Your veggies for week #1:
- baby beets * betteraves bébé
- kohlrabi * chou-rave
- garlic scapes * Fleur d'ail
- kale * chou frisé
- lettuce * laitue
- spinach * épinards
- peas * pois
Click on the links below (in blue) for recipes and see pictures of each vegetable at the bottom of this page.
The baby beets can be eaten from top to bottom. Use the greens in salads, sautés, or in the Greens & Cheese Strudel I make at this time every year. Kohlrabi should be peeled and sliced into a stir-fry or grated raw into coleslaw. It's tender and delicious. Chopped up garlic scapes can replace garlic cloves in any recipe. They're milder and can be eaten whole, steamed or sautéed and tossed in butter. Kale is a superfood; it contains vitamin C, calcium and antioxidants (among other things) and can be used the same way as beet greens. Try blending your kale into a fruit and yogurt smoothie for a healthy breakfast drink. My favourite way to eat kale is in soups and curries. Add it raw to your soup or curry, 5 minutes before serving. We also love kale chips; rip kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and coat with a bit of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt (plus any other spices you'd like to add). Bake on low (around 200 degrees F) and watch for the kale to become crispy. Don't take your eye off the oven for too long because once crispy, the kale can turn black very quickly. This is the easiest/most delicious way to use up a bunch of kale in one sitting.
Lettuce & spinach are great for you and wonderful in salads. We eat a salad every day, which is easy when you have a great dressing. Try Jonny's Amazing Salad Sauce! It can also be used to marinate vegetables before roasting or BBQing. My mother-in-law makes a great spinach pie that I will try to get the recipe for!
The peas are crunchy, delicious and only around for a couple of weeks so enjoy them while you can, raw or sauteed, added to curry or soup. Have them as a snack dipped in hummus.
We hope you enjoy your first seasonal veggie share - there's a lot more to come so get cooking! Post any delicious recipes you find below for other members to try and I will look for new recipes to add. And don't forget to be at your pickup this week between 5-7pm. See you then!