We did a good job using up our ingredients this week. The only thing still hanging around are the beet greens and lots more rhubarb!
This week’s basket offers a nice, though I assume temporary, break from salad greens. We had a beautiful warm weekend, but there’s another drizzly, cool work week ahead, so my menu definitely leans towards comfort foods!
- Egg roll in a bowl with cabbage and ground pork
- Beet and lentil salad with bbq chicken (rescued from the depths of my freezer)
- Tex mex tofu quinoa bowls with marinated kale
- Green garlic roasted chicken
- Kale and mushroom pasta
I’m hoping to be a bit more ambitious with my breakfast and desserts this week, too. I found two recipes to help use up my rhubarb that look delicious.
That’s a lot to do! I better get baking!
This box brings a real mix of spring and summer veggies to start our Spring/Summer CSA season
Clockwise from left: rhubarb, green kale, green cabbage, red beets, red radishes, greenhouse tomatoes, green garlic, little gem romaine lettuce
I mostly forgot to take photos of what we ate this week, but here’s a sampling of what we had.
Underneath all those olives, feta, and oven roasted tomatoes is a kale and freekeh “tabbouleh” with radishes.
I’m back with a special early start to this year’s posting! Enjoy the last two weeks of winter shares and menus before spring and summer’s bounty starts up again!
Clockwise from top left: rutabaga, red chard, romaine lettuce, green kale, baby bok choy, Italian parsley, cherry tomatoes, red radishes
Good planning this week let me reuse a lot of the components of different meals in new ways later in the week. I’m not usually this good at meal planning strategy so this is a small victory for me!
Every time we get a small winter squash like acorn squash or this week’s fancy Robins Koginut squash, I stuff it with sausage and grain following the basic techniques of this recipe. To make it for a crowd, I cut the squash into slices and arrange them on a plate or platter with the grain mixture in the center.
The peanut sauce in this Thai pork quinoa bowl wasn’t my favorite, but it was a really easy, fast dinner. Marinating the kale in the chili garlic sauce gave it quite a spicy kick!
I reused the edamame and bean sprouts in this sushi salad with tofu and kale chips. I always forget how easy kale chips are to make! I don’t bother with the flavorings, I just tear, toss with olive oil, bake them and then sprinkle them with kosher salt. Half of them don’t make it to dinner because I shovel them straight into my face!
Another go-to recipe I’m not sure I’ve ever posted here are these herbed turnips and greens with pork tenderloin. The baby turnips are sweet and mild and are delicious coated in the spice-cheese combination.
This is a week where I’ll be home later than normal several days, so I’ve planned meals where I can make some or all of the components ahead of time (roast veggies or grains), and then finish the meal the night I want to eat it. Or at least that’s the plan, after spending most of the weekend canning tomatoes from our garden, we’ll see how much more time I feel like spending in the kitchen!
Clockwise from left: Green Kale, Baby Hakurei Turnips, Edamame, Robins Koginut Squash, Red Seedless Watermelon, Green Romaine Lettuce, Kiwiberries, Red Cherry Tomatoes, Green Okra
My trick for recipes like these Thai drunken Zoodles is to let the ground pork in this case cook a bit longer than you think it should, so that it gets really crispy. It’s tough to wait that long when dinner time is coming fast, but the texture contrast is needed in a dish where everything else tends to be a little mushy. I loved the flavor of the sauce in the recipe, it would be good on real noodles too!
When I have time later this weekend, I’m going to try making these amazing looking almond blackberry sweet rolls.