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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #8

What's in the Box?

Greetings from Ireland!  Harper and I just touched down this morning and are so grateful to be on the Emerald Isle.  After nearly 24 hours of traveling, we are officially exhausted!  Luckily, I have a rockstar of a toddler who was perfect every step of the way…

ireland trip

It’s going to be a pretty rockin party while we are here.  Harper and I have never been to visit since my mom moved to Ireland 7 years ago so she is pretty excited to be hosting us in her beautiful home.

Speaking of parties…we all know there ain’t no party like a produce party and this produce party don’t stop.  So let’s take a look at last week’s party.  For one there were 15 links…Woo Hoo!  And seriously, I need every single one in my belly immediately.  But I thought it would be fun to highlight some delicious summer dishes that are sure to take your family BBQs to a whole new level.  My favorite link this week comes from Meghan of Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  Are you a strawberry lover?  Than you are going to die over this berry filled post complete with Strawberry Pasta!  Next, what BBQ is complete without some kebobs?  Luckily Lauren from Gourmet Veggie Mama has got you covered.  And finally, I am sure we have all enjoyed a nice juicy grilled piece of steak before but have you ever tried bison?  Melissa from Lettuce Never Squash Our Love has me curious to add this lean meat to my next cookout menu.  Thanks to everyone who linked up!  You continue to make my week extra special with your delicious and nutritious meals :)

Now on to some of my favorite green dishes in honor of my Irish Leprechauns :)

For starters, with all the avocados I have been getting in my CSA this summer, guacamole is the perfect solution.  And my recipe just happens to be the best… The Ultimate Guacamole

The Ultimate Guacamole - In Her Chucks

Next, what’s more green than, well…Green Rice!

Green Rice - In Her Chucks

And of course, what in the world is a green foods recipe roundup without a beautiful green salad…one of my favs by far…Strawberry Salad

Strawberry Salad - In Her Chucks

Even though soup in the middle of summer sounds far from appetizing, this soup is magical, and totally worth a brow full of sweat.  Plus, it’s got amazing health benefits…Watercress Soup

Watercress Soup - In Her Chucks

And finally, a bunch of tasty meatballs, served on a bed of Boy Choy.  Sautéed greens at their finest…Turkey-Basmati Rice Meatballs with Bok Choy

Turkey-Basmati Meatballs with Bok Choy - In Her Chucks

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite green recipes?  Feel free to link up some of the CSA inspired meals that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)

Linking up for the first time?  Click here for more info…and Welcome!

PS:  Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post and grabbing the official “What’s in the Box?” button at the bottom of my blog.  Thanks!

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Turkey-Basmati Rice Meatballs with Bok Choy

As we head into the weekend, a lot of people have Super Bowl 46 on their minds.  I happen to be thinking about bok choy, and how it’s one of my favorite vegetables.  (Sorry football fans, not too big into pro-sports…)

I became familiar with bok choy back in college.  I had just started to experiment with cooking and was inspired by one of my co-workers to give bok choy a chance.  I found it easy to prepare and yummy to eat and it has been on my “nice” list ever since.  TOUCHDOWN!  (Sorry, I felt compelled to give at least one football reference in this post…it’s my American duty.)

This recipe came about in an attempt to introduce Freddie to bok choy.  My ongoing challenge is to prepare vegetables in which he is unfamiliar in a way that he will enjoy.  So by pairing it with meatballs, I knew I couldn’t lose.  TOUCHDOWN!

Ingredients

Meatballs:

1 cup water

1/3 cup uncooked basmati rice

1/4 plain breadcrumbs

1/3 cup chopped green onions

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

2 large egg whites

1 garlic glove minced

Cooking spray

Bok Choy:

1 large head of bok choy

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1 tablespoon peeled grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove minced

1 cup water

3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth

3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons dry sherry

Preparation

To prepare meatballs, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Stir in basmati rice; reduce heat, and simmer 12-15 minutes or until rice is almost tender.  Drain; cool.  Combine rice, breadcrumbs, and next 6 ingredients (through garlic).  Shape mixture into golf ball size meatballs.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray.  Add meatballs; cook 5- 7 minutes, browning on all sides.  Cover and reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes or until done, turning often.  Remove from heat; keep warm.

While the meatballs cook, prepare bok choy.  Roughly chop stems and leaves of bok choy.  Rinse under cold running water; drain well.  Slightly steam bok choy in a rice cooker or steamer basket.

While bok choy is steaming, heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1/4 cup green onions, ginger, and 1 garlic clove; sauté 30 seconds.  Combine water and next 4 ingredients.  Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes.  When the bok choy leaves are beginning to wilt and the stalks are slightly tender, add boy choy to the skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes.  The longer you cook the boy choy in the liquid the more flavor it will absorb.  Just be careful not to overcook it.  Serve with meatballs and extra broth.  Garnish with sesame seeds or sliced green onion if desired.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light via MyRecipes.com

The original recipe calls for jasmine rice.  I normally do use jasmine rice when I prepare this dish, but I didn’t realize I was out of it until I was already in the midst of getting dinner ready.  So I substituted the basmati rice instead and it turned out just fine.  They also suggest adding some red pepper flakes.  But I am not a fan of heat.  So I omitted those all together.

Besides being super delicious, this dish is special to me because it reminds me of when I was pregnant with Harper.  Diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD), I had to be careful about my carbohydrate intake.  So with only 18 grams of carbs/serving, this dish was perfect.  Plus, it is much more exciting than a boring piece of protein with a side of veggies.  The flavors in this dish are explosive.  The ginger adds a bite of spice which is complimented by the sweetness of the sherry.  And when you add moist and fluffy meatballs paired with crisp and crunchy greens to soak up all that goodness…the result is magical.  TOUCHDOWN!! (ok…last one…I promise!)

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What’s in the Box? #12

Happy February everyone!!  This is the most exciting month for our family.  For one, it is the month Freddie and I met almost 8 years ago.  Second, this is the month when Freddie and I got married, three years ago.  And finally, February is the month when Harper was born into this world.  Can’t believe she is almost 1!  Only a few more weeks.  In the meantime, Freddie and I have been busy planning and coordinating her party.  It is going to be a blast!  But more about that later.  Now, onto the fruits and veggies!

Ladies and gentlemen, we got another 70’s box!  Gotta love those orange, brown and green hues.  Everything looks delish :)   But I am most excited to see the bok choy.  True story, one of Harper’s first words was bok choy.  I promise you.  Ask my mom.  A few months ago I was cooking up a meal for my friend who was pregnant with her first baby and on bed rest and I happened to be making bok choy.  I was telling my mom about it over Skype and all of a sudden Harper said, clear as day, “boy choy”.  I guess her palate isn’t the only thing that is developed :)  So I think I am going to have to make that dish again.  And I am excited to share it with you!

My second favorite this week has to be the arugula.  Arugula always reminds me of my brother.  Back when Quincy and I were living together before Freddie and I got married, he used to always make me a delicious chicken dish served over a bed of fresh arugula with homemade salad dressing.  I begged him to make it often.  He never seemed to mind since his favorite food is chicken (oh, and subway!).  I will do my best to re-create this dish in his honor :)  And will gladly use that lovely fresh garlic for my salad dressing.

I can’t wait to experiment with the blood oranges.  I remember getting them last year.  I packed them in Freddie’s lunch since he loves citrus, and he came home and told me I had packed him rotten oranges.  I laughed out loud.  He had never seen a blood orange before so he thought it was defected.  This time, I have a few recipes I have looked up that I am looking forward to trying out.  One of them even calls for butternut squash.  So I could potentially kill two birds with one stone.  I’ll let out know how it goes.

Don’t you just love when you learn something new?  I happened to be checking out Pinterest the other day, (ok, let’s be honest, I am ALWAYS checking out Pinterest…but I can’t help it…it inspires me!) and I came across this quick and easy way to peel and cut kiwis.  Stoked to try it out on these bad boys.  It is a great way to ensure you get the most meat.  Which makes me happy because I hate to waste even the smallest morsel.

Looks like I am stocked up on snack foods.  Yummy colorful carrots and mandarins for days.  I brought some of my mandarins with me to the park the other day when I met with my mommy group and a few of the babies were going to town on them.  Harper isn’t such a fan but she was happy to share her stash.

Freddie’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast.  I always keep a fresh batch of chopped onions in the fridge for his morning eggs.  So these white spring onions will be perfect in a yummy scramble.  I have also had my eyes on a yummy potato recipe that would be perfect to serve on the side.  Sounds like Freddie is in for a breakfast of champions this week! Oh…which reminds me, we’re out of eggs.  To the store I go!

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