How to Cook Kohlrabi Greens

This year about half of the plants in my garden came from the nursery dumpster.  I regularly get up early in the morning or stop by just after they closed to see what was in store for me.  I ended up with some plants that I am less familiar with, including kohlrabi.  I had bought Kohlrabi at the farmers market before, but it never came with the greens on it.  The greens are totally edible and when prepared well they are delicious!

Here’s how to cook the greens:

1. pull the greens off of the bulb

2. remove the stems by cutting or ripping the green part away from the woody stems

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3.  Cook the greens for 2-3 mins in boiling water to soften them.

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3. Remove the greens from water, drain well, place in pan for sautéing, add oil of your choice–I used Toasted Sesame Oil here.

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4.  Add spice and seasonings of your choice.  I added some pine nuts.  Salt also goes a long way!

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5. Serve warm or add to a cold salad.

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SavRaw Organic CSA–so far so good. . .

This was our first weekly fruit and veggie box with SavRaw CSA.  We got the second one this week.  I am very happy so far, we are even thinking about increasing to the “Family Size” this is the “Full Size” which is the smallest option.  SavRaw says that all of their produce is Organic, which is excellent.  That means no chemicals, no GMOs, and the profits to to “local sustainable agriculture projects” in the Los Angeles area (not sure what that really means).  IN any case the produce has been wonderful thus far and its just under the amount we need for the week.  SavRaw also sends an email with recipes that use the items in the CSA that week.  Check out SavRaw (formerly CSA California): http://savraw.com/.

Thanksgiving 2011

I am so late posting these that I seriously thought about posting them next year.  Instead I decided to post the pictures now and wait until next year to post a full menu with recipes for each dish.  These turned out wonderfully, so much so that my mother-in-law said that this was her best Thanksgiving EVER!  (Also, for those of you who were wondering after this week I have officially gained back all of the weight from the 6 weeks @ 1200 cals experiment–it only took me 5 weeks!)

First the table and appetizers:

 

The Bird.

Picking fresh rosemary

The pumpkin pie. Made from scratch, from a real pumpkin.

 

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 5, Day 1/Day 29

8:30 AM–morning coffee with a splash of milk 20 cals along with a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Bar @ 180 cals

11am couldnt wait any longer to try the 200 cal DiGiorno pizzas that I picked up, but then I accidentally burnt it (is this a sign?) so I only ate about half of it after cutting off the burnt edges for approx. 100 cals It is Pizza Month after all!


I followed this by a serving of cottage cheese @ 90 cals and a Diet Root Beer

By 1pm I needed to get out so I walked up the street for a coffee with a splash of milk 20 cals and impluse bought a loaf of bread with which I decided to make a turkey sandwich

The particular type of bread that I got (Sarah Lee Honey Wheat) is 150 cals for two slices, lucky me.  I added about 60 cals worth of turkey to it and about 10 cals of alfalfa sprouts and tomato slices for a 220 calorie sandwich. very low cal for a sandwich and so satisfying!

Around 5pm I started to make dinner–I decided to make Roasted Beets, aromatic rice and field peas–AKA Hoppin John, and I even posted the recipe as well. I had about a cup of rice which is about 250 cals, plus the beets with the oil they were cooked in probably came to about 150 cals, and the field peas should be about 80 cals.

Dinner comes to a total of 480 cals!  But it was good and good for me too.  I had plenty of energy for my workout and had 90 calories to spare for the post-workout snack…I decided on a pumpkin beer which is 150 cals but whatever.  Today’s total comes to 1260.

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 6/Day 27

AM–made coffee but wasnt quite hungry yet.

around 11am I had a cup of Trader Joe’s Os and some milk for 180 cals

Lunch happened around 3pm, my partner made me this heat and serve Tandoori style chicken dish from Trader Joe’s–it has a bit of rice and spinach in it, and its super good–it only has about 360 cals in it.

In the afternoon we decided to go for a 3.5 mile run through the neighborhood before treating ourselves to a few hours at the SPA! The Spa was wonderful.  Afterwards we met up with a friend that lives in K-town for Korean BBQ, which I am going to estimate to be 500 calories, but they were very nutrient rich calories!

On the way home we got a message from a neighborhood friend who wanted to go for kosher fro-yo, so we joined them at our local Toppings froyo place.  I think I had about a half cup of the Taro flavor, so good, plus some toppings, so I am going to estimate 100 cals for the yogurt.  Today’s total: 1140 cals!

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 4/Day 25

AM–Kashi pumpkin spice bar-1 serving–coffee @ 90 cals

coffee again @ LA Mill 0 cals

Snacks–carrots and celery and a mini v8–60 cals

Lunch–Forage Chicken salad with Pita chips and Cucumber Mint Limade–I really have no idea but I will guess 450 cals because of the mayo and the pita chips

3pm SNACK–Brown Cow Creamy Coffee Yogurt–160 cals

5pm–went to the gym earlier today to get it out of the way

7pm made a roast (Whole Foods, Grass Fed Beef) a serving about the size of my fist with grilled onions and quinoa for dinner so thats 150 for the beef, 35 for the onions and about 150 cals for 1/4 cup quinoa  for 335 cals. I also had a glass of red wine for another 150 cals making it a 1245 calorie day total.

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 1/Day 22

Breakfast @ 8:30 AM–1 fried egg and a Morning Star maple flavored meatless sausage plus intelligencia coffee @ 170 cals.

Lunch @ 1pm– a serving of Pacific’s Butternut Squash Soup @ 90 cals and my self-made salad with 2 cups lettuce, 10 carrots, 1/2 a small heirloom tomato, 1 oz turkey, 1 tbsp alfalfa sprouts, 1/2 an apple, 3 peppercinis, and 1/4 c of chopped celery with a drizzle of oil and vinegar which was about 170 cals in all.

PM Snack– around 4:45 I had a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Bar for 90 cals–> 

6pm dinner–made spaghetti squash which has about 25 cals per cup, with diced tomatoes (30 cals) and 3 Trader Joes frozen meatballs (390 cals) oy–those meatballs were killer, gotta get turkey next time.  Dinner was 445 cals then. After that I headed to the gym for an hour and a half.  When I got home I had a small glass of red wine and a slice of this amazing cherry cheddar that I picked up at Whole Foods today. Today’s total: 1220 cals

Before its cooked. . .

 

 

Cherry Cheddar--YUM