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Delivered Dishes = Dinner, Done!

Want a little respite from planning and cooking meals?  Why not have fresh healthful home-made food delivered directly to your office or home?  Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free! That’s my Delivered Dish of the Week service in a nutshell.

I’ve been churning out all sorts of tasty dishes this summer and am now able to get lovely fresh produce from local farmers. Yay!

All you need to do is order online right here for any weeks you wish.  Easy peasy.  If you’ve never ordered before, do please read full description of Delivered Dish of the Week service first.

Here are the menus for the month of August: 

AUG 4 – 10, 2014
White Bean Succotash: A classic summer combo of organic zucchini & corn, this time with creamy white beans instead of fresh lima beans, plus fresh sage for fun. Good hot or room-temp. Vegan, GF, no added sugars or soy.

Jambalaya: Short grain brown rice with the Cajun trifecta of celery, green peppers and onions and spices. I may even throw in some crunchy stir-fried okra. Tastes better when heated up. Vegan, GF, no added sugars or soy. 

AUG 11 – 16

Balsamic Green Beans (photo by Brad Dahlgaard)

Balsamic Green Beans (photo by Brad Dahlgaard)

Chickpea & Oat Berries Pilaf w/ Tomatoes, Olives & Mint: Based on a terrific recipe from Splendid Table. Clients love this chewy toothsome pilaf. This time I’m using Oat Berries instead of Barley — they’re basically interchangeable. Good hot or room-temp. Has gluten. Vegan, no added sugars or soy. 

 

Balsamic-marinated Green String Beans: One of my go-to salads, year round. Simple but so, so good. Vegan, GF,  Paleo, no added sugars or soy. 

AUG 18 – 24
Spicy Millet & Lentils w/ Harissa Sauce: Millet is an under-utilized whole grain that is high in protein. And, it’s gluten-free. Here I add protein-rich lentils and zing it up with home-made Harissa sauce. Pls note, millet dries out quickly, so add a bit of water when you reheat. Vegan, GF, no added sugars or soy. 

Big, dappled Spanish Tolosna beans (pic Purcellmountainfarm.com).

Big, dappled Spanish Tolosna beans (pic Purcellmountainfarm.com).

Heirloom Bean Salad: This will feature farmers’ market veggies, organic heirloom beans from local Encore Farm and a nice tart vinaigrette.  Vegan, GF, no added sugars or soy. 

 

 

 

 


AUG
 25 – 31 ( Pre- Labor Day)
Both these salads are perfect to serve at holiday BBQs & potlucks!

Hominy Salad (my pic)

Hominy Salad (my pic)

Hominy Salad in Lime Cilantro Pesto: Chewy hominy (dried corn) and crunchy seasonal veggies makes an interesting and filling side dish.  Vegan, GF, no added sugars or soy. 

"Aunty Oxidant" demos Firecracker Slaw.

“Aunty Oxidant” demos Firecracker Slaw.

Firecracker Slaw in Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette: My ever-popular fiber-rich slaw of crunchy shredded cabbage, kale, carrot and beet (yes, raw beets), spiked with a surprising vinaigrette. I often demo this at Farmers’ Market & other community events. It converts even beet-phobes! Vegan, GF, Paleo, no added sugars or soy. 

 

 

 

 

 

SEP 1 – 7
Zucchini “Linguine” in Raw Tomato Basil Sauce: Carb-less zucchini noodles can satisfy that pasta craving and have even fooled folks.  And there’s nothing like fresh tomatoes from the farm. Vegan, GF, Paleo, no added sugars or soy. Pls note, pureed raw tomatoes spoil faster due to its high sugar content, so this doesn’t last as long as my typical salads. Eat within 4-5 days.

Romesco Beans & Rice: Romesco is a classic and addictive Catalan pesto of pureed roast red peppers & garlic. However, I’m leaving out the traditional ground almonds to make a thinner sauce that will flavor this great vegan main dish. Vegan, GF, no added sugars or soy.

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September menus will be posted in a couple weeks. Look for Gazpacho, Thai Farmers’ Market Chowder and Roasted Ratatouille, among other harvest-based goodies.

Orange is the New….

Fight off the flu with veggies & fruit.

Fight off the flu with veggies & fruit

Spring colds & flu have been rampant lately (fell victim myself), so be sure to pump yourself full of antioxidants in whatever way you can. I’m fighting back with blueberry & super green powder smoothies, lots of spinach & kale and juicy oranges.

The next 7 weeks of DDoW Menus features, in fact, lots of orange-colored dishes to herald spring and boost our Vitamin A levels, ranging from Ethiopian Millet & Sweet Potatoes to Butternut Squash Soup. And green too, of course.

Orange ya glad I said orange?

Without further ado, here’s the menu cycle. To order any of those weeks’ dishes, go to the Order Form on the Order page. Learn more about DDoW.

DDOW MENU FOR MARCH 24 – MAY 12

Mar 24 – 29 – PALEO WEEK

A 'spiralizer' makes awesome noodles out of veg & fruit!

A ‘spiralizer’ makes awesome noodles out of veg & fruit!

Carrot Coconut Soup  Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars, Paleo. Thai flavors such as lemongrass & ginger make this basic combo interesting. I was inspired by a pumpkin soup recipe in a Martha Stewart’s Everyday Living mini-mag. 

Veggie Noodle Salad in Ginger Peanut Dressing  Vegan, gluten-free, no added sugars, Paleo; contains GF tamari and peanuts. Lovely crunchy No-Carb salad with ‘noodles’ made of carrots, zucchini and daikon, plus bean sprouts, in everybody’s favorite dressing.

Mar 31 – Apr 5

"Appetite for Reduction" by Isa Moskowitz.

“Appetite for Reduction” by Isa Moskowitz.

Scarlet Barley. Vegan, soy-free, no added sugars; contains gluten. A brilliantly hued beets & barley dish from Moskowitz’ Appetite for Reduction vegan cookbook. Factoid: beets have 6 times the iron of carrots. Women, eat your beets!

Black Bean Veg Salad. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars. Spiked with citrus & crunchy veg to complement the earthy barley dish.

Apr 7 – 13

Ethiopian Millet & Sweet Potatoes.  Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars.   Another dish adapted from Appetite for Reduction cookbook. This millet pilaf has an interestingly spiced tomato sauce, reminiscent of an Indian curry but not quite. Sweet potatoes add sweetness and moisture. Not spicy hot. [Millet dries out fast, so sprinkle some water on it before you reheat.]

Green Beans & Lentil Cassoulet.  Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars.   A lightly braised combo in a light broth with a bit of ginger that won’t overwhelm the Millet dish.

Apr 14 – 20

Garbanzo Piccata w/ Spinach (my photo).

Garbanzo Piccata w/ Spinach (my photo).

Garbanzo & Mushroom Piccata.  Vegan, soy-free, no added sugars. Also from the Appetite for Reduction cookbook. Guess it’s Moskowitz Month!  I was very happy with this dish last year — substantial yet not heavy, in a light wine sauce brightened with lemon, capers & parsley. This time I’m adding mushrooms.

Green Rice.  Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars. Eco-farmed brown rice mixed with chopped organic spinach & green peppers.

Apr 21 – 27  PALEO WEEK

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Red Chile & Mint (Splendidtable.com)

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Red Chile & Mint (Splendidtable.com)

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Red Chile & Mint. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars, Paleo. Got this lovely and interesting recipe from the Splendid Table newsletter with which to use up my stock of Sno-Pac frozen organic squash. 

Cabbage & Carrot Slaw in Grapefruit Ginger Vinaigrette Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars, Paleo. A light, crunchy & refreshing complement to the silken soup and, packed with vitamins and fiber.

Apr 28 – May 3 

Sweet Red Pepper Soup – Paleo.  Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars, Paleo. This popped up in my inbox from Vegetarian Times newsletter. More orange & red!  And only 120 cal per serving. It’s meant to be garnished with a swirl of basil cream, but I’ll do a basil pistou instead. You can add some basil pesto, cream or yoghurt yourself.

Wheat Berry & Veg Salad. Vegan, soy-free, no added sugars; contains gluten. A toothsome marinated salad featuring chewy wheat berries, crunchy veg and some dried cranberries.

May 5 – 11  

Chicken Mafe Stew w/ Spinach. Sub beans for meat.

Chicken Mafe Stew w/ Spinach. Sub beans for meat.

Black-eyed Peas & Green Beans in Mafe Sauce. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars; contains peanut butter. A traditional West African stew in a tomato-based sauce that is mild and comforting. Mafe sauce has been repeatedly approved by kids, so if your kids can get over the beans & veg, they’ll like it.  Not spicy.

Millet & Greens. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars. Millet is a staple of Africa and therefore the perfect complement to Mafe Stew. And, it’s very high in protein. If you’ve never cooked millet, try it! It comes out like a nutty-tasting couscous. 

May 12 – 18

Potato, Leek & Minted Pea Soup – Paleo. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars, Paleo. Here’s a nice comfort soup with a twist — a nod to spring in anticipation of the beginning of our harvest season. Unfortunately, it won’t have locally grown peas and mint b/c it will be too early. 

White Beans w/ Carrots, Kale & Sage. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars.  A simple mixture w/ orange & green veg, aromatically seasoned with sage.

May 19 – 25  VACATION 

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Utilitarian Does Not Mean Boring

This is why those dishes I choose to share here and link to on my FB page lean toward the utilitarian and not the drool-inducing “gourmet” ones, gorgeously illustrated in all those columns/blogs/newsletters that I receive weekly from Splendid Table, Mark Bittman (NYT), etc. My cookbooks lean that way, too.

Of course, those recipes & photos make me sigh with desire. But, sorry, I am not going to run out to the store for artichokes, broccoli rabe, hazelnuts or creme fraiche. So if they call for such ‘fancy’ ingredients, I use them for inspiration instead of following them exactly. 

9764006-spices-and-herbs-in-small-glass-bowls-food-and-cuisine-additivesConsequently, my take on utilitarian has become more broad yet still economical through keeping many spices & herbs on hand and trying different recipes with basics like rice, barley and beans. Whether you’re eating vegan or Paleo, you’ve got to keep it interesting.

See Spice is the Variety of Life blogpost for 8 easy, different rice-based dishes.  Another example: at this week’s Paleo Basics class at Mazopiya Natural Foods Market, I demo’d Moroccan Chermoula paste, a “pesto” of fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, ground cumin & paprika. Then I gave the students samples of it with sauteed collards, with chicken AND as a creamy dressing thickened with avocado. One great condiment equals oodles of combos!

I also stock up on organic, frozen pre-cut veggies from Sno-Pac, a MN company, which I buy wholesale via my Buying Club. (You can do this, too — contact me to find out how.) Having these veggies on hand saves me much time and money, and besides, they’re organic. 

Several dishes in this Delivered Dish of the Week menu cycle is based on this Sno-Pac supply. In general, I hope the dishes described below give you some ideas about cooking basics in versatile ways!  Order here. More about DDoW service.

DDOW MENU FOR FEB 17 – MARCH 24

Feb 17 – 23

Barley Roast Carrot Pilaf  Vegan, soy-free, no added sugars. Contains gluten; you can order Brown Rice for GF option. Simple and hearty, with rosemary.

Super Green Split Pea Soup Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars.  Another green soup, it will look like last week’s Kale Yam soup but features split pea & spinach and sports a “meaty” flavor courtesy of smoked paprika.

Feb 25 – Mar 1

Cooked Kasha

Cooked kasha, aka buckwheat groats.

Indian-style Kasha & Cabbage Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars. Kasha is a common term for Buckwheat Groats, a gluten-free grain. It’s like an earthy brown rice. Here I flavor it heavily with Indian spices cumin, coriander & mustard seed, and add lightly braised shredded cabbage for sweetness and texture. It’s terrific with spicy roasted almonds. 

4-Jewel Dal w/ Spinach  Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars.   A lovely recipe from cookbook queen Madhur Jaffrey that uses a variety of dal legumes including small brown lentils, split yellow lentils and split white pigeon peas. Each adds a slightly different texture.

Mar 3 – 9

Basic garbanzo & veg salad. This week's will have only or mostly cukes. (Photo by Brad Dahlgaard.)

Basic garbanzo & veg salad. This week’s will have only or mostly cukes. (Photo by Brad Dahlgaard.)

Turkish Tomato Wheat-berry Stew   Vegan, soy-free, no added sugars. Contains gluten; choose no wheat-berry for GF option.  Thickened with red lentil dal & eggplant and brightened with fresh mint & parsley. Very popular!

Garbanzo Cuke Salad  Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars. A substantial marinated salad flavored with Middle Eastern zatar spice mix and lemon juice. (I got the zatar at Holy Land Deli grocery in NE Mpls, a mecca for interesting spices.)

Mar 10 – 16

Veg & Bean Mole Stew  Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars.  Organic red bell peppers & beans dominate this rich concoction. I discovered online a passable, much simplified recipe for mol-eh sauce based on raisins, cacao and tomato paste. I first made it with the kids at the Arboretum Cooking Camps last summer and they liked it.

Quinoa Corn Salad in Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars. A light refreshing complement to the hearty mole stew, with organic quinoa and organic sweet corn.

Mar 17 – 23  PALEO WEEK

You can quickly make zucchini 'noodles' with a spiralizer. It's a great pasta substitute.

You can quickly make zucchini ‘noodles’ with a spiralizer. It’s a great pasta substitute.

Carrot Coconut Soup  Vegan, gluten-, soy-free, no added sugars. Thai flavors such as lemongrass & ginger make this basic combo interesting. I was inspired by a pumpkin soup recipe in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Living mini-mag (I think). 

Veggie Noodle Salad in Ginger Peanut Dressing  Vegan, gluten-free, no added sugars; contains soy (tamari). Lovely crunchy No-Carb salad with ‘noodles’ made of carrots, zucchini and daikon, plus bean sprouts, in everybody’s favorite dressing.

Mar 24 – 30

Ruby Barley Vegan, soy-free, no added sugars; contains gluten. A brilliantly hued beets & barley dish from Moskowitz’ Appetite for Reduction vegan cookbook.

Black Bean Veg Salad Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugars. Spiked with citrus & crunchy veg to complement the earthy & soft barley dish.

 

Old & New World foods for June & July

Oh, the wonders of the internet!  I’ve ordered some speciality food items online to play with. From the New World, native blue corn hominy and New Mexico Green Chile powder. From the Old World, heirloom dried beans, most of which originated in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Big, dappled Spanish Tolosna beans (pic from Purcellmountainfarm.com).

Big, dappled Spanish Tolosna beans (pic from Purcellmountainfarm.com).

I’m particularly excited to try patterned  beans that hold their color & shape when cooked, and that apparently have distinctive flavors.  Hefty bags of dark fat Scarlet Runner, purple-brown-white Appaloosa, dappled Spanish Tolosna and inky Black Beluga Lentils are in transport this very minute. We’ll see how they cook up! 

California’s Rancho Gordo restaurant & celeb chef is the leading US gourmet heirloom bean proselytizer. Its retail site has very useful detailed descriptions of each bean’s taste. North Bay Trading Co in Wisconsin — yay, a local regional source! — sells organic beans, dried fruit & veg in bulk as does Purcell Mountain Farms in Idaho, which also carries lots of other products.

So here are the DDoW dishes for the next few weeks. It’s your turn to shop online — order DDoW right here. 

[GUIDE:   V= vegan, GF= gluten-free, and P = paleo. 99% dishes have no soy or added sugar.]

June 17 – 21

Roast Parsnip Carrots w/ Rosemary ready to be delivered to DDoW clients (my pic).

Roast Parsnip Carrots w/ Rosemary ready to be delivered to DDoW clients (my pic).

1) Roast Parsnips & Carrots w/ Rosemary (V, GF, P).  Enjoy hot, warm, or cold. Great for breakfast (why not?), on salad greens, mixed with a grain, topped with a fried/poached egg. Extend by adding to a soup or stuffing into burritos & quesadillas.
2) Quinoa & Spring Veg Soup w/ Fennel Pistou (V, GF, P).  A light lemony soup made with whatever’s avail at the Farmers Market such as peas, asparagus, spinach. Pistou is herb garlic paste.

June 24 – 28

An heirloom bean ordered from Purcell Mountain Farms.com  (their pic).

Appaloosa heirloom bean from Purcell Mountain Farms.com (their pic).

1) Heirloom Bean Salad (V, GF). Mottled Appaloosa and other colorful legumes plus purple cabbage in a Dijon Tarragon vinaigrette.
2)  Chermoula Potato Salad (V, GF). My favorite Moroccan paste transforms bland potatoes. It’s not hot-spicy but has such an in-your-face intensity you can’t call it mild, either.  See recipe (scroll down a few recipes).


July 1 – 5  INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY

Imagine blue hominy & white beans swimming in a deep red stew!  (photo from web.)

Imagine blue hominy & white beans swimming in a deep red stew! (photo from web.)

1) Red White & Blue Posole (V, GF).  Medium-spicy pepper & tomato-based stew with blue corn hominy and white beans! 

2) Firecracker Slaw w/ Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (V, GF, P).  Same as my regular Firecracker Slaw except w/ a different vinaigrette. Lots of shredded crunchy veg & apples makes the perfect picnic side. No dairy means it can sit out for hours, and, it’s low-fat.


July 8 – 12

1) Sesame Barley & Veg Salad (V, contains gluten.)Barley is wonderfully chewy and nutty. Sesame dressing may contain a little peanut butter, too.
2) Minted Daikon & Edamame Salad (V, GF, P, contains soy).  Fresh mint, garlic and rice vinegar make a terrific vinaigrette for refrigerator pickles and green salads. Maybe Kohlrabi if it’s avail.

July 15 – 19

Arroz con gandules, a Puerto Rican staple.

Arroz con gandules, a Puerto Rican staple (pic from Wikipedia).

1) Arroz Con Gandules (V, GF). Puerto Rican national dish of rice & beans punched up by capers & olives. I may substitute another legume for the traditional pigeon peas.
2) Market Surprise.  Green Beans? Cukes? Cold Cucumber Soup? With this late onset of summer, it’s hard to tell what will be at market.

Coming Next: Chile Verdura featuring authentic New Mexico Green Chile, Black Beluga Lentil & Beet Salad, another funky heirloom bean dish, Turkish Tomato Wheatberry Soup….

Cooking Camp in Northern Paradise

Sunset over Cass Lake, from Star Island.

I have a lot of blog-catch up to do!  First of all, I was very fortunate to have spent the last week of Aug leading healthful cooking sessions at Camp Unistar, located on Cass Lake’s Star Island.

The focus for the week was very concrete — make food & bread. Participants did exactly that, every day for 2 hours. The baker, Dee, and I alternated days.  I had 12 – 8 participants who made 4 vegan dishes or so per session, which we then served for lunch & dinner, as part of the meals the kitchen staff had prepared.

The participants were terrific!  They enjoyed themselves under my tutelage. Lots of laughing and smiles! All campers much enjoyed the results of our efforts. I’m gathering feedback and will share soon.

I had a wonderful time myself, as a teacher and as a camper. It’s impossible not to love this camp, tucked away on a small quiet island with no roads, and with clear waters and virgin pine forests beckoning you. And hammocks, too.

Also, Camp Unistar’s gleaming professional kitchen is excellent, as are the staff. When I liaised with the Food Service Director and found out she kept stores of quinoa and barley on hand, I just knew we’d get along! Then she told me about their local farm source and I became even more excited. More about this farm in the next post.

As with all my lesson plans, I focused on versatility of vegetarian ingredients, ease of preparation, and basic skills. Brought along my cute Grains & Beans Tool-Kit to show some of the many kinds of whole grains and legumes that are widely available now. This serendipitously turned out to complement the lectures on grains by baker Dee.

The game plan in a nutshell was:

This is how I would have served the left-over Ratatouille from Day 1, if there had been any left-overs: topped with fried egg, black olives & feta.

Day 1: Veg Raw and Roasted
Raw Beet Salad, Firecracker Slaw, Roast Beets & Lentil Salad, Roast Ratatouille w fresh basil, 2 vinaigrettes.

Day 2: Herb Pestos, Vinaigrettes & Dips; Marinated Salads
Cilantro paste and creamy vegan herb dip; Curried Barley Salad (Curry Vinaigrette); Blanched Carrots & Kale in Orange Ginger Vinaigrette; Minted Asian Cukes & Radish Salad (Mint vinaigrette); Red Quinoa & Porcini Mushroom Pilaf. (Total 4 vinaigrettes & a dip.)

Red Bell Peppers & raisins sweeten sauteed fresh collards or kale, and make a beautiful dish.

Day 3: Beans and Greens
This day we made the entire lunch: Red Lentil & Squash Soup w/ Cardamom & Coco Milk; Braised Kale with Red Peppers & Raisins; Kale & Black-eyed Peas “Masala”; Sauteed Cabbage with Fennel Seeds; Cuke Radish Cilantro Raita (yogurt condiment). Plus, Moroccan Chermoula Marinade for that night’s grilled chicken supper.

As you can see, we cooked all sorts of dishes each day, some planned and some not. “Cross-fertilization” is the point. The Orange Ginger Vinaigrette was in their recipe packet but I had’t planned to necessarily use it. However, since we had extra, fat garden carrots and all that kale on hand, we quickly pulled together a brightly flavored, brilliantly colored Blanched Carrots & Kale Salad. This turned out to be one of the campers’ favorites.

By the way, everything we made was vegan (dairy-free) and gluten-free with the exception of the barley salad. I’ll post more soon about these camp sessions, with photos and recipes.

Pretty in Pink

Assembled salad of seasonal veg & albacore tuna. (My photo.)

Here in the Twin Cities, we are still in the first phase of summer vegetables, where most veg are green, white or red-pink. Although, yellow zucchini are now out.

Albeit not the ‘riot’ of color of late August, these veggies still make for beautiful dishes. And the neat thing about white — cauliflower, kohlrabi, daikon & radish, potato — is that they turn a brilliant pink when marinated with beets or purple cabbage. Plus (I’m stretching it a little but) you’re benefiting from the purple veggies’ antioxidants that have literally rubbed off.

The fuschia rectangles in the center of this pretty salad are chopped kohlrabi marinated with mint vinaigrette & a bit of raw beet. Starting from top are sliced cauliflower, cooked beets, kohlrabi, thin slices of red onion and chunks of albacore tuna, on a bed of romaine & spinach. The pink vinaigrette was then drizzled on top.

Any vinaigrette will do. Just drop a bit of raw beet in the jar and a couple hours later, it’s pink. I like fresh mint vinaigrettes. Mint goes with everything and is an especially nice counterpoint to big bold tomatoey BBQ summer flavors. It’s avail, grows like a weed and is cheap — so use it!

Kohlrabi is from the cabbage family and therefore contains particularly beneficial antioxidants. Best when 3″ in diameter. Unfort, the purple ones are not purple inside!

About Kohlrabi:
A versatile white cruciferous vegetable that has made a recent comeback after decades. When I’m at the Farmers Markets doing demos, as I’ll do tomorrow, Sun July 15th at Kingfield FM (see previous posting), it’s the Minnesotans over the age of 50 who recognize this strange orb.

They say, “oh, we used to eat those straight out of the garden when we were kids!”, or “my dad loves them”. Those under age 50 say, “I wondered what those were? how do you eat it?”

Why? Because kohlrabi were never in grocery stores, the only place where many of us Minneapolitans encountered vegetables in their natural state.

So now we can get acquainted with this mild-mannered, kid-friendly vegetable. It’s part of the cabbage family and grows on top of the ground, with stalks and leaves above it, the reverse of broccoli. Apparently you can eat the leaves but I haven’t tried that yet (the ones available at markets are de-stemmed).

I say it’s like apples but not apple-flavored. Its texture is just like medium-crunchy apples while the taste is like very mild broccoli stalks, neither sweet nor bitter. Very neutral. Which lends itself to snacking as is (peeled) and being combined with sharper flavors.

Why then bother, you might say? Because kohlrabi is — surprise — good for you.  High in fiber, low in calories, and filling. Great munchy texture. Doesn’t get caught in your throat like raw carrots, either.

Nutrition Info: As a member of the cruciferous family, Kohlrabi is high in immune-boosting antioxidants. Cruciferous veg are often called “cancer-killers”.  For instance, kohlrabi packs 140 percent of your daily need of vitamin C into a one-cup, 40-calorie serving. In addition, kohlrabi provides more than 4 percent of your daily requirement of several B vitamins in a standard one-cup serving.

We all know Vitamin C is important, but, did you know, your body cannot store it, so you must replenish your body’s supply continually. And, iron absorption is improved in the presence of vitamin C.

This leads me to Beets + Kohlrabi combinations, besides the fact they’re pretty together. Beets contain about the same amount of Vitamin A as carrots, the main reason carrots are considered so nutritious. However, beets offer — drum roll, please — 6 TIMES MORE IRON than carrots. Yoo hoo women & girls!

Therefore, eating Beets & Kohlrabi together enhances absorption of iron so important to those of us of the female persuasion. So, Power up the Pink!

See my Recipe page for a very easy Minted Asian Kohlrabi Salad, which make great ‘refrigerator pickles’. By the way, this dressing has no oil.

Enjoy kohlrabi in any dish you would use cucumber, celery or apples:

  • obviously, chopped into any and all salads. Try tuna/egg salad.
  • raw snack sticks
  • grated raw, in salads, slaw, or on top of noodle soups like Japanese radish.
  • pickled with ginger or dill
  • stir-frys
  • steamed with butter. Herb butter. Mmmm.
  • roasted
  • stews and soups

    Baked kohlrabi chips! Shredded kohlrabi in muffins!  I’m sure you can think of fun variations, too.

 

 

Come Sample This Sunday

Kohlrabi “alien puppets”. Why not?

 I’ll be demoing this Sun, July 1st at the Kingfield Farmers Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave (South Mpls). This terrific & beloved neighborhood market is open every Sunday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. It’s a wonderful cozy and very friendly alternative to the larger, more overwhelming markets. I always bump into tons of acquaintances there. Note: park around the block somewhere as parking on Nicollet is a competitive sport.

My demo is part of a series called “The Veggie Butcher”, sponsored by Erik Brown Homes. Each guest chef will show you what to do with whatever veggies are at the market that day. Mysteries of that funny-looking Kohlrabi, revealed, and that sort of thing. Free samples, of course!

I’m going to do various chopped salads and make fun vinaigrettes to mix and match. For instance:

  • Beet Napa Cabbage Slaw
  • Orange-Cilantro Vinaigrette (the recipe on blog is for Orange Mint so just substitute Cilantro or Dill…)
  • Chipotle Vinaigrette
  • Marinated Minty Kohlrabi SaladI may add some quinoa or other grain to one of these, for a 3rd, heartier salad that’s gluten-free, too. Various recipes are on this blog already (see Recipe page).

    Why chopped salads vs lettuce salads? Because you get more vegetables per serving, that’s why, which means more nutrients and more fiber. And b/c once marinated in vinaigrette, chopped salads last a week in your frig, as opposed to lettuces, which won’t. Notice that farm & garden-fresh leaf lettuces are more delicate  than store-bought and wilt faster.

I’ll return to Kingfield to do an interactive kid’s demo on July 15th, 10.30am- 1pm at the Kids’ Tent. This will be a version of my “Lil Locavores” show. Kids from the audience will help make salads and do fun educational skits!

More Farmers Market demos are coming on following weekends  — see Farmers Market Appearances page for dates & places.