Hi, there! My name’s Kathryn, and I’m peased to meet you. I’m the new Local Box blogger for DFW, and I couldn’t be happier to be here! I’ll be posting a new meal plan for the Local Box here every Monday or Tuesday, and I hope you enjoy all the recipes. This month, I’m posting all vegetarian in honor of World Vegetarian Awareness Month. If your family is vegan or vegetarian, enjoy! If you’re a strict carnivore, I hope you’ll give some of these meat-free meals a try. Coming in the Local Box this week:
Meal one: You can use Purple Hull Peas in any recipe that calls for black-eyed peas, the legumes are cousins and taste very similar. I’m planning to make this Creole Black-eyed Pea Stew, which also calls for tomatoes. To adapt this recipe for the Local Box, substitute chopped fresh tomatoes from your Local Box for the 15 oz. canned tomatoes. Prepare the recipe following the non-pressure cooker directions, and reduce cooking time to an hour. Since the purple hull peas in the Local Box are fresh, they’ll cook faster than dried black-eyed peas. While the stew is cooking, I’ll whip up some Cheesy Chive Cornbread, ready in under 30 minutes!
Meal two: This recipe for Turnip and Sweet Potato Gratin from Martha Stewart is one of my favorites. I’ll admit I don’t care for turnips on their own (sorry, Mom!) but this easy, cheesy casserole covers ’em up with Gruyere. The casserole is rich enough to act as a main dish, and I’ll balance it out with a simple Arugula and Radish salad, with Lime Vinaigrette. (If you get lemons instead of limes, use that for the dressing– it’s great with either strong citrus flavor.)
Meal three: In more than three years of Local Box blogging for Greenling, this is my first local spaghetti squash!! I don’t know how that’s possible– winter squash are abundant in Texas– but I couldn’t be more excited. More advanced spaghetti squash cooks might enjoy this Greek Spaghetti Squash Bake, but I’m going to keep it simple. Steamy Kitchen’s recipe for Baked Spaghetti Squash looks extremely easy, and the step-by-step instructions with photos will be very helpful on my maiden squash voyage. Once can not subside on squash alone, so I’ll serve the squash with baguette slices topped with cream cheese, chives, and thinly sliced radishes.
Meal four: It’s chili weather! Here is a super-easy recipe for Butternut Squash Chili that keeps prep time short by calling for canned beans and raw, chopped butternut squash. If we have leftover cornbread, I’ll serve that alongside.