This is what I have to look forward to eating this week.
I took a break from blogging for a while. My heart just wasn’t in it. I was more focused on other things. I think I’m ready to get back to it now though.
In addition to giving up blogging, I also let other things go. Like eating the way I know I should and exercising. I am now working on getting back on track. Let’s do it together. Beat the New Year’s rush.
I re-joined my local CSA a month or so ago. Trying to get serious about eating a minimum of five servings of vegetables a day. Here is what I got yesterday:
There was also Swiss Chard and iceberg lettuce, but I switched those out for extra collard greens. Why? Because they are very easy to hide in smoothies and juices. Swiss Chard, not so much. And I already had a head of iceberg lettuce. We are using that for (gluten free) sandwiches and such.
I am determined to use this all up!
Here is what I made for dinner the night I got my most recent CSA basket:
(This is actually a picture if the leftovers, because we were halfway through it gobbling up before I remembered to take a picture.)
Citrus-cumin chicken (recipe from <a href="Against All Grain” target=”_blank”>Against All Grain by Danielle Walker
Sautéd yellow squash with onion, garlic and thyme
Roasted cherry tomatoes
Green beans sautéd with olive oil and sliced almonds
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am making some grain free zucchini bread.
Today’s CSA Basket:
Grape Tomatoes, Chard, Eggplant, Pluots, Nectarines, Green Beans, Romaine Lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce, Cucumbers, Cilantro, Pickling Cucumbers, Apples, Squash, Avocado, Grapefruit, Pears, Zucchini, Oranges, Yellow Onion.
I switched the nectarines for 2 pears and a few oranges. Those sounded yummier to me this time of year.
What should I make for dinner?
This summer, Beck and I planted a garden. Yesterday, it was time to harvest the corn. The first one we picked looked promising.
Here is the full crop yield:
We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming CSA program.
Beck also planted an assortment gourds. He actually has quite a nack for growing them and he was very excited to grow decorations for the fall. This is my favorite one:
The dish it is in is about two inches square. We have it decorating the kitchen table.
Today was the first day back to school. It is a half day, so we only needed to pack a snack. I sent him off with rice crackers with goat cheese and salami between them, cucumber slices and some snap peas.
This week is my first CSA basket since summer officially started, and it is a good one:
Collard Greens, Black Kale, Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes (Green Zebra), Eggplant, Green Bell Peppers, Swiss Chard, Red Kale, Cucumbers, Pluots, Celery, Basil, Nectarines, Peaches, Fennel, Dill, Carrots, Pink Turnips, and Romanesco Cauliflower.
It smells so good!
There was also a bunch of beets and quite a bit of broccoli. I traded those for extra eggplants and cucumbers. No matter how excited I get about broccoli looking like little trees the husband and kid just don’t fall for it and the poor broccoli ends up languishing in the refrigerator.
Cucumber “chips” are big sellers though.
I also picked up some of Farmer George’s ridiculously good strawberries, as the end of the season is this Saturday. I already have a ton of fruit, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of passing on his strawberries while I still had a chance.
Even Bunny gets a treat. Yum! Carrot tops!
Here is my CSA basket this week:
Beets, Collard Greens, Black Kale, Avocado, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard, Red Kale, Purple Kale, Red Turnip, Savoy Cabbage, Cucumbers, Carrots, Fuji Apples, Red Leaf Lettuce, Radishes, Grapefruits, Celery, Cauliflower and Zucchini, Romanesco Cauliflower, Green Beans and Snap Peas.
I switched out the beets and radishes for an extra kohlrabi, a cucumber, and an apple. Beck ate the apple on the way home from the farm.
I had trouble fitting it all into the refrigerator. I made some kale chips and collard/apple juice in the afternoon which I shared with my neighbor and made paleo zucchini bread in the evening. That barely put a dent in it. I better get cooking!