Brussels Sprouts Pizza

When Brussels sprouts are on a pizza, you can have Brussels sprouts any time!

Ever since I was introduced to roasted Brussels sprouts a few years ago I’ve looked forward to their season, and I even have a couple of slowly growing plants in my raised bed garden. It’s never been a problem finishing a pint, but I still love to try out new combinations.

Admittedly, this pizza requires a bit more work than the standard pepperoni pie, but I think it’s worth it. I didn’t designate what kind of cheese to use for this pizza, although I used smoked mozzarella on mine. I asked my Twitter followers for cheese recommendations based on the other pizza toppings, and I received at least ten different suggestions – so I have a feeling you can’t go much wrong when it comes to the cheese on this pizza.

Brussels sprouts pizza

Brussels Sprouts Pizza

1 pizza dough of your choice
1 small onion
8 ounces Brussels sprouts
1-2 slices thick-cut bacon
1 pear
Olive oil
1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, make sure it is in the oven while preheating – you want it nice and hot!
Slice onion in half and then into long strips, and cook over medium-low to low in a small saucepan, stirring often. You want them to be nicely browned, but not completely caramelized (remember, they will cook more in the oven).
In a frying pan, cook bacon until crispy. Meanwhile, trim ends off Brussels sprouts and then slice lengthwise into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on the size of the sprout. Once the bacon has cooked, remove it to drain on a paper towel, and add sprouts to the bacon fat. Cook 2-3 minutes, until sprouts are bright green. Remove from heat.
Peel and core pear, then slice thinly.
Roll out pizza dough. Add a light drizzle of olive oil to the top of the dough, being careful to not get too close to the edge (if oil leaks off pizza, it might burn on your pizza stove and make your fire alarm go off).
Arrange pear slices on dough, then scatter sprouts, bacon, and onions on top. Sprinkle on shredded cheese.
Bake for about 10 minutes, until crust has browned. Let cool on pizza stone for 5 minutes before cutting.

Greenling is Expanding!

We'll be sourcing local items from DFW-area farms, like The Farm at Paul Quinn College.

After growing the local food system in Austin for 6 years, Greenling is going to help our friends up north, too!

We’re setting up shop in DFW and couldn’t be more excited. We’re making friends with all the North Texas local and sustainable producers we can find, and later this month will start delivering their local goodness all over the DFW Metroplex.

We need your help spreading the word to your family and friends in DFW- and we’ll make it worth your while! We’re giving away an iPad2 with a foodie spin – it’s pre-loaded with all kinds of fun food and sustainability apps.

It’s super easy  to enter- everyone who likes our Greenling DFW page on Facebook is entered, plus anyone who enters their zip code and joins our DFW email list gets an extra entry. Finally, you get yet another entry for everyone who joins our email list from your referral! How cool is that?

Mashed Rutabagas

Rutabagas are coming! Rutabagas are coming! We’re expecting a big shipment of these nutritious root vegetables from Just Peachy Farms in Palestine, Texas next week.

Rutabagas are in the brassica family of vegetables, along with turnips, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts.  They’re one of our favorite winter items, since they cook up well in recipes with potatoes, carrots, beef and other hearty fare.

Just Peachy’s rutabagas are small and tender, with a mild flavor. They are still in the ground as we speak, and farmer Billy Moore will be harvesting them for our Local Box over the weekend. In preparation for the harvest, Billy shared with us one of his favorite rutabaga recipes:

Mashed Rutabagas and Onions (serves 4-6)
4-6 cups peeled, diced rutabaga
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cook rutabaga and onion in a small amount of boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash; add butter, salt, and pepper. Mash rutabaga and onions well.

Beet Brownies

Now that it is beet season again, I’m more determined to if not like the darn things by themselves, to at least find ways of incorporating them into foods I do enjoy. And, of course, I enjoy chocolate. What food blogger doesn’t like chocolate, right?

Beet brownies aren’t a new thing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be proud of them. Plus, these are gluten-free, so I know I can feed them to my friends without having to worry about dietary issues. I’ve found that garbanzo bean flour to be really reliable for me in the gluten-free department – it has worked well for cornbread, cookies, and now brownies. These did end up a little more cakey than I had expected, so if you like a more fudgey brownie, use a bit less flour.

beet brownie

You’ll notice that I included gram measurements for the chickpea flour and cocoa. This is due to differing scoop methods – I’ve been burned in the past with recipes that only list a cup measurement, so I have decided to be more precise when it comes to my flour measurements on posts. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, they are extremely affordable and perhaps the best tool you’ll add to your arsenal.

Beet Brownies
serves 15

250 g / 9 ounces beets
1 packet (2 tablets) Taza Mexican chocolate (or 3 ounces 70% chocolate)
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (70 g) garbanzo bean flour
1/4 cup (30 g) cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Trim long roots and greens from beets and clean off any dirt. Dice them into quarters (or smaller, depending on the size of your beets) and set in a pot of water to boil. Boil until easily pierced by a fork, approximately 30 minutes. Drain and let cool until they are comfortably handled.
Meanwhile, melt chocolate in the microwaves at 30-second intervals. Whisk until smooth and completely melted. Set aside. In another bowl, melt the butter in the microwave, and set aside.
Once the beets have cooled, the peels should slip off easily. Place peeled beets in blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together beets, chocolate, and sugar. Beat in the eggs, and add the vanilla. Stir until smooth.
Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and stir until well-incorporated.
Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool as much as possible before cutting. Great the first day, better the second.

Lettuce Wrap Up 2011

In light of our exciting news that Greenling is expanding to Dallas, we thought we’d do some veggie math and evaluate how the past year in Central Texas looked for local food.

Despite a devastating historical drought, our hard-working local farmers thankfully persevered and still managed to dish out thousands of pounds of local goodness for all of us to enjoy. Can we get a woop woop for this amazing group of farmers?

Without further ado, ‘lettuce’ wrap-up 2011:

  • 20,369 Local Boxes were delivered- that’s about 142,583 lbs of local produce on Central Texas tables this year.
  • In addition, we delivered about 20,000 lbs of local produce in addition to what was in the Local Box
  • 54 different local farms provided the local goodness we delivered this year

Animal Farm in Central Texas

  • We estimate that because all of our local growers use sustainable methods, they saved over 150,000 pounds of pesticides NOT used on our food this year!
  • Since you ‘lettuce’ deliver your groceries in our fuel-efficient & sustainably routed trucks, 9,735 gallons of gas were saved on trips to the store.
  • Hundreds of thousands of ladybugs fed through organic pest control methods.
  • 13,800 meals made ridiculously easy and with all local and organic ingredients from our recipe kits.

Our awesome Prep Kitchen Team!

  • Countless food puns brainstormed at Greenling headquarters (only the best ones make it public, you know)

It was a great year and we know 2012 will be even better for local food. Thanks from the bottom of our artichoke hearts for all of your support!

Local Box Meal Plan- January 9-13

Greenling Local Box, January 9-13

Oh boy! There are mustard greens and spinach coming in this week’s Local Box! I have been waiting for this combination of greens all winter to make Sarson Ka Saag, a wonderful and spicy Indian curry, served with roti or naan.

My family usually turns up their nose at mustard greens, but the heat and texture of these spicy greens is just perfect for Indian preparation. We will definitely be having that dish on Wednesday night when our Local Box arrives!

Here’s a list of the Local Box contents:

  • Mustard Greens – Lund Produce
  • Komatsuna/ Mizuna Bag – My Father’s Farm
  • Green OR Red OR Bibb Lettuce – Gundermann Acres
  • Green OR Savoy Cabbage OR Spinach – Gundermann Acres
  • Crimini Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
  • Mint – My Father’s Farm
  • Green Onion OR Green Garlic OR White Turnips – Animal Farm or Fruitful Hill Farm
  • Tangerine – G&S Groves
  • Yellow Onion – Engel Farms
  • Butternut Squash – Gundermann Acres

Here’s what we’ll be eating the rest of the week:

Meal one: Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Green Curry) with Naan and jasmine rice. This dish calls for Mustard Greens and Spinach, but you could definitely substitute the Mizuna/Komatsuna for the Spinach if you wish. Chopping the greens very fine, with a food processor if you have one, is key to the creamy consistency that makes this curry sing.

Meal two: We’re only getting 7 or 8 crimini mushrooms in the Local Box, so they’ll definitely need to be paired with something else to make a full dish. I’m going to try this Roasted Butternut Squash with Green Onions and Mushrooms, along with some local, organic link sausage as the main dish.

Meal three: This wilted lettuce salad is to die for, and I think its flavors would really compliment French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. If we don’t eat all the tangerines for snacks during the week, I’ll serve those on the side for dinner.

Meal four: Wok sauteed mizuna with minced chicken. If we get cabbage, I’ll grate the whole thing and cook it along with the mizuna in this recipe, making sure to double the liquid ingredients in the recipe so that there’s plenty of sauce.

Bonus: I can’t figure out a good way to use the mint in any of the dishes above, so I’ll probably use it to make mint ice cubes. Mint ice cubes are super easy, and a great incentive to drink more water during the day!

Five Ingredient Breakfast Casserole

Happy New Year! It’s the second Meatless Monday of 2012, and we’re continuing our series of super-easy vegetarian recipes for January.

My family loves “breakfast for dinner” once in a while, and this quick and easy breakfast casserole is on heavy rotation at my house.  Leafy greens, local eggs,  and fresh potatoes make this casserole much healthier than your typical cheese-laden hashbrown supper, and it’s very quick to put together.  It makes a ton of leftovers, too– perfect for breakfasts later in the week!

One thing that really helps with all the chopping in this (and most any) vegetarian supper is a food processor. I used both attachments that came with my machine to prepare this dinner, and the whole thing came together in about 10 minutes of hands-on time.

 

Slicing Disk

Chopping Blade

If you don’t have a food processor, plan to add about 10 minutes to the prep time for chopping, whisking, and slicing.

Five Ingredient Breakfast Casserole (serves 18-24)

1 yellow onion
1.5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (about 5 medium potatoes)
1 bunch tender greens, stems removed
18 eggs
2 cups milk or plain soymilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9×13 casserole dish.

Wash the potatoes and tender greens and pat dry. Peel the onion and chop it into quarters. Chop the potatoes into quarters. Slice the potatoes and onion very thinly by feeding them through a food processor fitted with the slicing disk. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add potatoes and onion to the skillet and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While potatoes and onions are cooking, fit the food processor with the chopping blade and finely chop the greens. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the milk. (The chopping blade of the food processor is perfect for this, too, if you have a large enough machine. Watch out, though– overfilling the bowl of the food processor makes a big, egg-y mess.)

Once potatoes and onions are softened, place them in an even layer in the prepared casserole dish. Top with the chopped greens. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole. Bake for 40 minutes, until the middle of the casserole is set and the edges are golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.