What's in the box?
This classic French recipe throws together steamed potatoes and green beans with tuna, lettuce, hardboiled egg, tomatoes (cherry, or slices/chunks), olives and a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard. You can find many variations, but here's a simple recipe on Taste.com
Buy or make Falafel and serve wrapped in wholemeal tortillas. You can add anything you like, but the traditional ingredients usually include tomato, red onion, hummus and tabouli (make your own!). This week you might like to include diced cucumber and capsicum, lettuce, yoghurt, sweetcorn, tahini with lemon juice and chilli, grilled eggplant and even roast pumpkin. Anything goes! If you’re avoiding processed flours, just dump the falafel with everything else on a plate and enjoy.
Slaw and Soba Noodle Salad
Toss shredded cabbage and carrot with cooked soba noodles. Make a dressing with rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Add thinly sliced red onion for extra zing. Thin slices of grilled beef, pork or chicken could also be added to this dish. 1 million women had a great article recently with 3 meals to make from a cabbage and carrot slaw.
Coconut Poached Fish with Broccoli and Beans
Add your choice of spices and flavouring to a pan of coconut milk and bring to the boil, add fish and simmer for 10 -15 minutes. Serve with plain (or coconut) rice and steamed broccoli and beans. Replace fish for pumpkin or tofu if you prefer. A Kale salad or grilled sweetcorn would make a nice side dish. There’s a lovely recipe here using Thai flavours like lime zest, lemongrass and chili.
Kale Quinoa and Pumpkin Pilaf
Chop pumpkin & red onion and roast for 20-30 minutes. Shred leaves from Kale stalks, wash and chop. Add salt and olive oil to the kale and massage with your fingers to remove bitterness. Fry onion, garlic and herbs (ginger and turmeric perhaps) in a saucepan then add a cup of rinsed quinoa, stirring to coat. Add 2 cups of water and cook for 15 minutes. Combine pumpkin, kale and quinoa then sprinkle on extras like currants, pine nuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds or nori, A simple recipe here on Taste.com
Sausage and Lentil Casserole
Add chopped onions, garlic and carrot to melted ghee in a pan. Throw in any kind of sausage or chorizo, or squeeze the insides out of the sausage casing into the pan. You can skip the meat if you prefer, but be sure to add extra herbs & spices for flavour. Add a cup of dried lentils (red are quickest), tinned or fresh tomatoes and 2 cups of stock. Add any leftover vegies from the fridge such as pumpkin, eggplant, capsicum and kale. Simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until lentils are soft. For a more detailed recipe you could try this.
This is a resource we can all contribute to. If you have any favourite recipes or tips that will help people use the produce in this week's box, please post them in the comments below. Anything goes - there's absolutely no need for fancy recipes. We're all just after simple, no fuss cooking that maximises fresh ingredients - and tastes great!