Welcome to Heart Healthy Month! We're officially introducing our second pantry staple in the winter to late spring rotation this week: Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans). These incredibly nutritious legumes are neither pea nor bean but are jam-packed with fiber, protein, heart healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals and are truly delicious and endlessly versatile.
A classic Filipino comfort food, this warming and delicious chicken adobo from our operations assistant Marisa is a great way to use your potatoes from this week's harvest box. You could also take her advice for optional add-ins and throw in some carrots from last week's box if you've still got some kicking around or the greater advice from what she learned of cooking and her mother's intuition: add daikon, celeriac, rutabaga, or the other local root veggies still hanging out in your vegetable drawer and make it wholly your own. Trust your instincts and your senses!
Continuing our lentil theme in preparation for Heart Healthy Month in February and offering inspiration for cooking your winter veggies, we're featuring a new recipe submitted by some of our wonderful harvest box customers. This lentil curry makes the weeknight dinner rotation in their house 2-3 times each month. The ingredient list is fairly long (like with a lot of curries) but it's mostly pantry staple spices and the process is pretty simple and straight-forward. Start to finish, this dish should take only 30-40 minutes to prepare!
To kick off our staff recipe feature where we'll highlight veggies from our weekly Harvest Box program, we're starting with recipes inspired by the upcoming Heart Healthy Month in February. This lentil bolognese features shiitake mushrooms, celeriac, carrots, onions, garlic, and lentils all grown locally or regionally. A bolognese sauce is usually a slow-cooked meat sauce but substituting lentils, mushrooms, and walnuts lends wonderful texture and depth of flavor in this quicker, vegetarian take on the Italian classic.
While not a full Veggie of the Week spotlight, this shorter feature will hopefully help everyone better appreciate the humble brown lentil.