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Spiced Coconut Kale

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This sounds awesome, right? It’s just as good as it sounds, too. You get sweet flavors of coconut and curry seasoning some greens that are cooked just right – not tough but not soggy.

I riffed off of this recipe, changing it to use kale instead of spinach and modify for other ingredients I had on hand.

UPDATE: I made another batch of this tonight and used lime juice instead of lemon. Heaven! I think I like it better this way. Also, I dare you to make this dish and not sing this song as you cook.

Spiced Coconut Kale (adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

1 small spring onion (or shallot)
1 large clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bunch of kale, chopped
squeeze of lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, lightly toasted

Place the onion and garlic on a cutting board, sprinkle with the salt, and chop/mash everything into a paste.

Heat the oil in your largest skillet over medium heat. Add the seeds, cover with a lid, and let them toast a bit. Remove the lid, stir in the red pepper flakes and let cook for a minute. Stir in the garlic-shallot paste and all of the kale. Stir until the kale starts wilting and brightens up in color. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until kale is tender but not mushy. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with coconut.

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Local Box Meal Plan: Feb. 21-25

I am so, so excited about getting strawberries this week. What a rare local treat! Here’s the full list, video, and menu plan.

Strawberries – Gunderman Farm
Avocado – G&S Grove
Spinach – Orange Blossom
Planting Onions* – Orange Blossom
Collard Greens – Gunderman Farm
Fennel – J&B Farm
Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
Bok Choy – Gunderman Farm
Grapefruits – G&S Grove
Meyer Lemons – G&S Grove
Multicolored Carrots – Animal Farm

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWpg5hy1JAw]

Strawberry and spinach salad – I like to savor the first strawberries of the season in all their fresh, raw glory, and they have a natural affinity for spinach. Mix sliced strawberries with roughly chopped spinach, thinly sliced carrots (their sweetness goes well with the strawberries), pecans, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette. I like to make the vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a bit of honey.

Fennel salad with lemon – This month’s Cooking Light magazine has an entire section of Meyer lemon recipes – pick one up if you get the chance. This salad would be a great side dish for grilled or broiled fish.

Broiled grapefruit – Makes a lovely breakfast.

Chicken, Mushroom and Bok Choy Soup – The original calls for shiitake mushrooms, but just use what you get. And sub several of the planting onions for the green onions.

Raw collard wraps with avocado – I’ve stumbled across several different recipes for wraps that use raw collard leaves instead of lettuce or tortillas. It’s kind of genius if you think about it. The collards are a lot sturdier than lettuce, and healthier than a tortilla. Rather than point to one recipe or another, I’m just going to make this a California-style wrap, with diced avocado, grilled chicken, crumbled bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese. Use whatever veggie/protein combo you like.

*A note about planting onions: if you want to use these in your garden, just bury the white part and an inch or so of the green part of each onion in rich, organic soil, and go forth. I practice square foot gardening and will be planting 16 of these in one square foot (you’d be surprised how close together you can put many plants). If you’re interested in this method, I recommend checking out the book if you can get your hands on a copy. It’s not the best-written thing, but it’s detailed and has a lot of information. Another good, more general source of gardening info (but for Central Texas specifically) is The Natural Gardener’s information page. I especially like their month-by-month checklists.

-Stephanie

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Local Box Meal Plan: Feb. 14-18

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! Here’s this week’s list, video, and menu.

Bibb Lettuce – Bella Verdi
Romaine Lettuce – Farm Patch
Green Garlic – Fruitful Farms
Collard Greens – Gunderman
Fennel – J&B Farm
Grapefruit or Navel Oranges – G&S Grove
Meyer Lemons – G& GroveS
Green Cabbage – Gunderman
Turnips – Gunderman
Sweet Potatoes – Naegelin

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Collards and turnips with red onion and bacon – The original calls for 4 lbs of collards, and since we probably won’t get that many, make up the difference with diced turnips and their greens. Add chopped green garlic for extra flavor.

Scalloped cabbage casserole – An oldie but a goodie. This recipe tends to make cabbage-haters eat cabbage. Because it’s covered in cheese and breadcrumbs. Yum.

Lemon-thyme roasted chicken

I’m going to eat the citrus out-of-hand for snacks, and use the lettuces in this week’s salads.

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Smoky Chickpeas and Greens

I’ve been on a dried bean kick lately. They are so cheap, and so easy to prepare! Just soak all day, cook until tender (30 min. to an hour, depending on the bean), and you’re done. I usually cook up a bag at a time and freeze in 1 or 2 cup portions so that I always have some on hand. (FUN FACT: 1 can of beans equals about 1.5 cups.) Anyway, I had an abundance of chickpeas in the freezer and kale in my Greenling box last week, and came across this recipe.

I seriously heart it so much. There are several contrasting elements that make it so, so tasty: smoky flavors from the bacon and smoked paprika, brightness from a squeeze of lemon juice, and creaminess from a scoop of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Yum!

While this isn’t vegetarian, you can probably easily make it so by using oil instead of bacon (the smoked paprika will still give it a smoky flavor) and using vegetable broth instead of chicken. Whichever way you try it, I think you’re going to love this recipe just as much as I do.

Smoky Chickpeas and Greens (from Cooking Light)

2 center-cut bacon slices
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
4 cups cooked chickpeas (or 2 15-oz cans, rinsed and drained)
4 cups chopped fresh kale (or other hearty green)
1/2 cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
4 lemon wedges

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon, and crumble. Add carrot and onion to drippings in pan, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup water, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add kale to bean mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring occasionally. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups bean mixture into each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with 2 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream. Sprinkle with bacon and serve with lemon wedges.

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Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 17-21

I’ll post the video as soon as I have it. Anywho, I’m super excited about getting local fennel this week. It has a mild, licorice-y flavor that you’ll probably like even if you aren’t a fan of licorice (like me). Here’s the full list:

• Tangerines – Orange Blossom
• Fennel – Oak Hill Farms
• Red Beets – Naegelin
• Various Lettuce – Acadian
• Arugula – Acadian
• Red Swiss Chard – Acadian
• French Breakfast Radish – Acadian
• Apples – Apple Country
• Turnips – Naegelin
• Meyer Lemons – G&S

Shrimp and sausage cioppino – A cioppino (cho-PEE-no) is an Italian seafood stew. This is currently my favorite fennel recipe, and it uses the whole bulb to boot. I think I’m going to add arugula the next time I make it.

Butter-poached breakfast radishes – Looks like an
unusual way to prepare French breakfast radishes as a side dish. I’m not sure where one finds raspberry wine vinegar, but I am sure that a few dashes of something like apple cider vinegar will suffice.

Turnips with chard – A fast, easy side dish.

Lemon and garlic-roasted beets – Another side dish.

I think I’m going to mix the lettuce with sliced apples and tangerine sections for an easy side salad.

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Local Box Meal Plan: Dec. 6-10

Sorry for the delay in posting this, everyone. Did y’all see the size of the persimmons coming this week? Yum! Here’s this week’s box contents and video:

Butternut squash – Gundermann
Persimmons – Oasis Gardens
Salad mix – My Father’s Farm
Assorted peppers – Lundgren
Oriental turnips – Acadian
Meyer lemons – G&S Groves
Collard greens – My Father’s Farm
Sweet potatoes – Gundermann
French breakfast radishes – Acadian

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I will be making:

Lemon bars – The video mentioned making lemon bars with our Meyer lemons, and I suddenly couldn’t imagine doing anything else with them.

Persimmon squash pie – You can freeze extra squash puree to use in soups and other recipes later.

Honey-roasted root vegetables – I’ve made this several times, and I never get tired of it. Use a combo of radishes, sweet potatoes, and turnips here. (Yes, you can roast radishes. I posted about it here last week.) Leftovers of these would be a great addition to salads made with your salad mix.

Cajun chicken with collard greens – Use whatever sweet peppers you get if you don’t get a red pepper. I’d add more than one, too.

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