This is another weeknight dish loaded with spinach. I also incorporated my CSA turnip greens. It features many of the flavors of my favorite Greek dishes, including lemon zest, feta, and fresh herbs. I used parsley from my CSA share as well.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. It was very quick and easy to prepare. I used a large, wide enameled cast iron pot. I increased the amount of garlic and modified the cooking method.
Yield: 3 to 4 servings
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 large scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced, divided
- 2 to 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces baby spinach leaves (8 cups), coarsely chopped (I used 6oz spinach and 2oz turnip greens)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 cup orzo
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta (3 ounces), plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup fresh dill, or use parsley or cilantro, chopped
- Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium, then melt butter, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (I used a large and wide enameled cast iron pot.)
- Stir in about three-quarters of the scallions (saving some of the green parts for garnish) and garlic, and cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in stock and bring to a simmer.
- Stir in orzo, lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until orzo is nearly cooked through and most of the liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Stir in spinach (and other greens, if using), adding in batches if it doesn’t all fit in the pan at once, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in cheese, peas, and dill/parsley/cilantro, cover the pan, and cook for another 1 minute, to finish cooking and warm the peas.
- To serve, sprinkle with more cheese and the reserved scallions.
Posted in Pasta, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: cilantro, dill, dinner, easy, feta, Greek, lemon, lemon zest, one pan, orzo, parsley, pasta, peas, scallions, spinach, turnip greens, vegetarian
In contrast to the fresh corn dish in my last post, this dish was quick and easy to prepare. It was an “out of the box” vegetarian meal that we all enjoyed. We ate it with roasted broccoli on the side. Nice.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Chris Morocco. I modified the proportions. The crispy onions were a fun topping- my son has been adding them to his sandwiches ever since. 🙂
Yield: 4 servings
6 ears of corn, kernels removed and cobs discarded
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 serrano or jalapeño chile, thinly sliced
1 3″ piece fresh ginger, peeled, sliced into matchsticks
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for serving
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 cup farro or other grains, such as freekeh or quinoa, cooked
3/4 to 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
4 T store-bought crispy onions
lime wedges, for serving
- Cook 1 cup farro according to the package directions. (I cooked 1 cup of Trader Joe’s farro in 2 cups stock for 10 to 12 minutes.) Let rest for an additional 5 minutes; set aside.
- Cut kernels from corn; set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium until shimmering. (I used a 12-inch stainless pan.)
- Cook chile, ginger, garlic, and 2 sliced scallions, tossing, until softened and fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
- Add turmeric and cook, stirring frequently, just until darkened and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add reserved corn and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, tossing occasionally, until corn is beginning to lightly brown, about 3 minutes.
- Add cooked farro and cook, tossing often, until heated through and beginning to crisp around the edges, about 2 minutes.
- Add 3/4 to 1 cup coconut milk; season with salt, to desired consistency. Bring to a simmer and cook, adding 1–2 T water if needed to loosen, until flavors have melded, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer corn mixture to a plate. Top with crispy onions and sliced scallions. Serve with lime wedges alongside for squeezing over.
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Tags: coconut milk, corn, creamed corn, dinner, farro, fast, freekeh, ginger, jalapeño, limes, quick, quinoa, scallions, serrano, turmeric, vegan, vegetarian
I loved that this was a veggie-loaded dish. Other members of my family may have complained that they wished it had more meat. 😉 Everyone enjoyed it!
I used asparagus combined with farm stand sugar snap peas and my CSA garlic scapes and bunching broccoli. Any crisp vegetable could be incorporated. We ate it over rice drizzled with Sriracha to add extra heat- perfect.
This Sichuan-inspired stir-fry recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Deb Perelman.
Yield: 4 servings
1 to 2 T peanut or vegetable oil, divided (I used 6 teaspoons)
2+ lbs crispy green vegetables (I used 1 lb asparagus, trimmed, cut on a diagonal into 1″–2″ pieces with 1 lb bunching broccoli, cut into 2″ pieces, and 2 cups sugar snaps)
8 oz ground pork
- pinch or dash of red pepper flakes, optional
4 to 6 scallions, white and pale green parts only, finely chopped
- 2 garlic scapes, finely chopped, optional
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 2″ piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped
2 T Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine) or medium-dry sherry
2 T soy sauce
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- white or brown rice, cooked, for serving
- store-bought chili crisp or sriracha, for serving, optional
- Heat 1 or 2 teaspoons of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high. (I used a 14-inch stainless steel skillet.)
- Once pan is hot (oil will be lightly smoking), add half of the vegetables and a couple pinches of salt and cook, tossing only once or twice so the pieces have a chance to blister, until crisp-tender and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add another 1 or 2 teaspoons of peanut oil to skillet (no need to wipe it out) and repeat process with remaining vegetables.
- Reduce heat to medium-high; add remaining 1 or 2 teaspoons of peanut oil to skillet, then add pork, spreading out into an even layer. Season with a couple pinches of salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired. Cook, undisturbed, until meat begins to brown underneath, about 2 minutes.
- Break up meat with a wooden spoon and add scallions, garlic scapes (if using), garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring, until pork is crisp and mixture is very fragrant, about 2 minutes. (I used a mini-food processor to finely chop the scallions, garlic, garlic scapes, and ginger.)
- Add wine and soy sauce and return the vegetable to the skillet. Cook, turning to coat with pork mixture, until heated through, about 1 minute.
- Transfer stir-fry to a platter or large shallow bowl and drizzle with sesame oil. Serve with rice and hot sauce.
Posted in Greens, Pork, Quick, Recipes
Tags: asparagus, broccoli, bunching broccoli, Chinese, dinner, easy, fast, garlic scapes, ground pork, peanut oil, pork, quick, scallions, sesame oil, Sichuan, stir fry, sugar snaps, toasted sesame oil
This was a crowd-pleasing dish to make with my beautiful CSA Napa cabbage. As suggested in the original recipe, we ate it in flour tortillas but it would also be delicious served over rice. It was reminiscent of one of our family favorites, Thai One-Pot.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I modified the proportions, used scallions instead of chives, and wilted all of the Napa cabbage.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
6 garlic cloves, finely grated
16 to 18 ounces hot Italian sausages, casings removed (I used 6 sausages)
2 tablespoons (or more) vegetable oil
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
6 to 10 cups very thinly sliced Napa cabbage, divided (I used 1/2 of a large head)
2 to 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions or chives
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
8 large flour tortillas or mu-shu wraps, warmed (I used Trader Joe’s handmade flour tortillas)
hoisin sauce and Sriracha, for serving, as desired
- Using your hands or a wooden spoon, work ginger and garlic into sausage in a medium bowl.
- Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron (I used a 14″ stainless skillet), over medium-high and cook sausage mixture, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, crisp, and cooked through, 6–8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage mixture to a clean bowl.
- Increase heat to high and cook mushrooms in the fat in the skillet, tossing often, until browned and starting to release their juices, about 4 minutes (if skillet looks dry at any point, add a bit more oil).
- Add half of cabbage and cook, tossing often, until cabbage is wilted and tender, about 4 minutes. (I incorporated all of the cabbage, a handful at a time.)
- Drizzle in vinegar and soy sauce and cook, tossing, until liquid is mostly reduced and skillet is dry in spots, about 2 minutes.
- Remove skillet from heat and incorporate sausage and remaining cabbage (if reserved) into stir-fry.
- Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with scallions/chives and sesame seeds.
- Serve stir-fry with tortillas, hoisin sauce, and Sriracha for making individual wraps.
Posted in Greens, Pork, Quick, Recipes, Tacos
Tags: cabbage, chives, ginger, hoisin sauce, hot Italian pork sausage, Italian sausage, mushrooms, napa cabbage, quick, rice vinegar, scallions, sesame oil, shiitake, shiitake mushrooms, sriracha, stir fry, tortillas
This was a great side dish to prepare with my CSA Napa cabbage and scallions. We ate it with spicy pork kebabs and brown Basmati rice. The original recipe recommends serving it with rice to soak up the wonderful sauce. I agree!
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Kate Winslow. I used crushed red pepper flakes instead of Korean hot red-pepper flakes. It would be a great accompaniment to any grilled meat or fish.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish
- Mince and mash the 2 cloves of chopped garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt.
- In a mini food processor, mince the scallions and remaining 2 cloves of garlic.
- Stir together the garlic paste, minced scallions, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, water, hot red-pepper flakes and sugar together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the cabbage, season with a pinch of salt, and stir-fry, using tongs to stir, until the cabbage is just wilted, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss gently to combine.
- Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.
Note: The sauce can be made 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature.
*Korean hot red-pepper flakes are available at Korean markets. Store any leftover flakes, tightly sealed, in the freezer.
Posted in Greens, Quick, Recipes, Sides
Tags: Asian, fast, greens, Korean, napa cabbage, quick, scallions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, side, side dish, soy sauce, stir fry
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This fabulously easy salad was creamy and delicious. We ate it as a side with grilled vegetable and fresh ricotta sandwiches, but it could also be served as a light summertime main dish.
The recipe is from Smitten Kitchen.com. I used avocado mayonnaise, chipotle Cholula hot sauce, and cilantro. My kids thought that it tasted like guacamole. 🙂 Great.
Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side
- 1 seedless cucumber (about 3/4 to 1 pound), washed and chopped into chunks
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 large avocado, pitted and diced
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used avocado mayonnaise)
- juice of half a lime, plus more to taste
- coarse salt, to taste
- hot sauce, such as Sriracha or Chipotle Cholula, to taste
- chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
- Combine cucumber, scallions and avocado in a bowl.
- Whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, and hot sauce; adjust to taste.
- Drizzle salad with dressing and garnish with chopped herbs.
Posted in Quick, Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Sides, Vegetarian
Tags: avocado, cholula, cucumber, easy, fast, lime juice, salad, scallions, side, side dish, Smitten Kitchen, sriracha, summer
I am taking a break from bombarding everyone with sourdough recipes. I still have quite a few tasty ones to share! 😉
This vegetarian fried rice dish was fast, easy, crowd-pleasing comfort food. Making it in a large cast iron skillet was the perfect vessel to create just the right amount of crispy rice and caramelized vegetables. According to the original recipe, another secret to getting color on the rice was the inclusion of sugar.
The recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Kat Boytsova. I modified the proportions and substituted Basmati rice for sushi rice. It is a wonderful base recipe to incorporate any vegetables and/or protein with leftover rice in the fridge.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
This fried rice comes together really quickly, so it’s important that all of your ingredients are prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.
- Place broccoli to a medium bowl.
- Trim scallions on both ends, then cut crosswise into 1″ pieces. Transfer to bowl with broccoli.
- Whisk eggs in another medium bowl to combine and season with 3/4 teaspoons of salt.
- Whisk sugar, soy sauce, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl.
- Grate the ginger and garlic cloves into the bowl of sauce and give it another whisk.
- Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet (or non-stick if you don’t have one)over medium-high until just beginning to smoke. (I used a 12-inch cast iron skillet.)
- Add broccoli and scallions, season with a good pinch of salt, and toss with a spatula to coat in oil. Cook, undisturbed, until well charred on one side, about 5 minutes. When we say “undisturbed,” we mean it! You need consistent, direct contact with the hot pan in order to get color on the veggies, so resist the urge to constantly fuss with them.
- Mix with spatula and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until broccoli is crisp-tender and scallions are wilted, about 2 more minutes. Transfer veggies back to the bowl they came from.
- Heat remaining 5 tablespoons vegetable oil in skillet over medium-low.
- Add eggs and cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until large curds begin to form, about 30 seconds. The eggs will cook very quickly, so try to err on the side of runny and less-cooked because they can become spongy if overcooked.
- Add the rice and soy sauce mixture to eggs. Toss well to combine, then press down evenly into skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until rice is slightly crisped on one side, about 5 minutes. (Remember: undisturbed!)
- Return veggies to skillet and toss well to combine.
- Remove from heat, add sesame oil and rice vinegar, and toss once more. Serve.
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Tags: Asian, Basmati, broccoli, easy, eggs, fast, fried rice, garlic, ginger, quick, rice vinegar, scallions, sesame oil, sushi, vegetarian