Totally Radish-ical– Shoots!

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Have you tried radish shoots yet? They’re the sprout stage of radishes (so of course they’re very cute). These shoots have a spicy bite and crunch to them, similar to the root vegetables into which they later grow. They are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium and also protein. They’re also versatile! You can toss them raw into salads, sandwiches, and sushi.

 

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Radish Shoots

radishThese little babies pack a massive nutritional punch with 4 to 6 times the nutrients of most mature veggies. Munch on them as a snack, toss ’em in a salad or top a fancier dish. Above all, the entire plant is edible. Eat raw or add to salads, sandwiches, dressings, etc.
Storage: 1-2 days in the fridge, eat ASAP.
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Microgreens
Arugula Microgreens, Spinach, and Three-Cheese Pesto

Can’t Be Beet Burger!

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We’re super excited to have beets in the bag this week. Literature fans out there may know that it is apparently  the most intense of vegetables, and they serve us well as BURGERS. So folks, you have to try this one. It’s a new season at last, and this autumn we’re gonna try something new. This recipe is our absolute favorite, and it doesn’t include any crazy stuff: just raisins, walnuts, lentils, rice, shredded beets, an onion, garlic and an egg. We know you’ve got paprika in the pantry, so try this one out. Afterwards, let us know how it goes on Facebook– we love to see photos of the great stuff you make!

 

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Red Beets 

beetsDid you know that a cup of raw beets has only 58 calories? They are in the same family as chard and spinach. On the whole, this veggie is hard to beet!

This page has a nice summary of how to microwave, roast, sauté, and even steam beets. Notice boiling was not mentioned—do not boil!  Boiling sacrifices the quality and flavor of the beet and consequently releases an unpleasant aroma.
Storage: A few weeks in the fridge.
Sweet and Salty Beet Burgers OUR FAVORITE VEGGIE BURGER
Grated Raw Beet Salad
Raw Beet “Tea” Sandwiches
Brown Sugar-Glazed

Little Tiny Chefs & Little Tiny Potatoes

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Next time you cook, try letting the little ones help! If a tyke helps out with the cooking, they’re much more likely to take part in the eating! Studies have shown that getting kids cooking opens them up to eating healthful foods (read: fruits and vegetables). With picky eating peaking between the ages of 2 and 6, letting the kids in your life interact with food in a meaningful way may make dinner smooth sailing. Something as simple as letting the kids pick out the potatoes can go a long way! Both the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association suggest that getting kids involved with picking out produce and food prep can reduce picky eating. Share your success stories with us on Facebook!

 

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French Fingerling Potatoes 

potatoesFlavorful tuber potatoes. Great roasted and tossed with garlic. Skymeadow Farm (CO)
Storage: 1-2 weeks in the pantry.
Crispy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic
Braised Fingerling Coins
Hasselback (video)

Behold the WONDER-VEG: Broccoli

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Broccoli has some serious super powers. Amongst all of the commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables, these heads stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C. PLUS: 250 calories of this green stuff (about 12% of a 2,000-calorie diet) will give you the full daily requirement of fiber. Broc is very easy to overcook. Once it’s bright green, STOP COOKING! It’ll turn to mush and you’ll start losing all those great nutrients. Your florets should have a lil’ crunch to it. Enjoy!

 

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Broccoli 

BroccoliA staple that can easily be played up. For a quick dish, sauté with soy sauce, oil, garlic and almonds. We like roasting it with a few chiles and a bit of lemon…yum. Shaul Farm (FAM)
Storage: Keep very dry. 3-5 days in the fridge.
How to cook it
Roasted with Lemon
Soup (cream optional)
With Parmesan Sauce
Sautéed Asian Broccoli
Broc & Olive Pasta

Good Things, Good Pears

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Now, we’ve all hear the good things come in small packages. We’re here to tell you that… IT’S TRUE! If you don’t believe us, then take a look at this week’s bag. The littler stuff has a higher sugar content making it a sweet, sweet snack– and a cute one at that! These wee seckel pears and little baby carrots may be small but trust us, they have  a big flavor.

 

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Seckel Pears 

pearsSeckels are exceptionally sweet. So sweet in fact, that the bite-size morsels are sometimes called sugar pears.
Storage: 1-4 days in pantry until ripe, or up to 5 days in the fridge once ripe.
Pickled Seckels
S
mall Batch Seckel Jam