Kale Tabouli

For years I was a tabbouleh purist. I grew up with a Syrian mom, we ate tabouli every week. And it was four ingredients – chopped parsley, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions and softened bulgur – dressed with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. That was it.

But, I’ve come to appreciate tabouli as a way to enjoy all kinds of greens. And when faced with a huge mound of beautiful greens as in this week’s box, I’m glad to have a way to reduce some of that volume in a delicious way.

This recipe is adapted from one on the Food52 blog. No parsley? No cucumber? Don’t let that stop you. They used quinoa – I’d still just make it with softened bulgur (cracked wheat). Bulgur requires no cooking – much friendlier in the kitchen on these steamy days.

Slow Cooker Red Curry Soup with Chicken and Greens

I’ll be making this recipe adapted from one on seriouseats.com because I have some red curry paste leftover from testing recipes and am delighted to have yet another use for it. Not to mention, what’s not to love about a slow cooker recipe? Easy, and dinner is done while you’re off doing other things. You could use the Swiss chard or the bok choy if you have another plan for your kale, and vary the other vegetables by what you have on hand.

Notes on Turnips and Greens

Hakurei turnips as big as the ones in today’s box are probably too grown up for eating raw. I can’t swear to that – haven’t tried them – but when I saw them, I decided these would be good candidates for a long, slow simmer. If you want juicy turnips and greens, bring about 2 cups of water to a boil, add a little salt and some sugar, some bacon fat if you’re into that, and bring the mixture to a boil. After 5 minutes, reduce heat and add the diced turnip roots and chopped greens. Cover and simmer for as long as you like. I’m running a recipe in the paper this January that calls for cooking them for 3 1/2 hours. Yes, 3 1/2 hours. But I tell you, they are delicious, cooked to succulence. You can see why that style of cooking roots and greens has persisted for years.

Are you a juicer? I’ve just (finally!) become a fan of juiced greens. Those collards, kale, beet and turnip greens? This week they’re going in the juicer with some apples. My new favorite way to get some of those delicious K vitamins.