Rutabaga, Sorrel, Cabbage, Daikon...and more! Winter Seasonal Food

January 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Abundant Harvest Organics has done it again! Giving us a bounty of amazing fruit and veggies that get our family OUTSIDE of our normal eating habits.

We're going GLOBAL this week with vegetables popular in Korea, Netherlands and Amish Country of Pennsylvania!

This is a list of the items in the bin this week and ideas on what you can use them for!

Eat up!


Lemon:  Zest and freeze in snack bags (and stack in a glass mason jar) or squeeze and make ice cubes (LEMONADE anytime) with 50:50 water and lemon juice.

Oranges: The variety makes it easy to grab one of these on the go and eat it anywhere.  Be ready for co-workers to ask you where you got it because it will have the most powerful aroma (much better than conventional).  Bring two, and share!

Broccoli Raab: (this is a favorite of mine!)  Stir fry, steam (cut stems smaller so they become soft) and serve sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese (you don’t need much, just for flavor).  Or put 2 chopped cloves of garlic and 3T EVOO in a pan and then take the steamed raab and saute it.  OY YUM!  Add some sesame seeds at the end (instead of cheese)

Endive:  Make mashed potatoMandarin and Oranges from Abundant Harvest Organics1 Mandarine and Oranges AHO Jan 2013Avalon50 2013 (6) es (we got those in our bins as well) leaving the skin on, shred 1/2c of endive for every 2 medium size potatoes and add it to your mashed potatoes!  This is a dish they eat in the Netherlands.  

Korean Daikon:  shred and add to the top of your salads or add it (last) to a stir fry.  Anyplace you’d use a regular radish, daikon can be there too!

Lettuce:  This one is TOO EASY!  Sandwich or Salad!

Potatoes: Another easy one.  Do any of these: bake, mash, steam (with parsley on them!) and smashed.  You should leave the skin ON!  We suggest our campers eat these starchy things at lunch.  Mom always preached: breakfast like a KING, lunch like a PRINCE and dinner like a PAUPER.

Cabbage: shred for taco building, salads, just eat it straight (I like it, it’s nice and crunchy).

Make sauerkraut (here is a recipe I found on allrecipes.com)  Saurkraut and sausages was a New Year’s Tradition with my mom, Mary May.  I still love it but I can't get anyone else here to join me.  It’s something the Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate (but I’m from Ohio!).

Kale: Try making a fruit shake with 3C kale, papaya juice (1/2C), 1/2C water, 4 ice cubes and a frozen banana. Add a little OJ if it’s too thick for you.

Sorrel: grate and BBQ your salmon or mackerel  fish, use it with a lettuce leaf on a chicken sandwich, add it to lentil soup (shredded).  

Winter Squash:  bake and serve with butter, salt and pepper; make a soup, make pasta and butternut squash (I found this awesome recipe for you on TheKitchn.com.)

Mandarins: Like the Oranges, bring two and share!  Just eat it straight.  If these go on “BULK” they are fantastic to bring to events, the office or if you are assigned to work at the Snack Shack you can have these to sell and make money for your Snack Shack knowing you aren’t pumping JUNK!

Carrots: If you got the Large Bin you got carrots.  And if you’ve eaten the AH carrots you know that the ONLY way you want to eat these beautiful pieces of work is RAW!    But if you don’t like carrots, you can shred them and add them to red pasta sauce, chili sauce or steam them then serve with raisins and butter (and salt/pepper).

Rutabaga: I always thought it was type of an automobile!  These are bitter if not cooked until tender so you can bake, roast, steam or braise them adding them to anything you would put a turnip or parsnip in.

Hopefully you got something useful out of this to help you prepare for your bin next week.

Take care,

Randy and Sarita

 

PS: If you are not already a customer of Abundant Harvest Organics you should check it out!  They deliver a bin every Saturday to Simi Valley and might also deliver to your neighborhood. (see the routes here). If you are not on their delivery, check the website Local Harvest .org  and you can search your zip code (very helpful site!)  Spread the word to: EAT LOCALLY GROWN and if you can EAT ORGANIC!  It does NOT cost more!! 




 


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