Break through your restraints with this week’s Local Box. With newbies like sweet delicate Hakurei Turnips and Red Russian Kale, I am very excited to start cooking this week. I love the variety of herbs and the way they can enhance a simple dish and transcend cuisine lines. This box also has a lot of veggies that could be eaten raw or cooked – try massaging your kale before putting into salads. So many options how do you choose!? Luckily, here at Greenling we’ve put together a few meals for you!
Meal One: I am so interested in trying out this vegetarian variation on a classic collards; instead of ham hock, she adds peanut butter and chipotle. I’d probably eat the collards over brown rice and lentils for a vegetarian meal or serve it alongside locally made sausage for a meatier option. There is just something very magical about a seriously southern meal. Serve it alongside some cornbread to really bring out your southern roots.
Meal Two: In this vegan recipe, cilantro pairs with kale, coconut milk, winter squash and chickpeas for a complex yet easy to make stew-like dish. Coconut milk is a perfect companion to dark leafy greens, its sweetness balances out the bit of bitterness and savoriness of the greens. I opt for adding the chili sauce for spice and lots of lime juice!
Meal Three: Make theses healthy delicious cinnamon apple chips for a snack or just eat your Galas out of hand . While you can also eat your Hakurei Turnips raw, they taste great cooked alongside their greens in a simple side dish as well. These could go alongside any meat entree (yum steak!) or make a light vegetarian meal by stirring any some mushrooms and sweet peppers.
Meal Four: Because it’s been a long week of cooking, take it easy with a simple hash and a jalapeno basil martini. Making breakfast for dinner is a favorite of mine and hash-like breakfasts take the crown. Throw anything in to the mix (Sweet Peppers! Kale! Tomatoes!) and it still tastes great topped with a fresh fried egg. Of course this combo of cocktail and breakfast always works for brunch as well
Have a lovely week, and here are some tips for taking care of your cilantro plant!