Meal Kits by Local Crate

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op have partnered with Local Crate to bring you quick and convenient meal solutions with the high quality, local ingredients you expect from the co-op. Local Crate, located in St. Paul, was launched as a home delivery service, we are proud to be the first co-op to offer their meal kits in our stores.

Here are the simple steps to your Local Crate meal:

+ Pick up a ‘crate’ meal box at our stores, choose a sensational recipes (see below)

+ Bring home your meal for two with local ingredients from our shared farmers and producers and an easy recipe crafted by your favorite chefs in Minnesota

+ You become the chef, creating a delicious meals with the step by step recipe card

Roasted Chicken Shawarma Bowl with Tzatziki

Roasted chicken infused with warm shawarma spices alongside cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and creamy homemade tzatziki sauce all served on fluffy jasmine rice. This shawarma bowl brings all the right blends of spices and freshness to the table. We start with roasted, marinated chicken – not unlike fajitas, actually – and give them a Levantine twist with this shawarma spice blend. Think warm spices like curry, paprika and cinnamon all paired with a tangy tzatziki sauce and fresh veggies… a perfect blend of flavor for an easy dinner!

Featured Partner: Harmony Valley Farm – Viroqua, WI
Harmony Valley Farm (HVF) is a family-owned, diversified farm that’s been producing high quality organic vegetables and berries for over 40 years. Produce is grown and harvested with care and is immediately cooled and kept refrigerated. All products from HVF are certified by the Midwest Organic Services Association. HVF is best known for its season long, high quality salad mix, sauté greens, and spinach. During the fall and winter the specialty is root crops.

Carne Asada Bowl with Chimichurri & Grilled Zucchini

Tender top sirloin topped with a flavorful chimichurri sauce and served over jasmine rice with radishes and caramelized zucchini. Mmmmmm… Chimichurri! This classic South American herby and zesty sauce is served over Asado (grilled meat) to bring a contrasting element to the smoky charred meat.

Featured Partner: Hmong American Farmers Association – St. Paul, MN
The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is dedicated to advancing the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy. HAFA was started and is led by family farmers. Organizing is in their DNA.

Char Sui Chicken Tacos with Sesame Slaw from Chef Yia Vang

Char siu (sweet Chinese 5 Spice) seasoned chicken tacos packed into crispy corn tortillas served with a creamy sesame slaw. Chef Yia brings a true fusion of Southeast Asian and Chinese influences to his food. This dish starts with a char siu-style chicken and is brought to life with a creamy sesame slaw. Make sure to check out Chef Yia’s video featuring this delish dish. Then, get that grill ready and crack a cold one…it’s time for tacos, Hmong-style!

Featured Partner: Chef Yia Vang – Union Kitchen – Saint Paul, MN 
Chef Yia Vang is the proprietor of the pop-up restaurant Union Kitchen. He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and his father and mother moved their family to the US in 1988. While working in some of the foremost kitchens of Minneapolis (including Nighthawks, Borough, and Spoon and Stable) he began to find his own voice in showcasing Hmong food. His belief is that Hmong isn’t a kind of food but it’s a philosophy of food. Hmong food is not defined by its product, it’s defined by its process. He believes that the melding of many cultures plays a role in the cultural DNA of the Hmong people.

Spanish Steak Skewers with Saffron Rice & Yogurt Sauce from Chef Tim McKee

Spiced steak skewers served over saffron-yellow rice with cooling, tangy yogurt sauce and cilantro. Chef Tim McKee is helping you serve up a tapas-inspired dinner in the comfort your home! These pinchos – or skewers of grilled meat – are commonly served as finger foods or appetizers in Spain for the beloved tradition of tapas. With the addition of saffron rice and a savory, fresh yogurt sauce… they become a perfect weeknight dinner!

Local Partner: Chef Tim McKee – Octo Fish Bar – St Paul, MN 
Winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, Chef Tim McKee is one of the most recognized and respected chefs throughout the Upper Midwest. In addition to the praise he’s garnered for Octo, he has earned critical acclaim for his Minnesota restaurants, most notably La Belle Vie. His talents have reaped well-earned praise from a wide range of regional and national food critics as well as his peers. His food style features intense flavors that are, “balanced and presented in measured portions that compel the diner to savor each taste in turn.”

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Parmesan Chicken with Asparagus & Mashed Potatoes

Chicken breasts simmered in a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce with asparagus, wilted kale, garlic and parmesan. All served over buttery mashed potatoes. Nothing says comfort like a plate full of buttery mashed potatoes! We’ve really brought things up a notch by topping these potatoes (and chicken) with a creamy sauce that is balanced by adding tangy and sweet sun-dried tomatoes and bright notes of lemon to the mix. Just because we crave comfort food, it doesn’t mean we have to get comfortable with bland flavors!

Featured Partner: Hugh’s Garden – Moorhead, MN
Operating since 1987, Hugh’s Garden is a certified organic distributor of root crops, onions, carrots, and more. Hugh’s also distributes potatoes from Larry Heitkamp of Yellow Rose Organic near Sebeka, MN.