Eat Your Vegetables

standard July 29, 2012 Leave a response

Last week I overdosed on Starbucks Via coffee, Vega protein bars, and salads from the hotel bar. I came home craving my normal routine, needing substance and a meal not made of lettuce or including a wrapper. What I got was an email with next week’s CSA list. Item #1 – okra. Oh boy. Item #2 – eggplant.  Thankfully, the rest of the list were foods I love, know how to cook, and can easily incorporate into our diet. Okra and eggplant are another story. Along with beets, these vegetables have always scared me. I didn’t grow up eating them. My few experience with them as an adult were not pleasant. And I have no idea how to prepare them in a way that will make me enjoy eating them. I figured out what to do with both of these when our first share came, but hadn’t thought beyond gumbo and baba ganoush. BUT, I signed us up for a CSA in part to get more creative with our food. So I am determined to find a way to prepare and enjoy these once detested veggies.

We’ve also got arugula, tomatoes, potatoes, pears, squash, and maybe even a pumpkin coming this week (pumpkins in July?) Here’s my plan for getting through all this summertime goodness this week:

  • Sunday: Butternut Squash Enchiladas (last of our first CSA delivery)
  • Monday: Spaghetti (slim picking until Tuesday!)
  • Tuesday: Burgers and Okra Crisps
  • Wednesday: Green Bean, Potato, and Corn Salad
  • Thursday: Grilled Veggie Pasta (any veggie should be delicious roasted and tossed with pasta, right?)
  • Friday: Date Night
  • Saturday: Okra Fagioli

I’ve also got a few other recipes up my sleeve for week 2’s consumption of our upcoming CSA delivery (we get a half-share, so our produce needs to last us two weeks).

Lunch this week will be a variation of Chickpea Nicoise. Minus the okra and eggplant, the rest of our share are some of my favorite summer veggies, so I am looking forward to a creative way to enjoy all of them together!

CSA Love

standard July 22, 2012 Leave a response

We got our first CSA share this week! I was in Dallas for work and when I got home a lovely box was sitting on our doorstep filled with local, organic fruits and veggies.

All I had to do was find a way to make meals out of all this goodness! Since I hadn’t been home to think in advance or create anything myself, I went to a few tried and true blogs for recipes.

1. Okra Gumbo from the PPK

I ate this at a friend’s house and have been wanting to recreate it ever since. And considering this was my first time ever preparing okra, I knew this would be a foolproof way to cook it!

2. Summer Vegetable Lasagna from Daily Garnish

The husband had been asking for lasagna, but I don’t think this variation is what he had in mind. I think the veggies make this even better than traditional lasagna. And much lighter.

3. Roasted Eggplant Baba Ganoush from Daily Garnish

Perfect snack on pita chips!

4. Triple Almond Crumble Bars from Oh She Glows

Instead of cherries, I mixed blackberries with some raspberries and blueberries. The low added sugar and high fat and protein from the nuts made these a terrific pre-run breakfast this weekend.

I made a huge salad with the butter lettuce and cucumbers. And I’ve been enjoying the pears for an afternoon snack. All I have left to make something with is the butternut squash. I’m thinking I’ll roast it up and mix it with some black beans to make an enchilada filling. Can’t go a week without some sort of Mexican dish on the menu!