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Orzo and Cherry Tomato Salad

It’s “Spaghetti Thursdays” in our household and I’m always looking for ways to keep things interesting.  Now this dish isn’t technically “spaghetti”, but orzo is a pasta, so that counts, right?

Tossed with a light, lemony vinaigrette and fresh basil, this dish pairs well with fish or chicken and is a perfect summer meal.  It can stand up on it’s own too… crumble a little chevre or feta on top and it’s dressed up and ready as the main course!

Orzo and Cherry Tomato Salad:

  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 c chopped basil, plus more for flair
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook orzo as directed and set aside.  In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and garlic.  Add a little salt and pepper to the dressing to taste.  Add orzo, tomatoes and basil and toss to combine.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

The Mighty Turnip

The delicious sweet white doll turnip has started showing up in the CSA share and I could not be more excited. I cooked and ate the greens and roots the day I got my share! I love sauteing the greens in a little olive oil, along with onions and garlic and a few dashes of Braggs amino acid. Then roasting the roots with the same combination of olive oil, onions, garlic, and Braggs until they are slighted browned. I. Love. Turnips.

But I wanted to dig up some ideas for other ways to cook turnips and through the magic of Google I have dug up some great things to share.

First off, I’d love to share an awesome blog post from a fellow CSA member, Adelle Frank, on the lovely turnip. Click: HERE for her post.

If you did not click on Adelle’s link then shame on you, because you missed this great link she included in her post which of course is all about the turnip: grow veg.com

Atlanta Magazine has a recipe for Sauteed Turnips: Here

A nice article about turnips and a recipe for Glazed Turnips and Carrots: Here

Cook.com suggest pickling and mashing turnips: Here and Here. Mashing turnips with potatoes is very tasty.

Mariquita Farm’s CSA blog has a great photo recipe essay for Julia’s Turnip Soup: Here

Mariquita Farm’s CSA blog also has an entire page of turnip recipes, highlights include Pear and Turnip Soup and Turnip Risotto, make sure to check that out: Here

In conclusion, don’t fear the turnip, it can be cooked numerous ways and don’t be afraid to experiment.  And if all else fails eat that turnip raw, cut it up and eat it as is, topped on salads, or like a chip for dipping.

Happy eating!

I love Beets!

I love everything about beets – their color, taste, texture! Yum! I never sway outside of roasting them in the oven with lots of garlic and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. But I’ve seen tons of creative recipes on the web for beets and wanted to share.

I’ll start with – Beet Juice! I had no idea that beet juice was good for the brain and could help fight Dementia. That’s really neat!

Beet Chips sound delicious, and I plan on trying these along with other veggie chips. This blog post has some beautiful beet photography, too.

Beet Casserole – Vegan friendly!

Beet Salad of Doom – Also Vegan friendly! Great name, too!

Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens – Heck, yes! Yum. Yum. Yum.

Can’t Be Beet Chocolate Cake! – Vegan! I would gladly eat this.

Beet Mousse with Cardamom – This one is unique, looks delicious!

And there is always the option of pickling your beets, too.

Enjoy!

 

(Photo credit – All photos come from blogs)