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CSA Trouble? How to Use Up That Strange Vegetable By Guilty Kitchen
This is a special post brought to you by moi, of course, and none other than the lovely Merrell Shoe & Clothing Company.
Guilty Kitchen partnered with Merrell, outdoor shoe and clothing brand, this month, to encourage communities to come together outside (where all the fun happens). Farmers markets and grape harvests are places in the Fall that bring families and friends together to celebrate a fine life outside. Together we share an original recipe, created specifically for Merrell, that uses a key ingredient you probably get a lot of at your local CSA and often don’t know how to use. Ever wonder what to do with all of that kale besides boring old kale chips?
Are you a member of a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture? CSAs are springing up all over North America as convenient ways to eat locally produced foods. Farmers produce a crop (be it vegetable, animal, fruit, fish or eggs) and people buy shares. The product is delivered to your door or picked up at farm stands in your neighbourhood. CSAs provide a great way for anyone and everyone to participate in supporting local farmers. The farmer is assured his crop will be sold, and you, the buyer get to enjoy fresh, local food at better then market value (most of the time).
But what happens when you receive a lot of the same vegetable? Worse, you keep getting a vegetable that you have no idea what to do with or have very little use for? I often see kale as a popular CSA vegetable as it is as easy as weeds to grow and makes for a great addition to any CSA box. The problem is, most people don’t know what to do with it beyond sautéing, green smoothies, making it into the ever popular kale “chip” or throwing it chopped up into their salads or mashed potatoes. But kale has many uses indeed.
Kale is a wonderful vegetable filled with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, copper, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, omega-3 fats, vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, folate, phosphorus and vitamin B3. It’s a super vegetable!
It’s also delicious and for anyone following low carb, paleo, gluten free or grain free diets, it’s a miracle in the wrap department! Lettuce makes a convenient wrap, but kale is far superior in the health department.
So if your CSA box is filling your fridge with kale leaves and you’ve had just about enough of green smoothies and kale chips, then try this great wrap for dinner. It also saves well for leftovers the next day, a self contained lunch for anyone on the go.
Kale and Bison Roll Ups
6 large kale leaves
1 tsp coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
3/4 cup shredded carrot
2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed of excess moisture
2 cups shredded green cabbage
500g extra lean grass fed ground beef or bison (or a mixture of the two)
sea salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano, chopped
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (optional garnish)
1/2 an avocado, sliced (optional garnish)
1/4 cup chopped chives (optional garnish)
1. Cut the stems off the Kale at the bottom of the leaf. Flip the kale over and run the knife parallel to the leaf (along the stem) to make it flatter. This will also help when you bite into it.
2. Fill a pot fitted with a steamer attachment with two inches of water. Bring to a boil and arrange leaves flat in the steamer. Steam for about 3 minutes. Remove and drain on towels. Set aside until needed.
3. In a heavy saucepan (cast iron is best), heat coconut oil until hot. Place the onion and garlic in the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, or until onions are browned. Add in the other vegetables and cook until softened.
4. Add in the ground meat and cook for another 7-8 minutes, or until browned. Season with salt, pepper, coconut aminos and other spices. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Place a large spoonful of the meat mixture onto a flattened and laid out kale leaf, top with optional garnishes. Roll the bottom of the leaf over the meat, then each side into the middle and finally roll up like a burrito. Set seam side down on plates and serve.
6. These are great dipped in creamy aiolis and served with a side salad!
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