spinach Tag

The 2021 CSA season is here and what a beautiful share we received this week.  This week’s recipe showcases the fresh spinach and green garlic! Green garlic is a young garlic that is harvested in the spring before it bulbs up. It adds a creamy, mild, fresh garlic flavor to this dish.

Green Garlic and Spinach over Pasta

2 stalks green garlic
5 Tbsp olive or avocado oil, divided
1 bunch spinach- rinsed, dried, and chopped
¼ tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
½ lb cooked pasta (whatever kind you prefer)
½ lb sautéed shitake mushrooms **
Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)

  • Cut off the bottom 8-10 inches of the green garlic stalks. Save the tops for later in the recipe.
  • Cut off the roots and ends of the green garlic. Chop into rounds- about ¼ inch thick.

  • Heat 2 Tbsp oil in pan on stovetop. Once oil is hot, place green garlic rounds in.  Cook on medium low until tender (about 4-5 minutes).

  • Add spinach to pan and sauté until wilted (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Chop some of the green garlic tops that you set aside earlier. You will need ¼ cup finely chopped tops.  Any remaining tops can be saved for another use (like vegetable broth).
  • In small saucepan or frying pan, add 3 Tbsp oil. Heat to medium and add the finely chopped green garlic tops.  Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the oil and green garlic top mixture.
  • To assemble this dish, plate the pasta. Place the green garlic and spinach mixture on top of the pasta and then add the shitake mushrooms.  Top with freshly grated cheese and enjoy!


**Sautéed shitake mushrooms:

  • Clean mushrooms and remove stems.
  • Thinly slice.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in pan on stovetop. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe and photos by Stephanie Borzio.  Stephanie is a mom of three active boys and is an autoimmune warrior.  After battling her own health for several years, Stephanie found healing through food and lifestyle changes, including joining Blooming Glen Farm CSA of which she is a long time member.  She is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who is passionate about sharing healthy living tips and real food recipes.  Instagram and Facebook: Tru You Essentials; Website: www.truyouessentials.com

This Thai-style curry is a light, mild version of the one I usually get at my favorite Thai restaurant. Filled with seasonal veggies such as sweet potatoes, spinach and cauliflower cooked in a creamy peanut sauce, this vegetarian dish is packed with flavor. You can adjust the amount of curry if you like a more bold flavor and substitute the tofu with chicken or beef if you like. Serve alongside brown rice.

Serves 4-5.

Massamun Curry

-In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil. Chop 1 yellow onion and saute for a few minutes until onion starts to sweat. Throw in 3 cloves of minced garlic and 1 inch cube of fresh ginger, also minced finely. Saute for 2 more minutes.

-Add in:

1 tablespoon of mild curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (only if you want it a little spicy)
1 cup of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of peanut butter

-Stir all the ingredients together before adding 2 cups of broth or stock and 2 cups of sweet potatoes, diced. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes with the lid on.

-Break up 2 small cauliflower heads into florets (about 2 cups) and add in. Cook for 10 more minutes with the lid on.

-Roughly chop 1 bunch of fresh spinach (or substitute with tatsoi or bok choy) and throw in the pot, mixing until wilted. Cook for 5 more minutes with the lid off.

-Let cool slightly and serve on top of brown rice. ENJOY!

Recipe and photos by Jana Smart- Blooming Glen Farm employee and frequent creator of creative recipes using farm fresh seasonal ingredients.