Wonderful recipes for the weird veggies in your CSA box

February 11, 2017 by  
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Kohlrabi Sounds like something to be shouted in Klingon, doesn’t it? No need to fear: kohlrabi won’t leap up and devour your face if you lean over it. This bizarre little “turnip cabbage” has a thick skin that needs to be peeled off before you get to its juicy little heart (which tastes quite a bit like broccoli stem), and its leaves can be cooked like collard greens or kale. Great recipes to try: Kohlrabi and zucchini fritters with sriracha mayo  – You can make fritters out of just about any vegetable, but these two pair together perfectly. Kohlrabi, cardamom, and coconut curry – Warming and filling, with just the right amount of heat. Shaved kohlrabi with apple and hazelnuts – This is a beautiful way to highlight kohlrabi’s mild sweetness and crunchiness. Spicy kohlrabi-kale kimchi – If you have more kohlrabi than you know what to do with and you’d like to use it up before it goes bad, make a batch of this kimchi and enjoy it later. Celeriac Root It looks like a tumor and tastes like celery, but what can you do with it? Quite a lot, actually. Celeriac is indeed part of the celery family, but is cultivated for its large root instead of its stalks. Great recipes to try: Celery root puree with balsamic beets and pearl onions – Buhhh. If anyone ever disparages vegan cuisine, feed them this, and it’ll blow their minds. Celeriac, fennel, and pear salad with lentils – Celery root’s refreshing crunch is echoed by both the fennel and sweet pear, and complemented by creamy, nutty Puy lentils. Celery root steaks with tomatillo salsa verde – Way to incorporate 2 CSA box items in one recipe! The savory meatiness of the root steak is brightened by spicy green salsa, and is a perfect summer dinner recipe. Celeriac and roasted garlic soup with parsley oil – This is a delicious, elegant soup that’s both perfect for cooler evenings, and for when you’re aiming to impress dinner guests. Or in-laws. Same idea. Rutabagas Also known as “Swedes”, rutabagas are root vegetables that likely originated by crossing a turnip with cabbage. Sounds bizarre, I know, but these tuberous powerhouses are quite versatile. They have a nutty sweetness from the cabbage, and the firm crunch normally associated with turnips. They can be used raw or cooked, and they make a great substitute for mashed potatoes for Paleo recipes, or for folks avoiding nightshade vegetables. Great recipes to try: Rutabaga fries – They’re low carb, vegan, AIP paleo compliant, and incredibly delicious. Spiralized rutabaga noodles – You can top them with anything you like. Try them with pesto and hazelnuts. Rutabaga hash with chilies and bacon – This can easily be made vegan with veg bacon or even toasted coconut. Latkes – An all-time favorite pancake, only made with rutabaga instead of potato. Fennel It looks like something from an alien landscape with its bulbous base and frilly hair, but fennel is a wonderful vegetable that’s quite versatile with a slight licorice flavor. You can eat it raw or cooked, and the green fronds are edible as well. Great recipes to try: Braised fennel with capers and olives – Magic happens when you combine the ingredients in this recipe. Arugula, fennel, and olive salad – A great mixture of textures, flavors, sweetness, and bite. Fennel, asparagus, and artichoke empanadas – This is a perfect way to showcase summer produce. Roasted fennel and onion gratinati – It’s as scrumptious with vegan almond cheese as it is with regular Parmesan. Garlic Scapes They may look like a tangle of skinny snakes, but these vibrant greens are garlic’s flower stalks, and they’re as delicious as their root bulb, only milder. Garlic scapes can be pureed into sauce, chopped and sautéed like green beans, added to frittatas… they’re really only limited by your own culinary creativity. Great recipes to try: Garlic scape pesto – One of the easiest and most delicious recipes for scapes. You can add in foraged greens like garlic mustard, lambsquarters, or dandelion leaves to. Summer vegetable strata – A brilliant way to use random bits from your CSA box in one delicious dish. Beet, garlic scape, and leek pizza – Pizza is fabulous no matter what you put on it, but these ingredients elevate it to an art form. Grilled garlic scape and asparagus soup with caramelized shallots – A lovely summer soup that’ll impress just about anyone. Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) These adorable little knuckle-shaped roots go quite nutty when you cook them, and are woefully under-used in most people’s kitchens. Not related to globe artichokes, these tubers are part of the sunflower family, and are packed with protein, potassium, iron, and calcium. Great recipes to try: Crispy Jerusalem artichokes with aged balsamic – Roasting the sunchokes brings out their natural sweetness, and the balsamic adds depth to their flavor. Roasted Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut, and thyme soup – All of these rich flavors harmonize into a luxurious, creamy soup. Baked Jerusalem artichoke chips – Who doesn’t love chips? These are low-carb, paleo, vegan, and have a low glycemic index too. Sunchoke banana cake with maple syrup drizzle – Like any other tuber, these add richness, moisture, and texture to baked goods. Tomatillos Most people who are unfamiliar with South American cuisine may never have encountered a tomatillo, but they’re definitely worth getting to know. Relatives of tomatoes and ground cherries (physalis), these papery-coated green gems have a great tart acidity that works beautifully for salsas and other sauces, and can be sweetened for preserves and jams. Great recipes to try: Watermelon, strawberry, and tomatillo salad – If this isn’t a perfect summer salad, I don’t know what is. Tomatillo and lime salsa verde – Sharp and fresh, it’s as good on huevos rancheros as it is scooped up with tortilla chips. Green shakshuka – One of our favorite brunch dishes. Tomatillo jam – It can be made thick or thin (as a spread or as a syrup for pancakes), and is ridiculously good. Radishes Although most people can identify radishes at a glance, these poor little roots often get relegated to salads. Regardless of whether you’ve received cherrybelle, watermelon, or even daikon radish, you’d be amazed at how their flavors change when they’ve been roasted with the aforementioned garlic and olive oil (or butter). Great recipes to try: Watermelon radish tea sandwiches – These radishes are bright pink and green, and are fabulous when sliced thinly on bread. Try these tea sandwiches for a light summer meal, or make open-faced versions for bridal showers. Mulor shaak (spicy sauteed radish greens) – Don’t toss those radish greens into the compost! They’re the tastiest part of the vegetable, and are divine when sauteed with oil and spices. Quick pickled radishes – This one is ideal if you don’t think you’ll be able to eat your radishes before they go bad: just make a quick pickle of them and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Cinnamon sugar radish chips – Although this one sounds a bit weird, the result is startlingly good. The radishes retain their warming bite, which is complemented perfectly by the cinnamon sugar. If you’ve come across some other veggies , herbs, or even fruits that have been new and fun to explore, feel free to share your recipes in the comments section below. 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This gluten free sweet potato miso will add some color to your day

December 11, 2016 by  
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These brilliant purple sweet potato noodles are more than just colorful: they’re healthy, delicious, vegan, and gluten free! This veggie-stuffed miso recipe is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Read on for the complete recipe.

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How to make delicious, vegan no-bake pumpkin pie truffles

October 8, 2016 by  
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Everyone knows that fall and pumpkin go hand in hand. We’re not ashamed to admit that we are always looking for new ways to jam as much pumpkin as possible into our favorite foods. These pumpkin pie truffles are a triumph of pumpkin yumminess (and it doesn’t hurt that they are vegan and don’t even require you to heat up the oven).

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Meet aquafaba: the humble bean juice taking the baking world by storm

January 5, 2016 by  
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15 Delicious meatless dinners for quick, low-mess meals in just one pot

September 13, 2015 by  
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The most dreaded question in many households is “What’s for dinner?” Fortunately, we have some answers for you. If you need to put dinner on the table quickly and you’re not interested in staying up late washing pots and pans, we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest one pot meals we could find. As a bonus, every recipe on the list is free from meat, dairy, and eggs, so these meals are perfect for every kind of dinner guest. It’s not all pasta and casseroles, either. Our roundup includes some incredible soups and even a recipe for a surprisingly delicious savory pancake! Click through to check them out and find an answer that all important question. READ MORE >

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RECIPE: Vegan steamed pak choi parcels with rice and veggies

April 18, 2015 by  
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Looking for something a little lighter for dinner tonight? These pok choi (aka bok choi aka chinese cabbage) parcels are just the thing. Utterly delicious and healthy, these are also tons of fun to make. Just cook your filling, wrap them up and you will be enjoying your meal in no time flat. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bok choi , bok choi parcels , bok choi recipes , cabbage parcels , chinese cabbage recipes , Inhabitat recipes , Inhabitots , pak chi , pak choi , pak choi parcels , recipes , rice recipes , vegan recipes , vegetarian recipes

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The Ultimate DIY Gift Guide: 120+ Handmade, Heartfelt Gifts for Your Loved Ones

November 30, 2014 by  
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DIY gifts are always extra special. They show the recipient just how much you were thinking of them as you were making their gift, and they allow you to customize to make the gift just right. Click through for a roundup of more than 120 DIY gift projects — from those so simple the kids can pitch in, to more advanced projects for the truly talented among us. Whether you decide to give a DIY gift of baked treats, bodycare products, handicrafts or homemade soy candles, there is something here for everyone on your holiday gift list. Each project has one thing in common, though: a great, big dollop of your heartfelt love, time and attention. What better way is there to show someone you care? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baking , children’s craft , christmas gifts , craft , DIY , gift guide , green office , handicrafts , holiday gifts , home projects , how-to , recipes

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3 Ways to Improve Your Beauty Routine With Affordable DIY Baking Soda Recipes

November 9, 2014 by  
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Baking soda is a kitchen pantry necessity, but did you know that this common household product could do wonders for your beauty regime as well? From restoring the luster of your hair to skin exfoliation, baking soda provides an all-natural and affordable option to taking care of your body. Click through to see how you can use ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to create easy DIY beauty hacks for just pennies a day. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arm & hammer , arm & hammer baking soda , baking soda , baking soda beauty hack , baking soda beauty recipe , baking soda exfoliation , baking soda shampoo , baking soda toothpaste , beauty hack , DIY baking soda beauty recipe

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How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween

October 31, 2014 by  
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We’re still enjoying the best of apple season, and there’s no better way to enjoy their crisp deliciousness than by taking a big bite out of a caramel apple . They make autumn feel just a little more festive, but you don’t have to go to a carnival or a state fair to find yourself a good one; making them at home is fun and easy, and perfect options for healthier Halloween treats! Read on to learn how you can make these crunchy delights at home, just in time for your Halloween party . Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple treat , apples , autumn , caramel , caramel apple recipe , caramel apples , desserts , DIY , DIY caramel , DIY caramel apples , halloween , Halloween food , homemade caramel , nuts , organic apples , organic food , organic nuts , recipes , toppings

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6 Recipes for a Vegan French Canadian Thanksgiving Menu

October 9, 2014 by  
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The harvest comes in early here in Canada; a full month before our neighbors to the south, in fact! As such, our Thanksgiving feast falls on the second weekend in October, rather than mid November, and you can bet that the season’s bounty is celebrated with great delight all across the country. Every region has its signature dishes for this particular holiday, and rural Québec is no exception. Although traditional fare is quite meat-heavy (turkey, ham, pork-filled pies and such), there are some gorgeous options for those who prefer a plant-based diet. Here are a few classic Québecois Thanksgiving dishes that we’ve updated for vegan palates. Read the rest of 6 Recipes for a Vegan French Canadian Thanksgiving Menu Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cabbage , cabbage salad , Canadian Thanksgiving , chou , chow chow , creton , French Canadian , habitant , ketchup , mushroom pate , pate , pea soup , quebec , quebec canada , Quebecois , recipe , recipes , soup , soupe , split pea soup , thanksgiving , Thanksgiving menu , tortiere , tourtiere , vegan , vegan pate , Vegan Recipe , vegan recipes , vegetarian , veggie pate

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