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Tilapia with Grilled Orange Vinaigrette

Because it has been in the 80s for about a week now (yay!), I’ve started reverting back to my warm-weather habit of cooking on the grill at least a few times per week. Today I really wanted to grill some fish, but I always run into the problem of fish sticking to the grill and falling apart once it’s cooked. I realized I could circumvent this issue, and cook some veggies along with the fish, if I put everything into a foil packet on the grill.

It worked wonderfully, and is easy to boot. I just put each fish fillet on a large piece of foil and topped them with a mixture of spinach, chard, and red bell pepper. For the vinaigrette, I added orange halves to the grill for the last five minutes of cooking, then mixed their juice with olive oil and herbs. I poured it over the cooked fish and greens, and voila – the perfect spring lunch.

Tilapia with Grilled Orange Vinaigrette

4 tilapia fillets
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 a large bunch of chard, chopped
~5 cups spinach, chopped
1/2 a large red bell pepper, chopped
Olive oil
2 oranges, halved
Handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 a bunch of green onions (or green garlic), chopped

Preheat grill to medium heat (about 350 degrees). Season the fish with salt, pepper, and thyme. Place each in a large piece of foil sprayed with cooking spray and drizzle a bit of olive oil over each. Combine spinach, chard, and bell pepper and top each piece of fish with the mixture. Drizzle a bit more olive oil over the veggies, season with salt and pepper, and close up the foil packets to seal.

Place packets on grill and cook 20 minutes. Rub oranges with olive oil or cooking spray and place cut side down on the grill in the last five minutes of cooking.

While fish is cooking, combine cilantro, green onions, and 1/2 cup of olive oil in a bowl.

Remove everything from the grill. Squeeze orange juice into herb/oil mixture and season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Spoon a bit of the dressing over each fish fillet and serve.

– Stephanie

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Local Box Meal Plan: March 7-11

Didn’t you love the strawberries last week? I feel like doing some baking this week, so I dug up a recipe for strawberry bread. Yum.

Slicing Tomatoes – Gundermann
Bibb Lettuce – Bluebonnet Hydroponic
Spring Onions – Gundermann
Green Kale – Gundermann
Strawberries – Gundermann
Navel Oranges OR Grapefruit – G&S Grove
Collard Greens – Gundermann
Kohlrabi OR Radish – My Father’s Farm
Multicolored Carrots – Animal Farm
Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride

Strawberry bread – Would be great toasted with some butter for breakfast.

Collard green slaw

Salads with Bibb lettuce, tomatoes, and roasted kohlrabi or radishes – Since I don’t know what we’re getting, I’m just planning to roast up either the kohlrabi or radishes and use in salads this week.

Smothered mushrooms and kale

I’m just going to eat the citrus as snacks this week.

Local Box Meal Plan: Feb. 28-March 1

We’re getting a cute basil potted plant this week, but make sure to not plant it outside yet because basil hates cold and will blacken and die unprotected in these cold night temps we’ve been having. Just put it in a pot indoors till it warms up a little outside. Anyway, here’s this week’s list, video, and meal plan. What are you making with your Local Box ingredients? Post your ideas in the comments.

Slicing Tomatoes – Gundermann
Mixed Lettuce Heads – Bluebonnet Hydroponic
Green Onions – Green Gate Farm
Kale – Gundermann
Spinach OR Chard – Naegelin Farm OR Uncertain Farms
Navel Oranges – G&S Grove
Basil Potted Plant – My Father’s Farm
Green Cabbage – Gundermann
Turnips – Gundermann

Burgers with chopped green onions and seasonings mixed in the meat, with lettuce and tomatoes

Kale chips – Sounds bizarre, but these are actually really good. Just be sure not to overbake, because blackened kale = inedible kale.

Pan-seared scallops with ginger-orange spinach – Holy yum. This recipe calls for both vodka and vermouth as part of the scallop marinade, but if you don’t have one or the other, I bet a dry white wine would be a great substitute. Also, if you get chard instead of spinach it’s fine to use it here. You may want to cook it for a few minutes longer than specified, or just know that it’s going to be a little chewier than spinach would be.

Roast pork with cabbage, apples, and turnips – I’m thinking there’s a way to adapt this for the crockpot if you want to do it on a weeknight. I never just throw meat into the crock, because I always get better results if I brown it first. So I would brown it in a hot skillet on all sides, then add it to the crock with the rest of the ingredients and cook for 8-10 hours on low. Oh, and cook the bacon and crumble it before you add it to the pot. Another benefit of the crockpot is that it won’t heat up your kitchen, which is nice as the weather warms up.

Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan 31-Feb 4

I’m loving the abundance of avocados we’ve gotten lately. What’s your favorite winter veggie?

Here’s the complete list for this week.

Beets/Fennel/Kohlrabi – Naegelin
Green Cabbage – Naegelin
Green Leaf Lettuce – Acadian
Sweet Potatoes – Gundermann
Swiss Chard – My Father’s Farm
Dinosaur Kale/Curly Kale – Texas Natural
Cilantro – Fruitful Farms
Green Onions – Naegelin
Avocados – G&S
Grapefruit or Navel Oranges – G&S

I am making:

Green monster smoothies – Lately I’ve been making these for breakfast using raw chard, kale, or spinach. I know a smoothie with raw greens may sound gross. And I won’t lie – they are not pretty. I put mine in an opaque cup. But I tell you, they taste really, really good and are good for you. My basic recipe calls for 2 cups raw greens, 1 cup frozen fruit, 1/2 a banana, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a handful of ice. Blend for a few minutes until everything is smooth. I might try throwing some citrus in this week instead of the frozen fruit. You can also experiment with different liquids, like regular milk or hemp milk. Don’t knock the green monster till you try it.

Curried sweet potato salad with cilantro – This recipe is a little fussy for my taste (I’m not carefully layering a salad that I’m just going to scoop onto a plate a minute later), but the elements are solid. I’ll probably sub olive oil for the mayo and use green onions instead of red.

Roasted beets, fennel, or kohlrabi – These guys all taste pretty different so I don’t want to give you complicated recipes using them when you can’t easily substitute for the one you get. Instead, I’m linking to different recipes for each one. I usually roast up a bunch of veggies like this on Sunday and use in salads during the week with our lettuce and cabbage. Oh, and if you haven’t had kohlrabi, it tastes a little like broccoli, but without the tiny florets that stick in your teeth. Yum.

Spicy shrimp with citrus avocado sauce – Use whatever citrus you get.

Cauliflower Dal

Dal was the first thing I thought to make when I saw the giant head of cauliflower in my box last week. It’s a classic Indian stew made with a base of lentils (the word can also refer to the lentils themselves), and its thick texture and warm flavors are perfect for the cold, rainy days we’ve had lately. Anyway, after an overzealous trip to Whole Foods a while back, I ended up with a large amount of red lentils. Red lentils + cauliflower = awesome dal. The lentils will break down almost completely as they cook, so don’t be surprised.

This version is vegan, but you can use butter or ghee if you’d rather, instead of oil. I also added some cilantro and green onions at the end to lighten up the flavor a bit. Not that this dish is heavy in terms of calories, but the flavor of curry powder and the starchy base benefit from a bright kick of cilantro and onions at the end.

Cauliflower Dal (adapted from Fat-Free Vegan)

1.5 cups red lentils
4 cups water
1 tsp. turmeric
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (use less if want this less spicy)
1 tsp. minced ginger
16 oz. diced tomatoes (or 1 can)
1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (or half of a large head)
1/2 cup water
Chopped cilantro
Sliced green onions
Cooked rice

Add lentils to a pot with the water and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer until they are tender, about 20 minutes.

While the lentils are cooking, prepare the vegetables. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet. When hot, add the curry powder and stir. Cook for 30 seconds, until the powder becomes fragrant. Add the onion, garlic, pepper flakes, and minced ginger. Stir and cook until the onion softens, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cauliflower, and water, and stir. Cover and cook until the cauliflower is just tender, about 10 minutes.

When the lentils and cauliflower are both done, add the lentils to the cauliflower mixture. Stir well, and check seasoning, adding more salt if needed. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve hot, over rice, and garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 10-14

This week, I’m especially excited about the red Russian kale. If you’ve never had it before, be sure to give it a big sniff before you cook it – it has a wonderful, floral fragrance.

Tangerines – Orange Blossom
Green Onions – Naegelin
Red Beets
Various Lettuce – Acadian
Daikon Radish – My Father’s Farm
Bok Choy – Naegelin
Cauliflower – J&B
Apples – Apple Country
Red Russian Kale – Acadian
Butternut Squash or Avocados

I’m making:

Pork tenderloin stir-fry with tangerines and chili sauce

Herb-poached shrimp with cauliflower couscous and brown butter – This has a long ingredient list, but looks really yummy.

Braised kale with pancetta – Keepin’ it simple. The kale shines here.

Roasted butternut squash with sauteed beets and beet greens – You can leave out the squash if you get avocados instead.

Apple-avocado salad with tangerine dressing – This would be good without the avocados if you get squash instead.

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 3-7

Happy New Year! We’re starting the year off right with the first cauliflower of the season. Here’s the full list and video:

Citrus – G&S Grove
Green Onions – Naegelin
Oriental Turnips – Acadian
Mustard Greens – Naegelin
Daikon Radish – My Father’s Farm
Purple Mizuna – My Father’s Farm
Cauliflower – J&B
Apples – Apple Country
Cilantro – Acadian
Mixed Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
Dill – My Father’s Farm
Mixed Carrots – Animal Farm

I will be making:

Turkey and mizuna salad – With a few modifications, of course. Sub cauliflower for broccoli, and use thinly sliced daikon radish in place of the cucumber (be sure to cut them very thin – they can be pretty spicy). The dressing looks delicious, but if you don’t feel like making it just use whatever you have. If you haven’t had mizuna, you’re in for a treat – it has a mild, peppery flavor, much like arugula.

Daikon and carrot pickles – Pickling is a traditional preparation for daikon radishes. The colored carrots we’re getting will look pretty here, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, these daikon radish cakes look tasty and use some unusual ingredients, like white rice flour.

Traditional turnips and mustard greens – I was in New Orleans last week and had some turnip greens cooked this way at Mother’s Restaurant. It’ll always be my favorite way to eat them.

Pork medallions with mushroom-dill sauce – The sauce is reminiscent of beef stroganoff.

Apple-grapefruit salsa – I love this spicy-sweet combo. Would also work well with oranges if you get those instead of grapefruits.