About Angela

Angela is originally from Seattle, but has called Texas home for the last ten years! She works at Greenling DFW and loves spreading the Greenling message in North Texas. Angela was the voice behind Greenling DFW's Local Box meal plans until she recently accepted a position in education in Dallas-Fort Worth. With the rest of her time, Angela plays roller derby here in Dallas and spoils her cat-child, Winston.
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10 Cool Things To Do With Dates

Fresh dates aren’t easy to come by ’round these parts- their season is quick and their harvests are usually small. But our amazing and talented buyer in DFW was able to score some for this week’s Local Box! Now that you have a pint of delicious, fresh dates you may be wondering what to do with them. Don’t worry, we’ve got it under control.

 

1. Everyone loves candy and candied dates are no exception! This recipe may take awhile, but the results are well worth it.

2. Want a faster, but equally sweet recipe? Take a tip from the Italians and serve those fresh dates with coffee cream.

3. Create a fresh fruit medley with this recipe for a fig, apple and date salad.

4. For the meat lovers out there, try  wrapping  and stuffing the dates before grilling them. Perhaps with bacon?

5. Not a fan of bacon? Stuff them with pistachios instead!

6. Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli knows what she’s talking about. Date compote with fresh pears would make even the most icy hearts melt with first ‘date’ love.

7. Fresh dates have a similar texture to apples- by combing them both in a crumble  you may just be overwhelmed by deliciousness.

8. Even the kiddos will love this one- fresh date and pears muffins. 

9. Pomegranates are even harder to find locally, but if you happen to score this delicious fruit at your local organic store, mix them up with a fresh date and pomegranate salad. 

10. And if you don’t feel like cooking them right now, you can always dry the dates yourself and save them for another day.

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DFW Local Box Meal Plan July 30th- August 3rd

 

It almost feels like autumn with all the squash and sweet potatoes in the Local Box this week- too bad it’s still a Texas summer outside! With temperatures reaching the ridiculous this week, make sure to stay cool inside with the occasional poolside grill night.

Meal One: Chill out and chop up some tomatoes and mushrooms for a tasty, light salad.

Meal Two: Fresh dates in Texas?! I know you’re super excited, but maybe a little confused. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. For something sweet, try zucchini and date cake, a delicious twist on the ever popular zucchini bread. If you’re in the mood for a meal that’s a little more savory, try a carrot and date salad. 

Meal Three: Show those autumn vegetables what summer is all about! Grilled sweet potatoes besides grilled squash with a dill vinaigrette and feta cheese will have your mouth watering.

Meal Four: When the temperatures finally begin to cool towards the end of the week, make sure you cool down and relax with homemade watermelon aqua fresca.

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DFW Local Box Meal Plan July 23-27

Figs are here in the Local Box for the first time in Greenling DFW history! It’s truly a monumental occasion. There is nothing more delicious that a farm fresh, Texas grown fig. Maybe a farm fresh watermelon. But hey! Those are in the Local Box too!

Meal One: Begin your week with a fig celebration! Try a tomato and fig salad with bibb lettuce instead of romaine-you won’t regret it.

Meal Two: If you’re thinking, “Oh my gosh, that watermelon is gigantic!” You’re right, it’s huge! Invite some friends over and grill up that local beauty.

Meal Three: Set a night aside for some Southern traditions- try fried okra with southern peas on the side!

Meal Four: End your week with a delicious serving of quinoa and pear stuffed squash in a lemon apple vinaigrette- so tasty! Just sub out the red pears for the  juicy local pears in this week’s box.

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Last Chance to Get Your Beach On!

It’s been a crazy hot month of July in the urban jungles of Texas and beyond-wouldn’t it be awesome if you could get away to the sandy beaches of Zihuatenejo, Mexico? Yea it would! Don’t forget, this is your last week to place an order or refer a friend and be entered to win an all-inclusive 6 day / 5 night stay for 2 adults in a deluxe suite at the beautiful Playa Viva Resort in Mexico.

You could be here!

Playa Viva is a fantastic eco-friendly resort dedicated to Sustainability, located just off the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. As a guest at the resort, you would have the opportunity to go horseback riding along the beach, dine on meals harvested from an onsite organic garden and relax in solar-powered luxury. Plus, there’s a turtle sanctuary on-site! Baby turtles, folks! Need we list any more reasons to enter to win? Check out the contest page for details!

While you wait for a winner to be announced next month, bring a little bit of paradise into your home with this delicious recipe provided to us by the chefs of Playa Viva.

 

Vegan Omelette with Peppers and Tomatoes (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 medium bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, sliced
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2, 15-ounce cans organic garbanzo beans, liquid reserved
  • 4 table spoons, plus 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil in a medium, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once oil is warmed through, cook bell peppers and tomatoes until peppers are soft, about 7 minutes. Reserve vegetables for later and remove pan from heat.

 

2. Pour beans and liquid into a blender with salt and pepper. Blend until mixture is uniform in color and texture, adding water a tablespoon at a time if necessary until the mixture is about the consistency of thick pancake batter.

 

3. To cook the omelettes, heat a tablespoon of oil in the nonstick skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, pour 1/4 cup of garbanzo bean batter into the pan. When the edges of the batter begin to set, gently spoon a few tablespoons of the reserved, cooked vegetables over the top. Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter over the vegetables, and let the omelette set for a few moments. Once the top batter begins to lose its sheen, use a spatula to carefully flip the omelette over to finish cooking. After the second side has cooked to a golden brown, remove omelette from skillet and serve. Repeat this to cook remaining omelettes.

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Local Food Happenings and Events Around DFW July 20th-27th

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market 2nd Anniversary 
Sat. July 21th, 6pm-10pm
FREE
Main Street Between Malcom X and Crowdus[Dallas]

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is a monthly event outside Downtown Dallas that features handmade crafts, vintage, and food products from local vendors in the North Texas area. It’s a family friendly atmoshpere with live music and other fun things to do on the weekend. Deep Ellum is historically the place to go to in Dallas if you want a unique experience. Come visit the Greenling booth and say ‘hello’ to Todd, our DFW general manager!

For more information click here!

 

 

 

Til Midnight at the Nasher
Fri. July 20th, 7pm-midnight
FREE
Nasher Sculpture Center [Dallas]

Join the Nasher this Fridays for live outdoor concerts featuring the best in local music talent and movie screenings in the garden. Grab a few friends, bring blankets to spread on the grass, and enjoy the magic of downtown as the sun sets over Dallas!

For more information click here!

 

 

 

 

 

White Rock Local Market
Sat. July 20, 10am-1pm
FREE
702 N. Buckner Blvd [Dallas]

White Rock Local Market is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit farmers market where local farmers, ranchers, and artisans sell directly to the East Dallas neighborhood. Vendors bring fresh, local and healthy foods, and quality arts and crafts. WRLM is held twice a month – the second and fourth Saturday – at The Green Spot Market and Fuels. Second Saturdays are Everything Markets and feature farmers, food artisans and arts and crafts. Fourth Saturdays are Just Farmers – farmers, producers, and food artisans.

For more information click here!

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DFW Local Box Meal Plan July 16-20

We’re already half way though July-can you believe it? The summer is flying by! Take some time to slow down and enjoy the delicious summer harvest in this week’s Local Box.

Meal One: Try a tasty warmed arugula and squash salad  along side a bowl of honey glazed radishes  to get your Local Box week off to a delicious start.

Meal Two: Those strange little apple-looking fruits in your basket are Asian Pears and they are succulent! Try them in Asian pear pork chops or take them to work as a tasty snack.

Meal Three: There are  a lot of peppers in the  Local Box this week- try stuffing the bell peppers and drizzling them with fresh home-made salsa. 

Meal Four: And finally, finish off the week with a helping of good ol’ southern comfort peas.

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