Monday, February 6, 2012

parley view parsnip...

My Monday post about what is going on around my home .
Daughter belongs to CSA (community supported agriculture) a local organic produce group.
Every week she picks up her share of amazing produce. The farm it comes from is halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.
What is interesting is I was under the impression that I was adventurous cook
but through her I have found vegetables I have really never used in my cooking before.
Lots of greens, the tops of vegetables we all toss out or give to the rabbits. Like carrot and radish tops and the greens that look somewhat wilted in the markets that look so much better straight from the farmer.

Bok Choy
a Chinese cabbage...
I cook with this cabbage quite often but what is so interesting is how different it looks straight from the farmer. All the beautiful outer leafs are left on, not the smallish white bulb with a few green left on top in the super market.
I love the way it looks like a green bouquet, fabulous.

Beautiful outer leaf.

A group of braising greens.

I make "chips" from every vegetable I can.
Now don't start laughing...
but you can if you really want, who am I to say no !
And yes, I know that this might look like "Fall" in many places.
But these "chips" are so good.
I really needed to tear them into smaller pieces first like I usually do but this is what the above braising greens turned into.
Paper thin crunchy tasty goodness.
Cooked in the oven with a small spray of oil and what ever spice you want. For "us" who like chips but can't eat deep fried potato chips... these veggie chip tastes great and are good for you. I really like Kale the best.
I have made oven potato chips and they are better than any bag chip. You will never want to eat a store bought chip again but a carb is a carb ! Bummer !
crunchy. . . parsnip
music. . . Dancing In The Street, Martha & The Vandellas




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19 comments:

  1. Yum yum and yum! I made kale chips once and loved them. Don't know why I haven't done it again. Never thought about trying it with other things - great idea :)

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    1. Kale is the best because it is not so light as some veggies. Arugula is tasty but paper thin.

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  2. My mother likes using kale in recipes... I don't think she's ever tried it as a chip.

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    1. Kale is a fabulous veggie. It is even better for you than spinach, sorry Popeye !

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  3. The Bok Choy and braising greens look gorgeous! Your veggie chips are a great idea!!

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    1. They are so easy to make.
      I am not a big sweet lover but I love crunchy savory things.

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  4. ayla belongs to one of those in the summer in washington state. she just loves the interesting things she gets. i think i would love the "chips", i am eating really healthy now and feel so much better. since october when i started and now the high fat stuff tastes gross. fresh is good!

    hugs, bee
    xooxoxoox

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    1. They are a great way to get fresh veggies and support local farming.
      Daughter is vegan and this has been a fabulous help for her.

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    1. They are so good.
      I have to really be careful making them because I can eat the whole pan full.

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  6. How your chips taste with french onion dip?

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    1. Kirk, Kirk, Kirk... no fatty dips, these are so great on their own.

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  7. I love arugula and I think they would make some interesting chips!

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    1. I just made some last week and they were wonderful. I love arugula.

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    2. I'm tempted to give those green chips a go - especially as MTL isn't meant to eat greens.

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    3. I have always loved any greens and so do my children. It just doesn't mean salad.

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  8. We are great greens eaters - love them all - steamed, stir-fried, made into soup. Have you tried my friend's zucchini and spinach soup? It is delicious.

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    1. Oh my goodness, stir fries... my go to dish.
      I must look up that soup sound so good !

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  9. I love bok choy, but would usually steam it, making chips is certainly interesting, I will try!

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