Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lambs Quarter Recipes

Lambs Quarter recipes. Yes your cooking with weeds.


Lambs Quarter Pesto:

remove leaves from stem and wash (there is a slight "dusty" feel to the leaves which is normal and will wash off for the most part)

Blend in blender
1 1/2 cups of leaves
3-4rushed garlic cloves
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil

blend using a wooden spoon carefully to push the mixture into the blades without hitting the spoon
add olive oil as needed to get a paste like mixture while blending

Uses for the pesto:
On Pizza instead of tomato sauce
stuff mushrooms with it and bake
Couscous salad: add pesto to cooked couscous, lemon juice to taste and diced onions, salt and pepper, stir till all is coated and green

You can also eat Lambs Quarters raw in salads, or sauté it like you would spinach.


Lemony Lambsquarters Feta Salad

Ingredients

The main ingredient here is 5 cups tender Lambsquarter greens and 4 oz cheese, crumbled. Other ingredients are:
1 clove garlic, minced and crushed
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper (lemon pepper is the best)

Preparations

1.) The Lambsquarters greens are tossed together with the feta cheese.
2.) The garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper are mixed together in a separate bowl.
3.) Add dressing just before serving.
Remember: Make only what you will consume at an instance, for these salad easily spoils and can’t be stored for long times.


Lambsquarters Greek Salad

This is exactly what you need to get more energetic and healthy. This salad has a wonderful taste and has loads of vitamins.

Ingredients

The main ingredient is 2 cups of Lambsquarters greens. Other ingredients are:
2 cucumbers
2 Tomatoes
2 green onions or 2 heaping Tbsp red onion, minced
4 oz feta cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup olives, chopped
2 tsp oregano, if possible fresh oregano
Remember: Fancy Greek marinated olives are the best for this recipe. However canned olives will also suffice. Try to use young, tender Lambsquarters leaves from plants about 1 foot tall or so.

Salad dressing Ingredients

1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ Tbsp red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
¾ tsp salt
2 Tbsp fresh herbs or 1 Tbsp dried (make a choice between dill, parsley or oregano)
¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper
Dressing ingredients are blended together in a blender until smooth. The salad is then coated before serving.
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Lambsquarters Lasagna, Lambsquarters Quiche and Lambsquarters Antipasto.
Lambsquarters Lasagna

Preparing this Lasagna needs lots of time, but the result is amazing. One will realize not even one second has gone to waste.

Ingredients

The main ingredients are 12 lasagna noodles and 1 lb mozzarella cheese that has been shredded.

Ingredients for Ricotta filling are:
a. 115- oz ricotta cheese
b. ½ cup minced parsley
c. 2 small eggs or 1 large

Ingredients for Lambsquarters filling:

a. 4 cups cooked Lambsquarters ( about 1 gallon fresh)
b. 3 cups milk
c. 1/3 cup butter
d. 1/3 cup flour
e. 1 tsp salt

Preparations

1.) The Lasagna noodles are boiled in boiling water until they become soft. The water is then drained and the noodles cooled under cold water.
2.) Then the Lambsquarters leaves are blanched for 5 minutes in boiling water, and the water subsequently drained.
3.) Shred the Mozzarella cheese and set aside.
4.) Prepare the Ricotta filling in another bowl
5.) Make Lambsquarters filling. This is made by first melting butter at medium heat in a large heavy- bottomed pan. Sauté the onions briefly in this butter, then add flour and stir until smooth. Add milk and salt and also stir until smooth. Finally add the Lambsquarters. Cook at medium heat, stirring constantly until nice and thick.
6.) ½ cup Lambsquarters filling, is placed in the bottom of a deep 9x 13 pan, and spread evenly.
7.) Then put 3 lasagna noodles side by side in bottom of pan.
8.) Spread 1/3 ricotta filling, then 1/3 Lambsquarters filling, then 1/3 mozzarella cheese.
9.) Spread again the layers twice more, saving ½ cup mozzarella and ½ cup Lambsquarters filling for the top.
10.) Finally spread the filling and sprinkle cheese over the top of the noodles. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Wild Amaranth, Nettles or Lambsquarters are ideal for this recipe.


Lambsquarters quiche

Preparation here involves first making the pie crust then filling it.

Ingredients for pie crust
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup butter or shortening
2-3 Tbsp cold water
½ tsp salt

Ingredients for filling are:
a. 4 cups Lambsquarters leaves, chopped
b. 3 eggs
c. 1 ½ cups of milk
d. 2 cups (8 oz) Swiss cheese, grated
e. 2 Tbsp butter
f. 1 Tbsp flour
g. ¼ cup onion, chopped
h. ½ tsp salt

Preparations (Pie crust)

It’s more advisable to prepare your pie crust in a food processor as it’s quick and easy and makes a fine flaky crust.
1.) The flour, butter and salt are placed in a food processor.
2.) The food processor is turned medium to high, until a coarse crumby mixture is formed.
3.) To this crumby mixture, 1 Tbsp of cold water is added at a time and blended until it forms into a lump. Take care not to add too much water.
4.) Roll out as for any pie crust.

Preparations (Filling)

Here use the ingredients stated far above for filling.
1.) The pie shell from above processes is pre- baked in an oven at 450 degrees for 5- 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
2.) Lambsquarters and onion are sauted in butter until tender. Be careful not to overcook.
3.) Flour and salt are added to the sauté and mixed together.
4.) Whip together eggs and milk in a separate bowl or in a blender.
5.) Add this egg mixture to Lambsquarters.
6.) The grated cheese is spread over the bottom of the pie crust.
7.) Pour filling over the top of the cheese.
8.) Finally bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let set for a few minutes before cutting.
Serve hot or cold.


Lambsquarters Antipasto

This is a delicious treat that will cost you some extra bucks. But these extra expenses are compensated by the satisfaction obtained from the Antipasto. It’s guaranteed, there will be no leftovers.

Ingredients

The main ingredient is 4 cups tender Lambsquarters leaves. Other ingredients are:
16.50- oz jar artichoke hearts
1 cans garbanzo beans
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
½ cup pepperoni slices, cut in half
¼ cup sliced olives
½ cup of roasted red peppers

Ingredients for dressing are:

a. 2 Tbsp olive oil
b. 1 Tbsp + 1 ½ tsp vinegar
c. ¼ tsp dry mustard
d. ¼ tsp Worchester shire sauce
e. 1 clove garlic
f. 1 dash pepper

Preparations

1.) Toss everything together in a large bowl.
2.) The salad dressing should be added just before serving to avoid wilting
Whole meals of Lambsquarters

Here we have the Fresh herb pasta and Lambsquarters hamburger helper.
Fresh herb pasta


Lambs Quarter Pesto

Ingredients

The main ingredient is 4 cups fresh Lambsquarters greens and 1 lb spinach pasta. Other ingredients are:
4 oz feat cheese, crumbled (or grated parmesan)
½ cup chopped olives
½ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 carrot, grated
½ cup sautéed green onions
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt

Preparations

1.) The spinach pasta is cooked until tender, and the water drained
2.) Meanwhile be sautéing the green onions, grate carrots, crumble cheese and chop olives.
3.) Blend the Lambsquarters, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until it forms a smooth paste.
4.) All above ingredients are then mixed together with cooked noodles. Thoroughly coating the noodles with the Lambsquarters.
Serve warm with a lovely green salad and garlic bread.
Remember: To make the whole experience extra yummy! Do add 2 cups chopped tomatoes to this recipe, if fresh sun- ripened tomatoes are in season. (Optional)

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  1. I added an extra clove or two to the pesto - and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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