Fennel tastes like a cross between onion and celery with a dash of licorice, and is perfect in salads, dips, soups, and more. Though it may look like an onion, it’s actually part of the carrot family, and when cooked, it becomes tender and even a little sweet. It is also a great source of vitamin C, and it’s loaded with antioxidants to boot.
16 ounces fresh ricotta
3 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large leaves fresh basil, rinsed, patted dry and chiffonaded
4 large ripe summer squash, trimmed and sliced into 1 1/2-inch rounds
1. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and basil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the squash without overcrowding the pan and cook in batches, flipping after about 3 minutes, until both sides are golden brown and squash is just cooked through. Don't overcook or you'll end up with soggy sandwiches.
3. Remove from pan and transfer to a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Allow to cool to at least room temperature. You shouldn't feel any heat or see steam rising from them. If they are too warm, the ricotta stuffing will melt.
4. Make your "oreos" by placing the ricotta mixture on top of one squash round and topping with another squash rouund.
5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
This is a quick, easy, delicious recipe provided by one of our customers. You can make it for one person, or multiply by as many servings as you like.
For each serving you will need:
- Kernels from one ear of corn, lightly cooked
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup milk, fat % of your choice
- dash of salt
1. Place corn kernels in a food processor, reserving a few to sprinkle on top if you like.
2. Add butter, milk and salt
3. Process until the kernels are as small as you would like them to make the soup smooth or chunky to your preference.
3. Serve as is, or heat to your desired temperature.
4. Optional garnish of basil, dill, parsley, rosemary to your taste.
This is a quick , easy and very versatile recipe. As long as you start with the three key ingredients – corn, peaches and tomatoes – you can make it to the spiciness you desire. It can be pureed, as in recipe below, or left chopped for a chunky salsa.
In a medium bowl, add the scallions, herbs, salt, lime and olive oil. Mix them well and then add in the strawberries and corn. Mix the salsa and serve with chips, or top it over your grilled goodies!
This easy refrigerator quick pickled green beans recipe uses a white wine vinegar brine and dill for a quick pickled vegetable snack in only 4 hours.
2 large cucumbers
½ cup shopped green onion
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried dill weed (or fresh equivalent)
1 16 oz container plain Greek yogurt
1. Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
2. Place cucumbers and remaining ingredients in blend or food processor. Blend on high speed until well blended.
3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until well chilled.
4. Serve. Garnish with fresh dill weed or radish slices if desired.
Add a protein to make this a main meal - chicken, pork tenderloin, flank steak, poached salmon, grilled shrimp.
This recipe compliments of Taste of Home.
Ingredients • 4 cups water, plus more to taste, divided
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
• 4 cups watermelon, chopped
• 1 cup fresh lemon juice or juice of 6 fresh lemons
Optional, for serving:
• fresh rosemary sprigs, to taste
• lemon wedges, to taste
These are easy "refrigerator pickles," which means they require no heat processing, but they must be kept in the fridge.
15 garlic scapes
1 dried chile, optional
1 cup cider vinegar
4 teaspoons fine sea salt
4 teaspoons sugar
Sautéed bok choy is an easy to make and flavorful side dish. It's a 5-ingredient recipe that is made in under 10 minutes.
1 pound baby bok choy
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Half of a lemon, cut into wedges
1. Remove any discolored outer stalks of the bok choy and discard them (or save for stock later). Place the bok choy into a colander and rinse with cool water, rubbing any grit or dirt from between the leaves. 2. Trim the ends then slice each bok choy in half lengthwise. Or if they are large, cut into quarters. Pat dry.Add the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to a wide room-temperature skillet. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil begins to bubble around the garlic, but before the garlic starts to turn light brown.
3. Toss in the boy choy and spread into one layer. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt then cook, without stirring, until the bottom is starting to turn brown, about 2 minutes.
4. Flip then cook another 2 minutes or until the green leaves have wilted and the white bottoms are beginning to soften, but still have some crunch.
5. Transfer to a platter then squeeze 2 lemon wedges on top. A teaspoon or so of olive oil is nice, too. Serve with more lemon wedges on the side.
This recipe is adapted from a Bobby Flay original.
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS
Roasted at high heat with the bold flavor of chili powder, the result is a little outrageous - fiery flavor with a unique crispy texture!
- 4 cups kale, washed and stems removed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Place the kale into a large mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss until evenly coated, then sprinkle with the chili powder and kosher salt, and toss again. Spread the seasoned kale onto a baking sheet.
3. Roast in the preheated oven for 5 minutes, then stir the kale, and continue roasting until the edges become brown and a little crispy, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.
2 cups tightly packed fresh arugula
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup good extra virgin olive oil
handful of walnuts, pine nuts or almonds (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese, mayo, mustard and onion powder; beat with mixer until blended.
2. Spoon yolk mixture into egg whites.
3. Cut both ends off each radish; cut into 24 small pieces for the bunnies' noses. Cut each of the trimmed radishes into 6 lengthwise slices, then cut each slice crosswise in half for the bunnies' ears.
4. Decorate eggs with radishes, olives and chives as shown in photo.
Peppery sautéed arugula is dressed in a delicate buttery sauce with lemon, garlic and sherry vinegar. Pair this quick and easy side dish with roasted chicken or fish. Adapted from Eating Well.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons peeled, finely grated, fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pounds carrots (5 large), scrubbed well, cut into 1/4-inch thick coins
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-fat coconut milk
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
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