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Artichoke Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Tired of the same-old steamed artichokes? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Artichoke Recipes, including many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes. #AVeggieVentureIN A RUSH? Prefer Another Vegetable?
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ARTICHOKES: THE BASICS
The Season. The artichoke season is "spring". Bud or Vegetable? Did you know that the edible portion of an artichoke is really a large flower bud of a kind of thistle? Brief Artichoke History Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean region and are celebrated in Italian, Greek and North African cookery. Today we best know the "globe" artichoke, mostly large but also in small, younger and more tender artichokes. Where Artichokes Are Grown In the U.S., nearly the entire artichoke crop comes from a single county in California. Thorns, Chokes & Hearts. To cook a whole fresh artichoke, first snip off the thorns which protect the outer leaves. After cooking it by steaming or microwaving, break off the leaves one by one, then scrape one between your front teeth, releasing a tiny pocket of flesh. The "choke" itself is at the bottom, thistle-y and inedible. The "heart" is the most coveted part of the artichoke. Artichoke hearts are sold in frozen and canned form, they're good for casseroles and dips and yes, convenience, but nothing like the luxurious seduction of slowly tackling a whole artichoke leaf by leaf. It's a spring tradition!

ARTICHOKE NUTRITION INFORMATION

What's your favorite artichoke recipe? or what artichoke recipe did you hope to find here? I'm always looking for new ones, especially healthy artichoke recipes. Leave me a quick note in the comments! ~Alanna

Rhubarb Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Rhubarb lovers rejoice! A whole collection of seasonal Rhubarb Recipes @ AVeggieVenture.com, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, simple to special. And cake! And pie! And jam! Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.IN A RUSH? Prefer Another Vegetable?
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RHUBARB: THE BASICS
Pronounced [ROO-barb]. Also called "Pie Plant".

The Season. The rhubarb season is "spring and early summer". Fruit or Vegetable? The rhubarb plant is technically a vegetable but its crisp, sour stalks are most often cooked like fruit with sugar. Like celery ribs, rhubarb stalks are long and smooth, sometimes thin and sometimes thick, sometimes pale green and best of all, "rhubarb red". Don't Eat the Leaves! A rhubarb's triangular leaves are inedible at best, toxic at worst. Rhubarb Love Rhubarb is especially appreciated in the Midwest and Scandinavia, especially the red varieties that add glorious color to pies, muffins, cobblers and other treats. Something you might know about me, Alanna? "Rhubarb red" is my favorite color!

RHUBARB NUTRITION INFORMATION

Green Bean Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Tired of the same old green beans? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Bean Recipes @ AVeggieVenture.com. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes from simple for every day to special for occasions.
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GREEN BEANS: THE BASICS
Also called Bush Beans, Common Beans, Runner Beans, Snap Beans, String Beans and often, y'know, just "beans". This page also includes special recipes for "Romano Beans" and "Yellow Beans".

QUICK POLL Shall we do a quick poll? What do A Veggie Venture readers call beans? Is there one name from your childhood and another from today? This could be fun!

The growing season for green beans is "mid to late summer". Frozen green beans are often excellent, I nearly always keep a bag on hand for a quick, healthy side vegetable. I especially like the frozen thin beans from Trader Joe's. Canned green beans? No haters, please, because canned green beans have their place too! When I did Weight Watchers the first time, a can of green beans was my go-to snack when I was "really hungry" but had no points left. I bought cans by the case at Sam's Club! I could even make a Satisfying Lunch in One Point (Old Points). A few special varieties can be found on occasion. One special variety is Haricots verts [French for "green beans", pronounced har-ee-coat VER], longer and thinner; they are also called French Beans, French Green Beans, French Filet Beans and Fine Beans. An Italian variety is called Romano Beans, flatter, wider and sweeter; if you find these at a farmers market, snap 'em up! And who's seen a Long Bean? They're just that, long, two or three feet long! Green beans are immature but edible pods. Mostly, the "strings" that gave string beans their name, the fibrous thread that joins the two walls of the bean pod, have been bred out of existence although you'll still find strings in some heirloom beans. Beans are so ubiquitous, it's easy to forget that beans are surprisingly fragile, sending the sugars from the pod walls to their interior seeds as soon as they're off the plant. If ever offered the chance to try just-picked green beans within minutes of the field, say "yes"! Beans and peas are both members of the "legume" family, the second-most important family in the human diet after the grasses. Legumes have two to three times the protein of wheat and rice. Beans originated in Central and South America. SOURCES Personal knowledge, also the most-wonderful On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee.

GREEN BEAN NUTRITION INFORMATION

So what's your favorite way to cook green beans? or what green bean recipe did you hope to find here? I'm always looking for new ones, especially healthy green bean recipes. Leave me a quick note in the comments! ~Alanna

Sweet Potato Recipes – Alphabet of Vegetables (Yam Recipes)

Tired of the same-old same-old sweet potatoes? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Sweet Potato Recipes @ AVeggieVenture.com, savory to sweet, every-day to special-occasion, simple to complex, summer to winter. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.
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SWEET POTATOES: THE BASICS
Sweet potatoes are called "golden kumara" in Australia – isn't that just lovely?!

The Season. New sweet potatoes are harvested in autumn. But since they store well in refrigeration, sweet potatoes are found in grocery stores year-round. In the U.S., sweet potatoes are especially popular at Thanksgiving with the sickly-sweet, marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. Root Vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a "root vegetable" – this means that the plant's edible part, the root, develops below ground. (More about Root Vegetables.) Only two varieties are widely grown, the Beauregard and the garnet. The Beauregard can be stored for long periods and so is less expensive, usually these are labeled "sweet potatoes". Go for Garnets. The garnet is my favorite sweet potato, the flesh is more orange, the flavor more sweet. It is also more perishable and thus more expensive. Yams vs Sweet Potatoes. In the U.S., chances are that what people call "yams" and even what supermarkets label "yams" are really sweet potatoes, especially in the American South. It's not true, however, that U.S. supermarkets "never" sell genuine yams: a nearby international grocery right here in St. Louis carries a whole selection of real yams from Africa, a staple food there. One year I cooked real yams side by side, just for fun, see Food Experiments: Meet the Yam Man. Explore! But farmers markets and CSAs are bringing new sweet potatoes to the market, it will be fun to taste new varieties! Saveur has a great photo gallery of different varieties, you might enjoy Sixteen Shades of Sweet. Sweet Potatoes in the Garden. We love to grow sweet potato vines in the garden. Their bright-green leaves are extra showy and drape luxuriously over stone walls. They do better in the ground than in pots, perhaps because the root becomes totally huge (and probably inedible). Sweet Potatoes = Super Food. Sweet potatoes are nutritional powerhouses. They are high in carbs but the carbs are "lower glycemic". Sweet potatoes are gluten-free, paleo approved, South Beach diet approved (Phase 2), Weight Watchers friendly and Whole30 approved. (Naturally, specific preparations matter to each of these eating regimens.) Natural Pairings. Sweet potatoes pair beautifully with spices like allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, curry; nutmeg, rosemary; flavorings like ginger, lime juice, maple syrup, molasses, orange; other foods like apples, bacon, pecans.

SWEET POTATO NUTRITION INFORMATION

Kale Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Ready to fall for kale? This collection of seasonal Kale Recipes from A Veggie Venture can help, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, sandwiches to smoothies, simple to special. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes. | AVeggieVenture.com
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Kale 101: THE BASICS
Pronounced (Duh) [kale]. The Season. The growing season for kale is "late winter" to "early spring". Thanks to the miracle of our global food distribution system, however, beautiful kale is easily found year-round in grocery stores. Other Names for Kale. Also called Scots cabbage and borecole. What's some times called Chinese kale isn't kale but Chinese broccoli aka gai-lan or kai-lan. Taste Kale is a bitter green, this can be countered with a splash of vinegar. When added to soup or stew, usually near the end so it doesn't cook to mush, kale actually adds a lovely savory-sweetness. Kale = Super Food. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. Special Diets. Kale is gluten-free, paleo approved, South Beach diet approved (Phase 1), Weight Watchers friendly and Whole30 approved. (Naturally, specific preparations matter to each of these eating regimens.) Sources. Personal experience and accumulated learning.

Specific Kale Varieties
"Curly Kale" could also be called "salad bar kale" because it's often used as ruffly filler in salad bars – just for looks, not eating! But don't worry, it's not only edible, it's good eating. This is the most widely available kale variety, also the least expensive. It keeps for a week or more in the fridge.
"Lacinato Kale" ia also called Tuscan Cabbage, Flat Back Cabbage and Black Cabbage plus Tuscan Kale, Italian Kale, Black Kale, Palm Tree Kale, Black Tuscan Palm, Laminate Kale, Cavolo Nero and my personal favorite, Dinosaur Kale! I have the darnest time not incorrectly calling it "lacinto" kale. Its long, elegant leaves and nubbly texture is so pretty, I some times put lacinato kale in a vase on the kitchen table! Lacinato kale is quite tender, it needs less cooking than curly kale. It's also more perishable and should be cooked within a couple of days. This is the favorite kale among foodies.
"Red Russian Kale" or "Red Winter Kale" has beautiful purple stems with silver-green leaves. Truth be told? I don't know that I've ever cooked this kale! Must fix that!

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Tomato Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Tired of the same-old sliced tomatoes? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Tomato Recipes @ AVeggieVenture.com, savory to sweet, salad to soup, sides to sandwiches, breakfast to dinner. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.
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TOMATOES: THE BASICS
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Pumpkin Recipes - Alphabet of Vegetables

Crazy for pumpkin? Check this collection of seasonal Pumpkin Recipes, @ AVeggieVenture.com, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, simple to special. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.
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PUMPKIN: THE BASICS
Large, round and often orange, the pumpkin is a member of the gourd family, which also includes muskmelon, watermelon and squash. Its orange flesh has a mild, sweet flavor and the seeds — husked and roasted — are delicately nutty. It's native to North America! Canned Pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is an economical staple, one of the few whole-food items in the middle aisles of a grocery store. Just be sure to buy "100% pumpkin" not pumpkin pie filling. Better Yet, Make Your Own. It's easy to make your own pumpkin puréee, just roast a pumpkin (see how to, below) and then scrape the flesh. But after too-many watery pumpkins, I switched to something called a Kabocha Squash, it's perfect. In fact, if you look at the labels on cans of pumpkin, it mentions the kabocha squash! Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkin seeds are called "pepitas". Pumpkin Substitutes. A pumpkin is botanically a winter squash, this means that a butternut squash, another winter squash, is a good pumpkin substitute. G'Day Mate. In fact, if you're Australian, what you call "pumpkin" is what Americans call "butternut squash"! Isn't life wonderful?!

PUMPKIN NUTRITION INFORMATION