Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage is a versatile vegetable in your meal planning. Raw or cooked it provides lots of nutrients and flavor.

Sometimes you buy cabbage that you have to discard the outer leaves because they are dried out and not very good. Our cabbage this fall has really big outer leaves that are tender and not dried out.  Cabbage rolls are a good way to use these.  Hopefully this step by step will encourage you to try them.

Ingredients:

12 cabbage leaves 1 cup cooked brown rice

1 egg

1/2 cup finely chopped onions

1/2 cup  chopped sweet peppers

1 pound ground sausage or lean beef  (sausage is already seasoned but if using beef add salt & pepper to taste)

8 ounces tomato sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar or other sweetener of choice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Steps to Prepare

Pull off outer cabbage leaves.  Discard any that are not usable.  Cut a V at the end taking out some of the larger rib.

 

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Drop leaf into boiling water and let stay for about 3 minutes until it starts to soften.  Remove and drop in cold water to stop the cooking. After cool remove and drain.  Repeat this process with all of the leaves.

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Mix your meat with chopped onion, peppers, egg and cooked rice.  Divide it into 12 clumps of meat mixture and place each into a cabbage leaf.

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Roll the cabbage leaf up starting at the end with the rib in it. Foll it up over the meat, then one side, the top part folded down and then roll it over making a tight bundle. Repeat this with the other cabbage leaves and place into a baking dish.

 

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Mix tomato sauce, sweetener, lemon juice and worcestershire sauce to make a sauce and pour over the cabbage rolls.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees in a preheated oven for an hour. Delish!

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Bokchoy Apple Slaw

Bokchoy is one of those veggies that can be used in a variety of ways.  Bokchoy Apple Slaw is  one recipe that you will want to try.  Bokchoy Salad is a favorite (recipe also found on our blog) and I think that this dish is going to be a close second. Be sure to try some bokchoy while it is in season.

 

Ingredients for Bokchoy Slaw

Ingredients for Bokchoy Slaw

Ingredients:

1 bundle bokchoy (washed and thinly sliced)

1 red apple, chopped into small bite size pieces

1/2 large onion, chopped  (or about 4 spring onions if available)

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

Dressing:

1/3 cup plain yogurt

2 teaspoons honey

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do:

Combine chopped bokchoy, apple, cranberries, toasted pecans and onion together.

Mix yogurt, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper together for your dressing.

Mix dressing with greens mixture and serve.

Bokchoy Apple Slaw

Bokchoy Apple Slaw

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Cups

Sausage, eggs, sweet peppers and cheese. What could be better for a quick nutritious breakfast on the go?

Ingredients

1/2 pound pork sausage

1 medium sized sweet pepper, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

10 eggs

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

What To Do

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper baking cups.

Cook the crumbled sausage till no longer pink and drain off any excess grease.

Combine sausage, pepper and onion and saute till peppers and onions starting to soften.

Let cool slightly and combine with eggs.

Divide between the muffin cups and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until eggs are set.

Refrigerate those not eaten that day to have for to go breakfasts during the week.

Options:  Add sauteed mushrooms

Add sauteed greens, being sure to drain off any liquid

 

 

 

 

Balsamic Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar is a side dish that is delicious served with your grilled or roasted meats.

Ingredients

6 sweet peppers (Using some red, orange and yellow ones make a beautiful dish along with your green peppers)

1/3 cup oil  (I like to use coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil)

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley

What To Do

Wash & deseed the peppers, cutting them into strips.

Heat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet.

Add the peppers & stir to coat with the oil.  Cook over medium heat until they start to soften and lightly brown, usually around 10 minutes cooking.

Add the garlic and cook another couple of minutes until you start to smell the fragrance, stirring and being careful not to let it burn.

Add the balsamic vinegar, season with salt & pepper to taste.

Cook another few minutes until the peppers have absorbed the vinegar.

Top with the chopped parsley.

 

Growing Baby Greens

Try Eating the Leaves of Plants to Improve Your Health.

Leafy vegetables are packed with fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer. They can be used raw in salads or green smoothies as well as wilted in a hot pan of oil.  Different mixtures of  greens deliver different flavors and textures so try  several until you find one that you like. The baby leaves of bok choy are mild while some of the mixes containing mustard can be spicy.

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Baby Leaf Greens Are Easy to Grow

Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens and many Asian Greens like Bok Choy can be harvested in the baby leaf stage when they are about 5 to 6 inches tall. These types of greens grow best in the Spring and again in the Fall. They don’t grow very much in the middle of winter but will survive some cold especially if covered on very cold nights. I have harvested Spinach and Kale through the winter with a little protection.

Most of these greens only take about 4 weeks from seed to harvest at the baby leaf stage. You can sow them in rows 2 or 3 seeds per inch and 2 to 3 inches between the rows. I like to cover my seed with vermiculite because it holds moisture around the seed while they germinate. You can also cover with a lightweight cloth or newspaper to help hold the moisture. Plant in moist soil and be sure to check the soil every day while they are germinating so that they will not dry out. After you see the first sign of green starting to show remove the cloth or newspaper or your seedling will stretch from not having enough light. Germination takes about a week or less and your greens will be ready to harvest when they are about 5 to 6 inches tall. Total time from seed to harvest is around four weeks. Greens don’t need a lot of fertilizer but will definitely benefit from compost or an organic fertilizer added just before you sow the seed. After germination you can water every  two to three days depending on the weather. You want the soil to be moist but not soggy wet.  Harvest your baby greens with scissors leaving about an inch of the plant to regrow. Depending on what you are growing and the weather you will be able to harvest 3 or more times from one sowing.

Click Here for a link to High Mowing seed where you can buy baby leaf green mixtures.

Click Here for a link to Johnny’s seed where you can buy baby leaf green mixtures.

Mixture of different Kales

Mixture of different Kales

 

 

 

 

Video of sowing lettuce in a square foot garden.

In this video I am sowing lettuce at only one seed per inch but using the same method you can sow your baby greens thicker.

 

Figs – Nutritious Benefits

Figs are in Season.  Don’t miss the nutritional benefits that they can add to your diet!
According to Dr. Mercola – “Figs are high in fiber and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density), copper, and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins, principally K and B6.
Besides keeping much longer, the nutritional value of figs increase when they’re dried. A half-cup of fresh figs, for instance, provides as much calcium as one-half cup of milk, but a single dried fig contains almost as much calcium as an egg. Whether fresh or dried, figs contain powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in your body and fight disease.
Fig supplies healthy amounts of dietary fiber, which keeps your system regulated and may have a positive effect on weight management. According to one study, the fruits with the most fiber content include apples, dates, figs, pears, and prunes, and there was a 34% reduction in breast cancer risk among women who consumed the most fruit fiber, compared to those who ate the least.”

Baked Fried Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes add some crunch and a little zing to your meal.  Try this method for making them, so much easier than frying them and they taste even better than fried.

Ingredients:

4 large firm green tomatoes

1 1/2 cups of Panko bread crumbs  (or make your own bread crumbs)

If using unseasoned bread crumbs you will need salt, pepper and seasoning of choice.

1 egg beaten

Olive oil to drizzle over tomatoes 

How to make them:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash and cut off the stem of the tomatoes.

Slice your tomatoes about 1/8″ thick.

Dip each tomato slice into your egg and then into your bowl of Panko bread crumbs.

Coat both sides.

(If you are using bread crumbs that are not seasoned mix salt, pepper and seasoning of choice in these crumbs before dipping the tomatoes in them).  Italian herbs are really good on them.

Place your coated tomatoes onto a oiled baking sheet.

Drizzle a little EVOO over the tomatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes.  When they start toasting to that golden brown flip them over and cook the other side for another 7-10 minutes.

So easy but so good!