Sweet Salad Turnips with Oranges
Here's a tasty and easy way to enjoy your salad turnips.
1 bunch turnips, trimmed, halved and sliced
1 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp harissa or other chile garlic paste
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
Salt the turnip slices and set aside for 30 minutes. Drain and squeeze out the excess liquid.
While the turnip is being salted, prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. Cut the rind off of the orange with a sharp knife. Cut into 1 inch chunks. Blend together the lemon juice, garlic, harissa, salt to taste, and olive oil. Toss turnips, orange and dressing. Garnish with cilantro.
Spinach, Mustard Green and Potato Soup
This is a flexible recipe so use it as a base. You could use your shallots here instead of onions, or you could sub in other greens. Although the recipe calls for using just water, you can make it richer by using veg broth or using some chicken broth.
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 cups (or more) water (or veg broth or half water/half chicken broth)
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch mustard greens, stems trimmed, leaves coarsely chopped
.5 lb fresh spinach, stems trimmed
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add potatoes; sauté 3 minutes. Add 8 cups water and crushed red pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in another heavy large pot over medium heat. Add garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mustard greens and all but 1 cup spinach leaves; sauté until wilted, about 3 minutes.
Add sautéed greens to potato mixture. Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool. Cover and refrigerate.) Return soup to pot. Bring to simmer, thinning with more water, if desired. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.
Cut remaining 1 cup spinach leaves into 1/3-inch-wide slices. Ladle soup into bowls. Add dollop of sour cream to each bowl. Garnish soup with sliced spinach leaves and serve.
Frittatas are so adaptable and this one would be happy to have the addition of any other veggies- peppers, cooked carrots, shallots, even some spinach. Frittatas are my go-to recipe when there's nothing in the house for dinner! The recipe has been adapted from Andrea Chessman's Serving up the Harvest. Serves 4-6.
1 medium zucchini (or half a bag of frozen)
4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or sunflower)
1.5 lbs potatoes
1 large onion
1/4 lb bacon or some ham, diced
1 cup grated cheddar
Thaw zucchini. Squeeze out extra juice and set aside.
Heat 3 TB oil over medium-high heat in a large well-seasoned cast iron skillet or ovenproof nonstick skillet. Add the potatoes and onion, reduce the heat to med-low, and cook, flipping and stirring occasionally until the potatoes are soft, about 20 mins (you can cover to speed the process and hold in moisture). Increase the heat to medium-high and continue cooking, tossing occasionally, until potatoes are brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon but keep the skillet on the burner.
Add the zucchini and bacon to the skillet and saute over medium high heat, until the bacon/ham is cooked. Remove zucchini and bacon. Keep the skillet over the heat.
Beat the eggs and pepper to taste in a medium bowl until well blended. Fold in the potatoes, zucchini and bacon, and cheese.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add 1-2 TB oil to the skillet as needed to lightly coat the bottom. Pour in the egg mixture, reduce heat to med-low, and cook without stirring until the bottom is set about 10 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the top is set, 5 to 15 minutes, checking every 5 mins.
Place a serving plate on top of the skillet and carefully invert. The frittata should fall out of the pan. Cut into wedges and serve.
Lemon and Butter Braised Beet Greens
Feel free to swap in spinach in this recipe.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 lbs baby beet leaves, washed
1 -2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over low heat, and add the garlic. Cook gently, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant but does not take on any color. Add the moist greens, raise the heat to medium-high, and cover the pan. Cook until the greens wilt, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice. Remove the cover; if there's any excess liquid, cook until it evaporates. Toss the greens with the lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and serve hot.