Mean, Green, Eating Machine


Author: Codi Hale

Happy Last Day of September!

Well, now that the summer is OFFICIALLY over it’s almost time to bust out that old fuzzy sweater. I don’t know about you, but whenever it’s colder outside I begin to crave heartier meals. Maybe it’s hibernation? Whatever the case, nothing tastes better than a nice warm meal when there is that fall crisp in the air.

Try out this very simple recipe, taken from Wholeliving.com, made from some things that you can find at the Fairview farm stand!

Kale, White Bean and Potato Stew: 

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed, leaves torn into small pieces (4 cups)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, and carrot until tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes and 4 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Mash half the contents of the pot until slightly thickened.
  3. Add kale and beans and continue cooking until kale is tender, 6 to 8 minutes more.
  4. Stir in vinegar and adjust seasoning if necessary. Drizzle with oil before serving.

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Stewed carrots are also fantastic in the colder months. In fact, I came across this funky little jingle (that has now been stuck in my head) about just how great it is: Carrot Stew!

All children’s songs aside, carrots really do pair very well with warm winter squash. Check out this recipe, taken from Epicurious.com, for a great option where you can get the best of them both.

Quinoa with Moroccan Winter Squash and Carrot Stew Recipe

Stew

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups 1-inch cubes peeled butternut squash (from 1 1/2-pound squash)
  • 2 cups 3/4-inch cubes peeled carrots

Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa*
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peeled carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint, divided

For stew:
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until soft, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; stir 1 minute. Mix in paprika and next 8 ingredients. Add 1 cup water, tomatoes, and lemon juice. Bring to boil. Add squash and carrots. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

For quinoa:
Rinse quinoa; drain. Melt butter with oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and carrot. Cover; cook until vegetables begin to brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and turmeric; sauté 1 minute. Add quinoa; stir 1 minute. Add 2 cups water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.

Rewarm stew. Stir in half of cilantro and half of mint. Spoon quinoa onto platter, forming well in center. Spoon stew into well. Sprinkle remaining herbs over.

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I will be back soon with some more cozy and warm recipes!

Remember:  “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – C. Spurgeon