Seasonal Recipes


Fritatta

Fritattas, similar to quiches and omelets but (in my opinion) easier than either, can be made year-round with whatever add-ins you have on hand. Fritattas can be a meal unto themselves, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can serve them with a crusty loaf of bread and a garden salad.

Makes one, 10-inch fritatta (3 or 4 servings).

Ingredients:
¼ cup vegetable oil (or olive oil, butter, bacon drippings, etc.)
1 medium onion (or shallots, leeks, etc.)
6 eggs
¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (or romano, asagio, etc.)
Salt, pepper, and herbs to taste
2 Tbsp. butter
1.5 cups mix-ins
Mix-ins
You can use practically any combination of veggies, meats, and even cheeses, but here are a few of my favourites:

Method:

Prepare the mix-ins: scrub and thinly slice potatos, cut asparagus into roughly 1-inch pieces, cook bacon and break into bits, grate harder cheeses or crumble softer ones, dice peppers, etc.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs lightly

Slice the onion (or shallots, or...)

Heat the vegetable oil (or olive oil, or...) in a heavy 10" oven-safe fry-pan (I like to use a cast iron frying pan). Pre-fry the onions with the longer-cooking mix-ins (e.g. potatoes, carrots, beets, Jerusalem Artichokes), adding shorter-cooking mix-ins (e.g. peppers, green beans, peas) as the longer-cooking ones start to soften, and throwing in any greens and cooked meats just before the end so that they get warmed up a bit. Keep any cheeses aside for now.

Add the salt, pepper, herbs, and about half of the parmesan cheese to the eggs; whisk to combine. Add any other cheese you’re using, and your pre-fried mix-ins. Stir to combine, and set aside.

Heat the butter in the fry-pan you just emptied, until the butter begins to foam. Pour the egg mixture into the hot fry-pan, and reduce the heat to low. Cook on low until the egg begins to look set, then preheat your broiler. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese on top of your mostly-cooked fritatta, then place it under the broiler just until the top begins to brown.


Shredded Beet Salad

A great recipe for both beet avoiders and beet lovers.

2 cups/ 500 ml beets (cooked, peeled and shredded)
1/2 cup/ 125 ml fresh parsley (chopped -- optional)
3 Tbsp / 45 ml olive (or other) oil
3 Tbsp / 45 ml lemon juice
2 Tbsp / 30 ml onion (chopped)
1 Tbsp / 15 ml sugar
1/2 tsp / 2.5 ml salt
pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and chill.

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Spicy Carrot and Peanut Soup

Yields about 8 cups

1 tablespoon canola or other vegetable oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, thickly sliced (about 2 cups)
1 basket of carrots, thinly sliced*
¼ to 1 hot pepper, seeds and membranes removed, chopped
3 cups chicken or turkey broth (or substitute vegetable stock or water)
3 cups water
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
½ bunch of parsley
1 bunch sorrel roughly chopped
1 teaspoon salt
½ bunch of cilantro leaves (optional)

In a soup pot, sauté onion, carrots and hot pepper in oil until the carrots “sweat.” Add the liquids, bring to a boil, and simmer. Mix peanut butter and soy sauce to a smooth paste. When carrots are very tender, stir in herbs, peanut butter mixture and salt. Cook 3-5 minutes, then pureé in batches in blender until you no longer see green bits whizzing by. Pour into a serving dish, and garnish with cilantro.

* To save time and nutrients, we don’t peel our organically grown carrots. We just rinse them, cut off the ends, and cut or scrape off any spots we wouldn’t want to eat. We usually slice the carrots using a food processor, so they’ll cook through quickly, but when I’m preparing them by hand, I cut them into 3” long chunks. They just take longer to become very tender.


Butternut Squash Soup

1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 leaves fresh sage
½ bunch parsley
2 medium tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. cardamom
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken broth
Optional ½ tsp. cinnamon and 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine ingredients and cook over medium heat until squash is tender.
Purée in blender until smooth. Serve warm.
Serves four.


Kale and White Bean Soup

Ingredients:
½ bunch kale
2 onions
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic
2 carrots
3 medium potatoes
6 cups water
3 cups cooked white beans
Three sage leaves
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper

Method
Chop kale and onion, mince garlic, slice carrots and cube potatoes. Briefly cook onion in oil on medium heat. Add garlic and carrots and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add kale, potatoes, water, white beans, herbs, salt and pepper. Cook until potatoes are tender.


Shredded Beet Salad

A great recipe for both beet avoiders and beet lovers.

2 cups/ 500 ml beets (cooked, peeled and shredded)
1/2 cup/ 125 ml fresh parsley (chopped -- optional)
3 Tbsp / 45 ml olive (or other) oil
3 Tbsp / 45 ml lemon juice
2 Tbsp / 30 ml onion (chopped)
1 Tbsp / 15 ml sugar
1/2 tsp / 2.5 ml salt
pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and chill.

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Spiced Pumpkin Soup

This is a great fall and winter soup with rich warm spicing. Capture the flavour of fall or chase away the chill of winter with a bowl of warm soup.

1 Pumpkin (baked)
2 Tbsp. oil
2 onions
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cardamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp cloves
½ bunch parsley
3 cups water
3 cups chicken stock
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper.

Bake pumpkin at 350F until tender. Cool, scoop out flesh, and set aside.
In a 6 quart or larger stock pot fry onions and garlc until they soften slightly. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until all ingredients are quite soft and the flavours are well blended. Puree in blender. Serve warm. Optional: Top with sauteed shalots and garnish with parsley.


Roast Beets

6 cups beets, scrubbed or peeled, and cut in 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients well. Pour into a casserole dish, and bake, uncovered, at 450°F for 75 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Vegetable Fried Rice

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped seasonal vegetables (zucchini, carrots, beans, peas)
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
Cilantro (optional)
2 tbsp oil
2 eggs
2 cups cooked rice
2 tbsp Tamari

Method:
Heat oil in pan. Add chopped vegetables and cook briefly. Pull vegetables to one side of pan and add the eggs to the other side. As the eggs begin to solidify, break up the mass and mix with the vegetables. Add the rice and tamari and fry briefly. Serve with chopped fresh tomatoes and optional cilantro.

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Herb Vinaigrette

Fresh herbs (basil, oregano, chives, tarragon, etc.)
Olive oil
Red wine vinagre, white wine vinagre, or cider vinagre
Salt and pepper to taste

Finely chop herbs. Combine all ingredients in a bottle. Use somewhere between equal quantities of vinagre and oil, and twice as much vinagre as oil, to taste. Shake well before using.


Last modified: January 28, 2016