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Mediterranean-inspired Bean and Potato Stir-fry

Mediterranean-inspired Bean and Potato Stir-fry

Mediterranean-inspired Bean and Potato Stir-fry

Snappy, sweet and tangy. this week’s recipe using the Produce Geek‘s picks of the week brings a flavorful combination of shapes, colors and textures together on a single plate. 

I was thrilled to find that green beans, red potatoes and cherry tomatoes made the cut this time around! All are fabulous veggies in their own right, but they’re even better when stir-fried in unison and seasoned with my Mediterranean-style sauce. I chose to also bring red kidney beans into the mix for a vegan-friendly protein boost.

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

Gluten Conscious? No gluten here! (But be sure to check your vinegar label to make sure you’re 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…

  • Red potatoes – 2 cups, sliced very thin

    Raw materials

    Raw materials

  • Green beans – 6 cups, snapped in half if you like smaller pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes (or substitute grape tomatoes) – 15, cut in half

Other ingredients…

  • Red kidney beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Olive oil – 1/2 cup (plus 1 Tbsp for prepping the pan)
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Natural apple juice – 1/4 cup
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Sea salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Sweet basil – 1 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – 3 – 4 grinds from a pepper mill

 Get cooking…

  1. Prepare the stir-fry sauce: Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple juice, garlic, basil, sea salt & pepper into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Warm 1 Tbsp olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, add red potatoes and green beans. Stir often until tender (to expedite cooking, you can use a lid or aluminum foil intermittently).
  4. Decrease heat to low and add tomatoes, kidney beans and sauce.
  5. Stir until ingredients are warm and evenly distributed.
  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

    Raw Materials for Turkey Potato Salad with Honey Citrus Balsamic Dressing

    Raw Materials

  • 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.

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.

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette Chicken Stir-fry (perfect with – or without – pasta)

Produce Geek's picks prepared

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette Stir-fry Features Chicken and Produce Geek's Picks

A perfect complement to whole grain pasta – or served all by its lonesome – this chicken stir-fry combines several of the Produce Geek’s weekly picks with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil & pine nuts to give it a delicious Mediterranean disposition.  Even more perfetto with just a sprinkle of grated parmesan as the finishing touch.

Vegetarian/vegan version: Substitute kidney beans for the chicken and (vegans) nix the idea of the parmesan.

Gluten Conscious: Serve it up with gluten-free pasta or simply on its own (my personal favorite!)

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…

  • Vine ripe tomatoes – 3 cups, chopped
  • Green pepper (preferably organic) – 3 cups, chopped

    Raw materials for this week's stir-fry

    "Raw" Materials for this Week's Stir-fry

  • Garlic – 3 cloves, minced
  • Lime – 1/2 of a whole

Other ingredients…

  • Shallots – 1/2 cup, diced
  • Broccoli –  4 cups, chopped
  • Chicken breast tenderloins – 1 pound
  • Whole grain pasta – 4 cups, cooked
  • Pine nuts – 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp
  • Basil – 1 Tbsp
  • Sea salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh ground black pepper – 4 dashes
  • Grated parmesan – about 1/2 cup to be shared & served on the side

Get cooking…

  1. First, prepare the stir-fry sauce.
    1. Whisk together the 1/3 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, basil, sea salt & pepper in a small bowl.
    2. Set aside.
  2. Warm approx. 1 Tbsp of olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  3. When hot, add garlic & shallots until they start to brown.
  4. Add chicken tenderloins and stir until cooked thoroughly.
  5. Remove ingredients from the pan/wok, set aside and keep warm.
  6. Add another 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the pan/wok and add green pepper, broccoli & tomatoes.
  7. On medium heat, stir until green pepper and broccoli start to turn tender (approximately 10 minutes).
  8. Add the stir-fry sauce, chicken/garlic/shallots, & pine nuts.
  9. Squeeze 1/2 lime into the pan/wok and stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  10. Serve over pasta with grated parmesan cheese on the side.
Makes 4  servings – Buon Appetito!

Chicken and Apricot Stir-fry in Ginger Sauce…with Nutty Peach Appetizer

Because today’s post is something of a “ribbon cutting” for From Pick to Pan, WELCOME! You can read more about my inspiration for sharing these posts on my About This Blog page. But to summarize, I’m a natural foods fan and devoted follower of the Produce Geek’s weekly recommendations for what fruits and vegetables have the best flavor and price – right now! So, every Wednesday, I publish a stir-fry or salad recipe that puts a few of  his picks for the current week into delicious action. 

Creative, simple, healthy. Something for everyone. And I invite and encourage you to take artistic liberty with these recipes. Substitute meat for beans, beans for meat, snap peas for snow peas, snow peas for snap peas…and share comments to let the rest of us know about the twists you’ve made to make these creations your very own!

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Although not traditional stir-fry fare, two of the Produce Geek’s suggestions this week captured my mind’s eye immediately: Apricots and White Peaches. 

"Raw" Materials for July 6, 2011 Post

"Raw" materials for this week's recipe

In this gluten-free stir-fry, I used some favorite stir-fry staples: broccoli, bok choy, sweet red peppers, onions and grilled chicken breast – then added sliced apricots to give the dish an unexpected sweetness and tang. The ginger sauce adds another layer of taste to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients without overwhelming them.

I didn’t incorporate the white peaches into my stir-fry, but rather into a sweet & salty, nutty appetizer (which could serve as fantastic light dessert instead). 


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • 4 medium/large apricots – cut into halves, pitted, then cut into slices

    Chicken and Apricot Stir-fry

    Chicken & Apricot Stir-fry

Other ingredients…

  • Broccoli –  3 cups, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Bok Choy – 3 cups, chopped into slightly larger than bite-sized pieces
  • Grilled/cooked boneless chicken breast tenderloins – 1 pound
  • 2 Large sweet red peppers – chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Sweet onion – 1 cup, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Garlic cloves – minced
  • Peanut oil – 1/3 cup (plus a little extra for prepping the pan)
  • Raw apple cider vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Fresh ginger root – 1/4 cup, minced
  • Orange juice – 3 Tbsp
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp (I prefer raw honey, but regular will do)
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or substitute light soy sauce) – 2 Tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper – a few optional dashes
  • Brown rice – 2 – 3 cups cooked

Get cooking…

  1. Warm a tsp of peanut oil in a large deep frying pan or wok on med-high heat.
  2. Add garlic cloves and onions and brown for approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli, bok choy and red pepper.
  4. Stir often and cook until tender, but still maintaining some snap (approximately 10-12 minutes).
  5. In a medium bowl, make ginger sauce: combine peanut oil, apple cider vinegar, ginger, liquid aminos (or soy sauce), orange juice and honey. Whisk well to mix ingredients.
  6. Add ginger sauce, apricots, grilled chicken and a few dashes of cayenne (optional) to the stir-fry. Stir until all ingredients are warmed and mixed thoroughly (approximately 3 minutes).
  7. Serve over brown rice.
Makes 4 servings

What You’ll Need For the Appetizer:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • 2 White peaches – cut into chunks

    Nutty Peach Appetizer

    Nutty Peach Appetizer (doubles as a light dessert)

Other ingredients…

  • Raw peanuts (or roasted & salted) – 4 Tbsp
  • Sea Salt – a few light dashes (skip if using roasted, salted peanuts)
  • Cilantro – dried, 3-4 pinches

Get cooking…

  1. Combine peach chunks, peanuts, sea salt and cilantro in a medium bowl and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Spoon into individual serving glasses or dessert cups.
Makes 4 servings
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Broccoli and Snow Peas Stir-fry With a Mediterranean Twist

There was something in the Produce Geek‘s picks this week that inspired me to go a little Italiano. With balsamic vinegar and grapes as key ingredients in concert with some typical stir-fry favorites, this creation has a tangy sweetness that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Produce Geek's picks transformed into a stir-fry

What You’ll Need:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • 2 Medium vine-ripened tomatoes – cut in half, then thinly sliced
  • Red seedless grapes – 1 cup, sliced into halves

    Produce Geek's recommendations for this week

    "Raw" materials for this week's stir-fry

  • Green seedless grapes – 1 cup, sliced into halves

Other ingredients…

  • Broccoli –  3 cups, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Snow peas – 3 cups
  • Grilled/cooked boneless chicken breast – 1 pound cut into thin slices or chopped
  • Brown basmati rice – 3 cups
  • 3 Garlic cloves – chopped into small pieces
  • Cashew pieces – 3/4 cup
  • Olive oil – 1/2 cup (plus a little extra for prepping the pan)
  • Balsamic vinegar – 2 Tbsp.
  • Dill Weed – 1 Tsp.
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 Tsp.
  • Course ground black pepper

Get cooking…

  1. Warm a small amount of olive oil and garlic cloves on medium heat  in a large, deep frying pan or wok.
  2. Add snow peas and broccoli.
  3. Stir often and cook until tender, but still maintaining some snap. (Approximately 10 minutes)
  4. Add tomato slices and continue to stir on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes.
  5. Add Balsamic Vinaigrette (*see instructions below), chicken, grapes and cashew pieces.
  6. Stir until all ingredients are mixed evenly.
  7. Serve over brown basmati rice.

*Balsamic Vinaigrette…

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, basalmic vinegar, dill weed, sea salt and a couple pinches of course ground pepper

Makes approximately 4 servings.  Enjoy – perhaps with a nice glass of Chianti!
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