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CSA Box Week 3: Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Posted 7/3/2017 3:56am by Jenna Untiedt.

How is it already 4th of July weekend? Kind of crazy to think of how fast the summer is going by. Anyways, I wish I had some really inspiring words to share with you this week regarding what to do with your share, but I was at the lake all weekend and am heading back after work today. The only reason I share that is because I want you all to do know that you don't have to cook elaborate meals to get through your shares. Here is what I plan on doing with most of my share this week:

Potatoes: These will definitely be used for dinner tonight on the grill. Dice potatoes and place in foil with a bit of olive oil or better. To make them better? Add the onion from this week as well. Toss them on the grill and enjoy with the rest of your dinner. 

Bok Choy: This veggie probably won't make its way to the lake with me, but ill definitely use it later in the week in stir fry. It's a great base for any stir fry and goes a long way....meaning ill get many leftovers which during a busy week like this week will be awesome. 

Cucumbers: Slice them up and add to a veggie tray. Whenever im at the lake we always take veggies on the boat with us for an easy afternoon snack. The kids and adults love them.

Zucchini: Try it raw! Slice it like a cucumber and add it to the veggie tray. Great way to eat a few extra veggies when the indulgences are probably pretty great over this holiday weekend. 

Kohlrabi: Ill keep this veggie home as well and add it to my stir fry later in the week. If you look back to last week's blog, I included a recipe for stir fry. I plan on making that again later in the week and will include whatever veggies I have on hand. Play around with it and see what you come up with!

Onion: There are so many uses, but I am definitely going to add it to my grilled potatoes later today. Otherwise, slice and top your burgers with this great tasting onion. It isn't strong and pungent like the store bought ones....you can really taste the difference.

Snow Peas: These will also be added to stir fry. As Jerry said in the newsletter, they may not look pretty, but they will taste great once cooked.

English Peas: As a kid, I remember sitting on the deck and shelling these peas. These will make a great addition to any dinner tonight. Ill probably bring them on the boat and have the little kids help shell them in between swim breaks. Just simply boil them for a few minutes and add a little bit of butter, salt and pepper. Simple, yet a great taste of summer. 

Radishes: Not my favorite, but ill eat them if they are in something. So, Ill definitely add them to my stir fry again. Many of you emailed me regarding putting them in your stir fry as well. Aren't they great? They add a little pop of flavor but are not overpowering at all. 

Spinach: This is so much better than anything you can buy in the store. The flavor is SO good. It's kind of unbelievable the difference between store bought spinach that was harvested over a week ago vs fresh, locally grown. Chop and toss with a little bit of balsamic vinegar, fresh strawberries, goat cheese and some nuts. A great quick and easy salad. 

Lettuces: After the way ive eaten this weekend, it will be great to add some fresh greens back into my meals. Salads with a few toppings are a great way to get through the lettuce this week. 

Strawberries: You can add these to the spinach salad, otherwise eat plain. Please remember that these do not have the shelf life of store bought berries. They are soft and only last a couple of days. 

There you have it, week 3 in a snapshot. I hope you all have an amazing 4th. Enjoy some fireworks and some time with friends and family.