Cold Cucumber Soup
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.
Strawberry, Spinach, Feta Salad
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
Pickled Garlic Scapes
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
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.
Dandelion Greens Salad
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
Bunny Deviled Eggs
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.
Coconut Curry Carrot Soup
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
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh kale with stems removed and leaves chopped
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup sliced pickled beets*
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
*Pickled beets recipes.
Canning method compliments of Janet Baker
4 lbs. beets
3 cups onions, thinly sliced
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp mustard seed
1 tsp whole cloves
3 sticks cinnamon, broken
1 Tbsp whole black pepper
1 bay leaf
1. Wash and drain beets. Place in large pot, cover with boiling water and cook until tender.
2. Let cool until you can skin comfortably. Slice.
3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 mins.
4. Add beets and cook until hot throughout.
6. Remove cinniamon sticks.
7. Pack hot beets into 4 hot pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
8. Ladle hot pickling liquid over beets, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
9 Remove air bubbles. Cap with two-piece caps.
10. Process 30 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Quick pickled beets recipe
Refrigerator Pickled Beets are so easy to make and last up to 6 weeks, so you can always have some available for a side, salad, or healthy snack!
4 medium roasted beets , cooled, peeled, and sliced (<< click that link for how to make roasted beets)
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon (dry) ground mustard
5 whole black peppercorns
1, Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and mustard to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes; take off the heat and allow to cool a bit.
2. Add peppercorns and beets to a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. (This particular recipe fits nicely into a 1 liter sized jar.) Pour the brine in, covering all the beets.
3. Cover and set aside for several hours (or up to 24), then transfer to the refrigerator.
Notes-This particular recipe will keep up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
Red Pepper Soup
This recipe freezes well without sour cream/yogurt for over six months.
Creamy Spinach and Celery Soup
NOTEFor a holiday flare, top with a dollop of sourcream and/or a red garnish - shopped red bell pepper, sliced red radish or chopped cherry tomatoes.
This soup is also delicious served cold. Refreshing in the summer.
November 25th, 2021
Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup
Creamy Turnip Soup
* With mushrooms
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