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.

 

Very Simple Sauteed Snap Peas

 

Very Simple Sauteed Snap Peas
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I got this trick from a Cook’s Illustrated magazine years ago – when you add just a sprinkle of sugar to peas as you sauté them it really brings out their natural sweetness… This is just the most delicious way to enjoy sugar snaps!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 c. snap peas, stems & strings removed
  • ⅛ tsp. sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Heat butter in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over high heat until foamy.
  2. Toss in peas, sugar, salt & pepper & cook, tossing peas a few times, just until bright green & caramelized in a few spots.
  3. Eat immediately. Serves 2-3.

Roasted Beet, Fennel & Pea/Green Bean Salad w/Lemon & Goat Cheese

Roasted Beet, Fennel & Pea/Green Bean Salad w/Lemon & Goat Cheese
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Recipe type: American
Cuisine: Salad
 

Ingredients
  • 3-4 beetroots, cut into ⅛” half-moons
  • 1 fennel bulb, bulb cored & thinly sliced, stems thinly sliced on bias
  • 2 c. green beans &/or snap/snow peas, stems snapped
  • Juice & zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ c. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ c. scallion tops, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese or feta, crumbled

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss sliced beets in enough of the oil to coat & pour onto a rimmed baking sheet & sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  3. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, until starting get limp.
  4. Stir in fennel bulbs/stems & a bit more oil & continue to roast for another 10-15 minutes, until beets & fennel are starting to brown a bit.
  5. Add green beans/peas & roast another 5 minutes or so (you don’t want the vegetables to be mushy).
  6. Remove from oven & let cool a bit.
  7. Meanwhile, in a serving bowl, whisk together lemon juice/zest, the remaining oil, & salt & pepper to taste (remember you salted the vegetables already).
  8. Stir in roasted vegetables & top with scallion tops & cheese.
  9. Serve warm or room temperature.

 

Asian Savoy Cabbage Salad

Asian Savoy Cabbage Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
 

This recipe is tasty and quick. Feel free to add things like the scallions (chopped up), grilled chicken (sliced), or toasted, slivered almonds
Ingredients
  • 1 cup snap peas, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups green savoy cabbage, shredded
  • ¼ cup olive oil or Driftless sunflower oil
  • ¼ cup rice or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 package of ramen noodles
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (to toast simply use a skillet on low heat, stirring constantly until golden brown.

Instructions
  1. Dressing: Mix together the seasoning packet from the ramen noodles, the oil, vinegar, sugar, tamari, ginger, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, peas, and scallions Mix dressing well; pour over cabbage mixture.
  3. Toss lightly to coat.
  4. Break dry ramen noodles into small pieces.
  5. Add noodles to cabbage mixture; toss lightly to mix.
  6. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

 

Pasta with Peas and Basil Garlic Scape Pesto

Pasta with Peas and Basil Garlic Scape Pesto is a great meal to throw together in a jiffy! If your schedule gets crazy like ours does here at Driftless Organics, prepare the pesto ahead of time and make this an even speedier meal!

Pasta with Peas & Basil Garlic Scape Pesto
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
 

A quick summertime pasta dish. Some of that lovely salad mix would be nice on the side!
Ingredients
  • 1lb. pasta of choice
  • ¾ lb. snap or snow peas (about the amount in your box)
  • 2 c. basil, loosely packed
  • ½ c. garlic scapes, chopped
  • ¼ c. sunflower oil or olive oil
  • ¼ c. parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ c. pine nuts or walnuts
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. For pesto: In food processor (or blender) pulse scapes, parmesan, nuts, salt, & pepper until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add basil & then oil & pulse a few times more. Don’t puree it – it should be somewhat coarse. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta in salted water.
  4. When pasta is almost done, add the peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Drain, rinse, and pour into a large serving bowl & toss with pesto.
  5. Add more oil & salt if necessary.
  6. Garnish with basil leaves, parmesan, or pine nuts.

 

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Sautéed Snap Peas & Mint

Sautéed Snap Peas & Mint
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. Driftless Sunflower oil
  • 3 cups snap peas, stems/strings removed
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. sugar
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 scallions, white parts only, minced
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh garlic
  • zest and juice from a quarter of a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp.fresh mint leaves, cut into thin ribbons (aka chiffonade)

Instructions
  1. In a medium/large skillet, heat oil over medium/hot heat. Add peas, sprinkle with salt, sugar, & pepper & cook without stirring for about 30 seconds.
  2. Then stir once & let cook for another 30 seconds without stirring.
  3. Then saute while stirring constantly for another minute.
  4. Push peas to edges of skillet & add scallions & scapes (& a bit more oil if necessary) & cook for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add lemon zest & juice, remove from heat & stir everything together.
  6. Serve immediately with mint as garnish.

 

Curried Cauliflower with Snap Peas

Curried Cauliflower with Snap Peas
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6
 

Ingredients
  • 3 c. cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 c. snap/snow peas or green beans
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2¼ c. milk
  • ½ stick butter
  • 4 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • juice & zest of ½ lemon
  • cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • scallions, chopped, for garnish

Instructions
  1. In a large lidded skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add cauliflower, stir, & cover.
  3. Meanwhile, set milk to heat over medium heat until about to boil.
  4. After cauliflower has cooked for about a minute, give another stir, cover, & after another minute add the snow peas & cumin seed & cover.
  5. After another minute, add garlic & stir a few times.
  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste & transfer on to a plate.
  7. Return empty skillet to stove & melt butter.
  8. Whisk in curry powder until bubbly.
  9. Add flour & stir constantly for another minute. In a slow stream, whisk in hot milk until incorporated.
  10. Continue whisking until boiling & thickened (about a minute after boiling.
  11. Stir in lemon juice/zest & veggies & serve over rice with garnishes.

 

Fennel & Snap Pea Salad with Lemon & Feta Cheese

Fennel & Snap Pea Salad with Lemon & Feta Cheese
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2-3
 

Ingredients
  • 1 fennel bulb, bulb cored & thinly sliced, stems thinly sliced, leaves reserved
  • 2 cups snap peas, strings removed
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil or olive oil
  • juice & zest of ½ a lemon
  • 1 garlic scape, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup feta, crumbled
  • fresh mint & parsley, optional

Instructions
  1. Combine fennel, snap peas, & scallions in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, garlic scapes, & salt & pepper.
  2. Whisk in olive oil & toss into veggies. Fold in feta.
  3. Serve immediately with fennel leaves & optional herbs as garnish.

 

Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad with Peas, Goat Cheese & Pesto Vinaigrette

Grilled Zucchini Pasta Salad with Peas, Goat Cheese & Pesto Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Salad
 

Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchini/summer squash
  • 1 cup snap or snow peas
  • 8 oz. pasta corkscrews, shells, or penne
  • 3 Tbsp. pesto (garlic scape & arugula pesto would be great)
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ c. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • ½ bunch of scallions, chopped (white & green parts)
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Carefully slice zucchini lengthwise into thin slabs ¼” thick. Brush with oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper & grill until just soft & grillmarked (this can be done up to 2 days ahead, anytime you have the grill going!).
  2. Let cool, then cut into large pieces (refrigerate if doing ahead of time).
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil & blanch the peas for no more than 30 seconds.
  4. Immediately remove with a slotted spoon or strainer & run under cold water.
  5. Boil pasta in the same water until just soft & drain.
  6. Rinse with cold water & let drain. In a large serving bowl, whisk the pesto, vinegar, & oil. Fold in grilled zucchini, peas, pasta, & scallions.
  7. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with goat cheese & serve room temperature.

 

Creamy Potato and Snap Pea Salad

Creamy Potato and Snap Pea Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 

Ingredients
  • 2 lb. potatoes, cut into bite size chunks (skin left on)
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar mixed with ¼ tsp. each salt & pepper
  • ½ lb. snap peas, stems & strings removed (snow peas work too!)
  • 1 bunch of green onions (or potato onions), chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. green garlic or garlic scapes, minced
  • ¾ c. sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. grainy mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • A mix of any fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano,
  • parsley, dill, cilantro, etc.

Instructions
  1. Boil cut potatoes in salted water until just soft (but not falling apart).
  2. Drain, reserving hot water.
  3. Gently fold in vinegar/salt/ pepper mix & cool.