Whole Grain Tabouleh

This is one of my go-to summer recipes.  It's delicious if you follow the recipe, however, I've made a rendition of this before where I used the recipe as a guideline and threw in whatever I had and it was even better.  Let your creativity and taste buds take the lead!  This recipe comes from Simply in Season.

  • 1 cup uncooked bulgar, quinoa, or couscous
  • 1/4 cup green onions or onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, parsley, or mint
  • 1 cup fresh veggies: cucumbers, green or red sweet peppers, hot peppers, carrots, summer squash, diced
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (optional)
  • basil, chopped (optional)
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Prepare grain, fluff lightly with a fork and cool.
  2. Add veggies & chickpeas in with cooled grains.
  3. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and pour over salad.  
  4. Toss gently.

Beet Hummus

The first time I ever saw beet hummus I was enamored.  Then once I tasted it, I was in love. This recipe comes from The Splendid Table.

  • 1 medium red beet, top trimmed, scrubbed
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Wrap the beet in aluminum foil and place it in the oven in a small baking dish. Roast until very tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour. Unwrap the foil and set the beet aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, peel and coarsely chop.

2. Put the beets, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic, and salt in a food processor and purée until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

3. Transfer the hummus to a container for transport, cover, and refrigerate until the picnic, or for up to 1 week. For extra pizzazz, just before serving, drizzle the hummus with oil and sprinkle with parsley.

Day Before CSA Pick Up Stir-fry

It's the day before CSA pick up and you look in your fridge and realize you still have a smattering of produce from last week (any maybe even a bok choy from two weeks ago).  This is a good time to whip together a spontaneous, no-recipe-needed, fridge-cleanin' stir fry!  Since I said there is no need for a recipe, let me just give you a few guidelines I like to follow when making a stir fry.  

First off, just about any vegetable can be thrown into a stir fry and either taste delicious or be hidden amongst the deliciousness that is this dish.  Radishes, kohlrabi, cabbage, no problem!  

Secondly, I like to have something in the onion family, a few roots, and some leaves.  It's all the better if you've got some tasty cilantro or parsley hanging around.  You can add the vegetable mix to either noodles, rice, or some other grain.  There are many kinds of sauce you can make and add in and I've added a couple of types towards the bottom of this page.

  • Take a wok or large frying pan out and add a slosh of olive oil and set at medium heat.  
  • Add onion family first (scallions, onion, garlic, leeks, garlic scapes) and let sizzle.  Cook for a bit until the onions/scallions/leeks are translucent or start to soften.
  • Then add any root-ish veggies (radishes, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, turnips) that you sliced up all cute and cook for a bit until they feel tender.
  • Stems!  If you've got some bok choy, chard, or beets throw those stems in before the greens so they cook down a bit.  These only take 3-5 minutes to cook.  Don't use kale stems!  They will make your dish no bueno.
  • Follow with some leafy greens.  This could be bok choy, chard, kale, collards, turnip greens, radish greens, or some salad mix.  If I use salad mix, I like to add it right at the end and just have it wilt a teensy bit.  Cook all other greens until they brighten up and wilt.
  • Remove from heat and add sauce.  Mix around.  Serve over rice, noodles, or your choice of grain.

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (we prefer chunky)
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • If using salted peanut butter no salt is needed.  If unsalted, add 1 t. salt.
  • 1-2 T. lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • red pepper flakes to spice things up, if you're into that kinda thing

Put ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth.

Soy Sauce Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T. rice vinegar
  • 1 t. sesame oil (I've omitted that and used olive oil instead)
  • pinch of hot pepper flakes
  • 1 t. grated ginger
  • a touch of honey

Put ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth.