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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!

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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!
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