This is a great month to take advantage of some of the early spring crops that are coming to market. Broccoli, Cauliflower, all types of greens, beets and strawberries are some of the best choices. And, if you are lucky to have a friend who likes to garden, like me, you can reap some of the harvest. See the photo below for what I was treated to from his garden.
This recipe goes well with sautéed cabbage. See recipe below.
6 bell peppers, assorted colors
1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/2 cup jarred, mild salsa
1 cup frozen cauliflower rice, defrosted, or regular cooked rice
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Salt and pepper
Cut the tops off the peppers. Reserve the top and remove the stem. Dice the tops and set aside.
Remove the seeds and membrane from the peppers. Wash and set on a paper towel, upside down, to drain.
Heat a skillet and add the oil. Brown the ground beef until you no longer see any pink color.
Push the beef to the side of the pan and add the onion, bell pepper tops and garlic. Saute until tender.
Add the Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, stir, and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool.
Stir in defrosted cauliflower rice, salsa and ½ cup cheese. Fill the peppers to the top and place them in a baking dish just large enough to hold the peppers upright.
I used some foil to support them and keep them from falling out.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 -40 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
Remove the baking dish from the oven and top each pepper with some of the remaining cheese. Return to the oven for five minutes to melt the cheese topping.
Sautéed Cabbage In Brown Butter
One head of savoy cabbage
1/2 onion, sliced thin
3 tablespoons butter
1 small garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper
Remove the large leaves from the cabbage for stuffing, Cut the rest of the cabbage head in half. Set aside one half for coleslaw or another recipe.
Thinly slice the remaining half of the cabbage.
Heat the butter in a medium skillet and cook until the butter turns a light brown, Add the onion and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes to tenderize the onions.
Add the sliced cabbage and cook until very soft and tender, about ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the stuffed peppers.
Oven BBQ Pork Roast and Vegetables
1 top loin pork roast, bone-in, about 3 pounds
8 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced on a diagonal
8 oz carrots, thinly sliced
Half a sweet onion, cubed
1 ½ cups bottled or homemade BBQ sauce, see recipe below
Half a head of cauliflower cut into large florets
Heat the oven to 325 F.
Oil a roasting pan with foil and place the mushrooms, carrots, celery and onion on the bottom of the pan.
Place the roast on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the cauliflower florets on two sides of the roast.
Pour the BBQ sauce over the pork.
Roast the pork for 30 minutes per pound, or until it registers at least 140 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.
Baste the pork roast with the barbecue sauce several times during the roasting time.
Let the roast rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup water
Two 6 oz cans tomato paste
1/2 cup cider vinegar
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried minced onion or powder
3/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
3/4 teaspoon ground paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer on low, uncovered, for about an hour.
Make sure to stir frequently, about once every 10 to 15 minutes, while the BBQ sauce is cooking.
This will help better incorporate the flavors and ensure that the sauce is evenly cooked throughout.
Let the sauce cool before transferring to a storage container.
Oven Roasted Salmon and Broccoli
1/4 lb broccoli florets (about 2 floret tops)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Two 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced into rings, seeds removed if desired
1 small garlic clove, grated
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion (scallions)
1 mini red bell pepper, minced
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mix broccoli florets with 1 tablespoon oil in a baking dish; season with salt and pepper.
Roast broccoli, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, 10 minutes.
Combine the jalapeño slices, vinegar, scallions, bell pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt in small bowl.
Rub salmon with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Push broccoli to the edges of the baking dish and place salmon in the center.
Evenly distribute the jalapeno mixture over the salmon and broccoli.
Roast until salmon is cooked throughout and the broccoli is tender, 15 minutes. Serve with Cucumber Salad
Cucumbers In Tzatziki Sauce
1 large or 2 medium cucumbers
Half of a large cucumber
3/4 cups plain Greek yogurt (not low-fat)
2 scallions (green onion), minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Peel and seed the half cucumber. Grate the half cucumber on a box grater onto a paper towel, roll up and squeeze the towel to remove some of the liquid.
Peel the large cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and cut into thin half-moon slices.
Place the yogurt in a medium bowl.Add grated cucumber to the yogurt along with the remaining ingredients, except the sliced cucumber and stir well.
Fold in the cucumber slices.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator before serving.