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Five Fruit Salsa

Ingredients:

Five Fruit Salsa

  • 2 cups cantaloupe
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 3 kiwifruit, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 medium orange, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped
  • 1 (8-oz) can unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained

Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

  • 10 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely copped fresh strawberries

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, onion, kiwi, orange, peppers and pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

For chips, brush tortillas with butter; cut into eight wedges. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the tortillas. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-14 minutes or just until crisp.

Just before serving, drain salsa if desired. Stir in strawberries.

Serve fruit salsa with cinnamon chips.

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Two Local Box Salads

Salad with roasted beets, orange, cilantro, lettuce, and dandelion greens

 

The thermometer on my porch tells me that spring in Texas is over. The highs have  been in the 80s all week, and I have been compulsively checking the weather forecast for some sign that the Texas summer isn’t really starting yet. Today’s overcast skies and cool breezes give me hope. And did you know that some parts of the country had a blizzard this week? There must be hope for a spring snow day in Austin, right??

 

I probably won’t hold my breath. One good thing about this season-straddling weather is the simultaneous availability of local avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, citrus, beets, spring greens and winter greens. Having so many beautiful veggies together in my fridge a sign from above to make salad.

 

This week I created two new salad recipes that each come together in about 10 minutes, no cooking required. (Roast the beets ahead of time!) Each recipe makes an easy vegan main dish for two, or the perfect starter for a dinner party for 6.

 

The first recipe uses winter flavors of roasted beet, orange segments, and bitter greens for oomph. The second recipe is a classic guacamole salad, with cumin, cayenne and green garlic for heat since jalapenos aren’t in season yet. The inspiration for both salad dressings came from Elise Bauer’s Orange and Beet Salad Recipe. Her dressing base of olive oil and wine vinegar is genius in that she adds a little powdered mustard to help the dressing emulsify. I added some local ingredients–like Round Rock honey and cilantro from Naegelin farms– to her dressing recipe to enhance the flavors of the veggies and help them shine in each salad. I also opted for Texas pecans and dandelion greens in my version of the beet salad. You can’t beat the nutty pecan flavor against the pucker of bitter dandelion greens.

 

Salad of Roasted Beets, Oranges, Dandelion Greens
1 head red leaf lettuce, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
1 bunch dandelion greens, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
3 beets, roasted and skins removed, chopped (Do this ahead of time so they are cool!!)
2 navel oranges, peeled and segmented
1/4 cup pecan halves
Dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare all veggies and fruits and combine in a large bowl. Whiz the dressing ingredients together in a blender, or mix them together in a small jar. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss, serve immediately.

 

Salad of Avocado, Tomato, Cilantro and Green Onion
1 head green leaf lettuce, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
1 bunch green onions, white part reserved, green parts chopped
1 bunch green garlic, white part reserved, green parts chopped
2 avocados, peeled with pits removed, chopped
3 tomatoes, cored and chopped
Dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
white parts from one bunch green garlic
white parts from one bunch green onions
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare all veggies and combine in a large bowl, reserving the white stalks of the green garlic and green onions for use in the dressing. Combine stalks with remaining dressing ingredients in a blender and pulse until veggies are completely pureed and dressing emulsifies. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss, serve immediately.

Local Box Meal Plan: May 3-7

This week, we are getting:

Curly endive — Tecolote OR Fennel — Ringger
Summer squash — Acadian
Leeks — Animal Farm (I chuckled) or Montecino
Orange and grapefruit — G&S Groves
Carrots — My Father’s Farm or Naegelin
Red leaf lettuce — Bradshaw
Red radishes — My Father’s Farm
Dill — My Father’s Farm
Strawberries — Naegelin
Chard — Acadian

So, I am making:

If you get fennel, try roasting it. The recipe is simple, with olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese, but tastes fabulous.

Sunny afternoon slaw [recipe: jicama, apple, and cabbage slaw]

I love me a good slaw. This one has extra crunch from both jicama and green apples, and a citrusy dressing provides just the right amount of tartness. You can find jicama by the potatoes in the grocery store, and it does kind of look like a russet potato. It has a very mild flavor, so it’s great for recipes like this where you just want something that adds a bit of crunch but doesn’t overpower the dish.

If you have a food processor, this recipe will come together in about 15 minutes. I use mine all the time, and you don’t need to go all Williams Sonoma and spend $500 on one. I’ve used my cheapo Black and Decker for about 10 years with no problems. I couldn’t find a link to mine online (like I said, it’s old) but this one is similar. If you don’t have a food processor, use the large holes on a box grater to shred the veggies.

Anyway, enjoy this slaw with grilled shrimp or grilled bbq tofu kebabs. Or pretty much anything else grilled. Heck, it was so good I just ate a big bowl of it as a snack.

Jicama, Apple, and Cabbage Slaw

2 cups shredded cabbage (I used green, but Napa is fine)
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and shredded
1 jicama, peeled and shredded (about 12 oz)
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup sliced spring onion tops (or green onions)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Juice of two oranges (about 1/4 cup)
Juice of two limes (about 4 tbsp)
2 tbsp olive oil

Combine cabbage, apples, jicama, carrots and onion tops in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, lime juice, and olive oil. Pour over veggies and toss to combine.

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 25-29

Better late than never, right? We’re getting our Greenling box this afternoon (shoot, I forgot to put the empty box outside this morning!), and as always, it’s got some nice winter-y goodies for us.

This week, we’re getting broccoli, pac choi, baby collards, and turnips from My Father’s Farm; lettuce from Animal Farm; oranges from G&S Groves; cilantro and red spring onion from Acadian; tomatoes from Village Organics; and white button mushrooms from Kitchen Pride.

So I’m making:

Lunch:

  • Tuna salad on a bed of…salad?

Dinner:

Side Dish:

I’ll also make some fresh-squeezed OJ with waffles for Sunday breakfast.

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 4-8

We’re back in Texas and ready to get our local produce again! According to my new iPhone app called “What’s Fresh,” we can expect lots of citrus and greens — and Greenling didn’t let us down this week.

This week, we’re getting broccoli from either Acadian or My Father’s Farm; parsley and bok choy from My Father’s Farm; Mars oranges from Orange Blossom; grapefruit from G&S Groves; sweet potatoes, red potatoes, garlic, and green onions from Naegelin; oriental turnips, escarole, and red onion from Acadian; a late tomato; and crimini mushrooms from Kitchen Pride.

So I’m making:

Breakfast:

  • Mushroom omelette with garlic and parsley potatoes

Dinner:

Side dishes:

If you’re at a loss for what to do with a big bunch of parsley (other than use it as a garnish, that is), you can make a fantastic dip by chopping it up with some chives or other herbs and mixing that with some ricotta cheese.

Local Box Meal Plan: Nov. 2-6

I’m beyond belief excited that we’re getting green tomatoes again. When we were planning our trip to wine country, one of my friends passed along a newsletter from the Visitors Bureau that had a few great green tomato recipes. I’ve been saving it until we get green tomatoes again!

This week, we’re getting serrano peppers from Lundgren; herb, arugula or watercress from Pure Luck; yellow beans and Thai eggplant from Animal Farm; Mars oranges from G&S Groves; beet leaves from My Father’s Farm; turnips from Hands of Earth Farm; butternut squash from Massey Farm; green tomatoes from Green Gate Farm; red or green lettuce from Bluebonnet or Bella Verdi; and apples from Top of Texas.

So I’m making:

Snacks:

Side dishes:

Dinner:

Dessert: