Leigh Belanger

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The Family Flexitarians

Whenever I mention the way our family eats, I get some friendly eye-rolls and comments like, “what ever happened to everyone eating the same meal for dinner?”  I can’t answer that question but let’s chalk it up to the all-American ethos of having it your way. I know my parents […]

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How to Cook Top Sirloin Cap

Top sirloin cap is a lesser-known cut that we’re fond of here at Butcher Box. It comes in a small 1.5-pound roast, and, due to its petite size, it can be treated like a roast and cooked whole, or sliced into steaks and grilled or seared in a cast-iron skillet. […]

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Scallops with Spinach, White Beans, and Bacon

Scallops always have a special-occasion feeling, even in the simplest preparations. Pair them with bacon and they start to feel downright luxurious. This dish has that vibe, but it’s also a one-pan situation with a very simple technique at its core.   Searing the scallops on one side, then adding […]

glazed salmon and homemade cucumber pickles

Gochujang-Glazed Salmon with Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Here’s a simple and full-flavored dish (mildly spicy, sweet, and savory all at once) for a weeknight dinner that takes under 30 minutes, start to finish.   Put on some rice, and while it’s cooking and resting, you can quick-pickle some cukes, whisk together a glaze, and broil the fish. […]

shrimp and bean tostada

Shrimp and Black Bean Tostadas

Tostadas are like an open-faced taco; crunchy, messy, and topped with whatever layers of flavor you like. For this recipe, we toss shrimp with cumin and lime and cook them quickly in a skillet.     Crisp cabbage laced with more lime juice lime, black beans with salsa verde, and […]

soba noodles with mushrooms chicken bok choy

Soba Noodles with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Bok Choy

Here’s a simple, healthy weeknight dinner.   Poaching boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a garlicky ginger broth makes a flavorful base for a soup that comes together quickly and has all the elements of an ideal light winter meal: Chicken for protein, broth to warm you up, vegetables for their […]

chicken tortilla soup

Tortilla Soup with Chicken

Soup with chips in it—should be an easy sell! Especially when it’s super-comforting and flavorful from the smoky, garlicky, tomatoey broth, shredded chicken breasts, and plenty of fun garnishes.   Tortilla soup also gets better as it sits, so make it ahead and heat it up for a simple winter […]

salmon citrus and avocado

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Citrus and Avocado

A bright and refreshing warm salad to serve at almost any time of day.   It’s full of color and flavor from the wild-caught salmon, red onion, citrus, and herbs. Slow-roasting the salmon gives the fish a rich but delicate texture that’s excellent warm, room temp, or even cold from […]

sheetpan salmon with veggies

Sheet Pan Salmon with Broccolini and Sweet Potatoes

Behold the sheet pan dinner! From start to finish, this colorful, satisfying meal takes little time and packs a lot of healthy flavors. This recipe takes just 40 minutes to get to the table (and 25 of those it’s in the oven). Line the sheet pan with parchment paper to […]

The Delicious Diversity of Thanksgiving Dinner

What’s on your table every year at Thanksgiving? For some families, the turkey feast never changes, it always includes mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, and people like it that way. But despite the static image of the holiday, Thanksgiving looks different depending where your family’s from.  Whether your holiday […]

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The Diverse Heritage of Native Foodways in the U.S.

Whether or not there’s a standard American cuisine is up for debate. But when it comes to Native American cuisine, there’s no question. Every Native tribe in the country has a unique cuisine based on where they originated and the resources they’re able to hunt, gather, or cultivate in that […]

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A Different Perspective on Thanksgiving Origin Myths

At ButcherBox, our fall efforts are mainly focused on promoting Thanksgiving and selling turkeys. And because we’re continually trying to address issues of systemic racism and the ways it bumps up against our business, we also want to acknowledge the disconnect between the traditions many Americans share and the experience […]