1 pound okra (trimmed into 1 1/2-inch pieces lengthwise)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium onion (finely diced)
2 medium tomatoes (finely diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 inch ginger (minced or julienned)
1 green chili pepper (like jalapeno or serrano, minced, optional)
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika (or cayenne for more heat. You can adjust this quantity up or down per your taste)
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
2 tbsp cilantro (finely minced, for garnish)
• Preheat oven to 375. Toss the okra with 1/2 tsp of oil and place on a rack on a sheet pan. Roast at 375 degrees for 8 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the okra is almost tender. The okra should still look green, and should have a slight bite when your teeth dig into it. Set aside.
• Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai or wok or skillet. Add the cumin seeds and when they darken slightly, add the onions with a pinch of salt. Saute until the onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add the ginger and garlic and green chili peppers if using and continue to saute for a couple more minutes.
• Add the tomatoes, mix, then add the powdered spices -- coriander powder, turmeric, paprika or cayenne and garam masala. You want to saute the tomatoes only until they are very mushy and have let go of all their liquid, making a nice sauce.
• Add a cup of water to the tomatoes and onions and bring to a boil. Season with salt and add the prepped okra to the sauce. Stir to mix and continue cooking 3-4 minutes until the flavors meld together and the okra is cooked to your liking. Juice the lemon over top.
• Sprinkle on the cilantro and serve hot.
Serve with a side of salsa!!
3 medium bell peppers, thinly sliced (preferably at least one red and one yellow)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
4 thyme sprigs
2 (14- to 16-ounce) cans black beans, drained
1 cup canned diced tomatoes with their liquid
1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
2 large garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Sliced avocado, for serving
Crumbled queso fresco or grated white Cheddar, for serving (optional)
Chopped cilantro leaves, for serving
Heat oven to 400 degrees and arrange racks in the top and bottom thirds of oven. On a rimmed sheet pan, toss together peppers, onion, ¼ cup oil, ½ teaspoon salt and sage, then spread vegetables out in an even layer. Top with thyme sprigs, and roast on the top rack until tender and lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes or so.
On a separate rimmed sheet pan, toss together beans, tomatoes, ¼ cup oil, chipotle chile and sauce, garlic, oregano, ½ teaspoon cumin and salt to taste. Roast on the bottom rack, stirring every 10 minutes, until juices have thickened, 25 to 35 minutes.
Brush tortillas on both sides with oil, then arrange in an even layer on a third rimmed baking sheet (it’s O.K. if the tortillas overlap slightly). Bake until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with salt while they are still hot.
To make the cumin salt, grate the zest from the lime. In a small bowl, stir together lime zest, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon cumin. Cut naked lime into wedges.
To serve, top tortillas with beans, peppers, avocado, queso fresco (if desired), cilantro and a squeeze of lime from the wedges. Let people sprinkle on lime-cumin salt to taste.
6 to 8 chicken legs and/or thighs, skinned
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced across the grain
2 mildly hot chilies, like Anaheim or New Mexico chilies, cored, seeded and cut in very thin strips, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)
3 to 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds (4 large) mixed green and red bell peppers, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes with juice, pulsed in a food processor
Pinch of sugar
inse the chicken pieces and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the canola or vegetable oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and brown the chicken pieces, in batches, on each side for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl or plate. Pour off the fat from the pan and discard.
Turn the heat down to medium. Add the olive oil and the onion with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze, until the onions begin to soften. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the hot and sweet peppers, a bit of salt and the garlic, and cook, stirring, until the peppers begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sugar and stir together until the tomatoes begin to bubble and smell fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Return the chicken pieces to the pan. Cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring at regular intervals and turning the chicken pieces over so that the ingredients don’t scorch and the chicken cooks evenly. The peppers should be very soft and the chicken quite tender. Add freshly ground pepper, taste and adjust the salt, and serve with rice, other grains of your choice or noodles.
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 small sweet pepper diced
3 carrot, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 small eggplants cubed
2 small squash (zucchini or yellow) cubed
2 bay leaves
1 mixed tomato qt or 3-4 large tomatoes chopped
In a casserole pot (or just a regular large pot) over medium heat, place enough oil to just coat the bottom. Add the onion, sweet pepper, carrot, and garlic. Let cook until fragrant. Stir in salt to taste plus the herbs and spices. Add/subtract/substitute herbs and spices to taste or for what you have on hand (ie: sweet paprika instead of smoked, or oregano instead of marjoram). Add the eggplant, squash, tomatoes, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a bubbly almost boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until eggplant and squash are nice and soft. Keep an eye on it while simmering, stir occasionally and add a little liquid if it starts to get too dry (water, chicken broth, veg broth, wine, water+boullian, all good liquid options).
If desired, top with a mint and cucumber tzatziki-esk sauce (peeled/seeded/chopped cucumber, mint, plain yogurt, salt, pepper). Serve with buttered crusty toast, would be great with Sub Rosa toast or toasted pita. Could be made with any type of bean or served over rice instead of toast for a GF option.
From our market helper Tricia, who is also a health coach. For more healthy recipes or for healthy tips visit her website, http://triciaontrack.com/apps/recipe/
Overall, this recipe is easy, as long as you know how to chop vegetables. The peeling, seeding, and chopping of tomatoes can be time consuming and a little messy, so be prepared! If that seems daunting, you could substitute canned tomatoes. However, the flavor profile would be very different.
How to Peel a Tomato:
1. Fill a large pot halfway full of water and bring to a boil
2. Fill a large bowl with ice and water
3. Cut a small X on the bottom of the tomato
4. Drop tomato into the boiling water for 15 seconds
5. Move tomato to the ice water for 1 minute
6. Pat dry and peel!
**Chop all vegetables into bite-sized/small-dice chunks
3 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cup tomato juice (squeeze from the tomato leftovers or use bottled)
3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 red/orange bell pepper, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, peeled and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 heaping Tbsp minced garlic
3 Tbsp almond meal
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (can sub tamari)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl
2. Transfer about 2 cups of the mixture to a blender and pulse for 10 seconds
3. Return to bowl and stir
4. Transfer another 2 cups of the mixture to a blender and pulse for 10 seconds
5. Return to bowl and stir
6. Repeat process a few more times until desired consistency is reached. I like to have a good mix of chunky vegetables and puree.
7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving. I like it best the next day, as the flavors have a chance to meld.
Serve with freshly chopped basil and sour cream or greek yogurt, if desired
Use up your leeks, carrots, and celery with this absolutely delicious chicken recipe. If you feel weird about the loose coriander seeds, you can use ground or put the seeds into your spice bag in with the other herbs.
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 thyme sprigs
1 rosemary sprig
1 whole clove
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, rinsed and patted dry
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
4 large leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned and thinly sliced crosswise
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 pound carrots, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 celery stick, diced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1 cup dry white wine
About 2 cups chicken stock
1 to 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or celery leaves, for garnish
Buttered noodles, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Tie thyme, rosemary and clove in a spice sachet or square of cheesecloth.
Season chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper. Coat each piece evenly with flour; tap off excess. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large oven-proof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear in batches, until browned all over, 5 to 6 minutes a side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pot; reduce heat to medium. Add leeks and 2 tablespoons sage and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to color, about 5 minutes.
Add wine and increase heat to high; simmer, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Return rabbit to pot. Add stock (it should come almost halfway up the sides of chicken pieces) and herb sachet (or herbs and clove). Transfer pot to oven and cook, partially covered, until meat is fork tender, about 2 hours.
Transfer rabbit pieces to a serving platter. If the liquid seems too thin, place the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until it thickens slightly. Discard sachet. Stir in mustard, to taste. Spoon sauce and vegetables over chicken. Garnish with parsley and celery leaves and remaining 1 tablespoon chopped sage. Serve with noodles, if desired.
This recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious. I also threw in a handful of padróns and you could add jalapeños for more spice.
1 pound fresh sausage links (I used the Jalapeño Cheddar from Mayor Meats!)
1 pound sweet or mild peppers (seeded and sliced into 2-inch strips if large)
1 pound cherry or grape tomatoes
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
2 onions, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
Heat the broiler with a rack 6 inches from heat source. Score the sausages in a few places on both sides, making sure not to cut all the way through. In a shallow baking dish or baking sheet, toss the sausages with the peppers, tomatoes, garlic, shallots and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread in an even layer.
Broil until the sausage is cooked through and the peppers and tomatoes are nicely charred, 10 to 15 minutes. Rotate the pan and ingredients as needed so everything gets under the broiler. If everything is charring too quickly, cover the pan with foil. Serve immediately.
FOR THE CORNMEAL BISCUITS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 cup sour cream or plain whole milk yogurt
FOR THE RATATOUILLE
1 large eggplant 1 1/2 pounds cut into 1-inch chunks
3 small zucchini 3/4 pound, cut into 1-inch chunks
7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 red pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
For the biscuits: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Fold in the sour cream. Gently knead mixture until it comes together in a ball, adding a drop or two of milk if necessary. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
For the ratatouille: In a bowl, toss eggplant and zucchini with 5 tablespoons oil; season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Spread vegetables in a single layer on one or two large baking sheets (do not crowd vegetables). Transfer to oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until golden, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large, deep, preferably oven-proof sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Crumble sausage into pan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate.
Return pan to medium heat and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Stir in the onion, pepper, garlic and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and thyme sprigs; simmer gently until tomatoes are cooked and mixture is stew-like, about 10 minutes. Stir in the sausage, roasted vegetables and parsley. If you are not using an oven-safe pan, transfer mixture to a 2-quart gratin dish or baking pan.
Divide biscuit dough into six equal balls. Use your palm to flatten each ball into a ½ -inch-thick disk. Arrange on top of ratatouille mixture. Brush biscuits lightly with milk.
Transfer skillet or pan to oven and cook until biscuits are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
You can make this on repeat all summer! No tomato paste required.
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced or thinly sliced (to taste)
3 pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered if you have a food mill, peeled, seeded, and diced if you don’t
1/8 teaspoon sugar
2 sprigs of fresh basil, or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil
Freshly ground pepper
In a wide, nonstick frying pan, or in a 3-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook, stirring, just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, basil or thyme sprig, and salt (begin with ½ teaspoon and add more later), and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring often, until thick. Pulpy tomatoes like romas will usually take 20 to 30 minutes. However, if the tomatoes are very juicy, it will take longer for them to cook down. The longer you cook the sauce, the sweeter it will be. You can speed up the process by turning up the heat, but stir often so the sauce doesn’t scorch. Towards the end of cooking, stir in the slivered fresh basil and some freshly ground pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.
If using quartered tomatoes, put through the medium blade of a food mill. If you used peeled seeded tomatoes but want a sauce with a smooth, even texture, remove the basil sprigs and discard. Pulse the sauce in a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
Part of the joy of CSA abundance is storing for the off season. This pesto can be frozen into ice cube trays, then stored in a plastic bag to pop into soups and pastas all winter! It can also be altered to use up extra arugula, kale, or herbs.
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
A few generous grinds of black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Combine the scapes, sunflower seeds, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you've defrosted it.
Each week our CSA gets recipes along with their Shares. Here we've collected all the recipes from previous years.