Tag Archives: peas

Local Box Meal Plan: July 4-8

Hope everyone had a great holiday! I’ll be enjoying my melons simply cubed and raw, but here are some great recipes for the rest of our ingredients.

Yellow Peaches – Caskey Orchards
Blueberries – Berry Best
Assorted Summer Squash – Massey Farm
Yukon Potatoes – Tecolote Farm
Eggplant (Assorted) – Fruitful Hill Farm & Animal Farm
Armenian Cucumber – Fruitful Hill Farm
Juliet Tomatoes – Hillside Farm
Summer Peas – Just Peachy Farm
Cantaloupe OR Sugar Baby Watermelon – Massey Farm

Sun-dried Juliet tomatoes – This is a super-interesting recipe for sun-dried tomatoes dried using the heat inside your car, accompanied by a few recipes to use your newly dried tomatoes. If you’re more of a traditionalist, just pop the sliced tomatoes in your oven on its lowest setting for a couple of hours.

Cucumber-tomato salad – Make a simple salad with peeled Armenian cukes, sliced black olives (if you like them), tomatoes, Italian dressing, and salt/pepper.

Orecchiette with caramelized fennel and summer veggies – Orecchiette means “little ears” in Italian and refers to the shape of the pasta. It can be difficult to find (and expensive when you do find it) so sub spiral or wagon wheel pasta if you’d like.

Herbed summer squash and potato torte – From one of my favorites, Smitten Kitchen.

Baked blueberry-peach oatmeal – This calls for canned peaches, but just use sliced fresh ones instead. I wouldn’t bother peeling them, but I don’t mind a little peach fuzz.

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Local Box Meal Plan: June 27-July 1

Sorry about getting this to you a day late!

White Peaches – Cooper Farms 
Blueberries – JB Organic 
Assorted Summer Squash – Gundermann Acres 
Purple Viking Potatoes – Tecolote Farm 
Carrots w/ tops – Gundermann Acres  
Red & Yellow Onion – Gundermann Acres 
Juliette Tomatoes – Hillside Farm 
Garlic Chives – Tecolote Farm 
Summer Peas – Just Peachy Farm 
Garlic – Rim Rock Farm

White peach sangria – What an awesome summer drink. This version uses peach vodka in addition to fresh peaches.

Blueberry buckle – Also called blueberry coffee cake. Alton Brown knows what he’s doing.

Mom’s summer squash – Not my mom, Elise’s mom from Simply Recipes.

Easy crockpot pot roast– Throw some garlic in for extra flavor. With the crockpot, you can cook delicious pot roast in the summer without heating up your kitchen.

Whole wheat couscous with lemon, peas, and chives – Cook your peas before adding them to this light, summery side dish from Bon Appetit.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: June 20-24

Peaches – Caskey Orchards 
Blueberries – JB Organic
Assorted Summer Squash – Gundermann Acres and Texas Natural 
Basil – Pure Luck 
Fennel – Bar W 
Avocado – G&S Groves 
Tomatoes – ABJ Farm and My Father’s Farm 
Black Radish – My Father’s Farm   
Summer Peas – Just Peachy Farm OR Engel Farms
Indian Cucumber – My Father’s Farm   

Peach-blueberry pie – Let me know if you’re getting tired of peach/blueberry combo recipes. I just love the two together in the summer. You can use store-bought pie crust here if you don’t want to make your own.

Chicken penne with basil

Spanish-style stuffed bell peppers

Cucumber, carrot, and radish salad with creamy avocado dressing – You can peel the Indian cucumbers and eat them in the salad raw, as you would a regular cucumber. If you don’t have crème fraiche on hand (and who usually does?) just sub sour cream. Or even whole milk.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: June 13-17

Don’t you love the abundance of fruit in the summer? I dug up some great recipes to make the best of it this week.

Peaches – Caskey Orchards 
Blueberries – Berry Best
Assorted Summer Squash – Massey Farm
Basil – My Father’s Farm 
Mango – G&S Groves 
Valley Girl Tomatoes – My Father’s Farm  
Juliette Tomatoes – Hillside Farm 
Summer Peas – Just Peachy Farm
Spring Onions – Acadian Family Farm 

Tortellini-walnut salad – Combine cooked cheese tortellini with chopped tomatoes, red onions, basil, and toasted walnuts. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil for an easy, filling summer salad.

Quinoa with peas, grilled zucchini, and cumin – Use your summer peas in place of the chickpeas. This would make a great side dish to grilled chicken or pork.

Mango-peach sangria – What an awesome summer drink. If you don’t do alcohol, I imagine this would be tasty with Sprite instead of the wine.

Blueberry-chipotle chutney – I first made this sauce years ago, and still think of it as one of the best sauces I’ve ever cooked up. It has a great blend of sweetness and spiciness, and goes wonderfully with grilled summer meats. I haven’t tried it with grilled tofu, but I bet that would be awesome, too.

Chicken and tomato skillet dinner – I love one-dish meals, and this one looks pretty fast and easy.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: Aug. 30-Sept. 3

This week, we are getting:

Red Potatoes – Naegelin
Yellow Onions – Naegelin
Lady Cream Peas – Just Peachy Farm
Grape Tomatoes – Pedernales Valley
Basil – Various
Summer Squash – Texas Natural
White Patty Pan – My Father’s Farm
Gala Apples – Bat Creek
Cucumbers – My Father’s Farm
Arugula or Sorrel- Bluebonnet or Tecolote

So I am making:

Bruschetta with tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil – FUN FACT! Bruschetta is pronounced “broo-sket-ah” not “broo-shett-a.” The “ch” sound in Italian is like a “k” in English.

Baked stuffed pattypan squash – Second recipe on the page.

Red potato-arugula salad – If you get sorrel instead of arugula, check out this link for a bunch of good recipes.

Gemelli with yellow squash, peas, and basil – Your lady cream peas will be a fine substitute for the green peas this recipe calls for.

Pork chops with onions and apples

Local Box Meal Plan: Aug. 23-27

This week, we are getting:

Green Bell Peppers – My Father’s Farm
Butternut Squash – Massey
Limes or Lemons – G&S
Basil or Chives – Various
Italian Cucumbers – Tecolote
Eggplant – Animal Farm
Gala Apples – Bat Creek
Arugula or Lettuce – Bluebonnet
Okra – Tecolote
Sprouts or Peas

So I’m making:

Creamy butternut squash and apple soup

Eggplant-pepper tomato sauce – Will serve over grilled chicken and pasta. Use chives here if you don’t get basil – it’ll taste fine.

Okra sauteed with peas and lemon or lime juice – I did this tonight with black-eyed peas and it was great. Either lemon or lime juice would work here.

Citrus-grilled shrimp over greens – I like this recipe because you can make a lot of substitutions depending on what you get. Add sprouts if you get them, and use lemon juice instead of lime juice if that’s what you have. Basil or chives would work, too. The cucumbers would be good here, and any extras you have can go in lunch salads for the week.

Local Box Meal Plan: Aug. 2-6

You know how I know fall is almost here? Because this week, we’re getting okra and pears! Here’s to cooler days and nights. The complete list of this week’s produce is as follows:

Okra – Tecolote
Bibb Lettuce- Bluebonnet
Purple Hull Peas – Just Peachy Farm
Figs – Comanche
Basil – Acadian
Texas Peppers – Various
Peaches – Caskey
Eggplant – Tecolote
Pears or Blueberries – My Father’s Farm

So, I am making:

Garlic pickled okra – I made this recipe last year and it was great. Either halve the recipe, or save up a couple of weeks worth to make the whole thing. With it being late summer, we’re going to start getting a lot of okra soon, so you’ll have plenty to pickle.

Basil eggplant stir fry – Use your regular basil instead of the Thai basil the recipe calls for.

Peach-blueberry galette – A galette is a free-form tart, which makes it a lot less fussy than a normal tart. If you get pears instead of blueberries, just peel and dice them to use instead.

Shrimp and pea salad – Simmer your peas for 10 minutes until tender, and use in place of the frozen peas here. Also, up the veggie content of this salad by adding some of your peppers, chopped. I like the idea of using ranch dressing instead of the usual mayo in a salad like this.

Figs with goat cheese and honey – The title pretty much says it all. I made this last week as an easy dessert and it was a hit. Quarter figs, crumble over some plain goat cheese and drizzle with honey. Delicious.