My second order with Washington’s Green Grocer was another success! (Read more about my first week here.) I have not always been the best at cooking seasonally, so this has been a great way to keep with the flow of the produce year. Also, as someone who struggles with decision-making, having a box delivered with specific fruits and vegetables actually makes it easier for me to come up with a meal plan since my choices are narrowed down.
I tried out the local box for $33.75 this time and received beautiful mixed colored carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, mixed local apples, crimini mushrooms, spring mix lettuce, and absolutely gorgeous lacinato kale. (Note: The above picture does not include the two cucumbers or the apples that came with the order.) Here is what I made with my box:
1.) Rigatoni Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, & Sausage.
This pasta was a simple weeknight meal for us that tasted completely of autumn. The only part that took awhile was roasting the sweet potatoes–which I know I mentioned and described in my last post here–but I’m hooked and want to incorporate them into everything!
2.) Sparkling Mastiha Cocktail with Basil + Fresh Lime, Apple, & Cucumber Juice.
I’ll share the specific recipe in a separate post soon–along with our favorite mastiha cocktail that we had in Greece–but I was able to use juiced cucumbers and some apples in this drink. The cocktail tasted like something that, I would imagine, you would drink at a Mediterranean spa!
For those who don’t know and haven’t heard me go on endlessly about it already, mastiha is an ingredient that comes from tree sap on Chios island in Greece. Mastiha has an herby, refreshing taste and liqueurs made with it are truly something special.
3.) Spelt Pizza with Goat Cheese & Spicy Kale.
I wrote a few months ago about the opportunity to test recipes for The Yellow Table Cookbook by Anna Carl, which has just been printed and released!
With the absolutely stunning lacinato kale that came in my Green Grocers box, I immediately thought back to this recipe: Spelt Pizza with Ricotta and Spicy Greens.
I made a few adjustments based on what I had on hand, using goat cheese instead of ricotta and kale as the only green. It was fantastic. Read Anna’s blog, The Yellow Table, to learn more about her cookbook! I can’t wait for my copy.
4.) Carrots Roasted in Olive Oil, Garlic, Herbs, & Freshly Juiced Oranges.
Thank you also, Anna, for this fantastic recipe as well. I happened to have oranges on hand, so I was delighted to find a simple way to dress up and appreciate these beautiful, colorful carrots.
You can find Anna’s recipe on a different blog, The Fresh Exchange.
The carrots were a beautiful side to the spicy kale pizza.
5.) Apple, Candied Walnut, Feta, Dried Cranberry, & Spring Mix Lettuce Salad.
Simply wash and dry the lettuce (I really need to invest in a salad spinner!), then top with sliced apples, candied walnuts, crumbled feta, and dried cranberries. I happened to have a lot of these toppings on hand left over from another salad.
I never seem to have a dressing in my fridge that I’m excited about, but I found a lovely, easy recipe that went very well with this salad: Simple Lemon Honey Salad Dressing. Only a few ingredients — and ones you likely have in your fridge and cabinets already!
6.) Kale Chips
I have always wanted to try making kale chips, so with all of my beautiful lacinato kale, I decided that now was a great opportunity! Thanks to Italicana kitchen for this great and easy recipe. Yum!
I also did some juicing with the apples that I meant to turn into hot cider–but maybe next time! Some of the kale and cucumber ended up in a green juice drink that was okay. I also used the broccoli in a couple lunches for us, such as this one.
My third Green Grocers box just arrived! Chris’ uncle and dad are coming to visit this weekend, so I’m excited to have some guests to cook for with this box!