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“Lucky 7” Vegetable Chop Suey

The New Year is often an auspicious time to eat food that brings good luck, but why not invoke luck at any time of year? In your Local Farm Box this week are several vegetables that are traditionally known for bringing luck and prosperity such as squash, peas and beas, and greens like Malabar Spinach. Squash contains seeds that promote fertility and abundance. Peas and beans represent money and therefore prompt fortune. Greens symbolize money, again, due to their color and being paper thin! In addition, rice and grains often stand for abundance, and noodles denote longevity and health.

For an added dose of good luck, add a protein such as pork that “roots forward” and is rotund for prosperity. Eat up and enjoy the rewards!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

  2. Prepare the Spaghetti Squash by slicing in half lengthwise and removing the seeds. Place in a baking dish cut side up, sprinkle with salt and add about ¼ cup water to the dish, and then cover with foil.

  3. Bake for about 40 minutes or until easily squeezed with your fingers. Meanwhile cook the rice with your preferred method and cook peas in salted water with garlic cloves for about 18 minutes.

  4. To prepare vegetables: red onion can be sliced into thin strips; slice the zucchini in half lengthwise and then slice on a diagonal; remove the stem of okra and then slice in half diagonally; slice peppers into thin strips; remove some of the large leaves from spinach and stack together and chop roughly, and then tender stems and leaves can be simply chopped into 2 inch pieces. Place all of these in one big bowl to cook together.

  5. When squash has finished baking, allow to cool before removing the flesh with a spoon into a small bowl. When peas are tender, strain off water and slice up the garlic to use in recipe.

  6. In a 2 cup measuring jug pour in the Kentuckyaki, chili sauce and stock. Heat a wok or large sauté pan on medium-high and add 3 Tablespoons of oil. Add the squash and sesame oil and stir to heat through evenly using tongs – this will only take a minute and there should be some browning of the edges if your pan is hot enough. Transfer onto a platter and keep warm.

  7. Add 2 Tablespoons oil to the pan and add onion and garlic and cook quickly before adding the rice and coating with onion, garlic & oil. Sprinkle with salt and continue to fry for about 1 minute. Transfer to platter to keep warm. Wipe out pan if necessary and add 2 more Tablespoons oil to pan.

  8. Pour in all the vegetables at once (zucchini, okra, peppers, peas & spinach) and sauté until beginning to soften, about 1 minute, before adding the sauce. When sauce begins to bubble, whisk together the cornstarch slurry and pour into Chop Suey. Stir to combine thoroughly and cook the sauce until it has thickened sufficiently.

  9. Pour Chop Suey into a serving bowl and enjoy with fried rice and Spaghetti Squash for wealth, health and happiness!

PRO TIP: Steam the rice, bake the Spaghetti Squash & boil the peas ahead of time to shorten your hands-on time for a weeknight dinner. The actual cook time for the Chop Suey is very quick, so make sure you have all the necessary ingredients ready to go before beginning to cook.