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Spaghetti with Beet Greens and Basil Pesto

Do you feel as if you’re overwhelmed with greens? To use up greens in one meal, make spaghetti with beet greens, or pasta with any other greens you have on hand. You will love how what seems like a huge pile of greens shrinks incredibly into this easy quick dinner of spaghetti with beet greens!

Spaghetti with Beet Greens and Basil Pesto | Letty's Kitchen

You can use other greens for this pasta, not just beet greens. The greens wilt down to manageable, edible amounts–a pound of greens cooks into just about 2 cups of tangy cooked sweetness. Trim the center rib and stem off the greens. Save both chard and beet greens, save the ribs or stems. Dice them into small pieces and sauté along with the onions. If the greens are from red beets, the cooked stems tint the pasta a pretty rose pink. Continue Reading…

Spinach and Goat Cheese Risotto in the Pressure Cooker {Instant Pot}

Creamy Italian rice, with tangy goat cheese, bitter-sweet spinach, and crunchy pecans– a wonderful vegetarian meal! Make this spinach and goat cheese risotto in the pressure cooker and dinner will be on the table in 20 minutes!Spinach and Goat Cheese Risotto in the Pressure Cooker

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Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry with Radish Greens

White radishes with green leaves for Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry with Radish Greens

White radishes with beautiful edible green leaves

Earlier this month we were camping on our land in Underwood Washington, which is just across the Columbia River from Hood River Oregon. A neighbor with a prolific garden gifted us radishes with vibrant and healthy leaves intact. I couldn’t just throw them away. So, we cooked up a pot of Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry with Radish Greens. I love how the greens complement the curry’s orange color.

Today garlic scapes and summer savory from our CSA go in the pot, adding more green color and new flavor dimensions. Serve with plain yogurt and your favorite chutney, over steamed rice. The original recipe comes from Fresh Food Fast by Peter Berley.

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Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry with Radish Greens
Author: Letty Flatt
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 10 garlic scapes , trimmed and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet potato , peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons summer savory leaves
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 ½ cups red lentils
  • 1 bunch radish leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high flame. Add the onion and garlic scapes. Cook and stir until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the sweet potato, ginger, garlic, curry powder, bay leaf and summer savory; cook and stir another few minutes. Pour in the hot water and the lentils. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the lentils break down and the sweet potatoes are tender, 20 minutes or so. While the potatoes and lentils are cooking, wash the radish leaves and trim away the stems, then chop coarsely. Remove the bay leaf. Add the radish leaves about 5 minutes before serving. Season with salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Whole Wheat Pizza with Arugula, Mushrooms, Goat Cheese and Walnuts

We found a big bag of arugula and 2 bulbs of garlic in our CSA farm share box this week, which inspired this whole wheat pizza with arugula, mushrooms, goat cheese and walnuts. There is no match in the world for homemade pizza, especially if it’s made with a thin and crispy whole wheat flour crust!

ingredients for whole wheat pizza dough

This whole wheat pizza with arugula, mushrooms, goat cheese and walnuts is a “white” pizza, meaning it doesn’t have tomato sauce in the topping mix. Mellow sautéed mushrooms balance quite nicely with the tangy salty goat cheese, spicy arugula and the slightly bitter walnuts.

whole wheat pizza dough rolled thinly

This recipe is adapted from a NY Times article by Martha Rose Shulman, one of my favorite vegetarian recipe authors.

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ingredients for whole wheat pizza dough
Whole Wheat Pizza with Arugula, Mushrooms, Goat Cheese and Walnuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keyword: pizza, arugula, goat cheese, walnuts
Servings: 2 (12-inch) pizzas
Author: Letty Flatt
Ingredients
The pizza dough:
  • 2/3 cup warm water , about 100°F, or a bit warmer than body temperature
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Topping ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 heaping cups arugula leaves
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil if you have some
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
Make the dough:
  1. In a small bowl, mix the warm water, yeast, olive oil and honey.
  2. In the work bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer, or in a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it all comes together.
  3. If using a machine, fit the bowl with a dough hook and knead on a low speed. Otherwise, turn the it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand. Knead 4 to 5 minutes, adding the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, and a little more, if necessary, until the dough is soft, smooth and elastic.
  4. Place in an oiled bowl at least twice the volume of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. While the dough is rising, prepare the topping ingredients and preheat the oven to 475 degrees. If you have a baking stone, place it on the middle oven rack.
Prepare the toppings:
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high and add the sliced mushrooms. Cook and stir them about 15 minutes. Stir in the thyme leaves and season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Set aside. In a bowl, dress the arugula with the vinegar and olive oil, set aside.

Assemble and bake the pizzas:
  1. Divide the dough in 2 portions and roll the first on a floured surface to a 13-inch round. If you are using a stone, sprinkle a wooden pizza peel or rimless baking sheet with cornmeal. Otherwise, sprinkle a round baking pan with cornmeal. Transfer the crust to the wooden peel or the baking pan. Brush generously with some olive oil.
  2. Scatter half of the cooked mushrooms as evenly as you can, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle with half of the goat cheese and then half of the walnuts. If you are using the wooden peel, transfer the pizza to the preheated baking stone, using the cornmeal to release the crust onto the stone. Bake until the crust is brown, less than 10 minutes on the stone—add a few more minutes on the baking pan. Immediately scatter half of the dressed arugula over the baked pizza and slide onto a serving platter.
  3. Roll out the 2nd portion of dough, brush with oil, sprinkle with the remaining mushrooms, goat cheese and walnuts and bake. Garnish with the arugula and serve.

Recipe Notes
  • You can substitute all or a partial amount of all-purpose flour.
  • We cut our pizzas with scissors--work better than a pizza cutter.