Each week, we include a couple recipes in our email newsletter to help you think of fun and tasty ways to cook your fresh produce. We try to balance the more complex recipes with plenty of quick, simple recipes. We know what it's like to have to fix a hot meal after a busy day of work!
Below are some of the Spring season recipes from our weekly newsletters. Stay tuned, because we'll continue posting recipes once the season gets underway...
KALE & CHARD
The healthiest chips you've ever tried (and tasty to boot!)
This is a tasty, healthy snack-and it's incredibly quick and simple. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop the kale into broad strips. Lightly oil a baking sheet, and spread the kale strips out over the sheet and toss a bit to coat with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place sheet in the oven. Bake until the strips are crispy-but be careful not to burn! Now you've got kale chips. Enjoy!
Raw Kale Salad
We love using Lacinato Kale (aka Dinosaur Kale) in raw salads. Although we don't have a well-calculated recipe of our own-we tend to chop it up, grate a raw beet into it, and toss everything with a homemade mustard vinaigrette-here's one we found on the "kale aficionado's" blog that's a little more specific and gourmet with its ingredients.
For the salad:
For the dressing:
De-rib the kale (i.e. remove the tough, central spine) and very finely slice the kale leaves cross-wise (so they end up in thin strips several inches long.) Toss the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Wisk together dressing ingredients, then toss with salad. Allow salad to marinate at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
This salad can rest for days without getting slimy and limp. That sturdy kale is more than a match for any dressing, which means you can snack with pleasure and leisure on this salad for about three days.
Kale & Sausage over rice
Soy or real sausage will work...we use the soysage.
Saute the garlic in hot oil for a few minutes, then add your sausage chunks. Keep moving over the heat with a spatula for a few minutes, until it is cooked through and starts to brown. When the sausage it ready, add the kale and stir until it shrinks down. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy over a bed of rice.
ROOTS & TUBERS (Beets, Carrots, Potatoes)
Roasted Beets and other roots
This is a simple and delicious way to prepare beets. It is especially beautiful when using 2-3 different beet varieties together.
Preheat the oven to 350. Peel the beets and dice (into roughly 1/2 inch cubes). Spread them over a baking pan, then drizzle oil lightly over the top. Toss the beets through the oil to coat all around, and then shake salt and pepper over them generously (to your liking). Stick the pan in the oven to roast. Check on the beets every 10-15 minutes, using a spatula to scrape under the beets and mix them around so that they brown and caramelize all around.
Beets & Feta Salad with a Balsalmic Reduction We love tossing together roasted (or boiled) beets with some nuts, cheese, and a nice dressing--and a balsalmic reduction is delicious if you like your salad tart and tangy. A friend taught us how to throw together a salad like this; we usually make it up as we go, but we found a very similar recipe that we've copied for you below. It's taken from a blog called "Eggs on Sunday"-- thanks to the writer for making this available!
Ingredients (for 2 main-course salads)
To cook the beets:
To assemble the salad:
Now, top your greens with the beets, crumbled goat cheese, and walnuts. Finally, drizzle your balsamic reduction over the tops of the salads.
Potato, Onion, Arugula and Brie Pizza
Makes enough topping for one 14 inch or two 8-10 inch pizzas (Modified from the Earth to the Table, by John Ash)
Prepare basic pizza dough. Preheat oven to 500 F preferably with a pizza stone or brick-oven insert in the oven. In a deep, heavy bottomed pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onions until crisp-tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, blanch the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Cool in ice water to stop the cooking, drain and pat dry.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the dough. Layer the potatoes evenly on top. followed by the onions and the slices of Brie. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Bake the pizza for 12 to 15 minutes on the top rack. Scatter the arugula on top and slice and serve immediately.
Roasted Baby Beets with Braised Greens
A fresh and trouble-free way to enjoy these tender, tangy young beets.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Rinse the beets, leaving the greens intact, and remove any small yellow leaves. Prepare the vinaigrette (I usually do this by pouring the ingredients into a mason jar, sealing a lid, and then shaking vigorously.) Place your beets on a baking pan or broad pyrex baking dish, and the drizzle the vinaigrette over them, coating the greens and beets. Toss the beets and greens to make sure they are well coated. The dressing should be enough to moisten the beets and let the greens sit in a shallow pool. Now you cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it in the pre-heated oven. After 25-30 minutes check the progress; you'll want to make sure the largest beets have cooked through. (To go for a crispier finish, you can remove the foil for the last few minutes.) Serve as a side dish or eat over a bed of rice.