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Zucchini Chili Cheese Bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds zucchini sliced thin
  • 1 pound jack cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-8 oz. roasted fresh green chilis (or more if you prefer spicier)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • Bread crumbs

Method:

  1. Boil slices of zucchini a few minutes until tender. Drain, set aside.
  2. Combine cheese, eggs, milk, flour, salt, baking powder, parsley, and chilis.
  3. Fold zucchini into mixture and gently stir.
  4. Pour mixture into 13in. x 9in. x 2in. baking dish.
  5.  Gently cover with bread crumbs. Drip melted butter slowly over bread crumbs.
  6. Bake 30 minutes at 325º until golden brown.
  7. Enjoy.
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Spring Asparagus Pasta

Happy Spring! We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of warmer weather to Boulder and Louisville. 

What a better way to ring in Spring with an easy-to-make, zesty, lemony, asparagus pasta! 

This simple preparation makes a great base for all the bounty of spring. Make it your own, add some yellow squash, Anaheim pepper, or any of the colorful veggies making their spring debut in the produce aisle.

Ingredients:

  • 8oz of your favorite pasta or fresh ravioli
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sliced organic mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh organic asparagus with tough ends cut off and chopped into thirds
  • Juice of 1 organic lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh organic parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic walnut pieces (from our bulk aisle) or try pine nuts for a sweet kick
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (optional)

Method:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare the asparagus, while waiting for water to boil. Break or cut off the tough ends of the asparagus, chop the parsley and grate the cheese.
    Once the water is boiling add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium. Add the mushrooms and allow them to cook for just a couple of minutes until they start to brown. Add the asparagus and the olive oil to the pan and toss everything around to avoid burning the butter. Add the asparagus. Cook it all together, tossing frequently, until the asparagus is tender.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer with a large slotted spoon from the pot to the sauté pan. Squeeze the lemon juice and coate the pan Sprinkle in the parsley and walnuts and toss again. Add the parmesan cheese and toss. Sprinkle the pepper over the top and serve.
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Some of the best flavors can come from a handful of simply prepared ingredients. Alfalfa’s cilantro lime shrimp is a perfect example, and it only takes a few minutes to make. This preparation can be used many different ways, over rice, on a big beautiful salad, or simply by itself as shown here… How about shrimp tacos? Shredded cabbage with some mayo, lime, and a touch of garlic served on a warm tortilla. Yummy!

There is no limit to what this easy to prepare protein can do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium lime
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add oil to the pan, when hot add shrimp.
  4. Cook the shrimp undisturbed on one side for about 2 minutes, turn the shrimp over and add garlic the garlic to the pan.
  5. Continue to sauté for another minute or two until shrimp is cooked and opaque, be careful not to overcook.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Squeeze the lime over shrimp and toss with cilantro.
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Asian Style Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. salmon filets
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili paste
  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Method:

  1. Line a 8 x 12″ baking pan with foil. Place the salmon in the pan
  2. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, lemon juice, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, scallions, garlic, and ginger. Pour ⅓ of the mixture over the salmon filet. Sprinkle the panko evenly over the filet.
  3. Pour the rest of the soy sauce mixture evenly over the panko. Be sure to soak the panko completely and if any runs off, spoon back over the salmon. Set aside for 15 minutes, leaving all the sauce in the pan.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500°F.
  5. Roast the salmon for 18-20 minutes (about 12 minutes per inch at the thickest part of the salmon). The internal temperature should be 120° on a meat thermometer when it’s done.
  6. Remove from oven, wrap tightly with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.
  7. Enjoy!
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Kevin Kidd’s Nectarine Sorrel Salad

Recipe by our Executive Chef, Kevin Kidd.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. sorrel
  • 4 oz. mixed greens
  • 2 nectarines
  • 2 avocado
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 2 oz. almond
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Wash and dry mixed greens and sorrel, set aside.
  2. Wash avocado and nectarine, slice each into preferred sizes, mix gently and set aside.
  3. Toast almonds to a golden brown, set aside.
  4. Mix oil and vinegar, gently with greens and sorrel. 
  5. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  6. Top with avocado, nectarine, goat cheese, and almonds.
  7. Enjoy!
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Mediterranean Lamb Burrito

Recipe from our Produce Manager, Claris!

Ingredients:

  • Indian Garlic Naan Bread
  • Leg of Lamb Chop
  • Garlic Hummus
  • Fresh Arugula
  • Chopped Cucumber
  • Grated Carrot

Method:

  1. Grill the leg of lamb until medium rare (or desired doneness)
  2. Spread 3 to 4 dollops of hummus across the garlic naan. 
  3. Add bite-sized sliced lamb to the naan and warm for about 2 to 3 minutes in a toaster oven or regular oven heated to 350˚.
  4. Top with a generous handful of fresh arugula, cucumber, grated carrot.
  5. Roll up burrito style and ENJOY!
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Kevin Kidd’s Southwestern Corned Beef Hash

A recipe from our very own Chef Kevin Kidd as seen in the Daily Camera! Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs corned beef, cooked and diced
  • 2 poblano peppers, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 1 12oz can roasted green chiles
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb russest potatoes, diced and partially cooked
  • 8 sprigs cilantro
  • 2 avocado
  • 2 lime
  • 2 Tbs sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  •  2 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add potatoes, browning all sides. Season with salt and pepper and blackening spice.
  2. Add onions and peppers and continue cooking until onions are translucent. Add corned beef and brown. Add canned green chiles until heated through. Adjust seasoning as needed. Set aside. 
  3. In separate pan, cook eggs to desired doneness (i recommend over-easy).
  4. Plate hash, with 2 eggs on top and garnish with sliced avocado, fried jalapeños, lime, and sour cream. Enjoy!
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Moroccan Meatball Tagine w/ Lemon & Olives


A wonderfully aromatic North African lamb casserole with a citrus tang via BBC Good Food.

Ingredients:

  • 3 onions, peeled
  • 500g minced lamb
  • zest and juice 1 unwaxed lemon, quartered
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • pinch saffron strands
  • 250ml lamb stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100g pitted black kalamata olives
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • couscous or fresh crusty bread, to serve

Method:

  1. Put the onions in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Put the lamb, lemon zest, spices, parsley and half the onions in a large bowl, and season. Using your hands, mix until well combined, then shape into walnut-sized balls.
  2. Heat the oil in a large flameproof dish, or tagine with a lid, then add the remaining onions, ginger, chilli and saffron. Cook for 5 mins until the onion is softened and starting to colour. Add the lemon juice, stock, tomato purée and olives, then bring to the boil. Add the meatballs, one at a time, then reduce the heat, cover with the lid and cook for 20 mins, turning the meatballs a couple of times.
  3. Remove lid, then add the coriander and lemon wedges, tucking them in between the meatballs. Cook, uncovered, for a further 10 mins until the liquid has reduced and thickened slightly. Serve hot with couscous or fresh crusty bread.
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Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

Recipe from The New York Times.

Time: 45 minutes

 Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil, more for drizzling

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch of ground chili powder or cayenne, more to taste

1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup red lentils

1 large carrot, peeled and diced

Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.

 Method:

1. In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.

2. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder or cayenne, and sauté for 2 minutes longer.

3. Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.

4. Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, purée half the soup then add it back to pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky.

5. Reheat soup if necessary, then stir in lemon juice and cilantro. Serve soup drizzled with good olive oil and dusted lightly with chili powder if desired.

Yield: 4 servings.

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Red Lentil Coconut Curry

Recipe from Julia Hellerman of Julia’s Kitchen.

4-6 servings

Ingredients:

3 cups split red lentils

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil for sautéing

2 medium onions, chopped

4-5 medium carrots, diced

4-5 stalks celery

3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced

pinch asophoetida

1 strip kombu

1/4 cup curry powder

1/2 package creamed coconut, dissolved in a large measuring cup of hot water

1 inch ginger, grated (no need to peel!)

¼ cup tomato paste

3 cups chopped cauliflower

4 cups chopped spinach

sea salt and lemon or lime juice to taste

Method:

  1. Soak red lentils 8-12 hours in filtered water.
  2. Heat a large soup pot to medium heat.
  3. Add coconut oil and swirl around the pan.
  4. Add chopped onions and cook 5-6 minutes until translucent.
  5. Add chopped carrots and celery and continue to cook 4-5 more minutes.
  6. Clear a space in the center of the pan, add 1 teaspoon coconut, add minced garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
  7. Meanwhile, drain and rinse lentils.
  8. Add lentils to cooked vegetables with water to cover by 3 inches and bring to a boil.
  9. Add asophoetida, and kombu and turn heat to a high simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils have started to break down, stirring often.
  10. Add the dissolved coconut cream, tomato paste, curry powder, and cauliflower, turn heat down, and continue to cook, stirring often, for 10 more minutes.
  11. Stir in the chopped spinach and season with salt and fresh lemon juice to taste.
  12. Enjoy as is or over cooked grains! 
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