from Michelle Jorgenson (more this week)–congrats to her for being so creative and resourceful with her spectacular garden (which will be featured on the GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover TV show, which we are almost done filming):
I love summer eating, because I try and use as much from the garden as I can. You can tell your readers that if they don’t have a garden, try talking to their neighbors who do. Often crops get out of control and gardeners throw away produce before they can get to it. I just found a neighbor that has a HUGE patch of spinach and leaf lettuce. It’s farther along than mine, and they weren’t using hardly any of it. I asked if I can keep it picked so it won’t go to seed as quickly. So I go pick it every third day or so, and it covers us for green smoothie ingredients.
So here’s some of the stand out harvest recipes so far:
Salvadoran Radish Salsa
1 bunch radishes – any kind
1 small onion
1 bunch cilantro
1/4 t salt
juice from 1 lime
Chop all vegetable and mix.
Can also add the following for a hearty meal:
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 carrot, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 C jicama, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 T rice vinegar
1 more lime juiced
Salt to taste
(I just planted a second crop of radishes just so I can make this! Made up the second version and took to a family reunion – only thing on the table that was gone by the end of the meal!)
I was determined not to throw away anything, so I figure out this recipe from the radish leaves!
Radish Leaf Pesto and Noodles
2 large handfuls radish leaves (from 2 bunches radishes), stems removed
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1/4 C Almonds or pine nuts
1 clove garlic, cut in four
2 T olive oil, or more to get consistency you like
salt and pepper to taste
1 package whole wheat pasta (penne or rigatoni is best)
Put all ingredients in a high powered blender and process in short pulses. You will have to scrape down the sides to get it all mixed in. Add more oil is it’s too thick.
Boil a package of whole wheat pasta. Cook it 2 minutes less than the package says. Drain noodles but keep some of the cooking water. Put noodles back into pan over medium heat, and add pesto. Stir to coat noodles. If too dry, add some cooking water. Cook until pasta is done- 1-2 more minutes. (Your noodles will taste so much better this way!)
Also can put radishes into any salad or stir-fry. You’ll be surprised at how mild they taste cooked.