Like most of America, I am a little obsessed with Groupon and other group coupon sites. Even though I have made a few bad choices (like a Yurt rental that expired 2 months after purchase), overall my experience has been great. I’ve been able to try a bunch of local services at a fraction of the cost.
Recently, I purchase a Groupon for a farm box of organic vegetables that was delivered to us last week. We got all sorts of great local produce including potatoes, spinach, asparagus, kiwis, turnips, radish, green onions and green garlic.
I was pretty excited to try the green garlic. I had heard rave reviews, but never tried it myself.
For some background info I did a little research and found through the web that “green garlic is simply immature garlic and looks like a slightly overgrown scallion or green onion. They are pulled by growers when thinning crops and, increasingly, grown as a crop in their own right. Look for specimens with fresh green tops (no dried ends or soggy leaves)… Use as you would green onions or garlic, noting that it is stronger than the former but milder than the latter.”
I decided to try it out with some sauteed kale.
Kale with Onions, Green Garlic and Red Pepper
A bunch of kale
1/2 a onion chopped
1 green garlic stalk chopped (both stalk and bulb)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Coconut oil (could also use Olive oil)
3 tbsp water
Salt & pepper
After heating up my saute pan, I added my oil and onion letting the onion cook for a couple minutes and soften up. Next, add the green garlic plus a tsp of red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Mix and cook for a few more minutes.
Prepare the kale by ripping the leaves from the stems and rinse. Add the kale leaves to pan and let them wilt before tossing all the ingredients. Next, add a little water to continue to steam the kale. Let it cook until the water has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper.
Nate and I add this along with some roasted rosemary potatoes (yes from the farm box!) He also had a grilled steak. Green garlic has a slightly sweeter taste than regular garlic. It worked really well with the onion and red pepper flakes. I am excited to use the rest of the bulbs for another recipe.
As far as the farm box, I loved the variety and quality of the produce. I don’t think we will sign up for a membership right now though. With the warm weather, I can find plenty of fruits and veg elsewhere. I may rethink the membership in the winter months though.
In garden news
Our little container garden is growing. Look at the fast growing radish and cat grass. My goal is keep all the pots nice and moist during our hot weather.