Arugula and Tatsoi Salad with Grapefruit

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This simple salad was a nice accompaniment to teriyaki salmon and rice. I got the arugula and tatsoi in my CSA box this week. Tatsoi isn’t readily available in most grocery stores, but you could substitute spinach or just use an Asian greens mix.

This dressing is yummy. Segment the grapefruit over a bowl to catch the juices. Use the fresh grapefruit juice in the dressing. Read the rest of this entry »


Mujadara with Greens

Mujadara with Greens

Mujadara is a classic Middle Eastern dish consisting of caramelized onions, lentils, and rice. I’m always amazed at how something so simplistic can be so delicious. My husband loves this dish. This recipe makes plenty for leftovers, so that keeps him happy.

I had some kohlrabi leaves and radish leaves leftover from the Kohlrabi and Radish Slaw I made yesterday, so I added them to my basic Mujadara recipe. Goodness. I would think a variety of greens (spinach, collards, turnip, etc…) would be good as well.

Mujadara with Greens

1 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup long-grain white rice (or you can use Basmati)
2 cups fresh greens of your choice, finely sliced
Water
salt and pepper

Place the lentils in a large saucepan and cover with an inch of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until the lentils are just starting to get tender and most of the water has cooked away. This takes about 10 minutes, but may take longer depending on the lentils. Sometimes they cook fast, sometimes they don’t.

In the meantime, in a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until golden brown. This will take about 10 minutes or more.

Add the cooked lentils (no need to drain them), rice, greens, and 4 cups of water to the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover the pan, and cook for 20 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice and lentils are tender. Serve warm.


Spaghetti with Summer Vegetables

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I love this recipe. Not only is this dish beautiful to look at, it is delicious and healthy, as well. This dish is perfect for summer because it’s not too heavy and it is bursting with fresh flavors, but it is also good anytime of the year.  Frozen corn works perfectly well when fresh is not available.  If you are gluten free you can use the corn spaghetti (which I get at the health food store) instead of regular spaghetti. I like crumbled goat cheese over the top, but parmesan or feta is good also.

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Spaghetti with Summer Vegetables

8 ounces spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
2 tablespoons corn oil or butter
1 small onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 cups corn kernels, from 3 ears of corn
1 bell pepper, any color, finely diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 tomatoes, halved, seeded and diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 ounces queso fresco, feta, goat cheese, or parmesan

Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water until al dente. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet and add the scallions, corn, bell pepper, and chile. Saute over high heat for 3 minutes, then add the tomatoes, most of the cilantro, and a ladle of the pasta water. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a little pepper and turn the heat to low. Drain the pasta, shaking off the excess water. Add it to the vegetables and toss well. Divide among pasta plates, crumble the cheese over the top, and add the remaining cilantro.


Roasted Poblano Sauce

Roasted Poblano Sauce
This sauce is wonderful! It goes well on a variety of foods including grilled chicken, eggs, burritos, or chimichangas. I like it on potatoes too. You can substitute any kind of green chile in this recipe, but I especially like using poblanos. Poblanos have a pretty wide variance in heat level. I like the really hot ones. : ) This sauce freezes well.

Roasted Poblano Sauce

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped roasted poblano chiles (see instructions below)
2 cups of vegetable (or chicken) stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander

In a heavy saucepan, warm the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté until well softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and sauté for an additional minute, then add the flour and continue cooking for another 1 or 2 minutes.  Mix in the poblano chile.  Pour in the stock and add the seasonings.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until thickened but still very pourable.

The sauce keeps refrigerated, for about 5 days and freezes well.

Adapted from a recipe for Green Chile Sauce in The Border Cookbook by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison.

To roast poblano chiles:
Preheat broiler to high. Place poblano chiles on a baking sheet and broil, turning every 5 miutes until each side is blackened and charred. Place in a large bowl and cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel chiles, cut in half lengthwise, discard seeds and membranes, and coarsely chop. Use immediately or freeze for later use.

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Kohlrabi and Radish Slaw

Kohlrabi and Radish Slaw

I’ve made this recipe two days in a row with kohlrabi and radishes from my CSA. It’s downright addicting. It’s a simple and delicious slaw has the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness. There is no added fat and 1/4 of the recipe comes in at about 66 calories.

Kohlrabi and Radish Slaw

Makes about 4 servings

1/4 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
2 bulbs kohlrabi, leaves removed, ends trimmed, peeled, and julienned
6 radishes, ends trimmed, julienned
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce

Combine the cabbage, kohlrabi, and radishes in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine garlic, sugar, rice vinegar, and fish sauce. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss well.

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Gazpacho Salsa

Gazpacho Salsa

Right before I graduated from college, I took a second part-time job at a small health food store in Arlington, Texas. There was a small kitchen and juice bar in the back of the store. We used organic produce to make juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and soups. In addition to serving customers at the juice bar, we packaged soups, salads, and salsas in containers so that customers could take them home. By far the most popular thing to come out of that little kitchen was the Gazpacho. We chopped up a variety of organic veggies and mixed them with herbs and red wine vinegar and served it not as a cold soup, but as a salsa. It was a great way to use up the produce before it went bad. Unfortunately, the store went under once a Whole Foods opened up a couple of blocks away. I still make the Gazpacho Salsa from time to time. It always reminds me of my time at the little health food store.

Gazpacho Salsa is an excellent way to use up veggies in the fridge or to utilize all the amazing veggies you are getting in your CSA box. We eat the Gazpacho Salsa with tortilla chips or pita chips. It is also amazing with hummus. We make little pita pockets with hummus and the Gazpacho Salsa. So delicious and healthy.

This recipe is pretty adaptable and you can customize the veggies and dried herbs (or use fresh) to suit your tastes.

Gazpacho Salsa

3 large tomatoes, cored
1 small (sweet) onion
1 small green bell pepper, cored
1 small red bell pepper, cored
1 large cucumber (or 2 small), seeds removed
2 stalks celery
1 medium zucchini, ends removed
juice from 1 lime
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or to taste)
1 teaspoon dried basil (or to taste)
1 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix or Bouquet garnish herb mix (or to taste) – or use any dried herbs you like
salt and pepper, to taste

Chop the tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, cucumber, celery, and zucchini and mix together in a large bowl. Alternatively, you can pulse the veggies to desired size in the food processor. Season the chopped veggies to taste with the lime juice, vinegar, dried herbs, and salt and pepper.

 


Spicy Chicken and Mustard Greens Noodle Soup

Spicy Chicken and Mustard Greens Noodle SoupI made this soup for lunch today using mustard greens from my CSA box. In the US, one might think of greens as a Southern thing, but mustard greens actually originated in Asia and are commonly found in cuisines around the world. For this soup, I had the flavors of Southeast Asia in mind. The spices compliment the bite of the mustard greens.

Spicy Chicken and Mustard Greens Noodle Soup

8 ounces flat rice noodles (I use pho bahn)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (use your favorite, I use canola)
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic
1 bunch mustard greens, washed well and chopped (about 4 – 5 cups)
8 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 – 2 tablespoons fish sauce, to taste

Soak the rice noodles in hot water for 15 minutes until they become pliable. Drain and set aside.

Using a mortar and pestle (or grind in a small food processor) pound the garlic, black peppercorns, red chile flakes, and cumin seeds together.

Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the sliced chicken and cook until no longer pink. Add the garlic-spice mixture to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the mustard greens, chicken broth, and soy sauce to the pot and cook until the greens are tender, about 10 minutes. Just before serving, add the rice noodles and fish sauce (to taste) and cook for about 2 minutes more or until the rice noodles are tender.


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