Quinoa-Stuffed Kohlrabi over Lemon-Rosemary Bechamel

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Author Notes: At the farmer’s market today, I spotted it and realized that it’s been here all along and I’ve simply never noticed it. Here’s why I love my CSA: I now love kohlrabi.OfBaking

Serves 4

Stuffed Kohlrabi

  • 2 kohlrabi
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomato, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Lemon-Rosemary Bechamel

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (skim works! ]but you may also use whole)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • lemon peel from 1/2 lemon
  1. Peel kolhrabi using knife or vegetable peeler to remove the tough outer skin. Then, slice kohlrabi bulbs in half and use a melon-baller to carve out the center.
  2. Place kohlrabi halves in a pot of boiling water and boil just until tender (20-30 min). Set aside on paper towel to dry.
  3. In a separate pot, boil quinoa with 1 tbsp rosemary and vegetable broth. When the quinoa is done (you’ll see what looks like a little white thread coming from each grain), set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F.
  5. Using 1 tsp olive oil, cook onions and carrots until onions are translucent and carrots are tender. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are warm.
  6. Combine 1 cup quinoa with vegetable mixture and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. (What’s left over, you can serve on the side!)
  7. Fill tender kohlrabi halves with quinoa mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 20-30 minutes (until kohlrabi is almost soft, but still holds its shape).
  8. While kohlrabi is baking, prepare the bechamel: melt 2 tbsp butter in a medium sauce pan; then add 2 tbsp flour; combine with a whisk. Then, add salt. Stir occasionally over low heat for 4-5 minutes. Slowly add 1 cup milk, stirring to combine. (Don’t worry if it starts to look chunky, just keep stirring!). When milk is entirely added, place rosemary and lemon peel in saucepan with milk. After about two minutes, add lemon juice, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened to your liking. Remove rosemary & lemon peel.
  9. Serve kohlrabi halves over bechamel and enjoy!

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