This week Gar-d-en Hers Farm provided a wonderful type of bok choi called joi choi. It is a larger vegetable with crisp white stems. Steve has this veggie planned for next week and a few weeks in January.
I have enjoyed many of these asian greens and my two favorite ways to prepare are in stir fry or soup. Both are easy preparations and I have a few ideas below.
Most recipes with greens in soup chop the greens very fine, almost like chopping herbs. The stalks will make a great addition to the soup as well. A few other ingredients include:
vegetable broth or mushroom broth
Brown the garlic in sesame oil. Add onions, chopped very small. Add about 4 cups of broth and simmer for a few minutes. Add the greens and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with soy sauce and red pepper flake as condiments.
Stir Fry Ideas
I have used so many different ways to stir fry based on my ingredients, my mood and the temperature of the house. For a cold day stir fry, I would cut the bok choi thin and include the stalks. These can be paired with the following ingredients.
diced small white onion
red pepper flake
low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger, or fresh ginger if you have it
A few tablespoons of beef broth
Chopped beef (optional)
Sautee the onion and garlic in sesame oil. Add the carrots, turnips and mushrooms. Add all spices and stir. Add the joi choi and cook for a few minutes. The white parts of the joi choi should start to soften as it is done. Add meat to heat through. Serve with udon noodles.
Other greens ideas
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