Local Box Meal Plan, August 15-19

Okay, I admit it. I had never heard of Red Aztec Spinach until I saw it on the Local Box lineup for this week. Apparently it’s a spinach-type green that tastes like broccoli. The plant thrives in full sun and heat, and the tender leaves and tips are popular in traditional Mexican and South American cuisine.
Judging by the Local Box video, it looks like we’ll get enough of the Red Aztec Spinach to use with other ingredients as part of a main dish, or as a side dish on its own. Either way, it’s important to only prepare the tips and leaves of this plant, since the stems are very woody and tough.
Here’s what to expect besides Red Aztec Spinach in the Local Box:
  • Assorted Eggplant – Fruitfull Hill Farm
  • Watermelon (x-large) – Gundermann Acres
  • Okra – Engel Farm
  • Basil- Gundermann Acres
  • Pickling Cucumbers- Gundermann Acres
  • Red Aztec Spinach – My Father’s Farm
  • Red Potatoes – Gundermann Acres
  • Summer Peas – Just Peachy Farm
  • Assorted Peppers – Comanche Oaks

Here’s what I’m cooking with all the goodness:

Meal One: Roasted okra sprinkled with garam masala, served with field pea hummus, pita bread and Indian chicken skewers

Meal Two: Red Aztec spinach and rice, sliced watermelon on the side

Meal Four: Crock pot chicken and potatoes, sliced watermelon on the side

Meal Five: Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti

2 responses to “Local Box Meal Plan, August 15-19

  1. This reply concerns the basil in the Greenling local box this week (15-19 AUG 2011).

    Basil? Really!? I’d never seen this kind of basil before. I was expecting proudly convexed green leaves, and was rather surprised to see the pink/purple miniature “floral arrangements” waiting for me in the kitchen.

    “It’s basil,” claimed my wife, who obviously doesn’t know anything about the grand green plant…or so I thought. As it turns out, she was right! And so were all the other folks at Greenling and Greenling associated farms AND everyone in India – from whence this decorative weed hails.

    As it turns out this ocimum tenuiflorum is quite popular in Hindu cultures, often grown outside of shrines. Some cookbooks refer to it as hot basil due to it’s peppery flavor. Plus there are numerous recipes for tea that include this basil claiming such adjectives as “energetic” and “invigorating” in their descriptions.

    Do a quick search for “Tulsi Basil” or “Holy Basil” to discover the wonders of this magestic – and apparently medicinal – basil plant. … Oh and contrary to the opinions of many, it makes lowsy tea…please don’t ask. =)

    From the Manly Meateater,
    Peter McDonald

  2. Ha! Thanks for sharing all the info!

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