Mustard Greens Spanish Tortilla

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This dish does not involve a tortilla at all; think of it as the Spanish version to the Italian frittata. It is simply potatoes and onions cooked in olive oil, topped with whisked eggs, and baked. It is a common tapa item, often cut into cubes, but I serve it in wedges as a main dish. While the original version is quick, filling and delicious, it’s not the most nutritious dish. It was time for an upgrade.

To boost the heartiness and nutrition, I added cooked mustard greens and some veggie sausage. If you are sensitive to spicy greens, this is a great recipe to subdue it’s flavors while still enjoying the nutritional benefit. Don’t stop with just mustard greens, either! This would be a great use of any greens you have on hand. You don’t have to add the veggie sausage but it is a nice way to bulk it up.

I usually make this for dinner but it would make a great addition to breakfast or brunch. We hope you enjoy it!

Mustard Greens Spanish Tortilla (adapted from Cooks Illustrated)
makes 4-6 servings

Recipe note: if you aren’t using the sausage, increase the potatoes a bit – 1 pound total should work well.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces russet potatoes (about 1 large), peeled and sliced into 1/8″ rounds
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced 1/8″ thick
  • Salt
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooked mustard greens, finely chopped (from about 4 ounces of fresh greens)
  • 2 links of veggie sausage (I used the Smoked Apple Sage version), crumbled

Directions:

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat to 425 degrees. Heat the oil in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the potatoes, onion, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir to coat thoroughly. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and onion are soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the eggs, pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt together until uniformly yellow. Add the cooked mustard greens and sausage and stir to combine. Pour the eggs over the potatoes, stir gently to combine, and continue to cook until the eggs begin to set, about 1 minute.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the eggs are cooked, the top is puffed, and the edges have pulled away slightly from the sides of the pan, about 10-12 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to loosen the tortilla from the skillet, then carefully slide it onto a cutting board. Slice into wedges and serve. (The tortilla can also be made up to 4 hours in advance and served at room temperature.)

 


Kohlrabi Hash

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Hash is traditionally a dish consisting of chopped meat, potatoes and onions. While it is quick and filling, it isn’t the most healthful dish. So to make it closer to something I would eat on a consistent basis, I added kohlrabi plus the kohlrabi greens. You don’t have to stop there though – you could also add turnips, peppers, carrots or other root vegetables while playing with other types of greens. Spices, like cumin or chile powder, would be nice too.

Think of this recipe as a starting point. Then let us know how you made it your own!

Kohlrabi Hash
makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 small to medium kohlrabi, leaves removed, destemmed and chopped, and the bulb peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • For serving: a fried egg, scallions or chives, hot sauce

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the kohlrabi bulb and potatoes, stir to combine, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the potatoes and kohlrabi are cooked through and brown (add a couple tablespoons of water to the pan if they are browning too quickly or to release browned bits from the bottom), about 10 minutes. Remove lid, add the kohlrabi greens and stir until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and top with egg, scallions/chives and/or hot sauce.

 


Green Coconut Soup Base

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If you like Thai inspired food, you are going to love this soup base. I simply puree sauteed greens, 1 can of coconut milk and 1 can of water together to create a healthy base that you can add just about anything to. Thai food is traditionally a balance between spicy, sweet, savory and sour so your options are endless if you add a little of each element (I have plenty of suggestions below). The other element of Thai cooking I love is that certain items, such as garlic, ginger and hot peppers, aren’t necessarily cooked before they are added to the final dish. This results in lots of bright, fresh flavor.

We hope you experiment and find a combination that you love!

Green Coconut Soup Base
makes about 4 servings

Recipe note: the additional ingredients listed below are just what I used – you can alter them in any way to suit your tastes.

Green Soup Base Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces (or one bunch) Summerfest Asian greens (or other greens of choice), stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 can water (just fill up the coconut milk can with water)

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1-1/3 pound sweet potatoes or winter squash (I love using the red Kuri squash from The Healthy Kitchen because you can eat the skin!), seeded and cut into 1″ chunks
  • 3 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (or substitute soy sauce if vegetarian)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Juice from one lime
  • Thinly sliced hot peppers
  • Chopped fresh cilantro

Green Soup Base Directions:

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium until shimmering. Add the greens and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender along with the coconut milk and water. Blend on high speed until the greens are fully incorporated, about 1 minute. Transfer the liquid back into the Dutch oven.
  • To the coconut soup base, add the sweet potatoes or winter squash and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients, stirring to incorporate. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve with rice or rice noodles.

Yogurt & Greens Dip

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Wondering what to do with those beautiful daikon and turnip greens from last week’s share? If so, give this quick, easy and healthful dip a try. You can obviously use any type of green here but I love finding new ways to use greens that sometimes go to waste.

The flavorings in this dip can be changed any number of ways. If you have artichoke hearts, chop them finely and add them to the dip along with a little chopped onion (leaving out thyme and the garnishes suggested). I think it would be a great substitute for the much heavier, traditional spinach artichoke dip.

This recipe was inspired by this one. We hope you experiment and enjoy!

Yogurt & Greens Dip
serves 8-12

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces of uncooked greens (I used all of the greens shown in the picture)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, toasted sesame seeds and ground sumac for garnish

Directions:

  • Wash greens well, remove the stems and roughly chop. Cook in a teaspoon of olive oil in a 12″ non-stick skillet until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a fine mesh strainer set over the sink or a bowl. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out the excess liquid and transfer to a cutting board. Finely chop the greens and add to a medium mixing bowl (you should have 1 tightly packed cup).
  • Stir in the yogurt, garlic, salt, thyme and lemon zest. Stir to combine and add 1) additional yogurt if you would like a creamy consistency (I liked the denseness of this amount of yogurt) and 2) additional seasonings as desired. Top with garnishes and serve with pita chips.

Chana Uttapam

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I haven’t had authentic uttapam but when I was researching this recipe, they are the closest thing I could find to describe the final outcome. The original recipe was labeled “chana dosa” but dosa are thin, crispy crepes made from a rice and urad dal. These are not like that at all. They are more like vegetable filled pancakes or fritters made with chickpea flour.

This recipe is fast, healthy and can be varied in so many ways. Stick with the base of 1 cup chickpea flour + 3/4 cup water + 1 cup grated or minced veggies and you can experiment from there. I used beets in the version I made but you can put just about anything in them. Here are some ideas:

  • Finely grated beets + 1 tbsp minced mint + 1 tsp garam masala + 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • Finely grated zucchini + minced basil + lemon zest + chile pepper
  • Finely grated arrots + cilantro + cumin + orange zest
  • Finely grated kohlrabi + dill + mustard seeds
  • Cooked and minced Swiss chard + saffron + orange zest
  • Cooked and minced kale + garlic + thyme + red pepper flakes

I would also recommend serving them with a sauce of your choice. It could be yogurt, sour cream, a tahini sauce or good old fashioned ketchup.

Enjoy!

Chana Uttapam (adapted from The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook)
makes about 20 small patties

Recipe note: some vegetables can be finely grated and used raw (beets, summer squash, sweet potatoes) but others I would recommend cooking first (eggplant, onions, bell peppers all come to mind).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup grated and/or cooked vegetables
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

  • Whisk the salt and flour together in a bowl. Slowly add the water, whisking constantly. Fold in the vegetables and any herbs and spices desired.
  • Heat a tablespoon or two of oil over medium heat in a 12″ non-stick skillet until shimmering. Drop small spoonfuls of batter in the oil, smoothing out the surface, making sure not to crowd the pan (I used about a tablespoon of batter for each one). Cook until lightly brown, about 4-5 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side for an additional 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining oil and batter. Serve immediately.

“Cheesy” Collard Green Chips

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I have gotten into a collard green rut lately. I always seem to turn to my pressure cooker – with just a little onion, sugar and vinegar, and just 8 minutes, it transforms collard greens into something delightful. It will always be my go-to way to prepare collards but I needed a different option.

I was intrigued by this recipe for Spicy Parmesan Collard Chips as I thought the flavors would go well together. However, I was out of Parmesan (which is almost punishable in my house!) so I had to find another option. That is when I turned to nutritional yeast. If you aren’t familiar, nutritional yeast is a vegan cheese substitute known for savory qualities. I use it on popcorn (so, so good) and mixed with soy sauce on fried tofu but this combination is just as good, if not better. I dare you not to eat them all in one sitting.

Enjoy!

“Cheesy” Collard Green Chips
makes 2-4 servings 

Recipe note: if you like spicy food, add a few pinches of cayenne pepper.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound collard greens, stems removed, leaves cut into rough 2″ pieces

Directions:

  • Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except collard greens until well combined. Add collard greens and toss until well coated. Arrange on the baking sheets in one layer (slight overlap is ok). Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating sheet pans half-way through baking, or until collards are crispy (start checking for doneness after 12 minutes and then every 2 or 3 minutes afterwards). Serve immediately.