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Lentil, Kale & Honeycrisp Stir-fry

Lentil, Kale & Honeycrisp Stir-fry

Lentil, Kale & Honeycrisp Stir-fry

My thanks to the Produce Geek for inspiring me to try something new this week. Being the greens lover that I am, I’m almost ashamed to admit that I had never before tried kale in any way, shape or form.  Wow! Was I missing out! What I thought would be a bit of a “bitter” experience, turned out to be nothing of the sort. When I combined it into a stir-fry with the Produce Geek’s weekly picks of sweet onions and honeycrisp apples, slaw mix and lentils, it earned my respect – and repeat business. Be prepared to see more if it in future dishes!

Vegetarian/vegan: Enjoy – this dish is 100% both.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! (But if using soy sauce instead of Liquid Aminos, be sure you choose a gluten-free brand)

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Kale – 4 cups

    Raw materials for this week's stir-fry

    Raw materials for this week's stir-fry

  • Sweet onion – 2 cups, chopped
  • Honeycrisp apples -2 small, sliced

Other ingredients…

  • Slaw mix – 4 cups
  • Lentils – 2 cups, cooked
  • Peanut oil – 3 Tbsp (plus 2 tsps additional for prepping pan)
  • Sesame oil – 3 Tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar – 2 Tbsps (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 2 tsps
  • Course ground black pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Brown rice – 2 cups, cooked (optional)

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm 2 tsps peanut oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, prepare stir-fry sauce: Combine remaining peanut oil, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, honey & pepper in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. When oil in pan is hot, add vegetables and stir until tender, but not soggy  (approximately 10 minutes).
  4. Lower heat to medium-low and add lentils, apple slices & stir-fry sauce.
  5. Stir until ingredients are warmed and evenly distributed.

Serve all by itself (my favorite way to enjoy it) or over brown rice.

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad over Greens

Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad over Greens

Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad over Greens

There’s nothing like a crisp fall day in Pa…nor the flavors of the  Produce Geek‘s recommended  picks this week.  Among them are sweet potatoes and baking apples – two traditional favorites in this neck of the woods. It’s kind of cool that these colorful fall food stand-bys hit their peak just when the leaves are starting to take on their bright and brilliant gold, orange, and reddish hues. Good timing!

A Waldorf salad with a twist is what my mind (and taste buds) led me to create with the Produce Geek’s suggestions. Cortland apples, sweet potatoes, walnuts and healthy greens. Sweet, tart, crunchy, creamy, delicious. My husband pronounced this “a definitive keeper”. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Vegetarians/Vegans: No meat here…but there is dairy in the dressing. Vegans can use a dairy-free mayo instead.

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your choice of mayo and vinegar are in the clear – read the labels to make sure they don’t contain gluten.

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Sweet potatoes – 3/4 cup, chopped into small pieces and boiled until tender, but not mushy.  (Chop and boil enough
    Raw materials featuring The Produce Geek's picks

    Raw materials featuring The Produce Geek's picks

    for all the servings you’ll need. Cool before mixing into the salad)

  • Cortland apples – 1/2 cup, chopped

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Green leaf lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Red leaf lettuce – 3/4 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Walnuts halves – 1/4 cup

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Mayonnaise (regular, olive oil-based, or safflower) – 3/4 cup
  • Red wine vinegar – 3 Tbsp
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp
  • Dill weed – 1 Tsp
Get cooking…
  1. Toss the green leaf and red leaf lettuce together and place on plate.
  2. In a medium bowl, put amount of the following that you’ll need for all servings:
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Apples
    • Walnuts
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, dill weed, and honey, then spoon approximately 2 Tbsp of dressing per salad serving to the bowl of sweet potatoes, apples & walnuts. Stir until all ingredients are well-distributed.
  4. Place approximately 1 1/2 cups of mixture on top of the greens on each serving plate and dig in!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

“Scrambled” Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

Scrambled Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

Scrambled Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

Two of my favorite greens  – asparagus and broccoli – made the Produce Geek’s pick list this week. And so did Fuji apples (sweet and firm and at their peak right now!). In just 30 minutes, I combined all three – along with sliced white mushrooms and farm fresh, protein-packed eggs – into a hearty autumn vegetarian stir-fry. Accented by a zingy cider-based sauce, this combo is sure to chase the chill away from those brisk fall days.

Vegan version: Substitute the eggs with pintos or kidney beans for your  protein-punch.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! )

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What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Asparagus – 3 cups, cut into 2-3 inch long pieces

    Raw materials for Scrambled Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

    Raw materials

  • Broccoli – 3 cups, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Fuji apples – 1 1/2 cups chopped into small pieces

Other ingredients…

  • White mushrooms – 4 cups, sliced
  • Eggs – 8 whole, broken into a medium-sized bowl
  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup (plus 1 Tbsp for prepping pan)
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1/3 cup (preferably raw)
  • Apple cider – 4 Tbsp
  • Sea salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Brown rice – 2 cups (optional)

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm 1 Tbsp Olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. When hot, add broccoli and asparagus. Stir often and cook until slightly tender  (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Add mushrooms and stir until they no longer look raw (approximately 3 – 5 minutes).
  4. Lower heat to medium-low, add eggs and stir until all are cooked and mixed throughout the vegetables.
    • Prepare the sauce in the meantime – In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, apple cider, sea salt & cayenne pepper.
  5. Pour sauce on top of the stir-fry and stir until evenly distributed.

Serve by itself or over brown rice – savor the fall flavors!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Black Bean Stir-fry Featuring Broccoli Rabe

Black Bean Stir-fry featuring Broccoli Rabe

Black Bean Stir-fry featuring Broccoli Rabe

There were some terrific cruciferous veggies on the Produce Geek’s pick list this week. Broccoli rabe and cabbage – both excellent stir-fry raw materials!

This week, I created a dish that featured black beans in combination with those healthful vegetables. For a splash of color (and to add sweetness to counter the hint of bitterness that accompanies broccoli rabe), I tossed in some sweet red pepper chunks. As for the seasoning, I kept it simple. The ingredients bring their own distinctive flavors to the plate and require little enhancement. We ate this one without rice or any other grain, but as always, do as you please to please  your own palate!

Vegetarian/vegans: This meal is vegetarian and vegan.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! 

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Broccoli rabe – 4 cups, chopped and blanched(to remove some of the bitterness and augment the vibrant green of
    Raw materials for this week's dish

    Raw materials for this week's dish

    the veggie)

  • Green cabbage – 2 cups, chopped into 2 – 3 inch long strips

Other ingredients…

  • Sweet red pepper – 1/4 cup, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • Fresh garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Black beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Canola oil – 1 Tbsp for prepping pan
  • Sea salt – 1 tsp
  • Paprika – 1/2 tsp
  • Chives – 1 tsp
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp
  • Brown rice – 2 cups (optional)

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm canola oil and garlic in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. When hot, add broccoli rabe, cabbage and red peppers and stir often until tender yet slightly crunchy (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Lower heat to medium low and add black beans, spices and honey. Stirring until all ingredients are distributed evenly.
  4. Serve on plates all by itself or on top of rice or another grain
Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Peanut Chicken Stir-fry with Brussel Sprouts in Sweet Sesame Soy Sauce

Peanut Chicken Stir-fry with Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Sesame Soy Sauce

Peanut Chicken Stir-fry with Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Sesame Soy Sauce

I know that brussel sprouts aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they are my absolute favorite vegetable. Little green cabbages from heaven! It was a happy day when they made it to the top of the  Produce Geek’s pick list this week. Also on the list, celery and peanuts. Great ‘raw materials’ for a stir-fry! 

If you’re not a brussel sprouts fan, my bet is that this dish will change your mind.  It features all of the above plus Vidalia onion, spicy red peppers, fresh garlic, chicken tenderloins…all in  a sweet and sour sesame soy sauce. The tastes, colors and textures make this meal one to remember – and one to repeat!

Vegetarian/vegan version: As always, some protein-packed beans will make a nice substitution for the chicken.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! (if  you use gluten-free soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos)

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Brussel sprouts – 4 cups, sliced in half

    Raw materials for Peanut Chicken Stir-fry with Brussel Sprouts

    Raw materials for Peanut Chicken Stir-fry with Brussel Sprouts

  • Celery – 2 cups, chopped
  • Peanuts – 3/4 cup

Other ingredients…

  • Vidalia onion – 1 cup, chopped
  • Hot red pepper – 1/4 cup, diced (substitute red sweet pepper if you’re ‘temperature sensitive’)
  • Fresh garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Chicken breast tenderloins – 16 oz
  • Peanut oil – 1 Tbsp for prepping pan
  • Brown rice – 2 cups
  • Sesame oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 1 Tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Orange Juice – 1 Tbsp

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm peanut oil, garlic, and onion in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. When hot, add chicken, stir often and cook until done  (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add brussel sprouts & celery to pan and stir-fry until the vegetables start to turn tender.
  5. Lower heat to medium low and add peppers and peanuts. Stirring occasionally, continue to cook until vegetables are tender, but not soggy.
    • Prepare the sauce in the meantime – In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, liquid aminos (or soy sauce), apple cider vinegar, honey & orange juice.
  6. Pour sauce on top of the stir-fry and stir until evenly distributed.

Serve over brown rice – and savor.

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Pinto and Pepper Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Pinto and Pepper Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Pinto and Pepper Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

With the  Produce Geek recommending sweet red peppers and Hass Avocados among his  picks this week, I was inspired to create a south-of-the-border-style salad.

This meal has some “meat” with protein-rich pinto beans – and it has just a hint of “heat” with poblano peppers. Topping it off is a creamy avocado dressing that is worthy of a fiesta. 

Vegetarians/Vegans: No meat here…but there is dairy in the dressing. Vegans can omit the yogurt and replace it with a little extra tomato and avocado.

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your choice of yogurt is in the clear – read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain gluten.

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Sweet red peppers – 1/2 pepper, sliced
  • Hass Avocados – 1 cup, chopped (for the dressing)

    Raw materials for this week's recipe

    Raw materials for this week's recipe

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Green leaf lettuce – 3/4 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 3/4 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Poblano peppers – 1/2 pepper, sliced very thin
  • Pinto beans – 1/2 cup

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Hass Avocado – As noted under The Produce Geek’s Picks above
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Plain Greek yogurt (or Sour cream) – 3/4 cup
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – grind according to taste
  • Cilantro – 1/2 teaspoon

Get cooking…

  1. Toss the following ingredients together and place on plate.
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Green leaf lettuce
    • Red sweet pepper slices
    • Poblano pepper slices
  2. Center Pinto beans on top of the veggies.
  3. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  4. Place salad dressing cup on plate and grab your fork!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

Bring On Breakfast Stir-fry

 

Bring On Breakfast Stir-fry

Bring On Breakfast Stir-fry

Lured by the wiles of the Ephrata Street Fair in our downtown last evening, I didn’t keep with my normal Tuesday night routine of cooking up my recipe of the week. Wanting to stay true to my Wednesday post schedule, I incorporated the  Produce Geek’s pick of white potatoes into a hearty breakfast stir-fry this morning. Broccoli, cheddar cheese and some high-power protein (eggs and pinto beans) give this morning (or whenever you want to make it) meal some real get up and go!  


Vegetarian/vegan version: Remove the eggs & cheese from the equation and add more beans.

Gluten Conscious: This is a gluten-free recipe. But as always, check the label on your cheese to make sure it’s in the clear.

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • White potatoes – 4 medium, sliced very thinly

    Raw materials for Bring On Breakfast Stir-fry

    Raw materials for this week's stir-fry

Other ingredients…
  • Broccoli – 4 cups, cut into small pieces
  • Eggs –  4 whole
  • Pinto beans – 1 1/2 cups cooked
  • Cheddar cheese – 4 oz, shredded
  • Canola oil –  1 Tbsp for prepping pan
  • Course ground sea salt – 1 tsp
  • Course ground pepper – 4 good twists
  • Parsley flakes – a couple of pinches

Get cooking…

  1. Warm canola oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. When hot, add potatoes & broccoli, stir often and cook until tender  (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Add eggs, stirring non-stop, until cooked (approximately 3 minutes, give or take)
  4. Lower heat to medium low and add beans, cheese, salt & pepper. Stir until cheese is starting to melt (a minute or two)
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley on each serving.
Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Grilled Steak & Spinach Salad with Creamy Garlic Chive Dressing

Grilled Steak & Spinach Salad

Grilled Steak & Spinach Salad with Creamy Garlic Chive Dressing

Although my personal preferences often lead me to create poultry and vegetarian meals, I firmly believe that a little bit of red meat is good for the body, soul – and sanity! This week, I took the always on-target buying advice from the  Produce Geek and crafted a steak salad using his picks this week!

The white mushrooms and broccoli that he recommended perfectly complemented the spinach and lean grilled sirloin steak that came from the grass-fed steer we bought a share of earlier in the year. Topped with Creamy Garlic Chive Dressing (my own-made!), this salad made a satiating meal fit for the most ravenous of meat-lovers.

Vegetarians/Vegans: Although this salad is carnivore-oriented, you could substitute a hearty bean (kidneys or pintos perhaps) for the steak and swap the yogurt-based dressing with a nice balsamic vinaigrette.  

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your choice of mayo & yogurt are in the clear – read the labels to make sure neither contain gluten.

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Broccoli florets – 3/4 cup, cut into bite-sized pieces

    Raw materials for the Steak and Spinach Salad

    Raw materials for the salad

  • White mushrooms – 3/4 cup sliced

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Fresh spinach – 1 cup
  • Grilled sirloin steak strips  –  3 -4 oz w/fat trimmed

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Greek yogurt – plain, 1/2 cup
  • Mayo  – 1/4 cup (preferably Safflower or Olive oil variety)
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Chives – 1 tsp
  • Dill Weed – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – grind according to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Place spinach on plate.
  2. Space broccoli florets around the perimeter.
  3. Top interior spinach bed with white mushrooms.
  4. Lay grilled steak on top of mushrooms.
  5. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl.
    2. Whisk until blended.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  6. Place salad dressing cup on plate and shout “Steak is served!”
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

Go for the “Gold” Green Bean Stir-fry

Go for the "Gold" Green Bean Stir-fry

Go for the "Gold" Green Bean Stir-fry

I ventured a little on the wild side with this chicken stir-fry! Embracing the  Produce Geek’s weekly picks of fresh green beans and Ginger Gold apples, I created a dish that delivers a unique taste experience.  In the mix, are sweet red peppers, hot peppers and Chinese cabbage – fantastic in any stir-fry, and perfect as the foundation for this one. The “gold” element refers not only to sweet/tart Ginger Gold apple slices, but also to the tangy lime tequila sauce that features gold tequila (just a teeny tiny bit!). Great over brown rice or served on its own.

Vegetarian/vegan version: Substitute white navy beans for the chicken.

Gluten Conscious: You should be good to go with this recipe, but do your research on whatever type of gold tequila you’re thinking of using.

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Green beans – 6 cups
  • Ginger Gold apples – 2 apples, sliced

    Raw materials

    "Raw materials" for this stir-fry

Other ingredients…

  • Chinese cabbage – 8 cups, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Sweet red pepper –  2 large, sliced then chopped into thirds
  • Long hot peppers – 2, seeded and sliced thinly and into small pieces
  • Grilled chicken breast – 16 oz, cut into strips
  • Canola oil – 1/2 cup (plus 1 Tbsp for prepping pan)
  • Fresh lime juice – 1/2 cup
  • Gold tequila – 2 Tbsp
  • Course ground sea salt – 1 tsp
  • Cilantro – 1 tsp
  • Brown rice – 2 cups

Get cooking…

  1. First, prepare the stir-fry sauce.
    1. Whisk together the canola oil, lime juice, sea salt & cilantro in a small bowl.
    2. Set aside.
  2. Warm approx. 1 Tbsp of canola oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  3. When hot, add green beans & red peppers and cook until green beans are turning tender, stirring often (approximately 10 minutes).
  4. Add cabbage & hot peppers, stirring frequently, until cabbage is tender (3-4 minutes. Note: shrinkage is expected!)
  5. Add apple slices, chicken & stir-fry sauce – stir until ingredients are well-distributed and warm.
  6. Serve over brown rice or on its own.
Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Nuts & Berries Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Dressing

Nuts & Berries Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette-8.31.2011

Nuts & Berries Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Dressing

“Hmmmm…” is what I initially said to myself as I reviewed the Produce Geek‘s buying advice this week. Some delicious produce, but not too much that I immediately recognized as ideal stir-fry or salad ingredients. BUT then the bolt of lightning hit!

With red raspberries on the Produce Geek’s pick list this week, what could be better than a salad that features their summer flavor with hearty walnuts? “Nuts & Berries” – a perfect combination. Placed on a bed of hearty lettuce with baby portabella mushrooms and surrounded by baby carrots (also among the Produce Geek’s recommendations), this salad is simple & simply divine with my Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Dressing.

This salad is vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free. But that doesn’t mean that meat-eaters won’t love it, too!

 

 

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Red raspberries – 1/2 cup

    Raw materials for the salad

    Raw materials for the salad

  • Baby carrots – 6 cut into half lengthwise

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Red leaf lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Baby portabella mushrooms –  3/4 cup, sliced
  • Walnuts pieces – 1/4 cup, shelled (obviously!)

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp (high quality for the best taste)
  • Balsamic vinegar – 3 Tbsp
  • Orange juice – 1/8 cup
  • Honey (I prefer raw, but regular will do) – 1 Tbsp
  • Basil – 1 tsp
  • Sea salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Fresh ground pepper – 3-4 cranks of the grinder or to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Place lettuce on plate.
  2. Top with baby portabella mushrooms in center.
  3. Add raspberries and walnuts on top of the mushrooms.
  4. Arrange baby carrots around the perimeter of the plate.
  5. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl.
    2. Whisk until completely blended.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  6. Serve up the salad & dressing and enjoy!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.
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