What I Made – Week 9

For a pretty heavy basket, we didn’t make too many impressive meals this week. We were able to use up some of the older items hanging around from last week, though.

A special occasion dinner called for easy roasted potatoes, a pork shoulder smoked for over 12 hours, and skillet blistered green beans.
This black rice with tempeh, mushrooms, and garlic scapes had minimal ingredients, but lots of stir fry flavor. I steam tempeh for 10 minutes before frying to remove any bitterness because I read that once and thought, why not.
No one has ever confused me for a cauliflower fan, but roasted until brown with spices and used on top of a salad is pretty great. This shawarma spiced version also included red pepper hummus, mint and in a later version, feta and dried fruit, all topped with a tahini lemon dressing.
This zucchini noodle bolognese was so easy it really doesn’t need a recipe. I browned hot Italian sausage, cooked down some whole peeled tomatoes (canned from our garden bounty last year), and spiced it up with some Italian herbs to make the meat sauce. The zucchini will release water into the sauce, so thicker is better at this point. Pour it over the spiralized zucchini and top with cheese and you’re all set!

Not pictured are the blueberry and cherry sauces we made for topping waffles (or ice cream). We still have the kale and more zucchini to try and use next week!

What I Made – Week 8

You would have thought this week’s basket world have brought more salads, and it should have! Here’s what we ate instead.

This blueberry buckle has 4 cups of blueberries! Not on purpose, but it was an effective way to use everything up, so we’ll call it a happy accident.
Roasted broccoli is tossed with olive oil and harissa for this tofu quinoa bowl.
A salad! Lettuce topped with mozzarella, craisins, and chicken with a garlic scape dressing.
This cabbage is seared before being braised in a spiced tomato sauce. I didn’t top it with yogurt like the recipe said, so it could have used some lemon juice or another splash of something tangy.
These mini-burritos are filled with beans, rice, and chard, topped with cheese, and broiled until melty and just slightly browned.
I added a can of diced tomatoes to make this vegetable vindaloo with potatoes and carrots extra saucy! I did forget to add the peas.
And finally for birthday dinner, skillet steak with peas and asparagus, a very quick and very tasty early summer meal.

What I Made – Week 7

Our household comes down strong on the side of waffles in the morning debate of pancakes versus waffles. With blueberries throughout and topped with butter and real maple syrup, how could you not love these?
Blueberry muffins are pretty great, too. Especially when they make use of this incredibly simple-yet-foolproof muffin recipe.
Two whole-roasted components that were later disassembled into a meal: a chicken cooked per Ina Garten, but smeared with homemade pesto under the skin, and kohlrabi, later peeled and combined with peppers and feta.
It’s not very pretty to look at, but this zucchini chicken enchilada casserole is one on my go-to zucchini recipes these days. Instead of spiralizing them, I cut the zucchini into thin rounds and dry them a bit with a quick turn under the broiler before layering it into the casserole.
This pasta with sausage and peas was great on a rainy evening, and even though we used hot it’s,Ian sausage, it wasn’t at all spicy.
I actually roasted these beets early in the week along with the chicken and kohlrabi, so the assembly of this salad just required cooking the grain (freekeh, in this case), making the vinaigrette, and chopping the lettuce for a very quick weeknight meal. Is this meal prep?
I amped up the veggies in this clam pasta with white wine sauce by adding extra carrots, but it would also be good with some wilted spinach stirred in.

We still have more lettuce to use and a bundle of garlic scapes (in addition to what we harvested from our own garden)! We’ve frozen some of the extra peas, because we’re doing the same with what we’ve been getting from our garden, too!

What I Made – Week 6

Let’s start with the most photogenic dish of the week, and also a surprisingly easy one! We used arctic char instead of the bass, and swapped the arugula for regular old lettuce.
This potatoes, fennel, and sausage skillet is an example of how I followed a recipe, but completely changed everything. I didn’t think my skillet was big enough to cook everything together, so I roasted the potatoes in the oven, adding the sliced fennel halfway through. I browned the sausage and onions in the pan, and cooked the onions in the sauce to make the glaze. Then I just topped the potatoes and fennel with the glazed onions and sausage. It was tasty, but heavy for a summer meal.
A pretty straightforward taco salad with last week’s shredded beef. We mixed a tablespoon or two of hot salsa and a tablespoon or so of spice blend into the beef to amp up the taco flavor.
I’ve made this recipe for salmon and napa cabbage many times, but didn’t follow the directions for the fish as closely this time. Do as the recipe says, not as I did if you want delicious crispy skin.
Another meal where I made some changes for the texture. I pan fried the tofu instead of marinating it, then just added oil to the marinade from the recipe to make a dressing. We left off the rice noodles this time, but I also like bean thread noodles on this.
Part salad, part grain bowl, the basic formula for this quinoa base with a lemon scallion vinaigrette and whatever cheese, dried fruit, and nuts you have (or not) is the recipe I always go to when I have a leafy green and no ideas for dinner.
Behold the collard breakfast sandwich! We followed the recipe instructions for the collards but managed to change just about everything else: an English muffin instead of a biscuit, peach bourbon jam instead of the aioli, country ham instead of pancetta, and a fried egg in place of the scrambled. But it tasted very good anyway.
Last but not least, rhubarb! lemon! cheesecake! I like to layer the curd throughout the cheesecake rather than just swirling it on top for maximum combination per bite. It’s also great with gluten free cookies for the crust.

What I Made – Week 5

This chicken, kale and artichoke casserole was very easy to put together. I thought my skillet was too small for the last few steps where all the ingredients are combined, so I did it in a casserole dish in the oven instead and just cooked it 20-30 minutes. I would probably reduce the amount of liquid if I did it this way again.
Oh wow, another salad! This one with oranges, goat cheese, scallions, pistachios and some leftover red pepper dressing.
Finally I got both ingredients at the same time and made a strawberry rhubarb pie this year! It was a little more strawberries than rhubarb but you won’t hear me complaining.
These massive, meaty pork chops were the perfect accompaniment to this apple, kohlrabi and mint slaw. I will definitely make this again; it’s a great side dish that has so many flavors haters like me will barely notice the kohlrabi.
Unglamorous shredded beef tacos! I was too tired at the end of the week to make the salsa so we used leftovers from takeout (in the plastic containers) and topped with lots of lettuce and cilantro.

Not pictured was the sunchoke gnocchi and sautéed spinach we had (pictured here in Winter Week 15) and the many, many salads we made. We finally used up the last of the lettuce today so we only have a few red scallions rolling around the produce drawer. We’ve got to try to keep this pace up heading into the height of summer!

What I Made – Week 4

I finally got around to making these lemon rhubarb scones, baking one batch and freezing the dough from another. (I think they’re plenty sweet enough without the glaze.)
This was going to be a pizza salad but I used goat cheese, craisins and pistachios with olive oil and red wine vinegar instead. Pepperoni still needed up on this plate somehow 🤔
A close up shot of our mushroom and collard lasagna. I doctored the sauce with a little nutmeg and added some red pepper flakes to the greens.
We added chopped hakurei turnips and their greens to this red curry chicken, which also used spinach!
Breadcrumbs on this kale salad may seem unlikely, but they add an addictive savory crunch.
Stir fry is always a go to with bok choy. This one has chicken, red bell pepper, and lots of scallions too.

What I Made – Week 3

A Greek-inspired salad, with lentils, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, olives, and a tahini parsley dressing.
I tried sesame sauce on this tempeh and bok choy stir fry, but think I prefer my go-to brown sauce.
You can tell it’s been cool and cloudy here, because we ate this vegetarian chili made with fresh tomatoes several days this week!
The quinoa didn’t wilt the dandelion greens in this grain bowl quite as much as I had planned, but the radishes and roasted chickpeas added a nice crunch. We will enjoy the red pepper dressing on other salads, too!

I also made a quiche but we ate it before I got any photos! It doesn’t look like much here, but most of these meals made big batches that we enjoyed as leftovers all week.

What I Made – Week 2

We started the week with a hearty lamb ragú with green garlic and carrots. Definitely comfort food!
If you already have cooked chicken and frozen collards (or another leafy green), these skillet chicken enchiladas come together in minutes. If you start with raw kale, like I did this week, it’s still a super fast (and very cheesy) weeknight dinner.
These peanut sauce-covered noodles with collard greens are so fast and easy, but they taste almost as good as takeout.
This saag paneer recipe is easily adapted to use whatever greens you have on hand. This week, that mean beet greens, komatsuna, and spinach. We also substitute tofu for the paneer.
We enjoyed the first summer-like weather of the season with an indoor cookout: a cheeseburger and some oven-baked sweet potato fries.
Last but not least, a birthday cake! The yellow cake is filled with rhubarb vanilla jam and covered with rhubarb buttercream (the same jam mixed into buttercream).

What I Made – Week 1

Egg roll in a bowl is what would happen if you only ate the egg roll filling without the wrapper. I like to cook the ground pork until it is crispy (almost like sausage) to give a bit more texture.
Oh look, a salad. This one with lentils, beets, and creamy feta tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette!
The only time I really notice the limitations of our current stay-at-home situation is when I forget to pick up a topping or ingredient. Imagine avocado down in the bottom quadrant of this quinoa bowl ☹️
This slow-roasted green garlic chicken would have been a lot more attractive if I had remembered to baste it. It was still tasty, even if a bit pale.
We scrapped the idea for pasta and made calzones with pepperoni, mushrooms, and the leftover marinated kale. The best part was dipping it in marinara sauce we canned last year with tomatoes from our garden.
Next up in our dough pockets from around the world are these bierocks made with cabbage and ground elk and delicious topped with mustard.
This is a chocolate tart with a roasted rhubarb filling. It was absolutely amazing, but so is anything topped with a thick layer of chocolate ganache!
I also made this chocolate rhubarb babka. The New York Times says quarantine baking babka is the new banana bread? I think this is way most delicious than that, especially warm from the oven.

We did a good job using up our ingredients this week. The only thing still hanging around are the beet greens and lots more rhubarb!

What I Made – Winter Week 15/15

I had made this gnocchi with sunchokes and frozen them. To make this dinner, we sautéed some spinach with red pepper flakes and tossed the gnocchi in browned butter.
Cool weather early in the week made a good time for pot roast to use up carrots we had hanging around the crisper for previous weeks.
In addition to the dandelion greens, we also chopped up the greens that came on our radishes and turnips and included them in this pasta dish too!
I’d made and canned plum sauce last year, so I used it to glaze pork tenderloin, then roasted some turnips, radishes, and chickpeas to load up thi salad.
The photo makes this look like buffalo chicken, but it’s spicy halal cart inspired chicken and onions, with seasoned rice and parsley-yogurt sauce. (I would cut way back on the sugar in the sauce next time!)
The week’s final salad was topped with cellophane noodles and peanut tempeh, all covered with a tahini salad dressing.