October 14, 2009: This week’s featured fruits and vegetables are: mustard greens, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, onions, corn, winter squash, peppers or eggplant, herb and apples.
Recipes: Sweet Potato and Cabbage Medley
Some vegetables, when they come in the fall, can come HUGE – and two of these are cabbages and sweet potatoes. (Anyone else ever had ENORMOUS examples of these in their boxes from time to time?) Fortunately, they go very well together!
This combination can make for some tasty stews: try African Sweet Potato Stew for a meatless meal, or Cabbage and Sweet Potato Soup for one with ham (and there’s another cabbage and sweet potato soup recipe in the comments – bonus!).
Curry is another great mode for cooking this pair of veggies. I can personally recommend Antioxidant Red Cabbage and Sweet Potato Curry (which could surely be made with green cabbage too). It’s delicious, though I recommend halving the recipe – the quantity is truly staggering! For a meatless curry, try Spicy Sweet Potato and Cabbage Curry, which takes its protein from chickpeas and cashews.
The one I’m going to make, though, is Sweet Potato Stuffed Cabbage in the slow cooker. Yum yum!
Food For Thought: Take Action/Eat Local!
The current issue of Organic Bytes, the e-newsletter of the Organic Consumers Association, is so full of interesting items this week, I can’t choose one to excerpt as I often do. If you want to read about ways organic farming can help slow climate change, see a trailer for a documentary on vanishing bees, or take action on any of several issues related to organic regulation, check it out!
On an “eating local” note, a friend of mine just told me about South Mountain Creamery, the place where she gets her family’s milk, eggs, and bread. (To judge from their website, it seems that they also have meat, cider, and lots of other products.) I haven’t tried them myself, but I was interested to find that there is a way to return to the days when the milkman delivered a standing order to your home! If readers know of other local vendors for great farm products, feel free to mention them in the comments – that way, the community can share its “eating local” resources.