This is my first blog which was inspired by joining The Produce Box, a local community supported agriculture group. With a weekly delivery of fresh produce, I have been challenged to create healthy nightly meals using ingredients I may not have purchased on my own.

Below is a compilation of weekly meals using the produce delivered by The Produce Box as well as some other recipes which have inspired me.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 31- August 6

This week my Box includes:
  • 1 qt. Peaches
  • 1 pint Blueberries
  • 4 Mixed Sweet Peppers
  • 6 Ears of Sweet Corn
  • 1 qt. Irish Potatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
Tuesday, July 31- Since last week while forming my menu I didn't know what I would be preparing tonight, I have decided to include tonight's meal on this menu posting since I have finally decided!
I found this recipe at allrecipes.com and added the recommendations from reviewers.  I also halved the recipe since the original made 10 servings! I'll add Italian Sausage to this dish to bulk it up and create a main course.  I may substiute the kale with spinach as well.  This recipe without the addition of tomatoes and beans yields 4 WW Pts.  for 1 cup.

Orzo with Kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth or White Wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 15oz can of white beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 diced tomato or cherry/grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to a boil; sprinkle the turmeric over the boiling water and stir in the orzo; return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain. Scrape into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. While orzo is cooking, Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the garlic and red pepper in the hot oil. Add red pepper flakes and broth or wine.  Stir the kale into the broth, cover the skillet with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and  add the beans.  Continue cooking and stirring until the kale is tender, about 10 minutes more (add more liquid if necessary). Stir the kale mixture into the orzo along with the lemon juice, nutmeg, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 206  Total Fat: 4.2g  Cholesterol: 2mg  Sodium: 91mg  Total Carbs: 36.1g Dietary Fiber: 2.8g  Protein: 7.9g
Wednesday. August 1- With company arriving and delivering for the Produce Box, I want a simple meal tonight.  Therefore, I will serve hamburgers and hotdogs along with fresh corn on the cob from my Box and baked beans.

Thursday, August 2-  With company in town, tonight's meal is always a crowd pleaser and works great for the masses.
Chicken Enchiladas  approx. 7 WW Pts.
1 lb chicken
4oz can of chopped green chile peppers (I'll be using my hot green chiles from last week's Box)
1 small onion
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 tsp chili powder
Small Can of Enchilada Sauce
1 package of large sized soft flour tortillas
1 package Mexican cheese (or cheddar)

1. Heat large skillet on med/high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to coat pan
3. Cook chicken through about 8-10 minutes.
4. While chicken is cooking chop onion
5. Remove chicken to cutting board, add chopped onion to skillet and chili powder
6. While onion is cooking, dice up chicken
7. In a small bowl combine the can of cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup of sour cream & 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce. Mix and set aside.
8. Once onion is tender add chicken, green chilies, about 1/4 cup of sour cream mixture & enchilada sauce (add enough to add moisture to skillet about 1-3 tablespoons) Stir and Heat through.
9. In a 9 x 13 baking dish lightly cover bottom of pan with the sour cream mixture.
10. Add chicken mixture to tortillas and roll up, place seam side down in baking dish. (tortillas can be touching each other in dish)
11. Cover tortillas with remaining sour cream mixture and sprinkle with cheese
12. Bake in a 350 degree oven covered for 20-25 minutes then uncover and bake additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

**Meal can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated. When ready to bake add 15 minutes to bake time or until heated through.

Friday, August 3-  With indulging in a large lunch today, I am not sure if we will all be in the mood for a heavy dinner tonight.  I will need to play this evening's meal by ear.

Saturday, August 4-  Grilled steaks, lamb and either grilled or roasted potatoes (from my Box) along with green beans (blanched and frozen from an earlier Box) will round out this evening's dinner.

Sunday, August 5-  Depending on my company's preferences, I may make Fish Tacos tonight.  Otherwise, I am thinking of making my Chicken Pot Pie recipe.  Taken from a previous post on this blog comes tonight's dinner, Fish Tacos.  The Fish Taco recipe was taken from allrecipes.com with a few modifications as follows.

Fish Tacos  WW Pts: 9

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 1 pound cod, cut into chunks
  • 1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I might reduce to 1 tbspn)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • packaged cole slaw mix
  • 1 (10 ounce) package tortillas
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced


  1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the fish in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
  2. To make the dressing, combine the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt, and pepper in desired amounts. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake fish in preheated oven until it easily flakes with a fork, 9 to 11 minutes. (Fish can also be grilled)
  4. Assemble tacos by placing fish pieces in the center of tortillas with desired amounts of tomatoes, cilantro, and slaw; drizzle with dressing.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 416 * Total Fat: 19.2g * Cholesterol: 43mg * Sodium: 709mg * Total Carbs: 38.5g * Dietary Fiber: 6g * Protein: 22.6g

Chicken Pot Pie 6 WW Pts
  • 2 deep dish pie shells 
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup (per a friend's suggestion I am using cream of chicken with herbs)
  • 1or 2 cans of veg-all vegetables (or combination of fresh & frozen veggie mix- I used carrots, celery, onion, peas & corn)
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken 
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  1. Boil chicken in chicken broth.  After it is cool cut in to small pieces 
  2. Reserve broth and boil fresh or frozen vegetables for 5 minutes and drain.
  3. Pre heat oven 375 degrees 
  4. Mix chicken, vegetables, soup and milk in a medium bowl 
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and thyme
  6. Pour mixture in pie crust cover with 2nd pie crust 
  7. Cook pie for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Monday, August 6-  The last Dance and Golf night!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 23-July 31

I never made a menu for last week into this week.  Therefore, this post is an extra long menu planner!

Our Box this week will consist of:
  • 2 qt Peaches
  • Sweet Corn (4)
  • Irish potatoes (red or white)
  • Assorted Eggplant
  • Cubanelle and Poblano Mix Peppers
  • Grape Tomatoes (1 Pt.)
I never made the Peach Muffins.  Instead we made peach topping for crepes and pancakes over the weekend.  With a double batch of peaches this week, I am sure I will make this recipe.
Peach Cobbler Mini Muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1-2 cups peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches
1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line the mini muffin tin with mini muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the oil, eggs, and sugar. Stir the oil mixture into the flour mixture just until moist. Fold in the peaches. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups

3. Bake 17-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. Makes approximately 24 mini muffins. **I plan to make regular sized muffins**
Monday, July 23-  Dance/Golf nights always mean eating separately and usually take out.
Tuesday, July 24-  Looking for inspiration and something different I came across tonight's recipe on Tastefully Simple's website.  The girls will dine on quesidillas.
Simply Southwest Fish Tacos
Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef

2-3 tsp. Simply Southwest Seasoning & Rub
1 lb. white fish fillets, such as cod, tilapia or orange roughy
6 hard corn taco shells
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle Simply Southwest Seasoning & Rub to taste on fish fillets; place fillets on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Break fish into bite-size pieces, place in taco shells. Top fish with remaining ingredients. Makes 6 servings.
Wednesday, July 25-  School Function this evening.  The kids are going out with my husband while I go to school.

Thursday, July 26-  It's just us girls tonight.  Turkey meatballs and spaghetti with a loaf of bread will be tonight's meal.

Friday, July 27-  I am not cooking tonight- Birthday Celebration in order!

Saturday, July 28I will use the corn from my Box to make this dish.  Not sure if I can use the potatoes, will need to research that.  I will grill a steak to serve along side the potato salad.
Corn and Potato Salad (BHG August 2012)
  • 3 ears corn
  • 2 pounds small waxy potatoes, such as Yukon Gold or Red Bliss
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro

1. Shuck the corn, then place the ears in a large pot with the potatoes. Add water and 1 tablespoon salt to cover by 2 inches. Bring water to a boiling. Boil, covered, for 2 to 4 minutes, until corn is tender. Remove corn. Continue to boil the potatoes 15 to 20 minutes until very tender.
2. While the potatoes cook, finely chop the onion. In a large bowl combine chopped onion, vinegar, salt, and the 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cut the kernels from ears of corn, then add onion to bowl.
3. When potatoes are very tender, drain in a colander. Cool enough to handle. Place potatoes on a board, then press with hands or potato masher to break up. Add potatoes to the onion and corn. Add the oil; gently stir to combine. Let salad come to room temperature, then add herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. If desired, cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving. If needed, toss with additional olive oil and vinegar before serving.

  • Servings Per Recipe 8, Calories 174, Protein (gm) 3, Carbohydrate (gm) 26, Fat, total (gm) 7, Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 3, Sugar, total (gm) 4

Sunday, July 29- With the peppers from my Produce Box, I'll saute them along with onion to garnish our fajitas for tonight's dinner.

Monday, July 30- Dance/Golf Night again.  No cooking this evening.

Tuesday, July 31- Not sure what tonight's meal will be yet. Hmmmm...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11- July 17

This week our Box consisted of:
  • 1qt. Peaches 
  • 1 pint Blueberries
  • 6 ears of Sweet Corn
  • Large Share of Green Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Pepper Mix
  • and an add on of Bibb Lettuce
The peaches and blueberries are always great snacks on hand.  I may even try making Peach Muffins.
Peach Cobbler Mini Muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1-2 cups peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches
1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line the mini muffin tin with mini muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the oil, eggs, and sugar. Stir the oil mixture into the flour mixture just until moist. Fold in the peaches. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups

3. Bake 17-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. Makes approximately 24 mini muffins. **I plan to make regular sized muffins**

Wednesday, July 11-  Using the Bibb Lettuce I will make Asian Lettuce Wraps for dinner tonight.  Since I believe the kids will not particularly care for this meal I'll make Ramen Noodles and green beans from my box for them.
Asian Lettuce Wraps WW 9 pts (2 wraps with 2 small scoop beef)
  • 16 lettuce leaves
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Asian chile pepper sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 T soy
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T chile paste
Mix ingredients and spoon desired amount over wrap before rolling.


  1. Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped peanuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  3. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Add desired amount of sauce. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 (2 wraps)
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 388 Total Fat: 22.3g Cholesterol: 69mg Sodium: 580mg Total Carbs: 24.3g Dietary Fiber: 4.7g Protein: 23.4g
Thursday, July 12 Although it's just the girls tonight, I plan to cook up some greens beans along with Southern Fried Chicken and gravy.  This recipe reprinted from Southern Living, orginally calls for cube steaks but I substitute boneless chicken breasts instead.  I will be blanching the remaining green beans to freeze for a later date.

Southern Fried Chicken and Gravy
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons black pepper, divided
  • 4 (4-ounce) cube steaks (I use chicken breasts)
  • 38 saltine crackers (1 sleeve), crushed (in a pinch I have substituted bread crumbs)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 3/4 cups milk, divided 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 3 1/2 cups peanut oil
  • Garnish: chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper evenly over steaks. Combine cracker crumbs, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, red pepper, and baking powder. Whisk together 3/4 cup milk and eggs. Dredge steaks in cracker mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge again in cracker mixture.
  2. Pour oil into a 12-inch skillet; heat to 360°. (Do not use a nonstick skillet.) Fry steaks 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove steaks to a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Keep steaks warm in a 225° oven. Carefully drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.
  3. Whisk together remaining 4 cups milk, 1/4 cup flour, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon black pepper. Add milk mixture to reserved drippings in skillet; cook, whisking constantly, over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve gravy with steaks. Garnish, if desired. (**This makes alot of gravy, consider halving recipe**)
Friday, July 13-  No cooking tonight because it's the Company Picnic with fireworks!

Saturday, July 14- I came across tonight's shrimp dish and the side I plan to make, Black Bean Salad, on simplyrecipes.com  I have made the salad previously and we have enjoyed it.  I may decide on serving these on soft tacos with a garnish of the salad.  In that case I will half the salad.  I will also omit the avocado from the salad.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe

If you are using frozen shrimp, defrost them by placing them in a bowl of ice water or cold water. Adding a little salt to the water will help the shrimp retain their briny flavor.

  • 2 Tbsp high smoke point oil such as grape seed oil, or canola oil
  • 1-2 Serrano chiles, sliced into thin rings
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 Tbsp lime juice

1 Place a large sauté pan or a wok over your strongest burner on high heat. Let the pan heat up for a minute and then add the oil. Use a high smoke point oil since you will be cooking the shrimp on very high heat. Let the oil heat until it's shimmering. If it starts to smoke, remove the pan from the heat for a moment.
2 Add the chiles to the pan and toss to coat with oil. Cook 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and garlic to the pan and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat with oil. Let the shrimp cook undisturbed for 1 minute before tossing again so they get a little bit of a sear. Stir-fry until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.
3 Turn off the heat and mix in the cilantro, then the lime juice.
Serve hot or at room temperature. Serve alone, over rice, or in a folded heated flour or corn tortilla.
Yield: Serves 3-4.
Black Bean Salad Recipe

  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, thoroughly rinsed, and drained (or 1 1/2 cup of freshly cooked black beans)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, defrosted (or fresh corn, parboiled, drained and cooled)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions or shallots
  • 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced, or 1 whole pickled jalapeño pepper, minced (not seeded)
  • 3 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (about the amount of juice from one lime)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Make sure to rinse and drain the beans, if you are using canned beans.
In a large bowl, combine the beans, corn, onions, jalapeno chile peppers, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, basil, lime juice and olive oil. Add sugar and salt and pepper to taste. (The sugar will help balance the acidity from the tomatoes and lime juice.) Chill before serving.
Serves 6 to 8.

The remainder of the corn I do not use to make the salad I will freeze for later use. How to Freeze Corn http://www.pickyourown.org/freezingcorn.htm
Sunday, July15- I plan to make the Stuffed Peppers I have made a number of times now and we all enjoy, using the Bell Peppers from my Box.
Stuffed Peppers  WW Pts: 7
  • 4 large peppers (8 banana peppers)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 3/4 cups bread crumbs
  1. Cut off tops of peppers, and remove ribs and seeds. Chop edible portions of tops; set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add peppers, reduce heat, and simmer until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in a medium skillet. Saute reserved chopped pepper, onion and celery until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and garlic. Season with basil, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan. Mix in sausage, bread crumbs and 1 cup of the tomato sauce mixture.
  4. Using a piping bag or sausage stuffer, fill each pepper with the meat mixture. Place in a 3 quart casserole dish, and pour remaining tomato sauce mixture over peppers.
  5. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 1 hour. (optional- last 15 minutes sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese)
Amount Per Serving
Calories:310 Total Fat: 24g  Dietary Fiber: 1.9g

Monday, July 16-  Ballet and Golf Night with all of us literally in different directions and all in the midst of meal time, it will be breakfast for dinner, leftovers or even take out.

Tuesday, July 17Marinated Grilled Sliced Steak over Brazilian Rice Beans will be this evening's meal.
The steak will be marinated in lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin and chili pepper.  After marinating it will be grilled and served over Brazilian Black Beans (Feijão) and Rice.
Feijao WW Pts: 1
1-2 cans black beans
2 cloves garlic (pressed)
bacon (chopped)
black pepper
  1. Fry up bacon until crispy
  2. Add garlic and saute
  3. Add beans with juices and add about 1/4 cup water to pan
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Serve over rice.
Rice WW Pts: 3
1 small onion diced
1-2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup long grain rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
  1. Saute onion until soft
  2. Add garlic and saute.  Add rice and stir fry.
  3. Add water and salt, bring to boil.
  4. The water level will begin to drop.  Cover and reduce heat.
  5. When the rice is cooked, turn off the heat and let the rice rest for about 10 minutes.