June 5, 2018
To those of you who are returning members, welcome back! And for those of you who are new, welcome! We’re so happy to have you with us.
My husband Artie and I have been trying to stick to using nothing but organic fruits and vegetables, so this winter shopping was trying (and expensive) for us. We are so happy to be back and look forward to a season of fresh, local, healthy and reasonably priced food!
As always, the first few weeks of the season will bring us a lot of greens. We are always looking for something to do with all those lettuces and other greens – salads are wonderful, but everyone needs a change once in a while, no?
So, this week, I have a great recipe you can use with any greens. It whips up really fast and is certainly a change from a salad. So, give Sauteed Greens With Olives a try. You can vary the greens, and the olives too.
SAUTEED GREENS WITH OLIVES
3 TBS olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes plus more
10 cups torn mixed greens (such as kale, turnip greens, and lettuce)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup black olives, pitted, halved (or any olives you like)
2 TBS (or more) fresh lemon juice
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add greens a handful at a time, tossing until wilted between additions. Season with salt and pepper and cook until all the greens are wilted and softened, about 3 minutes longer. Add the olives and lemon juice and toss to combine; season with red pepper flakes and more lemon juice, if desired.
And so, the season begins!
HELPFUL HINT: Watch the garlic closely. If you let it brown, it will be bitter.
ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: This recipe lends itself to plenty of variations. You can vary the greens you use and the olives too. You can add other vegetables, like bok choy, mushrooms, radishes (yes, radishes!) summer squash, zucchini, peas, sugar snap peas, onions, scallions – anything that strikes your fancy.
Welcome to CSA and have a delicious week!