Winter Wild Rice Soup

Winter Wild Rice Soup
Recipe type: Soup
 
A great warm and hearty meal when there is a blizzard howling outside.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 celery ribs ,diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and then chopped
  • 6 c. vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, diced (about 1 c.)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 c. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c. wild rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning (you can make your own!)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 1-2 Handfuls of Kale OR Spinach, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • *Optional: add diced OR shredded cooked chicken
Instructions
  1. Let oil heat up in a dutch oven. Add onions and celery, saute until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Now add garlic, saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add stock, sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, wild rice, bay leaf & Old Bay Seasoning. Stir to combine. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Take a small saucepan and melt the butter. Whisk in flour and let cook for about 1 minute. Slowly, whisk in milk, until combined. Continue cooking, stirring OFTEN, until the mixture nearly comes to a simmer and has thickened.
  6. When your veggies and rice are tender, Add the cream sauce and kale/spinach.
  7. Stir until combined.
  8. Taste and season with salt, pepper or more old bay seasoning. Serve warm.

 

Refried Beans

Refried Beans
Recipe type: Side/Filler
Cuisine: Mexican
 
These homemade refried beans are delicious, nutritious and so easy to make! Try it out once and you won't use the canned versions again.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • ½ c. finely chopped yellow or white onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 3 c. cooked black beans
  • ½ c. water
  • ½ tsp. Salt + some for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Lime juice
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, warm the oil over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Add onion and a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Cook until onions have softened and browned a little, about 5-8 min.
  4. Add the garlic and cumin. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 sec).
  5. Pour in beans and water, stir, cover and cook about 5 min.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, uncovered and use a masher or the back of a fork to mash up at least half the beans.
  7. Continue to cook the beans, uncovered, stirring often for about 3 more min.
  8. Remove the pan from heat and stir in salt, black pepper and lime juice.
  9. Taste and add more if needed. If the beans seem dry, add a splash of water and combine. Cover until you are ready to eat.

 

Potato Carrot Tart

Potato Carrot Tart
 
This tart is a great side dish or pretty enough to stand alone! So yummy and hearty. Feeds 2 (stand alone) or 4 (as a side dish)
Ingredients
  • 1 Large Baking Potato, thinly sliced *use a mandolin or food processor with a slicing blade to make uniform slices
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • ¾ tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • ½ - 1 c. shredded cheese: Swiss or Cheddar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Lightly oil a 10 inch tart pan or pie pan.
  3. Combine the melted butter, thyme, mustard, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss in the potato slices.
  5. Once coated, take slices and arrange in pie pan to form a “crust”.
  6. Bake for 20 min.
  7. While the tart shell bakes, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  8. Add the onion and carrot and saute until the onion is limp and colored, about 10 min.
  9. When the tart shell comes out of the oven, top with onion mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese is golden and melted, about 10-15 min.
  10. Let cool for about 5 min and serve.

 

Colcannon

Colcannon
Cuisine: Irish
 
Ingredients
  • 7-10 medium to large potatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 c. shredded cabbage
  • 1 ¼ c. milk
  • ½ c. heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil Potatoes until tender, about 30-40 min.
  2. Melt 4 Tbsp butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add onions until soft, about 8-10 min. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add 2 c. cabbage and cook until wilted, stirring often.
  4. Add milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add potatoes and remaining 1 c. cabbage, then coarsely mash.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with remaining 2 Tbsp butter and sprinkle with scallion (optional).

 

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.

 

Corn, Tomato and Basil Chowder

Corn, Tomato and Basil Chowder
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Recipe type: Soup
 
Great way to use up some of the bounty of the garden for a fresh soup on a cooler day.
Ingredients
  • 6 ears of corn, shucked
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lg onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pound waxy potatoes (red or yukon gold) cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ c chopped fresh basil
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Creme fraiche or sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Slice corn kernels off cob and place in bowl.
  2. Run back of knife along each cob to remove additional corn pulp (the creamy stuff).
  3. pulp to bowl; reserve cobs.
  4. In a medium soup pot or dutch oven - melt butter over medium heat.
  5. Stir in onion, shallot and garlic.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 5 min).
  7. Add broth, reserved cobs, 1 c. water and 1 tsp salt to pot.
  8. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 min.
  10. Add potatoes and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 15 min).
  11. Remove cobs and discard.
  12. Stir in corn kernels and pulp, tomatoes and remaining ½ tsp salt and pepper.
  13. Simmer for 20 more min.
  14. Stir in the basil and lime juice.
  15. Turn off heat and let soup cool for at least 15 min before serving.
  16. Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream, if using.

 

Cucumber Fennel Salad

Cucumber Fennel Salad
 
This cool salad is a great side for any outdoor summer grilling event you have going on.
Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bulb of fennel, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • ¾ tsp dill weed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine cucumber, onion and fennel.
  2. In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combing the remaining ingredients. Shake well.
  3. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled.

 

Indian Eggplant Fritters

Indian Eggplant Fritters
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
 
A great appetizer or snack...rich flavors, crispy outside - don't forget to serve with a Cilantro Mint Sauce for an added fresh layer!
Ingredients
  • 1 eggplant, diced (about 3 c.)
  • ½ sweet onion, minced
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, minced
  • ½ c flour
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil (for frying)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine eggplant, water and lemon juice.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 min (until eggplant is tender).
  3. Drain eggplant, pressing out excess liquid and place in small bowl. Mash it up.
  4. Add minced onion, chili-garlic sauce and mint. Mix.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix flour and spices.
  6. Combine flour and eggplant mixtures.
  7. In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of oil over medium-high heat.
  8. Add mixture, about 1 Tbsp at a time.
  9. Don’t overcrowd the pan. You can flatten the fritter when you turn it, turning as needed, until brown all over (about 2-3 minutes).
  10. Best served with Cilantro Mint Sauce.

 

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.