This week’s farm share includes: Cabbage/ Beets, Carrots, Rhubarb/ Celery/ Kale, Onions, Cherry Tomatoes/ Peppers/ Eggplant, Summer Squash/ Cucumbers, and Mint/ Parsley.
Let’s talk a little bit about cabbage! Pictured above you’ll see green and red cabbage that you may be more familiar with, along with napa cabbage. Napa cabbage has a tall, oblong shape with crisp stems and frilly leaves. It may look a little different, but it really does work just like your typical cabbage. The leaves are a bit thinner, cook a little faster, and have a milder flavor. Napa cabbage works well in salads due to its lighter texture. Here’s a coleslaw recipe you can try this week:
Napa Cabbage Slaw
1 lime, juiced
3 Tbsp Rice vinegar
2 Tbsp Asian chili oil
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3 cups finely shredded napa cabbage
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced snow peas
3 scallions, thinly sliced
To taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, chili oil, mayonnaise and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add the cabbage, peppers, snow peas and scallions and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
Other cabbage recipe ideas:
- Blanch the cabbage leaves and stuff with sausage.
- Use in soup! Check out this potato and cabbage soup recipe you can try from Taste of Home’s website.
- Chop and add to your stir fry.
- Make sauerkraut.
- Do you have other suggestions for ways to use cabbage? Share in the comments below!
Tips on storing your veggies: If your veggies get limp (think: cabbage, carrots, celery, beets, etc.), it’s because they have become dehydrated. Here’s a couple ways you can avoid this:
- If you’re not planning on eating the green tops on your veggies then cut them off before storing in your refrigerator.
- Store these vegetables in your crisper drawer, which is designed to be more humid so your vegetables will not dehydrate, staying fresh longer.
- Before putting in the crisper drawer, put them in a plastic bag that is tied off (or wrap in plastic), which will also help retain moisture.
As a reminder, we wash all your salad greens for you, but we do not spin dry them. They will last a couple days without drying, but we recommend drying them in your salad spinner at home before storing so that they will stay fresh as long as possible! To read more about ways to store your salad greens, check out this article.
Here’s a couple other recipes to use with your veggies this week:
- Celery Stir Fry (Simply Recipes)
- Grilled Beets (Kitchn)
- Eggplant Dip/ Baba Ghanoush (Epicurious)