Life with a CSA

Wednesday, February 10, 2016



Last week, someone requested that I post what I do with my CSA share weekly.  So, in usually fashion, I am charging ahead with the idea for the foreseeable future.  Guess we will see how long it lasts.

First off, one of the tricky things about a CSA box is using your vegetables up in the right order.  Typically, you have to start with your greens and herbs, because they go bad the fastest.
Then usually the middle stuff, like hearty greens (kale, collard greens) peppers, onions, broccoli, fennel, etc.  Then you can use up the root vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, potatoes, onions if you have any left.

That is a trick on its own, but I also try to not have 5 salads the first week, and all root vegetable meals the second.  Our share is every other week. What you are seeing here is week two of a share.  The first week, we ate a ton of greens, I think, and here we ate a lot of root vegetables, and a few things I hadn't completely used up.

To use: 

Brussel Sprouts
Kale
Sweet Potato
Red Cabbage
Beets
Cilantro
Carrots

Supplemental vegetables:

Romaine lettuce
Shallot
Apple

This is the order in which we ate them throughout the week (This is last week's menu plan).  A lot of the recipes that I make come from other places. But I try to do one or two originals during the week as well.  Clearly I didn't do so hot this week.  It was a delicious week for food, though.

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad  - SO good!  Use a lot of dressing, though.  It is kind of dry without it.
Green Lentil Soup + Brown Butter Curry - Quite tasty, super cheap and pretty easy!
Kale and Sweet Potato Korma with a Cabbage + Brussel Sprout Slaw - The Korma is a home run.  Cabbage slaw, not so much.  Also, I left out the white beans and only put 1 teaspoon of curry powder in the Korma.
Beet + Carrot Soup - A family classic.  We love this one.
Homemade Semolina Pasta with Cream Cheese Garlic Sauce (I adapted the recipe that is linked here) - Adam is our resident pasta expert.  I always make the sauce.
White Bean + Carrot Salad - Not a huge fan of white beans, but they totally work in this.
Caramelized Onion + Cream Cheese Pizza (based on the recipe linked)

If you are looking to see what recipes I am making during the week, check out my Instagram.  I often post what we had for dinner, or other fun things I have made during the week!  I also have tons of recipe ideas on Pinterest, and update it often with new ideas.

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