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Pickled Tofu, Cabbage, Cucumber, and Yukina Savoy over Black Beans and Red Quinoa

Tonight’s meal was an experiment.  It seems as though every chef on chopped ends up pickling something in the 30 minutes they’re given, but that doesn’t make sense to me.  Don’t you need 5-7 days?!?

As it turns out, you can still do a semi-pickle in about 10 minutes.  Which is good for me, because I’m slowly becoming addicted to the vinegary tang that comes with pickling.

finished meal

I’m also becoming addicted to quinoa.  I don’t know why, though.  The red quinoa doesn’t seem to have much taste to me.  I do like the texture a lot, which, when combined with the soft beans is really nice.

Pickled CSA Veggies over Black Beans and Red Quinoa

-bring water, 1/2 cup of red quinoa, three mint leaves, and a 29 oz can of drain black beans to a boil
-chop half a head of cabbage, half a cucumber, half a package of tofu, 1 swiss chard leaf, and 1 yukina savoy leaf
-sautee in olive oil
-add 1/8 cup white balsamic vinegar and 1/8 cup apple cidar vinegar
-add equal amounts of salt and sugar
-veggies should be simmering in liquid, if not, add more

-combine black beans/quinoa/veggies and enjoy!

This tasted really good, one thing I’m confused about is that half the cucumbers had an astringent taste.  Maybe those were the cucumbers that soaked up the white balsamic vinegar?  The cabbage really tasted good with the vinegar.

Total Cost: $4.63

1 29 oz. black beans: $0.99
-1/2 package tofu: $1.00
-1/2 organic cucumber: $0.75
-1 organic yukina savoy leaf: $0.44
-1 organic swiss chard leaf: free! (garden)
-3 organic mint leaves: $0.15
– 1/2 a head of organic cabbage: $1.30

As per usual, plenty leftover for lunch, so another organic meal under $3.00!

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Kohlrabi and Yukina Savoy Sautee over Red Quinoa and Barley in Garlic Scape Tzatziki Sauce

As of late, I feel like the names of my meals have become more and more complicated.

I was so excited to come home and cook today.  I had a long, frustratingly unproductive day in the chemistry building after an AMAZING weekend with my best friend from college.  This meal came out better than I expected it to, and I absolutely attribute that to the sauce.  I had a few moments of trepidation about mixing the sauce with the grains and greens, being afraid to ruin the dish, but it came out so. great.

Before I talk about that dish, first I want to share the pasta salad I took to a picnic I had with my visiting friend (Dani) and two new friends, Matt and Matt.

We went to Oliver Winery, bought a bottle of Moscato, and sat outside to eat the food we each brought.  I had so many veggies to use up from the CSA that I thought mixing them with pasta would make a perfect picnic food.  I don’t have any pictures of it, but I do have a picture from our picnic!

Dani and me!

CSA Pasta Salad
boil a 1 lb bag of rigatoni with 1 cup (cooked) black beans.  When I’m making pasta salad I cook the noodles a little bit past al dente since they will be served cold
-while the pasta is cooking, toss 2 sliced beets, 8 chopped garlic scapes, and 2 chopped kohlrabi, including stems and greens in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
-roast the veggies at 400 degrees for 20ish minutes
-add olive oil to the pasta and toss the veggies together
-add goat or another soft cheese and blend all together

This salad was so cheap.  I had bought the pasta for $1, the leftover black beans cost me about $0.20, and all in all the CSA veggies were probably $3.25.  That makes this salad about $4.50, but it lasted through the picnic and 3 more meals!

Anyway, onto the main meal I’m trying to blog about.  I’ve been really, really bad about posting what I’ve been getting in the CSA as of late.  This week I got Irish Cobbler potatoes (already gone, boiled them, then seasoned with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and parsley), Yukina Savoy, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, and a cucumber. When I came home, I went through the fridge and pulled out everything that *needed* to get used soon, along with some grains that had been sitting in my pantry for a while, and the tofu I opened last night.

tonight’s ingredients

Let me take you through my thought process:

1.  Jesus, Mary, and Joseph that’s a lot of garlic scapes.  I’m going to pickle those with the kohlrabi because I am getting sick of kohlrabi
2.  I have a cucumber, garlic, AND plain yogurt?  tzatziki- no brainer
3.  Does tzatziki go with quinoa?
4.  Does it matter?
5.  I’m sick of eating greens raw so I’m going to sautee them.
6.  I can add mint leaves to the tzatziki.
7.  Browned tofu sounds really good.
8.  I’m going to sautee the tofu/greens and serve them over the quinoa/barley, and mix in the sauce.

..and that is pretty much a look inside my brain at how meals are made.

If you’ve never heard of yukina savoy before, you’re not alone.  I never had, either, before the CSA.  If you’ve ever eaten in a Japanese restaurant before, though, you have probably had it, or something similar.  It’s what I consider to be hardy.  It sautees really well because it maintains some of its crunchy silkiness.  if that makes sense.

-chop tofu, kohlrabi greens, and yukina savoy
-coat a large pan with olive oil and add the veggies.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and zahtar
-sautee, but also let sit for 2-3 minutes at a time to allow tofu to brown
-combine quinoa and greens/tofu
-in a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 finely chopped cucumber, 2 finely chopped garlic scapes, a couple dashes of salt, and 3 finely chopped mint leaves
-combine, add black sesame seeds, and toss together in a large bowl

Like I said, I was worried about adding the sauce and ruining the flavors.  The zahtar and black sesame seeds, however, went really well with the garlicy sauce.  Also, I’m not sure when I got so into tofu, but it’s most definitely thanks to Becca!

Total Cost: $5.35

1/2 cup organic red quinoa: $0.88
-1/4 cup organic barley: $0.40
-1/2 package organic tofu: $1.00
-1/4 organic cucumber: $0.25
-greens from two organic kohlrabi: $1.00
-2 organic garlic scapes: $0.15
-1/4 cup organic plain yogurt: $0.42
-3 organic yukina savoy leaves: $1.00
-3 organic mint leaves: $0.25

Considering I had enough for 2 helpings, plus lunch tomorrow, I’d say this turned out pretty great 🙂

Quinoa with Swiss Chard, Onion, and Garlic

Quinoa is something I have always liked when other people make it, but hate when I make it myself.  My old roommate, Jayne, would make a great toubleh using quinoa that I have never been able to reproduce.  Becca makes really great quinoa, especially when she uses left overs for fried rice.  I, on the other hand, always make quinoa that tastes bitter.  Fortunately, Becca let me in on her secret of using chicken consomme in the water and I can finally make a dish that doesn’t taste like disgusting health food!

Quinoa has been a really easy go to for me lately.  Since it’s so high in protein I’ve been eating it right before mid day runs.  I’ve found that cumin goes really well with the grain, as does crushed red pepper.  (okay, let’s be honest, what doesn’t go well with those?).

It’s a great meal when you don’t have/want to eat meat and you’re lacking the time/energy/supplies of other protein options.  I also like to make it when I have veggies that I need to get rid of- just throw them in with the pot and let them boil down!

Quinoa

-add quinoa and water to a pot, pour consomme in according to directions, and bring to a boil
-add chopped onion, garlic, and swiss chard
-season with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and cumin

🙂

This looks especially appetizing when you have a lot of color to throw in.  Other vegetables that would go really well are spinach, potatoes, bell peppers, edamame, parsnips, carrots…really I can’t think of anything that WOULDN’T go well.  I unfortunately don’t have a price for this because I lost my receipt from the grocery trip when I bought the quinoa.  All in all, I think this is definitely less than $2.00 on those two plates.