Why is My Kale Purple? Zuppa Toscana Soup

A Bowl Full of Kale. I love soup, but I love my Grandma more. We celebrated her birthday recently and to celebrate we went to her restaurant of choice. She choose Olive Garden because she loves this soup and doesn’t love to prepare it at home. One the way she reminded me we have a recipe that is nearly identical, but because it isn’t particularly filled with vegetables or healthy I have never thought to share it here. I love my Grandma. She raised me from age three and is very dear to me. I wish my Grandma LOVED KALE or anything remotely kale like. Dark green veggies are not on her favorite list and that is my favorite thing about this soup. I would guess that many of you know someone who feels the same. While this soup may not make the list for healthiest overall I do love to see my Grandma enjoying a bowl filled with kale. I hope you enjoy it also!   ~ Rachel for the Brown Box Team

Zuppa Toscana Soup

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  • 1-2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely diced)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 2 Large (or 3 medium Russet Potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half lengthwise, then cut into thin slices)
  • 32 ounces 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 cups Kale (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (for garnish or place half in soup)
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 Bacon Slices (cooked until crispy) – optional


  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add oil, onion, garlic, and red chili flakes. Let cook for 1 minute. Add sausage and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove sausage and onions and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add potatoes, chicken broth, and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce to medium-low heat. Stir in sausage mixture. Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add finely diced kale and continue to cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  • Stir in heavy cream and half of parmesan cheese, if so desired. Heat for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked, crumbled bacon, reserving some for garnish if desired. Serve warm topped with parmesan cheese.

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Why is my Kale Purple?

Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Even people who are not sure they would like Kale are now juicing, chopping and creating new recipes to make the most of the texture and flavor this super food offers. While the numerous health benefits such as; high in fiber, proven cancer fighting properties and high levels of nutrients many people are deficient the great variety of Kale is still relatively unknown.

Here at Brown Box Organics you might find as many as ten different varieties throughout the seasons. The most common green kale has curly dark green leaves. Another popular kale is purple kale, which is what you might find in your box this week. It has purple and green leaves and maintains its beautiful color when steamed. Lacinato Kale is often available in the spring and goes by several names such as Italian Kale or Dino Kale. You can use any of these kale varieties interchangeably in recipes, although some of the less curly variety may alter the overall recipe texture.

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NEW! We have offered local all natural cream in quart size glass bottles for many years. We now also offer Organic Valley pint size. You can find this on Sale & Feature page or Milk & Cream Category.

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Pear & Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts

This salad is simple, but also beautiful. I love that it makes the most of ripe in season pears and dark greens with walnuts are delicious and full of nutrients we need to boost our immune system this winter.



  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 2 firm ripe red pears, sliced
  • Candied Walnuts. Recipe here substituting walnuts or use your favorite candied nuts.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with your favorite blue cheese or feta style cheese.


First prepare dressing by combining the minced garlic, salt, oil, mustard, vinegar and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk together. In a large bowl combine the arugula, sliced pears and nuts. Pour the dressing into the bowl and toss well.


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Brighten Up & Lighten Up

Meyer Lemon Large Image 2Meyer Lemons are here! In the dead of winter these delicious citrus are one of my all-time favorite flavors. Holidays are over and I am ready to lighten up and brighten up both my menu and my life. Having delicious healthy food delivered is a great way to lighten your schedule and stay on budget.

Eating healthy organic fruit and vegetables is a simple way to lighten up your menu while enjoying bright, flavorful foods. These foods can boost your energy, help you lose or maintain a healthy weight, combat disease and brighten up your complexion. The bright flavors of citrus and herbs are some of my favorite “tricks” to make healthy food taste amazing. These ingredients are full of healthy nutrients and infuse your dish with satisfying flavor. Looking for some inspiration? Browse our archive filled with hundreds of recipes you can filter by ingredients and great healthy living tips.

New & In Season:

Pure Grade A Maple Syrup                                 Irish Oatmeal by Bob’s Red Mill

Honeycrisp & Pink Lady Apple                          Variety of Winter Squash

■  It is Citrus Season: Cara Cara Oranges, Blood Oranges, Rio Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Navel Orange, Satsuma Mandarin Oranges.

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Happy 2019 Friends!

The New Year has arrived bringing with it very cold weather and hopefully some bright hopes for the new year. As we begin this year I want to say it again:

We are so grateful to every single customer for every single order!

When you shop with Brown Box you not only do you hopefully save time and money while receiving REAL.GOOD.FOOD., but you make a REAL impact on this community. You are supporting family business like Brown Box Organics. You are supporting the kind of family run farms, ranches and food artisans that really care about what they put in their food and what they put into this beautiful Treasure Valley. You are eliminating an incredible amount of waste. Sometimes I feel like I am repeat, but I just can’t begin to thank you enough.

Thank you & Happy 2019!

Rachel for the Brown Box Team



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