vegetarian

Spring Vegetable Stew

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4

This is a perfect stew to transition from winter to spring after you’ve been eating heavy-hearty stews for the past few months. Traditional stews are usually a mixture of meat and vegetables slowly simmered until all the flavors bind into one. This stew is quick to make, filling, and refreshing. A generous amount of oil and butter will add richness. The root vegetables will thicken the strew slightly, making it feel likes like a soup. The vibrant colors of the mixed vegetables in this Early Spring Vegetable Stew will remind us that shorter days will soon become the longer and colder days will become much warmer. I suggest using basil or mint, but you can use whatever fresh tender herbs you have around. The combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice, parsley, and crème fraîche this will elevate the flavors of the stew. This stew only takes about 45 minutes to make from start to finish. You’ll be able to enjoy more of that spring time sunshine, because you won’t have to wait for hours for your meal to be ready.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • 2 small Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch half-moon-wedges

  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch half-moon-wedges

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1/4 lb of oyster mushrooms, hand torn lengthwise into small strips

  • 1 quart of vegetable stock

  • 1/2 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths (woody part removed)

  • 1 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch-long sticks

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch rounds

  • 1 bunch of scallions, white and light green section only, cut into 1 sections

  • 1/2 cup snow peas, discard the stem end and string

  • Juice from one lemon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the garnish:

  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

  • 4 handfuls fresh mint or basil leaves

Preparation

  1. In a enameled cast-iron dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium heat. Toss in the potatoes and turnips. Stir gently, season with salt, and cook in the oil until the potatoes becomes slightly translucent (about 5-8 minutes).

  2. Add in the mushrooms cook for about 5 more minutes

  3. Poor in the stock. cover with a lid. Turn the head down to a low simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes and turnips are tender.

  4. Remove the lid. Add the asparagus, carrots, and zucchini. Let cook for 5 more minutes uncovered, until the asparagus is cooked through but still retains it’s shape and color.

  5. Toss in the scallions and sugar snap peas. Let simmer on low for a couple more minutes, until the snow peas becomes a bright green color and warms through.

  6. Turn off the heat, add freshly squeezed lemon juice and season with and and pepper.

  7. Divide the soup into four bowls, and garnish each bowl with a dollop of crème fraîche, sprinkle of chopped parsley, and a handful of mint or basil leaves.

Charred Snap Peas with Mint and Lemon

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 5

Slightly charred snap peas, fresh mint and lemon make a bright and tasty side in just minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound snap peas

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the snap peas and garlic and sauté over high heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until the peas are tender-crisp and slightly charred or blistering. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired before serving warm.

Serving Suggestion

Poultry and fish pair well with this simple vegetable dish and leftovers can be chilled and served in tomorrow’s lunch salad. Change the profile of this dish by using a flavored olive oil or seasoned, smoked or coarse-crystal salts, such as kosher or Maldon. But proceed with caution, as flaky salts dissolve faster than granular salts on the tongue, resulting in a saltier flavor. Crush the flakes between your fingers and add a pinch at a time to suit your taste.

Nutritional Information

94 calories, 6 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 53 mg. sodium, 9 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 3 g. protein

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Beet Pesto Crostini

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes total; 20 minutes active

Servings: 4

Earthy, vibrant beets combine with garlic and crunchy sunflower seeds in this unusual (and vegan) pesto appetizer. Unlike herb pestos, this keeps refrigerated for a few days, tightly covered.

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Ingredients

  • 3 2-inch beets, about 6 ounces

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 5 tablespoons sunflower seeds, raw

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 8 slices baguette, toasted

Preparation

  1. Wash the beets, but don't peel them. Place them in a small pot and add water to cover by an inch. Put on high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to a vigorous simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, until a paring knife inserted in a beet slips in easily.

  2. Drain the beets and rinse with cold water, then trim the tops and slip the skins off under the cold water. Let cool.

  3. In a food processor, mince the garlic. Add 1/4 cup of the sunflower seeds and pulse to chop finely. Add the beets and process until finely chopped. Add the olive oil and salt and pulse just to mix, don't puree.

  4. To serve, spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the beet mixture on each baguette slice.

To learn more about beets, click here!

Nutritional Information

190 calories, 10 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 470 mg. sodium, 20 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 5 g. protein

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Chocolate Strawberry Fool

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 50 minutes total; 20 minutes active

Servings: 4

This easy and elegant parfait makes any meal or occasion just a little more special.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold

Preparation

  1. Place 1 cup of strawberries in a small bowl and add the sugar and vanilla extract. Mash the strawberries into small pieces using a fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Pour the cold whipping cream into a cold, medium-sized bowl. Using a beater, whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks. Fold the mashed strawberries and 3/4 of the chocolate into the whipped cream.

  3. Using a tablespoon, fill a wide-mouth glass (such as a martini glass or tumbler) 1/3 full with the whipped cream, then top with a layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat with more whipped cream and another layer of strawberries. Top with remaining whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Serving Suggestion

Accompany this elegant dessert with a plate of delicate shortbread cookies. Blueberries, raspberries, or pitted cherries can be used instead of the strawberries, if you prefer.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 244, Fat: 15 g, Cholesterol: 41 mg, Sodium: 14 mg, Carbohydrate: 28 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

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Roasted Cauliflower with Curry

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

I use to hate cauliflower. The only way I’ve had it in the past was boiled or steamed. When I learned about the magical transformation of roasting vegetables, it opened up a gateway of new possibilities for me. Roasting cauliflower is already delicious, but adding adding sweet paprika and curry powder adds a nice warmth of flavor to your taste buds without the harsh heat. The panko bread crumbs adds texture without the messiness of deep frying. This Roasted Cauliflower with Curry recipe is not only simple, but a budget-friendly vegan side dish you can add to your weekly dinner routine.

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, stems removed, cut into florets

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2-3 teaspoons of curry powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sweet or smoked paprika

  • 2 tablespoons of panko bread crumbs (this can easily be omitted if you’re gluten-free)

  • Generous pinch of flaky sea salt divided

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add cauliflower and drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil. Toss until everything is well coated.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the curry powder and paprika until there are no more lumps. Season the cauliflower with the curry mix and a salt until it’s well coated.

  4. Add the panko bread crumbs and gently toss to coat the cauliflower.

  5. Spread the cauliflower single layer out onto a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven.

  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring and flipping the florets halfway through, until cauliflower begins to brown and is tender.

  7. Taste, and season with more salt if needed. Serve immediately.

Blood Orange, Beet, and Fennel Salad

By: Bon Appétit

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red beets, tops trimmed

  • 2 medium golden beets, tops trimmed

  • 3 blood oranges

  • 1 medium navel orange (preferably Cara Cara)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced crosswise on a mandoline

  • 1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced on a mandoline (about 1/3 cup)

  • Good-quality extra-virgin olive, pumpkin seed, or walnut oil (for drizzling)

  • Coarse sea salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro and/or chervil leavesnions

For the full recipe, check it out on Bon Appetit

To learn more about oranges, click here! 

SWEET POTATO AND KALE QUESADILLAS

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

These quick and easy quesadillas will satisfy everyone at your table. These quesadillas can be made for lunch or an afternoon snack. The black beans, kale, and sweet potatoes are nutrient rich and also provides a lot of protein. Kids and adults alike will love this tasty and satisfying vegetarian dish.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb of sweet potatoes (either white or yellow/orange flesh variety works. The yellow/orange flesh variety are richer in beta-carotene)

  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil divided

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of smoky chipotle taco seasoning (any of your favorite taco season will work)

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt divided

  • 1 cup of chopped kale

  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack works great too

  • 1/2 cup of canned black beans drained

  • 4 large flour tortillas

Optional ingredients for serving quesadillas

  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

  • Salsa

  • Slices of avocado

  • Guacomole

  • Hot sauce

Preparation

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle and preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Dice the sweet potatoes into small cubes (you don’t have to peel the sweet potatoes. The skin of a sweet potato is edible. The skin will add more fiber and potassium to the quesadillas).

  3. Toss the sweet potatoes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, season with chipotle taco seasoning, and 1 teaspoon of salt.

  4. Place the sweet potatoes single layer on a rimmed baking sheet for 20-25 minutes until sweet potatoes are soft (This can be done up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated prior to making quesadillas).

  5. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, chop kale into nice thin 1/4 inch strips.

  6. Toss the kale with lime juice and gently massage with your hands. Let rest so the kale will soften for about 15 minutes .

  7. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven after roasting and let cool enough to handle .

  8. Place a 12 inch skillet on medium heat, and add half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil .

  9. Assemble the quesadilla by placing the tortilla in the pan add about 1/4 cup of cheese, layer on half the black beans, half of the roasted sweet potatoes, half of the kale, another 1/4 cup of cheese, and topped with another tortilla.

  10. Watch carefully for the cheese to melt. You can use a spatula to push down on the top of the quesadilla to make sure the layers adhere together. Let it get toasty for about 4-5 minutes. You can use a spatula to lift one edge of the quesadilla to check for how well the bottom is browning (if the quesadilla is browning too quickly, and cheese isn’t melting quick enough, lower the temperature of the stove top).

  11. Once cheese is melted to the bottom tortilla, carefully but quickly flip the quesadilla and it let cook for another 4-5 minutes.

  12. Remove the quesadilla and repeat process with the remaining ingredients.

  13. Cut the quesadilla to desired pieces and serve with your favorite sides.

To learn more about sweet potatoes, click here! 

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Courtesy of: Co+op, stronger together Recipe by: Robin Asbell

Total Time: 45 minutes, 25 minutes active

Servings: 4

If you are making other broccoli dishes in which you really only want the florets, save the stems and use them within the week for this. The stems can absolutely delicious if you prepare them right—they are more mild and sweet than the florets, almost like kohlrabi. You only need 2 cups of florets to stir in after pureeing, so make up the difference with peeled and chopped stems in the soup. Alternately, just use a big bunch of broccoli, and use up every bit of it.

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, stems peeled, 2 cups florets reserved OR a heavier ratio of stems: 1 1/4 pound stems and 5 ounces broccoli florets

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock or water

  • 3 tablespoons white rice

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • Croutons

Preparation

  1. Peel and chop broccoli stems and onion, reserving the broccoli florets. Put in a big pot, add rice and stock or water.

  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until vegetables and rice are very tender, about 15 minutes.

  3. Reserve 2 cups of broccoli florets, then add the rest of the florets to the soup and simmer for 5 more minutes.

  4. Steam or microwave the remaining 2 cups broccoli florets just until crisp tender.

  5. Puree the broccoli mixture in batches to a smooth consistency, adding sour cream and milk as it becomes smooth.

  6. Return to pan and gently reheat, whisking in just enough milk to thin to a consistency of your liking. Stir in broccoli florets, salt, pepper and basil.

  7. Warm just to serving temperature. Be very careful not to boil.

Nutritional Information

277 calories, 14 g. fat, 34 mg. cholesterol, 571 mg. sodium, 34 g. carbohydrate, 6 g. fiber, 9 g. protein

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BA's Best Green Bean Casserole

By: bon appétit

Total Time: 60 minutes

Servings: 8

You can make your own fried shallots or onions, but French’s are astonishingly delicious and practically define this green bean casserole recipe (and you can find them at pretty much any grocery store). This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green beans

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced, divided

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 4 large sprigs thyme

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1¼ cups whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ¾ cup Boise Co-op Deli’s housemade fried onions

For the full recipe, check it out on Bon Appétit

Chevre, Fig and Honey Pizzas

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes (if using dried figs, less with fresh)

Servings:  4

This pizza is a lovely mix of sweet and savory, and showcases the Mediterranean flavors of figs and tangy cheese. If you are looking for some nibbles to serve alongside wine, make a few of these. They will be a hit!

Ingredients

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  • 4 small naan breads or pitas

  • 8 large fresh or dried, moist figs

  • 1 teaspoon red wine (if using dried figs)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 6 ounces crumbled chevre

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme sprigs

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the naan or pita breads on a sheet pan and reserve. Slice the figs across the fruit, making rounds. If you are using dried figs, and they seem dry, put them in a small bowl and sprinkle with the wine. Let soak for ten minutes.

  2. Drain any remaining wine and distribute the fig slices on top of the naan. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pepper, then top with crumbled chevre and thyme.

  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the bread is crisp on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Serve hot.

To learn more about figs, click here! 

Nutritional Information

351 Calories, 1 g. fat, 15 mg. cholesterol, 537 mg. sodium, 57 g. carbohydrate, 16 g. fiber, 13 g. protein

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Roasted Patty Pan with Gremolata and Charred Lemon

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Patty pan squash is tossed in extra virgin olive oil and generously seasoned with salt, pepper, and sumac- Flash roasted in a hot oven. The summer squash is mixed with a classic Italian garlicky Gremolata. The dish is finished with a caramelized sweet and tangy hit of charred lemon adds excitement to this side. Roasted patty pan squash with Gremolata and charred lemons packs a punch making this a sensational side dish for just about any summer BBQ!

Ingredients

Gremolata

  • 1 small bunch of flat leaf parsley, washed and dried (enough to make 1 cup loosely-packed)

  • 1 clove garlic, papery skin removed

  • 1 tsp of sea salt

  • zest from two organic lemons (washed and dried)

Patty Pan Squash

  • 1.5 lbs of Patty Pan Squash

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1.5 tsp of fresh cracked pepper

  • 1/2 tsp of sumac

  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 organic lemons reserved from zesting

Preparation

Gremolata

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  1. Prep the parsley by running a sharp knife along the stems and removing the leaves, enough to make about 1 cup when very loosely packed.

  2. Finely chop the parsley. It should be less than 1/2 cup.

  3. Using a Microplane grater, zest the lemons and grate the garlic directly over the parsley and mix. Set aside

  4. Reserve lemons for the squash.

 

Patty Pan Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Cut patty pan squash into quarters.

  3. Toss the squash in EVOO and add salt, pepper, and sumac and mix well making sure everything is evenly coated and well seasoned .

  4. Place the seasoned squash single layer into a roasting pan.

  5. Cut lemons in half and nestle the lemons cut side down along side the patty pan squash.

  6. Bake at 450° for 15-20 minutes or until squash and lemon is tender and lightly charred, stirring after 7 minutes.

  7. Immediately sprinkle the Gremolata over the roasted summer squash and plate.

Serving Suggestion

Squeeze caramelized lemon over the dish right before serving.

Find more information about summer squash here at Stronger Together

Marinated Portabello Mushroom Sandwiches

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: approximately 4

These marinated portabello sandwiches offer plenty of flavor and heft to please eaters of all types. 

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • 5 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed or ground

  • 1 pound portabello mushrooms

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 ciabatta rolls

  • 4 ounces provolone cheese, sliced

  • 4 ounces shredded romaine lettuce

Sun-dried Pesto Spread

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves

  • 1/4 cup basil leaves

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Scrape out and discard the gills of each mushroom. Cut caps into 1/2-inch thick slices. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, vinegar, oregano and fennel, reserving 2 tablespoons. Place the sliced portabellos in the marinade for 20 minutes. Mix together the onion and remaining marinade in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Place tomatoes, garlic, parsley, basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan in a food processor and blend until the mixture is a spreadable paste, adding water as needed. Season to taste with pepper and set aside.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the mushrooms from the marinade and sauté for 5-10 minutes until just tender. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. To assemble sandwiches, place provolone slices on the bottom half of each ciabatta roll, then divide the sun-dried tomato spread, sautéed mushrooms, marinated onions and lettuce evenly among the four sandwiches. Top with the other half of the roll and serve.

Serving Suggestion

Lightly grill the ciabatta rolls before assembling the sandwiches and serve with a tangy bean or balsamic potato salad. Olive lovers will appreciate a smear of tapenade in their sandwich. In a hurry? Use a prepared pesto.

Nutritional Information

522 calories, 23 g. fat, 24 mg. cholesterol, 797 mg. sodium, 60 g. carbohydrate, 9 g. fiber, 23 g. protein

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Chipotle Cherry Barbecue Sauce

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 70 minutes; 10 minutes active

Servings: approximately 12

Why make your own barbecue sauce? This sweet, smoky, spice cherry chipotle barbecue sauce is one mouthwatering reason.   

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherries, washed and pitted

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt

  • 2/3 cups canned diced tomatoes with chilies

  • 1/4 cup canned chipotle sauce

  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined and transfer to a saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, on medium heat for about 60 minutes until sauce is reduced by half, or reaches desired thickness.

Serving Suggestion

Take advantage of in-season fresh cherries and make a double batch of this slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce. Serve with barbecued chicken, pork or burgers, or drizzle over smoky marinated tofu steaks.

Nutritional Information

40 calories, 1 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 380 mg. sodium, 9 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 0 g. protein

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Creamed Swiss Chard with Lemony Breadcrumbs

By: bon appétit

Total Time: 40 minutes; 40 minutes active

Servings: 4

Unlike a heavy béchamel, this streamlined cream sauce won’t mask the earthy-sweet flavor of the greens.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup torn fresh breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 large bunches Swiss chard, ribs and stems cut into 2” lengths, leaves torn into 2” pieces

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 medium shallots, sliced

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

Check out the full recipe at Bon Appétit

Charred Pepper Tacos

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 30 minutes; 15 minutes active

Servings: 6

Roasted peppers add sweetness to these zippy and satisfying tacos.

Ingredients

  • 3 bell peppers, seeded and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 lime, cut into quarters

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • Salsa and sour cream (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. On a sheet pan, toss the pepper strips with 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until peppers are tender and turning black on the edges. Remove from the oven.

  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions and garlic for a few minutes until soft. Add the spices, tomato paste, broth and beans and stir well; simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. To assemble the tacos, spoon some of the bean mixture and roasted peppers onto a tortilla, and sprinkle with cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice. Top with sour cream or salsa, if desired.

Serving Suggestion

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Use small corn tortillas for a “street taco” appetizer-sized version of these zippy and satisfying tacos. When bell peppers are in season, be sure to make extra oven-roasted peppers to add to soups, stews, casseroles and sandwiches.

Nutritional Information

340 calories, 13 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 260 mg. sodium, 44 g. carbohydrate, 10 g. fiber, 11 g. protein

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Orange - Glazed Brussels Sprouts

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 30 minutes total

Servings: 4

Enjoy these Brussels as a side or double the glaze and toss with cooked linguini for a delicious main dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • Zest of one orange

  • Pinch of salt and ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

Preparation

  1. To prepare the Brussels sprouts, rinse them in cold water, trim the stems, remove the outer leaves, (including any torn or ragged ones) and cut them in half from top to bottom (choose smaller Brussels sprouts with tightly-closed heads).

  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the halved Brussels sprouts and sauté for about 4 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more until the Brussels sprouts start to brown on the edges. Add the water or broth, cover the skillet, and let the Brussels sprouts steam for 5 minutes.

  3. While the sprouts are steaming, prepare the glaze by stirring together the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Remove lid from the Brussels sprouts and add the glaze ingredients. Cook on high for about two minutes or until the glaze becomes syrupy, stirring or tossing the Brussels sprouts until well coated. Sprinkle the Brussels sprouts with the toasted pine nuts and serve warm.

Serving Suggestion

This is a perfect side dish for pork, chicken or salmon, especially when those proteins are seasoned with Asian spices or marinades. Try doubling the glaze recipe and toss the sprouts and glaze with cooked linguini noodles to make a nice pasta dish.

Nutritional Information

144 calories, 9 g. fat, 15 mg. cholesterol, 94 mg. sodium, 15 g. carbohydrate, 5 g. fiber, 5 g. protein

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Pineapple Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 cups spinach leaves, washed
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 medium frozen banana, sliced

Preparation

  1. Place ingredients in a blender in the following order: milk, yogurt, spinach, pineapple and banana, and secure the lid. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion

For a thicker smoothie, use frozen pineapple chunks as well as the sliced, frozen banana. Make your own frozen fruit for smoothies by cutting up fresh pineapple and bananas and freezing the pieces on a baking sheet; then transfer to a zip-close bag for storage. Drained canned pineapple freezes just as well as fresh.

Nutritional Information

260 calories, 4 g. fat, 10 mg. cholesterol, 135 mg. sodium, 49 g. carbohydrate, 5 g. fiber, 12 g. protein