Kale & Triticale “Risotto”

lacinato kale, bunched

Risotto isn’t just for rice anymore — make your risotto with one of Nash’s whole grains, like our nutty triticale.

1 pound Nash’s triticale berries
2 bunches lacinato or red kale leaves, ribs and stems removed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cups veggie broth
2 medium shallots, sliced
1/2 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, sliced
6 ounces Parmesan cheese

Wash berries and soak them overnight. Cook as you would rice (1 part grain to 1 1/2 parts water) for about 1-2 hours or until tender. Drain and coat with a bit of olive oil. Coarsely chop kale and put aside. In large sauce pan, warm oil on medium head and add shallots. Cook about 2 minutes, then add kale and wilt together for 2 minutes, then add garlic. Saute 30 seconds, stirring occasionally, then add 4 cups of the broth and simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes or until broth is mostly absorbed, then add butter, 4 ounces Parmesan cheese and cooked triticale. Adjust to remaining stock, and more butter, salt and pepper. Garnish with chives and Parmesan cheese as desired.

We thank Mike Shethar, formerly of Nash’s, for this recipe.

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Triticale Breakfast Cereal

Cooking whole grain triticale or wheat berries in the crock pot is fantastic because they can cook on low overnight and be perfect in the morning! They freeze really well too, which means we keep them in Tupperware and pull out small portions as needed to minimize cooking time on busy mornings!

Whole grain triticale berries

You can use any of Nash’s whole grains for breakfast, but my favorite is triticale because of its hearty, nutty flavor.

Triticale Breakfast Cereal

Optional: Soak 2 cups of whole rinsed triticale or wheat berries for several
hours or overnight.

Combine in crock pot 4 cups of water with soaked (or unsoaked) whole
grains. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Enjoy whole cooked grain as a breakfast cereal with your favorite toppings, including bananas, cinnamon, cardamom, honey, maple syrup, yogurt, Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk, nuts, ground flax seeds, freshly grated ginger, dried fruit, etc.

We thank Brigid Walsh for this recipe.

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Winter Salad

Whole grain triticale berries

Triticale berries add a nutty flavor and chewy texture to this salad.

1 cup cooked triticale berries
1 cup cranberries
1 cup kale, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
Handful of Italian parsley
Balsamic vinegar
Butter or oil

Soak the triticale overnight, then cook it as you would rice. Sauté the onion and carrots in oil. Add kale and cook until dark. Toss sautéed veggies in remaining ingredients. Season with salt, pepper and vinegar.

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Massaged Kale Salad

The concept behind “massaging” kale with salt, lemon juice and olive oil is that the kale leaves will soften and relax, not just because you are rubbing them with the citrus juice and oil, but because the acid in the juice helps breaks down fibers in the kale and makes it taste sweeter.

lacinato kale

Even your kale deserves a good massage. Any type of kale will work well with this recipe — try them all to find the one you like best!

1 bunch Nash’s kale, any type
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)

De-stem one bunch of Nash’s kale and break the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Mix them with salt and lemon juice. Massage the leaves thoroughly for about 5 minutes, then add olive oil and massage for 1 minute more. The kale should be noticeably softer and darker. You could also add honey or maple syrup if you prefer a slightly sweeter salad. Yes, your hands will be oily, but your kale will love you for it!

Toss kale leaves with:

• Toasted nuts (pine nuts, almonds, pecans)
• Dried cherries, currants, or cranberries
• Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, or crumbled Feta
• Sprouted quinoa or cooked whole Nash’s triticale or wheat berries
• Sliced radishes, baby white turnips, cucumbers, or zucchini

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