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Best-Ever Kale Salad

Hi Harvesters!

This week we’re bringing you a recipe for a kale salad to take advantage of this healthy and popular green. The ingredients list is pretty simple, but he result is deliciously satisfying. Try it out and let us know what you think!

 For Dressing:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper, ground

For Salad:

  • 1 bunch green kale, washed and massaged
  • ½ cup slivered blanched almonds, toasted
  • ½ cup parmesan, finely grated

Instructions

Combine lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper and set aside. Wash and tear kale and vigorously rub the leaves to break down cell walls (this will make the kale much less tough).

Toast almonds on medium high heat in a skillet, stirring constantly, until golden brown.

Toss kale, cheese, and almonds and serve. Enjoy!

Rainy Weather Southwest Style Potatoes Au Gratin

Hi Harvesters!

Hope everyone’s been staying dry during our little fall foretaste. Looks like bright weather is back on the way for a bit, but for now, here’s a warm and tasty potato dish to fill you up.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bell peppers, diced
  • ½ large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 medium jalapenos, finely diced
  • 8 green onions, diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 3 ½ lbs red potatoes, cut into 1/8 inch slices
  • 1.5 C. extra sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1 T. butter, for baking dish
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 C. heavy cream
  • 2 C. veggie stock
  • 1.5 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish

Method:

Prepare 13 by 9 inch baking dish with butter and preheat oven to 400.

Bring large skillet to medium-high heat with olive oil. Sauté onions until translucent (about 5 minutes), then add bell pepper and jalapeño and sauté for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2/3 green onion and garlic.

Layer bottom of baking dish with potatoes, and then layer with 1/3 of sautéed veggies and sprinkle with 1/3 grated cheddar. Repeat two times, ending with veggies and cheese.

Combine salt, pepper, cream, and veggie stock and pour over potato layers.

Bake, covered in tinfoil for 1 hour, remove tinfoil for an additional 15 minutes to brown. Sprinkle remaining green onion and a hefty amount of cilantro over the top. Enjoy!

Charred Broccoli Salad with Avocado and Pine Nuts

Charred Broccoli Salad with Avocado and Pine Nuts

Here’s a healthy recipe for a salad with tons of green things, lots of protein and a variety of textures. Crispy broccoli and crunchy pine nuts are a delight to eat topped with a savory dressing.

Charred broccoli salad with avocado

  • 2 large heads broccoli
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 T. plus
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut broccoli into small florets and toss with olive oil and a hefty sprinkling of salt and pepper. Lay on baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until edges are browned.

While broccoli is roasting, mash avocado and mix in soy sauce (imagine this to be a really thick dressing).

Toss broccoli with desired amount of avocado mixture, sprinkle with pine nuts, and diced hard-boiled egg.

Serve and enjoy!

Charred Corn and Peach Salsa

A summery salsa that tastes as wonderful as it looks.

A summery salsa that tastes as wonderful as it looks.

Hello friends of PCH! We’re back at it this week after a little bit of a hiatus, and this week’s recipe is perfect for one of those summer barbeques. Take advantage of fresh corn, peaches, and some hot peppers to whip up a summery salsa with a fruity twist.

Ingredients

  • 3 peaches, peeled and diced
  • 2 ears corn, grilled and kernels removed
  • 2 pablano peppers, grilled and finely diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, grilled and finely diced
  • ½ cup green onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup cilantro, shredded
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

Heat grill. Shuck corn, cut plebanos and jalapeños in half (length-wise), and drizzle everything with olive oil and set aside.

Prepare peaches, green onion, and cilantro, toss with honey, lime juice and seasoning in a large bowl and set aside.

Grill the peppers and corn until the peppers start to blister and the corn is golden-brown.

Once cool enough to handle, remove kernels from corn, finely dice peppers, and add to the peach mixture. Serve immediately!

Grilled Eggplant Tapenade

 

Hello Harvesters!

I have to say, this week’s recipe is one of the most delicious ones I’ve tasted yet. We busted out the BBQ this past weekend for the first barbecue of the season, and we had so much fun we had to do it both nights of the weekend. This charred eggplant and onion tapenade was the result of several experiments with a balsamic and garlic marinade. It makes a perfect topping over chicken, or goes well with bruschetta or crackers. Let us know what you think!

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Charred Eggplant Tapenade

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Ingredients:

½ cup aged balsamic vinegar (get a good, sweet one for this recipe)

½ cup olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

3 large cloves garlic, minced

2 small eggplants

1 medium yellow onion

Directions:

Prepare grill for veggies, you want a medium heat, so if you’re using charcoal spread it out so they are about 1 briquette thick.

Eggplant Tapenade 2

Slice onions and eggplant through their equator into ½ inch-pieces. Combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic in a casserole dish and lightly coat onion and eggplant pieces. Place on grill for 10-15 minutes total, flipping half way through until the eggplant begins to look transparent and juicy and the onion softens and look transparent (the onion may take a bit longer). Remove from grill and let cool, then use a knife to cut onion and eggplant into 2-3 inch pieces. Place the chopped onion and eggplant in a food processor along with the left over marinade and pulse a few times until it looks like a chunky salsa (there will be bigger and smaller pieces, but that’s good for texture). Serve with grilled chicken and feta or with bruschetta.

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

 

 

A Hardy Salad for A Nutritious Picnic

 

Hello Harvesters!

For this last week of April we have a perfect picnic recipe. Share it with your family out on the lawn or at the park. We can tell you from personal experience: this one is particularly delicious (plus good for you too!). Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Hardy Quinoa Salad

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For salad:

2 cups quinoa (uncooked)

2 medium bell peppers, diced

1 cup cilantro, loosely packed and diced

2 small zucchini, very thinly sliced

1 large avocado (or 2 small), sliced

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

 

For dressing:

1 large lemon, juiced

3 large cloves garlic, crushed

Olive oil (equal parts lemon juice and olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Prepare quinoa ahead of time. To cook, rinse two cups quinoa thoroughly and toast in skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil until water evaporates and quinoa begins to make popping sounds. Stir for about 1 minute then remove from heat. Transfer to large pot and cover with 4 cups water and add 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil on high heat then turn down to a simmer, covered, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes (do not remove lid before 5 minutes are up!). Drain remaining liquid from quinoa and let cool in a bowl.

While quinoa cools, prepare veggies. Use a potato peeler to thinly slice zucchini, dice cilantro and peppers, and slice avocado. Toss cilantro, peppers, and zucchini into quinoa and set aside. Wait to add avocado until the end.

Prepare dressing by juicing lemon, add equal amount of olive oil as lemon juice. Stir in garlic and add a hefty amount of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and pour over quinoa, toss until evenly distributed. Lay avocado over salad and garnish with left over cilantro. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Kiwi-Rhubarb Compote

Hello all. It’s a simple one this time! All you need is a small pot and a bowl, and some fresh fruit. This makes a delicious topping to serve over vanilla ice cream, or to put on French toast in the morning with pears and walnuts. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Kiwi-Rhubarb Compote

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Ingredients:

4 large stalks rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

3 ripe kiwis, diced

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup water

 Method:

Place rhubarb, water, and sugar into medium pot and bring to a boil on medium heat. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes until water is reduced and rhubarb starts to fall apart and soften. Remove from heat and place in a bowl, stir in diced kiwis and refrigerate for an hour or so until cold.* Serve over vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

 

Original photo and recipe for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Hello Harvesters

Happy belated Easter and Passover, and welcome to April! This week our featured recipe is a scrumptious dessert bread that can be eaten after dinner or with coffee in the morning. It’s a good way to use the carrots, zucchini, and oranges that we are delivering this week. You may also want to save this recipe for the height of summer when we will all be struggling to keep up with the massive amount of summer squash that grows in Washington. Instead of trying to pawn off a 5 pound zucchini on your neighbor, make this bread and spread the love!

Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Ingredients:

 For bread

1 ½ cups all purpose flower

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. kosher salt

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1.5 cups shredded carrot

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ tsp. orange zest

½ cup chopped walnuts

 

For frosting

 

8 oz. cream cheese

¼ cup. salted butter

4 c. confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. orange zest*

2 T. freshly squeeze orange juice

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 9 by 13 inch pan with vegetable oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, carrot, zucchini, vanilla, and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until ingredients just come together and mix in walnuts. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

While bread is cooling mix frosting. In a stand-mixer start by creaming butter, cream cheese, orange juice and orange zest at a high speed until there are no lumps. Turn speed down and slowly add sugar while the mixer is on. Mix until smooth.

Serve bread with desired amount of frosting, but likely you will have left over frosting for another batch!

*orange can be substituted for grapefruit or another one of your favorite citrus fruits

Enjoy!

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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Spicy Mango Salsa for Spring BBQs

Hello Harvesters!

Since it’s the start of spring, we thought we would give you a good recipe for the first outdoor meals of the year. Bring this dish to a barbeque and you will be an instant hit. It’s perfect for a side dish with tortilla chips or to top a delicious grilled white fish or tacos. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make and won’t take up too much of your valuable time. Let us know how you like it!

Recipe of the Week: Spicy Mango Salsa

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Ingredients:

2 mangoes, finely diced

1 large red bell pepper, finely diced

½ medium yellow onion, finely diced

1 habanero pepper, very finely diced

Juice from 1 lime

1/3 cup green onion, finely diced and loosely packed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped and loosely packed

¼ tsp. kosher salt

Method:

Dice all ingredients and place in food processor. Place food processor on pulse setting, and pulse 3 times until ingredients just come together. For extra spice, let sit over night; for medium spice serve immediately. Serve with grilled white fish or tortilla chips, enjoy!

Original recipe and phot for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

Crispy Garlic Asparagus with Whipped Potato & Squash

Hello harvesters!

Check out a delicious new dinner recipe that the whole family will love. This is a classic comfort food type dinner, with a bit of spicing up. Guaranteed to help get your kids to eat their veggies!

Crispy Garlic Asparagus with Whipped Potato and Squash

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Ingredients:

3 medium potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes (preferably Yukon gold, but other varieties will work)

½ butternut squash, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 2 cups)

1 bunch (about 2 lbs. asparagus)

1 T. brown sugar

3 T. butter

3 large garlic cloves, finely diced

1/3 cup cream

1 Tsp. salt, plus more to taste

Directions

Peel and cube potatoes and butternut squash. Steam squash and potatoes together until a knife is easily inserted, about 20 minutes. Place steamed squash in mixing bowl and add 2 T. butter, set aside.

Place 1 T. butter in skillet on medium-high heat. Remove tough ends of asparagus (about 1-2 inches) and add to skillet with ½ the diced garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, then add left over garlic and a few pinches of salt. Cook until asparagus is softened, but still slightly crunchy (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat.

Combine cream, brown sugar, and salt in liquid measuring cup and warm in microwave, about 1 minute. While mixing the potatoes and squash with a hand mixer, pour in cream mixture until smooth (you can also use a ricer and stir in the cream).

Lay asparagus over desired amount of potato-squash mixture. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Original recipe and photo for Pacific Coast Harvest by Kayla Waldorf

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