A Most Versatile Vegetable

Can you name one vegetable that can be used in lasagna, banana bread, oatmeal, rice, potatoes, mac n cheese, icing, cake, pizza crust, “tater” tots (cauli-tots?), in curries, Alfredo sauce and more and never (or hardly) be noticed? Is there such a vegetable?

I’ll give you a hint– it was in last weeks’ and this week’s basket.

And it’s white.

And it can be crunchy, soft, or creamy.

It is also a nutritional powerhouse, being a low-fat, low-carb, high-fiber vegetable with Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium and Manganese, to just start!

Wow.
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Parmesan-Kale Popcorn

Parmesan-Kale Popcorn

Ingredients

  • Kale Chips (if baking for this recipe use less oil to make sure they are VERY dry)
  • Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Popcorn
  • Butter (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Pop enough popcorn to feed your family (I LOVE my air-popper)
  2. If using an unseasoned popcorn you may want to drizzle it with butter but it is not necessary.
  3. Finely grind crispy Kale chips into a powder. I do this in my "Ninja" but a coffee grinder, mortar and pestle, or even a Ziploc and a rolling pin would work.
  4. Mix the kale powder with your desired amount of parmesan cheese powder and sprinkle over the popcorn. Enjoy!

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • Kale
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Tear the kale into small pieces setting the thick ribs and stems aside.
  2. Lightly toss the kale with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  3. Spread the kale pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 300 for about 10-15 mins. Watch them closely. You want them crispy but if they turn brown they will taste bitter.
  5. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

The Anatomy of a Mango Salsa

It’s alluring… It could be savory, or sweet, but seems somewhat risky in comparison to whipping together a regular pico de gallo. It sounds very sophisticated, but you may be still intimidated.  We are here to help you untangle the anatomy of a mango salsa!
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