Posts Tagged ‘seasonal ingredients’

The Workout Smoothie or Sneaky Veg For Kids

This smoothie is perfect for either a pre- or post-workout boost.  It’s filling, yet leaves you feeling light.  Best yet, it’s a fabulous raw food nutritional powerhouse that even kids will love.  Instead of a recipe, it’s more of a formula that can be played with as fruit comes into season.

In a blender, add:

  • 1 cup liquid (Choose from unsweetened soy milk, kefir, yogurt, water & ice, etc.)
  • 1 banana (I know that this is so not local, but it’s my weakness!  I think smoothies just scream for that creamy texture they impart.)
  • 1 cup (or the equivalent) local fruit in season (This morning I used a single large nectarine.)
  • Handful of greens (This morning I went into the garden and harvested some red Swiss chard)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxmeal

Simply puree until smooth and serve.  Just don’t tell the kids that there is anything green in there until after they’ve enjoyed it!

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Peach Strike Season Solutions: Seriously Peachy Bundt Cake

August means it’s “Peach Strike Season!”  What is this annual Bibliopharm event?  It’s the time of year when my daughter is so sick of seasonal harvest that she simply refuses to eat another peach, tomato, zucchini, etc.  So when faced with More-Ripe-Whatever-Than-I-Know-What-To-Do-With I’m looking for options my family might just eat and dessert is always a winner.  This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a bundt pan.*

PEACHES:  Toss together and set aside…

  • a shy 1/2 peck bag of peaches, sliced
  • 1/4 cup flour

CINNAMON-SUGAR: Toss together and set aside…

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

CAKE:

  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream (you can substitute plain yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cream the butter and sugar for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, then the sour cream and vanilla, and mix until the batter is smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix just until combined.

Fold in the peach-flour mixture.

Spread half of the batter evenly in the pan and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Spread the remaining batter on top and marble by running a knife in a swirling motion through the batter.

Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest for 10 minutes and then de-Bundt.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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* This cake can get sticky and may be difficult to remove from the pan cleanly.  If you’re counting on the picture perfect cake, make sure you butter and flour a non-stick bundt (I used a stoneware Bundt this time and some was left behind only to be pieced together and sprinkled with powdered sugar to help hide the cosmetic imperfection).  You can also butter, flour, and use parchment paper in two bread loaf pans and utilize the paper like a sling and to lift out the cake.  To make the cake less likely to stick, you can omit the cinnamon-sugar because when that caramelized goodness hits the pan it doesn’t want to let go.   Yet another option is to go  lighter on the peaches (the original recipe called for only three!) to provide the cake with greater structural stability.  Of course, you could always just cut and serve it directly from the cooking vessel, in which case I would use either a nonreactive (i.e. Pyrex or Corningware–type glass) loaf or 9×13″ pan.  Anyway, happy recipe tinkering!

Bok Choy Salad with Asian Dressing

Before summer really heats up, the cool-weather, superfood, cruciferous Bok Choy appears in CSA boxes alongside of peas and early carrots.  Although I usually make it into a quick stir-fry, it’s quite nice in raw salads too.

In a large bowl, whisk together this Asian-inspired dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Soy  Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • Optional Seasonings:  1 minced clove garlic, 1 Tbsp minced ginger, a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes

Toss in the following salad veggies:

  • 1 Large Bok Choy, thinly sliced
  • Optional: Carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • Optional: Sugar snap peas, chopped

Voila!  Side dish served.  To make it a main course, you can add tofu or some leftover grilled/roasted meat or poultry.

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CSA & Farmers’ Market: CSA #3

Ok, you get the point:  You can eat local and on a budget.  So enough of seeing my weekly meal plans after this post.  Besides, half the time I need to revise them as life happens, appetites vary, and sales change.

Surprise CSA Box:

  •   1 bunch Parsley
  •    1 head Red Boston Lettuce 
  •    1 head  Red Oak Leaf Lettuce 
  •    3 pieces mixed Beets
  •    2 heads Green Romaine
  •   3 heads Baby Bok Choy
  •    4 oz Sugar Snap Peas
  •    5 pieces Garlic Scapes
  •   1 Greenhouse Seedless Cuke 

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  Strawberries, fresh pasta, bread, mushrooms, whole chicken

Within Budget:  Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Breakfast:  toast, blueberries
Lunch:  Strawberry Festival
Dinner:  Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup), grilled fresh sardines

Sunday
Breakfast:  Toast, blueberries
Afternoon Dinner:  Beer Can Chicken, roast potatoes and beets, grilled romaine, cake with strawberries

Monday
Breakfast:  omelet with sautéed garlic scapes, beet greens, and feta cheese
Lunch: PBJ, Snap Peas
Dinner:  Salad with leftover chicken

Tuesday
Breakfast:  toast, homemade yogurt, strawberries
Lunch: Egg salad sandwich, Snap Peas
Dinner:  Kofte (Turkish Lamb Meatballs), bulgar, salad

Wednesday
Breakfast:  cereal, fruit, yogurt
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner: Grilled sausage pinwheel, rice, salad

Thursday
Breakfast:  Eggs and toast, strawberries
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Tofu stir fry with boy choy, rice

Friday
Breakfast:  Cottage cheese, crackers, fruit
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  Pasta al Carbonara, salad

CSA & Farmers’ Market: CSA Week #2

Surprise CSA Box:

  •    1 bu Garlic Chives
  •    1 head Bok Choy
  •    1 bu Red Oak
  •    1/2 lb Asparagus
  •    1 bu Leeks
  •    1 Green Boston
  •    1 Red Leaf Lettuce
  •    8oz Sugar Snap Peas
  •    1 bu Garlic Scapes
  •    1 bu mixed Carrots

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  pickles, bread, strawberries

Within Budget:  Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

Saturday
Breakfast:  Omelet with sauteed garlic scapes
Dinner:  Birthday Party!

Sunday
Breakfast:  strawberries and yogurt
Lunch:  Greek Salad
Dinner:  Stir Fry with tofu and bok choy

Monday
Breakfast:  buttered toast, strawberries
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Pork Chops, rice, asparagus

Tuesday
Breakfast:  breakfast smoothie
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Wednesday
Breakfast:  breakfast smoothie
Lunch:  egg salad sandwich
Dinner:  Feta and leek quiche

Thursday
Breakfast:  yogurt with cereal and dried fruit
Lunch:   leftovers
Dinner:  Steak, rice, snap pea and carrot stir fry

Friday
Breakfast: yogurt with cereal and dried fruit
Lunch: Garden salad with leftover steak
Dinner:  Pizza night!

CSA & Farmers’ Market: Week #1

Yippee!!  Our CSA season has begun and there was much rejoicing!

Surprise CSA Box:

  • 1 bu Parsley
  • 1 bu Green Scallions
  • 1 head Green Lettuce
  • 1 bu Asparagus
  • 1 bu Leek
  • 8oz Sugar Snap Peas
  • 1 pt Strawberries
  • 1 head Red Romaine Lettuce
  • 3 heads Baby Bok Choy

Farmer’s Market Purchases:  More asparagus, more strawberries, bread, pickles, spinach, mushrooms

Within Budget:  Yes

Bibliopharm’s Weekly CSA & Farmers’ Market Meal Plan

It’s vegetarian week at the farm.  Why?  Because.

Saturday
Brunch:  Asparagus, Leek, and Goat Cheese Quiche
Dinner:  Girls Day Out in the Big City!

Sunday
Breakfast:  Strawberries and Oatmeal
Lunch:  Asparagus Soup with Almond Romano Pesto
Dinner:  Stir Fry with Sesame Tofu, Bok Choy, Snap Peas, and Scallions

Monday
Breakfast:  Strawberries and Overnight Oatmeal
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Tuesday
Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Vegetarian Greek Salad

Wednesday
Breakfast:  Smoothie
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Spinach and mushroom omelet

Thursday
Breakfast:  Eggs and Toast
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Greens and Beans and Pasta

Friday
Breakfast:  Smoothie
Lunch:  Egg Salad
Dinner:  Pizza

Almond Romano Pesto and a Nod to Pestos in General

Got herbs in your garden or CSA? Make pesto! There’s much room for creativity, it’s marvelous and versatile stuff, and stores for weeks in the refrigerator.

The Basics…

  • 1 Bunch of Leafy Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Arugula, Oregano, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp Nuts (Pine Nuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, etc.)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup hard cheese (Parmigiana, Romano, Asiago, etc.)

Almond Romano Pesto

  • 1 bunch Parsely
  • 1 Tbsp Almonds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cups olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese

Toss it all into the food processor and process until it becomes a paste. Step back and smell the herbs. Your whole house will now smell fresh and green. Happy sigh. Add more olive oil if it’s too thick. Store in a lidded jar with a layer of olive oil, which will help it keep its bright color. Use it on pastas, in sandwiches, and on bruschetta, which is an Italian-style toast.

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When you’re ready to use, scoop out what you need, making sure the layer of olive oil is still enough to cover.

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