I got another great CSA basket this week.
Green Bell Peppers, Carrots, Eggplant, Basil, Acorn Squash, Cucumbers, Ambrosia Melon, Zebra Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Red Leaf and Romaine Lettuce, Sweet Onions, Rosemary, Celery, Corn, Apples, Garlic.
Beck has been working on the plums, his favorite stone fruit this year, and has eaten at least 3 apples in the last 2 days. I used the eggplant, a huge tomato, and the green peppers last night in a somewhat disappointing Indian meal. I’m still learning to cook Indian and Persian food. It is a work in progress. I traded out some of the peaches for extra apples and a grapefruit. The basket of cherry tomatoes was a great mid-morning snack yesterday. I am now faced with a big bowl full of heirloom tomatoes that are begging to be eaten.
A great thing to do with fresh tomatoes is to eat them raw. Simply slice them and sprinkle with a little salt, maybe some pepper and a drizzle of olive oil if you want to get fancy. Or, make a delicious raw sauce to top some raw zucchini noodles. I had heard about doing this a while back, but it wasn’t until I did my 21 day raw experience that I actually tried it. Turns out it’s really good and easy!
Raw Zucchini Noodles and Tomato Sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 dates, pitted
pinch of salt
small handful of basil leaves, chopped
tablespoon ﬁnely chopped fresh oregano
Grate the zucchini to be noodles. You can use a vegetable peeler to make long strips, a mandolin to julienne it, or get all fancy and use a spiralizer. You may want to avoid the seedy area. Generally a good idea in most aspects of life.
Blend together the tomatoes, lemon, dates and salt in a blender or food processor. Mix in the basil and oregano or any other fresh herbs you have available.
Top the zucchini noodles with the sauce and mix.
Not quite your thing? Or maybe you have some tomatoes leftover? Try this yummy looking vegan tortilla soup from Cupcakes and Kale, a fun blog I recently discovered. I am starting to crave it just looking at the pictures. Those tomatoes may not last long.