I had received my farm box last week and in it were beautiful veggies such as chard, turnip greens and a big bunch of asparagus. I usually like to make pasta or risotto with these veggies to show off their delicate flavors, but this time I wanted to try something different. I remembered having polenta … Continue reading Polenta with Braised Greens and Stir Fry Asparagus
In the springtime around here the farmer’s markets bring out some uniquely springtime produce such as tender garlic. These garlic actually look like small pale pink onions. The first time I saw these I had no idea they were garlic. The farm stand vendor explained that sometimes they pull garlic bulbs out in the spring … Continue reading Spring Garlic and Asparagus Risotto
Looking for a fast and easy side dish to serve with a quiche, sandwich, fish or chicken? This springy green veggie mix is quick, easy and delicious. Just sauté zucchini and asparagus with a little garlic, salt and pepper, then toss in some panko Parmesan topping, and what you end up with is a beautiful … Continue reading Zucchini Asparagus Stir Fry with Panko Parmesan Topping
A soup so veggie flavorful that it just needs salt and pepper. Leeks and asparagus both have so much flavor on their own that you pretty much don’t need anything else in this soup. Sauté leeks in olive oil, add the asparagus, salt and pepper and broth. Cook until tender. Blend for a creamy soup … Continue reading Asparagus Leek Soup
This light and delicious pasta is packed with good for you veggies like asparagus, kale, zucchini and leeks and is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner. With a touch of garlic and black pepper and topped with Parmesan cheese, this simple pasta tastes outstanding, and even takes care of the veggie quota for the evening.
Celery root is a new vegetable discovery of mine. I’ve had celery root in a few dishes at restaurants and most recently as a roasted vegetable when we went to our friends Oliver and Jo’s place for dinner. It was about time I gave this interesting vegetable a second look. I finally bought a giant … Continue reading Celery Root and Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus and Leek Risotto Ingredients: 2-3 cups asparagus tips (save the stalks of the asparagus to use in an asparagus soup – recipe to come) 2 -3 cups chopped leeks from 1 large leek stalk or 2 medium leeks 2 cups risotto rice 1 tsp thyme 5 cups broth Olive Oil 2 tbsp butter … Continue reading Creamy Asparagus and Leek Risotto
These are delicious pesto sandwiches with creamy avocado and bell peppers on whole wheat bread. My friend Roli made these tea sandwiches for an afternoon get together and served them with crisp sautéed asparagus.
Cream of Asparagus Soup Ingredients: 8 cups chopped asparagus 1 carton vegetable broth or 5 cups broth 4 cloves garlic crushed Salt and pepper 2 tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp thyme 1 cup milk 2 tbsp soft goat cheese or plain cream cheese Shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish but not needed
You will be surprised at how much flavor toasted cumin seeds add to this salad. If you find leeks to be on the stronger side with an edgy bite to it, you can use garlic instead in this hearty and healthy salad.