It has been a while since Kristen or I posted any recipes or updates from our Fifer’s “Delmarva Box” CSA Program. Never fear – while I haven’t necessarily been posting my recipes, I have been trying out some new veggies and taste testing a few new recipes. Not all of them have been home runs, but a few are worth sharing.
This week in our CSA box we received komatsuna. I had never heard of komatsuna prior to this week’s CSA email which lets members know what to expect in their box in the upcoming week. Doing what I do best, I quickly turned to my dear friend google.com to see what knowledge she could share. (And yes, google.com is female. Do you think a man could multi-task like that? ….Kidding, of course).
Komatsuna is a Japanese mustard spinach. If bok choy and spinach had a baby – it would be named komatsuna. Finding a recipe was a little bit challenging. Since the vegetable has Japanese roots, a lot of recipes google was giving me involved Asian spices that I did not have on hand. Plus, since I have turned into a coupon clipper/saver/only-buy-it-on sale kind of girl – I did not want to buy spices for a recipe I might only use once.
After further research – I hit the recipe jackpot. The title, “When Simple is Best: Komatsuna and Chicken Stir-Fry”. Oh do go on….. you had me at “Simple”. This recipe not only looked really easy, but I also had all of the ingredients on hand.
All you need: Chicken breasts (sliced in strips), komatsuna, sesame oil, garlic, vinegar (I used rice wine vinegar), soy sauce, sesame seeds, and S &P. Serve that ish up with a side of rice and BOOM, dinner is served in under 20 mins. Plus – it’s a 1 pot meal, which means clean-up just got a whole lot easier. I will admit, I added about 1 tbs of EVOO in addition to the sesame oil, and doubled what the recipe used for soy sauce and vinegar.
I think next time I make this I am going to up the veggie-ante and sauté up some carrots and broccoli to add with the komatsuna.
This recipe is simple, fresh, and delicious. Jimmy even gave me a high five, and that is coming from a man who only ate iceberg lettuce and carrots prior to dating me – I consider that a serious win!
Alright – so you have the recipe – now get out there and get cooking! I would love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment and let me know if you think this recipe is on fleek, or if this was a fail.