Category: Healthy Eating & Nutrition
|July 6, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
Braised chard was the theme of the week since we both got it. Looks like Keira added some hot peppers to hers and I did mine in shallots, garlic and a touch of butter.
That’s some tasty stuff! I also made a quinoa salad with tomatoes, chicken and feta, and used the kohlrabi in a salad of romaine, carrots and steak. Great lunches all around!
Did you know that purple kohlrabi is only purple on the outside? I didn’t…strange.
Week 5 brings some repeats like kale and rabe, but some fun new items as well.
The most intriguing to me was the iceberg lettuce (bottom left) because it looks nothing like the light green round head that we are used to finding in grocery stores. This looked much more nutritious and appetizing!
I took home the heirloom beets, rabe, broccoli and fennel.
I’m really looking forward to making a beet and fennel salad (B will HATE that!) and sauteeing up the rabe with some good italian sausage. Any other thoughts on what to do with the fennel?
Have a great week and don’t forget to eat your veggies!
|June 27, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
I still haven’t made it through all the cabbage from last week…it’s insane! However I’ve made some rather delicious slaws that I’ve mixed with shredded carrots, the garlic scapes, and an apple cider/citrus dressing. Super good with fish tacos and grilled chicken…yum!
Keira got much more creative with her cabbage and mixed it with pineapples, mangos, carrots and a strawberry vinaigrette. She let it sit overnight and voila! This looked super good.
She also sauteed up her white turnips with some onions, garlic and zucchini for a tasty side dish. I love seeing how she is using all the ingredients so differently than I would…helps me to think outside of the box a little!
Somehow we are already in week four. It’s exciting because we’re now starting to get things other than greens (YAY!) and the farmstand is now open to fill in the gaps. Here’s what we got this week.
I took home the purple kohlrabi, red chard and purple beets. Judging by the colors, I am clearly sick of greens 😉 I also picked up some asparagus, tomatoes and peas from the farmstand.
Keira got the cauliflower, carrots, asparagus and swapped the green leaf lettuce for some red chard.
After getting our goodies, we walked around the Woodmont Farmers Market for a bit. It was PACKED! It’s so cool to see the community come out an support local businesses and farms. I was intrigued by a new vendor, Nutty Bunny. This is a non-dairy frozen dessert that looked a whole lot like ice cream. After tasting two of the flavors, Double Chocolate Crunch and Vanilla, I was sold! This stuff is delicious and actually not all that bad for you. The vanilla is made from cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, almonds, coconut oil, filtered water, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, and vanilla beans…that’s it! Needless to say, I went home with a pint.
I went home in the BEST mood! This is by far my favorite time of year when the air is warm and all the food we eat is from down the street…just can’t get better than that! Til next week!
|June 21, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
Hey guess what…more greens this week! Shocker, I know. However there were some fun surprises and something I’ve never tried before.
With all the lettuce we received last week, I’m sure you can just imagine how many salads we’ve been having. I actually forgot to make the big salad I was planning for our family barbecue, so I’ve been having salads for lunch every day. Keira on the other hand decided to get creative with her lettuce by making burger lettuce wraps. Oh and look at her strawberries topping some vanilla ice cream…YUM! I’m a little mad she didn’t invite me over 😉
I was not quite as creative and just simply braised my kale and other greens in some onions, garlic, stock and a touch of butter. It was actually quite delicious and I mixed the leftovers with some quinoa and feta for a tasty lunch.
Now it’s time to think out of the box for Week 3. I got 2 interesting items that I need to get creative with. So here’s what we got…
Keira took home the Rabe, White Turnips, Spinach and swapped the Red Leaf Lettuce (enough with the lettuce!) for some Napa Cabbage. I took the Napa Cabbage, Escarole, Garlic Scapes, Strawberries (for B!) and Lettuce Bowl…look at the size of these things!!
Let’s start with the Lettuce Bowl…this is SUPER cool! Basically, it’s a mixed bunch of lettuce that we can cut whenever we’re feeling a salad and it will regrow for a second cut. I’m keeping it on my patio table so it is out of the way of any munchers…mainly that giant groundhog that roams around my yard!
Escarole…easy, more white beans and escarole because, well, bacon. The cabbage and the garlic scapes are wild cards. First, I have NO idea what to do with Garlic Scapes. I tried them and it’s basically just a mild garlic, so I’m thinking I will toss it in with whatever I’m cooking in lieu of garlic. Sounds good, right?
Next, Napa Cabbage. I used to make a badass fried rice full of napa cabbage, but that was before I found out eggs and peppers were no bueno for my digestive system. So what to do now? The farm gave these suggestions…
The smell of boiled cabbage makes me want to vom, so I think I’ll make some slaw and try some sort of stir fry. I’m thinking carrots, snow peas and chicken might be a good mix? We will see…
I’m super excited that the Woodmont Farmers Market will be starting next week. Keira and I strategically choose our CSA pick up date for Wednesdays for this reason. I see a lot of seafood from Gambardella’s in my future!
So I want to know…what would you do with all that cabbage?!?
|June 13, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
The theme of June is definitely GREENS and I’ll totally cool with that 🙂 But before we look at week 2, I want to show you some of the amazing dishes Keira and I made from last week’s box!
Keira sauteed her broccoli rabe with hot peppers, made a bunch of yummy salads and a delicious looking white beans with escarole.
I also made white beans and escarole, but I added some bacon to mine because well, bacon. I also had a ton of salads, some roasted asparagus and sauteed tatsoi.
So if we didn’t have enough greens, we got a ton more this week! Gorgeous lettuce, kale, braising greens and broccoli.
Oh and it’s a fruit week so we got a gorgeous pint of strawberries. Sadly, I can’t eat them so Keira will get to enjoy them all on her own. I’m a little jealous 🙂
I’m having a big barbecue with B’s family this weekend so I swapped out a few things to get two heads of romaine to make a giant salad for everyone. Some shredded carrots, chopped chives from my garden and a lemon vinaigrette will be perfect on a warm summer day. Wish me luck…I’m going to need it!
|June 5, 2014||Posted by Sarah under 2014 CSA, Connecticut|
I am SO excited that the Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) program at my favorite place, Robert Treat Farm, started up again this week! This is the 3rd time I am taking part in the CSA and I am so looking forward to a summer full of fresh vegetables from right down the street!
If you’re not familiar with a CSA, it is when a farm offers what they call shares for a set amount of time. These are available to pre-purchase before the growing season and at Robert Treat they come in small, medium and large shares. Each week we get whatever is ripe for picking. So early in the season we’ll get a lot of lettuce and other greens. Later in the summer, we’ll get tomatoes, corn and squash. It’s an exciting surprise each week!
In the past I have opted for the small share which is 5 items per week and is plenty (sometimes too much) for B and I. However, it was getting a bit challenging as I’ve come across numerous food allergies of mine (squash, cucumbers, etc…) to eat all of the things we are given. So this year, my friend Keira and I decided to split a medium share which will work out perfectly! We can each pick the items we like best and I don’t have to worry about wasting the foods I can’t eat!
So here’s what we got for Week 1: asparagus, tatsoi, broccoli rabe, curly endive, green leaf lettuce, escarole, radishes, red leaf lettuce. Basically, ALL the leafy greens!
The cool thing about our farm is that they put out a display table with labels over all the items in the baskets, so if you’re not familiar with something you can see what it is. The farmers are also always around to ask questions about preparations or recipes for unfamiliar items as well.
Keira took home the green leaf lettuce, escarole, broccoli rabe and radishes. Can you believe the size of these things?!?
I took the red leaf lettuce, tatsoi, asparagus and swapped the curly endive for escarole. That’s another cool things about the farm…they have a swap table so if you don’t like something or would prefer more of one item, you can swap it out if it’s on the table.
Also this week, we were given a cheery tomato plant for our patio. Keira was nice enough to let me take that home and I promptly planted it outside.
Speaking of planters…check out how big my chives have gotten! I just love those purple flower on top 🙂
So for the next 16 weeks, I will be sharing my CSA experience with you. I’ll show you what we get each week and hopefully share some healthy recipes that I create with my veggies. CSAs are a great way to support your local farms and also ensure your family eats healthy on a daily basis. You can’t help but feel better when you have an abundance of fresh veggies on your plate! I hope it will inspire you to get out there and find some local veggies in your area 🙂