Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

At first glance, you might think that this week’s creation has a rather odd combination of ingredients. But I believe that you’ll find this dish to make perfect sense after you taste it.

The Produce Geek‘s picks of the week included walnuts and Anjou pears. Matched up with some spinach, brown rice and my Sesame Ginger sauce, the fruit and nuts go from “oddball ingredients” to “out of this world”. Give it a try! 

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…

  • Walnuts – 2 cups, chopped
  • Green Anjou Pears – 2 cups, chopped into bite-sized chunks
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Other ingredients…

  • Spinach – 12 cups (sounds like a lot, but it shrinks severely when cooked!)
  • Brown rice – 2 cups, cooked
  • Sesame oil – 1/4 cup
  • Canola oil – 1/4 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar – 3 Tbsps (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 1 Tbsp
  • Fresh Ginger – 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp for prepping pan

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, prepare stir-fry sauce:
    • Put sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, Liquid Aminos, ginger & honey in a blender.
    • Blend until smooth.
  3. When oil in pan is hot, add spinach. Note: add spinach gradually because all 12 cups might not fit in your pan all at once. Stir continuously until all spinach is in the pan.
  4. Add walnuts, cooked brown rice and stir-fry sauce. Stir until ingredients are warm and evenly distributed.
  5. Turn off heat and add pears. Stir to distribute evenly throughout the pan.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Turkey Potato Salad with Honey Citrus Balsamic Dressing

Turkey Potato Salad with Honey Citrus Balsamic Dressing

Turkey Potato Salad with Honey Citrus Balsamic Dressing

There’s nothing better for recovering from a Thanksgiving day weekend turkey and trimmings hangover than a fresh salad. But rather than make you go “cold turkey”, this salad creation was built to satisfy and satiate. 

Again, no going cold turkey…literally. This recipe combines ground turkey, greens, &  black olives with the Produce Geek‘s buying recommendations  – Yukon gold potatoes, grape tomatoes & white mushrooms. Finished with my Honey Citrus Balsamic Vinegar dressing, it’s tangy, tasty, crispy…and more than hearty enough to give you the energy you’ll need for a demanding day of Cyber Monday shopping.

Vegetarians/Vegans: Substitute your favorite beans for the turkey.

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your vinegar is in the clear – read the label!

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • White mushrooms – 1/2 cup, sliced

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  • Yukon gold potatoes – 1/2 cup, sliced thinly & chopped into small pieces (prepare enough for all your servings)
  • Grape tomatoes – 6

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Green leaf lettuce – 1 1/2 cups, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Black olives – 1 Tbsp, sliced
  • Ground turkey breast – 4 oz  for each serving
  • Chives – 1/4 tsp

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1/2 cup
  • Balsamic vinegar- 1/4 cup
  • Orange juice – 2 Tbsp
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp
  • Basil – 2 tsps
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Toss the green leaf and romaine lettuce together and place on plate.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil on medium heat in a  large deep frying pan or wok.
  3. Add ground turkey and chives, and cook until the meat  is fully cooked.
  4. Remove meat from pan/wok & set aside  in a large bowl.
  5. Add a little more oil to the pan/wok and cook the potatoes on medium heat until tender.
  6. Remove potatoes from pan and combine them with the ground turkey in its bowl.
  7. Allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes, and then top each plate of greens with  even portions of the ground turkey/potatoes mixture.
  8. Arrange the mushrooms and tomatoes around the perimeter of the salad. Top with black olives.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk the following together to create the dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, honey,  sea salt & pepper.
  10. Serve salad with the dressing in a carafe, & 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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy ThanksgivingHello readers and hungry folk! This week’s recipe will stray from the Wednesday posting schedule for two reasons:

  1. My kitchen is out of commission temporarily as a contractor is installing a tile backsplash for us.
  2. I’m figuring you’re all going to be eating turkey and other Thanksgiving fare tomorrow – and yummy leftovers on Friday – so cooking a stir-fry or salad probably isn’t on your immediate “to do” list.

I wish you all a very happy holiday! Enjoy some relaxing time with family and friends – and over the weekend, look for a new recipe using The Produce Geek’s picks of the week.

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B.S. (not what you think!) Stir-fry with Pinto Beans in Peanut Sauce

B.S. Stir-fry with Pinto Beans in Peanut Sauce

B.S. Stir-fry with Pinto Beans in Peanut Sauce

Title catch your attention? Just as I intended! “B.S.” in this case represents something other than what you might have interpreted it to mean.  It stands for two key ingredients in this week’s stir-fry: Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash.  Thank you Produce Geek  for choosing produce picks that are not only delicious, but that also allowed me to form a rather clever name for this week’s dish.

 This vegan stir-fry featuring pinto beans has a lot of substance – and a lot of flavor – thanks to the weekly picks that also include Granny Smith apples, and my peanut sauce. Serve over brown or basmati rice if you wish, but I believe you’ll find it perfectly satisfying on its own.

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…

  • Brussel sprouts – 6 cups, cut in half

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  • Butternut squash – 2 cups, chopped into small pieces
  • Granny Smith apples – 2 cups, chopped into small pieces

Other ingredients…

  • Pinto beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Peanut oil – 1 Tbsp (plus 2 tsps additional for prepping pan)
  • Natural peanut butter – 3 Tbsps
  • Apple cider vinegar – 2 Tbsps (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 1 Tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Brown or basmati 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: Whisk together remaining peanut oil, peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, honey, garlic & cayenne pepper in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. When oil in pan is hot, add brussel sprouts & squash. Stir until tender, but not soggy  (approximately 15 minutes).
  4. Lower heat to medium-low and add pintos, apples & peanut sauce.
  5. Stir until ingredients are warmed and evenly distributed.

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

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Tastes of Autumn Grilled Chicken Salad

Tastes of Autumn Stir-fried Chicken Salad

Tastes of Autumn Stir-fried Chicken Salad

When I laid out the ingredients for this week’s recipe, my husband had doubts about the outcome. He wasn’t quite sure how I’d pull off combining butternut squash, russet potatoes, salad greens, hot peppers & chicken into a single dish. How dare he doubt me! This one turned out to be one of his favorite salads – EVER.

Heeding the  Produce Geek‘s buying recommendations this week, I stir-fried the squash, potatoes, hot peppers, and chicken – and then created a stir-fry atop a salad. Enjoy the warm flavors and crisp greens with my creamy garlic chive dressing. Delish!


Vegetarians/Vegans: Substitute your favorite beans for the chicken. Vegans can substitute the dairy-based dressing with one that’s vegan-friendly.

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your choice of mayo and yogurt 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

  • Butternut squash – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces (chop enough for all your servings)

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  • Russet potatoes – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces (chop enough for all your servings)

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Green leaf lettuce – 1 1/2 cups, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Hot peppers – 1 tsp, minced (optional)
  • Chicken breast – 4 oz, chopped

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Mayonnaise (regular, olive oil-based, or safflower) – 1/4 cup
  • Plain yogurt – 3/4 cup
  • Chives – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Sea Salt – 1 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Toss the green leaf and romaine lettuce together and place on plate.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil on medium in a  large deep frying pan or wok.
  3. Add chicken and hot peppers; stir-fry until chicken is fully cooked, remove from pan/wok & set aside  in a large bowl.
  4. Add squash and potatoes to pan/wok and stir-fry until tender (time will depend on number of servings, but plan on about 15 minutes)
  5. Remove from pan/wok and add to the bowl with the chicken and peppers. Stir to distribute all contents evenly.
  6. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes, and then top each plate of greens with  even portions of the mixture.
  7. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing; whisk together mayo, yogurt, garlic, chives, sea salt & pepper.
  8. Serve salad with ramekins of dressing 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.

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

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    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
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    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.
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