This recipe is from Kate Sherwood. Its healthy, unique and when ingredients are in season, quite economical!
4 sweet bell peppers, halved lengthwise
3/4 cup quinoa, well rinsed
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 15 oz. can no salt added diced tomatoes
10 oz. baby spinach
1 small clove garlic
1 oz. (6 tbs) grated Parmesan
1 large bunch basil(4 cups)
ground black pepper
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 tbs boiling water
1/4 cup unsalted pistachios
Put the peppers skin side up on a lightly oiled baking sheet and broil on high until slightly charred and starting to soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven and set them aside.
While the peppers are roasting, simmer the quinoa with the vegetable broth and tomatoes in a medium pot for 10 minutes. stir in the spinach in batches. Spoon the quinoa-spinach mixture into the roasted peppers.
To make the pesto, combine the garlic, Parmesan, basil, olive oil, pepper, and up to 1/4 tsp. salt in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not smooth. Stir in the boiling water. Top the filled peppers with the pesto and garnish with the pistachios. Serves 4.
After waiting a year and thinking we'd never get into a CSA, we got an email inviting us to the Rutger's CSA this week! Last year we were told that the Rutger's CSA had 400 people on the waiting list! For those of you who don't know what a CSA is, here's a primer. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In essence, you buy a share of a farmer's crops for the year. The season in our case runs from May through September. We pick up our share of produce from the farm on a weekly basis. Each week brings a different harvest(or more than one harvest). The benefits of such a model include: supporting your local farm, trying lots of new vegetables and herbs that are fresh from the farm and staying healthy by keeping your fridge stocked with lot's of fruits and veggies. In addition, buying from a local CSA means you reduce the ol' carbon footprint. I'll keep you posted as we go along. I'll be looking for new recipes for all the produce!!