Although not sweet, kohlrabi is often compared to apples in terms of its crispness and juiciness, which makes it a wonderful highlight when sliced into matchsticks and added to any slaw or salad. Crispy Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw Based on a recipe by Cookie and Kate Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 small Kohlrabi, cut into matchsticks (about 1 lb.) 1 large Honeycrisp Apple, cored and cut into matchsticks (about ½ pound) ⅓ cup grated Feta Cheese (Optional, not shown) ¼ cup fresh Mint leaves, thinly sliced 3 tbsp Sunflower Seeds 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice Lemon Zest, to taste flaky Sea Salt (like Maldon) and freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste Instructions: In large serving bowl, combine Kohlrabi and Apple matchsticks. Add Cheese, if using, and Mint leaves and Sunflower Seeds. Shave Lemon Zest liberally over bowl, to taste. Drizzle in Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, then sprinkle lightly with Salt and Pepper. Use hands to gently toss salad. Finish with another light sprinkle of Salt and Pepper. Serve immediately or chill and serve within 2 days. *Photo courtesy of: http://cookieandkate.com/images/2015/10/crispy-apple-kohlrabi-salad.jpg.
One of my favorite food blogs is The Kitchn because it consistently offers a great mix of accessible recipes and cooking hacks that make preparing food so much easier. On top of that, The Kitchn almost always tells you why instead of only telling you how so you understand the method behind the method. As kohlrabi has continued to stump many, I’ve turned to my trusty online resource, and, as always, it has not failed me. Below is an excerpt from a great article on various ways to prepare kohlrabi, that has me brimming with inspiration. To read the full piece, with links to additional recipes, click here. How Should I Eat Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is found in a lot of Indian cooking, so it naturally does well with traditional Indian spices. Honestly, though, we feel that the mild flavor of kohlrabi gets lost if mixed with too many other vegetables or seasonings, so we tend toward simple preparations where the kohlrabi can take center stage: Raw When raw, kohlrabi is slightly crunchy and mildly spicy, like radishes mixed with turnip. You can toss them in a salad, make a slaw out of grated kohlrabi, or eat them on their own with a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. In Soup While kohlrabi can be thrown into a basic chunky vegetable soup, we particularly like it in a creamy, pureed soup with mild spices so that sweet kohlrabi flavor can really shine through. Kohlrabi can also be added to recipes for Cream of Potato, Cream of Broccoli, and even Cream of Mushroom soup! In Fritters This is a great way to get kids to eat their kohlrabi! Shred it and mix with an egg and a few tablespoons of flour or breadcrumbs. Heat oil or butter in a flat skillet, drop on small mounds, and flatten slightly with the back of your spatula. Turn after a few minutes, and serve when both sides are crispy. Roasted Like most other vegetables, when roasted in the oven, the outside of the kohlrabi caramelizes, and the flavor sweetens and mellows. We like to toss it with other roasted veggies like eggplant and potatoes for a hearty side dish. Steamed This is kind of a cheat-suggestion because kohlrabi can be used in literally anything once steamed. We throw steamed kohlrabi into frittatas, stir-fries, and pasta dishes. We also like to puree it with a little cream and simple spices. There are even recipes for stuffing steamed kohlrabi into empanadas and calzones! *Image courtesy of http://www.thekitchn.com/what-is-kohlrabi-45055.
It is a special treat when our CSA members let us know how they’re putting our produce to work by sharing their recipes with us. Below is a submission from one of our members that blends those lingering Summer veggies with the hearty roasted flavors of the start of Autumn. Roasted Chicken with Stewed Vegetables By CSA Member Christopher Muniz Makes 4-6 servings. Roasted Chicken – Ingredients: 2.5 lb. whole Chicken 3 sprigs Thyme 1 Bay Leaf 1 small Onion, quartered 1 clove Garlic, halved Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 450º. Pat skin of Chicken dry. Season cavity of Chicken and skin liberally with Salt and Pepper. Then add Thyme, Bay Leaf, Onion, and Garlic to cavity. Truss Chicken. Place Chicken on roasting rack or on some carrots, celery, etc. to raise it up and get good airflow all around it. Roast Chicken for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Turn oven down to 325º and roast until internal temperature reaches 160-162º. Once at temperature, remove and let rest on counter for 10-15 minutes.* Carve and enjoy over stewed vegetables! (See recipe below.) *Chicken should have a final internal temperature of 165º. Carry over cooking after bird is removed from oven at 160-162º should bring it up to 165º after resting. Stewed Vegetables – Ingredients: 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 4 cloves of Garlic, minced 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced 1/4″ thick 2 medium Tomatoes, diced small 3 small Onions, sliced 1/4″ thick 1 medium Eggplant, quartered lengthwise, and sliced 1/4″ thick 1 Hot Pepper of choice, sliced into 1/4″ rounds (Optional) 2 tsp. Turmeric 2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp. Cumin 5 sprigs Thyme Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: In a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, sweat minced Garlic in Olive Oil. Add all Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, and Eggplant, Season with Turmeric, Red Pepper Flakes, Cumin, Salt, and Pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are slightly wilted, about 7-10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low and add Thyme. Cover and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If liquid gets low, add a little chicken or vegetable stock, or water. Vegetables should be sitting in juices but not covered. Taste for seasoning and flavor. If all is well, remove from stove and set aside, or leave on very low heat until Chicken is roasted. Plate Chicken with plenty of stewed vegetables and some liquid as sauce!
The key to this recipe is cast iron, which will sear the frying peppers evenly to the charring point in a way that non-stick or other types of pans just can’t do. If you haven’t ventured into the wide world of skillet cooking, I highly recommend it! Parmesan Skillet-charred Frying Peppers Adapted from a recipe by Casey at Food Fanatic Makes 2 servings. Ingredients: 4 large Frying Peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded 4 tbsp. Oil of Choice (I recommend using an oil with a higher smoke point, such as Coconut or Avocado Oil, or even Lard or Clarified Butter, a.k.a. Ghee.) Garlic Salt and Pepper to taste Freshly grated Parmesan to taste Instructions: Place cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until blazing hot. Reduce heat to medium and add Oil.* Using tongs, Lay Peppers in oil, cut side down. Sprinkle generously with Garlic salt and Pepper. Cook for 5 minutes without moving. Steam will build up underneath each piece, allowing them to cook and become tender. Flip Peppers and cook undisturbed for 5 more minutes, until skins start to blister and char. Continue to flip and cook peppers until blackened to your preference. Transfer hot Peppers to serving dish and smother with Parmesan while still hot. *In this recipe, it’s key to give the peppers room. In order to keep them from being crowded, you may have to divide both oil and peppers and cook in two batches. *Image courtesy of http://www.huffingtonpost.com/food-fanatic/charred-peppers_b_3931056.html.
This is easily one of my favorite seasonal meals. It’s a mix of just about every summer veggie I can get my hands on, topped with zesty grilled chicken. AND it’s a great way to throw something together out of all the odds and ends of your CSA share at the end of summer. If there are certain vegetables you prefer more than others, I encourage you to tailor the recipe to your tastes. Particularly as the seasonal offerings change, you can make substitutions based on what’s available. No matter what, I promise you’ll be coming back for seconds! End-of-summer Fiesta Salad By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: Quick Chicken Marinate – 2-3 Chicken Breasts (or 1.5 – 2 lbs. chicken or other poultry), cut into tender-sized strips 1 tsp. Onion Powder 1 tsp. Garlic Powder 1 tsp. dried Oregano 1 tsp. dried Basil 3/4 tsp. Salt 3/4 tsp. Pepper 1/3 cup White Wine* 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice (Optional) 1 tbsp. Olive Oil Grilled Veggies – 3-4 Zucchini, sliced diagonally lengthwise into long, flat pieces 3-4 Colored Bell Peppers, seeded and quartered Any other veggies of choice that you enjoy grilled Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Salad – 1 bag Spring Mix (or 1 head Lettuce, chopped) 1 small Cucumber, sliced 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved, or 1 Heirloom Tomato, chopped bite-sized 1 Avocado, sliced (optional) 1 cup Black Beans, canned or cooked 1/2 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded Salsa of choice Instructions: Mix all marinate ingredients together and allow to sit for 5 minutes until dried herbs re-hydrate a bit. Add Chicken to marinate and toss to evenly coat. Allow to sit for a minimum of 20-30 minutes, or as along as a full day. (I like to get the Chicken in the marinate in the morning before heading out for the day, and grill it when I’m home for dinner.) While Chicken is marinating, toss Zucchini and Colored Peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover and let sit for as long as Chicken marinates. Grill marinated Chicken and vegetables. When done, set aside to cook slightly. Fill salad bowls with Spring Mix and layer with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Avocados, and Black Beans. Sprinkle with Monterrey Jack Cheese. Slice cooled Chicken and grilled veggies into thin strips and lay over salad. Top with heaping spoonful of Salsa and enjoy! *If you don’t have any White Wine on hand, substitute equal parts Vinegar and Water adding up to 1/3 cup and add 1 tsp. Sugar.
Once upon a time…I spent a few summers leading trips with teenagers in the back country of some national parks. A co-worker introduced me to pizza made on a pita. (It can also easily be done on a tortilla.) It was such a hit with the kids and so easy to make. It has since become a regular in my rotation. Pita Pizza By Bob Cat Ingredients: Pita Sauce (This time of year, why not use some of those fresh tomatoes?) Veggies of choice (Onion, Pepper, Broccoli, etc.) Cheese, shredded Instructions: Spread Sauce on Pita. Layer with Veggies and Sprinkle with Cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350º or until Cheese is melted. *Image courtesy of: http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/greek-style-15-minute-pita-pizza-recipe/.
Every year, around August, the squash starts to grow faster than we can eat it, and we have to get creative with our preparations. The solution? Squash noodles! Spiralized Squash “Pasta” If you’ve been thinking about getting a spiralizer, it’s a really a great tool for using up all that Squash you get in your CSA boxes. You can turn the Squash into veggie PASTA! Add some fresh veggies or sauteed veggies, plus some tomatoes (fresh or in sauce form), and you’ve got yourself some really awesome pasta. *Image courtesy of: http://www.twirlybites.com/spiralize/spiralized-zucchini/.
First it was squash…then tomatoes…and now, we’re heading straight into beet season. In anticipation, one of our wonderful, former farm chefs sent us this delectable recipe for Beet Burgers. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture! Enjoy! Beet Burgers By Briel Driscoll Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 Onion, diced 1 bunch Kale or 1 bag Arugula or Spinach, chopped 1 cup of cooked Grains, such as Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, etc. (This is a great way to use up any leftover grains you have hanging around.) 1 bunch raw Beets, shredded 1 (15 oz.) can Beans of Choice 1/3 cup Corn Flour 1 tbsp. Olive OIl 2 tsp. Cumin 1 dash Cayenne Pepper Salt and Pepper to taste 1 Tomato, sliced (optional) Instructions: Sauté Onions for 5 minutes in olive oil until translucent. Add chopped Greens, and cook 3 more minutes until Greens reduce. Add Grains, Cumin, Cayenne, Salt, and Pepper to taste, and sauté for a few more minutes. Add sautéed mixture to large bowl with rest of ingredients, and smash with hands until evenly combined and desired consistency is reached. If there is too much moisture, add more Corn Flour. Form mixture into desired burger patty sizes. Grill or cook in pan until each side is browned. Enjoy with a slice of Tomato, and serve burger-style!
These spring rolls just taste like summer. They’re cool, light, and crisp. I usually make the peanut sauce first, using a food processor, and the base of this sauce can double as a great salad dressing! Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of how I’m not much of a recipe follower. Use the suggested ingredients below in whatever quantities appeal to your taste buds. Let your stomach be your guide. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce By Bob Cat Ingredients: For the Sauce – Garlic Ginger Olive Oil Sesame Oil Herbs (Use whatever is available – Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Oregano, etc.) Apple Cider Vinegar Soy Sauce or Tamari Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha.) Lime Juice (Optional.) Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and/or Cayenne, etc.)* 1-3 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Use to taste, depending on how peanut-buttery you like things.) Water (I usually add a splash to make it go further, but it depends on what kind of consistency you like.) *If you stop right here, this makes a really awesome salad dressing. For the Rolls- Veggies of choice, chopped finely (Whatever you have will do – Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Scallions, Avocados, etc.) Rice Noodles/Bean Threads, cooked (Optional.) Rice Wrappers, softened in a pan with a little hot water (You can find these at most grocery stores or health food stores in the Asian section.) Instructions: Lay Rice Wrapper flat. Load up with Veggies and drizzle with sauce. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of Wrapper up and lay on top of Veggies. Wrapper should stick to Veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. *Image Courtesy of: http://blog.eatnuts.com/recipes/appetizers/item/thai-spring-rolls-with-almond-dipping-sauce.
These wraps are quick and easy, for those days when you don’t feel like cooking (or eating a salad) but still want a good meal. Just a few simple steps. Ready in minutes! Hummus & Veggie Wraps By Bob Cat Ingredients: Wraps (I prefer pitas without the pockets – more like a flat bread – but tortilla wraps work, as well.) Hummus (Homemade, if you have time.) Any Veggies available (Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips – basically, everything in your CSA box, right now.) Cheese of choice (I prefer Goat Cheese or Feta.) Olives, Avocados, or Jalapeños (Optional.) Dressing (I recommend Annie’s Goddess or Ginger Sesame.) Instructions: Lay Wrap flat. Slather on Hummus. Layer Veggies. Layer or crumble Cheese. Drizzle Dressing. Roll and enjoy! Image Courtesy of: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/hummus-and-veggie-lavash-wraps/.