Boerschappen is a Dutch company that has different types of food boxes on offer (meat, fish, vegetarian, vegan). All of their products are bought directly from the farmers, without any interference of supermarkets or other stores. I find it very convenient to receive a box full of fresh produce every week. I love how these boxes give me inspiration to cook new dishes. Once a week I will share the food I made inspired by the contents of one of these boxes.
This week's vegan box included red bell peppers, bok choy, tomatoes, red onion, shiitake mushrooms, arugula, sea lavender, apples, bread and a soup.
Gnocchi with mushrooms and arugula
For my first dish I used the shiitake mushrooms and arugula from the box. Other ingredients I used for this recipe are garlic, chili flakes, gnocchi and parmesan cheese. Slice the mushrooms and mince 2 cloves of garlic. Instead of cooking the gnocchi, I baked them in some butter until crisp and brown. Add the minced garlic and some chili flakes and bake for another minute. Bake the mushrooms in a separate pan until soft and season with salt and pepper. Mix together the baked gnocchi, mushrooms, arugula and some parmesan cheese.
Minced meat rice bowl
In this recipe I used the bok choy and red bell peppers from this week's box. I bought minced meat, rice and eggs, and used some of my kitchen staples to make a sauce. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Cut the bok choy, red bell pepper and 3 cloves of garlic. Add olive oil to a hot pan and bake the minced meat until brown. Add the garlic halfway during the cook of the meat. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Then bake the bell pepper and bok choy for a couple of minutes. Add the minced meat, 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of ginger paste, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce and chili flakes. Readjust the measurements by taste. Bake for a couple of minutes. Serve with the cooked rice and a fried egg.
Cod and lemon rice
For my last dish I used the tomatoes and sea lavender from the box. I had never even heard about sea lavender, let alone cook with it. After some googling I found out that this vegetable has a salty profile so I decided to pair it with fish and rice. Put the cod in an oven dish, season with salt and pepper, and add some slices of butter on top. Bake in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. For the lemon rice you need butter, milk, broth, garlic, zest and juice of 1 lemon and turmeric (optional). Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and stir in the garlic and lemon zest. Cook until the garlic is fragrant. Add 1 cup of rice, 1 teaspoon of turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup of vegetable broth, 1 cup of milk and the lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil and let it simmer until the liquid has evaporated. Cut the tomatoes into quarters, sprinkle some olive oil on top and season with salt and pepper. Bake them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Add some olive oil to a hot pan and bake the sea lavender until wilted. Season with pepper (no salt needed!). Plate up your lemon rice, oven baked cod, sea lavender and baked tomatoes.