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Local Box Meal Plan: Feb. 7-11

In spite of the great freeze last week, there’s a bunch of veggie (and citrus) goodness in this week’s Local Box.

Here’s the full list and menu plan:

Bibb Lettuce – Bella Verdi
Leaf Lettuce – Acadian
Microgreens – Bella Verdi
Collard Greens – Gunderman
Fennel – J&B Farm
Portabella Caps – Kitchen Pride
Multicolored Carrots – Animal Farm
Grapefruit – G&S Grove
Tangerines – Orange Blossom
Beets & Carrot Juicing Bag – My Father’s Farm
Sweet Potatoes – Naegelin

Grapefruit and fennel salad – This looks light and easy – a perfect side salad for some roasted pork. Add your microgreens for some delicate flavor.

Collards, carrots and lentils – This looks like a fast, weeknight vegan meal. You can use brown or beluga lentils in place of the French green lentils, but don’t try red lentils – they just turn to mush when cooked and are better used in preparations such as dal.

Pork tenderloin with portabella mushrooms and sweet potato pancakes – There’s a lot going on here, and I’m probably going to not worry about the hollandaise sauce and the spinach and peppers. But the rest of the recipe looks mighty tasty – probably a Sunday night meal.

I’m going to eat the tangerines out of hand (my toddler is crazy for them) and, because I don’t have a juicer, just roast up the carrots and beets in the juicing bag and use in salads.

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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: 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: Dec. 20-24

Merry (almost) Christmas! Our box is a bit festive this week with the addition of some rainbow-hued radishes and carrots and some red and green peppers. Here’s the full list and video.

Red and Green Peppers – Juan Farms
Broccoli – My Father’s Farm
Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian
Rainbow Carrots – Acadian
Fuji Apples – Apple Country
Tangerines – Orange Blossom
Butternut Squash – Gundermann
Cilantro – My Father’s Farm
Holiday Radishes – My Father’s Farm
Green Garlic or Shallots – Green Gate

I dug up some fancy-ish dishes you can proudly serve at any family gatherings you’re attending this week.

Apple-avocado salad with tangerine dressing – Add some sliced holiday radishes. If you still have your avocados from last week, this is a great way to use them; if not, just leave them out. I’m not sure why the author calls for mandarin oranges instead of tangerines to make the tangerine dressing, but instead of trying to figure out her logic I’d just use your tangerines instead. Finally, your red-leaf lettuce can stand in for the bagged salad mix.

Spiced carrot and butternut squash soup – Would make a great first course. This comes from a British newspaper, so use an online conversion site (this one’s my favorite) to convert the metric units to imperial ones. Use your smaller rainbow carrots in place of two large ones, and use chopped green garlic (the white parts) instead of garlic cloves. It’ll have a lighter, but still garlicky, taste.

Bell pepper and broccoli pasta sauce – Sounds like a festive mix of colors, with the green broccoli and bell peppers alongside the red peppers. The recipe calls for all red peppers, but your green ones will be great. You can also use chopped green garlic in place of the regular garlic called for here.

Roasted Radishes and Carrots with Citrus and Cilantro

The idea of roasting radishes sounds weird, I know. I first came across the concept about this time last year, when I was getting a lot of radishes from Greenling and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I don’t really like them raw – I find many of them to be too bitter and to harbor an unpleasant, biting heat.

That all changed when I roasted my first radish. Most of the bitterness goes away, leaving you with a mild, tender root veggie that adapts well to many flavors and seasonings. Mason and I had picked up some NY strip steaks for dinner tonight, and when I saw the watermelon radishes and purple carrots in my box, I knew what I wanted to do for a side dish.

For this preparation, you sear the radishes and carrots over medium-high heat on the stovetop before putting them in the oven to finish cooking. The stovetop searing does two things: first, it browns the veggies nicely. Second, it reduces the amount of time they have to cook in the oven. Once they’re fork-tender, you season them with a squeeze of tangerine juice and some cilantro and green onion. Even a committed radish-hater will like this one.

Roasted Radishes and Carrots with Citrus and Cilantro

4 large radishes
1 small bunch baby carrots, trimmed (I left most of them whole, and just halved a really large one)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tangerine, halved
Small handful cilantro, chopped
1 green onion (or green garlic or green shallot) shoot, chopped

Preheat oven to 425. In a small cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add veggies and salt and pepper and cook 6-7 minutes, until they start to brown. Remove from heat, place in oven, and cook 20 minutes, until you can stab them easily with a fork.

Remove from oven. Squeeze in the juice from 1 tangerine, and add cilantro and green onion. Stir to coat, and serve immediately. Makes two servings.

Local Box Meal Plan, Nov. 29-Dec. 3

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We have a couple of pretty veggies coming this week, in the form of multicolored carrots (kids love eating purple carrots) and watermelon radishes, which are red on the inside and green on the outside. Here’s the full list.

Bok choy – Naegelin
Tangerines – Oasis Gardens
Bibb lettuce or mixed baby greens – My Father’s Farm
Green beans – Naegelin
Turnip greens – Acadian
Watermelon radishes – Fruitful Farm
Sweet Italian peppers – Lundgren
Multicolored carrots – Animal Farm
Cilantro – Acadian

I’ll be making:

Watermelon radish salad with cilantro – This lets the pretty radishes shine. Sub your lettuce for the romaine. Also, instead of the avocado dressing originally called for, whip up a citrus vinaigrette with some tangerine juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. I bet throwing in some tangerine sections would be good, too.

Bok choy, carrot, and green bean stir-fry – I’m taking this general idea and heavily adapting it. Double the ingredients (the recipe says it serves six, but, looking at the amounts it calls for, I don’t buy it). Add more soy sauce. I’m also going to up the protein content by stir-frying cubed chicken or pork (seasoned with salt and pepper) before adding the veggies, so you’ll need to use more oil. Tofu would be yummy, too. Finally, I’ll probably throw in some chopped cilantro at the end, and serve everything over brown rice or another whole grain.

Hot wilted greens – Add chopped Italian peppers to the onion mixture. I love the addition of balsamic vinegar and pecans here.