January 21, 2021
Seeking cooking inspiration for the fresh ingredients in your 4P delivery? We've got you covered. Browse our collection of recipes from the 4P community, which features submissions from our staff, members, and other guest chefs.
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- Cut mushrooms into chunks. Sauté with 1 - 2 tbsp. olive oil.
- Measure about 1/2 c. liquid from a jar of olives (or other briny product), add water to make 1 cup.
- Add vinegar, sugar, and bay leaf.
- Boil, then pour over mushrooms.
- Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
- After enjoying the mushrooms, use the marinade for something else (e.g., to sauté greens, for a salad dressing, as a refreshing beverage)
Thai Chicken & Cabbage Soup
By Devon Byrne, FNTP and Sales & Procurement Team at 4P Foods
The New Year is finally here, and many have vowed to turn over a new leaf in their diet! As a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, one of the biggest mistakes I see in clients is their thirst for a quick fix without first examining the primary foundation of their health: digestion. Digestion supports the function of the entire body. Approximately 70-80% of your immune system resides in your digestive tract. When digestion is impaired, it has a negative effect on all other systems and may be an underlying cause of numerous health issues.
One food to help repair your gut is cabbage. In fact, it is so great for you it created its own “vitamin”: Vitamin U. It is not a true vitamin, but a derivative of the essential amino acid: methionine. A doctor in the 1950s coined the term after discovering the nutrients in raw cabbage juice proved to repair peptic ulcers (U for ulcer!) and cells in the gut lining. Ready to fall in love with cabbage this season? Try this recipe to kickstart your health goals!
- 1 pkg Farmer Focus Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- 1 quart chicken bone broth
- 1 leek, sliced
- 2 carrots, cut into 1 in. pieces
- 1 green cabbage, sliced into 1 in pieces (Napa Cabbage & Bok Choy are suitable substitutes)
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Thai chili sauce (optional, to top)
- Egg noodles (optional)
- Place chicken breasts and broth into a stockpot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the broth and set aside to cool.
- Put the leeks, carrots, garlic, and spices into the pot uncovered and simmer for 10 minutes, or until tender.
- Shred the cooled chicken into bite sized pieces and return it to the pot. Add the cabbage and noodles (optional) and cook another 5 minutes. The soup should be thick like a stew.
- Serve and flavor with Thai chili sauce!
About the cook:
Devon wears many hats at 4P Foods, including sales and operations for 4P’s sister brand, Shenandoah Produce, 4P wholesale account manager, and local produce buyer. Devon is also the founder of Nativewise Nutrition, a nutritional therapy counseling service in Charlottesville, VA. She works with clients to uncover the root cause of their symptoms by incorporating functional nutrition, traditional diets, farm-fresh foods, and mindful lifestyle habits.
Pumpkin Spice Pasta
- Virginia Bison Co. Bison Bourbon Fennel Sausage (or mild/sweet sausage of your choice)
- White onion
- Cooking oil
- Pasta of your choice
- 8 oz (half a can) of pureed
- 8 oz Milk
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground ground clove
- Ground cinnamon
- ground ginger
- Ground onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Ground Gochugaru
- Grated parmigiano reggiano
- Toasted nuts (for garnish)
Start some generously salted water boiling in a pot. Sauté 0.5-0.75 lb of loose mild or sweet sausage of your choice and about a third of a white onion (roughly chopped) until the onion is soft and meat is cooked or browned to your liking. Remove from the pan and discard excess oil. I used bison bourbon fennel sausage. In an empty pan, add asparagus cut into 1.5" segments, along with oil if necessary. Sauté until finished and remove from the pan. Meanwhile, add a pasta of your choice to the water and continue to boil. Short pasta (e.g. ziti) works best, but any will do. Boil until done. Put about 8 oz (half a can) of pureed to the pan, now on medium. Once warm, add about 8 oz milk (I used whole milk) and stir until mixed. Bring to a simmer. Add your pumpkin spices to taste. I used freshly ground nutmeg, ground clove, cinnamon, and ginger, along with salt, onion powder, garlic powder and gochugaru. Continue simmering until desired sauce thickness is achieved. Remember, it will tighten as it cools. Once sauce is done, add sausage mixture, asparagus, grated parmigiano reggiano, and pasta, and toss until homogeneous. Spoon into a wide bowl and sprinkle with roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts or pistachios. Enjoy!
by Luke, 4P Warehouse Guru and Chef
A well loved stew made with beef that’s braised in red wine, (often red Burgundy, hence the name) and beef stock flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and finished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon. You can use any vegetable you may like but make sure you cook it separately and less fat. For a quicker preparation, you may opt to use a packaged beef broth or beef stock, although we recommend making your own for the aroma and flavors! This recipe is suitable for any lean, tough, boneless beef cut— Top or Bottom Round, Chuck Roast, Arm Roast, Shanks, and Short Ribs, for example.
The healthful techniques for this recipe are of refinement. It’s important to skim, strain, degrease at every chance you get for a result well worth the effort. The goal is to remove the impurities at every possible opportunity so it won’t alter the flavors and dull the sheen of the stew. Lastly, make sure you read the instructions before you begin.
Ingredients: RED WINE REDUCTION
- 1 Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 cup sliced (1/4 in)Shallots
- 1 cup sliced (1/4 in) Mushrooms
- 4 Thyme sprigs
- 4 Italian Parsley sprigs
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon whole Black Peppercorn
- 2 Garlic cloves, skin left on, smashed
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Beef Demi-Glace (Optional)
- 3 pounds of boneless Beef (Round, Chuck Roast, Arm Roast, Shanks or Short Ribs) cut into two-inch cubes
- Kosher Salt and Fresh Black Peppercorn
- Canola oil
Ingredients: BEEF STOCK REDUCTION
- 1 cup diced Yellow Onion
- 1/2 cup diced Carrots
- 1 1/2 cup sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
- 1 tablespoon Tomato paste
- 3 Garlic cloves, skin left on, smashed
- 2 Thyme sprigs
- 2 Italian Parsley sprigs
- 5 cups of Beef Stock
- Red wine reduction
Ingredients: BACON & MUSHROOMS
- 6 ounces slab bacon or pork belly
- 32 small Button mushrooms, cleaned
- 2 tablespoon of Butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground Black Peppercorn
- PEARL ONIONS
- 24 red or white Pearl Onions
- 1 Bay leaf
- 12 Black Peppercorn
- 2 Thyme sprigs
- Kosher Salt
RED WINE REDUCTION: Combining all the ingredients into a large, bottom heavy stainless steel pot. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Once it is at a boil reduce the heat to a simmer for about 45 minutes. Reduce the liquid until it turns into a glaze and then strain immediately while it is still hot and then clean out the pot to reuse again for the Beef stock reduction.
BEEF: Trim away the excess fat from you meat of choice. Cut the meat into 2 inch cubes. Then in a bowl season the beef with canola oil, salt, and pepper. Sear the meat on all sides in a sauté pan. Do not over crowed the pan or you will steam them rather than brown them. Then Transfer them onto a plate with a couple layers of paper towels to absorb all the grease but leave the grease in the sauté pan.
BEEF STOCK REDUCTION: Strain the grease into the large, heavy bottom pot you used earlier for the wine reduction and bring it to high heat. When the pot is hot enough, caramelize the carrots and onions. Then add the Leakes and tomato paste and cook until the tomato paste turns brown. Add the remaining ingredients and reduce by half (Skim out the impurities, no foam on top and oil). Pre heat oven to 325 degrees. Reduced, strain the liquid and place the liquid back into the pot (Cleaned) and add the Beef. The beef should be 3/4 covered in liquid if it isn’t then take the beef out and reduce the liquid further. Tightly cover the pot and braise the beef for about 2 hours until it is fork tender. It is important to check it every 30 minutes because it is possible that it will take a shorter or longer time to cook. Once it is done take out the beef and strain out the liquid again into the same pot. Depending on you desired consistency of the broth you can reduce it into a thicker sauce so it can coat the meat (like in the photo) and vegetables or just leave it as is.
PEARL ONIONS: In a small pot add all the ingredients. Fill it with water until it is an inch above the onions and bring it to a boil and cook it for 10 to 15 minutes until tender. Once the onions are done peal them and trim the ends. Set aside. (Do this task while the Beef stock is reducing)
BACON & MUSHROOMS: Place the bacon on a sheet tray with a rack and put it in the oven at 325 degrees and rotate every 10 minutes until it is golden and crispy. Do this while the Boeuf Bourguignon is cooking in the oven. When the bacon is done strain the fat into a sauté pan and sauté the Mushroom with the rendered bacon fat, salt and pepper.
PLATING: Place the meat into your dish of choice then place your vegetables neatly on top of the meat. Gently pour the hot jus on top of the meat and vegetables slowly. Then add your garnishes (Bacon, Chopped Parsley, etc).
The Fantastic Funghi
By Susan Freeman Weiner, Orange Dot Baking
While an English muffin or biscuit is classically eaten at breakfast, you may enjoy Orange Dot’s gluten free bread all day long. Each English muffins contain 8-10 grams of protein per serving, and they make an excellent dinner. The recipes below, called The Fantastic Funghi and The Figgy Piggy are two of their best-selling sandwiches at the farmers’ market, which you can now make at home with your next 4P delivery!
Our experience is that everyone will enjoy these sandwiches, even those not on a gluten free diet. In addition, almost all of these ingredients have a long shelf life in your pantry, so you can have them on hand for that rainy night when you want to curl up with something quick, healthy and delicious. They are fabulous served with a spinach salad and a glass of iced tea or red wine, and they only take a few minutes to whip up!
Serving Size: 2 Sandwiches
- 2 Gluten Free Plain Delicious English Muffins
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Yellow or Vidalia Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Pint Baby Bella Mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, parsley or rosemary, chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- Ground pepper to taste
- Crushed red pepper to taste
- 4 ounces Swiss Cheese
- Soft Butter
To saute the onions and mushrooms, simply melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onions, herbs and salt. Saute until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add ground pepper to taste.
Lightly butter the inside of the bread and place the buttered side face down in a frying pan or on the griddle. For each sandwich, layer half of the swiss cheese, and top with mushrooms and onions. Then add the remaining slice of bread, leaving the buttered sides as the outside of the sandwich. Grill until the bread is brown and the cheese is melty and delicious. Flip and repeat.