Carrot Ginger & Apple Soup

Throughout the fall/winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th! PLUS they are doing a super cool Thanksgiving CSA pop-up! Get in your orders by November 6th. 

Carrot Ginger & Apple Soup

8 cups carrots – chop each carrot into thirds
2 cups apples – chopped (I used Crispin apples)
2 tbsp fresh ginger – minced
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup water
2 tsp + ¼ tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

In a large pot, add the carrots,1 teaspoon salt and enough water to completely cover them. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes or until the carrots are very soft.

Drain the carrots, reserving the liquid.

Add the carrots to a large food processor with 1 cup of the reserved carrot water. Blend until smooth. You may have to do this in batches if your food processor is small.

Add in the apples, ginger, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Process until smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil and quickly pulse to combine.

Serve immediately topped with fresh cracked pepper and chopped apple.

Enjoy!

Carrot Ginger & Apple Soup

Rich, carrot puree soup with fresh ginger and apples. 

 Carrot Ginger & Apple Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Crispy Chard

Throughout the fall/winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th! PLUS they are doing a super cool Thanksgiving CSA pop-up! Get in your orders by November 6th. 

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Crispy Chard

¼ cup wild rice
¼ cup long grain brown rice
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp salt
½ cup onion – minced
1 cup butternut squash – cubed
1 tsp cooking fat (lard or coconut oil)
1 bunch fresh chard – stems removed
freshly ground black pepper to taste


Soak both rices in one cup water overnight or at least one hour before cooking.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Drain water from rice.

In a medium sized pot, saute the onion over medium heat with one tablespoon of chicken broth for 3 minutes. Add the rice, remaining chicken broth and ¼ tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 20 minutes until all broth is absorbed into rice.

Toss the butternut squash in a ½ teaspoon cooking fat and ¼ teaspoon salt. Spread evenly onto a roasting pan.

Then lightly coat the chard leaves with ½ teaspoon cooking fat. Line a roasting pan with parchment paper and spread out the chard leaves. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt.

Roast the butternut squash and chard simultaneously. The chard will be done in five minutes. The squash will take 20 minutes.

Toss the squash with the rice and then crumble in the crispy chard. Add remaining salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Roasted Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Crispy Chard
For a bigger flavor, drizzle your favorite dressing over the rice dish. I love the mix of sage, garlic and maple syrup in this Maple Sage Miso Vinaigrette.

 

Maple Sage Miso Vinaigrette
by Local Roots NYC member, Lee Harman

1 bunch fresh sage
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp mellow white miso
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 – 2 cloves garlic (fresh or roasted)
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ c neutral oil (canola, vegetable, avocado, etc)

Pick sage off stems.  You can save the stems for stock or discard; they are too tough to blend and may make your dressing bitter.  Add sage, vinegar, miso, mustard, maple syrup, and garlic to blender or food processor.  Purée until it’s as smooth as you can get it. Slowly pour in the oils.  Going slow is key here, because if you go too quickly the dressing will ‘break’ and separate.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  The dressing is ready to use right away, and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Miso sage vinaigrette goes great on a salad with Local Roots NYC seasonal veggies or your local farmers’ market picks. Local Roots NYC builds a vibrant community around local food through a network of full diet CSAs and connect thousands of New Yorkers with local, sustainable produce. 

 Roasted Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Crispy Chard

Roasted Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Crispy Chard
Serves 4
Yummy, savory fall side dish with wild rice, butternut squash and crispy chard.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup wild rice
  2. ¼ cup long grain brown rice
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup chicken broth
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. ½ cup onion - minced
  7. 1 cup butternut squash - cubed
  8. 1 tsp cooking fat (lard or coconut oil)
  9. 1 bunch fresh chard - stems removed
  10. freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak both rices in one cup water overnight or at least one hour before cooking.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Drain water from rice.
  4. In a medium sized pot, saute the onion over medium heat with one tablespoon of chicken broth for 3 minutes. Add the rice, remaining chicken broth and ¼ tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 20 minutes until all broth is absorbed into rice.
  5. Toss the butternut squash in a ½ teaspoon cooking fat and ¼ teaspoon salt. Spread evenly onto a roasting pan.
  6. Then lightly coat the chard leaves with ½ teaspoon cooking fat. Line a roasting pan with parchment paper and spread out the chard leaves. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt.
  7. Roast the butternut squash and chard simultaneously. The chard will be done in five minutes. The squash will take 20 minutes.
  8. Toss the squash with the rice and then crumble in the crispy chard. Add remaining salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  9. Enjoy!
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 Roasted Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Crispy Chard

Savory Pear & Onion Galette with Lemon Verbena (Gluten Free and Dairy Free!)

Throughout the fall/winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th! 

1 pie dough recipe – I used cassava flour and palm shortening with a dash of salt. (Trisha Hughes has a great recipe.)
⅓ cup sweet onion – thinly sliced
½ tsp coconut oil
3 bosc pears – thinly sliced into ⅛”
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp flour (I use cassava)
1 tbsp fresh lemon verbena
½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
½ tbsp balsamic vinegar

 

Prepare your pie dough and roll it out onto a piece of parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a medium-sized skillet, lightly sauté onions with ½ teaspoon salt and coconut oil over medium heat for three minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Toss the sliced pears in ½ teaspoon salt, lemon juice, flour and lemon verbena.

Assemble the galette by first placing the onions on the rolled out pie dough. Leave a one inch edge around the perimeter to allow room for folding. Arrange the pears on top of the onions. Be careful to not layer more then three stacks of pears, as they will likely slide out of the crust while baking. Then fold over the edges to just cover a bit of the onions and pears.

Keeping the galette on the parchment paper, transfer it carefully onto a baking sheet.
Brush olive oil onto the dough and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Bake for 35 minutes.

While baking, mix together the honey and balsamic vinegar. Remove from oven and drizzle this over the galette.

Place back in the oven and continue baking 10 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving and then top with more balsamic vinegar honey drizzle.

Enjoy!

Savory Pear & Onion Galette with Lemon Verbena

Savory Pear & Onion Galette with Lemon Verbena (Gluten Free & Dairy Free!)
Serves 4
Gluten free and dairy free savory galette with caramelized onions, bosc pears and fresh lemon verbena.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
48 min
Total Time
58 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
48 min
Total Time
58 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pie dough recipe - I used cassava flour and palm shortening with a dash of salt.
  2. ⅓ cup sweet onion - thinly sliced
  3. ½ tsp coconut oil
  4. 3 bosc pears - thinly sliced into ⅛”
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. ½ tbsp flour (I use cassava)
  8. 1 tbsp fresh lemon verbena
  9. ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  10. 1 tsp honey
  11. ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Prepare your pie dough and roll it out onto a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  3. In a medium-sized skillet, lightly sauté onions with ½ teaspoon salt and coconut oil over medium heat for three minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Toss the sliced pears in ½ teaspoon salt, lemon juice, flour and lemon verbena.
  5. Assemble the galette by first placing the onions on the rolled out pie dough. Leave a one inch edge around the perimeter to allow room for folding. Arrange the pears on top of the onions. Be careful to not layer more then three stacks of pears, as they will likely slide out of the crust while baking. Then fold over the edges to just cover a bit of the onions and pears.
  6. Keeping the galette on the parchment paper, transfer it carefully onto a baking sheet.
  7. Brush olive oil onto the dough and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Bake for 35 minutes.
  8. While baking, mix together the honey and balsamic vinegar. Remove from oven and drizzle this over the galette.
  9. Place back in the oven and continue baking 10 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving and then top with more balsamic vinegar honey drizzle.
  11. Enjoy!
Sparkle Kitchen http://sparklekitchen.com/
Savory Pear & Onion Galette with Lemon Verbena