Green Lentil Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

By Alysha Melnyk As fall approaches and the school year kicks in, it’s always nice to have a few easy recipes on hand. Although we are reaching the end of summer vegetables, this recipe is easy and flexible depending on what vegetables you have on hand. Lentils are highly versatile, and I’ve enjoyed them in…

Gado-gado

By Alysha Melnyk Gado-gado is an Indonesian salad. Traditionally, this salad is made of cooked vegetables, hard boiled eggs, fried tofu or tempeh, and rice wrapped in a banana leaf, served with a peanut sauce dressing. My version is modified, using raw vegetables for a fresh and simple preparation, baked tofu, brown rice and a…

Broiled Green Tomatoes and Fresh Peaches

Peaches and tomatoes are a beautiful combination. I enjoy this dish because it combines the warmth of broiled tomatoes with the coolness of fresh cut peaches. Having the tomatoes heated as well brings forth a more savory flavor and cuts back on acidity, which pairs nicely with the peach sweetness. For an appetizer, light meal…

Tempura Fried, Triple Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms

A must-try summer cuisine.  In my opinion, squash blossoms are a must-try in the world of edible flowers. The beautiful blossoms are delicate and delicious, and can be eaten raw or cooked. I grew up most of my life not knowing these were the summer cuisine I was missing out on. Squash blossoms are prepared a…

Root Vegetable Greens and Strawberry Smoothie

A smooth, earthy smoothie to welcome Taproot Farm CSA, Week 1! TGIF and Happy WEEK ONE of CSA Season to my Taproot Farm Friends! I can’t believe it’s the start of my THIRD season of recipe creation – time has flown. Thank you Ola and Taproot Farm team for this great opportunity. I cross post…

Spicy Kale, Bacon and Asiago Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”

When you want pasta, bacon AND to eat more vegetables, this recipe does the trick! I love creating new versions of spaghetti squash “pastas”! If you’ve been following my blog, you may have seen the recipes I’ve had for Vegan Pad Thai, Fresh Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”, and Watermelon Radish, Shishito Pepper…

One Pan Butternut Squash Breakfast

It’s that time of year again for butternut squash EVERYTHING! Admittedly, I was entirely giddy when I opened up my CSA share the other week and found a beautiful Butternut Squash from Taproot Farm. I absolutely love Fall varieties of squashes, and I eat as much of them as I can while they are in season….

Sweet and Simple Stone Fruit Salad

Enjoying the last of the summer fruit in the best way possible – in a tasty mixed greens salad! I’m soaking up all the summer fruit possible – especially the stone fruit! Weaver’s Orchard is just up the road from my parent’s house, and the other week I picked up some peaches, plums and apricots….

Zucchini, Tomato and Sweet Pepper Pie

A savory pie that’s sure to delight your family, friends and dinner guests as this summer starts coming to a close! Pairs wonderfully with a fresh side salad and corn on the cob. As September approaches, I can’t help but think about all the delicious local pies popping up with fall flavors – apple, pumpkin, you…

Local Cherry Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Local tomatoes and cherries? A unique combination not to be missed this summer season! Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, TOMATOES! I love everything that Taproot Farm grows, but I get a little extra giddy when the shares are stuffed with tomatoes each week. Big tomatoes, small tomatoes, everything in-between tomatoes – each and every one is entirely…