CSA Box Week 13: What to Do
Wow, it is amazing what a weekend of rest can do for someone. When I say rest I should use that term loosely, but it was my first full weekend off since the beginning of April and first consecutive days off in just as long....and it was amazing. Filled with social gatherings and a wedding, I did fine some time to actually spend in my kitchen on Sunday. Not only did I get to prepare some contents of the share from last week, I was able to better prep for this week.
With fall arriving, I have a tendency to spend a bit more time in the kitchen. The share this week definitely has signs of fall....and I love fall!
Here are some ideas to help you through your share this week:
Sweet Corn: By this time of season, I can sometimes be over sweet corn, but this variety of white sweet corn is pretty amazing. Enjoy it while you can because in a few short weeks corn will be done until next season. Last night I paired the corn with green beans and shallots, roasted broccoli and bbq cheddar meatloaf.
Broccoli: You can eat is raw for snacks, but that isn't my thing. Something about getting stuck in my teeth. Anyways, id highly recommend roasting it this week. Simply toss with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt or garlic salt and roast at about 425 for 15-20 minutes tossing occasionally. So delicious!
Chub Cukes: What a great addition this late in the season. I will be slicing these and adding them back to my snacks for the week, likely with the sweet little peppers.
Radishes: Just a few, but enough to spice up your snacks for the week. Im not a huge radish fan, but if I slice and just add them to my bag of veggies for the day I will definitely eat them. Dip them in a side of hummus or guac and im set.
Lettuce: A great side salad to any lunch this week. As I have probably said before, I really really dislike store bought lettuce, but this has so much flavor. Enjoy locally grown lettuce while you can!
Green Beans: I made the entire bag last night assuming there would be leftovers for lunch today. Nope, they all got eaten at dinner. No surprise though because they were amazing! Slice the shallots from the bag and sautee in a little butter, remove the shallots once caramelized, add the green beans to the pan and sautee in a little butter or olive oil. Once tender, add the shallots back. Truly a summer delight!
Sweet Mini Bell Peppers: Great for an easy snack. I like to slice them up as soon as I get the share home and portion out into a few snacks for the week.
Apples: Grab and go snack I like to call them. If you are feeling ambitious and have some leftover apples from last week, you could make an apple crisp. I haven't found the time to bake yet this fall, but apple crisp is always a favorite.
Onions: I used the onion in BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf last night. Yum! I hated meatloaf as a child...like despised it, but it was a regular staple so my parents ended up making me eat it. Well, this meatloaf is nothing like what they used to make and the funny thing is my mom will admit that. As I stay at their house on Monday nights to prepare for the CSA, this recipe was her request as she is still unable to cook after her accident. I obliged and made it...you should probably try it too. The best part is that it is super easy!
Acorn Squash: As I walked out to the office this morning at 3am, it was cool and I instantly thought of squash season....a true sign of fall. Bake and enjoy!
There you have it....a little guide to help you through the share this week. Enjoy the share and the fall weather that is starting to arrive. Four shares left of the season and so many things left to bring to you....a little bit of summer left and a lot of fall! Have a great week!