"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow -
inch by inch, row by row"
I'm a wife, mom, long-time organic gardener and now a new organic farmer, Registered Dietitian (RD), author of the book A Dietitian's Cancer Story and website CancerRD.com. In between all that and more, I am a multiple-time cancer survivor. My website focuses on nutrition information for cancer survivors, however I began this blog in June 2007 to share a wider scope of my thoughts about life as a cancer survivor, food and nutrition, growing food, recipes, our environment, and the urgent need for developing food systems that promote health not disease, ecological sustainability, and social justice.
In January 2009, I began my blog "365DaysOfKale" to write about my passion for "all things kale" and the CancerVictoryGardens™ blog in March 2009 to help everyone touched by cancer cultivate health through a garden's nourishment of body and soul.
Personally autographed copies of the most recent printing are available at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, MI (734-662-0600, nicolasbooks.com). Proceeds are donated to research funded by The American Institute for Cancer Research (aicr.org, 1-800-843-8114).
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Recipe: Green Garlic-Mint Yogurt Dip
When the mint starts poking its leaves up through the remainder of last year's garden (or grass, or landscaping), you know spring is here! This dressing combines mint with another spring crop, green garlic, so you get the flavors of both in one fresh and very versatile dressing.
You can use this Green Garlic-Mint Dressing as a salad dressing, a vegetable dip, or drizzle it on fresh veggies, such as cucumbers. It is also terrific as an additive to soup or a topping to falafel patties. In fact, just get out your spoon (or fingers), because seriously, I found my own finger in the end of the bowl of it, making sure every last bit was in my mouth. :)
yogurt - 1 cup (I use a full-fat plain, unflavored organic yogurt)
lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
green garlic - 2-3 stalks, remove roots, wash, finely chop whites and green tops
mint leaves - 1/4 cup, finely chopped (I used leaves of pineapple mint, which was just lovely!)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (not much, just a small pinch or twist of the pepper grinder)
It was a rainy day, just perfect for staying inside experimenting with new green garlic recipes. The clear green bottle on the left does not contain an ingredient - I just pulled it out of the window sill so it could be shown in the photo, hopefully piquing your curiosity (or knowledge!) about what is in the bottle. Any guesses?
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir or whisk carefully. Add additional lemon juice to thin, if you like. Taste before you add more. Serve with fresh greens or as a dip.
Makes about 1 cup. Keep any unused dip in the refrigerator. I used it all within 2 days in the following ways:
1) Dip for vegetables - you can see here it is nice and thick.
2) Dressing on a green salad (not tossed yet)
3) Mixed into a clear broth soup to make it creamy
5) 'Finger food' - sorry no photo of me using my finger to get every last bit from the small bowl I used to store it in the refrigerator. :)
All this from one delicious and easy recipe! Head down to your local farmers market to see if you are lucky enough to snag some green garlic. We are gleaning our fields right now, looking for any 'doubles' or 'triples', where more than one garlic clove was planted in one spot. The resulting 'garlics' are too crowded to grow beautiful heads, so we dig them up for more delicious green garlic.
You might ask your local garlic grower if they can bring you some harvested in that way. We'll be done this week, maybe tomorrow. Our 4th local chef just got in line to say she 'wants it all'. :) Good thing our CSA members were first in line this year!
Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row,
Diana Dyer, MS, RD
PS - sorry for any weird formatting/appearance here, too, on this post. I'll get this figured out soon.