Spring is ushering in some great weather and with that we are seeing some awesome spring fruit and vegetables coming in from area farms, including fennel! If you’re frond of celery, you’ll probably love fennel. The fennel we are getting from Gundermann Acres has a dense, crunchy bulb and plenty of leafy fronds, so you will be able to enjoy it in nearly any preparation!
Meal one: This weather reminds me of quintessential backyard summer eats like burgers and seasonal sides. With those flavors in mind I am going to make a Purple Hull Pea Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette. I will also use the Italian salad mix for a Roasted Beets and Greens Salad with Spicy Orange Vinaigrette. To go with the sides let’s do a Smoky Sweet Potato Burger and top those babies off with local lettuce!
Meal two: A light Kale, Grapefruit and Fennel Salad is perfect for this spring weather. Use the head of your fennel for this recipe and if you have extra salad green you can throw that in too.
Meal three: This weeks Chinese Leeks also go by the names Chinese chives or Garlic chives. For a quick meat less meal I will make Garlic Chives with Dried Tofu, a Chinese Vegetarian Stir-Fry. Or simply add the Chinese leeks to your favorite stir-fry recipe.