|Asian Pork Soup with Pak Choi, Cilantro and Green Onions||Lovage Soup||Kale Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing||Green Onion Pesto with Walnuts and Barley||Spring Greens Salad with Balsamic Dressing|
Red Russian Kale
|2/3||2||1 tbsp||tops||1 tsp|
|1 tsp||1/4 cup|
|5 cups||1 quart|
|1/4 cup||1/2 cups|
|1/2 cup||1 tbsp|
lemon juice or white vinegar
|1/2 cup||1/4 cup|
Asian Pork Soup with Pak Choi, Cilantro and Green Onions
Finely dice 2/3 of the green onion bunch, about 1/2 cup, including all whites and a bit of greens, setting green tops aside. Finely mince one 1" piece of ginger, and 1-2 cloves of garlic.
In a deep saucepan, 4-6 quarts, add two star anise pods, one cinnamon stick, one tsp fennel seed, and 1/2 tsp whole cloves. Toast spices over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Remove spices from pan and set aside. Add 2 tbsp cooking oil to saucepan, then add diced onions and ginger, cooking over medium high heat for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Add one lb of ground pork, (or 1 lb of pork shoulder), and cook until meat is browned. Add minced garlic.
Add 4-5 cups of broth (chicken or vegetable), and add toasted spices. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
To serve, cook rice noodles according to packaging, about 10-15 minutes in boiling water removed from heat. Add rice noodles to bowl, top with meat and broth, and garnish with thinly ribboned pak choi, cilantro, and green onions. Add hot sauce or red pepper flakes to taste.
Kale Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing
Roughly chop 1 bunch of kale. Massage greens with hands to increase tenderness, then add to serving bowl with 1/4 cup toasted and chopped walnuts.
To prepare creamy dill dressing- finely chop 1/4 cup dill and 1 tbsp green onion. Combine dill and green onion with 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice or white vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and ground black pepper to taste.
Dress kale and walnut salad with dill dressing.
Green Onion Pesto with Walnuts and Barley
Roughly chop green onion tops and add to a pot of boiling water. Boil for 15-20 minutes until greens are tender. Remove from water, add to blender, and allow to cool.
Cook 1-2 cups of barley according to package instructions.
To make pesto- in addition to onion greens add 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 to 1/2 cup walnuts, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp salt, and ground black pepper. Blend until smooth.
Toss green onion pesto with cooked barley and 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts.
Spring Greens Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Rinse baby lettuce in ice cold water.
To prepare balsamic dressing- finely grate 1 tsp green onion. Combine 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup olive oil, grated green onion, 1/2 tsp salt, and ground black pepper.
Drizzle dressing over lettuce and top with walnuts or additional garnishes.