Tag Archives: arugula

Saag’s the Way We Do It

In my pantry today:

  • 2 c ricotta cheese
  • 2 lbs turnip greens, washed stems cut
  • 3 c baby spinach/arugula blend, washed
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 c unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 c vegetable ghee
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp fennel
  • 1 tsp hot red chili powder
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vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, and K plus many more all-stars

This was worth the day’s adventure in making this from scratch recipe as “from scratch” as possible. I’d remark in a more witty and urbane fashion, but I admit that from this and from about thirty unrelated other things I am wiped out. For the first five hours of my day, however, I was on point.

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don’t pa’sneer

Start first with the low rent paneer. Obviously, this is the one non-vegan aspect of the recipe. Preheat the oven to 350° and spread an even layer of ricotta cheese over a [I used an 8×8″ and the paneer was too thin so go with something a little smaller] baking dish and bake for 45-60m until the edges of the pan begin to brown. Let cool then slice into cubes or crumble into a topping.

carte blanching all 3lbs of 3 greens at once

Meanwhile your oil/ghee should be warming to ML. Add diced onions, garlic, mustard and cumin seeds. Let cook over ML heat until onions begin peeking translucent. While they’re warming up to the notion, trim and blanch your greens (well, boil them for about 10m if you don’t care for chewing your saag). Drain well and set aside. Turn heat up closer to M in the pan; when you hear a mustard seed or two crackle, add the ginger-garlic paste and other dry seasonings. Mix together until one gelatinous mass then add in the flour. Use the juice from the diced tomatoes if liquid is needed. Scrape all the seasonings off the bottom of the pan and mix until a paste-like consistency. 

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just prior to pasting

Add in the greens slowly, mixing all the while. Then plop the entire mix in your food processor, add milk and spin until the creaminess you desire is reached. Serve with paneer over Basmati rice. This is a 5 spoon dish of healthy delight (well, 4 if’n you count my too-thin paneer but let’s not do that) and was commemorated by having half its contents frozen for later revisitation.

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Freshmaker for Two (or, “Not Every Salad Deserves a Post, but…”)

In my pantry today:

  • 3 c chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 c chopped fresh arugula
  • 1 c “zesty mix” microgreens
  • 1 sliced roma tomato
  • 1/2 sliced avocado
  • 2 tbsp Vidalia onion
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp dried cherries
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp feta cheese
  • 1/4 c homemade vinaigrette

Summer is near-upon us. I make a lot of salads in the summer. Now I will need to make a lot of salads with consciously varied creative interest for any and all who might Stumbleupon my blog. It seems like it would be hard to not get tired of salads, no? Right now I’ve got the CSA on my side with different weekly deliveries of glorious salad (and other!) potential. I am going to use it to my advantage tonight; it’s been a long day wherein I had to pay someone to tell me that I drank too much coffee. Instead of spending time in my kitchen I sat in waiting rooms without coffee. To be told that I drank too much coffee.

It’s true, it’s true; I just can’t believe I had to give what I saved yesterday on not needing new brakes instead to an Urgent Care. Who’s got two thumbs, one stomach fire and no health insurance? This dumb girl.

Seeing as how my afternoon was wasted, both in time and amount of coffee consumed, dinner had to be something easy… and salads, well, are pretty handy. If you do them right. If you don’t, you’ll be hungry an hour later and wishing you’d just ordered Chinese for the same payoff. The common misconception about salads is that they cannot be made a meal unless some manner of hot, delicious animal adorns their top. Not true. Just make sure you’re including ingredients that make up for the protein you might otherwise lack, and, hey guess what — vegetables have protein! There’ll be small quantities in the spinach and microgreens, a little more in the avocado and a good deal more in the feta and walnuts. There will be enough, via the combination of everything above, to make a hearty salad that rivals anything a “meat and three sides” plate could deliver. I always feel better about the choice I’d made for dinner after a good salad, and tonight’s was beyond the need for any exception: 4 spoons!

CSA Whaaaat? (or, “Oh Yes, Updates of Deliciousness to Follow”)

In my pantry today will be my second week’s pickup from the City Roots CSA and I have yet to decide what I will cook with first; rest assured, I will ensure that flavor is involved as a collaborative partner. Want to find a CSA in your area? Try LocalHarvest.Org.
Arugula – peppery salad green or great addition to a pizza after its come out of the oven

Carrots – Mokum (orange) and Purple Haze carrots
Kale – This variety has many names Tuscano, Lacianato, Dinasour or Cavalo Nero.  This variety has less of a stalk and is perfect for making Kale Chips
Spinach – This variety is Bloomsdale, a slow bolt variety, know for its large crisp leafs
Lettuce – several different varieties
Microgreens – You will receive a bag of Sunflower microgreens and a bag of Zesty Mix (arugula, mustard, sunflower, radish, rainbow chard, beet, purple kohlrabi and red cabbage microgreens)

…Plus I’ve still got broccoli and more kale in the fridge. A veritable week of green is in my home’s future!

Sausage Curry (or, “No, Fergie’s Not Coming”)

In my pantry today:

  • 1/3 c ground sausage
  • 1/2 c red Russian kale
  • 1 c arugula
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 c black eyed peas
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red hot chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tbsp hot curry powder

Start your sausage in a pan on ML and slowly increase the heat as it begins to cook; stab it with the spatula until the meat is as crumbly as you like. Drain all grease from the meat and set that crumbled goodness aside. Leave grease to cook your diced onion.

When the onion begins to blush translucence, add the kale and arugula and use it as a dishrag to sop up whatever grease is left. Toss in your tomato for good measure and sprinkle 1 tsp of garlic powder. Once everything is well acquainted, pour the mess into a food processor and puree until only tiny flecks of color remain. When you pause to scrape the sides of the processor add the rest of your seasonings. You will be rewarded with a fine rainbowish mush, so pour it all back into the pan and add the can of tomatoes. Stir in the beans and crumbled sausage, slowly adding the broth (I had vegetable on hand, but please feel free to use the juice of any animal or plant you like here). Let simmer on L for at least an hour, then serve over rice or with penne pasta or… well, you’ve probably got it from here, right? 4 spoons!

 

 

 

 

Spicy Prime Rib on Arugula with Mini Microgreen Bread Bowls

In my pantry today:

  • 2 prime rib steaks
  • 1/2 c steak rub*
  • 1 c arugula
  • 2 tsp any vinaigrette you like*
  • 4 take-n-bake dinner rolls
  • 1/2 c delicious bread filling*

rub your meat with this:

  • 2 tsp hot red chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala

vinaigrette it on:

  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Good Seasonings® dressing mix packet

and stuff them rolls:

  • 1/2 c cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp ground brown flax
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp some kind of hot chili sauce you got from the Chinese place yesterday that they use to cook with because you requested something to be more spicy but apparently no one ever does that for a #17 so they were confused and I got some of their special cooking stuff
  • 1 tsp “Fiesta” chili powder (I don’t know how the adjective fits in here, Earthfare.)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 packet Chik-Fil-A® sunflower seeds

This was a lot of cupboard-rummaging for a seriously delicious outcome. The steaks came courtesy of mom and dad with their recent cooler full of meat and spent their thawed day with a massage and full-body spice scrub. It’s actually not hard to assemble all of this — the hardest part is waiting on the broiler to preheat. Because really broiler? Take your time.

After the meat gets felt up real good, go ahead and make your vinaigrette. That’s all you need to do right now, so go strip some old carpet off the stairs and get real filthy. You’ve got the time; have more coffee, too!

Eventually it will be time for the main attraction; preheat to 375° and bake rolls for 6-8m. Take them out and cut a hole in the top of each and scrape a reservoir of breadlessness. Put them back into the oven for another 3-4m. In that time you should have rightly been able to mix up the filling so that when they come out this time, you can tuck 1 tbsp or so into the bowl and top with microgreens. While you were doing that, preheat your broiler. Then meditate, because the broiler will probably be a haughty opera singer about this all and you do not have the time or energy for it.

Once preheated, put cold steaks 3″ under the element for 2m, flip them and continue cooking until they are at your desired level of done. My broiler takes just 3 minutes to take a steak from deep purple to sadsack white; don’t let overdone meat happen to you. Grilling would be preferable, but a broiler is preferable to a frying pan for my steak any day. Lay each cut of meat on a bed of arugula that’s been tossed with a tsp or two of vinaigrette. Stick your pretty buns beside that, then stick your other pretty buns in a seat and enjoy all 5 spoons of dinner!