Friday, January 23, 2015

Local Box 1/22/15 - Vegan Greenling Meal Plan

I'm still gettting really into eating about 80% Raw right now- it's so much fun to explore

so this weeks delights: (box shows kholrabi that came in some box, i got kale instead)

Chinese Celery
French Sorrel
Pea Shoots
Red Kale
Butternut Squash
Turnips w/tops
Myer Lemon

So of course Salads with the Lettuce, Cabbage, Sorrel & Pea Shoots

Also maybe this Lemony Green Sorrel Smoothie

and I'm kinda into this Pea Shoot & Pear Green Smoothie

Kale - a kale salad, i've never had the red Kale, will try in a smoothie too

Chinese Celery. This is a new one to me, it looks a bit like Italian parsley on the leaves and there is no thick stalk like traditional celery. I took a bite and it was quite strong, I don't think I would want it raw. Research shows it's added to soups and stir fries for flavor.  A noodle soup sounds good

Oranges - I'm kind of obsessed with smoothies made with Orange, Spinach & Basil

Butternut Squash - I have not made a butternut sqash soup yet this season! must do

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Raw Burritos & Rainbows

I made so many amazing raw dishes this week. I really kind of like the raw dishes, there's a lot of variety even when using many of the same ingredients. And altho there is so much prep with chopping and mixing, it generally all comes together so fast and the clean up is soooo easy.

I used the Collards for two different but similar things - a veggie wrap with carrot ribbons, cucumber, avocado & tomato

and here are the amazing raw burritos from Fully Raw Kristina  here is the youtube video on how to make them: RAW BURRITO

Making the burrito

then I also made a couple of incredible colorful salads. I've always loved big salads but for some reason when eating more raw food in general, they are tasting even better and looking so much more vibrant and colorful.  One thing i'm putting a few less ingredients, like nuts and adding more variety.
I used beets, arugula, watermelon radishes, green onions, the mixed salad greens

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Local Box 1/8/15 - Vegan Greenling Meal Plan - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year folks!

I got caught up in the holidaze and didn't ever do a follow up post on the last box, let me tell you though, it was all just yummy ok? Ok.

Here's what I got in the first box of 2015!

Collard Greens
Mixed Beets
Key Limes
Salad Mix
Spring Onions
Garlic Chives
Watermelon Radishes
Purple Turnips

So for kicks and to change things up a bit, i'm following a 21 Day raw challenge from Fullyraw Kristina.  She's a youtouber fully raw vegan who is super animated and energetic and pretty fun to watch.  Her challenge started Jan 5th and it introduces one raw meal a day, so you don't have to go 100%, just one meal a day to check it out. It's fun and delicious and I've been getting into it and eating raw for some of the other meals too! It really is fun to challenge yourself and switch up the routine like this, and honestly, i feel great.

Collard Greens will go ito raw burritos and raw veggie wraps

Beets - smoothies and grated into salads

Arugula - salads, and they are in those burritos

Key Limes - always using lime juice in the sauces

Salad Mix - ummmm salads

Spring Onions - Kristina uses these a lot in her sauces for so much flavor

Sunchokes - i think these can be raw, i looked up some recipes and often the are mixed with Apples in a salad, i didn't care for the ones I found so I may make something up!  Last time I had these I roasted them and you know , that was good too :)

Grapefruit - smoothie, or i found this ayurvedic recipe for it with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom, and I can just use agave instead of honey

Watermelon Radishes - BIG SALADS

Turnips - apparantly these can be eaten raw too, who'd have thought? I'll let you know next post - but i do so love these baked with sweet potato so I'll see what i feel

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Local Box 12/22/14 - Vegan Greenling Meal Plan Christmas Edition!

Because my delivery day happens to fall on Christmas Day - I got my box a few days early this week! Perfect, just in time for holiday cooking!

just a quick rundown of what I made from last box:

I did try collard wraps, steamed the collards a bit to get them soft then wrapped up hummus and cucumber, it was good but messy
I also sauteed some collard with onion, vinegar and nooch

Roasted potato and turnip & Buttenut -  made a batch and ate it with a few meals, such as mixing it with quinoa, and black lentils.

here is the salad with the vegan ceasar & the ranibow carrots.

Used a couple of the potaoes to make this potato casserole in the slow cooke frm The Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook.  It was kind of like scalloped potatoes!

Ok onto this box:

Watermelon Radish
Baby Spinach
Red Mustard Greens
Beka Santoh

Lot's of ideas!

I found a recipe for a Strawberry Sorrel smoothie and already tried that this morning - it's cute the the website shows a pretty soft pink smoothie because of course with the greens and strawberry mix it was actually kind of murky brown/green.
I used almond milk and no stevia or ice as I don't like stevia nor too cold smoothies.  However still it tasted too light and springy for this chilly blustery second day of witner, so i added some almond butter and cinnamon to kind of ground it and get it more earthy and warm and then it was really perfect!

Tomorrow i will try this Kumquat Apple Ginger Green smoothie!

Avocados could go in a salad but my son today requested an old fave - toast spread with avocado, topped with sea salt and red onion. He declared he wanted it every day now so there goes all the avocado

Beka Santoh - my research shows it's a light asian cabbage, it looks very tasty and fresh and can't wait to try it in a salad with the lettuce and maybe sorrel.

Mustard Greens - I'm trying to just try sauteeing simply most of the hearty greens I get, I used to be more into recipes for greens but find its easiest and actually tastiest to saute with onion or garlic and a bit of vinegar.

Watermelon Radish - I promised a kale salad to Christmas lunch so look at this Kale Detox salad that has watermelon radish and apple....

Broccoli - steamed and plain, my fave

Spinach, probably in that Kumquat smoothie!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Local Box 12/11/14 - Vegan Greenling Meal Plan

Wow - Just look at this green explosion in this weeks box!!

truly amazing, so here is what all that is:

Brussels Sprouts Greens
Collard Greens
Butternut Squash
Rainbow Carrots with tops
Marrs Oranges
Yukon Potatoes

so apparently Brussel Sprout greens can be cooked like any other green, I i will probably sautee and serve with dash of vinegar and nutritional yeast, my fave way

Collard Greens - i've been seeing lots of recipes for collard wraps, so i think i want to do that, with some kind of peanut dipping sauce.

Lettuce - salads, i just made a really amazing vegan ceasar dressing with soaked cashews, lemon juice, capers ect.. i can't wait to have it on a salad

Turnips & Butternut roasted with some olive oil and salt, maybe these will go in the collard wraps

Persimmons - smoothies, with the oranges or tangerines

Kale - also smoothies, and massaged kale salads, my daughter is addicted to these

Potatoes - maybe mashed, maybe roasted

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Vegan Greenling - The Thanksgiving Edition

Oh lordy this is a food extravaganza filled post.
I have still to post from that last box AND because my next box would have fallen on Thanksgiving day, I got it the Monday before, which was perfect because I was able to use the contents for my Thanksgiving meal.

Ok first up let's get the last box out of the way, here are my makings:

Roasted the Kholrabi & the Radish, with olive oil and salt and OMG amazing

Green Onion Hummus - this was so good - here it is served on a whole wheat tortilla with some Trader Joe's frozen falafel

Here are those incredible Orange Cranberry Muffins - i am kind of addicted to them and so is my son

here is a curry simmer with collard greens as one of the many vegetables
Before cooking up
after it was all ready!

So onto Thanksgiving, the box arrived Monday - i was leaving wednesday for Thanksgiving in Marfa, so the timing was ideal!

I took pretty much the entire box with me:

Carrots w/tops
Yukina Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Bibb Lettuce
Broccoli Greens
Marrs Oranges

I used the sweet potatoes  AND oranges in Rosemary Citrus Sweet Potatoes from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas.

I also used the red potatoes from the last box that were still perfect, for Mashed Potatoes

Not from the box i Made a Kale and cranberry salad and fresh cranberry sauce

here is the plate of it all with a bunch of other stuff!

one day i Steamed the broccoli greens and sorrel together, wanting just a huge plate of greens - it tasted ok but wasn't a great idea, the sorrel is much less hardy and so while the broccoli greens were perfect, the sorrel was over cooked.

I don't have a photo but made a delish salad with the bibb lettuce, a carrot, a bell pepper i bought out in Marfa, a cut up raw kolhrabi i had left from the other box and mades some dressing with Just Mayo, lemon juice, mustard and balsamic.

Luckily i was house sitting so had a whole kitchen with which to cook!

Oh and i also made a carrot soup from Happy Herbivore!  super easy and my son even ate it

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Local Box 11/13/14 - Vegan Greenling Meal Plan

here's the contents - it was very leafy!

Japanese Turnip
Spanish Black Radish
Green Onions
Red Potatoes
Collard Greens
Marrs Oranges
Eureka Persimmons

so, the turnips and radishes had such huge greens, add that to the collards and rapini and it barely all fit in my fridge!

I gave the radish greens to the guinea pig because I love him :)

The Turnip Greens i have already actually used in a Dal dish that I just made from my own brain, i used one turnip too, sauteed the turnip in the spices, cumin, coriander, turmeric and coconut oil, then added the chopped up greens, then added that to some cooked dal, very delish altho not photogenic at all.

Probably will roast the turnips or add to some curry dishes, they look good!  here's a recipe for Roasted Turnips & Balsamic

also may try roasting the Kohlrabi! check this out - Roasted Kohlrabi - i'm just not into cold food right now :)

Radishes - heck, may roast these too, i have done that with the little red ones.

Red Potatoes & Turnip - i found a recipe for Autumn Vegetable Stew in the Thanksgiving Section of my Forks over Knives App - i think i must try that
There will be potatoes left over so i think i will just make some mashed potatoes and gravy for thanksgiving!

Also in that Forks over Knives recipe app i found a Green Onion Hummus so will use the green onions in that

Cilantro will top bean tacos and burritos

Collard Greens - i love these so much - i may make something simple like these Garlicky Collard Greens after all the fancy thanksgiving cooking

and last but not least those oranges!! I am totally craving these Orange Cranberry Muffins so THEY WILL BE MADE

My next box comes early because of Thanksgiving - so hopefully will post before then