CSA Week Twelve

CSA Week Twelve Share is here! I am lovin’ all this color that we are now seeing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my greens, but it is exciting to see lots of new items in our share. This is one of the best parts about being involved with a CSA. You eat what is in season. Not only do you get to enjoy produce freshly ripened on the vine, but it also saves you money to eat what is in season. Being on a budget and eating organic, it is important to be a smart shopper. Along with eating in season, another one of my shopping tips is to shop the sales. If something isn’t on sale that week, I don’t buy it. I will find something else or plan my meals accordingly. You really can save so much money at the grocery store by meal planning and shopping smart.

It addition to the CSA, we have our small garden in our backyard that is overflowing with tomatoes. I think this weekend will be the perfect time to freeze a bunch up for the fall and winter. Freezing tomatoes is so easy and convenient for cooking with them all year long. I will post on that soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this week’s share below.

 

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Week Twelve CSA Share: Bush Beans, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Cabbage, Blackberries, Garlic, and many different Tomato varieties.

 

Roasted Garlic Green Beans

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There’s not much more I love more than garlic. Well besides wine, wine truly does make everything better. And bacon, boy do I love bacon. But cooking with garlic does make this world a better place, and I love cooking with garlic. I put it in just about everything.

So when I received a bundle of these awesome purple beans in my Week Ten CSA Share I knew I wanted to roast these bad boys with a little garlic. You know magic is pretty cool too. And when you cook these pretty little purple beans, they magically turn green! How fun is that? If you want to impress your children with some “magic” buy some delicious purple beans, cook them and amaze your kids as they come out of the oven green. I promise you will be the coolest.

This recipe is super easy and oh so tasty. Even if you don’t have purple beans, green beans will still be equally delicious. In addition to being an excellent source of Vitamin K, green beans also contain many other valuable vitamins and minerals, making these a great option to add to your diet. For additional nutritional information for green beans Click Here.

 

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See these beans start out purple! Trim the ends and throw them in a bowl.

 

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Add some olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper and mix around.

 

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Arrange them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 400° for 25 minutes or until they turn golden brown and green!

 

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Okay, don’t those look delicious!

 

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They were crunchy, garlicky (is that a word?), and oh my goodness so tasty!

 

Ingredients from our CSA:

Green Beans

 

Other Ingredients:

Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp

Garlic Powder to Taste – (I use about a tsp)

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°
  2. Wash and trim ends on the purple (or green) beans
  3. Put in bowl and add olive oil, then add garlic powder and salt & pepper
  4. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

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CSA Week Eleven

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, everywhere you go… You see those beautiful red tomatoes below? Ah I just I love it. We received tomatoes this week in our CSA Share and our garden out back is overflowing with these delicious little red tomatoes. I can’t wait to make some homemade ketch-up and pasta sauce. I might even dust off my grandma’s old mason jars and learn how to do some canning this summer.

 

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Week Eleven Share: Beets, Garlic, Eggplant, 2 Types of Lettuce, Cabbage, Banana Peppers, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Cucumbers, Rainbow Chard, Fennel

CSA Week Ten

Look below!  Do you see that? There are peppers in this weeks CSA share! Woo Hoo! Plus I was introduced to a new type of squash this week, Tromboncino Squash. It is long, skinny with a fun shape. It tastes, well like squash, but does have a sweet flavor that almost has a mild buttery flavor. These purple beans have been fun cooking with and if you have kids I am sure they would love the magic of these beans. When they cook, they turn green. So imagine blowing your kids away as you put them in the oven purple and then they come out green. Even I thought that was fun!

 

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Week Ten Share: Rainbow Chard, Tromboncino Squash, Sweet Peppers, Banana Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, Garlic, Fennel, Cucumber, Purple Beans

 

CSA Week Nine

 

Hip Hip Hooray!!! I am so excited to start seeing some of the summer produce appear in our CSA. Don’t get my wrong, I love my greens, but zucchini and beans and carrots oh my! I can’t wait to start cooking! Since I am gluten-free and cannot eat pasta, I love me some Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) and cannot wait to share that recipe with you!

 

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Week Nine Share: Fennel, 2 Kinds of Kale, Carrots, Lettuce, Cucumber, Squash & Zucchine, Cabbage, Purple Beans, Lemon Basil & Mint

 

Does anyone have any suggestions for Fennel?  I am stumped on what to do with it other than use it to tickle my husband’s toes lol. It is perfect for that 🙂

How to Keep Your Day Organized

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I love organization and making lists, probably one of my favorite things to do. And as much as I love technology and my iPhone, there is something about writing things down and checking them off that I still love. Having a busy schedule, I use to find it hard to stay focused and productive without feeling overwhelmed. I would spin and spin, not knowing where to start or what was most important to get done from my monster to do list. I needed a simpler way so I created my Daily Action Sheet and it is my favorite tool I use!  I seriously do not know what I would do each day without it. Every night before I go to bed, I create my Daily Action Sheet for the next day. This allows me to dump all the thoughts in my head onto paper which helps me sleep without all the things I need to do the next day still on my mind. I feel good going to bed with an action plan for the next day. Eating a clean diet and weekly meal planning also takes time, so it is so important for me to be organized. This tool has allowed me to be more productive, organized, and accomplished on a day to day basis.

 

Here it is the Daily Action Sheet:

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Pretty neat huh? I print off about a weeks worth of Daily Action Sheets and then hole punch them with my Levenger Hole Punch and pop them into my Levenger Notebook (one of my favorite things ever!) But you can print them and keep them on your desk, put on your refrigerator, or whatever is most convenient for you. My Levenger Notebook goes everywhere with me, so my Daily Action Sheet is always assessable to be updated throughout the day.

 

Description of the Daily Action Sheet Sections:

Work life and personal life must be balanced and up top of the Daily Action Sheet you can see I separate out these two categories, Work To Do and Personal To Do. I think it is important to keep these categories separate so you can focus on work while at work and personal while at home (or on your lunch break). Notice I have 1-10 under each of these, I write out the 10 most important things to do that day. For my master to do list (which is way longer than 10 things by the way) I love the app Wunderlist, but I like to write down the top priorities that I know I need to get done that day.

Below that you will see Emails/Calls For The Day, that way I know who I need to return a call or email to. Also, I recently added the To Discuss area which had been super helpful. Throughout the day I often think of things that I need to talk to Steve about, but know I can’t always call during work, so it goes here and then when we get home at night I know what topics need to be discussed.

I like spreading out my organizing and cleaning throughout the week so on the weekends I am not drowning in cleaning. So I have a goal to clean or organize 3 things a day, whether that be cleaning out my purse, putting laundry away, cleaning out the fridge, etc. I find this to be a great system to keep on top of clutter.

Errands for the day, that is pretty self-explanatory, but it is good to write them down. There have been many times that I needed to run out to several places, only to pull into my driveway and realize I forgot a stop while I was out. This helps eliminate forgetting where you have to go. I also find it helpful to write next to the place what it is that needs to be done there, whether that is a return, to use coupon, etc.

I meal plan and grocery shop on the weekends, but it is always nice to see what our plan in for dinner on my Daily Action Sheet. It also helps me if I need to prep in the morning for dinner or throw food in the crock pot before I leave for work.

My favorite little corner on the bottom left is what holds me accountable for my health. I don’t know how many times I have forgotten to take my vitamins or forgotten that I’ve already taken my vitamins…luckily I haven’t gotten high on probiotics. In addition to vitamins, it also helps me track my water intake, if I’ve exercised, and if I’ve reached my step goal for the day (I use a fit bit and check a box for every 1,000 steps I take). I also love my Today I Feel section where I can hopefully circle the smiley face every day 🙂

And last but not least is my schedule on the right. I copy down what is on my iCal the night before or as things throughout the day pop up. Again, I have this on my phone, but putting all these things together on my Daily Action Sheet is the perfect snapshot of my day to make sure I have my plan to have the best day I can have.

My Daily Action Sheet is exactly what I need to keep my day organized. I am giving you a free download below if you would like to use it. Or you can always tweak this to fit your daily needs. Everyone is different and the important thing is to remember is to find a system that works for you.

So what do you think? Do you think this Daily Action Sheet would work for you? What are some other ways you keep your day organized?

Download your own Daily Action Sheet Here:  Daily Action Sheet

Kohlrabi Krisps

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Oh I have been so excited to post this recipe! Kohlrabi is this funky root that I received in my CSA Share and I had no idea what this alien looking root was all about. So I did some thinking and came up with these Kohlrabi Krisps. An awesome thing about Kohlrabi is that it lasts a long time in your fridge. I went on vacation for 2 weeks and when I returned, these were still perfectly firm and ready to be eaten. I heard you could bake or fry these like potato chips and I knew I had to try it since I am a sucker for a good homemade potato chip. Plus these are much healthier and make a great snack!

 

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One of my favorite things about the CSA is getting to try new fruits and vegetables that you can’t find at your typical grocery store. Kohlrabi is one of those things, and to be honest if I saw this is the grocery store I would have no idea what it was or how to eat it. So this my friends is a delicious way to eat this funky root…

Start by cutting off the extra “limbs” to this root and peel it with a vegetable peeler.

 

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Slice thinly or use the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer: Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Best Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals if you have one to make your “krisps”.

 

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Put coconut oil in pan and heat on medium-high heat and then add the kohlrabi. I did these in sections so I could flip them. If you put them all in the pan at once, you might steam them and loose the crunchyness (the best part). You could also bake these in the oven if you toss them with oil and then bake, but I wanted a crispy chip so I decided to “fry” them on the stove.

 

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By the way, I love this coconut oil, Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce and I order it through Amazon every other month on subscribe and save. This is a really good price and lasts us about 2-3 months.

 

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Cook over medium-high heat and flip once the bottom side is golden brown and do the same to the other side.

 

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Remove from heat and put on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil. While they are still glistening, sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder. You could also add whatever seasoning you’d like. Steve, being from Maryland and all suggested Old Bay. Shocker! (He puts old bay on everything…seriously everything!)

 

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Don’t these look delicious? Yum, they were so good! I dipped them in ketchup, but they were also yummy plain!

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Kohlrabi – 4 peeled and sliced

 

Other Ingredients:

2-3 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

Garlic Powder to Taste

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Peel kohlrabi
  2. Slice into thin pieces
  3. Add coconut oil to pan and heat to medium-high heat
  4. Add kohlrabi into single layer in pan
  5. Cook until golden brown and then flip and cook the other side until golden brown
  6. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder

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CSA Week Six…Seven…Eight

Vacations are nice, everyone needs a little time away every now and again. Time to refresh, recharge, and relax. We just got back from a 2 week vacation, road tripping it from Kentucky to Asheville, on to Hilton Head, Cocoa Beach, Atlanta and then back to my old Kentucky home. We enjoyed visiting with family, tasting new beer, eating fresh seafood, and surfing. And in case you were wondering we didn’t see any sharks in the ocean, so that is always a plus. Oh well now it is back to reality…

Here is the week 6 CSA share that I received before vacation. I was excited for more Kohlrabi, click the recipe below to see what I did with this funky root. (You will love it, it was so yummy….think potato chips). Weeks 7 and 8 I didn’t get a picture of since I let my parents pick up and enjoy all the fresh produce since we were on vacation. I enjoyed the texts I received from my mom all week wondering what to do with all the deliciousness.

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Week Six Share: Collards, Scallions & Garlic Scapes, Beets, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Snow Peas, Microgreens