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Meal Plan - Summer 2017 Week #10

 
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What's on the menu: 

During early August we are at peak summer, and this week’s basket showcases the colorful abundance of the season. This week at the Intervale Food Hub we created four dishes to get you started cooking with your basket!  

Dish #1: Roasted Summer Vegetables - Two Ways

Dish #2: Blueberry Turnovers with Mint & Basil

Dish #3: Salmon Burgers with Tomato Garlic Relish

Dish #4: Garlic-Soy Kale

 
 
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Dish #1: Roasted Summer Vegetables - Two Ways

We decided to keep it simple this week by oven roasting our cherry tomatoes, green beans, squash and zucchini all together. Roasted veggie combos can be eaten hot or cold, and they store well in the refrigerator and can be added to pasta, salads, or serve as side dishes all throughout the week. To give you some ideas we made a cheesy couscous dish with one half, and served the rest up with a balsamic glaze.

Intervale Food Hub Ingredients:

  • ¾ of a pint of cherry tomatoes, halved.
  • 1 bag of green beans, de-stemmed & halved
  • 1 lb bag of zucchini & squash, cubed.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • Kitchen Staples:
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Wash and prep all veggies, keeping sizes consistent to they will cook evenly.

3. In a mixing bowl toss veggies with garlic and olive oil, until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle salt and pepper.

4. Move veggies to large baking pan, spreading them out evenly.

5. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until desired softness. Salt to taste.

 

 

Serve this way, with Cheesy Couscous...

Intervale Food Hub Ingredients:

  • Herb Cheese Spread

Kitchen Staples:

  • 1 cup dry (2 cups cooked) Pearl Couscous. Any other pasta or starch like rice would work well with this dish!

Instructions:

  1. Cook Couscous as directed.

  2. Stir ¾ of a container of herb cheese spread into the still - warm couscous, until evenly coated.

  3. Add ½ the pan of roasted veggies.

  4. Top with additional fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or basil, any of your favorite spices such as rosemary or thyme, or another cheese like shredded parmesan or crumbled feta -- you can’t go wrong!

 

Or this way, with Balsamic Glaze:

Kitchen Staples:

  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar

  • Your favorite spices!

Instructions:

  1. Once roasted veggies are tender, drizzle them with a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

  2. Return the pan to the oven for a couple more minutes, allowing veggies to brown and vinegar to reduce.

  3. Eat plain or season with spices to your liking. This simple combination can be eaten alone, used atop salads or as a side dish! Get creative.

 

 

Dish #2: Blueberry Pocket Pies with Mint & Basil

If you haven’t already eaten this week’s delicious blueberries from Adam’s Berry Farm, we suggest trying your hand at pocket pies! With just a pint, a full pie can be a stretch - pocket pies use less but give you the same taste. Also perfect for an on-the-go snack.

Intervale Food Hub Ingredients:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 5 leaves of basil (leftover from last week’s basket)
  • ½ a package of cultured butter (½ a cup, or 1 stick from other producers)

Kitchen Staples:

  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 Tbs sweetener (Sugar, honey, maple - it’s up to you!)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Ice water
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Instructions:

Crust:

Two things to keep in mind while making crust are to keep everything cold, and to avoid overworking the dough.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine two cups of flour and 1 tbs cinnamon (or other spices). If you are using butter from another producer that is unsalted, be sure to add a teaspoon or so of salt to your creation.

  2. Remove butter from the refrigerator (it must be cold!) and cut half the package into small ¼ inch cubes.

  3. Add butter to flour mixture and using a pastry cutter or fork, quickly work the butter into the dough until no large chunks remain.

  4. 1 spoonful at a time, sprinkle in the ice water. Use just enough so that the dough begins to clump together and be formed into a ball, but no more.

  5. Chill the dough - preferably for 2 hours and up to two days.

Filling:

  1. Place blueberries in a small mixing bowl and toss with 2 Tbs of flour. Alternately you use cornstarch or a tapioca - this is just to get the blueberries to hold together.

  2. Add your sweetener of choice and toss until evenly distributed.

  3. Destem basil and mint leaves, chop or shred if desired, or leave whole. Place aside.

Combination:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  2. Prep your area - sprinkle flour on a clean counter space. Have about a ½ cup of flour on hand to help you deal with sticky dough. Bring out a baking sheet and place it nearby so you have a place for your final product. Place the blueberries, mint and basil leaves within arms reach. Grab a small glass of water, to help you close up the edges of the pocket pies.

  3. Take out your dough and roll it out on the floured surface. Apply more flour as necessary to counter and rolling pin to keep dough from sticking. Roll out until dough is under ⅛ inch thick.

  4. Cut out 4-5 inch diameter circles from the dough. You can form a ball with the scraps, roll it out again and create more circles until you’ve used up all the dough.

  5. Place a handful of blueberries on each circle, along with a pinch of mint and basil. Fold the circle in half and press the edges together. If you are having trouble getting the edges to stick, use a pastry brush or your fingers to wet them with cool water, then seal them.

  6. Press the edges of the pies down, then, starting at one end, begin to twist along the edge to create a pretty and flaky edge. You can also press it with a fork or any variety of methods, as long as the edges seal well.

  7. Poke a couple of holes in the top of each pie to let steam out.

  8. Place finished pies on the baking pan, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until pies are golden brown.

 
 
 

Dish #3: Salmon Sliders with Tomato Garlic Relish

This week’s ground salmon is perfect for making some patties! Though we cooked ours up on the stove, this recipe would be perfect to grill at a summer cookout. Served on Red Hen’s polenta bread, with herb cheese spread and mesclun these were a staff favorite at the Intervale Center!

Intervale Food Hub Ingredients:

Patties:

  • 1 pkg ground salmon
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced.
  • 2 Tbs breadcrumbs (made from this week’s bread subscription)
  • 1 egg

Relish:

  • ¼ pint cherry tomatoes, halved.
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced.
  • 1 T butter

Toppings:

  • Herb cheese spread
  • Mesclun mix
  • Polenta bread, toasted

Kitchen Staples:

  • Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions:

  1. Open package, drain salmon, and place into a medium sized mixing bowl.

  2. Combine with minced garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, a tsp of salt and a pinch of pepper.

  3. Form into patties, place on a plate, and put in freezer for a few minute while you make the relish.

  4. In a small pan, heat 1 Tbs butter. Add garlic and tomatoes and cook down until very soft and sweet tasting. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  5. Pop a couple slices of polenta bread into the toaster.

  6. In a large pan, heat 1 Tbs butter for the sliders. Remove patties from freezer.

  7. Once the butter is bubbling, place your sliders on the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are nicely browned on the outside and cooked all the way through.

  8. Cut the slices of polenta bread in half, then spread with herb cheese spread and a bit of mesclun. Place a sliders on top, and garnish with the relish, adding toothpicks to keep it together. Yum!

 

 
 
 

Dish #4: Garlic Soy Kale

Instructions:

  1. Wash your kale then prep it by strippingit off the stem.

  2. Heat up olive oil in a pan, on high heat.

  3. When oil is hot, add kale. As it begins to soften, add in garlic.

  4. After 2 minutes stir in soy sauce and rice vinegar.

  5. Cook until kale is soft, but not turning brown.

 

Intervale Food Hub Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Lacinato Kale, washed and stripped.

  • 3 cloves chopped garlic

Kitchen Staples:

  • 1 Tbs Soy sauce

  • 1 Tbs olive oil

  • 1 tsp rice vinegar

  • pepper

 We hope you enjoy getting creative with this week's basket!