Spinach with Shredded Root Veggies

We have spinach growing in our hoop house and lots of root veggies in storage. The carrots and parsnips add a lot of sweetness and the spinach adds a nice touch of color.

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 onion, diced
1 pound of spinach, chopped
3 large carrots, shredded
2 parsnips (or more carrots), shredded
1/2 c water

In a large pan melt the coconut oil and add the onions. Let them soften and begin to caramelize. Then add the shredded carrots, parsnips, water and cook for 5-10 minutes more, placing the cover over the pan to keep in the moisture. Then add the spinach and let the spinach wilt.

Serve warm. This is delicious left over.

Rice Pilaf with Dates, Ginger, and Parsley

Inspired by The Best International Recipe Cookbook from the editor’s of Cooks Illustrated I made this rice pilaf to accompany a chicken curry. I soaked the rice overnight in fresh water to make the grains easier to digest, if you don’t have the time to soak you can still make the dish but I recommend rinsing the rice in a fine meshed strainer under running water.

2-1/2 c water (plus soaking water if soaking overnight)
1-1/2 c basmati or other long grain rice
3 Tbsp. fat of choice (I like lard or coconut oil)
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 c onion (about one small onion) minced
1 Tbsp. minced garlic (about 3-4 garlic cloves)
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1/4 c chopped dates
2 Tbsp. dried parsley leaves (or fresh)

Put the water in a saucepan and heat to boiling. Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom. Cover and turn off the heat.
In a large pot with a lid melt the fat and add the onion. Sauté until soft, 5-7 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for one minute longer. Add the rice and stir to coat the rice with the fat. Add the spiced water to the large pot, stir, bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. At the end of 15 minutes add the chopped dates and dried parsley and cover, letting it sit for another 5 minutes before serving. Stir before serving and enjoy. Delicious as a side dish to a curry or stew.