Week One: Spring Greens!

Happy first week of Groundswell CSA! My name is Penelope and I’m blogging recipes for you this season! Our family has been members for the last few years, and I’m excited to share recipes and inspiration for using your share each week. I love finding great recipes to use our share, as well as creating my own. I could happily spend all day playing in the kitchen. Here’s to a great season of beautiful, local produce from our great Groundswell farmers!

Baby Greens with Pecans + Pears
recipe credit: Simple Suppers, Moosewood Restaurant

The Salad:
8 cups spicy salad greens or torn leaf lettuce
2 firm, but ripe, pears
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. toasted pecans

The Vinaigrette:
1/3 c. white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 c. extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients until emulsified. Alternatively, you could whirl in the blender for a few seconds.

For the salad, wash and dry your greens. Cut the pears in half, core them and cut into matchsticks or thin slices. Lightly coat the pears with a little dressing to prevent discoloration. In a large salad bowl, toss together the greens and pears. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and pecans. Top with dressing as desired. Store unused vinaigrette in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Spring Greens Power Bowl
recipe credit: my personal food blog, The Kitchen Beet, with inspiration again from Moosewood

2 c. cooked brown rice
3 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP red curry paste
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 spring (green) garlic
4 c. bok choy, chopped into bite-sized pieces
4 c. spinach
2 scallions, white and green parts sliced
1 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 TBSP tamari

First things first – get your brown rice cooking if you don’t already have some ready to go! Then, before you begin to stir-fry, make sure all of your vegetables are chopped and your eggs are beaten. For the green garlic, I chopped the white-purple part, the lighter green and about half of the darker green.

In a large wok over medium-high heat, warm half of the oil (1 1/2 TBSP) with half the red curry paste (1/2 TBSP), half the salt (1/2 tsp.) and a pinch of the chopped green garlic (you’ll cook the rest later). Mash it all together, then pour the eggs in and cook. Keep tilting the pan so the egg spreads, and scrape towards the center as it cooks. Once the eggs are cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces and put in a bowl.

Wipe out your wok and heat the remaining oil, red curry paste and salt. Add the bok choy and the rest of your green garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and scallions and stir-fry until the spinach is just wilted. Add the corn and stir-fry for another minute. Add your 2 cups of brown rice and tamari, stirring until everything is hot. Lastly, add the eggs and give it one final stir. Serve immediately.

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Asparagus, Leek and Green Garlic Soup
recipe credit: slightly adapted from The Bojon Gourmet

1 1/2 lb. asparagus
2 stalks green garlic
2 medium leeks
1 TBSP butter
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 c. potato, peeled and diced
lemon juice, to taste

1/2 c. whole plain yogurt
zest of one small lemon

Fill a large pot with water bring to a boil. Snap woody ends off of asparagus and discard. Keep heads in tact and slice stems. Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, until bright green and crisp-tender. Remove asparagus with tongs and put in a bowl, reserving the asparagus water. Rinse asparagus under cold water to stop cooking.

Trim root ends off of green garlic and leeks. Slice green garlic crosswise into thin rounds and place in a large bowl. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise, then slice white and light green parts into half moons. Place in bowl with green garlic, fill with cool water and separate rings to release any dirt. Rinse green garlic and leeks clean.

Melt butter and olive oil together in soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and green garlic and saute for 5 – 7 minutes, until bright green and tender. Add the salt, potato and about 4 cups of asparagus water to cover veggies. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until potato is very tender, about 10 minutes.

Add asparagus, reserving several heads for garnish, then puree the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. You can add more asparagus water to thin, if needed. Stir in the juice of half a lemon, and add more salt if needed.

Stir together yogurt and lemon zest.

Serve soup in bowls with a dollop of lemony yogurt and a couple of asparagus tips. Will keep in fridge for up to three days.

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Herb Oil
recipe credit: The Sprouted Kitchen, Bowl + Spoon 

This easy recipe is made with parsley and chives, but you could definitely use other herbs!

2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
2 TBSP chopped fresh chives
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
sea salt and pepper

In a food processor or high-powered blender, blitz the parsley, chives, olive oil, lemon zest and pinch of salt and pepper until mostly smooth. Use to top grain dishes, eggs, pasta, toast with avocado and tomatoes and more!

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Wild Rice Gratin with Kale, Caramelized Onions and Baby Swiss
recipe credit: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 

Wild Rice:
5 c. cooked wild rice blend (from 1 2/3 c. uncooked)

Caramelized Onions + Kale:
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
2 large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. table salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 c. stemmed, ribboned kale leaves

Other:
2 c. coarsely grated baby swiss cheese
2 TBSP unsalted butter (1 TBSP to grease dish; 1 TBSP melted, for crumbs)
3/4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 c. fine, dry breadcrumbs
table salt
freshly ground pepper

Cook rice according to package directions and preheat oven to 375 F. Meanwhile, caramelized the onions by heating butter and olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium -low heat. Add onions, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until they’re tender and sweet, stirring occasionally. This should take about 30 minutes. Add the kale ribbons and cook until the wilt a bit, about 5 minutes. Stir onion-kale mixture, cooked wild rice and 1 cup of grated baby swiss in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Assemble the gratin by coating a 2-quart baking dish with 1 TBSP butter. Pour your bowl of wild rice, onions, kale and swiss into baking dish. Pour broth over it, then cover with remaining cheese. Toss breadcrumbs with 1 TBSP of melted butter and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on top of the cheese.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until a little bubbly and beginning to brown on top.

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I look forward to bringing you more ideas next week for your greens. Let me know how these recipes turn out for you when you try them!

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