Boil ‘Em, Mash ‘Em, Stick ‘Em in a Stew: Kohlrabi With Crystal

At PurpleROBOT togetherness is where we find strength, and that is not limited to kettlebells, calisthenics, and fitness.  Meal time is the BEST time for togetherness!  Shopping local farmers markets, meeting and supporting neighbors, cooking together and sharing meals with real, authentic ingredients fuels our Human Machines. Together we can reach our greatest potential.

We are so proud to introduce our newest Contributing Editor, CB!  


By Crystal "CB" Byrne

Hey PurpleROBOT Nation!

My name is Crystal, I love to cook, and I’m excited to share some of my cooking adventures on the PurpleROBOT Blog!

A little about me: I just started training with kettlebells alongside the wonderfully awesome “RobotJedi” Karen, working my adipose off and trying to Level Up my life.

 Karen and Crystal harness the power of nature!  They're practicing strength training in the rain at South Shore Park and  UPGRADING SUPER ROBOT POWERS!    Beautiful South Shore Park is  also  the location of the  South Shore Farmers Market  where most of the ingredients for this food adventure were acquired!  #ShopLocal

Karen and Crystal harness the power of nature!  They're practicing strength training in the rain at South Shore Park and UPGRADING SUPER ROBOT POWERS!   Beautiful South Shore Park is also the location of the South Shore Farmers Market where most of the ingredients for this food adventure were acquired!  #ShopLocal

A Superhero Origin Story

My Grandma Gerber taught me how to cook.  Years later when I visited my parents and cooked for them, my mom would stare at me and get a tear in her eye and tell me how much I reminded her of her mom.  They are both together now, watching over me and I’m sure laughing at some of my kitchen fails (because there are a few). 

 My mom, me, Uncle Jim, Grandma Gerber & cousin Shane (1980 something)

My mom, me, Uncle Jim, Grandma Gerber & cousin Shane (1980 something)

While teaching me how to cook my grandma taught me to use a recipe as a guide and then just kind of “wing it.”  

  • Don’t like olives? 

  • Substitute mushrooms.  

  • Don’t like poblanos? 

  • Substitute green peppers. 

In most of my posts, I will share the recipe I started with (via a link) and then describe how I modified it. I had no recipe for this particular creation, however.  I just tried to make something delicious from my local farmers market finds, and this was a winner for sure!  For this first adventure, I wanted to give you an idea of how versatile most recipes and local foods are.

Without further adieu, my first post is about my favorite farmers market finds, the under-appreciated...

 ...KOHLRABI!

“What’s that and what can you do with it, you ask?”  

Well, in the words of Samwise Gamgee:

"Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew…” 

Okay, he was talking about PO-TAY-TOES, but the same can be said for our friend kohlrabi.  Bonus points - you can also eat them raw in a wrap or salad. They also have some awesome health benefits.  

Let me know in comments if you and your family like the recipe, and share with us how you made any changes!


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ROASTED VEGETABLES feat.  RICOTTA PASTA + SUMMER FRESH SALAD

ROASTED VEGETABLE RICOTTA PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 9oz pasta (I used RPs Gluten Free Egg Linguini)
  • 1 ½ cup ricotta (I bought Mama’s at the South Shore farmers market from a lovely couple)
  • 1 cup Milk (I used unsweetened Almond)
  • 1 bunch golden beets (approx. 1 ½ cup)
  • 1 kohlrabi (approx. 1 cup)
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ TBSP oil (I used Avocado)
  • Seasonings to taste (I used Bragg’s Sea Kelp seasoning)
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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Peel & cube beets and kohlrabi into bite size pieces
  3. Place on cookie sheet and drizzle with oil and season to taste
  4. Place in oven for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 min. or until vegetables are cooked through and browned
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While vegetables are roasting:

  1. Boil a pot of water for the pasta – cook according to package directions and set aside
  2. Add 1 TBSP oil to large fry pan on medium heat and sauté garlic for a few minutes until it just softens (careful not to burn it – garlic is not tasty when burnt)
  3. Add ricotta and milk to garlic oil, turn heat down to medium low, stir for 3-5 minutes until ricotta melts and creates a smooth texture
  4. Toss in fresh spinach and stir coating evenly

When vegetables & pasta are done, combine with the sauce and stir until everything is coated evenly.  You may need to add some of the pasta water to thin out the sauce, depending on your preference.

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SUMMER FRESH SALAD

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Pear
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Oil & Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Chop up all ingredients and combine, drizzle with oil & vinegar

For this salad I have flavored oil & vinegar that I picked up in CA on my last visit, I used Citrus Olive Oil & Honey Balsamic. This was a great fresh combination on my salad.  But any oil & vinegar will work, I like to mix and match.

Tip for Office Warriors:

If I’m taking salad to work I will put 1 ½ TBSP oil & ½ TBSP vinegar in a small jar for a single serving salad dressing.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Crystal "CB" Byrne

Crystal has worked in the travel industry for almost 20 years.   She has worked in corporate and leisure travel helping people plan their dream vacations, weddings and weekend getaways.  Most recently turning to the technical side and building all the backstage components so the front end user has a seamless experience. 

Crystal also works at an Eastern Medicine co-operative in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI.

She is no expert on food or nutrition; but a food lover who is slowly going vegetarian. This change in eating was sparked one rainy weekend when she fell down a documentary rabbit hole. However, she still indulges in carnivore behavior every once in a while because, well, bacon. 

As an adult-ish woman Crystal loves all living creatures (even creepy furry ones with 8 legs), the outdoors, strong female rockers, sarcasm, farmers markets, road trips, puns, Bay View, anything dark & creepy, rainbows, unicorns, and all things nerdy.  

When not at work she can be found either out in nature or reading a book with her cat Na’vi curled up in her lap.  She is excited to join the PurpleROBOT Network and have fun with this tribe of wonderful ROBOT warriors!