Today’s post is from member Anisa Schell, author of the LazyHomesteader.com Anisa has been a member with the Monroe’s since 2008 as both a working member and a non-working member. She and her family enjoy a full share.
The summer farm season has started! I know a lot of members don’t always know what to do with the many great vegetables that we get each week from the Monroe’s, so I thought I’d start a semi-regular series of posts talking about what our family made with the farm share each week.
Last week’s share came as a surprise. My husband was out of town for the week, and I was planning on leaving on Thursday to join him; we pick up our share on Tuesdays, so this left me a day and a half to get through a full size share with two kiddos and myself. The go-to answer to use up lots of veggies at once… stir-fry!
First, after soaking all of my greens, turnips and kohlrabies in cold water to revive them, I trimmed and washed the peas, cut the turnips into half rounds, and the kohlrabies into sticks. I also minced three or four of the garlic cloves.
I washed the turnip greens well and roughly chopped them. You could also add the kohlrabi tops, but we keep chickens in the backyard so I tossed the tops to them for a little treat.
Normally, I would start a stir fry with onions, but my goal with these recipes is to make a meal out of vegetables that only came in our share. Last week, there were no onions so I started with sautéing the garlic in hot oil. I use a large, non-stick, wok-like skillet.
After the garlic began to get fragrant, I added the turnips, kohlrabi, and peas. While these were cooking, I heated some water to soak rice noodles in. When the peas started to turn bright green, I added the turnip greens along with low sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. I kept tossing and stirring so nothing burned or stuck to the pan while my noodles finished soaking.
When the noodles were ready and drained, the veggies were all about crisp-tender and the greens nicely wilted, I added the noodles to the pan with a beaten egg or two. I tossed everything together until it was well mixed and the egg was cooked. You could substitute rice for the noodles if you wanted. And because I like things spicy, I hit my own bowl with a nice squirt of sriracha sauce.
The stir-fry was fast, really simple and was a hit with the boys.
Turnip, Pea and Kohlrabi Stir-Fry with Noodles
3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
Two large handfuls of peas, washed and trimmed
3 kohlrabies, peeled and sliced
4 turnips, sliced into half rounds
Greens from turnips, washed and chopped
3 TBS reduced sodium soy sauce
2 TBS rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 package of rice stick noodles, prepared according to package directions
2 eggs, lightly beaten
vegetable oil for pan
Heat oil in pan over med-high heat. Add garlic and saute until it begins to get fragrant. Add peas, kohlrabi and turnips. Let cook about 5-8 minutes until peas turn bright green and the other veggies start to soften. Add greens, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil. Continue cooking, stirring often until the greens are wilted and veggies are crisp-tender. Add cooked rice noodles and eggs to pan. Stir to combine and coat with sauce. Egg will cook very quickly. Serve (with sriracha if you like a kick).
What did you do with your first share of the season?
Read more from Anisa at The Lazy Homesteader.