Last week I ate some organic Bosc pears from the SF Ferry Building farmers market, and wow! The pear was amazing, light and sweet but not too sugary. Outside of eating pears for a snack or in dessert, I think adding pear to a salad, sandwich, or main dish for some sweet crunch adds some fun!
So, this week eat a dish that has pear in it. From around the noshosphere, here is some pearspiration from mahvelous food bloggers:
What is one of your favorite pear dishes?
As you know, I'm totally into purple produce. So, when I saw this crate of purple goodness at the SF Ferry Building farmers market, I was intrigued. This vegetable is called Kohlrabi, a tuber, that comes in white and purple, and according to Wikipedia:
The name comes from the German Kohl "cabbage" plus Rübe ~ Rabi, Swiss German variant for "turnip." Its origin in nature is the same as that of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.
Kohlrabi is common in German cuisine as well in Southern Indian dishes where it is called Knolkhol (English) or Nookal (Hindi.)
Healthwise, kohlrabi is high vitamin C, packed with antioxidants, and has only 27 calories per 100 g, a negligible amount of fat, and zero cholesterol. To me, kohlrabi tasted like a hearty jicama although it's been described as a milder and sweeter version of broccoli stems.
Yesterday, I posted about how I roasted some kohlrabi, and I highly recomend trying this vegetable if you want to try something new. To get you started, here is some kohlrabi inspiration from delectable food bloggers around the noshosphere:
Have you tried kohlrabi? What's your favorite dish?
If you are tired of baby carrots or celery sticks to nosh on, sugar snap peas are great! I like to dip the snap peas in hummus or muhammara dip for a fun snack.
This week, eat something with sugar snap peas in it. This fun vegetable adds some crunchy with your nutrients. To get you pea inspired, here are some delighful meal ideas from terrificly delicious food bloggers around the noshosphere:
What's your favorite way to eat sugar snap peas?
There are basically three foods I eat almost everyday, and kale is one of them. According to the ANDI score, kale is one of the top 3 most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! So, if you're going to go big, go kale!
Kale comes in several colors and varieties. Try as many as you can for some green diversity. I really love the purple kale.
To get you kale inspired, here are some fabulous kale dishes from fantastic food bloggers around the noshosphere including one from us!
What is one of your favorite kale dishes?
Typically, we think of grapes as juice or as a scrumptious snack right off the stem. This week try using grapes as an ingredient in a dish. I like chopping up grapes and adding them to chicken or turkey salad with walnuts to add sweetness and crunch.
Your classic green grape is a typical choice, but be adventurous and try a new varietal of grape. In the photo above, I saw these Autumn Royal grapes at a local farmer's market that would be perfect for roasting because they are big and juicy.
To get your creativity going, here are some grape dish recipes from fruitful food bloggers around the noshosphere:
What's one of your favorite dishes with grapes in it?
I like scallions because they add a nice subtle onion taste in a decorative way. Cut the scallions diagonally and they make for a cool splash of green slivers to any dish like in the Farro, Butternut Squash Pilaf we posted yesterday.
And did you know, scallions are rich antioxidants? Oh yes!
For some scallion inspiration, here are some dish ideas from awesome food bloggers around the noshosphere:
What's one of your favorite scallion dishes?
I used to associate carrots as a diet food especially Baby Carrots. Anything deemed "diet food" in book typically means it is void of any kind of tast or pleasure, so I would avoid it.
My entire perspective on carrots changed one day at a farmer's market when I discovered heirloom carrots. First, I had no idea that carrots even came in other colors other than orange. My favorite color of heirloom carrots are purple, and as we know, I love to roast carrots as well. In fact, purple and white are the original color of carrots.
If you are feeling meh about carrots, try out heirloom carrots in various colors. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some fun carrot recipes from fantabulous foodies around the noshosphere:
What's one of your favorite dishes with heirloom carrots in it?
Oh how we love crab! Crab meat is nutrient-dense has healthy levels of protein and many vitamins and minerals. Crab is also a good source of vitamin B12, niacin, phosphorus, zinc, copper and selenium.
Crab is also one of the few foods that are high in sodium in their natural state, so you don't need to add much salt for flavoring. If you are on a low sodium diet however, you may want to look into the sodium count of the type of crab you are wanting to eat.
Crab meat cooking wise is very versatile, and you can add this seafood into almost any dish. Favorites include salad, sushi, and crab cakes.
To get your crab groove ignited, here are some tasty crab recipes from kickass food bloggers around the noshosphere:
What is one of your favorite crab dishes?
If you want to eat a food that is nutrient dense, Swiss Chard is a food in the top 10 list of foods with the highest ANDI scores, and is popular in Mediterranean cooking. I love the colorful stalks and veins in Swiss Chard which can come in white, red, orange, yellow and purple hues.
From the World's Healthiest Foods site, here are some health benefits of Chard like it can help with blood sugar regulation which is good for diabetics. Here's an interesting factoid, Swiss Chard originates from the Mediterranean not Switzerland. Good to remember if the question ever comes up on Jeopardy or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
To help you get excited about chard, woo-hoo! because I know you are on the edge of your seat, here are some chard recipes from coolio food bloggers around the noshosphere:
What's one of yoru favorite Swiss Chard dishes?