Homemade Veggie Scrap Broth

Three mason jars of brown broth

In Top 5 Things to Keep in the Freezer, I introduced the idea of keeping a veggie scrap bag in your freezer, which is how you make my sixth top frozen staple item—homemade veggie broth.  If you have a compost program in your community or a backyard compost, most of your food scraps probably end […]

Kale, Apple & Farro Salad

Wood salad bowl with salad forks, filled with small pieces of curly kale, apples, and farro

This salad is a celebration of textures, seasons, and flavors. I like to make it when apples are first in season, but then make some variation of it all winter long. You can load it up with whatever fresh and dried fruit you have on hand, and this tangy Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette will keep it […]

Garlic Scape & Kale Pesto

Overhead shot of a food processor with partially blended sauce and leafy greens.

Garlic scapes are the stocks that grow from bulbs of hardnecked garlic plants. They could easily be overlooked, but I love that some resourceful cook figured out that they make delicious pesto.    This recipe is cheese-free and, though I’m not a vegan, I like to make it this way because I can serve it […]

Tofu Scramble

Tofu scramble on a plate with toast

I think of tofu scramble less as a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs and more as an easy dinner to pull together when you’re scrambling. Unopened tofu lasts a long time in the refrigerator (see the expiration date), so it’s an easy protein to always have at the ready. Carrots and kale are also reliable, […]

Prepping & Storing Kale (and other greens)

Bunch of kale

In preparation for writing this post, I Googled kale to find out where it fell in the list of top nutrient-packed vegetables and found a lot of different lists. So I’ll let you do your own searches. I did, however, find the following quote: “Of all the healthy leafy greens, kale is king.” That works […]

Sweet & Zesty Winter Kale Salad

I love a sweet kale salad with craisins, oranges and a fresh lemon dressing, but sometimes the ingredients I have on hand are apples, vinegar and radishes. In this winter kale salad variation I added some beautiful purple mu radish (a.k.a. purple daikon) which has a bit of the peppery zest of radishes, but is […]

Kale/Collard Greens Hybrid

Kale/Collard Greens Hybrid Veggie Type: Leafy Green Season: Summer-Fall, stores through winter Peak months: June-November Uses: This hybrid can be used in place of either of its parents, but it’s probably best prepared as you would a simple collard greens side dish. Discard the stems and lightly sauté the greens with olive oil and garlic, […]

Purple Kale

purple kale

Purple Kale Veggie Type: Leafy Green Season: Late summer through fall Peak months: September-November Uses: Use just like you would any other type of kale. It’s great in salads, or sautéed as a side dish. Purple Kale Inspiration More purple kale inspiration coming soon! Let us know on our Facebook page that you’re waiting for […]

Kale

kale

Kale Veggie Type: Leafy Green Season: Can usually be found year-round Peak months: September-November Uses: Kale is called a superfood for good reason! It’s a powerhouse of nutrients and is a very hearty, staple green. There are a lot of varieties of kale, but curly kale is the most common. Remove the thick stems and […]

Curly Kale

Bundle of leafy curly kale in a whitewashed wood background

Curly Kale Veggie Type: Leafy Green Season: Most of the year (depending on how harsh your winters are) Peak months: September-November Uses: Curly kale is hearty and versatile and can be eaten cooked or raw. Remove thick stems and discard or use them in veggie stock. Curly kale is great in wraps, salads, and sandwiches […]