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November 30, 2012

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It’s that time of year again. Salads seem to have lost their spunk. My thoughts invariably turn to unique vegetable options in this season. Which prompts the question: UVA? Unusual Vegetables Anyone? What unusual vegetables do you enjoy on a regular basis? Do you have a top 3 family favorites list that you can share? How about recipes or ways that you enjoy eating them?

We consistently like:

Butternut Squash

1.Gingered Butternut Squash Soup (inspired by Sheryl H.) Roast the squash (whole). Scoop out the deliciously roasted flesh and then make a soup with onions, carrots, chicken broth, canned milk/cream, powdered ginger, salt and pepper. Puree

2.Thai style soup with chicken thighs, cabbage, carrots and coconut milk.(It’s been a while since I made this one.) (This idea came from my Mother-in-law/love.)

Cauliflower

1. Turkish Karnibahar Kizartma (served using several variations of traditional cooking method) – a.roasted b.steamed c.battered and baked or d. the traditional blanched, battered and fried(!) – serve room temperature with a lemon juice/parsley/crushed garlic dressing. Yum!

2. Roasted with Asian style seasoning

3. Mashed with potatoes-about 1 to 1 ratio.

Eggplant

1. Roasted w/ garlic and olive oil then served with a squeeze of lemon juice and/or garlic yogurt. Serve warm, room temp or slightly chilled.

Kohlrabi

Our new love! I have served it as a:

1. Slaw with various dressings-yogurt/mayo/vinegar.

2. Steamed/Boiled & served hot with a bechamel sauce. Ooooooo! (Resembles a turnip/broccoli steam/asparagus/potato combination thingy.) Yum! Definitely doing this again!

So!? How about you? Anyone used Celery Root before? How about Escarole? Kale?

One Comment leave one →
  1. pat lane permalink
    December 1, 2012 7:33 pm

    I buy organic baby greens from Sam’s. They’re pretty tasty even in winter. I put in toasted nuts, sometimes walnuts or a mixture. It’s good with feta or some similar cheese and olive oil & lemon dressing. very simple (like me), and does away with the tired tomatoes and soggy cukes and woody carrots we get this time of the year!
    That soup in the picture looks delicious!

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