vegetables

  • In Season: Arugula

    Whether you know it as garden rocket, salad rocket, roquette, or arugula, this spicy little leafy green veggie botanists call Eruca sativa has many names. Arugula resembles a small-leaved open lettuce and is in the same family as kale, mustard greens, and cauliflower.

  • Best-Selling Produce

    Which ones were really tearing up the produce section in 2013? The numbers are in from Meijer Foods.

    >> Power Greens. Kale showed particularly strong growth along with Brussels sprouts, organic salads, and bagged greens.

    >> Fresh Herbs. Fresh herbs like basil and cilantro were a way to bring out flavor without adding salt.

  • What’s in Your Food?

    I picked up my son from school recently to have lunch with him. We went to the park with our sack lunches. As I watched him pull out his carrot sticks and orange slices, I asked him if anyone in the lunch room had a lunch like him with fruits and vegetables. He said his best friend sometimes had celery in his lunch sack but no one else did.

    Whole foods emphasize what’s in your food, not what isn’t
    By Linda Kopec, ND, MHNE, CNC
  • Veggie Power: 3 Juice Recipes to Fight Cold and Flu

    According to the latest CDC Flu Activity & Surveillance report, flu is widespread in 25 states so far this season. As for the common cold, the CDC estimates that more than one billion of us will suffer from it in 2014.

    By Michael T. Murray, ND
  • Tofu Kale Lasagna

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    SERVES 8

    5 – 7 sun-dried tomatoes

    12 lasagna noodles

    6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    4 garlic cloves, minced

    1 large onion, chopped

    8 – 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced

    2 pounds fresh firm tofu

    2 tablespoons mirin

    2 teaspoons dried basil

    2 teaspoons dried parsley

    2 bunches kale, finely chopped

    Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

    4 cups tomato sauce

    1 1/2 cups grated soy or rice mozzarella

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, soak sun-dried tomatoes in enough hot water to cover. When soft, drain, chop, and set aside. Cook lasagna noodles until just soft. Drain and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté garlic and onions in oil until soft. Add mushrooms and sauté three minutes. Drain tofu, wrap in towels, press to remove excess water, and crumble into pot. Add mirin, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and parsley and sauté five minutes. Fold in kale, cover, and cook three minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce over bottom of 9x12-inch lasagna pan. Place single layer of noodles over sauce and cover with half the kale mixture. Cover with 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup soy mozzarella. Cover with another layer of noodles and remaining kale mixture. Add 1 1/2 cups sauce, 1/2 cup soy mozzarella, and final layer of noodles, then 1/2 cup sauce and remaining soy mozzarella. Cover tightly with foil and bake 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes before serving. Source: Clean Food by Terry Walters, image by Gentl and Hyers, courtesy of Sterling Epicure

  • Mock Mashed Potatoes

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    Serves: 8 – 10

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, sliced

    1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped

    3 cups cooked cannellini beans

    1/2 cup vegetable broth

    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, sliced (chives would also work well)

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add sliced garlic, and cook until slightly browned. Meanwhile, place one to two inches of water in a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Place cauliflower in a steam basket and place in pot. Cover and steam until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. In a food processor, combine garlic-infused oil, cauliflower, cannellini beans, vegetable broth, and parsley, and purée until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed, and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm and enjoy! Source: Recipe by Amanda Maguire, picklesnhoney.com

  • Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Lemon-Caper-Dill Aioli

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    MAKES 4 SERVINGS

    FOR SALMON AND ASPARAGUS

    1 pound asparagus, trimmed

    Cooking spray

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

    1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided

    1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet

    FOR AIOLI

    3/4 cup mayonnaise

    1 clove garlic, minced

    1 teaspoon finely grated organic lemon rind

    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

    1 tablespoon chopped capers

    2 teaspoons finely minced red onion

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    To make the salmon and asparagus: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange the asparagus in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with half the salt and pepper. Place the salmon fillet directly on top of the asparagus. Sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper. Roast the salmon for 18 minutes or until the fish flakes when tested with a fork.

    To make the aioli, combine the mayonnaise and the re­maining ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Serve the salmon and asparagus with aioli. Source: Fast and Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

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    SERVES: 3

    1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil or other oil

    1 sweet onion, diced

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    3 cups sliced cremini or white button mushrooms (about 8 ounces)

    1 cup chopped carrots

    2 cups chopped broccoli florets

    Fine grain sea salt and black pepper

    1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

    1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

    2 teaspoons ground cumin

    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    5 cups vegetable broth

    2 large nori seaweed sheets, cut into 1 inch strips (optional)

    2 cups torn kale leaves

    Fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)

    In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about five minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for five minutes more. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for one to two minutes, until fragrant. Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired. Source: The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon, image by Angela Liddon

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

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    SERVES: 6

    1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

    1/2 cup peeled and diced carrot

    1/2 cup diced celery

    2 teaspoons seeded and diced jalapeno chile pepper

    1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    2 cloves garlic, chopped

    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

    1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

    6 cups organic chicken broth, homemade or store-bought

    6 corn tortillas

    1 cup thinly sliced cooked organic chicken

    2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

    1/2 avocado, diced

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

    Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, jalapeno, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and sauté until the vegetables begin to soften, three to five minutes. Stir in the garlic, cumin, and oregano. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice and cook one minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Put the tortillas in a stack and cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-wide strips. Spread the strips on a baking sheet and bake just until crisp, seven to eight minutes. Add the chicken, two tablespoons of the lime juice, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the soup and stir to combine. Simmer uncovered for five minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice. Taste; you may want to add a squeeze of lime juice or a pinch of salt. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls. Crumble the tortilla strips, then scatter them over the soup. Top with the avocado and cilantro and serve immediately. Source: The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, image by Leo Gong