Happy New Year! The new year brings lots of first-time cooks to the Local Box Blog, so we’re going to focus on easy recipes in this month’s meal plan. I qualify “easy” recipes as those that take 30 minutes or less of hands-on time to prepare. Easy recipes also use basic pantry items and common kitchen tools– nothing too expensive or tricky to procure.
As always, I’ll include some tips and ideas for making substitutions in the linked recipes. Please leave questions and suggestions in the comments!
Here’s what’s coming in the Local Box:
- Green Leaf, Red Leaf, or Bibb Lettuce – Gundermann Acres
- Brussels Sprouts – Hillside Farms
- Tender Greens Bag – Just Peachy Farm
- Green Garlic OR Spring Onion Bunch – Fruitful Hill Farm OR Animal Farm
- Daikon OR Watermelon Radish – Tecolote or Fruitful Hill Farm
- Oranges – G&S Groves
- Grapefruit – G&S Groves
- Sweet Potato – Gundermann Acres
- Yellow Onion – Engel Farms
Here’s what’s cooking:
Meal one: A big salad made with chopped lettuce, a handful of chopped tender greens, 1/4 cup chopped spring onion tops, a can of chickpeas, and sliced radish. This grapefruit vinaigrette looks easy to make since the grapefruit juice can reduce while I am chopping vegetables.
Meal two: Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Shallots. Slice the white parts of the green garlic or spring onion and substitute for the shallots in that recipe.
Meal three: I’ll use bacon, which I have on hand, instead of salt pork in this recipe for turnip greens with turnips. I’ll also add one chopped yellow onion during the first step of the recipe. That recipe takes about 90 minutes to prepare, total, but only 20 minutes of that is hands-on time. On the side, I’ll serve orange slices.
Meal four: Pasta with caramelized onions and brussels sprouts. I’m skipping the bacon in this recipe– the meal should cook up fine without it if I use 2 tablespoons of olive oil and no bacon grease to saute the veggies. I’ll substitute a thinly sliced yellow onion for the shallots in Martha’s recipe.