Friday, May 2, 2008

What Teresa and Billy did with the box ...

Here's an update from Teresa on what they did with the box contents from April 23, 2008:
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Spinach
  • Rapini
  • Loose Carrots
  • Salad
  • Mustard Greens
The mystery item was Strawberries – we just ate em! Same with the salad.

With the Spinach (and a Lemon) we made:


1 onion, chopped fine
1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped fine
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 bunch spinach (about 1 pound), coarse stems discarded, washed well and spun dry
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup water
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 scallions, chopped fine
3/4 cup coarsely grated pepper Jack cheese (about 5 ounces)
1/2 cup canned mild enchilada sauce
two 10-inch or four 8-inch flour tortillas

Accompaniment: Vegan Sour cream

In a heavy skillet cook onion and mushrooms in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Add spinach and garlic and cook, stirring, until spinach is wilted, about 30 seconds. Stir in water, beans, lemon juice, scallions, pepper Jack, and salt to taste and cook, stirring, until cheese is melted.

In a small saucepan heat enchilada sauce. Heat a dry skillet (large enough to hold 1 tortilla) over moderately high heat until hot. In skillet heat tortillas, 1 at a time, turning frequently, 30 seconds, or until softened, and transfer to a work surface. Divide filling between tortillas and roll up burritos.

Spoon sauce over burritos and serve with sour cream.

We decided the vegetarian enchilada sauce did not add a lot – next time we would just go for hot sauce.

With the mustard greens we made:

Greens Tacos

This recipe is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, but of course it would work at any time of day. Please note the amounts given are approximate, I don't measure anything when I make these. You could use more or less of any one of these ingredients. Serves 2-3

3/4 pounds greens, cleaned well and sliced into approximate 1 inch pieces
2 teaspoons cooking oil
2 chopped garlic cloves, or another alium family, whatever you have on hand (onion, green onion, green garlic, leek.....)
Pinch red pepper flakes or cayenne
2 Tablespoons vegan cream cheese
4-6 small corn tortillas or 2-3 larger flour ones

Heat the oil and add the garlic, having the greens ready to go, and cook garlic for about 30 seconds. Then add greens and cook until bright green and wilted, add red pepper (and salt and black pepper if you like). Take off heat and stir in cream cheese. Heat tortillas, divide filling among them. Eat and enjoy.

With the rapini:

Quick Greens
(less than 10 minutes from start to finish)

Wash any type of greens that can be cooked (kale, radish greens, mustards, chard, spinach, etc.). Saute with olive oil and garlic until wilted. Transfer to serving platter and add cracked black pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Easy yet delicious!

We stir fried the leeks, carrots, with some mushrooms, bok choy, tofu and made coconut curry sauce with soba noodles!

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