Category Archives: Gluten-Free

Roses are Red and Your Dinner is Too

February 14th, 2014

The past few weeks people have been thinking about the big day – V day – the flowers, the chocolate, the expectations. Well, the day is here and what could be a better way than to celebrate it in true Urban Acres fashion, by cooking up some vegetables. So don’t let anybody fool you to think that the only way to enjoy this day is by buying flowers and eating chocolate. Those things can definitely brighten up someone’s life but how about using some of the produce from the Urban Acres co-op style bins to make this day memorable. Enjoy the enclosed recipe and celebrate your love of healthy living.

V-Day Mix 

Serving size depends on the amount of produce you use. Five handfuls of spinach is pictured.

 Step 1. Gather the ingredients.

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Step 2. Chop all your veggies.

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Step 3. Heat a couple of tablespoons of grape seed oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

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Step 4. Throw in the chopped up potato, kohlrabi, and beets. Stir for about 5 minutes and salt, salt, salt.

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Step 5. Throw in the celery and apples. Salt and stir for about 3 minutes.

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Step 6. Throw in the pine seeds. Keep stirring, you don’t want your seeds to burn.

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Step 7. Add the spinach and stir. .

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Step 8. The spinach will be wilted in a couple of minutes. 

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Step 9. Serve and enjoy.

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This dish will satisfy all of your senses: the glowing red color, the taste of sweet apples, the smell of roasted pine nuts, the warmth of the spinach, and the sound of humming agreement. The perfect celebration.

 

 

Welcome to the Group, Beka Santoh!

February 6th, 2014

I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Urban Acres produce family, Beka Santoh. Beka, a type of Chinese Cabbage, is very popular in Japan and we hope it will also be popular with the residents of the DFW area. It is exciting to introduce a never before talked about vegetable.

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Urban Acres

The Urban Acres shares will be full with this soft textured, light green vegetable. Beka Santoh has a very mild and delicate flavor and therefore it is often used in salads, sandwiches, and burgers.

It is always recommended to prepare produce without cooking to save all of its nutritional value. Try these fresh salad ideas as side dishes or entrees for your cooking needs.

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Brigitt

Chinese Cabbage Salad

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Food.com

Chinese Cabbage and Parsley Salad

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 Chinese Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

For other recipe inspirations, please follow us on Pinterest.

Don’t Toss the Leaves!

January 31st, 2014

Celery is always a member favorite in the Urban Acres co-op style shares. Many people love the crunchy sound and juice taste of celery. Celery can be substituted for crackers and used with humus and babaganush. Many people even spread nut butter on the stalk for a carb free protein treat. This week, celery will have more leaves and will look like a little bush in the shares.

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Gundermann Acres, TX

Now, you might be tempted to cut the leaves and toss them but stop before you do. The leaves actually contain more vitamin C, calcium, and potassium than the stalk. The best way to save the nutritional value of the leaves is to chop them up and sprinkle them on salads. Leaves can also be used to add flavor to hot dishes and they make a beautiful garnish.

Here are some great recipes using celery leaves…

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Celery Root, Celery Heart, and Celery Leaf Salad

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Verses from my kitchen

Celery Leaf Pesto

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Chicken Stock

Storage Tips:

How to keep greens fresh:

  • Do not, we repeat, DO NOT store greens on the counter top unrefrigerated, or just throw them on a shelf in the fridge!  They will surely wilt and go bad quickly.
  • DO place celery in a plastic bag in the fridge.  Freezer ziplock bags work the best for this purpose.
  • Here is a plastic-free way to store greens in the fridge crisper drawer, lined with dish towels.

Ya’ll, It’s Kohlrabi Time

January 24th, 2014

It’s lovely to see Kohlrabi in the Urban Acres shares this weekend. People have been raving about the nutritional value of this great vegetable in Europe, where they have been extremely popular for centuries. This veggie won popularity because of its hardiness to tolerate frost and because of its longevity after being picked.

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Iovine Brothers

Kohlrabi looks like a root growing above ground. Some people even compared it to a UFO before. There must be some truth to the name seeing this vegetable somewhat levitating above ground.

DIY Network

DIY Network

Kohlrabi has a tennis ball size swollen stem above ground. Its outer layer is very hardy to protect it from the elements and this is why it is recommended to peel with a vegetable peeler before preparing.

Popular ways to prepare this veggie

Slice it thin and eat it raw: you can sprinkle with oil and sea salt, or toss it in salads.carrot kohlrabi salad

Shredded Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad

Roast it: the sweetness of this vegetable releases in the oven therefore it is a huge crowd pleaser. Try it as fries instead of potatoes.

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In a Soup: the most popular way to eat this veggie in Eastern Europe. Please, enjoy Urban Acres team member, Barbara’s recipe handed down for generations.

Hungarian Kohlrabi Soup

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Lakoma

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of kohlrabi
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Clean the kohlrabi of its outer layer and chop it into small pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot, salt and sauté kohlrabi until soft.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and keep cooking for a few minutes.
  4. Add water to have the consistency of a soup.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Add chopped parsley.
  7. Mix in sour cream right before serving.

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Let us know which preparation method was your favorite.

Gluten Free, Please!

January 15th, 2014

More and more people are visiting the Farmstead looking for answers to their health-related questions, and our staff is eager to educate about non-GMO products, grass-fed/grass-finished beef, eggs from pasture-raised chickens, and low-pasteurized milk. Most of us don’t think about food making us sick, but sadly more and more people live with food-related allergies. We asked one of the Urban Acres staffers, Barbara Bailey, a few questions on her experience living with a gluten allergy.

Barbara, tell us how you realized that you have a gluten allergy.

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Barbara Bailey

I’ve lived my life extremely healthy, eating organic, non-GMO products, since the birth of my son. I’ve always tried to eat small portions to keep my body fit and trim. But while eating small portions, I did feel bloated and sick to my stomach at times. Two years ago I decided to go on a one-month cleanse – I was comfortable with the doctor led program. After the cleanse, the first thing I wanted to eat was the freshly toasted bagel my son was holding in his hands. Eating the bagel, I was savoring the salty taste of fresh smelling bread, but sadly my stomach didn’t agree with my taste buds. Within minutes, I knew something was going wrong. The memories of that first night after the cleanse helped me say no to bread, as I knew it, for the rest of my life.

What is celiac disease?

It is a genetic digestive disease resulting from not being able to tolerate gluten. The gluten is the name of specific types of protein in certain crops, such as wheat, barley, rye. A person’s immune system with this disease destroys the lining of the small intestine, causing poor absorption of nutrients. It is a genetic disease and can manifest itself anytime in a person’s life.

Were you diagnosed with celiac?

The actual diagnosis is done by a blood test. Since I was on a gluten-free diet due to my cleanse, the blood test was inconclusive. The only way the doctor was able to get a proper diagnosis was if I went back to eating products with gluten in them. I refused to make myself feel sick on purpose. Sadly, 1 in 133 Americans have this disease, and they do not even know it.

Can celiac be treated?

The only treatment is to eat a gluten-free diet.

What is a gluten-free diet? And do you miss eating old favorites?

A gluten-free diet is when you eliminate all sources of gluten. Eating out on a gluten-free diet can be a challenge at times, although thankfully there are more and more restaurants that try to cater to people with gluten intolerance. And if all else fails, you can always eat salad sprinkled with freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt. I used to miss bread but after two years of living without it, I am happier baking my own “stomach happy” version. Thankfully my baking skills improved tremendously since following Elana Amsterdam’s blog.  Here’s one of my favorite recipes…

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Barbara’s homemade bread

Elana’s Bread 2.0

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Thanks, Barbara. Check out our past blog posts under Gluten-Free Challenge for more recipes and Dallas restaurant suggestions.

 

Cauliflower ~ An NBA Player’s “Favorite”

January 10th, 2014

Today, Barbara Bailey, our Marketing Coordinator at Urban Acres, shares her experience introducing a much disliked vegetable – cauliflower- to her son. Barbara remembers…

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Barbara’s son, Zadok

My son had a love for basketball from a young age, but like many other small kids, he was hesitant to taste vegetables that he didn’t find appealing.

I was always aware of the fantastic health benefits of cauliflower. It’s high in dietary fiber, folate, and Vitamin C.  But since my son wasn’t very interested in eating this great vegetable raw, I had to figure out a way to make him like it.

The Master Plan…

So to encourage my son to eat cauliflower, I had to make up a little white lie. One evening at dinner time I argued, “But it’s Michael Jordan’s favorite!” My son, being a huge Jordan fan, looked at me with a twinkle in his eyes and as if magic happened, he ate the whole plate of carefully chopped-up raw cauliflower. I was amazed, excited, and promised to keep my secret forever. My son is fifteen now, plays basketball, and still eats cauliflower raw. Because “It’s Michael Jordan’s favorite!”

Other delicious ways to help kids try this veggie…

Make it as a soup.

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 Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Pretend it’s mashed potatoes.

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elanaspantry.com

Mashed Cauliflower

PS. My son, being an adolescent boy now, doesn’t read blogs.  So if you see him in town, please don’t tell him my secret!

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Thanks, Barbara! Your secret is safe with us. If you have a great story about teaching your children how to try and love fruits and vegetables, let us know. We would love to hear your story!