For the Salad:
1 medium bunch curly kale washed and stems removed
1 medium delicata squash (can substitute butternut squash)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large apple
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Optional: 1/3 cup pecans or sliced almonds
Salt and pepper
For the Maple Balsamic Dressing:1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 pinch salt and pepper or to taste
1. In a large saucepan, saute onions,celery and carrots in oil until tender.
2. Add 4 cups broth and potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
3.. Cool slightly. In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth.
4. Return to pan; add the remaining broth and bring to a boil.
5. Add broccoli, salt and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
Makes 3 cups
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.
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