Vegetables

Really Tasty Spring Vegetable Soup

In Cook's Illustrated November/December 2011 issue, they printed a recipe for "Farmhouse Vegetable Soup." I'm sure their version, thickened with barley and potatoes, would be spectacular. This version, GAPS-legal, is still spectacular, though it requires the lemon-thyme butter to add unctious texture just before serving (you can substitute plain butter; just don't leave the fat out entirely!).

Serves 6-8

3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 pounds leeks, washed thoroughly, white and light green parts sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

French Lentil Salad for a Crowd

This can feed about 100 people, if you serve a few other dishes as well (works well with a pasta salad and a veggie salad).

16 oz. (1 bottle) balsamic vinegar
2 heads of garlic, cloves peeled and minced or pressed
Salt and Pepper to taste

3 bunches of broccoli
2 red peppers, seeded and diced
1 medium green cabbage, chopped finely and blanched
1 medium red cabbage, chopped finely and blanched
2 large bunches parsley, minced
1 large bunch basil, minced

1 quarts dry French lentils, soaked or sprouted, and then cooked till just tender

Stir-Fried Pork with Broccoli and Garlic

This is adapted from a recipe by Mark Bittman in "The Best Recipes In the World." I had no idea I could make such a tasty Chinese-Restaurant Style dinner that was GAPS legal!

2 tbsp. lard
3 or 4 dried red chiles, optional
1 pound boneless pork shoulder, thinly sliced or cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets and stems peeled then sliced (about 4 cups)
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup sliced scallions or shallots or both
1/2 cup stock/broth
2-3 tbsp. coconut aminos (or 1 tbsp. soy sauce)
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Super Tasty Lamb-Fennel Stew

This is adapted from the "Lamb-Fennel Casserole" in "The Grassfed Gourmet," by Shannon Hayes. She says, "Consider making a double batch, because the leftovers are even more delicious when reheated the second day." This is really tasty with some good kalamata olives.

Serves 4

2 tbsp. lard
1 medium red onion, diced
1 pounds lamb stew meat
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups frozen cherry tomatoes, or frozen chopped tomatoes, or a 14.5 oz. of tomatoes (undrained)
4 large dried mushrooms, or 4 oz. fresh
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Wanice's Exotic Indian-Spiced Turnips

These are very tasty, and a nice way to eat more local roots in the dead of deep dark winter.

1/3 cup or so of ghee
2 large onions, diced
1 tsp. salt
1 heaping tsp. turmeric
2 heaping tsp. coriender (ground)
4 medium turnips, sliced thin

Saute the onion and salt in ghee (use a wide cast-iron skillet with lid). Add spices, and stir thoroughly for 30 seconds or so. Add turnips, and stir to coat.

"Frickin' Tasty" Creamy Vegetable Soup

That's what my boys said when I asked them how they liked this soup...

This recipe is an approximation of a process I often use to make soup: 1. Saute aromatics; 2. Add more veggies, and cook till very tender (it's fine if you only have one type of vegetable, like cauliflower - it will still taste delicious); 3. Add broth, and puree; 4. Add additional steamed, chopped veggies to taste. This makes a really delicious, texturally interesting, infinately variable soup.

This makes a big pot full, which is good so you can eat the leftovers for several lunches in a row.

Dilly Beans, Lacto Fermented

From the recipe by Seth Travins / Hawthorne Valley Farm. These are so tasty!

Equipment
One-quart Mason jar
1- or 2-piece lid

Timeframe: Approximately 14 days

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds young green beans (beans should be crunchy and not fully formed)
3 to 4 teaspoons non-iodized salt
2 to 4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 to 2 flowering dill heads (can substitute 1 teaspoon dried dill)
1 teaspoon mustard seed
fresh or dried hot pepper to taste
Optional: Other spices to taste-coriander, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger

Method

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

2 uncooked sausages, crumbled http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/homemade-sausage
1 medium spaghetti squash, cooked (pierce with a fork several times, bake at 375f for 1.5 hours, flipping the squash halfway through. Then, cut in half, remove seeds and discard, and scrape all the "spaghetti" out).

Brown the sausage, and then add the "spaghetti." Cook, stirring frequently and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Zucchini Pasta

4 medium zucchinis
ghee
salt
pepper

Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium heat. Grate the zucchinis on the largest shredding side of a box grater.

Melt the ghee in the pan, and add the zuchinni. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until most of the excess liquid exudes and evaporates.

Enjoy!

Kristy's Garlic Cucumber Pickles

6 large garlic cloves, cut into thirds
2 or 3 pin oak leaves or grape leaves
thick sliced pickling cucumbers
sprig of dill

Place the oak leaves in the bottom of the jar, add dill and then layer slices of cucumber with pieces of garlic. Cover with brine (2-3 TBSP Sea salt per quart of water) and let ferment for 4-6 days at room temperature.

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