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This Week's Ingredients
Cauliflower (In the large and Jumbo baskets)
Green Leaf Lettuce
Leeks (In the Jumbo baskets)
Dapple Dandy Pluots
Kale and Cauliflower Casserole
By Deen Brothers
Prep time: 65 minutes
Cook time: 70 minutes
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes quartered
1/2 head medium cauliflower, chopped
1 large leek
2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch kale
3/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the potatoes and cauliflower to a large pot and cover with cold water. Season with a big pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and cauliflower in a colander.
Add the chopped leek to a small bowl and cover with water. Let sit and soak for a few minutes to remove all the grit. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the kale and saute until wilted down and softened, about 5 minutes longer. Add the milk to the skillet and bring up to a simmer. Stir in the drained potatoes and cauliflower and mash all together. Stir in the sour cream and Parmesan for some extra flavor. Taste and adjust the flavor as needed. Add the whole shebang to a 2-quart baking dish and dot with the butter. Bake until golden brown on top, about 35 minutes.
Kale, Tomato & Vegetable Soup
This recipe uses fresh and prepared foods to make a quick weekday meal
prep time:20 min total time:50 min
serves:4 people calories:3101 serving
1/4 cup diced pancetta
3 cups chopped kale
1 each large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 each medium carrot, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
1 each celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 jar (23.5 ounces) Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
4 cups Unsalted Chicken Broth
1 can (about 15 ounces) small white beans, rinsed and drained
Cook the pancetta in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale, onion, carrots, celery and rosemary and cook and stir for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender-crisp.
Add the wine and cook until almost evaporated, stirring occasionally. Stir in the sauce and broth and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the beans and cook until the soup is hot. Season to taste.
Celery-and-Cucumber Salad with Herbs
Celery, peak-season cucumber, and fresh herbs are a crisp, lively combination. All they need is a little olive oil and some salt and pepper to come together in this cucumber salad.
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
6 celery stalks, thinly sliced crosswise
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced crosswise
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, dill, or fresh rosemary leaves chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Toss together celery, cucumber, parsley, herbs, and oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
OVEN ROASTED PLUOTS with Rosemary-Lavender Syrup (serves 8)
For the Rosemary-Lavender Simple Syrup:
2 cups water
2 cups organic sugar
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender
8 ripe Flavor King pluots (or other variety plum/pluot)
24 ounces (two 12 ounce cartons) fresh whole milk ricotta cheese
fresh mint for garnish (if desired)
To make the simple syrup:
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
Add rosemary sprigs and lavendar. Return to a boil for (1) minute.
Remove pan from the heat and allow the herbs to steep for 45 minutes.
Pour the cooled syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove the solids. Store in a glass container. *Should be refrigerated after use.
To roast the pluots:
Preheat oven to 400F. Wash and dry the fruit. Cut pluots in half and remove the pit.
Place halved pluots in a large mixing bowl, and gently toss with 1/3 cup of the Rosemary-Lavender syrup to coat. Let them marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Place the plums cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Roast 15-20 minutes (check them at 15 minutes) until they are soft but still hold their shape (test with a fork).
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
To serve, place 1 to 2 scoops of ricotta in each serving bowl. Top with (2) plum halves and drizzle with additional Rosemary-Lavender syrup plus pan juices. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf if desired.
Minimal Monday: Vanilla Bean Pluot Jam
Author: Sue Moran
approx 15 pluots 1 1/2 lbs, after pitting and chopping
2 cups sugar about 1 lb
juice of 1/2 a large lemon
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp vanilla bean paste optional
Cut the pluots in half, and slice or chop them up. Put the fruit, lemon juice, vanilla bean and sugar in a small heavy bottomed pot. Stir to combine and let sit, covered, for about 30 minutes to let the juices start to release.
Bring the mixture up to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Let the mixture cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, stirring every once in a while. There will be a lot of foam at first, and it will die down as the jam cooks. Keep the heat high enough so that the fruit boils, but not so high that it scorches.
After 45 minutes the jam should be dark, glossy, and thick. You can test it by dropping a small amount on a chilled plate. The jam should 'gel' as it cools. You should also be able to tell it is done just by looking at it. Remove the vanilla bean and add the vanilla bean paste, if using.
Fill your jars, cap tightly, and let cool. Then refrigerate.
LEEK AND RED POTATO SOUP
3-4 large leeks
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 quarts chicken stock
6 large or 12-14 small red-skinned new potatoes, unpeeled cut into chunks
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Garlic croutons, for garnish
Wash and slice leeks, and saute in a stockpot with celery in 2 Tbsp olive oil until limp but not brown.
Add remaining ingredients except salt, pepper, and croutons, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and cook until potatoes are tender.
Reserve 4 cups and puree the rest of the potful with an immersion blender, or in a food processor and return to stockpot. Add back the reserved soup and season generously with black pepper, and salt if you really need it.
Add more stock or water if the soup is too thick. Serve hot with garlic croutons. If you're going to serve this cold, remember that you will need a bit of extra seasoning and salt.
Spring Pea Fish Chowder
Active Time 15 MINUTES
Total Time 40 MINUTES
Sweet peas, pea shoots, and a sprinkle of lemon zest give this light, just-creamy-enough chowder an extra dose of freshness. While cod might be a more traditional chowder choice, we love halibut for its meatier texture and sweeter flavor.
3 leeks, white and pale green parts only, tough outer layer removed
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. baby creamer (Yukon Gold) potatoes, halved (quartered if larger than 1 1/2" in diameter)
2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more
1 cup pure clam juice
2 bay leaves
1 lb. skinless halibut or cod fillet, cut into 2x1" pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 (10-oz.) bag frozen sweet peas, thawed
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Pea shoots (tendrils) or sprouts, basil leaves, finely grated lemon zest, and flaky sea salt (for serving) Optional
Cut leeks into 1/4" rounds. Rinse, tossing with hands so that leeks separate into individual rings, and drain thoroughly. Transfer to a medium pot. Add oil and toss to coat. Cover pot and cook over medium heat until leeks begin to soften, 5–6 minutes. Add potatoes, 1 tsp. kosher salt, and 1 1/2 tsp. pepper and stir to combine. Add clam juice, bay leaves, and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until potatoes are fork-tender, 10–12 minutes.
Season halibut with remaining 1 tsp. kosher salt. Add to pot along with cream and peas and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until halibut is opaque, 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
Divide chowder among bowls. Top with pea shoots, basil, and lemon zest. Season with sea salt and a generous amount of pepper.
Crunchy Cauliflower and Tomato Salad
A crisp and crunchy salad that complements any summer picnic or barbeque.
By Mary P.
Prep: 15 mins
Additional: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 large head cauliflower, chopped small
¼ cup minced red onion
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, or more to taste
Whisk olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth.
Mix cauliflower, red onion, parsley, and garlic together in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over cauliflower mixture; toss to coat. Gently fold tomatoes into salad. Chill salad in refrigerator up to 3 hours before serving.
Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream
This easy banana ice cream is a great healthy dessert or snack. Kids and adults love this NICE cream and it's a great recipe for using up brown bananas!
Recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod
4.84 from 24 votes
PREP TIME2 hrs
TOTAL TIME2 hrs
4 large very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch discs. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a large plate or baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
Place the banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed. Puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the peanut butter and puree to combine. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream consistency. If you prefer harder ice cream, place in the freezer for a few hours and then serve.
*Note-if you have a hard time creating a creamy consistency, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help puree the banana slices. Make sure you use a powerful food processor or blender!
Frozen Banana Treats
Natural Peanut Butter and Chia Jam, sandwiched between two banana slices and frozen. A delicious and healthy snack.
KeywordFrozen Banana Treats
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
2 Bananas *SEE NOTE 1
1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter *SEE NOTE 2
1 tbsp Raspberry Chia Jam*, OR Pluot Jam – recipe above *SEE NOTE 3
Peel bananas and slice bananas approx 1.5-2cm thick (1/2 - 3/4 inch) thick.
Add a small amount of nut butter to a banana slice and top with a small amount of chia jam. Top with another banana slice to make a sandwich. *SEE NOTE 4
Continue until all the banana is used up. I made 14 but how many you make will depend on the size of your banana and how thick you slice.