If Okra (or Oprah) tried this week’s Local Box, we’re sure it would be one of her favorites! Eggplant and corn are in the house, joining bluberries, okra, cucumber, and greens! Have you made something delicious with the Local Box? Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest!
Salad: Local Box recipe blogger Astaire made a lovely salad featuring blueberries and cucumber. Cool and flavorful, crunchy summer salads are a must in this weather! Fill it out with some beet & chard greens or arugula.
Pesto: Those carrot greens are too beautiful to throw away! Local Box recipe blogger Amee created a lovely Carrot Greens Pesto to use for bruchetta, on meats, or dollop on soup! If you don’t know what to do with your arugula, you could use a bunch of those peppery greens as well. Depending on how big your elephant garlic cloves are, you might only need one!
Lunch: Have you tried Smitten Kitchen’s Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad? While roasted carrots may seem to be a cold-weather food, the avocado’s cooling, creaminess makes this dish an awesome summer lunch.
Side: If you’ve lived in Texas for even a few months, you’ve probably stumbled across elote at some point. This spicy, creamy corn dish is a popular street food item, and for good reason! The corn is charred and roasty, and spiced with cayenne pepper mayonnaise and dotted with crumbly cotija cheese! This recipe is perfect for a potluck or bar-be-que, but you can always cut it in half (and roast instead of grill the corn) if you’re trying it for the first time. If you want to make it more salad-y, add a handful of chopped arugula.
Side: It’s grilling season, and we’re all about okra on the grill! Most cooked okra recipes minimize the “slime” factor, and grilled okra is one such preparation. Try it the next time you’re grilling, and watch it disappear. Yes, it’s that good.
Dinner: I don’t know if it’s normal, but the hotter it is outside, the hotter I want my food. Might as well really sweat it out right? DFW food site Entree Dallas posted this Thai Green Curry recipe from Bambu, a local Richardson restaurant. One local eggplant should be equivalent to 2 Thai eggplants. I love curry with greens, so I’ll add in some beet & chard greens, and probably a little garlic too. Don’t forget, coconut milk is on sale this week and next week!