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What to do with these veggies?


Monday, November 19, 2012

Friends,

It's that time of the week: figuring out what to do with the fresh veggies from my farm box. I'm hoping that by setting my intention here, and planning specific meals, I'll be sure to eat the wonderful foods from my local farmshare rather than foraging for nastier stuff in my pantry and the local quickie mart.

First, an update on last week's box. If you read that blog, you might remember there were three particular challenges: a mountain of mesclun greens, an enormous bag of broccoli spears, and the largest cauliflower I've ever seen. Well, the mesclun mountain was too high to climb. I chipped away at it every day, eating at least one salad per day. The broccoli went into everything I could think of, including a delicious SP recipe for beef, broccoli, and cashews. Mostly, it has become a new breakfast staple, sautéed and scrambled with onions and eggs.

We had more success with the cauliflower. Two-thirds of it went into the SP recipe for curried lentils & cauliflower (much of which I froze for later in the winter), and we finished the rest last night, steamed and tossed with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. My daughter loved it.

But, really, we need to move on to this week. Here's what the box contained:

* More mesclun greens. Oh dear. There's only so much salad the two of us can eat, and we still have some left over from last week's mesclun mountain. Well, we'll keep chipping away at it, at least a salad a day at a time. I'll remember this day in February, when fresh greens are hard to find. I'll yearn for that mountain.

* Radishes. Oh yeah, right on top of those salad greens. Peppery and yummy.

* Baby bok choi. That will go into an SP recipe I'm trying tonight, for a spicy garlic bok choi. I'll make it as a side dish to go with an Asian-inflected mahi mahi SP recipe.

* Garlic. See above.
* Leek. Will use in place of onion for breakfast.

* Sweet potatoes. We'll bake these in the skin, and eat "as is" for a simple pleasure. It's one of my daughter's favorites.

* Red cabbage. This one I'll save for when I return from my Thanksgiving trip to visit relatives. After 4 days with them, my body will be craving something fresh and crunchy, so I'll make a quick slaw with lime and cilantro to detox myself from their (yummy but butter-loaded) cooking.

That's what was in my mystery box of goodness this week. The next pick-up is actually in two weeks, so I'm very hopeful to have conquered Mt. Mesclun and the rest of the broccoli by that time.

Ultimately, the goal is to have these fresh, local, organic, uber-healthy foods go into my BODY rather than the compost bin.

Wishing you all good health and good eating this week!
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POINDEXTRA 11/26/2012 5:50PM

    What a wonderful problem to have! Do you have Freecycle where you live? I often see excess CSA produce offered on our Freecycle group. You could keep half of the mesculun mountain for yourself, and give away the rest! see freecycle.org for info.

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MICKEYH 11/19/2012 6:00PM

    Your farm mystery box contain so many fresh goodies. I have checked out web site of my local farmer, (thanks to your help.) There were few farmer offering box deal like yours. Says 50 lb of fresh mystery box for $50.00. Its about $1. per pound. Do you think this is a good deal? They also said there is a some list of veggies you can choose from if you do not want to be mystery. I need to do more do diligent on this. As of now for me $50- dollar one time spend for veggies are bit pricey, even they will give you 50 lb worth of veggies. Would like to find out if there is a bit smaller box of mystery box. So i do not waste not able to eat large amount of veggies. For now, I am going to my local free market, they do have a farmers market. (they say they are farmers market but I am not for sure.) But there price are much cheaper then Publix or WinnDixie grocery store. So I guess they are farmers market.(Smile))

Have a fun with your farmer's box. You are sounds like great cooks. So I am pretty sure you can come out with great way to eat it !! Enjoy. (^O^)/

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/19/2012 3:34PM

    ever thought in investing in a rabbit?they love salad emoticon

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INTHEGAP 11/19/2012 1:02PM

    Wow ~ I think you eat more veggies in a week than I eat in a month. Good for you ~ not so good for me. I need to improve on that, a lot, but right now I'm concentrating on sticking to the calorie plan. I will 'get to' other things later. You have some amazing sounding recipes from SP which is also wonderful. Have fun with all those great vegs ~ and have a great day. emoticon

Where are you that it's still such nice weather? I was noticing A-New-Nurse, who posted before me, is in Calgary ~ and I live fairly close to her. Our snow is almost melted but it is still cold and blustery. emoticon Not one picture of wind or snow in the emots. I sure wish SP would get some more of them ~ they haven't added any in . . . well, maybe ever.

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A-NEW-NURSE 11/19/2012 10:53AM

    I am missing farm fresh veggies already! We are socked into snow and winter bluster here!

I agree with you about the greens though. Sometimes the amount we are given by the CSA is far too much to go through in a week! I thought my skin was going to turn green in June and July!

As you are eating all your farm fresh veggies, think of us poor, cold souls in Calgary!
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