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Arugula Recipes – What to when you are tired of pasta and pesto…

One thing I’m enjoying harvesting from the garden right now is arugula. I like arugula in salad, but it rapidly grows a bit tough and spicy for salads. This fall my husband and I are working on losing weight using the South Beach Diet, so pasta and bread are both mostly off our menu. (I have lost 10 pounds since Sept 1 and he has lost about 15.) So I have to find something else to do with all of our garden fresh arugula.

The first recipe I tried this evening was Pear and Arugula salad from Hot off the Garlic Press. I added a bit of walnuts. It was delicious.

Clagett Farm CSA 2008 Week 3
Creative Commons License photo credit: thebittenword.com

I have also been searching the web for pasta/bread free recipes with cooked arugula. Here are a few on my list to try.

Herby Goat Cheese Arugula Omelet from il piatto blue

Chicken Roll Ups with Goat Cheese and Arugula from sweet and saucy

and this Burnt Carrots with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Crispy Garlic Chips from Ezra Pound Cake looks fabulous!

As you can tell I like goat cheese. I’m intolerant of most dairy products, but eat a bit of goat or sheep cheese without too much trouble.

The one thing that I haven’t been able to figure out about arugula is why it is so expensive in the store. Arugula has to be the easiest, fastest thing to grow in the garden. I first grew it over ten years ago when I was manager for the organic garden at my college. I know it was sort of a fad with chef’s for a while in the 90s (?), but how did it end up as this elitist vegetable?