The Box Meal Plan
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!
Tea Eggs are a beautiful and fun take on hard boiled eggs: cracking them as much as possible is great for the look and infuses even more flavor!
Sweet Potato Bolani are a better version of hot pockets. While this recipe calls for lavash flat bread, it's a great idea that can be adapted to pastry dough, pita bread, tortillas - you name it.
Winter citrus is a great way to incorporate some brightness into a salad, and if you have some watermelon radish on hand, the spiciness is a good balance. Roasted Citrus Salad has extra malty sweetness that is a fun way to mix up your fruit flavors!
This Chocolate Stout Cake is a delicious way to combine beer and coffee and dessert in one! Homemade kumquat marmalade is super easy, and a bright way to dress it up, too.
There are many options for sandwich supplements or bruschetta toppings, and these Roasted Garlic Tomatoes are a great choice that's easy to make ahead. The recipe is flexible to pretty much whatever type (or quantity) of tomatoes you have on hand, so there's plenty of opportunity to try them on toasted baguette with some chevre, on a turkey sandwich, or in a veggie wrap!
We've shared breakfast blueberry baked goods before, but when you get blueberries in January, it's worth revisiting. Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are a perfect winter choice, since they're hearty and filling, but still bursting with flavor.
Are carrot greens good to eat? Well, we know plenty of juicers who love adding them for some bonus nutrients and flavor, but there persists a wicked rumor that carrot greens are poisonous: they're not. An impressive way to cook seasonally with them is this Roasted Carrots with Carrot Greens Pesto. This pesto variant is a great trick to keep up your sleeve for when your usual go-to base herbs are out of season.
Sometimes you need to change up your greens game, and Sukama Wiki, a rustic East African dish, is a great way to do just that. This recipe is a good find, because it calls for just a few fresh ingredients, and then incorporates a delicious blend of spices that are great to have in your pantry anyway. Of course, this is a fantastic use for collards, kale, chard - really any of your dark, leafy greens!
Sometimes in summer there are more herbs than a person can know what to do with, but in January, you want them to count. If you haven't tried making Herb Salt before, it's a great way to keep some fresh flavor on hand, and they make wonderful gifts!
Carrot cake is a delicious dessert, and if you make these with whole wheat flour, Carrot Muffins are the perfect, healthy, cheat-dessert breakfast, especially with applesauce and Greek yogurt!
If you're less of a baker or in a rush for a quick lunch, Carrot and Herb Salad is a simple dish for any time. Plus, it's a flexible recipe, so feel free to switch in different acids or herbs (it's a great place for herb salt!).
For those new to beets, the first thing to know is that they will probably stain your hands. But beyond that, they are delicious, super good for you, and they are absolutely beautiful. Beetroot Soup with Blood Orange and Coconut is a sweet, earthy dish, and less intimidating than a full on borscht.
All right, we know the heads of cauliflower you're getting might be a little more than you planned on. In that spirit, we wanted to share some great cauliflower recipes to show everyone that there really is no such thing as too much brassica. Plus, if any of your resolutions include: eat healthier, go gluten free, lose weight, etc... versatile cauliflower is a wonderfully useful vegetable!
You may have heard of using cauliflower as a crust replacement for pizza, but a simpler version that avoids the sometimes-soggy 'za results is Cauliflower Cheesy Bread. Crispy and cheesy, there's really no need to get filled up on bread anyway.
Unlike cauliflower crusts, Cauliflower Breakfast Muffins don't mind a little more moisture, so they're also a good place to start experimenting with brassica "flour." Like making several baked eggs in a muffin tin ahead of time, this is a great recipe to do once a week and free up some of your morning for more sleep or coffee or running (yeah, I see you, non-food-related New Year's resolutions).
And yes, we love soup, especially now that it's actually wintery out, so of course we have to include Cheesy Cauliflower Soup (are you worried all the cheesy recipes aren't good for resolutions? Yeah, us neither). Of course, this recipe calls for ham, but it's easy enough to skip it to keep it vegetarian or add other ingredients if you want to take the soup in a different flavor direction. We suggest trying out some jalapenos for a bit of kick!
Risotto is a delicious comfort-y food that can get pretty healthy (or unhealthy) depending on how you make it and with how many veggies, but if you want a little more leeway, try Cauliflower Risotto with White Beans. The "risotto" itself is the cauliflower here, for a more indulgent take on the idea of cauliflower "rice."
Beets are a fun way to jazz up pretty much anything with a burst of color, and a Beet Smoothie is a great way to get tons of vegetable goodness. This recipe gets bold with garlic and some chives for garnishes, but you can keep it fruity if you prefer - beets and blueberries is a great combination!
Rice doesn't get a lot of attention as a dessert option, especially out of pudding, but this Orange Rice with Cinnamon and Chocolate is an easy but very impressive sweet treat.
Potato salad is delicious, but sometimes some more crunch from your vegetables is nice (and less guilt). A Cauliflower Salad is a perfect option, and like any potato salad, you can accommodate the recipe to your taste - don't like mayonnaise? Swap in yogurt or mashed avocado. Vegetarian? Skip out the bacon. You got this.
And if you manage to have any leftover hoppin' john at this point, these New Years Sliders are a great way to polish that off. If you have extra cooking energy to use up too, we recommend some beet fries and charred green onions.
The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup combo is the perfect, comfortable way to start 2015, and it doesn't start better than with locally grown tomatoes in January! A vegetable broth can make this recipe vegetarian, and depending on what went into it, bring some new flavors to the table, too. We like a mushroom broth and the addition of some sauteed shiitakes into the grilled cheese!
If you haven't already, the savory breakfast is a great habit to start in the new year. It tends to incorporate ingredients that will do a better job of keeping you full and energized through the morning. A quick saute yields this delicious Broccoli Stem Salad, all the more convenient because you can make it for a quick hot meal or ahead of time for a chilled, crunchy salad.
Brussels sprouts with bacon are great on their own, but to really craft a meal that is dressed to impress, try Bacon Brussels Sprouts Risotto. Risotto is another solid recipe to have down for 2015: the starchiness of the grains creates a wonderful creamy texture without (needing) any cream or butter!
Casseroles are a classic dish structure, and this white version with cauliflower and cream hits it out of the park. This Cheese Cauliflower Casserole is a great dish on its own, but we especially find it serves as a great base to feature a few more ingredients like some chopped greens or peppers and scallions.
Ready for the last recipes of the year?
Still not sure what to do with cabbage? Try a holiday version of a classic: Orange Apple Cranberry Sauerkraut. This particular recipe is a great way to start the new year, too, because it's fermented so you'll get a bunch of great benefits to your tummy!
Speaking of New Year's options, if you haven't tried Cauliflower Rice, it's a wonderful base for any dish that would normally call for rice or pasta. It's healthier and just as easy to flavor with whatever you like!
Tofu Steaks with Warm Satsumas and Rosemary is a great hearty, healthy dinner to start off your 2015. Of course, if you like, the marinade works wonders on animal steaks too. If maple syrup isn't quite local enough for you, some local honey from the market is a tasty substitute.
And in the interest of saving time as well as waistline in the new year, Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese is a great dinner on its own, and you can easily make several ahead of time, and toss one in the oven when you need a quick meal!
It's hard to deny the crisp appeal of french fries as a side, but they're not the best at supporting healthy resolutions. We like these Beet Fries as a delicious and visually arresting option! Of course, this recipe works well for many root vegetables, so if you must have potatoes, toss them in too, or bring in some carrots or sweet potatoes for an even more exciting look! Plus, these beet fries bring a earthy richness plain ol' spuds can't match.
Herb butter is a wonderful touch for warm rolls or steaks, but if you haven't tried upping your spread game with citrus, you should check out this Orange Honey Butter. The sweet, tangy balance is great on cornbread with chili, on scones at breakfast, or with many fish filets. This works with satsumas or lemons for a bit more sass, and if you grab some of the first-of-the-season blood oranges, you can play in some gorgeous crimson, too!
Puff pastry is a cloud of buttery goodness, and the light, flakiness is wonderfully offset by sweet, savory crunch in a Carrot Tarte Tatin. The honey and herbs are great flavor combinations even if you're just roasting your carrots, but the presentation and textural pairing brings this dish up a level. Want to give it another boost? Pick up some local feta and milk and create a restaurant-worthy condiment with two ingredients and a blender!
Cabbage is a traditional food for the southern new year, but this twist is a little crunchier: Stir Fried Cabbage and Carrots should count as equally lucky, and you can revisit this recipe for Chinese New Year in February!
Though we already featured a coconut base soup today, we couldn't resist sharing this Caramelized Cauliflower Coconut Soup too. This recipe is so easy, and it is a beautiful way to prepare cauliflower if you are feeling over roasting, stir frying, steaming... or just want to add to your cauliflower repertoire!
Hanukkah is almost over, but you never have to stop eating latkes, as far as we're concerned. Baked Sweet Potato Latkes are a healthier version of the traditional dish, and they bring a little more of their sweet flavor to the table, which makes them a fun pairing for more spicy or savory condiments than the usual apple sauce and sour cream (though they're great with those too!).
We're still excited about the addition of Brussels sprouts to the season, so we wanted to cover a quick, easy preparation for them. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are a simple dish, great for a side dish or a filling lunch of their own. Roasting is also a great way to cook sprouts in general, retaining all or most of their nutrients and caramelizing just enough to play off of their own more bitter flavor.
Although plenty of amazing dessert-style sweet potato dishes that come up around the holidays, this savory Sweet Potato Gratin with Gruyere is a cheesy piece of heaven.