Kale salad with golden raisins and walnuts

1/2 c walnut pieces
1/4 c golden raisins
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp water
1/4 c coarse breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, minced
Coarse or kosher salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch tuscano kale, washed and patted dry
2 oz pecorino cheese, grated
Juice of half a lemon
Freshly ground black or redpepper flakes, to taste

Prep walnuts: Heat oven to 350. Toast nuts on baking sheet for 10 min, tossing once. Let cool and coarsely chop. Prep raisins: In small saucepan w low heat, simmer white wine vinegar, water and raisins for 5 min, until plump and soft. Set aside in liquid.Prep crumbs: Toast bread crumbs, garlic and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a skillet together with a pinch of salt until golden. Set aside. Prep kale: Trim heavy stems off kale and remove ribs. Stack sections of leaves and roll them into a tube, then cut them into very thin ribbons crosswise. Assemble salad: Put kale in a lg bowl. Add pecorino, walnuts and raisins (leaving any leftover vinegar mixture in dish), remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice and toss until all the kale ribbons are coated. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper and some of the reserved vinegar mixture from the raisins, if needed. Let sit for 10 min before serving, to help the ingredients come together. Just before serving, toss with breadcrumbs and, if needed, a final 1 teaspoon drizzle of olive oil.

This recipe is from From "Smitten Kitchen). (and our friends at Provider Farm)

Kale Salad with Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon

1 bunch kale
4 sm blood oranges, segmented, juice reserved
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1 lg shallot, finely chopped (or cippolini onion)
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Wash kale and pat off excess water. If center stems are tender enough to eat, trim the bottom inch or two. If the center stems are thick, cut or tear them and discard. Slice leaves crosswise into ¼"-wide ribbons. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon zest, shallots, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a good crack of black pepper. Add the kale and using your hands massage the dressing into the leaves. Add the orange segments and toss to combine. Let stand for 20 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if desired.

From our shareholder Pam Ledoux, who says this is her "favorite kale salad recipe."  -

Fennel and Kale Salad

Shareholder, Jill Shulman, passed this recipe on to us and said it was passed on to her at a potluck. Easy and delicious! Thanks Jill!

 

Dressing: 

(I like to make the dressing first to allow the flavors to blend.  Also, it is better to err on the side of too much dressing, rather than too little for this salad - the dressing softens the kale and makes it yummier). Just mix it all together!

juice of 3-4 lemons or limes

3 cloves crushed or finely chopped garlic (or to taste)

olive oil

grainy mustard (several tablespoons - you have to go by taste)

 

Salad Ingredients:

I large bunch of kale with spines removed, finely chopped

2 bulbs of fennel sliced really thin (I like to use a cheese slicer to make them really fine)

2 green apples sliced really thin

1 -2 cups of  fresh grated good parmesan or asiago cheese

Pick Your Greens with Miso Tahini Dressing

This is a super simple, versatile, comfort -food recipe that we hope will make easy use of the ample supply of early greens. The dressing can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for at least a week. The greens and sauce, on top of any cooked grain (rice, barley, farro, etc) or noodles, make a complete meal.

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Make-Ahead Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

1 lg (~2 lbs) butternut, peeled, cut, and seeded
2 lg cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tspn fine sea salt
2 c finely chopped kale
For the Almond-Pepita Parmesan:
1/4 c whole almonds
1/4 c roasted pepita seeds
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/8 tspn fine sea salt
1 tspn extra-virgin olive oil

Grease a lg casserole dish with oil. Chop squash into 1” chunks and place into dish. Add garlic, parsley, oil, and salt and toss. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Place kale into airtight container and refrigerate. Place all of the Parmesan ingredients into food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer into airtight container and refrigerate (all can be stored ~3 days). When ready, preheat oven to 400F. Fork holes in foil on the casserole and bake ~45 min (until squash is fork-tender). Remove from oven, reduce heat to 350F. Stir in kale to the squash. Sprinkle the parmesan over top. Bake ~6 min, uncovered, until nuts are lightly toasted and kale has wilted. Serve warm, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

By Angela Liddon - OhSheGlows.com - Karen made this last week - soooooo goood!!!

Cajun Corn & Kale Salad

2 quarts water
4 ears sweet corn
1 bunch kale, stems removed
2 tspn salt
1 lg red bell pepper, diced
1 gr bell pepper, diced
1 lg tomato, diced
1 sm sweet onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tspn Cajun Spice Seasoning

Bring water to boil in lg pot, add ears of corn. Turn off heat and let corn cook in water for 5 min. Set ears aside and reserve the water. When the corn is cool, slice the kernels from the cobs. Return the water to a boil and add kale and 2 tspn salt. Cook until kale is just tender ~ 5min. Transfer kale to a colander, drain, and cool. When cool, squeeze out the excess liquid with hour hands and then finely chop. Toss the kale with the remaining ingredients in a bowl until combined. Season with salt.

From "The Farmer John Cookbook" - a great resource for cooking locally grown veggies - available at the Farm Shop.

Harvest Dinner Stuffed Winter Squash

Preheat the oven to 375. Halve butternuts and scoop out the seeds. Eye the squash to decide the amount of stuffing you will need. Place in a baking dish, skin side down, and cover with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes until still firm, but starting to soften. Meanwhile….

Either use leftover whole grains or cook some up fresh. My preference is a mix of wild  or purple rice and brown rice, but I have used barley, whole grain wheat, rye and millet. 

Sauté leeks or onions, garlic and a mix of vegetables (all cut up fine) in olive oil. My preference is carrots, sweet potatoes and kale with a smaller amount of rutabaga, celeriac and turnip. Mix in a cheese of choice. Feta is delicious; soft, flavored goat cheese great. Mix in the grains. Add a smattering of unusual goodies like capers, dried cranberries, golden raisins or cherries. Add curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on top.

Fill the squash and cover with foil. I have loaded the entire top of the baking dish when I’ve made too much filling and it has worked just fine. Cook until the squash is soft. Take the cover off and cook for 3-5 minutes more. 

This is from our own Karen Romanowski. It's the recipe she used to make the stuffed squash at our harvest dinner in November. (Karen Levine loved this one!!)  She says " it's a non-recipe recipe. The ingredients are very flexible, as are the amounts. Stuff any winter squash. Butternuts are great, but it’s been delicious in all varieties. It can be more grain-y or more vegetable-y, use whatever you have, just don’t forget a little curry powder."

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. 

Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients

Crust: 

2 cups almond meal

1/3 cup olive oil

2 TBSP water

Filling:

4 eggs - beaten

3-4 oz goat cheese

1 cup kale - chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 red onion - diced

1 large zucchini - sliced thinly

1 TBSP olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

Combine all crust ingredients in food processor. Press into pie dish. Saute garlic, onions, kale, and zucchini in olive oil until soft. Pour into prepared crust and pour eggs over top. Top with goats cheese and bake for 30-45 minutes or until eggs are set and crust starts to brown. 

 

Optional

Top with chives and serve with steamed beets, salad, and baguette!

 

Cold Kale Salad With Many Options

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale (any variety)

2 cups of optional additions (dried cranberries, cherries or apricots, sliced apples or pears, sliced or chopped toasted almonds, pecans or walnuts, parmesan or feta cheese, or, or, or....)

Dressing:

1 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup lime or lemon juice

4 cloves of garlic or 2 pureed garlic scapes

Salt to taste

Directions:

Wash and remove kale from stems. Let kale drain. Roll kale leave into a bundle and slice into 1/2 ribbons or sized to your liking. Combine dressing ingredients. If you are using scapes, puree them first. Allow dressing to sit for at least a half hour before serving. Combine dressing and kale about 15 minutes before serving. Kale and dressing can be prepared several days in advance. 

 

 

 

Stuffed Large Green Leaves

A versatile, beautiful dish, great as an appetizer or main dish. I first made this with collards, but have made it with chard, komatsuna (pictured), vitamin green and kale. The stuffing can easily be changed to please vegans, vegetarians or carnivores, can be any leftover in your refrigerator or a new inspiration

Steam 12-18 large green leaves

(for carnivores)

Heat pan to medium and add 1 pound of ground meat (pork, turkey, beef, lamb). Crush a clove of garlic or add some pureed garlic scape. Add grated ginger or hot peppers for flavor. Cook meat until no longer red.

Add any cooked grain (rice, quinoa, barley, etc), about 1/2-1 cup, or to your liking. 

A dash of oyster sauce adds a nice flavor. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Lay leaves on counter, put a spoonful of filling on top and roll like a burrito. Place in baking dish. May be eaten right away or baked for 20-30 minutes to better meld the flavors. 

(for vegans and vegetarians)

Sautee 1 onion with garlic or garlic scares, add 1 cup cooked rice, chopped mint and chopped parsley and some dried fruit or nuts (dried cherries or currants are great). 

Lay leaves on counter, put a spoonful of filling on top and roll like a burrito. Place in baking dish. May be eaten right away or baked for 20-30 minutes to better meld the flavors. 

Vegan or dairy cheese may be sprinkled on top for additional flavor (feta is great).