New Vegetable to Try

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missyewhodat

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 14:34
I am trying to prepare a new vegetable each week. Last week was Asparagus and this week I am trying eggplant.

What I have you tried? Any suggestions for what I should try next week?
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TheChunkyOne

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 14:47
My newest additions are asparagus, avocado and grape tomatoes. I bought some kale this week with the intention of making 'kale crisps', but changed my mind after reading a review that they dont keep well, so i'm trying to find something to do with it other than soup!
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 15:02
Chinese long beans, if you haven't. They make great stir frys.

It's not really a "base" vegetable, but I've started cooking with lemongrass and I really enjoy it.

I bought fennel for the first time and made a tomato, fennel, and fish soup from a recipe in Mark Bittman's new cookbook.

I've never been a spinach eater, but I bought some recently and sauteed it... it was pretty good. I tried brussels sprouts again, and decided I still hated them.

Sweet dumpling squashes are both adorable and tasty, and they come in perfect little serving sizes.

Right now I'm going to walk over to Chiantown and get some baby bok choy for a soup.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 15:38
Bok choy - Chinese cabbage. OMG good in stirfry, asian-style broths, EVERYTHING.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 16:18
Have fun with the eggplant this week! It's my absolute fave. I also love zucchini and yellow summer squash. Smile
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lmc083

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 17:11
TheChunkyOne-
I bought Kale and baked it too - I also read that it doesn't keep well, but it really only takes 10 minutes in the oven to crisp up. I just preheat the oven before I start on anything else.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 17:15
I just roasted a butternut squash and it is heavenly.
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FrostyLady

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 17:39
Just like Kate, I have come to love squash. Spaghetti squash is my favorite. But all winter squashes are delicious in the oven with a little butter and green onions.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 17:56
Im with k8yk, roasted butternut squash is wonderful! If you have never tried it, it is kinda like a sweet potato...very sweet and soft when roasted. I add a little butter and dig in. I have also heard of people who cut the squash into "fries" and then roast them until they are "al dente" as a substitute to sweet potato fries.
Eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash are great sliced (long way) tossed in a bit of olive oil/salt/peper and then grilled yummmmm! Or throw them in the oven and roast them!

Never met a vegie I didn't like but beets..just can't get past the smell.
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 18:03
NoPicspls wrote:


Never met a vegie I didn't like but beets..just can't get past the smell.


Have you had fresh beets roasted? They are absolutely nothing like canned beets. Just make sure you try the real thing before you write them off. Another one of my favorites Smile
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 18:09
I love beets! A fresh roasted beet sliced with a little butter... incredible. Of course borsch is my favorite use of them.

Try jicama in a salad. It's so crisp and refreshing Smile.
lmc083

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 18:25
omg. butternut squash. with a little butter and a little brown sugar. <3 I might need to make a trip to the supermarket tonight.
missyewhodat

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 19:06
I wasn't sure about the butternut squash. I might have to try that next.

I roasted my asparagus in the oven with zucchini, red onion, yellow squash, bell peppers and olive oil. It was awesome. I had some of the leftovers tonight with rotisserie turkey breast. It was soooooo good even reheated.

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 19:20
I love to go to the farmers market or health food store and try the weirdest thing I can find. Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)r, yuca root... anything like that and then google recipes with it when I get home. I find that nearly every veg is fabulous roasted in a high heat oven with a bit of olive oil. It just does something magical. If you've never tried roasted broccoli, YOU MUST NOW!
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 21:04
For the longest time, I thought I hated Brussels sprouts, but it was only because I had only had them boiled - ugh! I had them at a tapas place which served them roasted. They're so simple to make - cut in halves, lightly shake them in a bag with a drizzle of EVOO and balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and minced garlic and roast. Delicious!
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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 21:14
Pretty much every veggie is better roasted, IMO. And Brussels sprouts are the best. With a little garlic, olive oil and sea salt... Oh yes!
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Posted: 22 Feb 2011, 07:30
Jicama, diced and fried in bacon grease. Tasty and crunchy. Looks like fried potatoes but with a crunch. Also good in salads. Reminds me of water chestnuts. Some day going to try them with shrimp and wrapped in bacon as an appitizer.



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