Friday, October 28, 2011

Bok Choy Baby

so i didn't make the salad, i opted instead for the asian style sesame noodles recipe that came with the Local Box, I've lost the sheet so can't tell it to you exactly!
But it was bok choy & the green shallots & garlic, zucchini i think and green bell pepper, sauted, tossed with pasta and soy sauce. I added the delectable sriracha sauce to perfect it! My son and next door neighbor liked it too, the daughter, not so much

Made this amazing Apple Crisp - smelled so good cooking, and was sublime with vanilla Nada Moo ice cream.

Zucchinis went into this Tomato & Zucchini casserole - it was good, simple, not mind blowing though!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Local Box 10/18 - Persimmons

Persimmons & Italian Cucumber Melon

I got this box early this week (and STILL am late to post ugh) because i helped out Greenling by being filmed for a segment for MSNBC - they wanted to film a delivery and i was available! It was very fun, but i woke up at 6:20 am this morning to watch the segment and the Greenling part wasn't on! Waiting to find out if it will be on another day, will keep you posted.

This box:
Asian Pears
Red Radish bunch
Fuyu Persimmons
Bok Choy
Italian Cucumber Melon
Broccoli Crown
Summer Squash
Gren Shallots Bunch
Sweet Potatoes

I had just bought a bunch of apples so i have an abundance - thinking i will make this very fall like Apple Crisp! yum

Radishes in salads - the greens i'm feeding to Drizzle the guinea pig - he loves them!

Persimmons - never in my life have i had or even touched one! They scare me still, but i googled :) - I cut one up and tasted, it tasted good, sweet, kind of rich. Not sure i would reach for one when craving a fruit. I'm going to try cutting up with a pear and a bit of plain coconut yogurt....

Bok Choy - not a huge huge bok choy fan - but i made this Apple Bok Choy salad before and it's one of my fave things

Italian Cucumber Melon - I'm actually stumped on this one - i guess i need to cut it open and see what it's like. is it a cucumber or a melon??? (see pic above with the persimmons)

Broccoli Crown - my kids are broccoli lovers so steamed and served

Summer Squash - quite a bit of zucchini so this Grilled Zucchini & Tomato Casserole looks amazing, but i'm also tempted to make these Zucchini Pancakes, i'm in a pancakey mood lately

Green Shallots - salads, or stir fried with greens

Sweet Potatoes - quite a few of these - this Sweet Potato Lenti Chili may be perfect for Halloween night dinner pre trick or treat!

Also this week i was invited to a Fall Tasting preview from Greenling - to try some of the new seasonal recipe kits - there was a minestroni soup which was delish, a quinoa salad that i totally forgot to photograph that i ate two servings of - but when that becomes  available it will have chicken with it so a no go for me, i may look it up when it comes out and replicate :)
But another stand out recipe kit dish was this Acorn Squash coconut curry - so good and it seemed like the kind of thing i would shy away from for being complicated, so I will have to buy this kit! here's a pic:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Eggplant Bacon - yeah you heard me

The Ceasar Salad with eggplant bacon was a total success - i can't print the recipe cos it's from a cookbook (Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz) but basically slices of eggplant were baked with flavorings to make it bacony like soy sauce & liquid smoke, then a dressing called Ceasar Chavez Dressing was made using amazing things like cashews & miso & lemon juice. De-effin-licious

I made the Spaghetti Squash  using the recipe that came with the Greenling Local Box - roasted with olive oil salt & pepper. Then sauted shallot (had some STILL leftover from a box a couple of weeks ago) & garlic & red pepper flakes. When the squash is ready, fork scrape it into the spaghetti, add to pan with onion & garlic and toss, serve with fresh basil & vegan parmesan - i also added some shredded follow your heart vegan mozzerella. Ummmmm i ate the whole squash... that should give a hint into how it was :)

I didn't make the okra & greens recipe mentioned in the last post - the sweet potato greens kinda looked like they needed to be used fast so i sauteed them up with some garlic and used them in these black bean tacos. I also sliced up one of the peppers, they were pale yellow and therefore very mild, so they added a delicious fresh crunch to the tacos!

The okra i roasted again, it really is just too delicious and easy.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Vegan Local Box 10/6

This box has a weird new item for me - sweet potato greens! They are very beautiful and don't look edible.
Also lots of fruit - nice!

here's the list:
Asian Pears
Assorted Peppers
Bibb Lettuce
Sweet Potato Greens
Spaghetti Squash

So happy for a final fling with Cantaloupe, i miss it the most when it's not summer.

The recipe sheet that came with the box actually has 2 recipes that i think i will use - one of them is Okra & Greens  - altho i reserve the right to not - as chopping Okra kind of annoys me, so sticky - so i may roast the okra again and just saute the greens like any other...
The other is Garlic & Shallot Spaghetti Squash - i just won't use the parmesan. Excited for Spaghetti Squash!

I realized with the last few boxes that i'm not a giant eggplant fan, i thought i was for some reason, maybe it was memories of eggplant parmesan from the past - so i'm gonna try something completely different & from one of my fave cook book writers Isa Chandra Moskowitz so see if i can't turn that around. The recipe is Ceaser Salad with Eggplant Bacon from her Appetite for Reduction cookbook.

My son has been asking for the raspberry lime muffins i was making earlier this year so will probably use some limes for that, they also make their way into salad dressings & juices too.

I'm always at a loss for the peppers - i gotta get creative! Maybe a pico de gallo? there's a bunch!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


i really enjoyed being pretty basic with this box, cooking the veggies with a bit of flavor and just enjoying them

These were the Garlicky Green Beans - and Roasted Acorn Squash that i served with some brown rice
The beans were good but sadly not as amazing as the ones at Justines - the squash was sooo good and i used shallots left over from my last box rather than onions. here's a pic of how cute the lil acorn squash were:

Here is a salad i made with the butter lettuce:

I didn't get a picture but i made this delicious Sauteed Crimini Mushroom recipe - made tacos with them!

oh and i never posted this from a couple of weeks ago but here is Zucchini muffins & zucchini/corn bake that i made from cookbooks i have - my son LOVED the muffins - huge plus