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This Week's Ingredients
Green Chard, Chioggia Beets,
Roma Tomatoes, Cabbage, (In large & Jumbo baskets)
Baby Kale (In Jumbo baskets) Bananas
Entrée ( Main Course)
Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Chard and Carrots
Yield: 4 servings
1 generous bunch of chard (1 to 1¼ pounds), stemmed and washed well in 2 changes of water (retain the stems)
2 to 3teaspoons minced garlic (to taste)
2 to 3teaspoons minced fresh ginger (to taste)
Salt to taste
2teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons peanut, canola, rice bran or grape seed oil
1medium carrot, cut in 2-inch julienne
1bunch scallions, sliced, dark green parts separated
4cups cooked brown rice, either chilled or at room temperature
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
¼teaspoon ground pepper
½cup chopped cilantro
Dice the thick part of the red chard stems (discard the stringier, tapering part of the stems); you should have 1 to 1½ cups diced stems.
Stack leaves and cut in slivers, or coarsely chop. You should have about 8 cups (the leaves will lose a lot of volume when they wilt in the stir-fry).
Combine garlic and ginger in a small bowl or ramekin and place near your wok.
Beat eggs in a bowl and season with a pinch of salt. Prepare the other ingredients and place in separate bowls within arm’s reach of your wok.
Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or a 12-inch skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan.
Swirl in 2 teaspoons of oil by adding it to the sides of the wok and swirling the wok. Make sure that the bottom of the wok or pan is coated with oil and add eggs, swirling the wok or pan so that the eggs form a thin pancake.
Cook 30 – 60 seconds, until set.
Using a spatula, turn pancake over and cook for 5 to 10 more seconds, until thoroughly set, then transfer to a plate or cutting board and quickly cut into strips, using the edge of your spatula or a knife.
Swirl in remaining oil and add garlic and ginger.
Stir-fry no more than 10 seconds and add chard stems and carrots.
Stir fry - for 2 minutes, until crisp-tender, and add light part of the scallions and chard leaves.
Stir-fry until leaves wilt, 1 to 2 minutes, and add rice.
Stir-fry, scooping up the rice with your spatula then pressing it into the hot wok or pan and scooping it up again, for about 2 minutes.
Add soy sauce, dark green part of the scallions, eggs and cilantro, stir-fry for about 30 seconds, remove from heat and serve.
Cooked rice will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. The stir-fry is a last-minute dish, but the ingredients can be prepped hours ahead and refrigerated, and the leftovers are delicious; they will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator.
CANDY CANE BEET SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE
A beautiful raw beet salad with pretty candy cane (Chioggia) beets. Use any variety of fresh beets to make this colorful healthy salad!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
▢1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
▢1 tablespoon (15 ml) white wine vinegar
▢2 teaspoons (10 ml) liquid honey or sugar
▢¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
▢2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, or use pistachio oil for a special treat
▢1 pound (450 g) Chioggia beets, peeled
▢¼ cup (40 g) thinly sliced red onion
▢4 cups (170 g) mixed salad greens
▢¼ cup (60 g) fresh crumbled goat cheese
▢2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
Whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, honey (or sugar) and salt in a small bowl until honey is dissolved. Gradually pour in the oil and whisk to combine.
Shave the beets into ribbons with spiral slicer, or into thin discs with a mandolin or sharp knife.
Put the beets in a salad bowl with the onion and greens. Drizzle with enough dressing to coat, about 2 tablespoons, and toss together. Sprinkle the goat cheese and pistachios over the salad. Serve with additional dressing on the side.
Any kind of beet will work for this recipe if you’re in the mood for beets or brought home a load from the market. Choose smaller ones as they’ll be sweeter and milder tasting when raw.
Cabbage and Carrot Quesadillas
This kid-friendly recipe is a great way to sneak vegetables into a meal.
8 whole wheat tortillas
½ head red or green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
2 carrots, shredded using the large holes of a box grater
4 tablespoons oil, divided
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Add cabbage and cook 10 minutes until cabbage begins to soften, stirring occasionally.
Add carrots and cook 5 more minutes.
Move mixture to a bowl and wipe out the pan.
Place ½ cup of the filling on one half of a tortilla, fold in half, and press down. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Skillet and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until golden, about 3 minutes.
Cut quesadillas into wedges and enjoy with the peanut dipping sauce
Peanut Dipping Sauce
Combine ½ cup peanut butter,
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro,
1 tablespoon soy sauce,
1 tablespoon vinegar.
Stir together and slowly add water with either a spoon or a whisk until the texture is to your liking for dipping or spreading.
Cucumber Banana Smoothie
PREP TIME 5 Mins COOK TIME 5M
Cucumber - 1
Banana (ripe) - 1
Sugar - 2 tbsp
HOW TO PREPARE
How To Prepare:
1. Peel the skin off the banana and cucumber and cut it into small pieces.
2. Take a mixing jar and add the banana pieces, cucumber pieces, water, and sugar.
3. Blend into a fine smoothie and serve it over ice cubes.
1. We have added sugar for this juice recipe. Feel free to add other sweeteners or honey if you want to avoid sugar.
2. Add extra ice cubes in the blender and avoid adding frozen fruits to get the freshness of the smoothie.
Entrée (Main Course)
Comforting Cabbage Soup with Ginger
Active: 20 mins Total: 30 mins Servings: 6
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium carrots, halved and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, or 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
5 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
1 medium zucchini, diced
Chopped parsley for garnish
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add onion and carrots and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
Add garlic, ginger, turmeric and crushed red pepper.
Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add broth, tomatoes and their juices, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
Stir in cabbage and zucchini; return to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley, if desired.
Prep:10 mins Cook:1 min Chill:30 minTotal:41 mins
2 cups diced cucumber, about 1 large cucumber
3/4 cup diced tomato from about 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded
1/2 cup red onion
1/4 cup minced jalapeño pepper, seeded and cored
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Tortilla chips, to serve
Gather the ingredients.
In a large bowl combine the cucumber, tomato, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Toss to combine.
Add lime juice, zest, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin and toss gently to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve cucumber salsa with tortilla chips.
Kale and Pear Salad
Chop 1/2 large bunch kale; toss with 1 tablespoon each olive oil and white wine vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl, then rub with your fingers until softened.
Cook 1/2 cup chopped pecans in a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each sugar and salt until toasted.
Stir in 1 chopped pear; add to the kale. Drizzle with more oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss.
Mexican Roasted Broccoli
Fudgy Beet Gluten Free Brownies
These fudgy gluten free brownies and not only chocolatey, easy, and delicious, but are loaded with a secret healthy ingredient: beets! Healthy, simple to make, and perfect healthy treat to feed your sweet tooth. And they are vegan too boot!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Servings: 16 small brownies
Food processor or blender
2 tbsp flax meal
5 tbsp water
4 ounces beets (about 1/2 cup pureed) cooked and peeled. I suggest roasted beet, as it holds color best in my experience. If the color is not important to you, then use whatever cooking method you like
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or you can sup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut sugar or granulated sweetener of choice
1/4 cup coconut or avocado oil
1 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour See below for how to make your own, if needed
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder not Dutch processed or cacao
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks plus extra for sprinkling on top. Optional. Also, make sure they are dairy-free if that is important
Preheat oven to 350 ℉ and line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Or grease it well with additional oil. Set aside.
Mix the flax meal and water together in a small bowl. Set aside for at least 5 minutes to "gel"
In a food processor or high-speed blend, combine cooked beets, vanilla, maple syrup, milk, applesauce, and oil. Blend until the beets are completely pureed and the mixture has an even and smooth consistency.
Add flax/water mixture and remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) into the blender/food processor and blend until mixture is smooth. Scrape down the side of bowl and reblend if needed.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top if desired.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top of brownies is set and dry to the touch.
Let cool completely before slicing. I like to let mine chill in the fridge for a bit.
Slice and enjoy. Store leftovers in fridge for 4 days.
To make your own oat flour:
start by pouring rolled oats in a blender. If you have a smaller blender, do less and work in batches.
Pulse until a coarse flour texture forms. This will happen quickly, though you may need to take a spoon a stir the flour up between blending to make sure the oat flour has a consistent texture.
Use in a recipe right away or store in an air-tight container for future recipes!
Meal # 3
Entrée (Main Course)
Chickpea Cucumber Tomato and Carrot Salad
Prep time 15minsServes or Makes: 1
3 cups greens
1 cucumber, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Avocado oil, to drizzle
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
Drizzle lemon juice and avocado oil, season with salt and pepper.
Toss and serve immediately.
Crispy Beet Fries with Feta
These crispy beet fries are tossed in fresh herbs and briny feta cheese. They get nice and crispy on the outside thanks to the air fryer. Mixing up the color of the beets isn't necessary but adds a wow factor.
Active:10 mins Total:40 mins Servings:4
2 large yellow, red and/or Chioggia beets (1 1/2 pounds), peeled
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Cut beets into 1/2-inch-thick sticks; toss in a medium bowl with oil, salt and pepper. Working in batches if needed, carefully transfer the beets to the fryer basket; cook, tossing once, until golden brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate; repeat with remaining beets, if needed.
Meanwhile, combine feta, oregano, parsley and lemon zest in a small bowl. Spoon over the cooked beets and serve immediately.
Grilled Swiss Chard and Tomato Wraps:
12 medium to large Swiss chard leaves
3 medium roma tomatoes
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
1 small red onion, diced
24 basil leaves chopped
Wash the Swiss chard leaves and remove the center stalk
Stack the Swiss chard halves and steam in a large pot with a steamer until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove and let cool.
Slice tomatoes into 12 slices about 1/2 thick. Cut the mozzarella into 12 slices.
Lay one of the wilted Swiss chard halves on a cutting board and cross over it with a second half.
In the center of the Swiss chard cross place one tomato slice, one mozzarella slice, a tablespoon of diced onion, top with 1/12 of the chopped basil and sprinkle with a little salt.
Wrap the Swiss chard around the tomato and cheese center until bundled up tightly.
Repeat steps 4-6 until all 12 wraps are complete.
Preheat grill and oil the grill so the wraps don’t stick.
Brush a little olive oil on the outside of the wraps and place on grill. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
PEAR AND BANANA CRISP
This pear and banana crisp recipe consists of sliced fruit cooked in butter and spices and topped with a crumbly topping
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
1 tbsp cold unsalted butter
3 ripe but firm pears peeled, cored, and cubed (I used Anjou pears)
1 tbsp packed brown sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
3 large bananas cut into ¼-inch thick slices
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp cold unsalted butter
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add pears, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook, stirring, occasionally, until pear has softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bananas. Divide mixture among six (200 ml) ramekins. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350-degree F. In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the butter. Using your finger or a fork, work the mixture until it has the consistency of coarse bread crumbs. Divide the topping among ramekins.
Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until topping is golden and fruit filling is bubbling, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.