Oh boy! There are mustard greens and spinach coming in this week’s Local Box! I have been waiting for this combination of greens all winter to make Sarson Ka Saag, a wonderful and spicy Indian curry, served with roti or naan.
My family usually turns up their nose at mustard greens, but the heat and texture of these spicy greens is just perfect for Indian preparation. We will definitely be having that dish on Wednesday night when our Local Box arrives!
Here’s a list of the Local Box contents:
- Mustard Greens – Lund Produce
- Komatsuna/ Mizuna Bag – My Father’s Farm
- Green OR Red OR Bibb Lettuce – Gundermann Acres
- Green OR Savoy Cabbage OR Spinach – Gundermann Acres
- Crimini Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
- Mint – My Father’s Farm
- Green Onion OR Green Garlic OR White Turnips – Animal Farm or Fruitful Hill Farm
- Tangerine – G&S Groves
- Yellow Onion – Engel Farms
- Butternut Squash – Gundermann Acres
Here’s what we’ll be eating the rest of the week:
Meal one: Sarson Ka Saag (Mustard Green Curry) with Naan and jasmine rice. This dish calls for Mustard Greens and Spinach, but you could definitely substitute the Mizuna/Komatsuna for the Spinach if you wish. Chopping the greens very fine, with a food processor if you have one, is key to the creamy consistency that makes this curry sing.
Meal two: We’re only getting 7 or 8 crimini mushrooms in the Local Box, so they’ll definitely need to be paired with something else to make a full dish. I’m going to try this Roasted Butternut Squash with Green Onions and Mushrooms, along with some local, organic link sausage as the main dish.
Meal three: This wilted lettuce salad is to die for, and I think its flavors would really compliment French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. If we don’t eat all the tangerines for snacks during the week, I’ll serve those on the side for dinner.
Meal four: Wok sauteed mizuna with minced chicken. If we get cabbage, I’ll grate the whole thing and cook it along with the mizuna in this recipe, making sure to double the liquid ingredients in the recipe so that there’s plenty of sauce.
Bonus: I can’t figure out a good way to use the mint in any of the dishes above, so I’ll probably use it to make mint ice cubes. Mint ice cubes are super easy, and a great incentive to drink more water during the day!