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The Box Meal Plan: October 18th

Posted 10/17/2011 2:58pm by Bill Pastellak.

 

-It’s the first week ever we have broccoli rabe in the box, so I spent some time looking for a good recipe that will do justice to this relatively unknown bitter green. Broccoli rabe looks like tiny heads of broccoli, but the flavor more closely resembles that of a mustard green with a bit more bitterness. I’m a fan of the bitterness though, as it stands up strong to the starchiness of ingredients like pasta and potatoes.  You can also turn this recipe for Sautéed Broccoli Rabe & Potatoes into a Sunday brunch frittata by pouring beaten eggs over the finished dish and tossing it in the oven for a few minutes. If not, it’s a perfect combo of starches & vegetables that make for a delicious side dish for a weekday dinner.

-While I was at the grocery store this past week I took a look salad bar and the sad display of julienned carrots, incredibly thick slices of cucumber, and radishes and realized how often we cover up their true flavor with salad dressing.  In fact, childhood memories of those bland supermarket salads made me avoid cucumbers and radishes like the plague.  So when I saw them in the box this week, I set out to find a salad recipe which would do them justice. I found a recipe for Cucumber, Radish and Green Onion Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing that sounds fresh and light and complements the flavors of the items in the box this week.

-I love potatoes. Fried, boiled, mashed, hashed, any way you cook them, I’ll eat them. Unfortunately, no potatoes in the box this week (and probably not for quite a while), so I will have to make due with a substitute. With what you ask? Turnips! That’s right; turnips are a great substitute for making mashed potatoes. This recipe for Savory Smashed Turnips fixes them up with all the traditional mashed potato flavors so you can barely tell the difference.

-Love ‘em or hate ‘em, mustard greens are here to stay. Try out this recipe for Mustard Mustard Greens that ventures away from the traditional onions and smoked meat flavored greens.

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