Easy Lent Options With Kroger Easy For You Seafood – Plus Save Money!

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Lent…that time of year we all either love or hate. Whether you are giving up something like chocolate or social media, or doing something positive, like a random act of kindness each day, it’s about making a positive change for 40 days, that hopefully you can continue beyond Easter. I love this time of the year, counting down the final days of winter, swim suits in the stores, and planning those summer vacations. But if you’re like me, Lent also means no meat on Fridays. I always have flashbacks of fish sticks or fried fish sandwiches from 12 years of private school. Now those options are fast and easy, but not really good for you. Luckily Kroger’s Easy For You Seafood program, gives you fast and easy options that are also much healthier than fried processed fish.

 

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I was first introduced to Kroger’s Easy For You Seafood a few weeks ago at the new Oakley Kroger Blogger Event, you can read about that HERE. That first time I got the wild caught salmon with fresh organic herbs, lemon, garlic, and butter and it was delicious (see image above)! I knew I would be using this program again and again, making it easy for someone like me with a busy schedule to have a quick and easy healthy option for dinner.

 

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Today is the first Friday in Lent and Kroger is offering a $1 Off Easy For You Seafood, every Friday during Lent, Feb 12-Mar 25. You all know I love to save money, but what makes this even cooler is the fact that the $1 off coupon is automatically added to your plus card account (SO simple right!) and you can use this an unlimited amount of times (score!)! So if you buy 5 Easy For You Seafoods, you get $5 off! Can’t beat that!

If you don’t know how the Easy For You Seafood program works, here is the cliff notes version.

  1. Choose Your Seafood
  2. Choose Your Seasoning and Garnish
  3. Take The Oven-Ready bag Home and Bake

It really is that easy! Plus this service is free!

 

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Today I got the USA wild caught cod loin (see above)! I don’t eat farm-raised fish, and the employee behind the counter was so helpful and got a binder out to give me all my wild caught options. You also know eating clean is very important to me, last time when I tried the salmon I just got fresh organic rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter and that was a delicious clean option. This time I wanted to try a seasoning because cod can sometimes be a boring fish. I got it seasoned with the Vegetable Pepper Medley which is an all-natural gluten-free seasoning consisting of dehydrated red and green peppers, onion, black pepper, celery, and parsley. I then had them add fresh organic rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter for added flavor. Another nice thing about this service is they had sealed seasoning jars right out on the counter so it was easy for me to read the ingredients and find a clean option for me. Me and the hubby both loved it and it paired great with Old Bay Cauliflower, one of my favorite recipes!

 

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So happy Lent! I encourage you toss out those fish sticks and visit your Kroger today to try the Easy for You Seafood program and don’t forget on Fridays through lent you get $1 off! Be sure to share this, so your friends can save too! If you want more information about Kroger’s Easy For You Seafood program, click HERE.

 

 

*This post is sponsored by Kroger, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower

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Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower is one of my absolute favorite things to eat! It’s my go to side dish whenever we have seafood, and it also makes the perfect snack for watching the game. But let me back up a minute. This Kentucky girl used to have no idea what I was missing. When I first met my husband, who is a good old Maryland boy I might add, I can remember one of the first things he asked me was if I liked seafood. At that time, popcorn shrimp and fish frys were the extent of my seafood history and knowledge. He quickly introduced me to “real” seafood when he took me back to the Chesapeake Bay and let me try all kinds of fresh new things. I swear you haven’t had a crab cake unless you’ve had one from Maryland. Okay, back to the Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower….

So my husband puts Old Bay on everything, and I mean everything. This recipe was actually his idea and typically I’m not as much of an Old Bay freak as he is, but this recipe is a keeper! Cauliflower is a great source of Vitamin K and Vitamin C and is packed with antioxidants and has some amazing anti-inflammatory benefits too. The added benefit of Old Bay, is that is makes my hubby happy! 🙂

 

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Chop a small head of cauliflower and put into a bowl.

 

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Drizzle about 2 Tbsp of olive oil over the cauliflower and mix until well coated.

 

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Add a Tbsp of Old Bay and mix until coated evenly.

 

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Spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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Remove from oven and enjoy! If you don’t have Old Bay Seasoning, you can get it HERE!

 

Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

Head of Cauliflower

2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

1 Tbsp of Old Bay

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°.
  2. Wash and chop cauliflower.
  3. Put in bowl and add olive oil, coat thoroughly.
  4. Add Old Bay, coat thoroughly.
  5. Arrange on baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. (I usually remove at 10 minutes, flip them and bake for another 10 minutes).

Easy Clean Taco Seasoning Recipe

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One of my favorite parts about eating clean is updating some of my old favorite foods and recipes by substitutions and modifications. I can enjoy just about everything I always did, but in a new healthier way. Everything from pizza to tacos and more.

Everyone loves taco night right? But have you looked on the back of those taco packets and read the ingredients? Can you pronounce everything they put in there? Taco seasoning is so easy to make and tastes so much better than the packets, plus you know exactly what you are putting into your body.

 

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Ingredients:

2   tbsp Chili Powder

1   tbsp Cumin

2   tsp Black Pepper

2   tsp Sea Salt (I like Pink Himalayan Salt)

1    tsp Garlic Powder

1    tsp Paprika

½   tsp Arrowroot Powder (or Corn Starch)

½  tsp Onion Powder

½  tsp Oregano

½  tsp Red Pepper Flakes

¼  tsp Cayenne (for more heat, add more Cayenne)

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass container. Add 2 tbsp seasoning & 1/3 cup water to 1 lb. browned ground beef and simmer for 5 minutes. You can also add to chicken, vegetables, or anything else you’d like and enjoy!

 

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Kroger Simple Truth & Easy For You Event

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I had the amazing opportunity tonight to join other Cincinnati Bloggers at the new Kroger Oakley Marketplace to check out the store, taste some food, and sip some wine (ok I didn’t drink, I’m pregnant remember, but I’ve been getting good at remembering what it tastes like!) We even got a nice surprise to bring some products and food home for dinner, which was a double bonus stocking the pantry and not having to cook tonight!

First of all this Kroger is huge! It was the first time I was there and I could literally spend hours just exploring. I lost track of time in the clothes department stocking up on comfy sweats for my growing baby bump, that I didn’t even make it into the home department before I had to head on over and join the others. I will definitely be back soon to browse some more, I might even bring my hubby and he can drink beer at their craft beer bar while I shop!

 

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We were able to try 4 different kinds of fish and shrimp along with 4 different Simple Truth side dishes and my oh my things were tasty. My absolute favorite thing I tried was the dessert, yeah yeah of course the pregnant lady would say that right. But really, it was a Healthy Rice Pudding made with brown rice, almond milk, coconut sugar, currants and dates, and it was so warm and savory. I’m super excited they sent us home with this recipe because it is definitely something I will be making soon and sharing on this blog.

We then headed to the seafood department to pick out whatever fish you wanted to take home and make for dinner. I selected the Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon and had them season it with fresh rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter. I wasn’t aware that you could have your fish seasoned in store, but it is part of their Easy For You Seafood program. Usually when I shop, I just buy the fish and have them wrap it up, but this is definitely another option especially if you are short on time.

 

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I came home, baked the salmon, heated up the sides, and me and the hubby enjoyed our delicious dinner. Doesn’t it look amazing?

 

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Special thanks to the Kroger Oakley Marketplace for hosting this event and for sending us home with dinner and these awesome Simple Truth Organic products. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love Simple Truth Organic products, they allow me and my family to eat healthy AND on a budget, both of which are super important to me. I am so excited to see what new products they come out with next.

 

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Disclaimer: Kroger hosted this event and provided me with food to try. However all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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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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

For more recipes from our week five CSA share, click HERE.

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Juiciest Tastiest Best Bunless Burger Ever

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I love me some meat. Red delicious juicy meat.  And every now and again you need a good burger. One that melts in your mouth with flavor and you can say, dang that was good. However, now that the husby and I went fully gluten-free after the 21-day Standard Process Purification Program, we no longer eat bread. So a bunless burger has to be pretty much orgasmic all on its own because it is naked after all. But I can tell you from a girl who loves her burgers, when you make this burger, I don’t miss the buns at all and I love it naked!

I used bison, mainly because I got a heck of a deal at Kroger on ground bison that was about to expire, so I stocked my freezer with some good bison meat. But you could also use ground beef. We don’t have a grill but with my cast iron skillet, I actually prefer to grill on that anyways for a juicy finish. You can pretty much top this with whatever fixin’s tickle your pickle, but for me you can never go wrong with bacon. I love bacon. I would eat bacon with every meal if I could. Seriously, I am a bacon freak. But I also love to top this with sautéed mushrooms, onions, garlic, and avocados for a delicious combination of flavors that is seriously the Juiciest Tastiest Best Burger Ever!

While my bacon was baking in the oven, I chopped all my fixin’s and heated 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Added the garlic and let that cook for about a minute before adding the onions and mushrooms.  Once those were done I set them aside until my burgers were finished.

 

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To make the burgers, I mixed my ground bison with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and formed 4 patties from my pound of meat. Then in my cast iron skillet on medium heat I cooked these bad boys for 3 minutes on each side and added sharp cheddar cheese. After they were done I removed them from heat and served them over a bed of lettuce from our CSA Week 3 Share.  Then I topped them with all my fixin’s to make them Ahh-mazing.

 

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You’ll need a fork and knife to eat these bad boys, but I promise you will be licking your plate clean. These are seriously the Juiciest Tastiest Best Burgers Ever. Enjoy!

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Lettuce

Other Ingredients:

Ground Bison or Ground Beef – 1 lb

Italian Seasoning – 1 Tbsp

Garlic Powder – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Pepper – 1/2 tsp

To Top:

Mushrooms

Red Onion

Avocado

Bacon

Garlic Cloves

Remember you can top it with whatever you like, but this is my absolute favorite way to prepare these.

 

Directions:

  1. Mix (by hand) ground bison with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper
  2. Form 4 patties
  3. Heat cast iron skillet over medium/medium high heat then add patties and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Flip burgers and add cheese, cook for another 3 minutes or done to your liking
  5. Serve over lettuce and top with mushrooms, red onions, garlic, avocado, and bacon

 

For more recipes from our week three CSA share, click HERE.

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Greensleeves Farm: Farm to Plate Dinner Series with Bouquet Restaurant

One word. YUM. When I heard Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar was partnering with Greensleeves Farm for the first Farm to Plate Dinner Series of the summer I knew this was one I couldn’t miss. When you eat clean it is really hard to go out to eat, I mean really hard. Wandering into Bouquet several years ago was the best thing that ever happened. I know that Bouquet cares where their food comes from and I can confidently order anything from their menu.  Not to mention their food is delicious, it is by far my favorite restaurant in the Cincinnati area. Next time I eat there I will be sure to share with you all my experience.

Okay, now that my mouth is watering, back to the Farm to Plate dinner. This summer Greensleeves Farm is partnering with Kentucky chefs, meat producers, wineries and breweries to bring 4 fun nights of food, beverage, and music right to the farm. This first one took place May 17, 2015 but be sure to mark your calendars for the next three this summer:

Sunday July 12, 2015 – Butcher Betties

Sunday August 16, 2015 – NuVo at Greenup

Sunday September 20, 2015 – Virgil’s Cafe

 

Chef Stephen Williams of Bouquet and his team prepared the delicious meat, goat sausages from Atwood Village Family Farm.

 

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This is the first time I have had goat and you know it wasn’t really all the baaaaaa-d. Okay corny jokes aside, it was delicious.

 

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The fresh sides were paired perfectly and did not disappoint. There was so much food, I know everyone in our group went home with a full belly.

 

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I am a sucker for some spuds, and these “begger’s purses” filled with potatoes and onions were fabulous.

 

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These fresh green beans were so crisp and delicious.

 

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Of course we needed some good local wine to wash it all down and StoneBrook Winery was the perfect pair. I am a fan of dry red wines and their Cabernet Franc is my go to from their array of wines.

 

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All in all it was a beautiful evening at Greensleeves Farm with amazing food, tasty wine and fun with family and friends.  Be sure to like them on Facebook to stay up to date on their other upcoming events, including their Garlic Festival on Sunday June 28, 2015.

 

Shrimp & Veggie Stir-Fry

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Sometimes a good stir-fry can soothe the soul. It’s something that I used to make all the time back in “the day”.  The back in the day that I am referring to is when we didn’t eat clean and I used to make stir-frys using those spice packets and lord knows what ingredients were really in those.  So this is something I have been excited to make for a while.  Since we had some delicious asparagus, snow peas, and bok choi this week in our CSA, I thought this was a perfect time to give it a try and it turned out heavenly!

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I used the bok choi, asparagus, snow peas, and scallions from my CSA weekly share.

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In my pantry I grabbed a red pepper, onion, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and a lime.

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For the sauce, you know the part that makes this scrumptious, I used:

– Soy sauce (I use Kroger Simple Truth Organic Soy Sauce)

– Tahini (I use Kroger Simple Truth Organic Tahini)

– Honey (I use my great-uncle Earl’s local Kentucky honey)

– Arrowroot starch (you could also use corn starch, but I always use Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch instead of corn starch.)

– The Quinoa was used as my base and the sesame seeds were toasted and sprinkled on top.

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I chopped up all the veggies.

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Sautéed them.

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Added the shrimp.

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Added the sauce and quinoa and then it was time to dig in.

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This was soooo good. The asian flavors were so heavenly, it was like I ordered this is an authentic asian restaurant.

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Asparagus

Snow Peas

Bok Choi

Scallions – chopped

 

Other Ingredients:

Olive oil – 2-3 Tbsp

Shrimp – 1 pound wild caught atlantic shrimp

Mushrooms – 5-6 chopped

Yellow Onion – 1/2 chopped

Red Pepper – 1 chopped

Carrots – 2-3 chopped

Broccoli – 1 small head chopped

Lime – 1/2 juiced

Ginger – 1 inch peeled and minced

Garlic Cloves – 3 minced

Quinoa – ½ cup

Honey – 2 tsp

Soy Sauce – 5 Tbsp

Arrowroot Starch – 1 Tbsp

Tahini – 1 tsp

Sesame Seeds – 2 Tbsp toasted

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare quinoa as directed and set aside
  2. Wash veggies and chop
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat in cast iron skillet then add garlic, ginger, snow peas, asparagus, carrots, red pepper, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, bok choi,  and sauté for 5 minutes
  4. In another skillet cook the shrimp until down
  5. Meanwhile, mix together soy sauce, tahini, lime juice, honey, and arrowroot starch with wisk and set aside until veggies are sautéed
  6. Add shrimp, quinoa, and sauce to sautéed veggies in the cast iron skillet and mix.
  7. Top with scallions and toasted sesame seeds

For more recipes from our week two CSA share, click HERE.

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Roasted Beet & Veggie Quinoa

Do you ever open your fridge, see what’s inside that needs to be used and boom dinner is ready? Okay I wish it was that easy, but I hate wasting food. Especially delicious fruits and vegetables so a lot of our dinners are creations to use up whatever we have.

I have never tasted beets before, like ever. And frankly I always “told” myself I didn’t like them. So tonight when I decided to cook with them, I was pretty scared. But I knew I had a bunch of other deliciousness cooking as well, so if I didn’t like the beets I could always push them aside, right?

 

This was everything we had left from our Week One CSA Share. I was stoked that we had used everything up in dinners, salads, and shakes other than these items which you can see needed to be used up soon.

Here is what I used from our CSA: beets, peas, asparagus, green garlic and scallions

 

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Here is what I used from my fridge, garden and pantry: mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic, rosemary, and quinoa

 

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I wanted to use all parts of the beets so I chopped them up to separate the beets, stems, and greens.

 

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I got my garlic and scallions cooking into the olive oil.

 

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Then I added the beet stems and cooked those down a bit before adding the mushrooms, peas, and greens.

 

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This is the carrots, onion, beets, and asparagus after it was nice and roasted.

 

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And here it is before I ate it all up. Super healthy and yummy.  However, my taste buds weren’t jumping for joy over the beets, they were just okay.  I love roasted vegetables and everything was delicious, but I’m gonna have to work on this beet thing.

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Baby beets and their greens

Scallions – chopped

Peas

Asparagus

 

Other Ingredients:

Olive oil – 3 Tbsp

Mushrooms – 5-6 chopped

Carrots – 2-3 chopped

Yellow Onion – 1/3 chopped

Rosemary – 1 Tbsp

Garlic Cloves – 3 minced

Garlic Powder – 1 tsp

Red Pepper Flakes – ½ tsp

Quinoa – ½ cup

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare quinoa as directed, set aside
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 °
  3. Wash beets remove from stems and slice in half, slice stems in 1-2 inch pieces and chop the greens and set aside.
  4. Chop asparagus, onions, and carrots and add with beets to cookie sheet.
  5. Coat chopped veggies in olive oil and put on baking sheet, sprinkle with rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in cast iron skillet then add minced garlic and chopped scallions and sauté for 3 minutes
  7. Add beet stems and sauté for 2-3 minutes
  8. Add chopped mushrooms and peas and sauté for another 3-5 minutes
  9. Add chopped turnip greens and sauté for another 2 minutes
  10. Add Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper and sauté for another 1-2 minutes
  11. Remove roasted veggies from oven and serve with with greens over the quinoa
  12. Top with scallions

 

For more recipes from our week one CSA share, click HERE.

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