Eggplant and Pepper Tapenade

(courtesy of Kaili Sanchez. Serves 4)

1 large eggplant, stem removed and quartered

2 to 3 bell peppers or any sweet peppers that you get in your CSA box or at your local market

½ small onion, peeled

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)

Spice ideas: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, Harissa

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a roasting pan, drizzle a little olive oil or spray to coat the bottom. Place washed peppers, quartered eggplant (there is no need to peel the eggplant), and onion into the roasting pan. Roast in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the eggplant is soft to the touch and the peppers have a burnt or browned skin. Remove the vegetables and place into a glass bowl or container. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel to allow the veggies to steam a little while they are cooling. Once the peppers are cooled enough to handle, run them under water and gently push off their peels; open up to remove all the seeds.

Next, put all veggies into a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times to create a chunky dip. Put the dip into your favorite bowl and mix in spices or salt and pepper to taste. Add a drizzle of good olive oil at the end to finish this dip, if you like. It's tasty on fish, chicken, veggie chips, or fresh bread.

 

Power Green Korg Smoothie

(courtesy of Shawna Korgan. Serves 2 to 3)

“I usually just throw everything in the blender, so I don’t have exact amounts,” Shawna says about this smoothie recipe that she makes in a Vitamix blender. She suggests adjusting the proportions of ingredients to taste.

Almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk or water

Blueberries

Strawberries

Kale

Beets

Apple

Protein powder (Shawna uses Jay Robb brand, “because it doesn’t contain any artificial anything,” and Navitas Naturals products also are a staple in all of their smoothies.)

Add your choice of milk or water to the blender, followed by the chopped fruits and vegetables and protein powder, and blend until smooth. Start with a small amount of liquid and add more until desired consistency is reached. If you prefer a thicker, colder smoothie, add ice.

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