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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Recipes by Vegetable type!

This is a new tool I'm putting together with my farm's CSA members (Community Supported Agriculture) in mind!  Our farm's organic vegetable "share" comes with an email newsletter every week that lists a few recipes, but I really want to have a huge list available for each vegetable & herb grown here at Wishful Acres Farm!


American turnips
Asian Greens.  Can be eaten raw as salad greens, either by themselves or mixed with other greens such as lettuce, spinach, etc.  Most commonly cooked.  Some recipe ideas are listed below.
Chinese Cabbage / Napa Cabbage.

Garlic.  A common item in most recipes!  Your garlic comes in a "bulb", and you take the bulb apart to reveal the individual "cloves".  Make sure to remove the outer skin from the clove before using, just as you would an onion skin.
Garlic scapes.  These are the tops of the garlic plant, and a gourmet treat!  You can use them as a substitute for regular garlic in any recipe, or try some of the recipes below.
  • 6 Garlic Scape recipes - here
  • 7 Things to do with Garlic Scapes - recipes here
  • Garlic Scape Pesto - recipe here
  • or use as substitute for regular Garlic in any stir fry or soup recipe!
Garlic Spinach (Garlic Mustard).  A slightly bitter, wild, green leafy vegetable.
Green Beans
Green Onions
  • 7 ways to use up Green onions - ides here
  • Radish, Cucumber, and Dill salad - recipe here
  • Summer Rice Salad with Vegetables - 
  • Tabbouleh (Mediterranean Style) - recipe here
  • Vegetable Thai Tom Yum Soup (bak choi is same as pac choi) - recipe here
Hakurei are Japanese salad turnips.  Not to be confused with American Turnips, these do not taste the same at all.  Hakurei are similar in taste to a mild radish.  They are typically eaten raw - they make great snacks, also great on a veggie tray or salad.  Other ideas:
Kohlrabi.  Kohlrabi is a mild, crunchy root vegetable that is typically eaten raw.  It is similar in flavor to a mild sweet radish.  Excellent on a vegetable tray, with a dip, or sliced onto a salad.  Looking for more ideas?  Here are a few:
Lemon Balm

Lettuce - I don't know that I really need to include recipes here, lettuce is so widely eaten!  However, here are a few ideas!  

Mizuna -Asian stir fry or salad green. 
  • Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce (use any Asian Greens) - recipe here
  • Fried Rice (use any Asian Greens instead of the pea greens listed) - recipe here on this blog
  • 8 ideas for Mustard Greens from Martha Stewart (Mizuna is similar to mustard greens, but slightly milder in taste) - recipes here
  • Simple Asian Stir Fry - recipe here on this blog
  • Vegetable Thai Tom Yum Soup (use Mizuna instead of the bak choi, or in addition to) - recipe here

Mustard Greens.  Mustard Greens can be eaten raw & mixed with other salad greens such as lettuce & spinch.  However, mustard greens are typically eaten cooked.  They are super nutritious, and have a unique horseradish & mustard flavor.  

Onions (sweet & regular)

Pak Choi (Asian stir fry vegetable)
Peas, sugar snap and snow pea - These are mostly eaten raw here at the farm, since we only grow the edible-pod type of sweet peas.  However, there is much more you can do with Sugar Snap and Snow Peas!

Peppers, hot
Peppers, sweet



  • Farmhouse Chowder - recipe here
  • Roasted rutabaga - recipe here
  • Rutabaga Gratin (recipe calls for turnips, simply substitute rutabaga, delicious!) - recipe here
  • over 40 rutabaga recipes on - list here

Spinach - Our favorite way to eat spinach here on the farm is raw.  Spinach grown here tends to be super-sweet, and so we enjoy mixing it with other greens for salads.  However, there are many other things you can do with spinach!

Summer Squash & Zucchini.  The following recipes will work with all the varieties of zucchini, patty pan, and summer squash grown here at Wishful Acres Farm.

Swiss Chard - Do not fear Swiss Chard!  In fact, if you like spinach, you'll probably enjoy Swiss Chard as well!  You can substitute Swiss Chard in any recipe where you would use spinach, or even substitute it for kale in any recipes.  Here are few more ideas:

Tat Soi.  Tat soi is an Asian vegetable, very similar to Pac Choi (Pak Choi / Bak Choi).  When compared to Pac Choi, it is slightly more delicate, the leaves are smaller & more thin.  The flavor is almost identical.  Tat soi can be used interchangeably in any recipe calling for Pac Choi.  

Tokyo Bekana.  Tokyo Bekana is a loose-head variety of Chinese Cabbage.  It can be used in all Chinese Cabbage recipes, plus any pac choi recipes.
Tomatoes (over 20 varieties grown here at Wishful Acres Farm!)

Winter Squash

Zucchini & Summer Squash.  The following recipes will work with all the varieties of zucchini, patty pan, and summer squash grown here at Wishful Acres Farm.

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