Yellow Split Pea Soup w/Black Beans & Vegetables

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Here’s a hearty soup for when you want something filling. For this delicious blend of legumes and vegetables, you can soak the black beans overnight. Then boil them the next day according to the instructions on the bag, or you can speed up the process considerably by using a pressure cooker. As a last resort, you can always use a can or two of black beans.
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Kale and Garden Vegetables Stir Fry

Our bountiful garden once again allowed us to enjoy a stirringly delicious vegetable stir fry dish. Chop a bunch of fresh kale, three or four small summer squashes, two medium-sized Japanese eggplants (long and thin), two Italian peppers, and one onion.

Image contributed by Moi

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Kale and Carrot Sauté

As a side dish, this green and orange combination makes a pretty addition to the table. Chop a bunch of kale, unless you buy a bag of pre-washed kale, which I use until summer, when we have a garden. Chop however many carrots you want, along with 1 big onion. Crush 3 or more garlic cloves, depending on how many people you will be talking to after eating. You’re ready to saute.

Put about 2 tbsp of oil in the skillet, over medium heat. Put in your crushed garlic. After a minute, put in the chopped onions. Depending on how al dente you want your onions, you can then put in the chopped carrots. After a minute, put in the kale.

Continue to stir and cook, until the kale is tender to your liking, although it is best not to overcook kale, as its nutrients would be more potent. Enjoy the crunch!