Niemczyk Gardens
Hugo, MN
These are some of our Favorite Recipes!!
Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips (serves 2-3)
10-15 radishes
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tbs. honey
1-2 tbs. cinnamon sugar mixture
Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Slice the radishes approximately 1/4 inch thick and put them in a microwave safe bowl. When you are done slicing, microwave for about 30 seconds to soften them up. Drain any liquid, and add them to a larger bowl.
Add the olive oil, honey, and cinnamon sugar. Mix well to coat all of the radishes. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are evenly spread out and not stacked on top of each other.
Cook for 15 minutes at 350, then remove the radishes and flip them over. Reduce oven temperature to 225 and bake for another 20 minutes. You will notice they will begin to shrink in size and crisp up, which is a good thing! Remove from the oven, plate and serve.
Radish Butter (serves 12)
4 trimmed radishes
2 T fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
6 T butter
Sea salt
Pulse 4 trimmed radishes and the parsley leaves in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the butter (softened), and pulse until well combined. The radish butter can be refridgerated, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 days. Serve on toasted bread. Sprinkle sea salt on top to taste.
Creamy Radish Dip
1/4 cup chive sour cream
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
12 - 18 radises, finely chopped
Combine ingredients and serve with your favorite crackers. It's especially good with rye crackers or bagel chips. This dip is great in place of mayo on a sandwich along with fresh romaine, cucumbers, and pea shoots.
Oven Roasted Radishes (serves 5)
2 bunches radishes - trimmed and quartered
3 tbsp. olive oil or sunflower oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients. Transfer to 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring once.

​​Kohlrabi Greens Salad

Kohlrabi greens, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1-2 T soy sauce or Bragg's liquid amino acids
1-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1-2 tsp. sesame oil
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 tsp. grated ginger
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
1 kohlrabi, peeled and diced
Mix everything except the diced kohlrabi together. The best way to do this is to put everything in a large bowl and massage the dressing into the greens using your hands. Add the diced kohlrabi and serve right away or put the the refrigerator for a few hours to let the flavors blend.

Grilled Kohlrabi

1 or 2 Kohlrabi Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves
Sea Salt
Black pepper
Cayanne pepper (optional for spicy)

Peel the Kohlrabi and slice into 1/2 in slices. Crush garlic and mince finely. Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush one side with olive oil and season. Place seasoned side onto grill. Brush the other side and season. Grill until the side is cooked and flip cook other side until the inside is cooked and the outside is slightly crispy.

Stir-Fried Kohlrabi

1/2 cup bacon, diced
1 cup finely chopped kohlrabi leaves
2 or 3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the bacon in a frying pan, then add the kohlrabi leaves. Once the leaves are slightly cooked, add the eggs and scramble them in the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

​​Pickled Kohlrabi

1 1/2 - 2 lbs kohlrabi, peeled and cut into spears
2 cups rice wine vinegar
1 cup water
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 lemon, "zested" in strips
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon black peppercorn
6 thin ginger slices
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Pack kohlrabi spears upright in jar(s). In a pot, combine remaining ingredients: rice wine vinegar, water, garlic, lemon zest strips, sugar, black pepper corn, ginger and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil then turn off stove. Pour liquid into jars (divide equally if you have two jars). Top jars off with more water, if needed. Cover jars, let cool then store in refrigerator. Kohlrabi will be ready in 2-3 days and will last for up to 3 weeks.

Turnip Salad

4 turnips peeled and chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 granny smith apples, cored and chopped
4 slices canned pineapple, chopped, or 8-10 ounces of pineapple chunks
1/2 cup white sugar (you may substitute 1 tbsp white sugar, 1/4 c splenda, and 1/3 c pineapple juice)
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add turnips and cook until tneder but still firm, about 15 minutes, drain, and cool. In a large bowl, combine turnips, green onions, apples, pineapple and sugar. Stir to evenly coat with the sugar and/or sugar-juice mixture. Whisk together the oil, water, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over fruit and vegetables. Toss and refrigerate overnight.

​​​Garlic Scape Dressing

2 garlic scapes, coarsely chopped
2 green onions, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard or similar brown mustard
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
dash salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a blender, combine the garlic scapes, onions, honey, mustard, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. With blender on low, slowly add the olive oil until well blended.

Egg Rolls (15 egg rolls)

1 cup cooked and shredded or diced meat (chicken, pork, shrimp, or beef)
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper (you may want to use less)
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil (no substituting)
Mix the above ingredients and set aside.
4 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded celery
1 cup shredded carrots
Put vegetables in large kettle of boiling water and cook for 10 seconds:

remove and drain.
Add the meat mixture and toss lightly. To wrap and fry the egg rolls, follow the directions on the egg roll wrap package.

Sweet Chinese Cabbage Salad (serves 13)

2 pkgs (3 oz each) chicken ramen noodles
10 cups shredded Chinese Cabbage
8 green onions, chopped
1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 vegetable oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Molasses
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Set aside one seasoning packet from ramen noodles for dressing (save other packet for another use). Break noodles into small pieces; place in a large salad bowl. Add the cabbage, onions, pineapple, cherries, almonds & seasame seeds. In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the remaining ingredients. Add contents of seasoning packet and shake well. Pour over cabbage mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Napa Cabbage Salad (serves 4)

1 Head Napa Cabbage (chopped)
4 Green Onions (chopped)
2 packets ramen noodles
4 T Sesame Seeds
3/4 c slivered almonds
3/4 c oil
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c white vinegar
2 T soy sauce
Toast the 2 packets ramen noodles, 4T Sesame Seeds, and 3/4 c slivered almonds.
Boil oil, sugar, white vinegar and soy sauce together 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.
Add all of the above items together just before serving. The noodles get soggy if the dressing is added too early.

Creamed Parmesean Spinach

4 lbs fresh spinach, stems removed, wash well and leave wet (you may substitute broccoli for some of the spinach)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 red onion, minced (1 cup)
1 cup heavy cream (or mixture of olive oil and half 'n half)
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
First make the sauce. Melt the butter, add the onion, cook it until the onion is translucent and soft, about 10 minutes, then add the cream and nutmeg and reduce it a bit. (You can substitute olive oil and half 'n half here for a lower calorie version.) Next, steam the spinach for about 2 minutes and add it to the sauce. Stir in the cheese, salt and pepper. Tastes great over pasta, with zucchini, or mixed in with rigatoni or ravioli.
You can add mushrooms, or you can use Feta cheese instead or with the parmesan. You can also just make this as a stir-fry (maybe add some carrots too), but then cut the sauce in half.

Spiniccoli Pizza

Pizza crust
Pizza sauce
Roma tomatoes (sliced)
Feta cheese
Parmesean cheese (for sprinkling)
Just take your favorite pizza crust recipe and pizza sauce (you can omit the pizza sauce). Then top the pizza with mozzarella, spinach, bite sliced pieces of broccoli, sliced Roma tomatoes, Feta cheese, maybe another layer of mozzarella, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Bake at whatever temperature you would bake pizza at (this all depends on the crust and the type of pan you are using).

Wilted Lettuce and Veggie "Stew"

5 pieces of bacon
2 T butter
4 grated turnips
2 large scallions, sliced thing
1 large sliced tomato
6 oz baby bella mushrooms
1 whole cucumber, sliced
4 garlic cloves
1 garlic shroud
1 cup balsamic vinegar dressing
1/4 cup sugar
Fry up 5 pcs of bacon; drain almost all the grease but keep bacon bits Add 2 tbl butter, 4 grated turnips, 2 lg scallions sliced thin (use the greens), one large sliced tomato, 6oz baby bella mushrooms, and one whole sliced cucumber. Saute till veggies are tender. Add roasted garlic (4 cloves) and one garlic shroud. Now break up your kind of lettuce and put in the hot dressing you just made. Toss to achieve desired consistency. Now transfer into seperate salad bowls or a large serving bowl and top with the broken-up bacon and good croutons. Optional: take 1 cup of balasmic vinegar dressing and add 1/4 c sugar for sweetness. Mix well, then put in your pan with the cooked veggies cook another 3 minutes so the sugar infuses with the dressing and veggies. Use less sugar and more balsamic vinegar dressing for a more tart flavor.

Salad in a Jar

lettuce (Romaine works well)
sharp knife
chopping board
salad spinner
very large mixing bowl
wide-mouth jar attachment
clean quart-size Mason glass jars with lids
vacuum pack machine
Wash, dry and cut up the lettuce. Mix it in the large bowl with any other ingredients you'd like. Then, pack the salad into the jars as tightly as possible. Seal jars using a wide-mouth jar attachment and a vacuum-pack machine. Screw on rings as insurance to keep lid sealed. Refrigerate up to 1 week or even longer if your lettuce started out very fresh.
See this link for photos and more information:

Broccoli Parmesean Fritters

Yield: Nine 2 to 2 1/2-inch fritters
8 ounces (1 small-to-medium bundle, 225 grams) fresh broccoli (3 cups chopped)
1 large egg
1/2 cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (30 grams) finely grated parmesan cheese
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste
A pinch of red pepper flakes or several grinds of black pepper
Olive or vegetable oil for frying
Prepare your broccoli: Separate the florets from the biggest stem(s). Cut the florets into 1-inch chunks. To prepare the stems, I like to peel them, as the skin can be thick and doesn’t cook quickly, then slice them into 1/2-inch lengths. You should have about 3 cups of chopped broccoli total.
Steam your broccoli until tender but not mushy: Use whatever method you prefer. My quickie, lazy method is to bring a 1/2-inch or so of water to a boil in a small saucepan, then add the broccoli, place a lid on it and simmer it for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain the broccoli, then set it aside to cool slightly.
In the bottom of a large bowl, lightly beat your egg. Add the flour, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Then, add the somewhat cooled broccoli and, using a potato masher, mash the broccoli just a bit. You’re looking to keep the bits recognizable, but small enough (1/4- to 1/2-inch chunks) that you can press a mound of the batter into a fritter in the pan. Once mashed a bit, stir or fold the ingredients together the rest of the way with a spoon. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Heat a large, heavy skillet over moderate heat. Once hot, add a good slick of oil (I usually use a mix of olive and vegetable oil), about 2 to 3 tablespoons. Once the oil is hot (you can test it by flicking a droplet of water into it; it should hiss and sputter), scoop a two tablespoon-size mound of the batter and drop it into the pan, then flatten it slightly with your spoon or spatula. Repeat with additional batter, leaving a couple inches between each. Once brown underneath, about 2 to 3 minutes, flip each fritter and cook on the other side until equally golden, about another 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer briefly to paper towels to drain, then to a serving plate if you’ll be eating them shortly or a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven if you’d like to keep them warm for a while until needed. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed.

Kale Shake with Blueberries and Banana

1 handful of kale
1 glass of water
1 banana (the less ripe the better. Ripe bananas have too much sugar.
½ cup frozen blueberries (organic, if you can)
2 TBS freshly ground organic flax seeds
Put ingredients in a blender and blend for 3 minutes.

Kale Shake with Pineapple or peaches

1 handful of kale
1 glass of water
½ cup frozen blueberries (organic, if you can)
½ cup Pineapple OR Peach OR Strawberries fresh or frozen
2 TBS freshly ground organic flax seeds
Put ingredients in a blender and blend for 3 minutes.

Baked Kale Chips

1 head of kale
2 Tablespoons olive oil
sea salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 275 F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food.

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

1 lb. Italian sausage
8 ounces smoked bacon, chopped
4 cups water
Two 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion
2 cups chopped kale
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper
In a skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage (with casings removed), breaking it into small pieces; drain and set aside. In a separate skillet, fry the bacon until brown, drain and set aside. Combine the water, broth, potatoes, garlic, and onion in a pot; simmer over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the sausage and bacon; simmer for 10 minutes. Add the kale and cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer until the soup is heated through. Do not allow to boil.

Lemon Parmesean Kale Salad

1 lb. uncooked kale, tough stems removed
3 T uncooked shallot, minced
4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 T honey
1 tsp lemon zest
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup shredded parmesean cheese
Stack several kale leaves in a pile, roll them up and thinly slice the leaves with a knife. Place in a serving bowl; set aside. In a small bowl, combine shallot, lemon juice, honey, lemon zest, salt and pepper; whisk in oil in a slow stream. Pour vinaigrette over kale; add cheese and toss until mixed. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

Spaghetti with Garlicy Kale and Tomatoes

6 ounces whole-grain spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup chopped roasted almonds
1/4 cup grated pecorino cheese (1 ounce), plus more for serving
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¨û teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook, tossing frequently, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, tossing frequently, until the tomatoes begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the kale mixture, almonds, pecorino, and reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve with additional pecorino.

Stir-Fried Kale with Sesame Seeds

Large bunch of kale, stems removed
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
sea salt
sesame seeds (optional)
Cut kale into bite sized pieces. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to get golden brown. Add the kale. Stir while cooking until the kale wilts and turns dark green. Remove from heat and salt to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional). Serve hot or cold.

​​​Kale and White Bean Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
2 15.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed
1 cup small soup pasta, such as tubettini, ditalini, or orzo (4 ounces)
1 bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces (8 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan (2 ounces), plus 1 piece rind (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, celery, onion, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the beans, pasta, kale, rosemary, 8 cups water, and Parmesan rind (if using). Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta and kale are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the Parmesan rind. Stir
​​in the lemon juice and sprinkle with the shaved Parmesan before serving.

​​​Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew with Kale

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 12-ounce package fully cooked chicken sausage links, sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 19-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 bunch kale leaves, torn into 2-inch pieces
kosher salt and black pepper
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring once, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the beans, broth, and tomatoes and their liquid and bring to a boil. Add the kale and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

​Tuscan Kale Salad

​4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves of Italian black (Lacinato, "dinosaur," cavolo nero) midribs removed
juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
salt & pepper, to taste
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread
Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes. Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well. Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again. Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

Kale and Onion Pie ​

2 tablespoons butter, plus more as needed
About 8 large kale or chard leaves, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, thyme, chervil and chives
3 hard-cooked eggs, coarsely chopped
3 uncooked eggs, whisked
1 cup whole-milk yogurt or sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large (12-inch) skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until the foam subsides. Add the kale and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leaves are tender, 10-12 minutes. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Add the chopped herbs and hard-boiled eggs to the kale mixture, stir gently to combine, and remove from the heat. In the meantime, combine the yogurt or sour cream, mayonnaise, and whisked eggs. Add in the flour, baking powder, and a good pinch of salt and whisk until just smooth. Pour half the batter in the bottom of a 12-inch pie dish or a 9 x 13" dish. Layer in the kale mixture, then cover with the remaining batter. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is shiny and golden. Cool for 15 minutes and serve warm.

​​​Shrimp with Kale and Shiitakes

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bunches Lacinato kale, stemmed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and cleaned
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a wide frying pan. Add the onion and shiitakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for one minute. Add the kale by the handful and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and almost tender, about 3 minutes. Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan to make room for the shrimp. Then add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally , until not quite opaque, about 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce, wine, and cream if using, and cook until sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Zucchini Bread

Sift the following together;
3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Mix these next four ingredients together:
2 C. sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 C. oil
3 C. grated zucchini
1 C. chopped nuts (optional)
Beat eggs. Add sugar, vanilla, and oil. Add dry ingredients, zucchini, and nuts (if using).
Bake in 2 greased loaf pans @ 350 for 1 hr.

Onion Ring Batter

3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 T cornmeal
1/2 cup powdered milk (dry)
1/2 bottle of beer
Mix well. Dip raw onions in it and deep fry them