CSA Cooking #3 : More Winter Greens
Our CSA share last week was all about the greens: Oranges, Red Potatoes, Quelites (we got two bunches, since I traded our pecans for a second one), Rapini, Chinese Cabbage, Braising Mix, and Salad Mix. This one took a lot of brainstorming because although my kids are pretty good eaters, asking them to eat greens straight every single night would have ended in fights.
Quelites were my biggest challenge the last time we had them in our share so when someone told me to use them just like spinach, I knew just what to try: quelites pasta
My daily shadow helped me chop the leaves in the food processor
Two bunches of quelites made just under a cup of chopped leaves. I added them a little at a time to the egg well before mixing them into flour.
Originally I had a beautiful, clean close-up shot of the quelites pasta dough ball but then I thought you might like to see what it was really like while I was cooking...
Sky helped me roll the dough into linguine noodles when she got home from school
I served it with a home-made alfredo sauce and store-bought meat balls. The quelites added a little bit of a "green taste" to the pasta but not enough that it was overwhelming. The kids fussed a little bit until they tried it and then ate it up just like regular spaghetti.
The arugula pesto that I made last week got used on a chicken and onion pizza this week when we had a family movie night- yummy!
Sky loves Italian wedding soup (at least when it comes out of a can) so I thought I would try making my own to use up the braising mix. I made my own meatballs and added canelini beans for a little more texture. The braising mix added a really nice bite to the soup and all the kids at least tried the greens and loved the rest of the soup.
I happened upon a recipe for rapini and roasted potatoes (two for one!) while I was researching how to use the rapini and decided to make it based on how great the picture looked (is that shallow? Seriously, click over- it looks so delicious!). It was an easy and straight-forward recipe and tasted great. I served it with meatloaf and both D and I were reaching for the bowl of greens for seconds.
I used the Chinese cabbage (predictably) in a stir-fry with chicken and mushrooms but don't have a picture of that meal to share- D was out of town that night and I just needed to get dinner on the table. #reallife
Do you have a favorite greens recipe?
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