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Meal Planning Template: Free Printable

10 Jun

The Farm Table Meal Planning

With all of the wonderful Farm Table food delivered to your door each week comes the need for a little meal planning to make the most of your produce.

To that end, we thought a meal planning template might be useful for you. Just print and plan your menu out for the week.

You’re welcome!

Bok Choy Stir Fry with Broccoli

Pizza Night

Yucatecan Chicken Tacos

Spring Squash in a Creamy Garlic Sauce

Pad Thai Salad with Green Cabbage

Grilled Garlic Scapes with Herb Roasted Potatoes

Sweet Potato Fries

Vegan Cuisine meets The Farm Table: A Blog Give Away

18 Nov

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to review Vegan Eats World (2013), and Viva Vegan! (2010) by Terry Hope Romero, a Venezuelan-American, award-winning vegan chef, living in Queens, NYC, who is known for her bestselling cookbooks, including Veganomicon, and her blog Vegan Latina.

When the cookbooks arrived at my doorstep a few weeks ago, I put my boys down for a nap, made a hot cup of tea, and sat down to pour over the recipes, (I’ll take a good cookbook over 50 shades of you know what any day…).

What I appreciate most about both cookbooks is that you don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate vegan food, rather, Terry gives you the tools to treat vegan cooking as any other cuisine, opening the door to so many possibilities. Whether you are looking to get a few meat-free meals on the dinner table during the week, have dairy-challenged members in your family, are a seasoned vegan cook, or are looking to make a lifestyle change, these cookbooks give you the basic vegan cooking know-how to expand your culinary repertoire. Secondly, Terry talks to you, not at you, which makes a cookbook like this accessible to everyone.

Vegan Eats World is a collection of recipes pulling from cooking traditions around the planet, and allows you to experience Italian, Mediterranean, Asian and many other traditions in a new, surprising, and potentially more healthful way. Vegan Eats World is broken down into three sections:

  • Kitchen Cartography: a guide to vegan pantry basics, cooking terminology, and cooking techniques. Terry guides you through the basic ingredients to keep on hand for easy vegan cooking, such as masa harina for Mexican cooking, hoisin sauce for Asian cooking, cous cous for African cooking, and aleppo-pepper flakes for Middle Eastern cooking.
  • Recipes: Terry provides a basic introduction to each recipe, giving the reader a background for each dish, variations you can try out, suggested pairings with other recipes in the book — all of which entice you to try out a dish that might otherwise intimidate. The recipe section includes, among many others: spice blends, proteins, sauces, sandwiches, entrees,  and desserts. Terry even put together easy markers, so you know if a recipe is for the beginner, if it is gluten-free, or if it is easy on the wallet.
  • Menus, Online Resources, etc: Terry crafted together menu suggestions so that the amateur or seasoned vegan cook can easily round out a meal.

Vegan Eats World helps answer the question, “What if the world was vegan?” and would be a wonderful addition to even the world’s biggest “meat-and-potatoes” cookbook library, and is a fabulous option for people with gluten allergies.

Viva Vegan! reads like a novel, and I am especially drawn to it given my affinity for Latin food. The format to Viva Vegan! is very similar to Vegan Eats World, only with a guide to creating a “Vegan Latin Pantry,” and recipes focusing solely on Latin cooking (not just Mexican cooking). The cookbook offers essential “Latino Vegan” recipes like Annatto-Infused Oil or a Basic Onion-Pepper Sofrito, to Salsas, Empanadas, Ensaladas, and mouth-watering concoctions that combine what Terry calls, “Los Dos Amigos,” also known as beans and rice.

Terry has an entire section on making vegan tamales, which includes shopping for ingredients, preparing corn husks, and prepping your work station, so that this laborious food option becomes a little less intimidating. Want to make Black Bean-Sweet Potato Tamales with Farm Table produce? Terry will walk you through it. 

Viva Vegan! is also a great option for people who would like to eat Latin food, but fear that it is too spicy. Guess what? Not all Latin food is spicy, and Terry includes these non-spicy options for those who can’t stand the heat. 

There are not a lot of photos in this cookbook, so if that is something that is important to you, know that before purchasing. My two cents? The introduction she gives to each recipe, and the way she walks you through each ingredient and how to create each dish makes the amount of photos the book contains unnecessary. 

Many thanks to Terry Hope Romero and her publishers for allowing us to present these two cookbooks to you, and to offer you the opportunity to own Vegan Eats World and Viva Vegan! in our blog give away. We are also pleased to be able to share one recipe from each book, which I will test out and post here in the coming weeks! Stay Tuned!

The outcome of my first Vegan recipe from Vegan Eats World using Shiitake Mushrooms from the The Farm Table’s Garden Box  “Takeout Stir-Fry Noodles with Mushrooms and Greens.”

To enter our Blog Give Away:

  • Farm Table members get 1 entry for simply being a Farm Table member. Just comment on this post telling us you are a current Farm Table member, and which book you would prefer if you won the give away.
  • Sign up for this blog  to the right under “Follow The Tractor” to receive email updates on future posts, then comment letting us know you’ve done so. If you already follow us, just let us know in your comment.
  • “Like” us on Facebook and then comment under this post letting us know you’ve done so.
  • Follow us on Twitter @TheFarmTable, and then comment under this post letting us know.
  • Follow us on Pinterest, and then comment under this post letting us know.
  • “Like” this post and then comment below letting us know you’ve done so.

Blog Give Away Details: Each comment counts as one entry and you have up to 6 chances to enter if you are Farm Table member, and 5 chances to enter if you are a non-member. We will choose two winners at random. One winner will receive Vegan Eats World, and a separate winner will receive Viva Vegan! Entries must be submitted by 9:00pm EST, Wednesday, November 28, 2012. The give away is open to The Farm Table blog readers in the US and Canada only. 

The give away is closed.

Congratulations to Kathleen Bowden who will be sent Viva Vegan! and Jessica Clarke who will be sent Vegan Eats World. Look for your copies in the mail!

Get To Know: Your Farm Table Neighborhood Coordinators, Part II

16 Aug

We have really enjoyed introducing you to The Farm Table team, and have more to share about the people who deliver your Garden, Chef, and Breakfast Box to you each week in our newest Get To Know series installment. Many of the Neighborhood Coordinators we will introduce you to in this post found The Farm Table through a Living Social promotion, and quickly decided to join The Farm Table team. We are running a Living Social promotion now through Sunday, so please pass the word along. You never know where it will take you!

Christine with her dog, Maggie in Sedona, AZ

This is Christine Berg’s first season as a Neighborhood Coordinator with The Farm Table, after relocating back to Richmond from San Francisco, CA. While living in the Bay Area for 7 years, she discovered the importance of organic farming and eating local food. She delivers to the Chesterfield/Chester area, and has so far really enjoyed working with The Farm Table and the members in her area.

Christine enjoys trying different recipes – mixing it up, and being conscientious about eating seasonally.  Her favorite fruits and veggies are cherries, any type of berry, cucumbers, butter lettuce, beets, and spinach.  She also enjoys making and eating fermented foods – kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt.

When not delivering food for The Farm Table, Christine serves as  a full-time registered nurse, but outside of work she enjoys cooking from scratch, spending time with friends and family, being outdoors – hiking, cycling, reading.  This season, she and her husband planted their own garden and look forward to simply walking outside to the back yard to get food!

Kathy Frazier joined The Farm Table through a Living Social promotion last year.  She was so pleased with not only The Farm Table products and services for their members, but also how The Farm Table supported local farmers and communities.  When the opportunity arose this year, Kathy chose to join the team as a neighborhood coordinator and couldn’t be more thrilled.  Her delivery areas are in Chesterfield including South Brandermill/Hull St. Rd./FoxCroft/Hampton Park neighborhoods. She looks forward to making connections with members and getting a first peek in those lovely produce boxes every week!

Although not originally from Richmond, Kathy calls Richmond “home” having lived in the metro area for the last 25 years.  During her childhood, she had the opportunity to see much of the country living in Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Wisconsin, and finally settling in Virginia.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked for 10 years at NewMarket Corporation in Information Technology, focused on web development.   Kathy has two elementary aged children and a wonderful husband who keep her very busy when she’s not delivering Farm Table boxes.

The Farm Table membership plugs right into one of Kathy’s favorite past-times; cooking and experimenting with whole foods.  A great find for her was the kale chip recipe published in the weekly newsletter.  Kale chips were a huge hit with her kids and a staple snack in the Frazier household meal plan.  Kathy also enjoys antiquing, gardening, being involved with her children’s activities and is a strong supporter of the arts.  After a long day, she can be found out on the patio, enjoying the company of friends and family, listening to some good music, and enjoying a nice glass of wine.

Patty Carpenter and her husband of 30 years moved to Richmond 20 years ago from Seattle, Washington. They have
three children, ages 24, 18, and 14 and a Welsh terrier named Tucker.

Besides delivering fresh, local produce every Thursday, Patty stays busy working as a massage therapist, volunteering at her children’s
schools, helping with the Richmond Soap Box Derby Foundation, and enjoys cooking, reading, attending the kids’ various events and
performances, and doing just about anything outside.

Patty found The Farm Table through the Living Social promotion this year and loved the idea of supporting local farmers. With her family’s busy schedule, she often misses the Farmer’s Markets, and so having fresh-from-the-farm produce delivered to her door sounded like a fantastic idea! Patty was so impressed with the Farm Table folks she met, that she became a neighborhood coordinator right away. She has really enjoyed trying new recipes with the delicious veggies and meeting the like-minded folks she gets to deliver to each week in Glen Allen.

 Susan Medina says, “Life is interesting, and quite contradictory. I’m afraid of heights, but married to a man from La Paz, Bolivia (in the Andes Mountain chain, 13,000 feet up).  We visit often.  I love the Spanish language, speak fluently, but still struggle to raise my three children bilingually.  I am anti-electronics but am a blogging mom.  I believe children should play outside more, but will come running back inside myself when a bee buzzes by. I live in the country, but crave the variety of city life.  My favorite food is watermelon and least favorite is lima beans.”

This is Susan’s second year as a Neighborhood Coordinator for The Farm Table, a job that has helped her slow down life’s hectic pace and teach her kids the importance of eating whole foods, eating locally, and that eating vegetables is delicious! 

Lou with her husband Steve who accompanies her on her weekly Farm Table route

This is Lou Stafford’s first year with the Farm Table after contemplating for years joining a food cooperative.  When she saw the Living Social promotion for the Farm Table, she thought she would give it a try.

Lou loves to cook and to experiment with new recipes, many of which she finds from her extensive collection of cookbooks.  She loves most kinds of food — the exception is okra! Lou grew up in Roanoke, went to William and Mary and moved to the Richmond area afterward.   She retired from the Virginia Lottery 10 years ago.

Lou loves going to the Y, especially the step aerobics, Zumba, Pilates and yoga classes.  She recently joined a group of women who coil baskets and decorative items from long pine needles.  She also enjoys knitting, and growing vegetables in containers and raised beds (square foot gardening).

Lou is the proud Mom of 2 sons — one is an occupational therapist in Richmond, the other in the Navy in Naples, Italy. In addition to delivering The Farm Table produce to the Ashland area, she is currently studying Italian — planning on a trip to visit her son!

 

 (For those of you checking, blog winners from our last post will be announced this weekend)

Summer Squash Tart and a Delivery Box Giveaway and Discount

1 Aug

The Giveaway is over, but please read on for a fabulous recipe from Tim Vidra!

We were so pleased when Tim Vidra, The Farm Table’s Twitter and Pinterest guru, agreed to do a guest post for us on our blog.

Many of you know him already as the author of the E.A.T. blog, where he shares many of his food inspirations, and advocates using simple, and local ingredients. We think that if you are invited to his house for dinner, you are one lucky person.

This might be the next best thing to an invitation:

In our house I do most of the cooking, and for this guest post I am going to have to give credit where credit is due — my better half came across a variation of this seasonal tart recipe in one of her Real Simple magazines a few years back. Now for me, Real Simple is not a magazine I frequent and it certainly wouldn’t be the first source for recipes I’d lean on — well here I am a couple of years later continuing to make this easy, tasty, and very eye appealing tart that I know you will also enjoy.

We most recently had all but a few of the main ingredients required for this tart recipe come in our farm table Chef’s Box delivery — squash, zucchini, leeks, and even dill. So with that, you can create this in a few real simple steps!

Ingredients:

  • Summer squashes (yellow squash, zucchini, anything you like)
  • 1 small potato (red, purple, yellow — again, anything you like)
  • 1 leek
  • A few sprigs of fresh dill — to desired taste, about 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • 4 ounces of Feta Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper and kosher salt to taste
  • Pie crust (store-bought works well)


Preparation:
Heat oven to 375 degrees and thinly slice squashes, potato and leek — we use a mandoline on the vegetables to get a super thin and uniform slice (though a sharp knife and steady hand will get the job done).


Heat oil in a skillet and cook squashes, leeks with salt and pepper to taste until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in potatoes, chopped dill and feta and toss to coat everything nicely letting the cheese melt slightly.


Roll out pie crust onto parchment lined baking sheet and spoon squash mixture into the middle, spreading out evenly to about 1 inch away from the edges.


Gently fold over pie crust sides, one corner over the other all the way around last flap folds over to complete tart edging with open vegetables in the middle.

Transfer over onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until crust bubbles and lightly browns.


Remove from oven and either serve immediately while hot or let rest and cool for a more room temperature dish.

I’d love to hear how you’ve been preparing the vegetables delivered in your own boxes and hope you’re using all of the available free resources of information we have for you here at The Farm Table from the blog, twitterfacebook, and pinterest accounts.

The Farm Table is offering a blog give-away to one person in our delivery area: 1 free box of produce and 50% off membership if you are not a member already (membership would be $25 instead of $50). 

To enter, simply follow The Farm Table Blog by entering your information under “Follow The Tractor” to the right, and leave a comment telling me you have done so. You must include your zip code in your comment so we can confirm your delivery area.

Each of the following will earn you an additional entry (you must include your zip code in all entries):

  • “Like” The Farm Table on Facebook , and or follow The Farm Table on Twitter — then leave 2 separate comments on this post for each letting us know you’ve done so.
  • Share this post by clicking the Facebook Like button at the top of the post and leave a new comment on this post letting us know you’ve done so.
  • Tweet about the giveaway including the following: “@The Farm Table and @TimVidraEats is giving away 1 free box of food + 1/2 off membership” with anything else you’d like to include – then leave a new comment on this post letting us know you’ve done so.
  •  Follow or visit our Pinterest account and then leave us two separate comments telling us you are following and tell us which board is your favorite.
  • Follow Tim’s blog E.A.T. and comment here letting us know you have done so.

And the fun is just beginning! You have many more chances to win our blog giveaway. Simply visit Tim Vidra’s blog,  E.A.T., and enter to win there. You must include your zip code in all entries. One winner will be chosen from each blog. (The Giveaway is Closed)

Congratulations to Tiffany Coffman, the winner of The Farm Table’s blog giveaway. We hope you enjoy half off membership and your first delivery box of produce on us! Please check your Email or Facebook messages for further instructions on how to redeem your winnings!

Virginia based food writer, Tim Vidra, authors the blog E.A.T. where he advocates the principles behind supporting a sustainable food system. Tim’s mission is in sharing his passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in. Tim’s recipes and advice have been featured across food publications, he writes a regular guest column for Lot18 and he’s led series’ of cooking demos and classes throughout the Richmond area. Learn more about Tim via E.A.T. and follow him on twitter @TimVidraEats.

Kale, the Queen of Greens

3 May

If you are a Farm Table member, we hope you find the newsletter full of recipes that accompany your food boxes each week to be helpful. We are excited to share with you an additional way to add new recipes to your repertoire via our Farm Table Board on Pinterest.  Not sure what to do with a particular vegetable, fruit, or herb in your box? This is a relatively easy way to find recipes on the web, collected in one easy and accessible place to help you with your meal plan each week. Please note: There is absolutely no requirement to join Pinterest if all you want to do is look around. Pinterest is a free site that anyone can access if they choose. You would only join if you indeed wanted to build a personal Pinterest board or if you wanted to re-pin from The Farm Table’s Pinterest board. 

Are you wondering what to do with kale? We brought back 3 recipes from our 2010 season that will surely put this delicious cruciferous leafy green to good use. We think the nutritional perks of kale, and the rich flavor it adds to dishes make this vegetable worth learning about. Enjoy!

Kale with Pork Chops (or Pork Sausage)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of curly or flat kale chopped coarsely
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Slices of meaty bacon, sliced into small pieces (optional)
  • 1 Medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 boiling potatoes (Yukon Gold) or baked potato
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 lean Pork Chops, sprinkled with a dry rub of your choice (recommend a mixture of garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika).

Directions:

  • Place the bacon into a pot and fry until pieces are crispy. Remove most of the fat.
  • Place the butter into the same pot and sauté the onion.
  • Add the kale into the pot and mix with the butter, sautéed onion, and bacon fat.
  • Place a lid on the pot and cook for 15 minutes. You may need to add some water if you cannot get a simmer.
  • Next add the vinegar, honey, cover again and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Delicious with a baked or boiled potato.

Baked Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch (about 10 ounces) of Kale
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees, F.
  • Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs.
  • Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl, then sprinkle with salt.
  • Arrange leaves in a  single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. 
  • Place the baking sheet on a rack to cool.
Kale and Potato Soup or Caldo Verde Soup

 You can make the vegetarian version of this classic Portuguese soup by omitting the addition of sausage, but a traditional Caldo Verde soup includes chorizo sausage.

Kale and Potato Soup:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (adds just enough kick to this soup!)
  • 8 cups vegetable stock (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and finely diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 Lb Kale, leaves ripped off and stems finely shredded (about 7 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 minute (do not let garlic turn brown).
  • Pour in the stock, raise the heat to high, then bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes, lower the heat to a simmer, then cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the Kale, Salt, and cook the soup 15 more minutes.

Caldo Verde:

  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 carrot, peeled and then diced
  • 2 cups potatoes, chopped or sliced thin
  • 1/2 lb – 1 lb Kale, leaves ripped off and stems finely shredded
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock, or in a pinch, 2 quarts of water
  • 6 ounces of chorizo, sliced thin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Directions:
  • Saute the onions, carrot and garlic in 3 Tbs of olive oil, until translucent. 
  • Add the potatoes and the stock, cover and simmer over medium for about 15-20 minutes
  • While the potatoes are cooking, cook the sausage in a separate skilled, until most of the fat has burned off. Drain fat and reserve.
  • Once potatoes have soften, mash them right in the pot.
  • Add the sausage, and then the kale. Cook for about 5 more minutes. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.