Basic Pesto Recipe

To me, pesto is just a word for some green leaves, some ground up with some nuts or seeds, salt, oil and maybe some cheese or lemon or lime juice. It tastes great with all sorts of variations. Use the general proportions below and see what suits your fancy.  Or use whatever you need to use up from your share. I frequently throw in a mix of greens - a handful of basil, arugula and parsley, for example. You can use nuts or seeds or cheese, or not. As a general rule, green things in the brassica family, like cabbage and broccoli, get a bit on the smelly side when ground up. I usually steer clear of them for this use.

Ingredients

2 cups green leaves (basil, cilantro, arugula, wild picked amaranth, dill, mustard greens.......)

2 - 6 tablespoons nuts or seeds (walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds.......)

2 large cloves garlic or 1 garlic scape

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese

directions

Place nuts or seeds, cheese and garlic or scape in food processor. Pulse to chop finely. Add greens and oil. Pulse until smooth. Add a dash of lemon or lime juice to brighten the flavor, if desired, or pour it on top of packed pesto to maintain bright green color. 

 

 

 

Curry Sweet Potato Fries

1 onion, cut into half-circles
3 lg sweet potato
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp warm coconut oil
2 tspn lemon juice
4 tspn apple cider vinegar
fresh cilantro, chopped

Spice Mix
1 tbsp cumin
1 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
(reg is ok too)
1/2 tspn hot cayenne
1/2 tspn ginger
1/2 tspn salt

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking dishes with coconut oil. Chop the potatoes into thin, long fries.  Toss them together with garlic and onion.  Evenly distribute on both dishes. Whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.  Pour on the fries. Distribute the spice mixture over the fries.  Use your hands to mix in the seasoning. Bake for 25-30 min.  Toss the fries halfway through with spatula. Garnish with cilantro. Makes about 12 servings

From Archerfriendly - http://www.archerfriendly.com/2010/02/curry-root-fries

Sweet Potato Cakes


1 3/4 lbs sweets, peel & cut in lg pcs
2 tsp. butter or coconut oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour
1 egg, well whisked
yogurt sauce
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or basil
pinch of salt and pepper

Steam the potatoes until tender. Cool. Warm the butter and saute the onion ~ 4 min. Cool. Blend the yogurt sauce ingredients in a food processor. Set aside. Transfer potatoes to a bowl and mix them with the tamari, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and flour to combine. Add the onion and egg and mix. Add butter to a pan and warm over med high heat. Make small, two tbsn patties and drop them into the hot pan, pressing down to flatten. Cook until well browned on each side, about 7-8 minutes. Remove to a paper toweled lined plate. Serve with some lightly dressed greens and a generous portion of the sauce. These would be so wonderful with a poached egg on top.

adapted from Yotam Ottelenghi's Plenty

Cucumber Raita

1/2 lb cucumber
     cut in half, seeds removed.
1 cup plain yogurt (try Sidehill
     Farm from the farm shop)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
     (more to taste)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
     (more to taste)
1 small chile, minced
     (optional)

Grate cucumber on the large holes of a grater. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt, toss and let sit in a colander in the sink for 15 minutes. Rinse briefly and squeeze dry in a kitchen towel. Transfer to a bowl. Beat the yogurt with a fork or a whisk and add the cayenne and garam masala. Toss with the cucumbers. Add the cilantro and chile and toss again. Taste and adjust salt. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with any kind of curried stew, with meat and rice, or just plain!

Recipe from The New York Times

Curry Root Fries

1 onion, cut into half-circles
2 med or 1 lg parsnip
1 sweet potato
1 turnip
1 rutabaga
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp warm coconut oil
2 tspn lemon juice
4 tspn apple cider vinegar
fresh cilantro, chopped

Spice Mix
1 tbsp cumin
1 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
     (regular paprika is fine too)
1/2 tspn hot cayenne
1/2 tspn ginger
1/2 tspn salt

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking dishes with coconut oil. Chop the roots into thin, long fries.  Toss the veggies together with garlic and onion.  Evenly distribute on both dishes. Whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.  Pour on the fries. Distribute the spice mixture over the fries.  Use your hands to mix in the seasoning. Bake for 25-30 min.  Toss the fries halfway through with spatula. Garnish with cilantro. Makes about 12 servings

From Archerfriendly - http://www.archerfriendly.com/2010/02/curry-root-fries

Gazpacho

This recipes was contributed by shareholder, Erika Zeros. Especially great when made in advance and chilled well! I added a few notes for variation.
 

Perfect for high summer when the tomatoes are going crazy and it's too hot to cook! If multi-colored tomatoes are available be sure to include a few and chop them for beautiful contrast.

Makes about 10 cups

1 medium-sized cucumber
5 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes
1 medium-sized red onion, diced, about 1 C (white onion or scallions will work)
1 or 2 jalapeno or serrano chilies, seeded and minced.
1/4 C chopped fresh basil (can go with cilantro for a different flavor)
Salt and pepper
2 or 3 T Champagne or white wine vinegar

minced garlic (if desired)

A few basil leaves for garnish.


1. Peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Dice and set aside.
2. Peel the tomatoes. (Boiling water method: Score the bottom of each tomato with an X. Drop into boiling water for about 10 seconds, just long enough to loosen their skins. Rinse under cold water to cool them, then slip off the skins.) Cut tomatoes in half and take out the core. Place a mesh strainer over a bowl. Over the strainer, squeeze out the juice and seeds. Save the juice to add to the soup and discard the seeds.
3. Puree half of the tomatoes in a blender or food processor and coarsely chop the rest. Combine all of the tomatoes, tomato juice, onion, cucumber, chilies, and basil in a large bowl. Scoop out about 3 cups of the combined soup and return to the blender to puree. Return puree to the large bowl.
4. Season with 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons vinegar and stir well.
5. Refrigerate and let sit for at least 1 hour before serving, to allow flavors to develop. Add salt, pepper, and more vinegar if needed. Serve chilled. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Tip: if the soup is too acidic, add a few pinches of sugar to balance the flavors before serving.

Cilantro Dipping Sauce

2 hot jalapenos, seeds removed(or other hot pepper to taste)

2 cups loosely packed cilantro

1/2 cup sour cream (or mix of 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 yogurt)

2 cloves garlic

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

salt to taste

1/4 - 1/2 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Use as sauce for fish, meat or tofu or as dip for bread, french fries or veggies.

 

Cumin Slaw

Ingredients:

1/2 small head of cabbage (any type)

1 carrot

1 tsp toasted cumin seeds

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp prepared mustard

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients, except cabbage and carrots. Slice cabbage very thin and grate carrot. Mix altogether and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if made at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Mayonnaise

This recipe comes from a beloved cookbook, Whole Grains for a New Generation, by Liana Krissoff. I have made a few small changes. The original recipe calls for frying the patties in a pan. I oil a baking sheet and bake in the oven, but both methods are good. I have also put these on foil on the grill with great results. If you do not have smoked paprika, I believe it is worth the trip to the store. Once hot peppers come in, sub the cayenne with finely chopped hot peppers from the farm. Be sure to check out the cookbook for more great whole grain recipes. 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups black beans

1 medium carrot, grated 

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

2 Tablespoons lime juice

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 1/2 cup cooked fine or medium grind bulgur wheat

2/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.

In a food processor, puree the beans, carrots, cilantro, lime juice, 2 T of oil, salt, cumin, cayenne and smoked paprika. Add 1/2 the bulgur and puree until combined, then transfer to big bowl and add remaining bulgur and stir together by hand. Shape into 6 patties and coat each side with bread crumbs, if desired. 

Oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Place patties on baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until bottoms are beginning to brown. Flip and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until brown. 

Can be served as a typical burger, bun, etc, or on top of a salad. Great with cilantro mayonnaise and cumin slaw (search cilantro and cabbage in recipe section for those recipes).

 

 

 

 

Tofu with Thai Curry Sauce

I love this recipe, originally from The Eating Well Diabetes Cookbook (2005). I use it with pretty much any vegetables and it never fails me. I add carrots or sweet potatoes, when available. Colored peppers do add a lot of pizazz though, so I usually wait until pepper season. 

Sauce:

1 cup coconut milk

2 - 4 T fresh, chopped cilantro

1 tsp red curry paste

1/2 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

Tofu and Veggies:

14 ounces firm or extra firm tofu

2 tsp olive oil

4 cups greens (kale, chard, spinach, tatsoi, arugula, etc)

1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, if available

Directions:

Mix sauce ingredients, except cilantro, together in a bowl. 

Drain tofu and pat dry. Cut into 1/2 inch slabs and coarsely pull into pieces. Heat oil on high and toss tofu in until edges are browning. Add sauce ingredients and stir. Add veggies and cook until just soft. If I am adding carrots or sweet potatoes, I add them first and cook for 5 minutes before adding the greens. I add peppers last, as I like them lightly cooked. Throw cilantro on top. Serve with a wedge of lime over rice. 

Barley Salad

This is a great summer salad that can be eaten warm or cold. It is great alongside roast chicken or tempeh for dinner and leftovers are great the next day packed for lunch with cooked white or garbanzo beans and a green salad. Delicious on top of arugula!

We love Four Star Farms grains! They are grown, sustainably, right here in Western Massachusetts.  Their flours are ground in small batches to retain nutrients and flavor. Learn more about their farm and growing practices at http://fourstarfarms.com

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups raw barley

1/4 cup chopped, dried apricots (dried cranberries, cherries, golden raisins or currants are also great)

3 scallions, chopped fine

1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro

salt to taste

4 - 6 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed juice with the zest is best, but great with bottled juice too)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cardamom

1 tsp ground ginger 

1/4 tsp cayenne (or to taste)

scant 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Put barley in small pot with scant 3 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer until barley is soft, approximately 45 minutes. If you want the grains less sticky, rinse in cold water, but they are delicious as is. 

Whisk lemon juice, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cayenne and olive oil. Salt to taste. 

Mix barley with dressing, cilantro and scallions. Reserve a few scallions and cilantro to sprinkle on the top before serving.  

 

Radish and Pesto Crostini

INGREDIENTS

1 baquette, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 cup of garlic scape, basil or cilantro pesto (see basic pesto recipe)

1 bunch or radishes (or turnips), thinly sliced

Coarse sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400. Brush baquette slices on both sides with olive oil. Bake on cookie sheet until golden brown, approximately 3-5 minutes per side.

Slather a bit of pesto on each slice of baguette, arrange a few slices of radish or turnip. Sprinkle with sea salt. Yum, perfect appetizer or side dish.

 

Asian Style Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh spinach (1 large bunch) washed and stems trimmed

Dressing:
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup choppped scallions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup peanut oil

 

Place spinach leaves in a large salad bowl. Thoroughly combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add oil in a steady stream, processing until well blended. Toss dressing with spinach, garnish with mint leaves and/or peanuts and serve. Serves 4.

From:More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden

Couscous with Kohlrabi and Chermoula Dressing

Ingredients:

2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced cilantro
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 c cooked couscous, cooled to warm temp
2 c peeled kohlrabi
1/2 c diced radish
16 kalamata black olives (optional)
1/2 c crumbled feta (optional)

 

Mix garlic, cilantro, parsley, paprika, cumin, and salt to taste. Stir in lemon juice and olive oil. Toss this mixture with couscous. Bring to room temperature. Gently toss with kohlrabi, radishes, and olives (if desired). Serve as is, or sprinkle with feta cheese. Makes 6 servings