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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 4/15/2012 10:18am by Bill Pastellak.

 

 Carrot & Sweet Potato Mash

-This week we are fortunate to get some honest to goodness full size carrots (no more tiny, baby carrots). Kids will go crazy for this slightly sweetened mash without even realizing there is almost two pounds of vegetables in the dish. Sweet potatoes & carrots are full of sugar, so I would eliminate the brown sugar for a tablespoon or two of local honey. Sprinkle some roasted pecans on this to put this dish over the top.

 Scrambled Eggs with Leeks, Fava Beans, Crispy Breadcrumbs

-This recipe makes use of the leeks and fava beans plus the wonderful yard eggs we have at the market. Rather than scrambled eggs, I would recommend turning this dish into a fritatta. Follow all the steps until it says stir the eggs. At this point, turn the heat down to medium low until the a light golden brown crust forms on the bottom which releases east from the pan. At that point, finish the dish in a 375 degree oven until the eggs set. When done, slide out of non-stick pan and cut into slices or cubes.


 Quick Strawberry Jam


-Strawberries can go from perfect to mushy and overripe in no time flat, so it's important to use them right away. This recipe for strawberry jam takes 10 minutes and will keep in the fridge (covered) for up to two weeks.

 Brown Rice Pudding

-Good rice pudding is a nice treat everyone once in a while. I'm sure everyone has a nice supply of the Cajun Grain rice in your cupboard, so this recipe can start to put a dent in it. Rather than dried fruit as the recipe recommends, top with the quick strawberry jam.

Posted 4/10/2012 1:14pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

Fresh Fava Bean Hummus

-Fresh fava beans take a little bit to process, but once you taste the results you'll see why its worth the effort. This simple fava bean hummus will blow away anything you can buy in stores.

Kale & Sweet Potato Soup

-Greens and sweet potatoes are a "can't miss" combo. The spicy coconut milk broth ties these ingredients both together for a quick vegetarian soup that can act as a dinner in itself with the addition of rice.


 Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


-I know, I know...rhubarb is most definitely not local, but so what when a pie is this good. Straight strawberry pie can taste a bit flat, so the rhubarb brightens it up and gives it a little texture. If you purchase pre-made pie crusts, the prep time is about 20 minutes, making this recipe doable on a weekday night.

 Pickled Zucchini

-The pickling craze continues, this week with the first zucchini of the season. Quick pickles (of any kind) are a great way to process your produce and will hold (covered) in your fridge for up to two weeks.

Posted 4/7/2012 2:00pm by Bill Pastellak.


Roasted Spring Onions

-So the spring onions we've been getting lately might seem strange to some. They're not quite full grown onions, but they are way bigger than green onions. What do you do with these? Roast 'em!

Kale & Sweet Potato Soup

-Greens and sweet potatoes are a "can't miss" combo. The spicy coconut milk broth ties these ingredients both together for a quick vegetarian soup that can act as a dinner in itself with the addition of rice.


Strawberry Vinaigrette


-Homemade salad dressings are infinitely better than those bought at the store and they cost a fraction of the price. This recipe works well with ripe and over-ripe strawberries. For the sweetener, I prefer to use strawberry jam instead of sugar or honey as it intensifies the strawberry flavor.

Pickled Turnips

-Turnips were always my least favorite box item. They just seemed watery and bland and I could never find a recipe for them. Then I started pickling. Turnips mild flavor serve as a perfect backdrop for infinite varieties of pickling seasonings. This recipe includes turmeric, so your finished pickles will be a beautiful yellow color.

Posted 4/3/2012 9:23am by Bill Pastellak.


 Minted Simple Syrup

-This minted simple syrup is a great addition to juices, fruit smoothies, and cocktails. I prefer to let the mint steep in the simple syrup for a few minutes after I have simmered it. This makes for a stronger mint flavor which can compete with the sweetness of the simple syrup.

Egg Salad with Radishes

-People either love or hate egg salad. I used to be one of the latter...until I tried it with radishes. The spiciness and crunch of the radishes is a perfect foil to the richness and creaminess of the egg salad. Rather than put them sliced on top, I like to dice them small and mix them into the egg salad itself.


Southern Cornbread


-Last week I had some delicious southern corn muffins from local catering company Nolavore. The strong corn flavor and wonderful butter from Mauthe's Dairy made me come back for seconds (and thirds). I highly recommend using the Mauthe's butter from the market for this recipe, as really takes the cornbread to the next level.

Kale Chips

-I've been hearing a lot lately about kale chips, so its due time I included them in the weekly box meal plan. This really isn't a recipe as much as it is dehydrating some leaves of kale. Regardless, it makes for a healthy alternative to potato chips.

Posted 3/30/2012 1:46pm by Bill Pastellak.


Fava Bean Dip with Goat Cheese and Garlic Recipe

-Fava beans are only around for a short while, so i wanted to make sure I found a recipe that didn't make them an afterthought. Mixed with local chevre from Ryal's, this recipe is almost 100% local.

Spinach Quiche

-Spinach quiche is a classic and perfect Sunday breakfast or brunch dish. Ignore the frozen spinach ingredient and (obviously) use fresh instead. To remove some of the water from the spinach which will make your quich soggy, first saute with a little bit of oil and garlic and then drain and squeeze out the excess liquid.


 Pink Grapefruit Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette


-This simple recipe takes advantage of the super juicy grapefruit and strawberries that have (finally) hit their peak. Feel free to nix the radishes if they are not your favorite.

Kale Chips

-I've been hearing a lot lately about kale chips, so its due time I included them in the weekly box meal plan. This really isn't a recipe as much as it is dehydrating some leaves of kale. Regardless, it makes for a healthy alternative to potato chips.

Posted 3/28/2012 9:12am by Bill Pastellak.


Swiss chard with beets, goat cheese and golden raisins

-Chard and beet tops taste almost exactly the same, so it only makes sense to combine the two in the same dish. This dish has all the flavors you could possibly imagine: earthy, sweet, bitter,  sour, and spicy. Serve over couscous or rice for a complete meal.

Sweet Shiitake Pickle

-This recipe is a cinch and makes a flavorful topping for homemade ramen soup. Be sure to heat up the vinegar, sugar, salt, and soy sauce before pouring over the shiitakes. This will ensure the salt and sugar are properly dissolved.


Strawberry-Beet Jam

-I love strawberries. I love beets. Why not combine them in a delicious jam?

Shredded Kohlrabi Quick Pickles

-Thanks to Root and their delicious in-house pickles, I've become obsessed and will try and pickle almost anything. Now it's kohlrabi's turn. The kohlrabi in the box is most likely only 1lb., so make sure to half the ingredients in this recipe.

Posted 3/24/2012 6:59pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

Arugula Pecan Pesto

-Pesto is typically made with basil and pine nuts, but there are plenty of other varieties worth making. This recipe makes use of Macon Fry's wonderful arugula and the buttery pecans from Inglewood Plantation. Make sure to roast the pecans before processing to concentrate their flavor.

Ginger-Grapefruit Granita

-Sound fancy? It's not. Granitas are basically just fruit juice mixed with some simple syrup and frozen. Despite their simplicity, they are a nice refreshing low-cal dessert. Alternatively, if your throwing a dinner party, this is a great palate cleanser for in between courses.

Strawberry-Beet Jam

-I love strawberries. I love beets. Why not combine them in a delicious jam?

Shredded Kohlrabi Quick Pickles

-Thanks to Root and their delicious in-house pickles, I've become obsessed and will try and pickle almost anything. Now it's kohlrabi's turn. The kohlrabi in the box is most likely only 1lb., so make sure to half the ingredients in this recipe.

Posted 3/20/2012 12:46pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

Rotmos

-Sooooo....rutabagas are in the box this week. I've never even seen one, much less cooked with one so I was stumped when it came to a recipe. Apparently rutabagas are pretty popular in Scandinavian countries, so I found a recipe for rotmos (basically a root vegetable mash) as easy way to use up this week's rutabagas.

 Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

-Sweet potatoes and pecans in the same box? This one is a no brainer. I highly recommend using frozen pie shells for this recipe. They're not quite as good as homemade, but they make this dessert doable on a weekday night.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

-Seems like every pastry/dessert shop has these on there shelf, but there is no need to buy them when you can make them at home for a fraction of the price. This recipe will give you 15-20 chocolate covered strawberries for no more than $6 or $7.I also find setting them on parchment paper (instead of a wire rack) is a better option and makes for no clean-up.

Roasted Tilapia with Orange-Parsley Salsa

-This one knocks out the rice, parsley, and oranges in this week's box. Tilapia is solid, affordable whitefish and is abundantly available fresh at any grocery store.

 

Posted 3/19/2012 8:25am by Bill Pastellak.


 Rice Cranberry Pecan Salad 

-This dish is often made with wild rice, but works equally well with the popcorn rice in the box. It also makes use of the zest (the best part) from the organic valencia oranges. The cooking time and amount of water will be reduced due to the popcorn rice. Add 2 cups instead of 2 1/3 or the rice will be mushy.

 Quick Pickled Beets

-Quick pickling (which is basically just a long marinade) produces pickles just as good as any canned products. Due to the acidity of the vinegar, this will hold (covered) in your refrigerator for two weeks. If you don't have the spices, pick them up from the bulk spice section at Whole Foods or the NOLA Food Coop rather than buying the expensive (and stale) jarred spices.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries


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Seems like every pastry/dessert shop has these on there shelf, but there is no need to buy them when you can make them at home for a fraction of the price. This recipe will give you 15-20 chocolate covered strawberries for no more than $6 or $7.I also find setting them on parchment paper (instead of a wire rack) is a better option and makes for no clean-up.

 Snow Pea & Sesame Saute

-This recipe is a perfect side dish for any Asian cuisine dinner. For a stronger sesame flavor, saute with sesame oil. I also recommend dissolving a quarter teaspoon of cornstarch in  a tablespoon of water and add with the soy sauce and honey. This will give the sauce a little thicker texture that sticks to the snow peas. 

 

Posted 3/12/2012 9:04pm by Bill Pastellak.


Rice Pudding 

-Rice pudding is about as easy as a dessert gets. As with most simple dishes, it requires using all high quality ingredients. Use the popcorn rice and milk from Ryal's dairy for an all local dessert.

Stuffed Tomatoes

-Tomatoes are never out of season here thanks to the hydroponic tomato farm in La Rose, La. This dish is a taste of summer and makes the most out of the meaty textured beefsteak tomato.

Sauteed Chard with Raisins & Pine Nuts

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This recipe is SOOO good and at the same time really easy to make. Chard has grown to become my favorite winter vegetable due in part to recipes such as this. Add a little balsamic vinegar to give the dish some acidity.

 Snow Pea & Sesame Saute

 

-This recipe is a perfect side dish for any Asian cuisine dinner. For a stronger sesame flavor, saute with sesame oil. I also recommend dissolving a quarter teaspoon of cornstarch in  a tablespoon of water and add with the soy sauce and honey. This will give the sauce a little thicker texture that sticks to the snow peas. 

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