Organic Food Delivery – March, 18-22 2013

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Organic Food News: It’s that time when we make our Pink Lady Apples Donation!  Help us support The Annie Appleseed Project!

Annie Appleseed
 
With every bag of Pink Lady Apples that members of My Organic Food Club get in their baskets in the month of March, a donation will be made to The Annie Appleseed Project. This Florida based all-volunteer nonprofit organization exists solely to help those with cancer.  What started as a personal search for answers from the founder has turned into a valuable resource for thousands. Our produce club is proud to be helping this special organization that has enriched and saved many lives.  Please support The Annie Appleseed Project by participating in your March produce order and receiving delicious Pink Lady Apples in your veggie box!
 

Apples Enterprise

Apple Enterprise

Enterprise apples are firm and crisp, with a spicy aroma and mild tartness. Deep maroon color.

Enterprise is a good modern apple, sweet enough for eating fresh but with a tartness that lends itself to cooking as well.

Like most modern apples, Enterprise has a complex parentage. Visually it resembles its grand-parent, McIntosh but the flavor is perhaps more similar to another relative, Rome Beauty. Golden Delicious is also part of the mix, and lends its excellent keeping qualities and crispness.

Organic Food Grocery List &
Organic Produce Delivery

 Organic Produce Delivery List for the week of March, 18-22 2013

* Lettuce Red Leaf (Fl)
* Cucumbers (Fl)
* Cabbage Green (Fl)
* Carrots Bunny Juice
* Collard Greens (FL)
* Pepper Sweet Mini (Fl)
* Garlic
* Potato Sweet Jewel
* Zucchini Squash (Fl)
* Eggplant (Fl)
* Tomatoes Beefsteak (Fl)
* Broccoli Crowns (Fl)
* Grapes Black Seeded
* Strawberries (Fl)
* Apples Enterprise
* Oranges (Fl)
* Grapefruit White (Fl)
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 Bananas

Garlic

5 TOP HEALTH BENEFITS OF GARLIC

Grown and used for thousands of years, garlic is in the allium family, along with onions, chives and leeks. Known as the ‘stinking rose,’ garlic gets its aroma from its sulfur-containing compounds. These are also in part why garlic so good for you.
To get the full advantages of garlic, it should be eaten fresh and raw. Many people can’t tolerate the taste of raw garlic; using it lightly cooked is better than not using it at all. There are, of course, powder, flake, paste and pill form, all of which have less to offer than fresh and raw. Just a note, if eating raw garlic, don’t overdo it, as it can cause stomach upset.
Cooking tips:
Choose firm, mostly dry bulbs when purchasing. After cutting or crushing garlic, letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before use it will stimulate enzymes and increase compounds, making it even more beneficial. Avoid cooking garlic over high heat nor for too long. The longer it’s cooked the more its health benefits are lost. Best to add it to the pan when the food is almost done or, if you can get past “garlic breath,” add it raw when you’ve completely finished cooking. By the way, chewing on fresh parsley or mint leaves can counteract the aftertaste of garlic.
Vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
Garlic contains high levels of manganese, calcium, vitamin B1, B6 and C, phosphorous, copper, potassium, selenium and tryptophan. With all this going for it, garlic boosts the immune system.
A natural antibiotic 
Garlic has been called a natural antibiotic (though it’s not a substitute for them, when they are necessary to fight serious infections). It fights against bacteria and viruses associated with colds and flu. It may also be helpful in alleviating candida yeast conditions. There are many home remedies involving garlic, for various ailments including toothaches, coughs, earache, warts, congestion, and skin infections.
Detoxification
Garlic triggers the liver to release toxins from the body, while at the same time protecting the liver from harm. Garlic is great for clearing out and maintaining healthy lungs and stomach.
Cardiovascular health
Garlic improves heart health in many ways. It thins the blood to diminish and protect against clots, allows iron to flow better through the body and opens up vessels. It protects the vessel walls as well. Studies have shown that it may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In addition, it protects against free radicals and acts as an anti-inflammatory for the heart, in addition to helping to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Reducing inflammation
Chemical compounds in garlic are thought to assist in reducing inflammation associated with various forms of arthritis.

Organic Produce Delivery Recipes For Garlic

Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Organic Food Ingredients:

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, washed and quartered
4 cloves garlic
Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, warm
1 stick cold butter, cut into 9 pats
Directions
Place the potatoes and garlic in a large sauce pan. Cover with 1 to 2 inches cold water and season generously with salt. The water should taste like the sea. TASTE IT! If the water is under seasoned at this point it will be hard to have a well seasoned end product. Bring the pot of water to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes and garlic well and pass through a food-mill or ricer. DO NOT use a food processor or blender. It will result in a very sticky and rubbery end product.

While passing the potatoes, bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Once the cream has come to a boil remove from the heat.

While the potatoes are still hot add 1/3 of the cream and butter and stir vigorously into the potatoes. Repeat this process 2 more times until all of the cream and butter has incorporated. Taste the potatoes for seasoning and add salt, if needed. Serve immediately or cover with foil and keep warm in an oven on low heat.

Garlic Eggplant Stir-Fry

garlic eggplant Organic Food Delivery

This simple eggplant recipe is aromatic and flavorful, and the generous amounts of fresh garlic make it extra healthy. You can add tofu (extra firm) if you like. This eggplant recipe makes a terrific side dish that can also be made vegetarian. It also works with any type of eggplant – whatever is fresh and available where you live. You can also adjust the spice level in this eggplant recipe, taking it anywhere from mild to spicy hot, according to your liking. ENJOY!

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Organic Food Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cooking onion (purple onions work well for this recipe)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-3 red chillies (including seeds), depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 Chinese (large, with dark purple skin) eggplant, or 2 (thinner, with light purple skin) Japanese eggplants, or just baby eggplants
  • 1/4 cup water for stir-frying
  • 2-3 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
  • roughly 1/2 cup (or more) fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce OR 1+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce OR vegetarian oyster sauce, OR Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand)
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbsp. water (mix until cornstarch is dissolved)

Preparation:

garlic eggplant stir fry

  1. First, prepare sauce by mixing together all sauce ingredients except cornstarch. Prepare the cornstarch and water mixture in a separate cup or bowl. Set both aside.
  2. Chop the eggplant up into bite-size pieces (be sure to leave the peel on – this is where most of the nutrients are).
  3. Place 2-3 Tbsp. oil to a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, half of the garlic, chilli, and eggplant. Reserve the rest of the garlic for later.
  4. Stir-fry for 5 minutes. When the wok or frying pan becomes dry, add a little of the water (a few Tbsp. at a time) – enough to keep the ingredients frying nicely.
  5. Add 2 Tbsp. soy sauce and continue stir-frying for 5 more minutes, or until the eggplant is soft and the white flesh is almost translucent. Add a little more water when the pan becomes too dry (up to 1/4 cup).
  6. When the eggplant is soft, add the rest of the garlic plus the sauce. Stir fry to incorporate.
  7. Lastly, add the cornstarch/water mixture. Stir well so that the sauce thickens uniformly (this will only take a minute or less). Remove from heat.
  8. Taste test the eggplant for salt. If not salty enough, add a little more fish sauce. If too salty, add 1 Tbsp. lime juice (or substitute 1 Tbsp. lemon juice).
  9. Now add 3/4 of the fresh basil, stirring briefly to incorporate.
  10. Slide onto a serving platter and sprinkle the rest of the basil over top. Serve with jasmine rice. Enjoy!

Garlic Cabbage

garlic cabbage Organic Food Delivery

Organic Food Ingredients:

2 teaspoons canola oil
12 garlic cloves (you may leave whole or chop coarsely)
1/2 cup chicken broth, plus (or 1/2 cup vegetable broth)
2 tablespoons chicken broth (or 2 tablespoons vegetable broth)
1 head green cabbage, chopped (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
fresh ground pepper

Directions:

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
2. Add the garlic and saute for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour in 1/2 cup of chicken broth; stir, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and cook until all liquid has evaporated, stirring constantly as the last few tablespoons of liquid evaporates.
3. Stir in the cabbage; sprinkle with the remaining chicken broth, paprika, and pepper to taste.
4. Cook for 3-5 minutes or longer, until cabbage is wilted or to your liking, stirring constantly.
5. Move to a serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Garlic Dip

garlic spread

Organic Food Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

 

 Directions

  1. Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, horseradish, garlic, salt, black and white pepper, dill, and garlic powder in a bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before serving.

 Garlic Bruschetta

Garlic Bruschetta

Organic Food Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 sourdough baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 (4 ounce) package semi-soft cheese with garlic and herbs

 

 Directions

  1. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, and garlic in a bowl. Stir in the chopped tomatoes; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover; place in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the bread slices in a single layer on a large baking pan.
  3. Bake in the oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove to cool on a wire rack.
  4. When the bread is cool, spread the semi-soft cheese evenly over each slice. Using a slotted spoon, spoon some of the tomato mixture over each slice.

 Garlic Shrimp

garlic shrimp

 

Organic Food Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons lemon
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, divided

 

 Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over high heat until it just begins to smoke. Place shrimp in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring.
  2. Season shrimp with salt; cook and stir until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, caper brine, 1 1/2 teaspoon cold butter, and half the parsley.
  4. Cook until butter has melted, about 1 minute, then turn heat to low and stir in 1 1/2 tablespoon cold butter. Cook and stir until all butter has melted to form a thick sauce and shrimp are pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl; continue to cook butter sauce, adding water 1 teaspoon at a time if too thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Serve shrimp topped with the pan sauce. Garnish with remaining flat-leaf parsley.

 Broccoli Rabe, Garlic & Pasta

Garlic & Broccoli Pasta

Organic Food Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked fusilli pasta
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary(optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

 Directions

  1. Fill a saucepan with enough water to cover the broccoli rabe, sprinkle in some salt, and bring the salted water to a boil. Stir in the broccoli rabe, and cook until bright green and just starting to become tender, about 2 minutes; drain the rabe, and cool in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well, and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the fusilli, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the 2 roughly-chopped garlic cloves until they start to turn translucent, about 2 minutes; sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and stir in rosemary sprig, dried Italian herb mix, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. Stir in the blanched rabe, white wine, and tomatoes; remove rosemary sprig, and bring the mixture to a boil. Mix in the cooked fusilli pasta, green onions, and 1 minced clove of garlic; simmer for 1 more minute, and serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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