Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

It’s that time of year again. The sniffles, coughs and sore throats are starting to creep in, slowly at first. Then, before you know it, everyone around you is sick. That is the perfect time to make a big pot of this slow cooker chicken […]

Sweet Potato au Gratin

Sweet Potato au Gratin

This is quite possibly the easiest side dish you could throw together, making it perfect for big family holiday gatherings when there are already too many things happening in the kitchen. Print Sweet Potato au Gratin Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes peeled 1 large egg […]

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Keep your sides simple yet flavorful with this green bean and potato dish. Once you prep the beans and potatoes, you can throw this together in no time and let it simmer while fixing your main dish.  Reducing the broth is the trick to getting the […]

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Sneaking vegetables into dessert is devious, yet brilliant. If you have suspicious eaters, you can peel the zucchini first to avoid green, vegetable-looking flecks in the bread. Print Lemon Zucchini Bread Ingredients 1-1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp […]

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus

There is no such thing as too much garlic, especially if it is roasted. The roasting process makes the cloves softer, sweeter and more mild with a hint of smoky flavor. Print Roasted Garlic Hummus Ingredients 1 head garlic whole and unpeeled 1 tbsp olive […]

Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Even though they are tiny, cherry tomatoes can pack quite a punch. They tend to be sweeter with more intense flavors. Use this sauce on plain pasta so it can really shine.   Print Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce Ingredients 2-3 lbs cherry tomatoes stem […]

Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Cabbages are an efficient vegetable, packing a LOT of leaves into a tight, dense ball. A single cabbage weighing 2 pounds is about 8 cups shredded cabbage. In our last Food Box, we sourced cabbages from the Iowa Prison Industries Farm in Montrose, IA. Some of […]

Hot Spinach Dip

Hot Spinach Dip

Leafy greens are typically found at the Farmers’ Markets during the earlier spring months. The delicate leaves cannot handle the heat of the summer. The one exception might be New Zealand spinach. It can produce throughout the hot summer season without bolting or getting bitter.  […]

Sausage, Cabbage, Tortellini Soup

Sausage, Cabbage, Tortellini Soup

Today is another food box delivery day, and we have 10 items going out in our shares this week! One of our items are beautiful cabbages, grown on the Iowa Prison Industries Farm #3, in Montrose, Iowa. This item happens to be the one that’s […]

Quick Pickled Vegetables

Quick Pickled Vegetables

You really can’t mess this one up. The ingredients in the brine are an approximate ratio that you can use to make any quantity of solution to fill your jars. The ingredients that you want to pickle and the quantities are completely up to you! […]

Fresh Tomato Quiche

Fresh Tomato Quiche

Pie for breakfast? Sign me up! Okay, technically this isn’t pie, but it sure looks like it. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be for breakfast either. It can really be used for any meal. Make it your own by adding or substituting other veggies […]

Beet + Greens Smoothie

Beet + Greens Smoothie

All-too-common scenario: Shoppers swing by the farmers’ market or produce section to buy their favorite root vegetables (carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, etc.). They carefully pick out the roots that look the best. They drive the vegetables home. They lay them out on the counter. Then, […]

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

A quick way to use up bell peppers is to stuff them. Fill them up with any combination of meat, rice, beans, veggies, and cheese that you like. For Southwestern stuffed peppers, use ground beef, black beans, corn and taco seasoning. For Italian stuffed peppers, […]

Food Box Delivery #2 {plus a recipe}

Food Box Delivery #2 {plus a recipe}

Yesterday was our second food box delivery of the season, and it went even more smoothly than the first! Our produce was grown between 4 and 50 miles away. It came from 5 different producers who live in 4 different counties, which you can check out […]

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Salad

Watermelons are one of the biggest, roundest, stripe-iest signs that summer has arrived! As much as we all love watermelon, I think we all underestimate the shear volume a single melon can provide. If you find yourself with more melon than you were expecting, try […]

Cucumber Punch

Cucumber Punch

Still serving iced tea and lemonade at your summer picnics? It’s time to mix up your routine by mixing up this drink! Light and refreshing, this is perfect for pool parties and family reunions during the hot weather months. For a reduced-sugar option, replace the […]

Cucumber and Microgreen Raita

Cucumber and Microgreen Raita

Measure, mix, eat. And a little secret- you don’t even have to measure if you don’t want to.  This is an easy way to get more veggies into your meals.  Try adding thinly sliced radishes too.   Although we are posting this as a stand-alone […]

Food Box Delivery #1 {plus a recipe}

Food Box Delivery #1 {plus a recipe}

Yesterday was our first food box delivery of the season, and we had a blast prepping everyone’s “share” of produce! Our produce was grown between 4 and 50 miles away. It came from 6 different producers who live in 5 different counties, which you can check […]

Marvelous Microgreens! {plus a recipe}

Marvelous Microgreens! {plus a recipe}

Microgreens are the “in” thing right now…though many people have no idea what they are or how to use them. Luckily for you, we have 18 great ideas for using microgreens. But first, you may be wondering… What are Microgreens? Microgreens are the immature or […]

How to Use Garlic Scapes {plus a recipe}

How to Use Garlic Scapes {plus a recipe}

Garlic Scape season is upon us in Iowa, and if you know the right people, you might be able to get ahold of these delicious little sprigs. But once you find them, you may wonder what to do with them. Fear not, we have some […]