By Alexandria Bachert

About Alexandria Bachert

Alex is a writer and graduate student studying public health. She loves eating corn on the cob with mustard, giggling with friends, and exploring new places.

Spring Vegetable Scones

The Brits may think this is a joke that we’re defiling their scones this way, Greenpointers. But we’re superserious when we say these scones are savory and made even more delicious by Greenpoint’s plethora of spring veggies, instead of raisins or other sweets.

Kale, zucchini, purple cauiflower scones
Kale, zucchini and purple cauliflower scones

I’ve been on a crazy scone kick. All I want to do lately is sink my teeth into those biscuit-like pastries. It was a no-brainer that I bring scones to a potluck book club meeting at my friend’s apartment this week. Instead of going with my usual sweet ginger scones, I decided to opt for a savory version with seasonal vegetables in honor of the first day of spring. Continue reading

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Coconut Tomato Soup with Crispy Kale

Coconut tomato soup with crispy kale
Coconut tomato soup with crispy kale

Warning: This is not your traditional tomato soup.

Sure, it’s hearty and comforting, and it is definitely chock-full of tomatoes, but it also offers a unique richness that allows it to stand apart from others of the variety.

Thickened with creamy coconut milk and protein-packed chickpeas, this soup is just right for a rainy afternoon, lazy evening meal, or any time you need a few spoonfuls of home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water (more if you want soup to be thinner)
  • Kale

Instructions:

  • Heat oil and add onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Stir in tomatoes, then add chickpeas, coconut milk, and water.
  • Add red pepper flakes and any additional seasoning.
  • Simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer contents to blender and pulse until soup turns thick and creamy.

If you’re like me and enjoy a little crunch with your meals, you can lightly coat some small pieces of kale with extra virgin olive oil and put them in the broiler on high for four to six minutes. Top your bowl of soup with crunchy kale and enjoy.

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5 Greenpoint Dishes to Defeat Your Cold

Break up that cold. (Photo by Anthony Quintano from Hillsborough, NJ, "Breaking The Ice On The Hudson River With United States Coast Guard Cutter Hawser" https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30566935)
Break up that polar vortex cold. Photo by Anthony Quintano from Hillsborough, NJ, “Breaking The Ice On The Hudson River With United States Coast Guard Cutter Hawser,” via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30566935.

Fever, cough, red and runny nose, strong desire to never leave your couch … sound familiar?

If you live in New York City — or anywhere where it’s cold, really — the answer is probably yes. Whether you’re already under the weather, or you feel a cold coming on, one of the best ways to fuel your road to recovery is with food. Here are five of the best spots in Greenpoint to crunch, munch, and sip your way to better health. Continue reading

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