Category Archives: Gluten-Free

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.

Iovine Brothers

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




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


  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.


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.

Barbara Bailey

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…


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…


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.


 Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Pretend it’s mashed potatoes.

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!

Bok Choy, Another Super Food

December 26th, 2013


Members at Urban Acres have been seeing bok choy in their co-op style produce shares lately. This leafy green superfood has been cultivated by the Chinese for 5,000 years. We’re excited to be able to work with organic farmers who provide us with this great tasting vegetable.

Many of us have a hard time deciding the best way to prepare this traditional Asian veggie. Try these four different methods to bring out the unique flavor and texture of bok choy…


In a Soup

It’s the perfect time the year for hearty soups. The tender bok choy leaves give a savory taste and aroma to this Baby Bok Choy and Beef Noodle Soup with Warm Spices.



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Seared and Stir Fried

Simply prepared, bok choy can create a delicious side dish. Try this great Baby Bok Choy flavored with ginger and red pepper flakes.



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Wilted for Breakfast

This Greens, Eggs, and Hash recipe by health coach Kim Wilson will provide a healthy breakfast for the whole family on a slow Sunday morning.






In a Salad

Baby bok choy is tender enough to eat in salads. This Thai Steak and Bok Choy Salad brings out the delicate taste of this leafy green.




If you’re looking for other recipe inspirations, follow us on Pinterest.

Oranges ~ Did You Know?

December 19th, 2013

Oranges are more than just a good tasting snack that give an extra tang to recipes. Just one orange supplies 116% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.



Do you know about these other amazing benefits of oranges?

  • Improve Mood: they contain Vitamin B6, which helps the production of serotonin in the brain therefore making us happier.

    Image: WebMD

  • Constipation reliever: their acidity has an alkaline effect in the digestive system which stimulates the digestive juices and relieves constipation.
  • Strengthen the immune system: their anti-oxidants reduce inflammation and effectively fight against viruses and bacteria.
  • Prevent High Blood Pressure: they contain potassium and are sodium free, making them a perfect food item to have a healthy heart.
  • Prevent Arteriosclerosis: Vitamin C in oranges (if eaten regularly) slows the hardening process of arteries.
  • Repair damaged sperm: Vitamin C has been found to protect sperm from genetic damage that otherwise can cause birth defects.
  • Healthy Bones: they are a great source of Magnesium (a mineral required for the absorption of Calcium in the body) maintaining healthy teeth and bones.
  • Cancer fighter: they contain Limonoids that stay in the blood stream for 24 hours after consumption. Limonoids are know for their cancer fighting powers.

Fun Fact…

      • There are over 600 different types of oranges in the world. The most popular ones are:

navel oranges

Hamlin, Pineapple, Temple Oranges,
Washington NavelRed Cara Navel
Blood Oranges, Amber sweet
Moro Orange, Jaffa,
Persian Variety, Parson Brown.



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The Show Must Go On…

December 16th, 2013

And it surely did go on. Our members have proven to be resilient to Texas weather. The deck at the Farmstead was full of faithful customers and our local artisans this weekend at our Third Annual Urban Acres Holiday Market.

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Shopping and tasting goodies

There was plenty of pottery and art to decorate your home…

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Mugs by Mike Calvin pottery

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Amy and her pottery from Alazan Ceramics


Amy Riley created her drawings by carving the wood, painting, and then pressing on paper

There was delicious comfort food that kept you feeling energized with gluten free ingredients…

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Daniel with Guiltless

There were beautiful flower arrangements…


Flowers by Miriana of Flower Power Nation

There were variety of essential oils for your emotional and physical wellness…

The handcrafted gifts from recycled materials were a big hit…


Crafts by Kitschy

Everyone was greeted with warm potato soup made by our staff in the store. Customer Mrs. Smith happily announced, “My husband and I already had a cupful. It’s delicious. Make sure you have some for yourself while it’s warm!”


Inside of the Farmstead

If you missed this great event don’t fret, we’ll have our artisans visiting again soon!

Third Annual Urban Acres Holiday Market ~ Saturday, December 14

December 13th, 2013

We’re excited to bring you our Third Annual Urban Acres Holiday Market this Saturday…

holiday market garland Join us for our Third Annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace
at our
Urban Farmstead in Oak Cliff

Saturday, December 14 from 11am-2pm
1605 N. Beckley Ave. Dallas, TX 75203

10 of our favorite local craft and food artisans will come again to share their goods in our fun, community-based setting: 

Each artist will showcase handcrafted goods, and we’ll have Urban Acres holiday gift baskets and Urban Acres cutting boards for sale – it’s a perfect time to stock up on unique Christmas gifts.   Plan to stay for lunch – we’ll also have hot beverages and sandwiches for purchase.

This weekend will be a great time to visit the Farmstead. Come and sit on the deck with your family and friends. We’re looking forward to see you!

Black Radish – Say What?

December 12th, 2013

The black color of Spanish Radishes has been an interesting addition to culinary cuisine. Our co-op style produce shares will be happily decorated with this extremely nutritious vegetable this weekend. This lovely root has been a favorite of European cooks for centuries, and if you have an ancestor from the other side of the Atlantic, you might have already tasted this flavorful vegetable.





Black Spanish radishes are a winter vegetable that bestows the eater with many nutritional benefits – they’re a good source of vitamin C, sulfur, fibers, and vitamin B and are thought to promote digestive health, detoxify the liver, boost the immune system, and fight aging.

Now, the only question you might have is how to get rid of the sharpness or spiciness of this radish. The most popular (and easiest) way to do this is:

  • Slice the radish with a mandoline or cut it really thin
  • Salt and let stand for 10 minutes
  • Serve it on sandwiches

These recipes are also loved by many:


 Black Radish Salad


 Roasted Black Radishes

Storage Tips:

How to keep radishes fresh: 

  • DO separate radishes from greens
  • DO rinse them in cold water
  • PUT paper towel in a glass jar (you can also use a Ziploc bag), add wet radishes, and put additional paper towel on top

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We’ll have additional bunches at the Farmstead this weekend for you to pick up. Enjoy.

Collard Greens to the Rescue

November 28th, 2013

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It’s Thanksgiving and many of you might be making the traditional collard greens recipe, by boiling this leafy vegetable with salt pork or ham hock. Some families’ Thanksgiving traditions would not be the same without this great side dish.  Collard greens are great to eat, not only because of traditions or because our mothers said so, but because they are full of Vitamin C, E, and antioxidants that help protect our skin from aging and sun damage.

Collard greens are best eaten raw to keep most of their alkalinity. Incorporating foods with high alkaline content into your daily life will boost your metabolism immensely, providing you with ample nutrients, enzymes, and fibers to increase your energy and heal your body.

Here is a refreshing Veggie Collard Wrap recipe:

You can use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey in this delicious wrap:

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Storage Tips:

How to keep greens fresh:

  • DO wrap greens in a damp paper towel, place inside a plastic bag, and keep in your fridge
  • DO use within 10 days of storage, because they will start to wilt


Greens, Eggs, & Hash

May 4th, 2013

Recently, our UA Marketing Coordinator Amber Hansen had the chance to shadow Health Coach Kim Wilson for a day (remember Kim from Get Healthy, Co-op Style?).

As part of her 21-Day Clean Up Your Diet™ Online Program, Kim used produce from Urban Acres to make us an original, healthy recipe.

Kim shopping for produce at UA



Below is the recipe in Kim’s words…

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Do you love eggs but are too rushed in the morning to make them? Why not enjoy them for lunch or dinner? High quality organic eggs are rich in choline, an important nutrient for reducing inflammation. Eggs are also loaded with vitamins and minerals in forms that can be easily absorbed. These include vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K in addition to iron, zinc, and lecithin, which help contribute to brain function, a healthy metabolism and disease prevention. Adding a dark leafy green vegetable – like Bok choy – and sweet potatoes along with your organic eggs makes this recipe a perfect, healthy meal!

Greens, Eggs & Hash


  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 organic sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 4 stalks organic Bok choy, chopped
  • ½ organic avocado, sliced
  • 2 cups organic shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 TBS organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic garlic powder
  • 1 tsp organic seasoning
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste

Ingredients ready to go


Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Peel and grate the sweet potatoes (I used a food processor).



Place in a bowl and mix with 1 TBS coconut oil, garlic powder, seasoning, sea salt and pepper.


Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.


Chop bok choy and mushrooms (remove stems first) and steam for 5-8 minutes.







After steaming, place them in a bowl and season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.


Spray pan and cook eggs sunny side up for 3-5 minutes (or longer depending on preference, I like my eggs very runny). Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.




On a plate, serve eggs, sweet potato hash and bok-choy and mushrooms, add ½ chopped avocado on top and enjoy!



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About Kim Wilson Pollock, CHC:

Kim Wilson Pollock is a Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach dedicated to helping busy, smart, successful people become even more amazing by teaching them how to eat, what to eat and why to eat it in order to become the healthiest version of themselves! She received her certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Kim offers one-on-one health coaching and a 21-Day Clean Up Your Diet on-line nutrition program.  Visit her at []. Follow Kim on Facebook and Twitter.