Roasted Pepper Sauce

Roasted Pepper Sauce
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Recipe type: Pasta Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
 
This pasta sauce is a great change from your regular marinara sauce....it has deep flavors from roasting the sweet peppers, onions and garlic. Try it today!
Ingredients
  • 4-5 Roaster Sweet Peppers
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil
  • 1-2 leeks or medium onion, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 c. Chicken or Vegetable broth
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. Dried basil (or ¼ c. fresh, chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Take roaster peppers, cut in half and deseed.
  3. Place on shallow sided baking sheet (with tin foil...makes clean up SO much easier).
  4. Place peppers and leeks/onions (optional) on sheet - drizzle with oil, use your hands to cover all over the pepper - front and back. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place peppers with skin side down.
  6. Put in oven for 10-15 min. Take out, flip over so skin side is up.
  7. Add garlic cloves. Roast another 10-15 min.
  8. It is done when you see blisters or a nice coloring on your garlic.
  9. Take out and set aside to cool for 5-10 min.
  10. When it’s able to be touched, take peppers and coarsely chop them. Add them to your blender. Toss in the garlic and leeks/onion (optional) and about 1 c. Chicken or Vegetable broth.
  11. Puree until smooth.
  12. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  13. Pour into a pot, add basil and simmer in a pot over low heat for 10+ min. Letting the flavors develop a little further. Serve over pasta.

 

Larb with Cabbage Cups

Larb with Cabbage Cups
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Laos
 
This is a fun way to eat your cabbage and meat. Great, delicious flavors and who doesn't love eating with their hands!?
Ingredients
  • ½ c. raw skin-on peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp. Driftless Sunflower Oil (or a neutral oil)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
  • 1 lb ground pork, beef or lamb (or combo!)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1-4 Cayenne Peppers, deseeded and deveined
  • (***1 was a nice spice for this Midwest girl, add more if you like it spicy***)
  • 2 lemongrass stalk, bottom third only, tough outer layers removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp +1 tsp fish sauce
  • ¼ - ½c. torn mint leaves
  • ¼ head of sweetheart cabbage, halved crossways, leaves separated
  • Cooked short-grain rice and lime wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Toast peanuts on rimmed baking sheet, tossing halfway. When nuts are golden brown, 6-8 min, they are done. Let cool. Coarsely chop and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large saucepan. When oil is shimmering, add garlic.
  3. Cook, smashing garlic down on cloves to break into smaller pieces for about 3 min. Push garlic to side, add ground meat and a pinch of salt. Cook, smashing and stirring meat and garlic together until no clumps remain and meat is no longer pink (about 4 min).
  4. Mix in onion, chiles, lemongrass, lime juice, fish sauce and half of peanuts.
  5. Let larb cool slightly, then stir in mint. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
  6. Transfer larb to a large bowl. Serve with cabbage, rice, lime wedges and remaining peanuts.
  7. ***If you want a crunch, eat cabbage raw. If you want to use the cabbage like a tortilla, blanch the outer leaves to make them more pliable.***

 

Salad Pizza

Salad Pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
 
A fresh take on pizza - sooooooooo yummy!
Ingredients
  • 1 Pizza Dough (homemade or bought)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Sweet Pepper (optional), thinly sliced OR Roaster Pepper - roast before using as a topping
  • Basil (optional)
  • Tomato (optional), thinly sliced
  • Zucchini (optional), thinly sliced
  • Salad Mix/Spinach
  • Mozzarella, Feta and Parmesan Cheese
  • Salad Dressing - pick an option: Lemon Apple Cider Vinegar dressing, White wine vinegar dressing or Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.
Instructions
  1. Spread a pizza dough into a 14” round on parchment.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over crust, lay out toppings.
  3. Add mozzarella cheese and bake in a 425 degree oven on a pizza stone for about 12 minutes.
  4. Mix any and all greens you have in a bowl.
  5. Top with feta and dressing.
  6. Mix to coat salad.
  7. Dump the salad on the hot pizza and cut as desired.
  8. Top with fresh Parmesan.

 

Summer Veggie Asian Stir Fry

Summer Veggie Asian Stir Fry
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
 
This recipe saved my bacon a few times during the last months of pregnancy and early months of having a newborn. It makes a GREAT healthy freezer meal kit. I typically quadruple the recipe if I'm doing the freezer meals - having 4 quick and easy meals that my sweet husband or I can throw together in the midst of toddler chaos is wonderful. When you are putting your kits together, make sure you freeze your meat and the sauce in separate small bags and then you can put them into a large gallon sized freezer bag that the chopped veggies go in.
Ingredients
  • 1-2 chicken breast/porkchop/steak, etc - long thin slices (optional)
  • 4c. vegetables, cut into large bite-sized pieces (broccoli, bok choy, carrots, green beans, onion, mushrooms, snow peas, summer squash, swiss chard, zucchini, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp. Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • Sauce:
  • ½ c. soy sauce
  • ½ c. chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Non-GMO Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Sesame seed oil
  • 1 tsp. Rice wine vinegar
  • 2” piece of ginger - grated into paste
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced or grated
Instructions
  1. Mix sauce up, set aside.
  2. If choosing to put meat in, cook meat of choice and set aside.
  3. Chop up veggies.
  4. Start sauteeing veggies in oil (start with onions and carrots and putting in veggies according to cook times).
  5. When veggies are almost done, add meat (if using) and put in sauce, cooking for another 2-4 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice.

 

Peperonata

Peperonata is an Italian side dish to serve over pasta, chicken or as a spread for crusty bread. Think of it kind of like a “pepper pesto”.

Peperonata
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 roaster peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in heavy large skillet and add peppers, tomatoes and onions. Sauté until very tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Mix in vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

Organic Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup

The Organic Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup is a hearty enough soup to eat for dinner and keep you full! Plus it is down right delish!

Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup
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This recipe was created by Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Culinary
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. wide rice noodles, cooked & rinsed in cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. whole coriander seeds (optional)
  • 2 big stems lemongrass, trimmed, lightly pounded with the back of a knife, & cut into 2” pieces
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1” chunk of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 0-3 hot peppers, sliced, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste
  • 3 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Asian or ½ an Italian eggplant, cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 purple carrot, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 c. purple/yellow beans, cut in half
  • 1 red or green sweet pepper, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 quart water
  • 3 Tbsp. each lime juice & soy sauce
  • Basil &/or cilantro for garnish (+ more thinly sliced hot peppers if desired)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed soup pot.
  2. Add coriander seeds, lemongrass, leeks, garlic, ginger, & hot pepper(s) & saute for a couple minutes.
  3. Add curry paste & tomatoes & stir.
  4. Add remaining vegetables, coconut milk, & water & bring to a boil.
  5. Turn down heat & simmer until vegetables are cooked, 10-15 minutes.
  6. Add lime juice & soy sauce, taste, & adjust seasoning as necessary.
  7. Divide rice noodles evenly amongst 4-6 soup bowls, ladle in soup, & garnish with basil & cilantro. Serves 4-6

 

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Tom’s Cucumber Salad

Tom's Cucumber Salad
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Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers (or 4 if using pickling cukes), seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno or poblano pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • ¼ c. white onion
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • zest & juice of 1 lime
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients & let stand in fridge for an hour to meld flavors.
  2. Serve with chips or on grilled chicken.
  3. Will keep for several days.
  4. Do not freeze.

 

Grilled Tomato, Corn & Poblano Salsa

Grilled Tomato, Corn & Poblano Salsa
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Ingredients
  • 3 large or 4 medium tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 ears corn, un-shucked
  • 1 large or 2 medium poblano peppers
  • 1 onion, cut in quarters lengthwise through root (keep root intact to hold onion together)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • ½ bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat grill & oil grates. Brush tomatoes & onions with oil. Place all vegetables directly on grill grates.
  2. Carefully turn each when starting to brown (the tomatoes, onions, & garlic will be quick) & remove into a bowl.
  3. Gently squeeze the tomatoes to remove some juice & seeds (or the salsa might be too runny).
  4. When the skin has blistered all over & blackened a bit remove to a bowl & cover to let steam.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove skin under running water (doesn’t hurt to wear gloves – they can burn your hands a bit when they’re spicy!) & pull out stem & seeds.
  6. When corn husks are blackened a bit, remove from grill & cool a bit before shucking & cutting the kernels off.
  7. Cut the root ends off the grilled onions & place in food processor with grilled tomatoes, garlic, prepared poblanos, cilantro, lime juice, & salt & pulse into chunky or smooth salsa, your choice.
  8. Stir in corn kernels, adjust seasoning as necessary, & serve. Freezes well.

 

Dijon Potato, Pepper & Bean Salad

Dijon Potato, Pepper & Bean Salad
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Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ lb. Dragon Tongue or green beans (around 3 c.), stem snapped & cut in half or thirds
  • 2 lb. new potatoes (around 6 medium-large potatoes), whole with peels
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into bite-size strips
  • ½ c. thinly sliced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. sherry or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, tarragon, or thyme (or 1 tsp. dry)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Hard boil eggs & let cool.
  2. Bring salted water to boil in a medium sauce pan.
  3. Add green beans & blanch for about 2 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove them & immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain.
  5. Add new potatoes & boil until just tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain & fill with cold water to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium serving bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, tarragon, salt & pepper. Continue whisking while adding oil.
  7. Slice potatoes & eggs. Gently toss green beans & onions into dressing, then fold in potatoes & eggs. Serve with parsley.

 

Cucumber Mint Salad w/Feta Cheese

Cucumber Mint Salad w/Feta Cheese
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ thinly sliced cippolini onion
  • Juice & zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Driftless sunflower oil or olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 long or 2 small cucumbers, half peeled in stripes lengthwise, cut in half lengthwise, seeded, & sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick
  • 1 small green pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 12 mint leaves, cut in thin ribbons
  • ¼ c. crumbled feta
Instructions
  1. Mix yogurt, garlic, onion, lemon juice/zest, oil and salt/pepper together until smooth.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Just before serving, mix in cucumber, green peppers, sliced mint, & feta (save some mint & feta for garnishing on top).
  4. Adjust seasoning if necessary.