Sweet Barley Pilaf

Barley growing in the field

We got quite a treat this week: Isabelle from the Sequim Food Bank tried out this recipe using Nash’s barley and shared some with us. It’s totally tasty!

Serves 6.

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced (2 cups)
4 mushrooms, sliced (1 cup)
1 celery stalk, diced
1/2 cup slivered almonds (or other nuts)
1 cup barley or other whole grain
1/4 cup raisins, golden or black
Dash of salt
1 Tbsp. each fresh rosemary and marjoram, minced, or 1/2 tsp. dried
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low-sodium

In large saucepan, heat olive oil and saute onion until translucent. Add mushrooms, celery and almonds. Cook 3-5 minutes.

Stir in barley, raisins and seasonings until barley is coated with other ingredients.

Add broth and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 55 minutes.

We thank Well-Fed Me for this recipe, and also Isabelle from the Sequim Food Bank for calling our attention to this delicious recipe.

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Kori’s Lacinato Kale & Fennel

lacinato kale1 cup bow-tie pasta, cooked according to package
Olive oil
2 cups lacinato kale, rinsed and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 can (14 ounces) diced Italian-style tomatoes
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 fennel bulb, thinly-sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced
1 cup (8 ounces) thick bacon or pork belly, cubed
Grated Parmesan, for garnish

In small saucepot, boil water and cook the bow tie pasta according to package directions. Drain after cooking and set aside.

In separate saucepan, cook the bacon. Once cooked, set aside over paper towel to absorb grease until ready to add to dish.

In large saucepot, drizzle olive oil over med-high heat. Add minced garlic; sauté for about 2 minutes. Add lacinato kale and fennel; sauté about 5 minutes until softened.

Add Italian tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes, or until everything is softened and cooked.

Add the pasta to the large saucepot to create a 50/50 mix of pasta and veggies. Drizzle olive oil.

Lastly, add the bacon. Let warm over stove for about 5-10 minutes before serving. Served with fresh Parmesan.

We thank Ocean Mist Farms for this recipe.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Millet Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

brussels basketThis salad is intended to be a cold salad and can be prepared ahead of time.

1 1/2 pounds of Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and sliced in half or quartered
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup dried millet
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place Brussels sprouts in 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast 10-20 minutes, depending on size of sprouts. They should be fork tender, but not mushy. While sprouts are roasting, prepare millet by adding to saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off heat and fluff with fork. Allow millet and Brussels to cool once cooked. Combine and add cranberries. Slowly add creamy miso dressing (see below), reserving any extra dressing to accompany another dish.

Creamy Miso Dressing
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons miso paste
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cloves minced garlic
Water to thin

Combine all ingredients in a large glass measuring cup. Stir with a fork to adequately dissolve miso paste, and use water to thin to desired consistency (about 2 tablespoons).

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.

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Vegan Stir-Fried Cabbage in Peanut Sauce

Green cabbage in the field

This is green cabbage before it goes into your stir-fry. How’s it look after?

For the sauce
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbsp. smooth or chunky all-natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
2 teaspoon Asian chile-garlic paste or sambal oelek
3/4 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
 
For the stir-fry
1 medium head green cabbage
2 medium carrots
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped roasted peanuts (optional)
Steamed rice or cooked rice noodles, for serving

Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl to combine. Quarter the cabbage lengthwise, then cut the core out of each piece. Cut the cabbage crosswise into 1-inch-wide pieces. Cut the carrots crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the carrots and half of the cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to wilt. Continue adding the cabbage and cooking it down until all of it is added. Season with salt and cook until all of the cabbage is starting to wilt and exudes water.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the sauce, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly (it will thin out when mixed with the cabbage liquid, then thicken to the texture of whole milk) and the cabbage is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the lime juice, and stir to combine. Top with the roasted peanuts, if using, and serve immediately over steamed rice or cooked rice noodles.

Serves 4.

Recipe adapted from thekitchn.com.

 

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Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan

arugula

More fun facts about arugula: *Arugula’s bitter and pungent properties make it a digestive tonic. *In Ayurvedic medicine, arugula is considered an energy mover. *Arugula oil has been extracted from the seeds and is considered an aphrodisiac in Europe.

12 ounces linguine or other dried pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
7 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
2 very large handfuls (about 5 ounces) arugula
1/2 cup freshly shredded or shaved Parmesan, plus extra for topping
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)

Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of generously salted water according to package instructions.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil (or melt the butter) in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until it begins to turn just slightly golden. Remove from heat. If the pasta is not yet ready, transfer the garlic to a separate dish to prevent it from overcooking.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it. Immediately stir in the garlic and olive oil mixture, arugula, and Parmesan cheese.  Toss until combined. Serve immediately, topped with extra Parmesan cheese (and toasted pine nuts, if using).

We thank gimmesomeoven.com for this recipe.

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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes

Each potato is actually thinly sliced, but kept together, so that the flavors of the seasonings infuse every delicious bite.

4 yellow potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
(if they’re thin-skinned like yellow potatoes, there’s no need to peel)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon oil or butter
1/4 parmesan cheese
Seasonings to taste

Mix bread crumbs, oil or butter, cheese, and seasonings.

Place potatoes cut-side down between 2 chopsticks and thinly slice across. Use the chopsticks as bumpers to stop your knife from cutting all the way through the potato. In the end, your potatoes should look like wide closed books standing on their spines, with each slice, like book pages, still attached to the spine.

Drizzle your potatoes with oil or butter. Fan each potato and dip it in the bread crumb mixture. Place in greased baking dish, cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake about another 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked and golden brown.

Adapted from Cuisine at Home.

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Easy French Leek Pie

leeks

Aw yeah, leeks ‘n’ cheese!

Prep: 10 min, Cook 40 min, Ready in 1 hour

1 9-inch pie crust
2 teaspoons butter
3 leeks, chopped
1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup light cream
1 1/4 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

For the pie crust, consider using the pie crust recipe at the bottom of this recipe.

Preheat oven to 375°F (190° C).

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in leeks; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream and cheese, and warm through. Pour mixture into pie shell and bake for 30 minutes, or until custard is set and golden on top. Allow to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.

We thank allrecipes.com for this recipe.

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Cilantro Dill Pesto

cilantro

Cilantro!

This pesto is packed with flavor and can be spread on crackers or veggies, or mixed with a pasta dish.

1 jalapeño pepper (or substitute pickled jalapeño pepper slices)
3 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup canned white beans, drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup water
Pinch ground cumin
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat grill. Grill jalapeño pepper until charred. (You can use pickled or simply jarred jalapeño slices in place of the grilled jalapeño.) Cool, peel off skin and remove all of the ribs and seeds from the inside of the pepper. Note: Seeds and ribs can also be left in to increase heat of pesto.

Toast sunflower seeds on a tray in a toaster oven for 5 minutes or until golden. Place all ingredients except olive oil in a blender container and puree. Slowly drizzle in olive oil after pesto has been pureed.

Recipe adapted from canyonranch.com.

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Walnut Beet Patties

Sliced beets1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 medium onions, finely diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice)
4 teaspoons dried oregano*
4 teaspoons dried basil*
4 teaspoons dried thyme*
2 teaspoons paprika
3/4 pound carrots (about 3 medium), grated
1 1/4 pounds (about 3-4 medium) beets, grated
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
3/4 pounds walnuts, chopped in food processor
Extra virgin coconut oil for frying

Rinse quinoa and place it in a small pot with the broth. Cover and bring to a boil; let simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Sauté onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs and sauté another 5 minutes. Grate the beets and carrots.

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Form into 15 to 20 patties. Over medium heat, fry the patties in a little coconut oil until lightly brown, about 7 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking tray and continue cooking in the oven for another 15 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm or let them cool. Got extra patties? They freeze well!

*If fresh herbs are available, you only need 1 1/2 teaspoons of the fresh herb.

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Swiss Chard and Bacon Pasta

red chard bunched

Ah, the vibrant beauty of chard.

1 pound linguine
12 ounces bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1 large red onion, halved, sliced (about 6 cups)
2 large bunches Swiss chard, stemmed, chopped (about 12 cups)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook linguine in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in heavy large pot over medium heat until beginning to crisp, about 10 minutes. Let cool on paper towels. Drain all but 2 tablespoons bacon drippings from skillet. Add onions to drippings and sauté over medium-high heat until softened, about 7 minutes. Add Swiss chard and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add pasta cooking liquid to skillet. Toss until chard is wilted and tender, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle vinegar over and cook 1 minute more.

Add linguine and oil to sauce in pot and toss to coat. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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