Cactus Pear, Prickly Pear, Cactus Fruit (they are all the same thing!)… you’ve heard about it but maybe have never tried it? You’ve tried it but those seeds ruined the delicious taste? We’ve hear you and we have the solution.
Cactus pears are around 40 calories each, rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, and loaded with Magnesium. They are a great healthy snack choice and once the seeds are removed, can make a delicious drink. Below is a drink recipe suited for any occasion, breakfast to happy hour.
Cactus Pear JuiceAgua de Tuna
3 Cactus Red Pears
1 Cup Water
½ Cup Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp. Agave Syrup, or other sweetener
Slice both ends of the cactus pear off. Make one long vertical slice down the body of the cactus pear. Peel back the skin. The skin should come right off, and you should be left with just the cactus pear.
Place peeled pears in blender with 1 cup of water. Blend at the lowest speed for 1 minute.
Strain and discard the seeds and pulp.
Place cactus pear juice back in the blender, with orange juice, and agave syrup. Blend until smooth.
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
4 ounces bacon, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon syrupy balsamic vinegar *if you have regular balsamic vinegar, just boil it down until it becomes thicker!*
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the Brussels Sprouts on a sheet pan, including some of the loose leaves, which get crispy when they’re roasted. Add the pancetta, olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, toss with your hands, and spread out in a single layer.
Roast the Brussels sprouts for 20 to 30 minutes, until they’re tender and nicely browned and the bacon is cooked. Toss once during roasting. Remove from the oven, drizzle immediately with the balsamic vinegar, and toss again. Taste for seasonings, and serve hot.
Combine all marinade ingredients in a large Ziplock bag. Add in veggies and allow to marinate 4 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. (If you are pressed for time, you can just toss and let sit 15 minutes but longer is better).
Thread the veggies onto skewers.
Preheat grill to medium and grill skewers 10 minutes or until done.
4-5 Cups Napa Cabbage, shredded* 1 Carrot* 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 Garlic Clove, minced 2 tablespoons finely chopped Scallion, Parsley, Cilantro, or Dill Juice from half a Lemon* salt + pepper to taste
*indicates items in St. Louis Produce Box 8/24/20
Prepare vegetables. Finely shred Napa cabbage and shave carrot with a vegetable peeler.
Make dressing. Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.
Toss dressing with ingredients and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
“This slaw is amazing! I was looking for the best way to use the Napa Cabbage in this week’s box and am very happy with this recipe. It’s creamy from the greek yogurt and the dill added a lovely flavor!”
Whether you’re making a snack for yourself or appetizers for a socially-distant dinner party, guacamole is a perfect go to. Even better, when it’s a hot St. Louis day, it’s a NO HEAT food option. Luckily, this week’s box contains some of the most crucial ingredients to make guac, so muster up the few remaining ingredients and you’re on your way to a satisfied appetite.
In the St. Louis summer months where heat warnings are frequent, it’s important to find meals that are refreshing, while still healthy. The VIP of foods, or the VIF (very important food) is watermelon. According to Healthline.com, watermelon are about 92 percent water, low in calories and high in crucial vitamins and antioxidants.
While you can probably get a generic old salad recipe anywhere on the internet and give it a shot, St. Louis Produce Box is here for the wilder recipes. Let’s take a look at a copycat of the beloved Panera (most correctly known as St. Louis Bread Co.) Watermelon Mint Salad.
Vegan Stuffed Acorn SquashPrep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 mins
Easy to make and can be made ahead of time. The perfect main dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.Course: Main CourseCuisine: American, CanadianServings: stuffed squash halvesCalories: 468 kcal Author: Sam Turnbull • It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken