Archive | March, 2015

Seasonal Eats: Spring Edition

12 Mar

I’m trying a new series on the blog this year and I’m really excited about it!  Around Western PA, the snow is melting and the daffodils trying their hardest to force spring into existence. I thought it would be an appropriate time to roll out a seasonal recipe spotlight.  I hear the same thing from a lot of people: “I want to eat locally and seasonally.”  Seems simple, right?  Just hit up the local farmer’s market, grab some veggies, and done?  It is and it isn’t…

You might be interested to know that not all the veggies sold at your local farmer’s market are local.  Or seasonal actually!  While I’ve gotten plenty of resistance with this tactic, I don’t ever hesitate to ask my local farmer’s market vendor if they are re-selling produce or if it’s home-grown.  I’ve touched a few nerves over the years, but I don’t see anything wrong with expecting transparency from a grower.  I’m not a snob about it and it doesn’t stop me from purchasing out-of-season food (farmer’s have to make money during he slow seasons, too!), but I like to know as much as I can about the food I buy.  If you want to eat locally, make sure you ask if you’re eating locally.  Either way, you’re supporting a local food producer/grower/vendor – but educate yourself about what you’re buying and why.

If you’ve ever grown your own food, you know that some things don’t just spring up year round.  In Western PA, there is a very limited amount of seasonal product that’s available from March-April.  It’s still early spring and that means LOTS of greens, but it also means some staples like broccoli, carrots, beets, mushrooms, rutabagas, and turnips.  There are some things I usually pass over because they seem a little intimidating – like artichokes, kohlrabi, even endive is a mystery to me.  Well not this year.  This year I’m embracing all the things I’ve never embraced before.  That’s what 2015 is about, remember?  So this year, I’m not only embracing local, seasonal eating – I’m going to try as much of the produce that my region has to offer!

March-April in Western PA:

Artichoke, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli Rape, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cardoons (not sure I’m this adventurous yet!), Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Chicory, Collards, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Fava Beans/Greens, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Onions, Parsnips, Pea Shoots, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Sunchokes, Tatsoi, Turnips

If you have been curious about how to work with any of the ingredients found in this list, shoot me a comment and I will make sure I find a great way for us to get comfortable with them.

Keep an eye out for the new series on Twitter and Instagram, I will be posting under the hashtag: #springeatsSFTS

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Hoisin-Lime Glazed Salmon with Crunchy Bok Choy Slaw

10 Mar

Half marathon training is in full swing and things are going pretty great!!  I’ve either got a stress fracture forming in my left foot or tendinitis, so I’ve been trying to be very calculated with my training runs.   I’ve been pulling back a bit the last 2 weeks, getting in my as many miles as I can, and taking walking breaks when I’m starting to feel pain.  So far, this has been working and I’m feeling confident moving forward.  I’ve got a 5K on deck this weekend per my training plan, so we will see how it goes!

Side note: Can you believe how amazing 40 degree weather feels?  I mean, I’m ready for shorts and flip flops and there’s still piles of snow all around.  I absolutely cannot wait until it’s warm enough to get my grill on!  In the meantime, I thought I would leave this recipe here, it was absolutely delicious, healthy, and made for some great leftovers!

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Hoisin-Lime Glazed Salmon with Bok Choy Slaw (from Cooking Light)

  • 2 c. thinly sliced bok choy
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced red pepper
  • 2 T. rice vinegar
  • 1 t. dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 t. Sriracha
  • 1/4 c. dry roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 2 T. hoisin sauce
  • 1 T. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 clove pressed garlic
  • 4 salmon filets
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 c. cooked jasmine rice

First, preheat the broiler to high WITH a sheet pan in the oven – you want to preheat the pan as well as the oven.  While the oven is preheating, prepare the dressing for the slaw by mixing together the rice vinegar, sesame oil, and Sriracha in a small bowl.  Place the prepared bok choy, carrots, and red pepper in a large bowl and set this aside for now.

Once the broiler is preheated, place the salmon filets on the preheated sheet pan.  Spray them with some cooking spray or lightly coat them with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt.  Place in the broiler for six minutes.  While the fish is pre-cooking, combine the hoisin, lime juice, and garlic in another small mixing bowl.  After 6 minutes, remove the fish from the oven and brush the salmon with half of the hoisin mixture.  Place back in the broiler for another 4-6 minutes (until desired doneness), then brush the remainder of the hoisin glaze.

While the fish is resting, toss the bok choy slaw with the vinegar mixture and add in the cashews.  Serve with jasmine rice.

 

Oh, and did I mention that the leftovers make freaking awesome tacos for lunch the next day?

Salmon Tacos

 

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