Stuffed Chard Leaves

rainbow chard

Did some of your chard get away from you and is now a little wilted? Here’s a fancy way to turn it into a culinary showpiece!

16 chard leaves, slightly wilted or blanched
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove ribs from chard leaves and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together green onions, rice, feta, cottage cheese, egg, parsley, raisins, dill, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Lay chard leaves with underside up and place 2 tablespoons filling on each leaf, one-third up from bottom of leaf. Fold over sides and roll into a square packet. Place seam side down in a greased casserole dish. Do the same for all leaves and brush lightly with oil when all packets are in the casserole dish. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Bake any extra leftover filling and serve as a side dish. Serves 4 to 6 people.

We thank The City Gardener’s Cookbook: Recipes from Seattle’s P-Patches for this recipe.

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Spinach Feta Brown Rice Bowl

Spinach in the field

Here comes the spinach!

Here is a nice easy spring dish and a great way to get spinach in for lunch or dinner. Try substituting Nash’s wheat berries for the brown rice for a more local option. Soak it overnight, drain, and then follow the directions below.

2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
1 cup plain brown rice or Nash’s wheat berries
1 onion or 1 bunch spring onions
1 large bunch of spinach
1 bunch or large handful fresh dill
Salt
2-4 ounces feta cheese, diced

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in saucepan over medium flame. Stir in rice (or pre-soaked grain) and heat gently, stirring often, about 1 minute. Add 2 1/8 cups water to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover pan, and cook for 45 minutes.

While rice cooks, heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium flame. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Stir in chopped spinach, dill, and a little salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is just wilted (about 1-2 minutes). Stir feta and spinach into the cooked rice. Adjust salt if necessary.

Recipe adapted from From Asparagus to Zucchini, published by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition.

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Field Pea Herb Hummus

cilantro

Hummus doesn’t have to mean chickpeas — you can make a fantastic veggie dip from field peas and other legumes, too.

1 cup dried Nash’s field peas
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup tahini
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoons chili powder
Dash cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce
Dash salt

Soak the field peas overnight. Drain and cook one hour or until tender. (Save the drained cooking liquid and save for soup.) Place peas into a blender or food processor and add all other ingredients. Process until smooth. Use as a spread on crackers or veggies.

dill, bunched

Cilantro, dill, and garlic add extra flavor to this yummy dip.

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Mustard Dill Sauce

dill, bunched

Try this sauce on salmon or other fish, or on chicken.

4 ounces silken tofu
1 tablespoons homemade mustard
4 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
1 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute. While blending, slowly drizzle olive oil into blender. This sauce is a great topping for chicken or fish.

We thank Mustard Dill Sauce Recipe for this recipe.

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Peninsula Chicken Salad

Napa cabbage

Nearly all these ingredients are grown, raised, or produced right here on the Olympic Peninsula. How local can you make your meal?

Serves 10-12

6 pounds chicken
Bay leaves
1 cup water or white wine
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoons fresh garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 cup crumbled feta (optional)
4 tablespoons plain sauerkraut
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch kale, finely chopped
1 small head or 1/2 large head Napa cabbage, finely chopped
2 medium cucumbers, sliced
1 bunch arugula, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh dill weed, roughly chopped
1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1 small bunch fresh basil, finely chopped

Roast chicken with bay leaves and one cup of water or white wine. When chicken is cool enough to touch, shred the meat. Don’t forget to save skin and bones for a fabulous healthy, healing stock or broth. Freeze broth in ice cube trays for fast and easy flavor bombs to soups, casseroles and sauces.

Make vinaigrette with wet ingredients and lemon zest. Pour over chicken and refrigerate for 2 hours. (May be served warm.) Wash and prepare greens and cucumber. Toss with chicken salad. Add the fresh herbs promptly before serving.

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Caulifower Salad

Cauliflower and carrots at farmer's market

It’s cauliflower and carrot time!

1 medium cauliflower
Choice of vegetables, such as grated carrot, chopped parsley, water cress, green onion, celery, olives, tomatoes, chopped pickles
Salt and pepper
Oil and vinegar, or sour cream
Choice of herbs, such as basil, dill or cilantro

Cut the raw cauliflower into small pieces. If you want to cook them, blanch or sauté for just 3 to 4 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Cut up other ingredients and mix with cauliflower in a bowl. Prepare an oil-and-vinegar or sour cream dressing and mix it with the salad ingredients, adding herbs of your choice, and salt and pepper to taste. Leave in the fridge until serving time.

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Using Fresh Dill

dill, bunched

What’s your favorite use for dill? Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for dill-flavored inspiration? Here are several fantastic uses for dill that you might not have thought of.

  • Add sparkle to a tuna sandwich.
  • Enhance a cold gazpacho soup.
  • Mix 1/4 cup fresh dill with 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add 2 sliced cucumbers, 1 cup sliced red onion, and 2 cut-up tomatoes. Toss, and let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Got a favorite pureed carrot soup recipe? Be sure to garnish it with some delicate dill fronds for a treat that’s not only tasty, but visually appealing.
  • Dill with salmon is a marriage made in heaven. Add finely chopped garlic, too!
  • Add to Greek green salads, with romaine, sliced scallions and crumbled feta.
  • Make your own sourdough bread? Throw in some olives and dill.
  • Chop 1/2 cup dill fine and mix with 2-3 tablespoons butter, salt, and pepper.
  • For an incredible roasted chicken, use a spoon to get dill under the skin of the breasts, thighs, and legs, and massage it around the meat. Stuff some into the cavity of the chicken with lemon slices and garlic.
  • Add to potato soup, or potato salad with lemon and green onion.
  • Add to cole slaw, omelets, lentil dahl, or borscht.
  • Make dill sauce with plain yogurt, mayo, sour cream, garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper.

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Qorma (Afghan Spinach Dish)

Bunched spinach

Our first spinach harvest of the season is here! Spotlight these crisp and tender greens in this spinach-centered side dish.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup green onions (white and green parts), chopped
2 pounds fresh spinach, chopped
2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon dried dill
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a large, deep pan heat the oil over medium-high and sauté the onions until tender, about 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook covered on medium heat, stirring regularly until wilted, about 3-4 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water to pan and remaining ingredients except lemon juice.

Stir thoroughly and cook for 5-10 more minutes until the liquid has decreased, keeping an eye on the pot so it doesn’t dry out. If you’re going for satiny smooth, add more water or stock and continue to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Otherwise, season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Serve as a side or over rice.

We thank Full Circle Farms for this recipe.

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Nash’s Raw Slaw

red cabbage and green cabbage at farmer's market

Here’s a side dish that’s packed with nutrition and deliciousness!

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon mustard (try making your own mustard!)
2 cups Nash’s cabbage, shredded
1 cup Nash’s apples, shredded
2 cup Nash’s carrots, shredded
1/3 cup Nash’s dill, chopped

Mix vinegar, honey and mustard together to make a sauce. Mix apple into the sauce as soon as soon as it is shredded. Then add rest of ingredients and mix well.

We thank Nash’s very own Mary Wong for this recipe.

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Triticale Berries with Basil Oil and Seasonal Greens Stir Fry

Triticale Berries
Rinse berries well and soak overnight. Drain and simmer in water for 1 hour.

Basil

Imagine the aroma in our basil greenhouses — and imagine that same lovely scent in your own kitchen.

Basil Oil
1 1/2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup olive oil

Blanch basil in boiling water for 10 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold water. Pat basil dry with paper towels. Transfer to blender, add oil and puree until smooth. Transfer to small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill. Can be made up to 3 days ahead. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before using.

Seasonal greens
1 bunch garlic scapes
1 bunch chopped rainbow chard
1 bunch spinach
1 bunch baby dill
1 1/2 pounds fava beans, husked and blanched
2 tablespoons oil
Splash apple cider vinegar or other vinegar

In a medium skillet, saute garlic scapes and 1 cup cooked triticale berries in 2 tablespoons oil. Once berries start to turn golden brown, add fava beans, rainbow chard, baby dill and spinach. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the greens cook down, add a splash of vinegar. Take off stove, plate up, and drizzle with basil oil.

For a more meaty option, serve with Nash’s spicy Italian sausage, made into patties and pan fried. Makes a great sweet and spicy combo!

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