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Local Box Meal Plan: April 4-8

We’re getting lovely Easter egg radishes this week! Not only are they mildly flavored, the aptly-named radishes come in shades of red, pink, purple, and white. Here’s your entire list, video, and meal plan.

Pea Shoots – Acadian Family Farm
Green or Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm
Strawberries – Oak Hill Farm
Green Chard – Naegelin
Spring Onions – Gundermann Acres
Multicolored Beets – Animal Farm
Heirloom Garlic – Lund Produce
Romaine Lettuce – Tecolote
Easter Egg Radish – Animal Farm
Turnip Greens – Revolution Gardens

 

Braised radishes and spring onions – The original calls for icicle radishes, but just thickly slice the ones you get and cook until tender. Toss in some sliced spring onion bulbs to add flavor to this simple side dish.

Salads with roasted beets, pea shoots, romaine lettuce, toasted walnuts, and this strawberry vinaigrette – Just use regular balsamic vinaigrette if you can resist how tasty this dressing looks.

Fresh strawberry bread – I’m thinking I’m going to toast thick slices of this baby for breakfast. Yum.

Turnip greens and chard with green garlic – This recipe calls for prosciutto, which may be my favorite of the salted, cured meats. Leave it out if you’re anti-pork.

– Stephanie

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Fennel Potato Soup with Turnip Greens

This soup is not what I intended to make for dinner last night. My regularly scheduled menu was interrupted last week when my sister had a beautiful baby girl! My niece’s name is Ella, and the past few days have been completely absorbed by this new little member of our family. Thanks to Ella’s arrival, we ended up eating out for dinner on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights with family.  I’m not complaining– how could I when I look at a face like Ella’s?– but I do have a lot of leftover produce in my fridge. Four meals’ worth, to be exact! Plus, heavy restaurant meals will make anyone feel bloated.

In order to knock out a lot of veggies and help my poor stomach, I turned to this Potato-Fennel soup recipe from the Mayo Clinic Foundation for Medical Education and Research. I knew the potatoes would give the soup a mild flavor, and fennel is supposed to be great for digestion.

I adapted the Mayo Clinic’s recipe by incorporating turnip greens and radish tops into the soup, and by increasing the liquid in the recipe accordingly.  And since I had just one half-pound bulb of fennel on hand, that’s all we used. (I couldn’t taste it a bit in the final dish.) I happened to have radish tops and turnip greens in my fridge today, but any cruciferous dark green would work well here.  However, I would avoid would be mustard greens; their spiciness would probably overpower the delicate balance of flavors in this soup.

All weekend I’ve been imagining what kinds of food Ella will enjoy as she gets older.  Maybe she will grow up to be the next Michael Pollan. Or a great chef. Whatever happens, I hope that some day I can make her a big steamy bowl of this fennel soup and tell her all about the Thursday night that she was born!

Fennel Potato Soup with Turnip Greens (4 large servings)
adapted from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 fennel bulb, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups chopped dark greens, such as turnip, arugula, radish, spinach, or kale
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
Sour cream for garnish
Fennel fronds for garnish

Chop the onion and fennel bulb*. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and fennel. Saute until the onion is translucent and the fennel begins to soften, about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, peel and chop potatoes and wash and chop greens.  Add potatoes and greens to the pot, along with the broth and milk.  Bring the soup to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Taste and season accordingly. Ladle into bowls, garnish with fennel fronds, sour cream, and additional pepper.

*If you’re new to fennel (anise), like me, it can be tricky to know how to cut the bulb open. Here’s a great video with instructions:

Click here for a printable copy of this recipe.

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.

Report from Fearless Forager, week of 11.17.2008

This week, she’s planning to load-up our Local Boxes with all of this:

  • bibb lettuce, romaine lettuce, or baby lettuce/arugula bouquets
  • avocados
  • key limes
  • collard greens
  • radish
  • mustard greens
  • Japanese turnips with greens
  • assorted herbs
  • apples
  • Meyer lemons
  • butternut squash or sweet potatoes
  • red potatoes

Report from Fearless Forager, week of 11.10.2008

Here’s what she’s got planned for this week’s Local Boxes:

  • bibb lettuce or baby lettuce/arugula bouquets
  • avocado
  • key limes
  • collard greens
  • radish
  • mustard/turnip greens
  • red onion
  • yellow onion
  • assorted herbs
  • apples
  • Meyer lemons
  • zucchini
  • sweet potatoes
  • red potatoes