, raspberries, and mandarin oranges to your liking.  Start with a 1/4 cup of each and add more if desired.
  3. Break walnuts into small pieces, sprinkle on top.
  4. Serve with your favorite dressing or try this light poppyseed dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp pineapple juice (or mandarin orange juice from the can)
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

 

“Egg Rolls”

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On the left, a freshly poured egg roll.  On the right, a flipped egg roll finishing frying.

This dish comes to us by way of a friend who spent some time in Uganda.  He told us the street food vendors had a dish they called “Egg Rolexes” (or “Egg Rolls” for short), made up of eggs, chopped cabbage, and onion fried in a sort of pancake/crepe shape.  He would make an approximate American version, and we started making our own, and now when we need a quick and filling dinner entree we say “how about some egg rolls?”

Makes 2 egg rolls

  • 1 cup of cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, or 2 scapes, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  1. Heat oil in a skillet on Medium-High heat
  2. Put half the cabbage, onion, and garlic in a mixing bowl, add 2 eggs and mix.
  3. When the skillet is hot, pour the mixture in, it should make a somewhat lumpy pancake shape.
  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes.  While the first one is cooking, mix the remaining cabbage, onion, and garlic with eggs.
  5. Transfer the first one to a plate with a cover, fry the second one using the above directions, then take both to the dinner table for an easy comfort meal.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad

A more filling take on the classic Caprese salad

  • Romaine lettuce (or lettuce from the share)
  • Cherry tomatos, halved (or tomatoes from the share)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • sauteed chicken breast, sliced or chopped
  • freshly torn basil
  • equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  1. Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella, chicken, and basil on plates (however many are coming to dinner).
  2. drizzle with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Enjoy!

Skinny Green Bean Casserole

Serves 4

  • 3 cups of green beans, thinly chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 5 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add green beans and onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Transfer the beans and onions to a bowl of water and ice for 5 minutes, drain and pat dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then add olive oil and milk.
  4. Add salt and pepper, then corn meal and 2 Tbsp of the cheese and mix.
  5. Fold in the beans and onions, mixing well.
  6. Pour mixture into a greased baking pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Take pan out, and remaining 3 Tbsp of cheese, then bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese top is melted and golden.

Parmesan, Zucchini, and Corn

If you go to Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, be sure to check out Ham Family Farm for sweet corn.  They grow two popular varieties, “Dutch Love” and “Irish Love” and you can usually find a line of people at 9 am waiting for a delivery fresh picked from Allendale.

Serves 4

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or scapes)
  • 4 zucchinis, diced
  • 1 cup of corn kernels, cooked
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil (or a few fresh leaves)
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano (or fresh if it comes in the share)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add garlic and stir frequently for about 1 minute.
  2. Add zucchini, corn, basil, oregano, and thyme.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, stir in lime juice and cilantro.  Sprinkle with parmesan.

 

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

Flavor Intuition

Sometimes it all comes together. Once you start identifying the quirky  flavors of  individual  veggies…. the real fun begins! You can follow your flavor intuition and create a dish like this one made of beets, carrots and kale, with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and blue cheese crumbles. I am totally hooked!

This recipe uses the kale/chard, beets and carrots from pick-up and serves up a lovely balance of textures, and sweet vs. bitter with the balsamic and blue cheese being key, so don’t leave them out!! This dish makes a beautiful presentation and is probably more “adult”  friendly than kid as the mix of veggies may require a more mature palate.  However, you could serve any one of the veggies individually on the side with butter or a sprinkle of cheese to satisfy the kids. 

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Beets, Carrots and Kale with Balsamic and Blue Cheese
(Serves 4 as a side dish)

4 medium size beets, roasted, skins removed
4 medium/large carrots, washed
16 leaves of kale/swiss chard, stems removed and chopped fine
olive oil and/or bacon fat
unsalted butter
sea salt / pepper
balsamic vinegar
blue cheese,  for crumbling on top

    • If you didn’t pre-roast the beets, cut the stems off, wash and wrap in a foil pouch. Roast for 1 hour in a 400 degree oven. Pull out and allow to cool. Set them aside until you have prepped the carrots and kale.
    • Wash, de-stem and chop the Kale/Swiss Chard leaves finely.
    • Wash the carrots and run thru the processor with the grating blade.
    • When the beets are cool enough to handle, using your fingers just push the skins right off. Pop them into your food processor with the grating blade and grate them.
    • Heat an iron skillet and scoop in 1 Tbs of bacon fat or 2 Tbs of olive oil. Allow the oil to get hot enough that it shimmers, add the kale/chard. Let it fry for about fifteen seconds and then move it around a bit to coat it all, sprinkle on sea salt and let it sit for another 3-4 minutes. It should be bright green. Remove to a platter and set it in the middle of the platter, smoothing it out to be in a round circle. 
    • Once all kale is removed from the pan, heat another tablespoon of olive oil and add the carrots. Allow them to fry for a couple of minutes, grind some pepper over top, move then around and allow them to cook for another minute. Taste them to make sure they are tender, but don’t let them get mushy! Remove and pile them on top of the kale, spreading them out to almost but just short of the edge of the kale layer.
    • Once all carrots are removed from the pan, add 2 Tbs of unsalted butter and allow it to bubble up. Once done bubbling, add the grated beets and spread them in a layer in the pan so they fry up nicely. After 2 minutes, stir them around a bit and test for tenderness. By the way, quite possibly the best treat in the summer CSA world (outside of a properly made tomato sandwich) is fried beets!!! Sprinkle on some salt and the beets go right down the hatch! Sweet and salty!
    • Remove the fried beets and pile them on top of the carrots, again spreading to make a layered dish.
    • Drizzle a good balsamic vinegar over top of the whole dish, and sprinkle on crumbled blue cheese, right away so it melts a bit on the beets. 
    • Enjoy !

Tips for beets:

  • Each week, when your bring home your beets, decide if you have a dish in which to use them and if so, immediately wrap them in a foil pouch and roast them for an hour at 400 degrees. Roasting beets brings out their sweet, earthy flavor and you can almost NEVER go wrong with pre-roasted beets in any recipe.  Additionally, roasting them ahead of time cuts down on cooking time significantly when you add them to a dish.
  • Have you ever tried to peel a raw beet?? Almost impossible! So your choices are to eat them with the skin on, or roast them and slip the skin off in mere seconds.
  • If you don’t know what you are going to do with them on any given week, the good news about beets is that they will remain fresh and edible in your crisper for months. Wack off the stems, wrap them first in a piece of paper towel and then placed in a ziplock. Store in your crisper.

This week my flavor intuition also led me to this simple combination of potatoes and fennel, roasted in the oven. You can serve this for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it will be well received. How about adding chopped herbs or other root veggies?   Follow YOUR flavor intuition!

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Roasted Roots (Potatoes & Fennel)
serves 4

5-6 large potatoes (Groundswell’s potatoes are perfect for this dish!)
1 fennel bulb, stems trimmed off, sliced thin
olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wash the potatoes, leave the skins on and chop into small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook, so use your best judgement. Place them on a large cookie sheet and drizzle olive oil on top. Using your clean hands, mix the potatoes around until all are coated. Yes, your hands will be oily, but it is faster to wash your hands then another dish and spoon, right?!
Spread the potatoes evenly on the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven on the center rack for 20 minutes. When the time is up, the potatoes should be starting to look crisp and sticking to the pan. Use a metal spatula to move them around and add the thinly sliced fennel. Add a little more oil if needed and mix so the fennel is coated. Place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, checking to see if they are turning golden brown. When golden brown, pull out and enjoy immediately!

Eggplant is here and it is time for eggplant parmesan!
While I absolutely love eggplant parmesan, every time I make it I vow that I will never make it again, since it takes about a solid 5 hours to make just two pans (one for the night and one for the freezer). If you have ever wondered why your Aunt Tillie’s eggplant parmesan is so heavenly, it is because she is in her kitchen for a day stirring the homemade sauce, cutting, dredging, dipping and frying the eggplant, mixing up the ricotta filling and grating pounds of cheese!! Very labor intensive, super high in fat content and not easy to do with a 4-year-old hanging on your leg screaming “when will it be ready, Mama!”

So this year I decided to construct a dish that would hit the flavor combination, without all of the work and calories. Instead of standing over a pan of frying oil for an hour, I decided to bake the breaded eggplant on cooling racks inserted into cookie sheets, so that both sides would get crunchy. I also decided to skip the ricotta and in exchange for the homemade sauce I used fresh tomato slices. I topped the whole thing with provolone cheese slices, popped it back into the oven to melt and then sprinkled grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil on top. It turned into a super delicious, quick and easy dinner, and oddly enough my son asked for it at breakfast the next morning…yes, we did eat eggplant at 7:00AM! 

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Crunchy Eggplant Topped with Tomato and Provolone
(makes enough for 2-3 people)

1 large purple eggplant, washed (NOT peeled) and sliced lengthwise into 1/4″ thick slices
NOTE: 1 medium to large purple eggplant will serve 2-3 people so plan accordingly (you can use any variety of eggplant, I like the larger dark purple ones for this dish because they translate into larger/fewer slices and that means less dipping/breading time than with a bunch of small eggplants)
2 eggs lightly beaten with 1 Tbs water
1/4 cup flour for dredging
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1 Tbs dried oregano
1 Tbs dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

2 medium size tomatoes, thinly sliced
provolone or mozzarella cheese, sliced 
grated parmesan cheese
fresh basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two cookie sheet pans with cooling racks on top (use the racks you have for cooling cookies, they should fit right inside the cookie sheets). This allows both sides to get crunchy in the baking process. Using a paper towel dipped in olive oil rub the racks so they are lightly greased. This will keep the crust from sticking to the rack when it is time to remove the eggplant.

Slice the eggplant lengthwise so you have large 1/4″ thick slices. You should get about 9 slices out of a medium/large eggplant. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and the eggs/water mixture in another shallow bowl, both large enough to lay the eggplant down flat inside. Then place the breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper on a large plate and using a fork mix in the herbs.

Dredge each piece of eggplant in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture, both sides.  Gently arrange them on the prepared racks/cookie sheets. Place them in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Check to make sure the crust isn’t burning and use a fork to test for tenderness.  They should still have some body to them and not be cooked to mush.  Pull out and place sliced tomatoes on top of each eggplant, topping with slices of cheese and pop them back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes or so, until the cheese is melted. 
Pull them out and plate them; sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese and chopped basil leaves on top (sorry, I took my photo too soon in the process!) and serve immediately!  Did I mention this dish has a fraction of the calories found in traditional eggplant parmesan? (Which simply means we can all eat twice as much!)

For my final two dishes this week, please check back to see my post with recipes for Kholrabi with Blueberries and a Cool Cucumber dish.  Tune in tomorrow!  

Lisa McLean

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