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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 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!

Posted 2/16/2015 10:56am by Rie Ma.

Greens are an important staple side dish: they're great with some eggs for breakfast, as lunch on their own, or to dress up any dinner. Thing is, sometimes they get a little repetitive. Lemon and White Wine Steamed Greens are a bright way to refresh cooked greens.

We've had varieties of egg muffins posted before, but with so many breakfast-friendly vegetables in the Box this week, we couldn't resist these Kale and Scallion Egg Muffins. They can get played up with some prosciutto or bread cups as bases for the muffins.

Roasted Cabbage Slices are a fun way to use cabbage, especially if you've had your fill of sauerkraut. A mustard-citrus dressing is a bright addition to the the roasted flavor of the cabbage.

Lasagna is a cozy dish for winter days, and a Mushroom, Chard, and Swiss Lasagna is a delicious atypical version. 

Posted 2/9/2015 10:59am by Rie Ma.

Sea Salt and Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips are a delightful snack that are a way healthier option than anything you didn't make at home. A mandolin is important to get thin enough slices to be as crispy as possible, but even if you slice by hand, the flavors make great home fries or slices with less crunch.

Parfaits don't always seem breakfast appropriate, but this one with Grapefruit Curd and Honeyed Yogurt is healthy enough to make the cut (if we had a cut). We recently featured a lemon curd recipe to show how the process can blend sour and sweet, and this is a great way to get grapefruit flavor in a sweet, tasty way!

Chicken soup with rice is a classic winter feel-good meal, but we recommend branching out with this Tomato and Rice Soup from Jordan. The cinnamon is a unique touch that sets this recipe apart, and this easy, cozy dish makes a great bowl to cuddle up with.

Sushi is beautiful and fun to eat, but it takes a little more work than everyone is necessarily ready to commit. These Raw Collard Wrap Bites make a pretty imitation, and they are super flexible and healthy, to boot! Fill them with herbs, tomato, roast sweet potato, or even a little sauteed sausage!

Posted 2/2/2015 10:35am by Rie Ma.

The Superbowl might be over, but with Carnival in full tilt, there is no end of opportunities to entertain and feed friends. Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls are a delicious way to pack a lot of flavor and nutrition into an easy finger food. Broccoli, shiitakes, carrots, kale, cabbage - most of the Box will be great fillings!

Trying to think of ways to make waffles more delicious AND more healthy? Look no further than Whole Wheat Carrot Waffles! Packed with protein, these are a super way to start the day, though the maple cream cheese glaze may lose you some good-for-you points.

Whether you have creole tomatoes from this week's Box or some of the gorgeous heirloom or cherry tomatoes from the general market, a Thai Tomato Salad is a refreshing way to use them. The fish sauce and Thai peppers bring a unique flair to the dish, which makes a great side or light lunch!

One more instance of the amazing growing season around New Orleans comes in the form of a summery Lemon Orzo with Tomatoes. This dish is a great dinner warm, but really shines as a chilled pasta salad, so make plenty and have leftovers!

Posted 1/31/2015 11:34am by Rie Ma.

Shaved Radish and Herb Butter Sandwiches are a great snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack... you get the idea. The bravo radish in the Box this week is perfect for this: the gorgeous purple color brightens up any plate!

Rice pudding for breakfast is kind of cheating, but it's also kind of delicious. This Sweet Rice Bowl is not quite rice pudding, so we think you're in the clear. This is an quick fix if you have any left over rice from last night's dinner, and you can easily dress it up with some blueberries or roast sweet potatoes.

Turnips make good roasting or braising vegetables, but these scarlet turnips are beautiful in a Sliced Turnip Salad. Some sliced English cucumbers, crumbled cheese (we like feta or chevre), and a light citrus dressing bring this together nicely!

Though this recipe for Kale and Shiitake Soba Noodles calls for mixed frozen vegetables, it will work perfectly for just about anything in this weekend's Box! Sweet potatoes, turnips, scallions, greens, and radish? Great fits!

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  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