vegetables

  • Buttered Spinach

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    SERVES 4

    2 large bunches young spinach (about 1 ¼ pounds)

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    ½ teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt

    ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

    2 hard-cooked eggs, minced

    Trim the spinach of any tough stems or veins, then coarsely chop the spinach leaves. Toss the spinach into a large, heavy stockpot. Set it on the stove over medium-low heat, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until wilted. Drain the wilted spinach in a colander, and press it down to remove any excess liquid. Return the pot to the stove, add the butter, and melt over low heat. Toss in the spinach. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and minced egg, then serve. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther

  • Cider-Braised Kale with Apples and Sweet Cherries

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    SERVES 4-6

    2 tablespoons bacon fat

    1 small red onion, thinly sliced

    2 bunches Lacinato kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped

    1 apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

    1 cup dried sweet cherries

    ¼ cup hard cider

    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

    Melt the bacon fat in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Toss the red onion into the hot fat and fry until fragrant and softened, about three minutes. Stir in the apples and fry them until tender enough to pierce with a fork, about four minutes, then toss in the kale, and cook until barely wilted. It should only take a minute. Stir the sweet cherries and hard cider into the wilted kale and apples. Simmer until the liquid is mostly evaporated, about five minutes. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and serve. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther

  • Tomayto, Tomahto

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    When I was a kid, I absolutely loved spaghetti. I ate it the messy way, of course: twirling the pasta around my fork until a giant noodle ball formed, then shoving said noodle ball into my mouth and leaving crusty remnants of red sauce in the corners of my lips. Kids love messy foods—or, they somehow manage to make non-messy foods into messy foods—and I was no exception.

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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