Potato Salad with Roasted Green Beans

2023-08-30T15:37:50+00:00August 30, 2023|

This is a vegan Nicoise-type salad with boiled potatoes, but the green beans are roasted with garlic. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Wash 1 lb. of Potatoes and drop into the water whole.  Boil for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes can be pierced with a knife.  Prepare a cold-water bath. When the potatoes are done, drain, rinse and then plunge into the cold water.  When they are cool, dice [MORE ...]

Beet, Melon, and Tomato Salad

2023-08-16T17:30:09+00:00August 16, 2023|

With three sweet items in this salad, you don't want to use sweet vinegar.  Lime juice, mint and feta provide a nice contrast that will keep this from being cloyingly sweet.  Alternately, you could go with cilantro, Tajin and Cotija cheese for a Mexican vibe.  You can use watermelon or any muskmelon for this recipe. Bake 3 beets at 350 in foil or boil them until fork-tender.  Allow to cool, then peel and cut [MORE ...]

Tofu-Green Bean Salad

2023-07-12T18:07:46+00:00July 12, 2023|

This is a Thai-style composed salad with both cooked and raw ingredients. Marinate 12 oz of firm or very firm Tofu with 1 T. soy sauce and 1 t. hot sesame oil for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, trim 1/2 lb. of Green Beans.   Toss with 1  T. olive oil and 1/2 t. salt and roast in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 or on the grill.  (Alternately, you can parboil the beans [MORE ...]

New Potatoes and Beets with Aioli

2023-06-21T18:03:06+00:00June 21, 2023|

This is one of the best ways to enjoy newly harvested root vegetables and new-crop garlic.  Cooking the beets and potatoes separately is a must although the method is the same. To make the aioli:  Separate the cloves from 1 head of garlic -- 12 small cloves or 6 large ones -- and then peel them. Chop the garlic roughly, then add along with 1/2 t. salt to a mini-food processor (or use a [MORE ...]

Berry Peachy Crumble

2023-06-07T17:28:02+00:00June 7, 2023|

This is one of the easiest, most delicious desserts you can make.  Most of the sugar comes from the fruit.  I added a little lemon juice, but you can leave it out if you like things purely sweet. Preheat the oven to 400. Butter a 9" square brownie pan or round pie pan. Peel 1 pound peaches and then cut them into chunks (If you use Nectarines, don't peel them).  Discard the pits. Remove [MORE ...]

Masala Roasted Potatoes and Snap Peas with Cilantro Chutney

2023-05-04T01:17:29+00:00May 3, 2023|

You can also cook this on the stovetop if you prefer.  For the cilantro chutney, use the entire bunch of cilantro, including the stems but not the roots. Preheat oven to 425. Wash and dice 1 lb. of potatoes. Wash 2 or more Spring Onions.  Cut the tops off and reserve for the chutney.  Slice the bulbs and stems in half rounds. Remove the strings from 1 C. Snap Peas and cut them into [MORE ...]

Potato-Asparagus Salad with Green Garlic

2023-04-26T16:31:37+00:00April 26, 2023|

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash 1 lb. of Potatoes.  Drop into the boiling water and simmer until they are fork tender, 10-15 minutes depending on the size.  Drain and cool in a water bath. Boil another pot of salted water. Trim 1 bunch of Asparagus and soak to remove any silt. Drop into the boiling water.  When it returns to a boil, immediately drain the asparagus and cool [MORE ...]

Roasted Beet, Leek & Asparagus Salad

2023-04-12T15:27:26+00:00April 12, 2023|

Beets take a while to cook, so it's best to prepare them ahead of time.  The Asparagus cooks much more quickly. Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the leaves off 1 bunch of Beets.  Scrub the roots with a brush, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Trim the leaves off 1 Leek, then slice the shank in half lengthwise and wash carefully between the layers.  Cut the shank halves in 2 inch sections, then cut [MORE ...]

Asian-style Leek-Noodle Soup

2023-03-15T17:59:18+00:00March 15, 2023|

Fresh or dried shitake mushrooms help give this vegetarian soup tons of flavor. If using dried shitakes, soak 4-6 mushrooms in boiling water to rehydrate.  Reserve the water. Soak 4 oz. dried rice noodles in cold water. Thinly slice the rehydrated or fresh shitake mushrooms. Trim 1 Leek then slice in half lengthwise and rinse to clean.  Slice into very thin julienne strips, 1-2" long. Wash 1-2 carrots and cut into julienne strips. Mince [MORE ...]

Butternut Squash Muffins

2023-03-08T18:32:49+00:00March 8, 2023|

This is one of my favorite recipes for Butternut Squash: moist inside, crunchy outside and not overly sweet. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Cut 1 Butternut Squash in half lengthwise and bake face down on a cookie sheet until it is completely soft and browned around the edges.  Placing it on parchment paper makes clean-up easier. Allow the squash to cool, then scoop out and discard the seeds.  Remove the cooked squash from the [MORE ...]

Leek-Carrot Soup with Miso & Lime

2023-03-01T18:18:37+00:00March 1, 2023|

This recipe is from the New York Times.  If you have more time, try roasting the carrots and leeks in the oven at 375 degrees first instead of sauteing them -- the soup will develop a smokier, deeper flavor. Clean and dice 2 leeks, discarding the tough greens. Dice carrots to make 4 C. Heat 2 T. butter in a heavy-bottomed pot.  Add the leeks and carrots and saute for 5-10 minutes, until the [MORE ...]

Baked Cheesy Broccoli Dip

2023-02-15T18:30:01+00:00February 15, 2023|

You've probably had a dip like this made with artichokes.  This one uses Broccoli, and is easier and quicker to make.  I'm not going to claim this is a "healthy" recipe but you can substitute soft tofu for the cream cheese if you like. Heat the oven to 375. Butter or oil a 9 inch square baking dish or similar. Cut the florets off 1 lb. of broccoli and cut or break into small [MORE ...]

Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad

2023-02-08T18:35:32+00:00February 8, 2023|

In this recipe, cabbage wedges are tossed with a lemony marinade and then oven-roasted to caramelize and tenderize them.  This recipe is from the New York Times. Heat the oven to 450. Remove any wilted leaves from 1 head of cabbage.  Cut the cabbage in half through the core, from bottom to top.  Place the halves cut-side down and slice each into 6 evenly-sized wedges, held together by a section of the core. In [MORE ...]

Baked Pasta with Leeks and Kale

2023-01-25T18:49:01+00:00January 25, 2023|

Baked pasta is an easy weeknight dish that will feed an entire household and can be readily adapted to the ingredients in your box.  You can cook the pasta ahead of time (or use leftovers), or just make the casserole ahead of schedule and reheat before serving.  Generally speaking, 1 C. dry pasta will make 1 large serving cooked.  I use a cast iron skillet to make this dish, sauteing the vegetables first in [MORE ...]

Braised Leeks and Celery with Mushrooms

2023-01-18T16:52:23+00:00January 18, 2023|

Briciole is the Italian name for this dish but the preparation is common in France as well.  Braising Leeks in a little broth gives them a "melt in your mouth" quality, and they soak up whatever flavors you add to them.  It makes a great vegan topping for mashed potatoes, but you can also use it as the basis for a non-vegan roast of some sort. Preheat the oven to 350. (Alternately you can [MORE ...]

Spaghetti Squash with Chard, Chickpeas and Lemon

2023-01-10T23:30:20+00:00January 10, 2023|

You can cook the spaghetti squash ahead of time and then put the rest of the recipe together in less than half an hour. To cook the squash: Heat the oven to 375.  Slice a spaghetti squash in half the short way.  Scoop out the seeds and pulp around them and discard.  Use a fork to poke a few holes in the shell of each half of the squash, then place face down and [MORE ...]

Oven Beet Fries

2023-01-04T18:43:41+00:00January 4, 2023|

These french-fry shaped roasted Beets get crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can prepare and serve alongside potato oven fries, but use a different pan to cook them to avoid turning the potatoes red.  Roasting beets in the oven allows you to skip the step of peeling them, but you should scrub them with a brush before cutting to remove soil that can be hard to see. Preheat the oven [MORE ...]

Winter Squash Crumble

2022-12-14T18:40:50+00:00December 14, 2022|

Crumbles are one of the easiest desserts to make.  This one uses winter squash puree instead of fruit.  This recipe will use about half of 1 butternut or Kabocha squash.  You can double it to use an entire squash, or use the other half for another recipe. Cut one winter squash in half and bake, face down, on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees until it is soft and brown around the edges.  Remove [MORE ...]

Zesty Root Gratin

2022-11-09T18:43:58+00:00November 9, 2022|

This recipe combines beets and potatoes with Leeks and citrus zest for a tasty, beautiful and warming winter dish.  Note that you should eat the mandarins immediately after removing their zest or they will dry out. Remove the leaves from 2-3 leeks.  Cut the shanks in half lengthwise then clean under running water to remove any soil between the layers. Slice the leeks lengthwise, then cut the slices into 2" lengths. Preheat the oven [MORE ...]

Delicata-Kale Bowls with Chipotle-Yogurt Sauce

2022-10-12T18:04:45+00:00October 12, 2022|

The base for this bowl is roasted Delicata, which also serves to wilt the Kale. Slice 1 Large or 2 smaller Delicata in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds and pulp. (You can reserve the seeds and toast them if you like). Place the cut sides down and then slice into 1/2" thick half rounds. Brush the bottom of a cookie sheet with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt. Arrange the delicata slices [MORE ...]

Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Salad

2022-10-05T18:19:54+00:00October 5, 2022|

This Italian-inspired salad resembles Caponata but substitutes Green Beans for the traditional Celery.  You can use fresh raw tomatoes instead of the cooked Romas if you prefer, just before serving. Cut 1 large or 2 smaller eggplants into 1" thick slices.  On a large plate, mix together 2 T. olive oil with 1 T. soy sauce.  Coat both sides of each slice with the mixture by dipping one side in it, and then brushing [MORE ...]

Seared Green Beans & Kale with Tomatoes

2022-09-28T17:29:58+00:00September 28, 2022|

Green Beans and Kale both take nicely to high-heat cooking for just the right amount of time.  It breaks down their tough exteriors and allows other flavors to penetrate.  The raw tomatoes add sweetness and juice. Trim 1/2 lb. of Green Beans and cut in pieces. Remove the stems from 1 bunch of Kale, then chop roughly. Peel and mince 3-4 cloves of garlic (2 T. minced). Core and dice tomatoes to make 2 [MORE ...]

Pluot Tart Tartin

2022-09-21T17:57:58+00:00September 21, 2022|

Baking really brings out the complex flavors of pluots and highlights their beautiful color.  This is a gorgeous and delicious dessert that is quite simple to make. Make the dough:  Cut 8 oz. of cold butter into small chunks.  Combine with 2 C. all-purpose flour in a large bowl and work together with your fingers (or use a pastry blender).  You should end up with pea-sized pieces of dough. In a small bowl, whisk [MORE ...]

Baigan Bharta (Tomato-Eggplant Curry)

2022-09-14T18:12:21+00:00September 14, 2022|

Eggplant is commonly served undercooked, which I feel is one of the reasons people don't like it.  It should never be crunchy (in my opinion) but melt in your mouth.  However you cook your eggplant, make sure to err on the side of too much cooking time, rather than too-little. For this recipe, simply roast your eggplant whole in the oven or on the grill until it is completely soft. If you like, you [MORE ...]

Green Bean Salad with Roasted San Marzanos

2022-09-07T17:57:21+00:00September 7, 2022|

To keep your house cool, this recipe uses the microwave to parboil the Green Beans and the grill to roast the tomatoes.  Do not try to roast any "regular" tomatoes with the romas, as it will make a big mess when the juice is released and burns. Heat the grill to medium-high. Slice 1 pound of San Marzano tomatoes in half lengthwise. Cover the bottom of a large cast iron skillet or heavy baking [MORE ...]

Grilled Delicata & Zucchini Tacos

2022-08-31T17:50:12+00:00August 31, 2022|

Two great squashes that taste great when grilled! The Delicata is sweet and creamy, and the Zucchini is...not.  You can make separate tacos, or mix them together.  The marinade is the same. Cut 1 Delicata squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and pulp.  Slice each half crosswise in half-inch thick or thicker slices -- if you slice them too thin they will burn. Trim 2 zucchini and then use a sharp [MORE ...]

Oven Roasted Tomato & Pepper Sauce

2022-08-24T18:24:58+00:00August 24, 2022|

This is a sheet-pan and blender recipe that makes a thick, flavorful sauce that can be used to top pasta or for dipping.  No peeling is required for the tomatoes or peppers; just the garlic. Heat the oven to 350. Brush a baking sheet or large cast iron skillet liberally with 1 T. olive oil mixed with 1/2 t. salt. Cut 2 lbs. of tomatoes in half (removing the cores first) and then place [MORE ...]

Burmese-Style Tomato & Cucumber Salad

2022-08-10T14:27:44+00:00August 10, 2022|

This recipe adds flavor and crunch in the form of fried garlic slices and toasted seeds and nuts.  A by-product of this recipe is the garlic-flavored oil which you can save and use in a salad dressing or other recipe.  The fried garlic itself will keep for a week at room temperature; you can make extra and use it again later. Peel and trim 3-5 cloves of garlic.  Slice them lengthwise thinly to get [MORE ...]

Sweet Corn and Pepper Stir-fry

2022-07-20T17:10:16+00:00July 20, 2022|

This simple summer dish can be augmented and modified with the herbs and spices of your choosing but this gives it a pan-Asian treatment.  You can also add the protein of your choice. Peel and slice 1 large onion or smaller onions to make 2 C. Core and slice 3 Gypsy peppers lengthwise. Trim and cut 1 Zucchini or other summer squash in 2" strips (roughly the same size as the pepper slices). Peel [MORE ...]

Blistered Cucumber & Corn Salad

2022-07-06T17:56:41+00:00July 6, 2022|

This is a Thai-influenced salad that can be topped with protein or served with rice. Roughly chop cucumbers to make 1 1/2 C. Shuck 2 ears of corn and cut the kernels off the cob. Dice 2 medium tomatoes Thinly slice onion to make 1/2 C. Peel and mince 1 clove of garlic and 1 piece of ginger to make 1 T. Toss the onion and tomatoes with 1/4 C. lime juice and a [MORE ...]

Greek Salad

2022-06-29T18:00:57+00:00June 29, 2022|

Some people eat Cucumbers out of hand as a snack. If you're not one of those (I'm not), and you find yourself long on Cukes, Greek Salad is an easy way to use them up. It's tasty and healthy accompaniment to standard July 4th fare.  Once prepared, this salad will keep in the fridge for several days and even get better (although the tomatoes will get a little mushy). Peel a Red Onion and [MORE ...]

Garlicky Green Bean-Tomato Salad

2022-06-22T17:00:58+00:00June 22, 2022|

Parboiling green beans seems like an easy task, but it's easy to overcook them.  The cold water bath is essentially to avoid mushy beans.  Ice water is best, but if you skip the ice, make sure to change the water 3-4 times or the beans will keep cooking. Heat a pot of water big enough to fit the beans with 1 t. salt. Prepare a cold water bath, preferably with 8-10 ice cubes. Chop [MORE ...]

Grilled Apricot Parfait

2022-06-16T12:38:06+00:00June 16, 2022|

This a delicious dessert that only requires a grill.  The technique for grilling the fruit is important though, and requires patience:  if you do it wrong, the fruit will burn into charcoal.  You can also substitute peaches, or do both fruit. Cut 4 apricots in half and remove the pits. Clean the grill and then oil it.  Heat to high for 15 minutes. Place the apricots face down on the grill and turn the [MORE ...]

Zoodles with Arugula & Cherry Tomatoes

2022-06-08T17:42:42+00:00June 8, 2022|

Zucchini noodles are cooked with garlic, then tossed with an arugula-tomato salad Trim the ends off 1 lb. of Zucchini, then use a spiralizer or mandolin to cut them into long, thin noodles.  Toss in a colander with 1 T. salt, then let sit for 10 minutes on a plate or in the sink (to catch any drips). Meanwhile, wash and spin dry 4 C. arugula leaves. Remove the stems from 1 C. Cherry [MORE ...]

Shaved Vegetable Caesar

2022-05-18T18:09:05+00:00May 18, 2022|

Trim 2-3 Zucchini, then use a mandolin or vegetable peeler to shave them into long, paper-thin strips. Do the same with 2-3 Carrots. Toss the shaved vegetables with 1/2 t. salt and 2 T. lemon juice and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, separate the leaves of 1 head of Little Gem lettuce.  Soak them in a cold water bath, then rinse off the bases of each leaf.  Drain the dirty water and soak [MORE ...]

Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Veggies

2022-05-04T17:46:29+00:00May 4, 2022|

Crush 12 oz of firm or very firm tofu into crumbles, then marinate with 1 T. soy sauce and 1 t. sesame oil (or hot chili oil if you prefer). Separate the leaves of 1 head of Red Butter lettuce.  Soak them in cold water, then rinse the bases to remove any stubborn silt.  Wash again, then spin dry and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Peel and then thinly slice fresh onion to make 1 [MORE ...]

Green Curry with Sweet potatoes and Peas

2022-04-20T16:59:26+00:00April 20, 2022|

This spicy Thai curry is nicely balanced by the sweet vegetables. You can use either Snap or Shelling peas for this recipe.  Add your favorite protein source to make a more filling dish. Separate the leaves from the stems of 2-3 Spring onions and set aside for later.  Remove any skin from the bulb and stem, then thinly slice them to make 2 C. Heat 1 T. coconut oil in a wok and add [MORE ...]

Arugula Salad with Garlicky Roasted Spring Vegetables

2022-04-06T18:00:51+00:00April 6, 2022|

Potatoes and Asparagus have different cooking times in the oven, so they are separately roasted and then tossed with arugula in this warm salad. Heat the oven to 400. Soak 1/2 lb. of arugula in a cool water bath, then drain and spin dry. Chop 1 stem of green garlic, white and green parts both. Scrub 1 lb. of potatoes and then cut into 2" by 1/2" pieces ("fries").  Toss with 1 T. olive [MORE ...]

Lemon Risotto with Asparagus, Chard and Spring Onions

2022-03-30T16:22:34+00:00March 30, 2022|

This is a very simple risotto that gets topped with quickly sauteed or stir-fried vegetables. For the risotto: Bring 6 C. of vegetable or mushroom broth to a simmer. Clean and chop 3-4 Spring onions. Separate the greens from the white parts. In a separate saucepan, toast 1 C. arborio rice in 2 T. olive oil over medium-low heat until translucent. Add 1/2 C. white wine or broth and stir until it is absorbed. [MORE ...]

Beet Brownies

2022-03-23T18:01:21+00:00March 23, 2022|

The cooked beets add moisture and color to the brownies while also dramatically increasing their nutritional content.  Still plenty of calories though. Puree peeled, cooked beets to make 1 C. Melt 1 C. of salted butter.  Add 3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 1/4 C. granulated sugar to combine. Meanwhile, beat 2 eggs with a hand or stationary blender for 2 minutes, until frothy. Combine the eggs with the butter/flour mixture and stir [MORE ...]

Irish Potatoes and Cabbage with Leeks (Colcannon)

2022-03-16T17:25:56+00:00March 16, 2022|

I grew up eating my Irish-born grandmother's corned beef and cabbage, and must confess that I am not a fan of either the meat or the mushy cabbage.  For me, this is a better alternative for St. Patrick's Day and it's vegetarian to boot.  This is dish can be called "homey" or "comfort food", but can easily be jazzed up serving it with something completely non-Irish like salsa or tabasco sauce. Scrub 2 lbs. [MORE ...]

Spaghetti Squash Salad

2022-03-09T17:37:18+00:00March 9, 2022|

This is an Asian-style pasta salad made with spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Cut one Spaghetti squash in half around it's "waist".  Bake at 400 degrees until the squash can easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Mince Spring Onions (whites and greens) to make 1 C.  Toss with the juice of 1/2 lemon and allow to steep. Use a fork to remove the cooked squash from the [MORE ...]

Vegetarian Bubble ‘n Squeak

2022-03-02T19:06:29+00:00March 2, 2022|

A vegetarian, oven-based version of the traditional Irish recipe of potatoes and kale with lots of sharp cheddar.  The "squeak" in this case comes from the sound the kale leaves make when you're preparing them, and the "bubble" comes from the cheese. Heat the oven to 400. Wash and dice 2 lbs. of potatoes (preferably red, but yellow are fine too). Toss the potatoes in a large cast iron skillet with 1/2 t. salt [MORE ...]

White Bean Stew with Charred Broccoli

2022-02-16T18:11:23+00:00February 16, 2022|

This is a quick weeknight recipe that relies on the charred goodness of the roasted broccoli add flavor to the tomato-white bean combo. Preheat the oven to 400. Separate the stems and florets of 1 bunch of Broccoli.  Cut the florets into small pieces.  Peel the stems and then cut into strips. Trim, clean and slice 1 leek.  Toss with the broccoli in a bowl with 2 T. olive oil and 1/4 t. salt.  [MORE ...]

Sesame-Soy Chard Salad

2022-02-02T19:23:32+00:00February 2, 2022|

The chard is sauteed first, then dressed with a soy-sesame sauce.  You can serve this salad warm or cold. Remove the stems from 1 bunch of Chard and wash them.  Trim off the ends on each side and then finely chop the stems to make 1 C.  Discard the rest. Soak and drain the chard leaves, then shake them dry -- you want them a little wet.  Roughly chop. Finely minced 3-4 cloves of [MORE ...]

Kale Salad with Walnuts and Butternut

2022-01-26T18:27:55+00:00January 26, 2022|

This raw kale salad uses Lemon Juice to "marinate" or "cook" the leaves to tenderize them while infusing them with more flavor. The butternut is diced and roasted to make crunchy and tender "croutons". Make a dressing with the juice of 1 lemon and an equal amount  of olive oil.  Whisk in 1/2 t. salt.  Press 1 large peeled clove of garlic and add to the marinade.  Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Cut [MORE ...]

Chard Puttanesca

2022-01-19T17:27:53+00:00January 19, 2022|

This recipe features the same intense flavors as its pasta-sauce cousin:  garlic, olives and/or capers, and anchovies.  Miso paste would be an appropriate vegan substitute for the anchovies.  Chard stems are edible and sweet, with a texture like celery.  I don't always include them when I cook chard, but in this recipe they soak up the other flavors and make the whole  dish better. Rinse and shake dry 1 bunch of Chard.  Separate the [MORE ...]

Parsnip-Leek Bread Pudding

2021-12-21T18:48:27+00:00December 21, 2021|

This savory vegetarian bread pudding is a nice alternative (or addition to) stuffing.  Recipe is from Martha Stewart. Peel  and trim 1 lb. parsnips.  Parboil until they are tender then cool under water.  Slice in half and remove the cores if they are woody (not easily pierced with a knife).  Chop into cubes. Trim, clean and dice 1 large or 2 small Leeks. Trim and dice 3 stalks of celery. Wash and trim 1/2 [MORE ...]

Roasted Fingerlings and Carrots with Chimichurri

2021-12-15T18:58:13+00:00December 15, 2021|

The cilantro-based Chimichurri adds a lively kick to this simple but delicious recipe. Heat the oven to 425. Rinse 1 lb. of Fingerling Potatoes and slice in half lengthwise. Rinse an equal amount of carrots and then cut so that they are more or less the same size as the potatoes. Toss the vegetables with 3 T. olive oil and salt and pepper generously. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and [MORE ...]

Kale Salad with Delicata “Croutons” and Radish

2021-12-08T18:09:31+00:00December 8, 2021|

This is really just a variation on a recipe I've posted before.  Roasted Delicata makes a healthier version of croutons while the purple starburst of the KN-Bravo radishes contrasts beautifully with the dark green Kale leaves and adds another texture. Slice 1 Delicata Squash in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds.  You can discard them or wash them, dry them, roast them and use as an additional salad topping.  Dice the entire squash [MORE ...]

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