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Greenlings box 2/25 – 3/2

In Healthy Eating, Searching for simplicity on February 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I received my first ever Greenling box.  Not sure how this will work, and it is a cool idea.  Local farmers sending stuff directly to my house.  I am doing just the local box.   Check out if they deliver to your area at http://www.greenling.com.  You may use the following coupon (which will save you and me a couple of bucks in our next order).

Here are the meals I’ve prepared with this box.  The ingredients in green are the ones in the box.  I will continue adding to this post until I finish using all the ingredients in this box. Another thing to add, these are recipes that will feed 2 adults and 1 child at dinner and you will still have two servings for your lunch the next day.

Meal 1: Turnips, potatoes, mustard greens, coconut milk and cheese.  Dice the turnips and potatoes.  Put a pan with about a cup and a half of water on the stove.  Put the turnips and potatoes in the pan.  Open a can of coconut milk and add it to the pan.  Fill the can to the half with water and swish it around in the can to get all the coconut milk and add the water to the pan.  Cover the pan and leave the turnips and potatoes to cook.  Wash the mustard greens very well and chop them up.  I left the stems out and just used the leaves.  By this time the turnips and potatoes are boiling nicely.  Add the chopped greens into the pan and cover.  Leave the whole thing to simmer for another 20 minutes at a semi low heat.  Serve with grated cheese.  I used a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan.   It was very good!

Meal 2: Sweet potato pie.  I got a big sweet potato and added one extra I had at home.  I cooked them on the stove.  I turned on the oven at 375 F.  Once I was able to get a fork easily into them I peeled them while hot.  I used a couple of forks, then I mashed them, added about half a cup of molasses, a handful of walnuts, a sprinkle of ground ginger and another of ground nutmeg.  Added a couple of eggs, mashed some more until all was well mixed in.  Then used cinnamon cookies (my lazy crust) and just placed them on the bottom and around the baking dish.  Then put the mix in the baking dish and put the dish in the oven for 30 minutes.  I took it out once a fork came out clean after I inserted it into the pie.  It was good!

Meal 3.  Pasta with Spinach.  I put some water to boil, put the pasta in it once it was boiling, chopped the spinach, added it to the boiling water for about 3 minutes before I declared the pasta cooked.  Drained.  Added a nice splat of olive oil, garlic powder and salt.  Served with a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  I really liked the spinach.  The texture was richer than regular store bought spinach.  Maybe it’s just in my mind because I’m getting it from Greenling, you know how that is sometimes.  Things are bumped a notch simply because they come from a cool place.  Still, the spinach was great!

Meal 4.  Spaghetti with mushrooms and kale.  Side dish of roasted Brussels sprouts with butter.  Cook your spaghetti as usual.  Wash the kale and mushrooms.  Cut off the roots of the kale and slice it finger length.  Then in a frying pan, put a splash of olive oil and add the mushrooms and the kale.  Add a jar of your favorite tomato sauce, half a cup of water and cover.  Let it cook well about 20 minutes in medium high heat.   Turn on the oven at 350F.  Place the Brussels sprouts on a cookie sheet, sprinkle them with salt and pepper.  Put them in the oven for like 15 minutes.  They will come out a bit on the crunchy side, put them in a bowl while hot and add some shaved butter.   Turn the Brussels sprouts around in the bowl until all the butter has melted.  Serve all immediately and yes, have some cheese ready for the pasta.  I liked it all, and I think I like the sprouts better when they’ve been cooked and are very soft.

Meal 5. Sweet potato whole wheat pancakes with agave syrup, jam and maple syrup as our choice of toppings.  1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, 1 medium sized potato cooked and peeled, 2 eggs, sprinkle of salt, 2 or so tsps of sugar, 1 cup of milk.  Mix everything until the mix is not too lumpy (it will be a bit because of the sweet potato), make sure the mix is liquidy, if it is too thick add more milk, too runny add more flour.  Once your mix is just perfect start making pancakes!  Serve them hot, make them happy with the toppings and have a wonderful breakfast.

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  1. Did the food arrive in a car with a banana on top? Cute! And your meals sound very yummy and healthy. I’ll have to check out their website. Is that how you placed your order?

    • Hi! Close, it came in a van with a very greenling big logo on its side. It was driven by an 18 or 20 year old kid dressed in overalls (?). Those jeans that have a top with suspenders?. 🙂 Yes, I placed the order through their website. We just got our second box. 😀

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