What was inside:
- Spinach – spinach feta bread
- Lettuce – salads (including one of Gav’s favorites — topped with a Costco salmon burger and a creamy feta dressing)
- Lacinato kale – kale salad and kale chips
- Swiss chard – pasta with sausage (but with no raisins and walnuts instead of pine nuts) and stems fried
- Turnips – glazed with carrots (best turnips I’ve ever had!) and greens braised
- Green onions – toppings
- Kohlrabi – trying two new recipes: fritters and a raw salad
- Broccoli – either stir-fried or pan-roasted
- Strawberries – just eating! These are amazing.
Yesterday’s box was very similar to last week’s — but with strawberries!
- Bok choy – stir-fried with chicken and noodles
- Lacinato kale – sauteed with garlic, any extra turned into kale chips
- Spinach – two ways: in a sausage and sun-dried tomato pasta dish, and in a salad with warm bacon dressing
- Salad mix and head lettuce – salads, lots of salads
- Radishes – on tacos and salads (and maybe pickling some?)
- Turnips – glazed with carrots, greens sauteed like collard greens
- Strawberries – eating :D
On Wednesday I picked up the first box of our CSA season. After having a terrible CSA in 2012, we took a couple of years off and I focused my energy on sourcing other local foods like a side of beef and you-pick fruit. But last year, we put down a deposit to hold a spot for 2015 with Three Rivers Community Farm and have looked forward to it since then.
I like it because we pre-pay for it, which makes budgeting easier and is cheaper than buying things individually at the farmers’ market, and because it stretches us to eat more and different vegetables than we might otherwise. Plus we are voting with our dollars to support a small, local farm. Basically all the same reasons that I love buying a side of beef.
I plan on posting a picture every week of what we got and what we’ll be using it for. Here’s the first week in its super-green glory:
And the breakdown:
- Salad mix – salads, including one based loosely on this shrimp salad with dressing similar to this salad (I substituted rice vinegar for the balsamic, grapeseed oil for the extra-virgin olive oil, and added some lime zest)
- Lettuce – more salads
- Spinach – creamed spinach (it’s really good with fried eggs and bacon for breakfast!) and even more salads
- Bok choy – stir-fried with chicken
- Radishes – in various salads and on tacos…neither of us really love radishes so I just throw a few slices in whatever
- Kale – kale salad (using sweet potato instead of winter squash) and kale chips
I’ve been told this week’s box will probably be identical so we’ll see if I can keep it interesting two weeks in a row!
It’s getting legitimately nice outside here in St. Louis and it’s reminding me of all the wonderful summer things I can’t wait to do again this year. Here are seven:
1. Picnic. We picnic A LOT in the summer — before shows, at free concerts, just to go to the park. I’d say we average picnicking at least once a week, maybe more. We usually have salads when we picnic and I can’t wait to eat salad for dinner too!
2. Our CSA. We signed up for a new CSA this year after choosing terribly in 2012 and I am really excited. I’ll have to totally adjust my meal planning strategy but eating fresh vegetables makes me happy.
3. Grilling. I already broke out the grill this week, but I can’t wait to grill 4-5 nights a week. I feel like a master of something when I know just where and when to put all the various components on the grill and then carry in a big platter with all of it.
4. The Muny. We have season tickets to St. Louis’ outdoor musical theater (which is so much more amazing than it ever sounds when you describe it). We make popcorn and bring drinks and have a great time.
5. Garden. We have two raised beds in our backyard and I have visions of canning tons of tomato products in August and September.
6. Biking. I am a legitimately terrible biker — to my credit, you have to go up a HUGE hill to get out of our neighborhood. But I still like to go tool around Forest Park with Gavin.
7. Fruit. I tend to keep our grocery costs down by buying in-season fruits, which means we eat A LOT of apples all winter long. I can’t wait for strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, and peaches!