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Vegucation: Carrots

We’ve all been told as kids to eat our carrots or we’ll go blind, right? Although this isn’t completely true, carrots are important for a number of reasons.

About Carrots

Carrots were originally grown to use as medicine before people started eating them. We can still use carrots as medicine today by nourishing our bodies from the inside. Besides the classic orange carrots, there are also white, red, yellow, and purple varieties. These are usually called rainbow carrots. 

Why are they beneficial?rainbow carrots

Raw orange carrots have beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A when we eat them. This vitamin is important for growth, which is why carrots are a great snack for kids. Vitamin A also helps growth on the cellular level for people of all ages. All cells throughout the body need vitamin A to make new cells. This is why carrots are especially good for our eyes and skin. Carrots also support your immune system with their vitamin C. Different colored carrots offer different nutrients. For example, a specific antioxidant gives purple carrots their color, and it protects against free radicals that cause disease. 

When are they in season?

Local carrots can be found in short seasons in the spring and fall in Tennessee. You can always find different carrot varieties in grocery stores. 

How long will they keep?

Fresh carrots can last up to four weeks if stored properly. Keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. If your carrots come with the greens attached, remove them before you store them, but don’t throw them away! Carrot greens are edible. Toss your carrots when they turn white and dry.

roasted carrotsHow can I prepare them?

There are so many ways to get carrots in your diet. They make an easy side dish for almost any meal. Always be sure to wash your carrots thoroughly before eating since they do come from the ground. Here are a few different ways to prepare them:

  • Make carrot fries in the oven. This recipe only has three ingredients and only takes 20 minutes.
  • Add them to your smoothie or juice. Carrots go great with citrus like orange or grapefruit. Add some ginger for an extra health boost and flavor.
  • Make homemade carrot hummus. Just combine carrots, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and your favorite seasoning and puree.
  • Saute chopped carrots in grass-fed butter, minced garlic, and thyme for a warm side dish.

 

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Meal Plan for April 19, 2017

Here you can find the meals that accompany what’s in your box this week. 

Salmon with Red Potato, Asparagus, and Collard Green Hash
Serves 2
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Lemon Aioli
  1. 2 tablespoons mayo
  2. 1/2 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  3. 1 small clove garlic crushed or grated
  4. 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more to taste
  5. Salt and black pepper
Hash
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil divided
  2. 1/2 pound red potatoes scrubbed and cubed
  3. 1 small shallot chopped
  4. 1/4 bunch asparagus woody ends removed and chopped on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces
  5. 1/4 bunch collard greens de-stemmed and chopped
  6. 1/8 cup water
  7. Salt and black pepper
Salmon
  1. 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 2 salmon fillets
  3. 1/2 tablespoon salmon hash spice blend
  4. Salt and black pepper
For Serving
  1. 1 fresh lemon cut into 4 wedges
Instructions
  1. For the aioli, whisk together the mayo, mustard, garlic, and lemon juice with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. For the hash, add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes in an even layer and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook (uncovered) until browned outside and softened inside, about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the shallot and 1/2 tablespoon oil to the potatoes and cook until the onion starts to soften, about 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the asparagus, collard greens, and water, and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook until the collard greens are wilted, the water is evaporated, and the other vegetables are fork-tender, about 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the salmon. Pat each fillet dry with a paper towel and season with the salmon hash spice blend, salt, and pepper. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat; once the oil is hot, add the salmon fillets and cook until browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 4 minutes per side. (Turn the heat down as necessary to prevent the salmon from burning outside before it’s fully cooked inside. Once the salmon is browned outside, you can turn the heat down to low and cover the skillet with a lid or piece of foil to help the salmon seam inside.)
  4. To serve, divide the hash between 2 plates and add 1 piece of salmon to each; serve along with the aioli and fresh lemon wedges.
Adapted from An Edible Mosaic
Adapted from An Edible Mosaic
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One Pot Spinach Chicken Pasta
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  3. 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
  4. 4 garlic cloves
  5. 2 cups pasta
  6. 4 cups water
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  9. 2 Tablespoons basil
  10. 3 cups chopped spinach
  11. 1 cup heavy cream
  12. ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  13. ¼ cup fresh Parmesan cheese for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, heat oil. Once oil is heated, add chicken and cook chicken over medium high heat for about six minutes until almost done.
  2. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for another 4 minutes until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add pasta, water, salt, pepper and basil. Bring to a boil and cook until pasta is tender about 10 to 13 minutes. Water should be almost gone.
  4. Add spinach, cream and grated Parmesan and bring to simmer.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Garnish with fresh Parmesan.
Adapted from Chef in Training
Adapted from Chef in Training
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Greek Chickpea Cucumber Salad
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  2. 1 cucumber
  3. 1 tomato
  4. 1 oz feta cheese
  5. 1/2 lemon juiced
  6. 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  8. 1/2 tsp honey
  9. 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh dill
  10. Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Open, drain and rinse the chickpeas, and then add to a large bowl.
  2. Cut the cucumbers into quarters, lengthwise, and then chop into bite-size chunks. Cut the tomato into small wedges. Add the cucumbers and tomatoes to the chickpeas then break the feta cheese into crumbles on top.
  3. In a medium bowl, make the dressing. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, and the fresh dill together then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
Notes
  1. Make-Ahead: This salad can be made a few hours in advance. If you plan to make it a day in advance, we recommend leaving the tomatoes out of the salad, and then cutting and adding them just before serving since they are more fragile and will wilt more quickly than the cucumbers and chickpeas.
Adapted from Inspired Taste
Adapted from Inspired Taste
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Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
Serves 2
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For the Lettuce Wraps
  1. 1/2 head of Lettuce.
  2. 1/2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste
  4. 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 Avocado sliced into strips
  6. 1/2 Cucumber sliced into strips
  7. 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  8. 1/2 medium Carrot cut into matchsticks
For the Peanut Sauce
  1. 1/4 cup sesame ginger dressing
  2. 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter microwave 30 sec if peanut butter refrigerated
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pat dry your shrimp. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to a large hot non-stick skillet. Once oil is hot, add shrimp and saute on med/high heat 2 min per side or until cooked through. Don't overcook them or they will turn rubbery.
  2. Cut your cucumber and carrot into thin matchsticks. Slice your avocado into strips.
  3. Make your dressing by whisking together the sesame ginger dressing with the peanut butter. If you have a tightly sealed tupperware, you can put it int there and shake it up until it's nice and smooth. This sauce is so so tasty and way too easy!
  4. Assemble your lettuce wraps with a lettuce leaf, several strips of carrot and cucumber, a decent slice of avocado, 2 shrimps and a couple good sized sprigs of cilantro. Then drizzle the top with the peanut dipping sauce.
Adapted from Natasha's Kitchen
Adapted from Natasha's Kitchen
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Enjoy your Fig box this week!

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