Xiong's produce stand at the Omaha Farmer's Market on Sunday at Aksarben Village.
WHAT IS IT:
The smaller version of bok choy, a form of Chinese cabbage. It has a milder flavor than its larger “parent.” It's great in stir-fries and other veggie dishes. One cup of raw, shredded bok choy contains nine calories. It provides several minerals, including potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and magnesium and is relatively low in carbohydrates.
RECIPE - Baby bok choy with cashews:
2 tablespoon olive oil; 1 cup chopped green onions, including green ends; 1 cup sliced baby carrots; 3 cloves garlic, chopped; 1 pound baby bok choy, rinsed, larger leaves separated from base, base trimmed but still present, holding the smaller leaves together; ˝ teaspoon dark sesame oil; salt; ˝ cup chopped, roasted, salted cashews
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add carrots, cook for a minute, then add onions, then garlic, then bok choy. Sprinkle with sesame oil and salt. Cover, and let the baby bok choy cook down for approximately 3 minutes. (Like spinach, when cooked, the bok choy will wilt a bit.) Remove cover. Lower heat to low. Stir and let cook for a minute or two longer, until the bok choy is just cooked. Serves four. — Adapted from Simply Recipes
ALSO SPOTTED AT THE MARKET:
Vegetable plants, greens, greenhouse tomatoes, Chinese spinach, radishes, beets, garlic, herbs, green onions; beef, pork, eggs, cheeses; honey, jams, jellies; breads and pastries. — Staff writer Betsie Freeman
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