I had thought I would be traveling this week, but instead I have more time to cook through this week’s veggies. Here’s what I have on the menu:
I’m also planning to make pimento cheese and pear scones. Together with a bunch more tomatoes from our garden, the roma tomatoes will become tomato sauce that I will can for later.
Clockwise from left: Red Radishes, Broccoli, Red Seedless Watermelon, Green Beans (in a bag), Red Pimento Peppers, Bartlett Pears, Rainbow Chard, Roma Tomatoes, Italian Eggplant, Kiwiberries, Thumbelina Carrots
If I could rename this blog, I would call it “Salad Season” because each May we laugh about how much lettuce we seem to get, saying it’s to prepare our bodies for lounging beside swimming pools and on beaches. Somehow, the sudden bounty of leafy greens doesn’t have much effect on my physique, but it’s still nice to be eating lighter as the weather gets warmer, at least, most days.
Here are some of the things I’m planning to make this week.
- Tandoori chicken bake (I shred an entire zucchini or squash to make this casserole that is loaded with hidden vegetables!)
- Salad with goat cheese, quinoa, and roasted beets
- Pasta with Sausage and Dandelion Greens (adapted from this recipe, substituting hot Italian sausage for sweet, and dandelion greens for the chard)
I’m trying to put that lettuce to use in lots of salad recipes this week. We typically take leftovers as lunch, so it really works out to salad every day. I won’t wish this time of year away, though, because after Salad Season comes Summer Squash Overload, and it will be here before we know it.
From left: Red Beets, Garlic Scapes, two heads of Red Leaf Lettuce, Dandelion Greens, Napa Cabbage, Yellow Patty Pan Squash, Rainbow Chard, Strawberries
When I have received chard in the past, I’ve tended to rely on my old standby recipe of chard baked with feta and egg. I’m a real dairy lover, but I’ve become conscious through writing these posts just how much cheese I use in these recipes. The chard recipe I’m sharing today is lighter, but no less flavorful thanks to the fragrant punch from the herbs.
It’s an especially fast side dish, as well. Chop up the chard, cutting out any ribs larger than the width about your pinkie fingernail. Next, wilt the chard. Leave it wet after washing and toss it for a few minutes in a hot pan. Cook some green onions, dill, and parsley in oil over medium heat in a skillet until wilted. Then, add chard and toss until warm. Season with salt and pepper. Easy, right?
As always, full recipe with detailed steps is below. Continue reading
Spaghetti Squash, Green Butterhead Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Rainbow Chard, Pink Beauty Radishes
Mixed Sweet Peppers, Kiwiberries, Broccoli, Baby Red Beets, Honeycrisp Apples
Produce arrangement and photo this week courtesy of my very talented sister
yellow cubanelle peppers, green acorn squash, rainbow chard, golden gem watermelon, red tomatoes, green beans
mixed yummy peppers (yellow, orange and red), fortune plums, baby eggplants, gala apples, red potatoes
Since I’m posting this in much later, here’s a recipe I made with the baby eggplant and completely forgot to document! Stuffed Baby Eggplant from Tyler Florence. My eggplant were a little too baby-sized to make this effective, but it was still quite tasty.