Monday, June 17, 2013

Fresh Fork Market - Week 2 - Vegan Collard Greens, Garlic Scape Pasta, and More

So last week I told you allllll about my first week of Fresh Fork Market. My boyfriend and I had a lot of fun cooking through our bag of goodies. This week was more of the same and we got broccoli, mustard greens, strawberries, garlic scapes, kohlrabi, Ohio City linguine, and rolled oats. (allegedly we were supposed to get lettuce - more on that later)

Last week I was halfway through a juice cleanse when it was my pickup day, and I was a little bummed that I wouldn't be able to eat any of my bounty right away. But everything held up pretty well in my fridge until I was able to whip up a green feast on Sunday night. (except the strawberries - they got icky pretty fast)

For our Sunday night dinner I made linguine with garlic olive oil, garlic, sauteed scapes, and broccoli, collard greens, and a big old salad with grape tomatoes, avocado, and mushrooms.

Garlic scapes, broccoli, and garlic tossed with Ohio City linguine
Big salad - made with mustard greens - whoops!

Since I'm still coming down off of my juice cleanse, I couldn't eat the pasta. But my boyfriend said it was good. I did have the salad. If you can call it a salad. I'm a bad vegetarian and don't know my greens all that well, so when I was cleaning what I thought was lettuce for my was actually mustard greens. FAIL. We were able to tall right away that the greenery masquerading as lettuce wasn't really lettuce because it was more chewy and it tasted like mustard. This wouldn't be my first choice for greens to use in a salad, but it did give it an interesting zing. 

Vegan collard greens
I did get to try out the collard greens. Like I said, I'm a bad vegetarian and I don't know what to do with greens so I googled a recipe for vegan collard greens. I'd honestly never had them so I didn't know what to expect. But I think they turned out pretty well. To me, they tasted like stuffed cabbage (which I love) and my boyfriend thought they tasted like the inside of a stuffed pepper. I was a bigger fan of them than he was, but I do plan on trying to make these again. If you try out this recipe, be forewarned that your house will smell like cabbage for awhile. Reminds me of walking through an apartment building or a nursing home.

Vegan Collard Greens (as adapted from Easy Vegetarian Collard Greens)

  • 2 lbs collard greens
  • 4 -5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika (I had to hunt for this at Whole Foods - note that sweet paprika is NOT the same as the paprika you probably have lurking in your cupboard)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1. Wash the greens well, submerging in a sink full of cold water to remove any dirt and grit. 
2. Drain greens well. 
3. Cut off the stems right where the leaf starts. Stack about 5-8 leaves on top of each other, then roll lengthwise. 4. Cut rolled up leaves into 1" slices widthwise. Repeat until all the greens are cut into strips and then put in a large pot.
5. Add all other ingredients. 
6. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer. 
7. Simmer for at least 45 minutes or until greens are extremely tender. Serve hot, using a slotted spoon to drain the liquid from the greens.

Some notes on this recipe...I cooked the greens for over an hour and they were still kind of tough. The rest of my food was ready or I might have waited longer to eat them. The apple cider vinegar smell was overpowering at first but you couldn't really taste it. Also, it seemed like I was using a heck of a lot of onion, but you couldn't taste them all that much, honestly. 

Do you have a favorite way to use collard greens? Share your suggestions in the comments, because I know I'm going to be getting a lot more of them from my CSA this summer!

1 comment:

  1. Well, non-vegetarians would say BACON, but even I don't make the mess to get the flavor with my greens. I keep it WAY simple and sauté my greens in a little olive oil and garlic, then add liquid (water/stock/whatever), let it steam, drain and add lemon juice, salt, and crushed red pepper at the end. Of course, being a Southern girl at heart, I love greens, all kinds, so not sure if you'll like this flavor profile much either. However, all those greens in the weekly bag and you might as well give it a shot! :)