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Local Box Meal Plan: Sept. 7-11

We’re actually going to be in Napa and Sonoma this weekend, so we won’t be getting a Local Box from Greenling this week. But I still have a few ideas for ways to use this week’s box contents, so I thought I would share them anyway.

This week, we’re getting cucumber melon and lettuce from Bluebonnet Hydroponics; eggplant and long beans from Animal Farm; canary melon, edamame and a variety of peppers from Tecalote; Texan pears and black-eyed peas from Lightsey Farms; basil or herbs from Pure Luck; shallots from Lundgren; and okra from Naegelin.

Here’s what I would have made:

Lunch:

  • Chicken salad with herbs and lettuce

Side Dish:

  • Quinoa salad with edamame and black-eyed peas
  • Sauteed okra with pancetta and shallots

Dessert:

Dinner:

I’m bummed we won’t be getting a box, but I can’t say that we won’t be eating and drinking well!

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Sauteed Chinese Long Beans

[Printable Recipe]

I’ve never seen, let alone eaten, Chinese long beans before. Have you? They totally live up to their name. The ones that came in our Greenling box this week had to be at least 18 inches long. I hear they come in green also, but ours were a beautifully vibrant red.

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Luckily for me, Greenling included a recipe for stir-fried long beans in our box. Turns out you make them just like you would saute fresh green beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. long beans
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1″ ginger root, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce (this gets concentrated at the end, so using the low-sodium kind is important)
  • Couple grinds of black pepper

Directions:

  • Trim the long beans to segments about 2″ long.
  • Heat a skillet over high heat, then add the canola oil when the pan is hot.
  • When the oil is hot, add the long beans and saute for ~3 minutes, until the beans are almost finished cooking.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and toss with the beans, then add the soy sauce. The soy sauce will steam up and reduce very quickly.
  • Serve immediately.

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Verdict:
I don’t know what I expected these to taste like, but they seemed pretty similar to fresh green beans. They had a great al dente bite and were nice and salty from the soy sauce. Went perfectly with our hoisin chicken lettuce wraps!

Local Box Meal Plan: Aug. 31-Sept. 4

I’m a little late with the meal planning post today — sorry!

In our Greenling boxes this week, we’re getting summer squash, yellow onion and red potatoes from Naegelin, basil and lettuce from Bluebonnet Hydroponics, crimini mushrooms from Kitchen Pride, microgreens from Bella Verdi, red long beans from Animal Farm, jalapenos and serranos from Lundgren, okra from Bradshaw or Arnold Farms, and black-eyed or purple hull peas and Texas pears from Lightsey Farms.

So I’m making:

Condiments:

Dinners:

Side Dish:

Dessert:

I’ve never seen Chinese long beans before, let alone cooked with them. How are you using them?