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The Box Meal Plan

Every market day, we seek out recipes to make it easy for you to use all the items in the box. We recommend looking through previous posts if you don't like this week's recipes.
Posted 4/13/2015 9:49am by Rie Ma.

As we get into picnic season, it's important to have snacks on hand, and it's (arguably) important that (at least sometimes) they are (somewhat) healthy snacks. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are an easy and delicious way to stock up on snackable veggies.

Homemade poptarts or turnovers are a super impressive dish to bust out at breakfast, and they're basically handheld pies. Berry Turnovers are a wonderful way to use up abundances of fruit (if you ever have that issue), especially if your berries are a little overripe. If you want to get experimental, we also like throwing some basil in with strawberries or some cumin in with blueberries!

Kohlrabi is a wonderful vegetable: it's versatile and tasty and looks like an alien turnip! That said, if you (or family) aren't reluctant to test it out, Herb Kohlrabi Fritters are a great way to highlight the good flavor in an inoffensive package! 

Leafy greens don't have as much of a reputation for standing up to soup, but throwing them in last in this Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup helps the dish hang on to more of the flavor, texture, and nutrition that can get lost when spinach cooks down too much.


Posted 4/11/2015 9:57am by Rie Ma.

Fruits and salads go together like... well, fruit salad. A Berry Spinach Salad is a powerfully healthy dish on its own or accompanying a meatier dish. Some of the new chevre in the market or black olive tapenade is a great garnish! 

Potato skins don't have to be a guilty indulgence: Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins are a healthy option that also take advantage of the flexible nature of the potato skin. Adding just about anything - fresh or creamed spinach, a little leftover meat, some crumbled feta - is a tasty way to use up any wilting contents of your fridge! This even works for breakfast potatoes!

Lasagna rolls are a fun way to prepare and present lasagna with way less of the tedious layering. Sweet Potato and Chard Lasagna Rolls have the added bonus of being super good for you and being an easy make-ahead-and-freeze meal to keep around.

Creamy risotto can be hard to imagine without being full of rich cream, but the sauce that is so much its identified owes more to the (constant) stirring during cooking. This Carrot Risotto is a perfect way to prove it!

Posted 4/7/2015 9:43am by Rie Ma.

With this week's very berry Box, it's a great time to try out some quick summer drink fixes. Lemon Berry Cubes are a fun trick to have on hand for when you need to make emergency lemonade, adult or not.

We try not to share too many recipes with uncommon pantry items (looking at you, nut flour), so to clarify, this is all about the Roasted Breakfast Blueberries. These are amazing if you want to go all out on some chestnut crepes or just regular flapjacks, but they're also an unusual treat on some vanilla ice cream or on a baguette with some brie.

For a meal that looks way more impressive than its level of difficulty deserves, Fennel Pastries are a perfect choice. Premade puff pastry always makes an impact, and the fennel is a sophisticated topper. Plus, this recipe is easily variable to a main course or shrunk into bite sized appetizers.

Another centerpiece or finger food recipe is this Chard and Mushroom Galette. It makes a great main dish, but as with any galettes, if you shrink your portions, you can make little handheld pockets of deliciousness! 

Posted 4/4/2015 3:16pm by Rie Ma.

Strawberries are a classic smoothie inspiration, so a Beet , Strawberry, Chocolate Smoothie is a perfect way to balance health and great taste.The beets' rich flavor is sweetened by the fruit and mellowed by the chocolate!

Need a last minute East brunch? Sweet Potato and Turnip Hash (and beet and any other root vegetables you got) is a fun and easy way to go, and the touch of cinnamon in this recipe is a new way to compliment some eggs, bacon, or sauteed greens!

A flexible rice dish is always important to have on hand. This Spring Rice is a simple version with green onions, peppers, and herbs that is adaptable to just about anything you have in the fridge. Even better, it's easy to make in a large amount and use leftovers for just about anything too!

We've shared lots of shiitake mushrooms, as all mushrooms make great sides and mains. Shiitake Manicotti is not only fun to say, but it's a great way to meet the dried mushrooms from this weekend's Box. Rehydrating them is easy, but it's always more fun with an immediate and delicious goal!

Posted 3/30/2015 11:15am by Rie Ma.

Latkes or potato pancakes are a familiar entity on many tables, but sometimes we forget that that formula can be applied to any root vegetable you like! A great savory breakfast idea is shredded Radish Pancakes. With a little more zing than your average potato, they are a spicy start to the day!

Sometimes it seems like you can't escape seeing it on a seasonal menu, but there's a reason Spinach Strawberry Salad pop up so much: they're delicious, easy, and very adaptable. The rich spinach is a very supportive base for light, sweet berries, and any touches of nuts, tangy goat cheese, or dressing are great ways to add a little complexity to the experience.

BLTs are a classic (and delicious) sandwich, but they can be disappointing if the bread isn't up to par. A new solution? Ditch the bread completely! BLT Wraps are a fun way to keep your meal handheld while distilling it down to its barest essence (and getting gluten-free in the meantime).

These Grilled Green Onions with a Walnut Romesco are a great meal for a low-key but fancy dinner, and they make a wonderful side for Easter gatherings. If this romesco isn't to your taste, the grilled onions are a lovely base for many possible flavors!

Posted 3/23/2015 1:40pm by Rie Ma.

If you're getting the Box this week or have been trying to figure out what to do with already frozen berries, a Blueberry Syrup is a surprisingly easy option that goes on pancakes, regular cakes, oatmeal, chia pudding...

The Tomato Mustard Pie is a new one for us, but a quick look at the recipe will show a dish that is quick and easy but still looks impressive, especially if you've come by to pick up a mixture of heirloom Sacher, yellow Lorenzo, and Creole tomatoes! 

We've featured a couple of wraps that substitute greens in place of tortillas, and these Collard Omelette Wraps are another great way to go! As an egg-focused meal, it can certainly fill in for breakfast, but somehow the green packaging gives this faux-rrito a more lunchy feel!

A classic move after Thanksgiving, mashed potato cakes are a fun and easy treat. This time, make some Spring Onion and Sweet Potato with Mozarella right off the bat! These are easy to adjust, so they make great small bites or appetizers, if you're entertaining, or are good veggie-friendly options for dinner sandwiches!

Posted 3/20/2015 10:31am by Rie Ma.

We love fruit salsa with savory bites, so this Strawberry and Red Onion Salsa is a great spring option. We recommend adding some fresh jalapenos to the mix for a little kick! The salsa is great to snack on with chips, in wraps or tacos, or just right on top of a steak!

Sweet potato fries are a tasty snack, and these Red Curry Fries are a fun take on them for anyone who likes a little more bite! Of course, this recipe format is super flexible, so if you want to toss your fries in a herbed salt or cinnamon sugar mixture, more power to you! (You may want to change up the dipping sauce for that latter, though.)

We've certainly shared our fair share of slaws, but this Japanese Cabbage Salad is a refreshing take on a classic. The lighter, more acidic flavor makes this a simple side salad or a great condiment for many sandwiches.

Roasted beets are not a new idea, but we like to remind everyone of them, especially when they are Thyme Roasted Beets with Mint Vinaigrette.  The earthy beets pair naturally with the thyme, but the bright freshness of the mint dressing is a great compliment.

Posted 3/16/2015 3:37pm by Rie Ma.

We hope you enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day weekend and have a delicious Day itself! Whether you caught some cabbage or grab some at the market, green-focused recipes are tasty and a great way to off set green beer.

There are a couple of ways to get here, but Green Pancakes are a healthy way to give a little more flair and flavor to breakfast. This recipe in particular counts on spinach to do so, but use your favorite leafy green! Beyond that, this recipe adds oats, bananas and Greek yogurt to really boost their healthiness!

Braised Cabbage is not only incredibly easy, it's delicious, it's a great base or side for other additions to the meal, and it's easy to make vegetarian or vegan. 

A less traditional, but delicious and fun recipe (especially for entertaining) is St. Patrick's Maki: beef (or vegetarian fillings of your choice, wrapped in mashed potatoes, wrapped in cabbage! 

Practically the same ingredients as the braised cabbage, Roasted Cabbage Slices are beautiful centerpiece for a plate. The hearty wedges can replace a cut of meat for a vegetarian meal, or some stew can go right on top!

Posted 3/2/2015 10:27am by Rie Ma.

Sweet Potato Hummus is a great take on the typical chickpea dip (or spread, depending on how you use it. This version is also super simple, so we love tagging it in for crudite or in place of mayonnaise on a sandwich or just on some toast for breakfast!

We generally try to keep recipes here fairly straightforward, but the idea of a Mustard Greens Muffin with an egg hidden inside is too neat to pass up. This particular recipe suggests spinach, but as is often the case, we encourage you to just go with whatever greens you have on hand. Of course, if you don't want to bother with the eggs, the muffins themselves are also delicious, but come on: just look at them!

Citrus salads are a unique way to change up your lunch habits, and a Grapefruit and Avocado Salad is an even more unusual twist on it than most. If you don't have an avocado on you (we're sad they aren't local here too), grapefruit with this honey mint dressing is still a delicious dish, but if you can grab one, the creamy healthy fat of the avocado does a lot to balance the tangy acidic fruit.

We've shared before how rutabagas can be used in just about any recipe calling for potatoes, but it's worth restating, especially when you put it in a Root Vegetable Gratin, because there's really not ingredient that doesn't improve with cheese and cream. We like a take on this indulgent dish with rutabaga and sweet potatoes, which add some new flavors (and health benefits). And don't get mad, but it is possible to use a light Swiss cheese and swap out some 2% milk for part of the cream, if need or want be.

Posted 2/20/2015 2:16pm by Rie Ma.

With mini English cucumbers back in the Box, an Asian Cucumber Salad is a great side or snack. The sweet and salty seasonings play well off of the refreshing cucumber, keeping this light without getting too far into full of pickling. Plus, the English cucumbers are perfect for salads, with their super small seeds!

Need a dish that can double as a breakfast or dessert with a bit of kick and not a ton of refined sugar? Sweet and Spicy Duchess Sweet Potatoes are a perfect fit. They are light and fluffy, and the cayenne heats them up just enough to keep it interesting! (Clearly, spice to taste.)

Caesar salads are delicious, and sometimes you just want that crisp and salty fix. A Kale Caesar is a fun way to incorporate heartier, healthier greens in place of the sometimes-unfulfilling romaine. The homemade dressing is also a great recipe to have in your back pocket: it's delicious in so many dishes!

Whether you're keeping paleo or just trying to sneak more veggies into a meal, Spicy Shrimp and Kale with Creamy Rutabaga is a fun spin on a traditional shrimp and grits. The old fashioned style always has its place, but it's important to try new things!

What's In the Box?April 17th, 2015

  About the Weekly Local Produce Box -For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce from our network of farmers in Louisiana & southern Mississippi. The produce in the box is a mix

The Box Meal Plan: April 14th through April 16thApril 13th, 2015

As we get into picnic season, it's important to have snacks on hand, and it's (arguably) important that (at least sometimes) they are (somewhat) healthy snacks. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are an ea

The Box Meal Plan: April 11th through pril 13thApril 11th, 2015

Fruits and salads go together like... well, fruit salad. A Berry Spinach Salad is a powerfully healthy dish on its own or accompanying a meatier dish. Some of the new chevre in the market or black oli