03 July 2012

Pea Shoots & Chinese Broccoli with Almonds & Butter Beans

There is a local farm vendor we always purchase food from at the Farmers Market. They have gotten me & Hubby to try more vegetables out of our vegetable vernacular then we care to admit. Each time, we purchase, cook & taste we cannot understand how our pallet has done without the newest green.

I made this dish last week, when it was cooler. If you're as fortunate as us (the sarcasm is understood, right) in the midwest right now, turning on a hot stove when its 99 degrees out may not seem like a summer friendly idea. I concur. But I would suggest that since the picking is right & ripe for the base of this recipe you may want to try it sometime during this summer. Here are Casa Walczak we will resume making this dish, when it's not 93 degrees outside at 9:30 p.m. with a heat index that makes it feel like 100 degrees, and air condition set at 76 degrees that makes it feel like we live in an icebox. Hot fun in the summer time. Isn't that how the old song goes?

Pea Shoots & Chinese Broccoli with Almonds & Butter Beans

1 bunch Pea Shoots, chopped
1 bunch Chinese Broccoli, chopped-stems & all
2 tbsp Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, chopped fine
2/3 cup Raw Sliced Almonds
31 oz Butter Beans
1 tsp Orange Lemon Salt

Preheat a wok or cast iron skillet to warm. Add the pea shoots and olive oil. Stir thoroughly on medium to medium high heat, and let sauté until the pea shoots are almost wilted, about 10 minutes (stirring occasionally). Add the broccoli and the garlic. Mix thoroughly with the greens already in your pan. Sauté total contents of pan until the broccoli leaves are wilted, about 10 minutes (stirring occasionally). Lower the heat low. Add the almonds, butter beans, and orange lemon salt. Mix contents of pan again. Let cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until butter beans are cooked/warm.

Serve. Enjoy. Love summer vegetables.

*I served this dish on a bed of Israeli couscous seasoned with a bit of butter. The dish is very nice on it's own. But if you have a Hubby or someone like him...he needs a bit more food to digest. 


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