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October 15, 2017
Got Cabbbage?
By Charis Lindrooth
Pretty enough to paint, the savoy cabbage is a specialty variety that adds texture to the meal.
Packed with nutritional goodness, we all know that we should all be eating more cabbage. (In case you want more inspiration go here or here). Even so, when a good-sized head arrives in the CSA box, creativity beyond coleslaw might be lacking. Here are 3 cabbage recipes to inspire you to use that entire nutrition-packed member of the cole family before your next box arrives:
Cabbage Lasagna
Perfect for gluten-free diets, and delicious enough for all palates, try this alternative to a noodle based lasagna
Preheat oven to 350. Grease lasagna pan. Assemble 1 head cabbage, 1 lb ricotta cheese, 1 egg, pesto, 2 cups grated sharp cheddar, grated romano cheese, 1 quart pasta sauce or meat sauce ( brown ground sausage or beef and then mix with tomato sauce)
Slice your head of cabbage lengthwise, though the stem. Carefully make 4 or 5 one inch slices.
Arrange these in the bottom of a greased casserole pan.
Spoon 2/3 tomato sauce over the cabbage layer
Place ricotta cheese in food processor with egg and 1/4 cup of pesto, and 3/4 cup cheddar. Blend well. Gentle spread on top of tomato sauce layer.
Place another layer of cabbage rounds on top of ricotta layer. Top with remaining tomato sauce, and then remaining cheddar. Sprinkle top with romano cheese. Cover loosely with foil and bake 1 hour. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let sit 15 minutes before serving. This makes marvelous leftovers.
Sauerkraut:
Full of beneficial bacteria for a healthy gut, sauerkraut is a favorite served with pork and applesauce. I like it even better as a salad topping. If you use a super fresh cabbage, you won’t believe how much better home-made is vs the stuff you buy in a bag.
Stuffed Cabbage Leaves
The first time I made this I used the recipe in Moosewood Cookbook. There are lots of variations out there. The dish is fabulously delicious, although it does take a little time. Steaming your cabbage leaves in advance helps.
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January 22, 2017
5 Tips to Eat More Vegetables
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
With the holiday feasting and gastro-extravagance behind us our minds turn to New Year’s resolutions. Diminishing the midline tops many lists, with ideas of elliptical workouts and newfangled diets.
Perhaps, one simple adage could be remembered for those seeking trimmer, healthier bodies. “Eat your vegetables!” We repeat it all the time to our kids, but do we follow up ourselves? I’m guessing there is room for improvement for most of us and implementing a few of the following strategies may help make this goal a reality in 2017.
1. Eat More Meals at Home
For some carnivores, this can be challenging - especially if you are trying to satisfy a teenage boy. The goal here is to increase vegetable consumption, not bread, noodle and cheese consumption. Look for vegetables that have a hearty, meaty flavor such as eggplant, mushrooms, winter squash. A side of mashed local potatoes can please almost any teenage palate. Try a vegetarian shepherd’s pie, for example.
4. Invest in a Vitamix or Juicer
Juicing roots, greens and fruits can be delicious and very beneficial to energy and appetite. Try using leftover pulp in burgers, homemade bread or homemade dog food.
5. Join a CSA!
You knew this was coming of course! Your CSA box arrives every week. Set a goal to finish your box before the next one arrives. One of our members lost 25 lbs the first year he joined our CSA - just by eating more vegetables. And the early registration discount is still on!
What tips do you employ to consume more vegetables? Any ideas for kid-friendly recipes?
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June 5, 2016
Calling All Veggie Eaters!
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
If you have been thinking about joining a CSA NOW is the time to jump! Red Earth Farm starts this week and we would be happy to feed you this season. Why Red Earth Farm? Our members get special privileges, such as weekly online ordering. Wouldn't you like to pick each week what we pack into your box? They can also purchase extra produce, flowers and local goodies such as Saffron Cardamom Marmalade by Eat This, or Feta from Hillacres Pride and Greek Yogurt by Wholesome Dairy. We offer 2 share sizes designed for 2-4 people, as well as fruit, egg, artisan cheese, yogurt and flower shares.
What could be better? Our produce is guaranteed fresh, replacements or money back, and is often picked the day before it arrives at your location. Recently endorsed by Whole Foods, one of their produce buyers raved, "Your stuff beats beer!"
So if you are trying to cut back on beer, you might try eating a box of Red Earth veggies each week. A great way to encourage yourself to eat more vegetables is to make a weekly goal: finish your box before the next one. Almost all of us could stand to squeeze a few more vegetables into our diet and what better way than to eat the kind that taste better than beer?
Reading this after the first week of the CSA? Contact us about prorating your share. We accept members on a rolling basis throughout the season. We are happy to feed you!
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January 10, 2015
5 Tips to Eat More Vegetables
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
With the holiday feasting and gastro-extravagance behind us our minds turn to New Year’s resolutions. Diminishing the midline tops many lists, with ideas of elliptical workouts and newfangled diets.
Perhaps, one simple adage could be remembered for those seeking trimmer, healthier bodies. “Eat your vegetables!” We repeat it all the time to our kids, but do we follow up ourselves? I’m guessing there is room for improvement for most of us and implementing a few of the following strategies may help make this goal a reality in 2015.
1. Eat More Meals at Home
Even if your refrigerator drawer is loaded with fresh vegetables, if you do not eat at home they most likely will not enter your digestive tract. Yes, you can grab a handful of “baby” carrots (more about these in a future post) and cucumber slices for your lunch box. However, let’s talk “real” veggies - dark leafy greens, sweet orange squashes, garlic, onions, and more greens. Exploring recipes that use a variety of vegetables can be inspiring to the palate. With online resources, the possibilities are endless. How about Winter Vegetable Stew as published in the New York Times? Kale, carrots, onions and garlic up the nutritional value and satisfy the appetite for many would-be meat eaters. Take a look at your weekly meal habits. See if you can commit to increasing the quantity and quality of your meals at home. Even one meal per week can make a difference.
2. Prepare Vegetables in Advance
Take some time on the weekend to slice and dice, carefully packing your accomplishments in airtight plastic or glass containers, ready to be added to salad, soups, stews, or simply the side of your plate. This makes a huge difference on last minute meal preparations. Your investment on the weekend heightens your commitment to use these veggies during the coming week. Does the advance prep diminish some of the nutritional value? Yes, any exposure to oxygen will deplete some vitamins and antioxidants, but not completely and if it makes the difference between eating and not eating them? I have a set of not-so-sharp knives so that the kids can help out here, a great supervised kid chore.
3. Eat at Least One Vegetarian Meal/Week
For some carnivores, this can be challenging - especially if you are trying to satisfy a teenage boy. The goal here is to increase vegetable consumption, not bread, noodle and cheese consumption. Look for vegetables that have a hearty, meaty flavor such as eggplant, mushrooms, winter squash. A side of mashed local potatoes can please almost any teenage palate. Try a vegetarian shepherd’s pie, for example.
4. Invest in a Vitamix or Juicer
Juicing roots, greens and fruits can be delicious and very beneficial to energy and appetite. Try using leftover pulp in burgers, homemade bread or homemade dog food.
5. Join a CSA!
You knew this was coming of course! Your CSA box arrives every week. Set a goal to finish your box before the next one arrives. One of our members lost 25 lbs the first year he joined our CSA - just by eating more vegetables.
What tips do you employ to consume more vegetables? Any ideas for kid-friendly recipes?
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