For us at Turner Family Farms, it seems like 2019 is going to be the year of fitness and health. Since we launched our subscription delivered produce box (CSA,) we have been involved with events at fitness and wellness centers like O2 Fitness, and Tidal Wellness. We also attended the Whole Health Forum at UNCW. See our Events Schedule for the times and locations. It is interesting that gyms and fitness centers are beginning to promote a more holistic approach to overall fitness and strength. People are paying much more attention not only to what they are eating, but also to where their food comes from, and how it’s grown and harvested.
Recently, we began preaching the benefits of fresh vegetables, specifically the cruciferous family of vegetables known as Brassicaceae (brassicas,) not just for dieting, but for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and possibly even anticancer properties (according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.) There is an outstanding and readable scientific article on this very subject available here. The brassica family includes mustards, radishes, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi and kales. What not everyone knows is that the microgreens from these very same brassicas are more potent in health benefits and flavor than their mature forms, and, can be easily added to salads and soups. In our salad and microgreens production unit at Turner Family Farms’ River Bluffs location, one of our team members, Jessicca Allison, creates microgreens mixes for different dishes. Personally, I love the sandwich mix since it replaces wet bland lettuce with a spicy, slightly crunchy, zest. Jessicca also has a soup topping blend that helps freshen up the soup flavor and look. I love to top my home-made bone broth with our broccoli-mustard mix for more flavor and nutrients. You can find more information on our salad mixes, greens, microgreens and CSA box at our website. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter there, too. That way I can bore you every week instead of just once a month!
So, what do you do when you’ve eaten right and exercised, but you still get a cold or a flu? Well, there’s a Porter’s Neck resident out there with an easy yet incredibly tasty “Magic Soup.”
Avgolemano – “Magic Soup”
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup carrots (from Turner Family Farms, of course) diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup cooked orzo or rice
5 cups of chicken broth + 1 cup of water
1 rotisserie chicken (roughly 2 cups) diced
Juice of 3 lemons
Salt and pepper to taste
-Sauté the onions and carrots in large stock pot until tender, ~5 minutes
-in the meantime, cook your orzo or rice; SHORTCUT: microwave a portion/bag of frozen rice (like BirdsEye or Trader Joes) and it will be ready when your veggies are!
-add broth and water to the stockpot and bring to a low boil
-add the chicken, salt and pepper and let simmer for 5 minutes; if you use fresh/raw chicken rather rather cooked chicken (Ahem…are you a masochist?!?! Save steps!!), then let chicken simmer in broth for at least 10 minutes.
-Add rice or orzo to stockpot.
-Remove pot from burner and proceed to next step:
-beat eggs in a large bowl or measuring cup; add lemon juice and whisk til combined
***ALERT: Trickiest part of the recipe***
-temper the eggs/lemon juice by adding a 1/2 cup of the broth to the eggs, whisking like a maniac constantly! Repeat at least 4 times so you ensure your eggs won’t scramble when you add to the stockpot.
-slowly pour your tempered eggs mixture into the stockpot, all while stirring gently but constantly
-add additional salt and pepper to taste
-The magic in this soup is the combination of salt, lemon and high protein. Don’t skimp on the salt and lemon!!!
Hey, that sounds really good. I don’t think I’d have to be sick to eat that! Thanks, everyone.
P.S. A few pictures below just for fun………………..