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Turnip & Collard Green Frittata

Picture of frittata

Frittatas are one of the most powerful tools in the home cook’s arsenal. They are extremely forgiving and easy to adapt to whatever ingredients are in the fridge. Plus, you can serve a frittata at pretty much any meal. Pair it with muffins and fruit salad, and there’s brunch. With crunchy green salad and wine, dinner is served.

Lately I’ve been turning to frittatas at the end of the week to use up the veggies straggling in the crisper drawer, both for quick dinners and make-ahead breakfasts. No matter what specific ingredients I have on hand, I always make frittatas using the same basic formula:

  • 2 cups chopped, cooked vegetables, onions, potatoes or meat
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup liquid dairy- milk, cream, or half and half
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic and other spices to taste

The recipe fills a 9-inch deep dish pie pan and bakes up in a 325 degree oven for 50 minutes

For this particular frittata, I took inspiration from the traditional southern preparation of turnips and collard greens and I paired those cruciferous veggies with garlic and heavy cream. Some Romano cheese added a bit of bite to the recipe, and I opted to use a mix of duck and chicken eggs since that’s what I had available. Next time we get turnips and collards in the local box, I’m planning to make this dish again and add some smoky bacon to the mix– I’ll just fry it up at the start of preparation and use the bacon fat to saute the veggies.

Picture of Frittata Ingredients

Turnip and Collard Green Frittata
yield: 6 servings

olive oil
1 yellow onion
2 turnips
2 garlic cloves
1 bunch collard greens
6 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Peel and dice onion, turnips and garlic cloves. Chop stems off of collard greens, wash the leaves thoroughly, and chop them into 1/4 inch ribbons. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and use olive oil to grease a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan.

In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Saute chopped onions, garlic and turnips until they begin to soften. Add the chopped collard greens to the skillet, and cook them with the other vegetables until they are wilted and soft. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.

Beat the eggs and cream together in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the cooked vegetables, cheese, salt and pepper to the egg mixture and pour frittata batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes in preheated oven, until eggs are firm.

Click here for a printable copy of this recipe.


Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

I can’t seem to get enough soup in the winter, and with the beautiful turnips and carrots that came in our Greenling Local Box last week, I thought that a big bowl of chicken noodle soup was in order. I’ve made this a number of times before, as it’s really yummy and so quick and easy to make. While it’s not the same as soup that’s been cooking for hours, it’s way better than anything out of a can, it uses plenty of veggies and only takes about 20 minutes. It’s hearty and filling, with a good ratio of stuff to soup (I prefer stuff to soup). Note that using good quality chicken stock is important; because you’re not cooking the soup for hours, you want the best flavor possible.

Adapted from Rachel Ray


  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 turnips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 c. chicken stock
  • 4 c. water
  • 1 lb. chicken, chopped into 1/2″ chunks
  • 1/2 lb. extra-wide egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley


  • Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Chop the carrots and turnips while the olive oil is heating, then put them in the pot.
  • While the carrots and turnips are working away, chop the onion. Put them in the pot with the carrots and cook until the onions are translucent.

  • Turn the heat up to high and add the water and chicken stock to the pot. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces, making sure to remove the tendon.

  • When the water and chicken stock start to simmer, add the chicken pieces.
  • Wait a minute or two, then add the pasta to the simmering soup. Cover and cook until the pasta is tender (about 9 minutes).
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the parsley and serve.

Local Box Meal Plan: Feb. 8-12

I tried making a turnip puree last week, and while the flavor was good, it seemed a bit like eating baby food. So I think I’ll stick with roasting them for now. Anyone have any great turnip recipes?

This week, we’re getting a huge head of Napa cabbage from Farm Patch; spinach from Naegelin; lettuce from Bluebonnet Hydroponics; meyer lemons from G&S Groves; turnips, cilantro and green shallots from Acadian; baby bok choy leaves from My Father’s Farm; and mushrooms from Kitchen Pride.

So I’m making:


Side dishes:

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:


  • Tuna salad on a bed of…salad?


Side Dish:

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

Maple-Roasted Vegetables

I tweeted a picture of these a few nights ago, and I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you all because it was so good! I had some sweet potatoes that I hadn’t yet used from a Local Box a few weeks ago, and we got some beautiful purple turnips in our box last week, so I thought this would be a perfect way to use both.

These veggies are sweet, with a hint of spicy from the coriander. The peppery notes of the turnips are much more muted.

When roasting vegetables, it’s important to limit the use of oil in order to prevent the veggies from getting soggy, rather than caramelizing. A hot oven and baking sheet will also help!

Adapted from The New York Times


  • 2 lb. vegetables, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ chunks
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander
  • Heavy pinch of salt and few grinds of pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. When you turn the oven on, put a baking sheet in there as well. I’ve found that roasting on a hot baking sheet also helps to ensure the crisp factor.
  • Combine the olive oil, maple syrup, coriander, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  • When the oven and pan are ready, toss the vegetables in the maple syrup mixture and spread out on the hot pan. Make sure that every piece is touching the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for ~40 minutes, or until the veggies are caramelized and fork-tender. If the veggies haven’t caramelized adequately, turn on the broiler for a few minutes.

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 11-15

Given the devastating freeze that afflicted South Texas last week, I wasn’t hopeful that our Greenling Local Box would contain too many goodies. Luckily for us, I was mistaken! Though I expect that some of these items may change due to unpredictable quantities, I still wanted to make a plan for the things we would get.

We’re supposed to get bok choy and radishes from My Father’s Farm, apples from Top of Texas, tangerines from Orange Blossom, collard greens from Naegelin, Louisiana spring shallots and green leaf lettuce from Acadian, broccoli microgreens from Bella Verdi, and purple turnips from Lundgren.

So I’m making:




Side Dishes:

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:


  • Mushroom omelette with garlic and parsley potatoes


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.