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Creamy Avocado Pasta

Sometimes I really struggle to stay meatless on Mondays if I’m craving a nice creamy pasta dish for dinner. It doesn’t happen often, but when the hunger for rich food strikes, the avocado is my secret, meatless weapon against dairy-meat-munchies!

The avocado in this creamy pasta recipe works as a binder, creating a rich, smooth dressing with flecks of bitter greens and zesty citrus notes. You’ll notice that there’s no Parmesan cheese in this dish. Most varieties of that cheese are made with animal rennet– not good for Meatless Monday! I use almonds, nutritional yeast, and plenty of salt in my recipe to replace the “oomph” that Parmesan might add.

Creamy Avocado Pasta (serves 2)

1/2 pound vegan pasta
1 medium avocado
1 1/2 cups spinach, arugula, or romaine lettuce
1/2 cup basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice, plus extra for seasoning
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup almond
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm, about 8-10 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid, and drain.

Meanwhile, scoop out the flesh of the avocado and place in a food processor. Add the greens, basil, citrus juice, garlic, salt, pepper, almond, and nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth.

Pour the pesto over the pasta in a serving dish. Toss to coat the pasta with sauce, adding a little pasta water as necessary to loosen the sauce. Taste the finished pasta and season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

This pasta is best served on the same day it is prepared, since the avocado will oxidize and turn the sauce an unsightly brown color after a while.

 

Mixed Green Salad with Garlic Honey Vinaigrette

When it comes to holiday entertaining, it doesn’t get any easier than mixed greens and vinaigrette. This base recipe is ultra-simple and pared down to keep the budget low, but you can easily make the dish your own by adding chopped fruits, nuts, raw vegetables, or whatever you have available in your pantry.

Substituting three heaping tablespoons of raspberry preserves or orange marmalade for the honey and garlic in this recipe is a simple way to transform the dressing to a fruity vinaigrette. You can use a flavored vinegar to mix things up.

This recipe yields just over a cup of salad dressing– twice the portion than you need for a dinner party of eight. The extra dressing will keep well in a jar or bottle in the refrigerator. Just be sure to allow the dressing to come to room temperature before serving, since the olive oil will thicken when it is cold.

Mixed Green Salad with Garlic Honey Vinaigrette (serves 8)
Salad:
2 cups loosely packed spinach leaves, stems removed
1 bunch leaf lettuce, stems removed
1 bunch arugula, tough stems removed
Dressing:
3/4 cup organic olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup local honey
2 garlic cloves, pressed into a paste
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Chop the spinach, lettuce, and arugula into bite sized pieces and place them in a large salad bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss salad with half of the dressing and serve immediately. Store the remaining dressing for another use.

Kale-Arugula Quiche with Smoked Gouda

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I served this for Easter brunch today. There’s a lot I like about this quiche, like the smoky gouda complimenting the strong-flavored greens and how easy it was to make. And, like many things I cook, it’s very adaptable. You could use pretty much any combo of greens you happen to have on hand. At the last minute, I remembered that I had some mushrooms in the fridge and threw in some of those, with no ill effects. There are no fancy spices here, just salt and pepper, but the quiche has a lot of flavor thanks to the flavorful ingredients.

Kale-Arugula Quiche with Smoked Gouda

1 refrigerated pie crust, for a 9-inch pie
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced (white parts only)
6 oz kale and arugula mix, coarsely chopped (ribs removed from the kale)
Handful of white mushrooms, sliced (about 7 mushrooms)
1 cup skim milk
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated smoked Gouda cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°.  Place pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Freeze 15 minutes. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add greens and mushrooms, sauté 7-8 minutes or until greens have wilted quite a bit and the mushrooms have started to shrink and brown.

Combine milk and remaining ingredients in a bowl; stir well with a whisk. Stir in greens mixture. Pour filling into crust. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 24-28

Video coming later, folks. For now, I’m super excited to see the return of Napa cabbage. Not only is it tasty, but it reminds me of last year’s Frankencabbage. Now, there’s no guarantee that this week’s bounty will be the behemoth size of Frankencabbage, but we can hope! Anywho, here’s the full list.

Tangerines – Orange Blossom
Mustard Greens – Naegelin
Broccoli – Texas Daily Harvest
Various Lettuce – Acadian
Baby Arugula – My Father’s Farm
Red or Green Kale – Naegelin
Napa Cabbage – TDH
White Mushrooms – Acadian
Yellow Onions – Naegelin
Grapefruit or Navel Oranges – G&S

I’ll be making:

Cabbage-mushroom pie – I probably won’t both making my own crust, and just pick up one from the store.

Stir-fried kale with broccoli – I’m going to use orange or tangerine juice instead of lemon juice.

Orange, walnut, and Gorgonzola salad with citrus vinaigrette – Any of the citrus you get here will work well in the dressing.

Roast pork chops with bacon and wilted greens

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 17-21

I’ll post the video as soon as I have it. Anywho, I’m super excited about getting local fennel this week. It has a mild, licorice-y flavor that you’ll probably like even if you aren’t a fan of licorice (like me). Here’s the full list:

• Tangerines – Orange Blossom
• Fennel – Oak Hill Farms
• Red Beets – Naegelin
• Various Lettuce – Acadian
• Arugula – Acadian
• Red Swiss Chard – Acadian
• French Breakfast Radish – Acadian
• Apples – Apple Country
• Turnips – Naegelin
• Meyer Lemons – G&S

Shrimp and sausage cioppino – A cioppino (cho-PEE-no) is an Italian seafood stew. This is currently my favorite fennel recipe, and it uses the whole bulb to boot. I think I’m going to add arugula the next time I make it.

Butter-poached breakfast radishes – Looks like an
unusual way to prepare French breakfast radishes as a side dish. I’m not sure where one finds raspberry wine vinegar, but I am sure that a few dashes of something like apple cider vinegar will suffice.

Turnips with chard – A fast, easy side dish.

Lemon and garlic-roasted beets – Another side dish.

I think I’m going to mix the lettuce with sliced apples and tangerine sections for an easy side salad.

Local Box Meal Plan: Dec. 27-31

We’re not getting the video until tomorrow, so this meal plan is based off the list you received in your newsletters Friday. I’ll post the video here as soon as it’s ready.

UPDATE: Video added below.

Avocados – G&S
Arugula – Naegelin
Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian
Red Beets – Naegelin
Sweet Potatoes – Various
Cabbage – My Father’s Farm
Onions – Naegelin
Mixed Superfood Greens – My Father’s Farm
Parsley – My Father’s Farm
Green Shallots – Green Gate

Some menu items for you to try:

Avocado green goddess dressing – Add a handful of parsley to this recipe, and use your green shallots in place of the green onions. This dressing would be great on a salad made with your red leaf lettuce and arugula.

Salmon with scalloped sweet potatoes – I’d use butter in place of margarine here, but otherwise this recipe looks pretty good as written.

Braised beets and cabbage – Would make a good side dish for roasted meat. Use your regular cabbage in place of the red called for here.

Pasta with sausage and greens – The recipe calls for collards, but use whatever hearty greens you get in your mixed bag.

I suspect we may have a lot of arugula and parsley to use up, so try this arugula-parsley pesto if that ends up being the case for you.

Local Box Meal Plan, Turkey Day Edition

This week, I’m giving you a bunch of recipes that will make fantastic Thanksgiving sides. Enjoy, and have a great holiday!

Fuji or Cameo Apples – Apple Country
Butternut or Pumpkin Squash- Gundermann Farms
Daikon Radishes – My Father’s Farm
Red Russion Kale – Acadian
Crimini Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
Salad Mix – My Father’s Farm
Louisiana Shallots – Acadian
Sweet Potatoes – Naegelin
Arugula – Acadian

The list:

Kale and olive oil mashed potatoes – The recipe says to use fried shallots as garnish, but I’d just chop your shallots and add them to the step where you sautee the kale.

Roasted butternut squash and apple salad – I’m taking a few liberties with this recipe, but running with the general idea. Instead of endive, use your salad greens. And instead of slicing the apples into matchstick-sized strips (that sounds like a lot of work), I’ll just cut it into chunks. Serve the roasted squash and the rest of the ingredients over a bed of salad greens.

Sweet pickled daikon radishes

Warm mushroom salad with Parmesan and arugula – You can buy prepared demi-glace at Whole Foods. In lieu of that, my suggestion is to simmer 1/2 cup of beef broth until it reduces down to 1/4 cup. It’s not exactly the same, but it’ll thicken and provide more flavor than plain beef broth.

Vanilla mashed sweet potatoes – I know I already gave you a mashed potato recipe above, but this one is so different from the first that you can certainly serve both. Think of it as an alternative to sweet potato casserole.