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(post, Tiffanie McCoy)
My CSA likes orach, which I think is technically purple goosefoot. Think of it as ancestral purple spinach. It tastes like spinach, but is a gorgeous magenta, with some green leaves thrown in for variety. In the past, I was always a bit lost with the orach... I'm not a big fan of spinach, honestly. I like the hardier greens more, like kale and chard. But! I have finally found my super-easy last-minute dinner use for orach. In the Simple Suppers cookbook from Moosewood is a recipe for sesame crusted tofu over spinach. You press your tofu slices into sesame seeds, fry them in sesame oil until browned on both sides, toss in some soy sauce and flip the tofu so it gets the soy sauce on both sides, then plate them and put the orach into the pan to wilt. I usually add some oil and any extra sesame seeds from the plate. Serve all this over some rice and you have a great meal! Plus, the tofu is toddler friendly; mine eats an entire slice all by himself and asks for more. He's not eating the orach yet, sadly.