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Winter Vegetables

Laura Miller

Stumped as to what you can do with winter vegetables? Well, Laura Miller's got a few awesome ideas for you.

Green Juice

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lemons

  • 1 bunch kale

  • 2 inches ginger

  • 1 apple

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients.

  2. Strain through cheesecloth into a large bowl.

  3. Pour into glass.

Winter Vegetable Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale

  • 1 grapefruit

  • 2 avocados

  • 2 fennel

  • Dressing: Juice of 2 lemons, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon agave, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop kale.

  2. Blend dressing ingredients.

  3. Massage dressing into the kale.

  4. Chop up remaining vegetables.

  5. Toss salad.

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Transcript

- Santa really hooked it up this year. I opened a lot of presents, but I still have one left. Let's open it together. Let's see what I got here. It's a CSA box. It's kinda the best thing ever. Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You get a big box of all the freshest veggies that come from your local farmers. You often will get interesting ingredients that you may not cook with usually, so it forces you to be a little bit creative, you get some new things in your diet that are probably really good for you. There's a lot of great resources online where you can check that out. Let's see what we got in here. It's wintertime, so we got a bunch of dark greens, some nice leafy kale, lemon. I also have some ginger here. And an apple. It's the day after Christmas, we want something easy refreshing, light because we were all must gluttonous for weeks and weeks of holidays. So let's get some good nutrients in our bodies. Let's make a nice juice. Not everybody has a juicer at home, so this is a way you can juice without a juicer. All you're going to need is a blender and some cheesecloth. I'm gonna start by chopping everything up, so let's get the citrus in here. Lemons are high in Vitamin C, so they're good at keeping you healthy in the winter months, cold and flu season. We'll get a couple in here. I'm also going to add some water in just to help everything move along. Let's get some apple in there. Apples are just going to sweeten it up the juice. Now let's get some ginger in there. Just getting all the skin off here. And ginger is just amazing in every way. It's good for digestion, immunity, the flavor is amazing. I'm using about a couple inches worth. And now we're gonna get into this kale. I like to chop mine up pretty well before it goes in there. You may have to just put a bit in at a time and blend. Okay, so as you can see, that big pile of kale is now incorporated so we can add all the rest. One more time. And now, the fun part, just gonna pour it straight through a cheesecloth and into a bowl. I'm gonna do about half at a time. I'm barely squeezing it and already getting that much juice out. This smells and looks really amazing actually. You can tell just by looking at the color that this is really good for you. Let's see what else we have in here. Some kale, gotta have that, some avocados, more lemons, a grapefruit, that's great, and some fennel, my personal favorite. We can make a really delicious wintery salad with all of this. I sometimes like to do chopped kale, just because it's easier to eat. You don't end up with a giant leaf in your mouth. You don't have to chew for 20 minutes. Let's get it in here, and now we are going to make a really simple quick dressing which starts off with juicing a couple lemons. We're gonna put this lemon juice straight into our blender. You can use a food processor, Magic Bullet, anything you got. We're gonna add some olive oil, a little bit of sweetener. I'm using agave, you can use whatever sweetener you like. And a little bit of salt, and let's get some ground pepper. And just a quick whiz, super quick and easy. And now I'm going to pour this straight onto the kale. And now we're going to get our hands dirty once again We're just massaging to soften it all up. And the olive oil in here is actually going to help you absorb nutrients and all the greens and all the other vegetables. So it's nice to have a healthy fat in your salad. We're gonna let that sit for a minute and just continue to soften up while we cut the rest of our veggies. I like to have grapefruit in salad. It's really pretty and really good for you, refreshing. I'm just gonna cut off the sides. The pith is actually really good for you. I like to put the pith in green shakes. It can be really bitter in a salad. So I usually take it out. Okay, grapefruit's all done, let's cut up some avocados. In case you're wondering about these avocados, they actually are in season. I just sliced into each of these and now I'm scooping it out, so that we'll have some nice big slices. Does this look pretty? And now, we're gonna cut up some fennel, one of my favorites, which I'm going to tell you a little about right now. For those of you who don't know, fennel kind of has this black licorice taste. Fennel is delicious, really good for digestion, it's good for your eyes, and it's also a good source of potassium, which is nice, if you're like me and you're not into bananas. There we go. You could easily slice this on a mandolin to get really nice thin slices. I'm just going to use a knife right now. It gives you these cute little ringlets. At this point, our kale should be nice and marinated. It's even softer than it was before. We're just going to add all the rest of this stuff in and toss it, and it'll be ready to go. Oh man, it smells really good. And that's it, you have this super refreshing salad to munch on. These are some nice fresh winter recipes, but really you're going to be able to make all kind of things throughout the year as you get different produce. If you did not get a CSA box for Christmas, don't fret. You can still treat yourself in the New Year. So cheers, Happy Holidays.

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